This race was held on Saturday July 5th, starting at
Beccles Amateur Sailing Club at 9.30am. The keelboat start was at 9.35 and
as the start was downwind and downstream, River Cruisers were allowed to start
from the bank at the last moment without penalty, because of the wind strength
and direction and the narrowness of the river.
Two cruisers represented the Yare Sailing Club; Anne,
helmed by Kelvin Halifax and Pandora, helmed by Bob Soutar. Both boats had
passed the first start boats before Aldeby Stumps and both chose to take the
Somerleyton buoy before the Oulton Broad buoy.
The wind was in the upper moderate range, blowing from the
south west. Both cruisers were lucky enough to round the Somerleyton buoy
at low slack water, before proceeding to Oulton. During this time, Anne
heaved to for ten minutes whilst she twice had to remove foreign debris from her
rudder, whilst Pandora lost time trying to derig the broken-sparred
topsail. This was not easy, as there were two sword-like ends to lower
without damaging the mainsail. This was also during a very gusty wind in
the Whitehouse Reach.
In the afternoon, the wind gradually eased and the last
stretch through the trees was frustrating. Anne entered the Aldeby Stumps
with no steerage, but a bump on the brickwork straightened her up and she
completed the course. Pandora finished after six hours. Anne was
slightly quicker than Pandora, beating her by 1,000 seconds on corrected time.
There were ten boats in the race and overall Anne came
first, with Pandora second, which was a good result for the YSC.