Please select your home edition
Vaikobi 2019 - Leaderboard 2
Product Feature
Allen Stay Adjusters & Vernier Adjusters
Allen Stay Adjusters & Vernier Adjusters

Rollesby Broad New Year Open 2016

by Ian Ayres 1 Jan 2016 19:06 GMT 1 January 2016

Given the forecast for a light intermittent easterly breeze, a turnout of 20 dinghies for Rollesby Broad's annual New Year's Open was more than expected and gave close competition throughout the fleet.

At the race briefing OOD Jon Sallis wisely raised the postponement and sent competitors to the galley for coffee whilst waiting for any sign of the forecast breeze to arrive. After a 30 minute delay a short course with an awkward short first leg was set. After a general recall the fleet was led around the course by Chris Sallis in his D-One, with the visiting Richard Fryer in close pursuit in his RS300. However it was the slower singlehanders who were to enjoy the close racing most. Ian Ayres in his Solo was in contact early on but it was Veronica Falat in her Streaker who negotiated the 'fast boat' traffic best on the first run to lead this section of the fleet to the finish with Kevin Postlethwaite rounding out the top three in another Solo.

Race 2 saw slightly more wind and a clean start, with Fryer this time joined by Phil Highfield in his RS700 at the front of the fleet. Ayres and Falat were very close behind at the second mark and in this race it was Falat's turn to fall back into the traffic whilst Ayres and Stuart Highfield (Laser) sailed sufficiently clear for the Laser to complete the podium places.

With a win and a second apiece it was down to Ayres and Falat to race for overall top place after lunch; however with a significant course change Fryer was determined to improve on his morning's results and led away to win on handicap. Falat led Ayres early on before they swapped place on the second beat. Overlapped the pair approached the last windward mark of lap two, Ayres clipped the flag pole on the mark and the race appeared won by Falat. Conditions were such that a never give up policy was essential and a lap later the pair arrived at the last mark with Falat less than a boat length in front. As they crossed the line both thought the other had won as the gap was too close to call. In the end just two seconds on handicap gave Falat the place and the meeting.

Overall Results: (top five, 20 entries)

1. Veronica Falat (WOBYC) Streaker 3pts
2. Ian Ayres (RBSC) Solo 3pts
3. Richard Fryer (WOBYC) RS300 5pts
4. Stuart Highfield (RBSC) Laser 8pts
5. John Saddington & Dennis Manning (RBSC) Albacore 8pts

Related Articles

Rollesby Broad Leader & Multi-Sail Open
A good northerly breeze blowing straight down the broad Twenty sailors (40% of whom were women!) took part in Rollesby Broad's Leader & Multisail Open Meeting on Sunday 19th May. Posted on 21 May
Rollesby Broad Solo and Single-hander Open
A beautiful sunny morning, but a shifty wind A beautiful sunny morning greeted the competitors for Rollesby Broad's Solo and Single-hander open meeting on Easter Sunday, only the wind direction was not ideal creating shifty conditions. Posted on 24 Apr
Rollesby Broad Multisail Open
Neither the forecast force 6 nor heavy rain arrived In the event neither the forecast force 6 nor heavy rain arrived at Rollesby on Sunday 13th May for their Multisail regatta; however it had put off a few longer distance travellers who missed out on a very pleasant day's sailing. Posted on 16 May 2018
Rollesby Broad Solo & single-hander Open
A bright sunny day for the 21 competitors A bright sunny day, with considerably more breeze than first looked likely greeted 21 competitors at Rollesby Broad for their annual Solo Open on 22nd April. Posted on 22 Apr 2018
Rollesby Broad New Year's Day Open
A complete mix of wind strengths A complete mix of winds at Rollesby Broad for their annual New Year's Day Open with planing conditions in race 1, marginal hiking in race 2 and rather a drift in places during race 3 after lunch. Posted on 3 Jan 2018
Rollesby Broad Multisail Open Regatta
Incorporating the Leader National Championship This year the Multisail Open Regatta at Rollesby incorporated the Leader National Championship and as usual a Bittern Travellers event. Posted on 16 May 2017
Solos at Rollesby Broad
Very close racing for the 18 boats Rollesby Broad hosted their annual Solo open on Sunday 23rd April. Ten visitors joined eight home boats for some very close racing (the first three all finishing with 5 points). Posted on 25 Apr 2017
Rollesby Broad New Year's Day Open
A cracking sail after a dubious weather forecast The dubious weather forecast probably reduced the overall turnout as just two visiting RS300s joined the home turnout of 20 on New Year's Day at Rollesby Broad. In the event those who stayed all day enjoyed a cracking sail. Posted on 2 Jan 2017
Leader Weekend at Rollesby Broad
Shaking off some of the winter cobwebs With only one of the crews having raced (or even sailed) in 2016, Saturday's short personal pursuit sprint races gave everyone a chance to check their lines, remind themselves of port and starboard and generally shake off some of the winter cobwebs. Posted on 12 May 2016
Solos at Rollesby Broad
A major dilemma for the Race Officer A shifting approximately north-westerly wind appeared to likely to give race officer, Pete Smith, a major dilemma as the fleet of 10 home boat and 10 visitors rigged up at Rollesby Broad on 17th April. Posted on 20 Apr 2016