Please select your home edition
Edition
Melges 14 2019 Leaderboard
Product Feature
HYDE SAILS SQUIB SPINNAKER BAG
HYDE SAILS SQUIB SPINNAKER BAG
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine


Full racing risks
New for old cover
www.noblemarine.co.uk

Broadland Squib Regatta at Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club

by Richard Sullivan 9 Apr 2018 15:53 BST 7-8 April 2018
Broadland Squib Regatta © Matt Harper

Twenty-one boats from as far afield as the Isle of Wight and the south coast converged on Oulton Broad for this year's Broadland Squib Regatta. This event marks the end of the very competitive Oulton Broad Winter Series and also gives an opportunity to the visitors to tune up before returning to their host clubs for the Summer.

The event was preceded by a friendly River Race on the Friday, taking the fleet from Oulton Broad to the Waveney Inn at Burgh St Peter for lunch, via Somerleyton. The River Race was won by Simon Marfleet and Stef Oosthuysen in Firebird, followed closely by Oliver Hunt and Richard Fryer in Crazy Diamond and Iain Jones and Celia Rushton in Aldebaran, who had travelled all the way from Weymouth for the event.

Saturday dawned with overcast conditions and a gentle Force 2 to 3 south-easterly breeze which swung further to the south as the day went on, resulting in shifty conditions. This event is sailed in flights with the top 10 at the end of day one being promoted to the gold fleet for Sunday and the remainder racing for the silver fleet trophy. Past National Champions, Nigel and Jack Grogan immediately showed their form leading from start to finish in their first race and in the second race of the series Bryan and Jenny Riley, also past National Champions, passed Richard Sullivan and Sue Harper on the second beat to record a win.

The Grogans went on to win their two remaining races whilst David Gooch and Gilly Foulds hit top form, winning their second and third races. This left the Grogans leading overnight, followed by Gooch and Foulds, with the Rileys in third place.

Unfortunately, that is how it all ended. On Sunday morning the competitors were met with rain and no wind and at 1130 race officer, Owen Delany, who had travelled all the way from his new home in Devon for the event, flew the abandoned signal, allowing visiting competitors to crane out early for their long journey home.

It was good to see a number of youthful newcomers to the class doing well with particular mentions for Chris Schonhut and Graham Reeve (4th overall), Richard Smith and Andrea Prime (7th overall) and Oliver Hunt (crewed by the evergreen Richard Fryer) finishing 10th overall.

Dave Gentry and Jackie Soards were popular winners of the silver fleet.

Thanks also to Paul Barker, our on the water "rules observer" who was on hand to provide gentle rules advice where necessary.

Full details and results are available on the event website, www.broadlandregatta.co.uk.

Related Articles

Burnham Week 2019
The highlight of the River Crouch sailing calendar With the new season under way here on the River Crouch, thoughts are turning to Burnham Week, the highlight of our sailing calendar. Posted on 7 Apr
Portsmouth Regatta preview
Regatta has flourished gaining numbers and classes year by year The first week in June this year will see many activities celebrating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Rounding off the week on Saturday and Sunday 8-9th will be the Portsmouth Regatta, the reborn event whose roots go back to the 1830s. Posted on 6 Apr
Broadland Squib Regatta
A record entry of 24 boats from as far afield as Weymouth and Abersoch A record entry of 24 boats from as far afield as Weymouth and Abersoch arrived at Oulton Broad for the Broadland Squib Regatta which was also the first qualifying event for the class Travellers' Trophy. Posted on 1 Apr
Custom Rigging Frostbites at Kinsale overall
No racing possible on the final day No racing on Sunday 10th March due to high winds. Posted on 11 Mar
Hyde Sails at the RYA Dinghy Show 2019
We speak to Nigel Grogan and Richard Lovering We speak to Hyde Sails Managing Director Nigel Grogan and Sail Designer Richard Lovering about some of the classes they are concentrating on for the 2019 season and the refinements they are making to keep them at the top of the fleets. Posted on 3 Mar
Custom Rigging Frostbites at Kinsale day 4
A south east lump with a 12 knot breeze greeted our competitors A south east lump with a 12 knot breeze (gusting to 18/20 knots later) greeted our competitors on the fourth morning of the Custom Rigging Frostbite series in Kinsale. Posted on 24 Feb
Custom Rigging Frostbites at Kinsale day 3
A strong South Westerly greets competitors A strong SW breeze greeted our competitors on the third morning of the Custom Rigging Frostbite series in Kinsale. Posted on 17 Feb
Custom Rigging Frostbites at Kinsale day 2
Another amazing sunny day for the sailors Another amazing sunny day greeted the sailors competing in the Custom Rigging Frostbites in Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday 10th February. Posted on 10 Feb
Custom Rigging Frostbites at Kinsale day 1
A great start on a beautiful sunny Sunday The Custom Rigging Frostbites in Kinsale Yacht Club got off to a great start on a beautiful sunny Sunday with a medium SW breeze rather than the forecasted gale. Posted on 6 Feb
Last Chance to Enter for Super Early Bird Discount
Lendy Cowes Week deal ends midnight on the 11th It's the final few days of Super Early Bird! (ends at midnight 11th January). Don't miss out on discounted entry fees and the chance to win the following prizes... Posted on 9 Jan