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Dart 18 Grand Prix event 3 at Snettisham Beach Sailing Club

by Joe Franks 8 Jun 2018 11:44 BST 26-27 May 2018

The weekend of the 26/27th may welcomed Dart 18 sailors from six different clubs to Snettisham Beach. After a long absence off the circuit it didn't disappoint.

17 teams set up on the beach waiting for the fast flowing flood tide to fill into the bay. After a fairly light wind start to the season conditions were perfect, with gusts up to 24 knots and a large chop.

Race 1 was won by locals Guy Playford/Immy Ramsdale, followed by a tight group of RYYC boats. Race 2 was won by Joe Franks/Alyesha Monkman (RYYC), winning the pin and leading to the finish. Race 3 was won by another RYYC boat in Jay Round/Sara Stones, passing the unfortunate Mark Robson who had held the lead till the last gybe.

After a Hog Roast and few cheeky beers the banter increased, and with a 16.25 start on the Sunday a late night was inevitable.

Sunday dawned to strong breeze with a full day to build up to the racing. Two races were sailed in a dying breeze with heavy rain and thunderstorms. Local hotshots Jasper and Laura Barnham took two bullets showing their experience and snatching the overall event win. (In a borrowed boat!!! Pretty impressive).

Great racing with four different race winners in five races shows how competitive the Dart 18 fleet is!

Well done and thanks to everyone involved from SBSC for a great event. See you all at Bridlington!

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