Barnhams dominate 2000 Class Open at Snettisham

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The 2000 Class Open Meeting was held at Snettisham Beach Sailing Club.

The 2000 Class is a popular type of boat to sail at Snettisham Beach: it’s a 4½-metre long two person boat with three sails that is easy to maintain and forgiving to own.

You can pick up a good second hand example for £2,000 to £3,000. It is popular with couples, and dads with sons and daughters who are willing to crew for them. If it were a car, it would be like owning a Ford Mondeo with a three litre engine; it can pootle around if you want but you can also put your foot down.

Once a year other 2000 Class sailors from all over Britain come to Snettisham to race them for two days in six races of the SBSC round of 2000 Class Millennium Series.

The day dawned bright and sunny with a 7-9mph westerly wind. Race 1 got away at 08:50 on the flooding tide. After two laps of the windward leeward course SBSC’s Jasper and Laura Barnham (three times National Champions) finished first, a position they monopolised for the whole weekend. Second was Fergus Barnham (2015 National Champion) and Genesta Gage, followed by Paul Norris and Jennifer Whitgift in third – SBSC boats swept the board.

In the second race the wind began to drop and after a good start, after the first beat it became a battle with the rapidly ebbing tide. The race finished after two laps were completed. Race 3 was abandoned in the calm. More wind was forecast for Sunday morning, so the Race Officers decided to try for four races instead of the scheduled three.

Racing got away to another prompt start in a westerly 10mph breeze which held for this and the second race.

By the start of race three the breeze was dropping once again. After another good start and first beat the fleet began to struggle against the ebbing spring tide.