North West Norfolk Week 2015
The Annual North West Norfolk Week regatta started at Snettisham Beach Sailing Club on Saturday with 60 boats taking the water in a strong southwesterly breeze and on a large tide.
The regatta attracts travellers from around the UK as well as local boats and this year was held in conjunction with the Lightning 368 class Sea Championship.
The weather conditions and strong tide gave all the helms a variety of challenges in the first two races held on Saturday evening. The wind shifted regularly but with no clear pattern leading to place changing as boats were able to take advantage of the shifts.
Further complication came from deciding the best course to take advantage of the tide, flooding in the first race and a strong ebb during the second, so recognizing the changes and capitalizing in them was crucial for success.
Once off the water the fleet settled down to the club hospitality and hog roast before retiring for a few hours’ sleep.
Sunday racing started early in a much lighter breeze but again with a strong tidal influence on the two races. With lighter winds the tidal challenge became more significant and again had a significant influence on the final outcomes, with the correct choice of route up the beats giving significant advantages.
While the overall winner was decided on the results of four races, prizes were awarded for each day and there were individual wins for Gerry Ledger of Up River YC in Streaker 1850, Colin Dacey of Snettisham Beach SC in RS 700 1027 and Hugh Jones of Wells S.C. in Laser 182271.
Overall results: National 12 – 3530 Graham Camm & Zoe Ballantyne, Burghfield SC; Allcomers – D Zero 156 Ian Morgan, Hill Head SC; Supernova – 666 Richard Pakes, Haversham SC; Lasers – 203059 Duncan Ellis, Haven Ports YC; Streakers – 1817 Ian Bradley, Ouse Amateur SC.
The Lightning Sea Championships attracted a strong fleet of sailors in this lightweight single handed dinghy, known for providing even racing for both men and women helms. This was borne out by the close racing and results, with Penny Yarwood just beating Paul White for second place in the final race of the four and Caroline Key pipping Ian Gore in the final race for fourth place.
Lightning 368 Sea Championships: 1 – 419 Robert Claridge, Denholme/ Lymington YC; 2 – 404 Penny Yarwood, Upriver YC; 3 – 406 Paul White, Draycote Water SC; 4 – 413 Caroline Key, West Oxfordshire SC.
Two more major events are coming up at Snettisham Beach SC in the next month: The ITCA Topper Eastern Area Championships on August 22 and The 2000 Class Millenium Open Meeting on September 5 and 6. This event has already attracted entries from Finland and Norway to challenge the exceptionally strong local fleet of 2000s.