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Northern Rivers Sailing Club Race Report
Race Title: Club Championship Pursuit Race Location: Anchorage to Boundary Dyke Race Date: Sunday 6 October 2019 Officer of the Day: David Reeve Timekeepers: Bob & Judy Jarvey No. of Entries: 9 – [4 boats DNS] Overall Regatta Result: 1st: Jeff Harteveldt and Mick Bashford in Déjà Vu 2nd: John Redding and Alison McDermid in My Weigh 3rd: Peter Coleman and Maggie Lomax in Quartet Other boats racing: Mark Collins in ZigZag; David Kemble-Taylor in Swift. Report of the Event: Dawn broke on Sunday with pouring rain, which continued throughout the day, causing serious floods across Norfolk. The brisk winds generally predicted to be ENE and 15–22 mph, did not last far into the afternoon. The first starters at 13.30, John Redding & Alison McDermid in My Weigh, took four minutes to get over the line before catching a good breeze and disappearing from sight. Meanwhile the later starters were either stationary, going sideways or even backwards with the now ebbing tide swollen by the continuous heavy rain. Eventually they managed to make progress upstream and chase the leader who was by now for ahead. The wind was fluky and caused problems for the two 700s, Swift and ZigZag, who both engaged with the reeds in the windshadow around the notorious wind-pumps. ZigZag retired, but Swift bravely battled on to the finish. My Weigh was still in the lead until a last gasp overtaking by the relentless Déjà Vu five minutes before the finish, with Quartet in third place. At times, the torrential rain dominated proceedings and the OOD, exposed to the elements, had much difficulty keeping race documents from being reduced to sodden pulp, but the stoic and courageous yachtsmen, and helpers Michael Sparrow and Allan Waters ashore were undaunted by the atrocious conditions.
Many thanks to Bob and Judy Jarvey for providing their palatial chase craft, which shadowed the leading boats as the end of the race approached.
David Reeve, Officer of the Day