The 72nd North West Norfolk Week attracted an entry of 57 boats this year with some keen competition in took place at five different clubs. The unique format of five different clubs taking it in turn to host racing makes it more difficult to achieve consistent results. This didn’t faze Hykehams Steve Sallis and his daughter Joanne though as they as they counted 5 wins and 3 second places to win the National 12 class.
Other Hykeham sailors to give a good account of themselves were Jonti Mason, who had a series of 3rd 4th and 5th places in the Allcomers 1, and Andy Bayliss who finished 3rd in each of the four races he sailed in the Allcomers 2 fleet.
The winds were light and shifty for the Streaker Open meeting on the 19 June but this didn’t prevent a good turnout. 22 boats from 9 different clubs took to the water for the first race and making a good start and finding clean air was vital. Nigel Pepperdine (Staunton Harold), David Smith (Welton) and Peter Gray (Staunton Harold) did just that to take 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
Nothing much changed during lunch and Race 2 saw Peter Gray and Nigel Pepperdine swap positions with Peter taking 1st and Nigel finishing 3rd. Hykeham RS300 sailor Steve Sallis took 2nd which was a good result for someone sailing a borrowed Steaker.
There was a tad more wind for Race 3 but it was still very shifty. This didn’t impact on the consistency of Peter Gray and Nigel Pepperdine though as they again finished 1st and 3rd. This time being split by Hykeham Solo sailor Andy Bayliss in his dad’s Streaker.
Counting two first places Peter Gray was the overall winner followed by Nigel Pepperdine two points behind. David Smith took third place counting a 2nd and 5th place followed by Steve Sallis in 4th overall.
Race Officer Andy Richie, supported by his young daughter and dog, (Yes, you read this right.) did a great job in the tricky conditions. Particularly impressive was the way the two blasts of the hooter for the inevitable general recalls were augmented by two barks from the dog, or did I imagine this?