Avalanche Victorious At Burnham East Regatta
Congratulations to Mark and Mandy Wade and Andrew "Noddy" Norden on
their victory in the 2011 Burnham Easter Regatta. David Hall, crewed by
Geoff Butcher and Julie Thomas-Page had been putting in some practice
in Sanremo and returned with great speed to push the Wades to the limit,
eventually taking second place by just two points, while third place
went to Rob Campbell crewed by Jonathan Hill and Matt Walker a single
point further back.
Ten races over four days gave the teams a great start to the season.
Three visitors from Abersoch joined the fleet plus Charles Cronin from
the Solent and Claire and Julian Sowery from the Medway. The first two
days featured club line starts and river courses which gave the visitors
plenty to think about. In fact their lack of familiarity proved to be
something of an advantage as they paid far more attention to their echo
sounders and as a result spent rather less time aground than the locals
did. On Sunday and Monday racing took place on windward leeward courses
to provide a good mix of styles. The weather was unseasonably warm and
this combined with a light to moderate breeze to give perfect
conditions for the season opener.
The weekend also featured the official opening of the new Royal
Corinthian pontoon which features a much wider platform, launching ramps
for the dinghies.