After what had been one of the most memorable seasons to date as far as weather is concerned, the inevitable occurred. Heavy rain and wind descended on Oulton Broad and diehard members had to seek cover to watch the racing for Trophies presented in memory of yet another Club, National and World Champion legend, the late Bob Spalding.
Despite the conditions being little short of grim, two of the sport's up and coming young stars shone brightly as they claimed winners trophies.
GT Monohull racing welcomed Richard Gibbs to the class in the GT30 training boat, having taken a "spill" a few weeks earlier in the Sportrsboat class, he certainly hadn't lost any enthusiasm and keenly competed against the GT15s taking first place in the opening heat and third overall. Wind and water conditions took their toll as Coffee Rush driver Charlie Alden withdrew from racing after one heat leaving the Tingdene Lifestyle duo of Joseph and Jessica Haylock to fight it out for first place. Despite a spirited challenge and first place in the third heat, Joseph had to settle for overall second position as Jessica added to her 2018 trophy collection.
Sportsboats consisted of an all Catameran class with the welcome appearance of young Ben Jelf trying his father's Formula 2 for size, Jonathan Brewer out in a Formula 4 and Mike Tolman at last free from gremlins, making an all too overdue return to the circuit in his Supercat. The field was completed by Brian Block in his HR850, enjoying the luxury of more consistant water conditions than in pervious weeks and earning him a commendable second place against the "big cats", holding off Tolman in third but once again it fell to another youngster to lift a Bob Spalding Trophy as daughters Sally and Jane, supported by their families, presented their late father's trophy to a deserving Jonathan Brewer.
The 2018 Season concludes with meetings on Monday 27th August at 16.00hrs and Sunday 9th September at 12.00 Noon.
Ben Jelf in his fathers Formula 2 craft