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Difficult conditions at Horning but it can’t stop good weekend of racing

PUBLISHED: 10:21 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:21 04 October 2017

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It was a breezy and damp day’s sailing for Horning Sailing Club’s conclusion of racing on Hoveton Little Broad.

With the forecast less than favourable this did affect the turnout, but nonetheless a good day’s racing was enjoyed by those taking part.

The strongest fleet during the morning’s races were the Yeomans, with five taking part. In both races the top three boats remained the same, with the first won by Toby Fields crewed by Ashley Williams in Tanskey, second were Mario Tinge and Paul Clarke in Two C Sons, whilst third were George and Linda Whitefoot in Fire Opal.

The second race saw Fire Opal take line honours, just seconds ahead of Tanksey, with Two C Sons third. By the afternoon the only keelboats who remained racing were Toby in his Yeoman, and his father Alastair sailing Yare & Bure Rosy Wave. The dinghies showed good determination, completing all three races, which were won by Lasers despite tough competition from Jack Barnham and Thomas Wildman’s 420, and Charlotte Knight’s Topper, with Roger Hannant and Toby Pearce taking a win each during the morning, and Toby winning over Roger by one second during the afternoon series.

Waveney & Oulton Broad

Fourteen boats raced in Saturday’s light, shifty breeze at Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club.

Veronica Falat won both Fast Handicap races in her Streaker dinghy while honours were shared by George Madin (RS Tera) and Thomas Betts (Topper) in the Slow Handicap. In the Waveney race Naiad, sailed by Geoff Little and Sue Harper, was slow to start but caught a lifting gust on the first beat and took the lead. However, Simon and Caroline Marfleet in Iris overtook them to finish first.

In the Mixed Keels it was again a close race between these two boats with Naiad leading for most of the race but Iris ahead at the finish. Over 20 Topper dinghies were also sailing, taking part in training organised by the Topper class association.

Conditions were quite different on Sunday with a very strong southerly wind and only four Squibs and a Laser ventured out. Crazy Diamond, sailed by David Gooch and Marc Moncrieff, won both races.

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