by Alan Mallett
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Hickling’s five-day fiesta benefited from the summer conditions almost to the end, with the final race in the Evening Regatta featuring a spectacular 52-boat entry.
Three evenings of generally light winds produced 30 qualifiers and victory for James Jarvey and Chris Tovell in their Punt, with the Solos of Roger Wilson and Maz Bown second and third.
The weekend event started with light and fickle winds gyrating swiftly between north and south, and back again during one starting sequence before settling for a good breeze enabling a total of 61 boats to use the entire broad. Sunday continued in like manner until an unseemly and savage squall and hailstorm struck early afternoon, capsizing some 20 boats and briefly trapping Rachel Clayton under her Punt. The club’s rescue team soon retrieved everybody and the racing was duly completed with only a brief delay to allow another squall to pass through.
The stars were James and Paul Jarvey in their Punt, who took four trophies home, Roger Wilson ( Solo) took three, visitors Martin Dixon and Chris Winnington-Ingram sailing their fascinating XO Riverboat and Alastair Hammond in his Topper each won two awards.
Horning Week has been less fortunate, both with weather and a certain counter attraction. Monday’s winds ranged from calm at lunchtime to a vicious squall causing several capsizes and the abandonment of the early afternoon series, before calm returned. Tuesday was rather flukier, minimal wind diminishing, and rain. The dinghy turnout has been impressive with over 20 competing.
James and Laura Galloway have done well, with William Pank, Natalie Stiff and Tom Storey also featuring, and Ezra Bailey won the Delves Cup for juniors on Monday.
There are also about a dozen keelboats and cruisers, with the Means family prominent in the results along with the Listers. On Tuesday Tony Laughton won the first trophy sailing a Yeoman.