Capsizes are the order of a wild and wet day of racing in Norfolk

Another wild and wet day saw a hardy few venturing out to test the waters.

On Rollesby, half a dozen single-handers took the plunge, after the rain had abated, although two of these decided that blasting across the broad would be more fun than trying to tackle the course.

Unsurprisingly Chris Toothill led the other three in his Phantom and, despite a capsize at the bottom gybe mark on the first lap, was able to deploy his fastest boat advantage to lead throughout and finish first.

Tamsin Highfield took a little time to master the conditions, but that achieved she used her kite to advantage, generating some spectacularly fast runs to emerge second over the water, having wisely left her capsize until she was a couple of yards past the finish.

But it was the slower boats which produced the best on handicap as Carl Buck revelled in the club Laser to keep close enough to take the honours ahead of Matt Boreham, who just held his rapidly disintegrating Solo to emerge second, Toothill coming in at third.

Phil Highfield, having served his baby-sitting duty, took over the Vareo for the second race against Toothill and Boreham, crossing the line second after recovering from a spectacular wipe-out on the second leg behind Toothill, but close enough to reverse their positions. The multi-sail craft did not venture out, but their autumn series honours went to Bob Sparrow (first race) and Chris Mann (second race). Three Norfolks braved the blustery F2-4 south westerly and all three gained wins in the two races sailed, the programmed second leg of the 2015 team match versus WOBYC having been postponed in view of the forecast.

In the first race David Mackley and Wendy Bush celebrated Wendy's birthday by leading all the way round the four laps, while Sam Woodcock and Jane Aldiss recovered from a poor start to close the gap behind Mackley, but then dropped back on the last round. In the second race, Woodcock was a clear winner, but on handicap the third boat, sailed by Danny Tyrrell and Bruce Thompson, took both races.

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At Horning, Snowflakes saw seven dinghies enjoy three hard-fought battles in the brisk winds, the girls monopolizingd the places. Natalie Stiff started it off with a first race win over Laser sailor Roger Hannant, who only salvaged his second place by two seconds' advantage over Thomas Wilder, in another Topper.

The second race was an all-girl success, with Abi Holden leading from Stiff and Ellie Edwards taking third in another capsize-ravaged session. Angus Jamieson won the afternoon race.

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