Hanson duo’s never-say-die attitude proves the difference on Rollesby

Sixteen boats, equally divided between multi-sails and single-handers, turned out for a competitive day on Rollesby.

After observing the two-minute silence the fleets set out in light winds and, in the multi-sails, Mike Broadbent and Hugh Rout were able to break clear of the pursuing pack thanks to a long spinnaker reach in their ISO which put them comfortably ahead of the rest, headed by Val and Chris Hanson in the Wayfarer.

However, the second race proved another story as the wind picked up and the Hansons, noted for their 'never-say-die' attitude, pressed to victory over another Wayfarer sailed by Bob Sparrow and Tony Gibbs, while Chris Mann and Heather Vaughan earned their second third gun in their Enterprise.

Meanwhile Ian Ayres won both the single-hander races in his Solo, while the other six, five Solos, a Finn and a Splash, concentrated on keeping close enough to David Houghton's RS300 to save their time.

Houghton held out for second in the first race but dropped to third behind John Saddington in the second. In the afternoon the final Eels Foot race was sailed, drawing 14 starters but, in the light winds in the cut, six dropped out.


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John Saddington and Dennis Manning led throughout in their Albacore to take the race and the series, while Ian and Sharon Ayres deployed their spinnaker in their Leader to edge ahead of Chris Mann and Heather Vaughan.

Snowflakes' turnout at Horning was well down on the previous week, three Yeomans and five dinghies taking part in the very light airs. Lasers dominated the latter with only William Penn's Topper winning the first race challenging their superiority. On the other river, Frostbites abandoned their programme at Whitlingham when the wind failed to appear.

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Joanne Sabberton, Eastern Area representative for the Topper class, tells me that several local youngsters, who spent last winter training before doing the 'milk round' of Open events locally and nationally throughout the summer, have been rewarded with offers of training places in RYA squads.

Horning's Angus Jamieson, Toby Pearce and William Penny have joined the British Youth Sailing RYA Topper Squad, NBYC's (Wroxham) Arabella Sabberton joins the RYA Intermediate squad, WOBYC's Joseph Drake and NBYC's Piers Luxford join the RYA Junior Squad, and, finally, Abigail Holden and Natalie Stiff (Horning) have been enrolled by the International Topper Class Ass. GBR Youth Squad.

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