Hickling Broad’s Bryony takes Tiger glory

Bryony Bennett-Lloyd and Annabel Cattermole (53866) on their way to winning the Lady Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water. Picture: John Williams

Hickling Broad sailor Bryony Bennett-Lloyd and her helm Annabel Cattermole from St Albans took the Lady Tiger Trophy as top women's team at the John Merricks Tiger Trophy event on Rutland Water.

One of the most significant regattas of the winter in the UK, the event attracts the country's top sailors in all classes from 18-foot Skiffs and Foiling Moths to Lasers and Fireballs.

National Youth Squad sailor Bennett-Lloyd and Cattermole were there in the International 420 fleet, and again demonstrated their dominance on the national and international circuit.

Amidst an open fleet of 185 boats, the strong winds of Saturday suited the 420 class and after three races, they were dominant in the top 10 places. The Tony Everard Trophy was awarded to the overall winner of Saturday with no discards.

This went to James Taylor and Tom Lovesey (420 Warsash) with 17 points with the 420 of Cattermole & Bennett-Lloyd close behind on 21.

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Sunday saw the Pursuit Race in conditions that favoured more of the fast handicap boats and the Fireballs and skiffs started to pull through the fleet, with the Fireball of Tom Gillard and Simon Potts (Sheffield Viking SC) narrowly winning.

The weekend finished with the overall winner being the Fireball of Ian Dobson and Sam Brearey (Bewl Valley SC) while Bennett-Lloyd and Cattermole finished eighth overall and first ladies.

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Bryony is supported by the Norfolk County Council's Sport and Cultural Foundation which is part of the Norfolk Sports Ambassadors Programme.

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