Sabberton flies the flag on bumper weekend of action on Wroxham Broad
It was a busy weekend on Wroxham Broad when 18 Toppers were joined by 13 Yeomans for a double-header.
The Toppers sailed four races on Saturday for their Tankard, and welcomed visitors from Hayling Island, Royal Harwich, and Rollesby amongst others.
Arabella Sabberton put in a consistent performance to come second to Rollesby's Daniel Bull in the first race, and then beat him in the second. Regrettably, Bull was unable to contest the third and fourth races, but Ben Campbell, obliged to miss them due to scholastic obligations, then arrived to win the final two, with Sabberton third behind Hayling Island' SC's Ciarain Randeria in the third race, and second in the final, leaving her counting five points, four ahead of runner –up Randeria. Ollie Dixon and Piers Luxford, both from Royal Harwich, came in third and fourth, and there was a special Prize for Perseverance to Marconi SC's William Harrison who persisted through the sometimes challenging conditions to complete the course.
The Yeomans were more clear cut. Carl Brady and Guy Coleman stormed to three wins, the first on Saturday afternoon and the next two on Sunday, including a hair raising spinnaker run or two in the third race as the wind piped up, to secure the WL Clabburn Yeoman Trophy, before sitting the last race out, which was won by Sally and Richie Dugdale, who counted two second placers to finish runners up. Other notable performances came from Peter Marriott, a second and a third, to finish third overall, veteran Ivan Ringwood whose last race second pulled him into fourth, and a newcomer to the 'gun' places, Stephen Haines, whose second and fourth race third places put him fifth overall.
Frostbites concluded their Whitlingham sailing with a long race up to the confluence of the Yare and |Wensum and then down to the By-Pass, replacing the former passage race to Bramerton and Coldham Hall for the Paul Pint Pot. David and kate Mackley, together with Sam Woodcock and Clare Ellis, ruled the roost, but the Mackleys eventually broke clear to win by four minutes, while Woodcock and David maisetyy (Laser). and David Woollard, who had pulled up through the fleet into second at one point, off.
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Hickling produced three different winners ion a perfect day, although the south westerly produced some interesting gusts later on resulting in several capsizes in the third and last race. Winners were Chris Barker (Laser) John Parker (Punt) and David Maisey (Laser)
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