Abi Holden gets the better of sister Holly to claim victory at Horning

Summer returned briefly for the third day of Horning SC's Regatta Week, with the line run by NBYC.

Conditions were perfect during the morning races, attracting the largest numbers of boats racing yet, with 35 dinghies taking part in the first series. Numbers of keelboats were also strong with closer racing across the fleets, resulting in finishing positions mixed, with competition for the trophies still wide open.

However, come lunchtime it had again become overcast with the characteristic rain showers and changeable winds returning, providing challenging conditions.

One of the highlights of the day was the evening race for the Junior Trophy, contested for in a range of boats from Optimists to Rebels, with juniors handling the boats confidently in increasing winds. It quickly became a battle between sisters Holly and Abi Holden, Holly leading the way in Rebel Queen before taking the wrong course and eventually ending up fifth behind Abi who won, crewed by Toby Fields. Joel Bailey, 11, crewed by Christopher Willis was second sailing a Yeoman, and third was Will Penny helming Rebel Rascal. The Allcomers Services evening race was won by Q Stewart sailing Maybe 2.

On Tuesday, with Snowflake SC running the line, turnout for the morning dinghy races was large, with seven Lasers taking part in the Allcomers B Race, and a split start required in the Allcomers C with a gold and silver fleet. The fluky conditions resulted in huge divides within fleets – during the morning Yeoman Race Dick Angier, helming Thistle Doo, got away finishing some 10 minutes ahead of the next boat. However, the midday Allcomers race saw far closer racing, Thistle Doo managing a second place, close behind Geoff Stubbs helming Tara, who achieved two wins during the day. In the afternoon Rebel Race, Tom Storey, 12, helmed Rebel Rascal to finish half a boat length behind Peter Brown sailing Rebel Rothay, who had his second win of the day.


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The dropping breeze and strong tide during the afternoon led to several retirements, but the Topper fleet showed true determination to continue racing through the rain.

The young team of 18-year-old James Galloway crewed by sister Laura made the most of the conditions trialling the new X1 River Dinghy, to take two wins in the Allcomers B fleet, and later the Mira Tankards Scratch Race, this time crewed by Joanne Moore.

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