Cully and Woodcock see off rivals to claim dinghy win

Action from the weekend's downriver race at Horning Sailing Club. Picture: Holly Hancock

Action from the weekend's downriver race at Horning Sailing Club. Picture: Holly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Seven assorted dinghies supported Wroxham's adult and junior Dinghy Open on Sunday, sailed in generally decent weather and fairly light winds.

From the start three helms in particular dominated the results, taking eight of the nine gun positions. Jenny Whiting was first away with a good win against James Cully and Sam Woodcock, but as the day moved on Woodcock took the second race from Cully with Whiting third.

The final battle for overall success was a bit of a non-event as Cully romped ahead while Richard Whitefoot, clearly tired of his two fourth places, moved up to take second gun, with Whiting third and Chris Hanson taking fourth place.

However, this race only affected the overall as Woodcock finished second, a point behind Cully but pipping Whiting on the tie-break.

A day earlier Wroxham hosted the third Broadland Youth Team racing Series. On a damp Saturday a series of 24 short races took place using Firefly dinghies generously loaned by Cambridge University, UEA and Norwich School.


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Thereafter the knockout stage followed, resulting in WOBYC, whose team included the youngest competitor, eight-year-old Max Stratford, taking third place as the two leaders, and previous winners, Norwich school, captained by Tim Haines, and NBYC, captained by Emily King, joined battle. Norwich School won the first race by the narrowest of margins, but well into the second it seemed that the hosts could force a third race until a frantic final beat saw Norwich School secure the vital first, fourth and fifth places to win for the second time.

Rollesby's Solo Open drew 20 starters, 10 of them visitors, and provided four thrilling races. Alan Bishop was gifted an early lead to build on and win the first race from Mark Maskell, and these two benefited from a freak gust at the first gybe mark in the second race to repeat the result. Bishop had to work harder in third, though, as Maskell led for much of the race from Pete Matthews while Bishop recovered from a premature start. Gambling on a shift, he was rewarded with a 'flyer' to rejoin the leaders and tucked himself inside Maskell at the last mark to complete his hat-trick, win the event, and leave the rest to enjoy the fourth race, won by Maskell.

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Horning enjoyed an easy run down to Thurne and a tough beat back, and the main feature was Richie Dugdale's decision to dismantle his rig on the start line with barely 20 seconds to go for the return and, yes, he still made it in time and went on to win the dinghy section.

Northern Rivers started their season on Barton with four races for their Spring Trophy. Nigel Wordingham's Pegasus 800 crossed the line first in three of the four races but succumbed in each on handicap, with two wins going to Leslie Wellard's masthead rig 700 and one, the second race, to Peter Coleman's Cruising rig 800.

Frostbites' run down to a point 400 yards below Postwick Grove was a speedy affair, with David Mackley and Kate George taking the honours.

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