Cumming takes crown in Hickling marathon

It was a marathon weekend on Hickling as 42 club boats joined nine Enterprises and 18 Phantoms who were enjoying their Open Weekends. These two classes sailed three races each on Saturday and Sunday, enjoying fairly light airs on both days.

It was a marathon weekend on Hickling as 42 club boats joined nine Enterprises and 18 Phantoms who were enjoying their Open Weekends. These two classes sailed three races each on Saturday and Sunday, enjoying fairly light airs on both days.

The Enterprise fleet was dominated by veterans Brian and Linda Cumming, now among the oldest sailors in that class, but having lost none of their skills.

Cumming, who learnt his sailing at Horning and Wroxham in the 50s and 60s, winning the Broads Area Enterprise Championship on many occasions, had no difficulty in winning all three races from Neville Taylor on Saturday.

Sunday provided a bigger challenge in Kevin Edwards and Rory Kelsey, fresh from their successes a fortnight ago in the Norfolks, and Andy Shipp. Shipp won two of Sunday's races, and Edwards the other, leaving the crown firmly on Cumming's head for another year, with Edwards second and Taylor third.

The Phantom result was no less clear-cut, this time counting five as against three of the six races, and Chris Sallis romped home to three wins, a second and a third, one point better than James Jarvey, who counted a first and four seconds. Two wins for James Case helped propel him into third overall, comfortably ahead of the rest of the fleet.

The club Open Autumn Regatta was dominated by Jane Pye and her father John Parker, the former's consistency just pipping the latter, with Andy Hobson's Leaders two second places pushing him into third ahead of Robin Slatter's Punt and Bryan Wilkins' Wayfarer.

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Matthew Bate enjoyed the luxury of discarding a first in the junior competition to win overall by three points from the only other winner, Dale Lawson, both sailing Splashes, with Georgina Tovell's Topper third, well ahead of the remaining eight contestants.

At Wroxham, 15 Cruisers contested the Funnell Trophy, where Matthew Thwaites and team stormed to two wins and a second, the other race winners being Peter Jeckells. In the final race, making his only appearance, Simon Lampert took the honours.

Thwaites' consistency in the light airs was made obvious by his six point winning margin over Nick Matthews' Starlight Lady.

The Northern Rivers Club Championship was sailed between Thurne and Acle on a strong ebb tide which favoured the fractional rigged entrants.

Tom Parkinson and Chris Morcher broke clear of the lower handicap group early in the race to win with ease, while Mike Edwards claimed second.

On the Yare, Frostbites welcomed 10 Norfolks for the start of their season. David and Kate Mackley won the first race from Ray Johnson and Wendy Bush, who came through to pass Mike Lees and Joe Kingston, who had started well.

Ian Ayres won all three races in his Solo in Rollesby's Autumn series, while Brian Skinner took two of the three "B" series races on a generally quiet day.