Double header at Horning
Horning hosted a double header dinghy event over the weekend, when seven Norfolks turned out for their annual championship while eight youngsters sailed Toppers, Teras, Splashes and others – having sailed the club's Junior Regatta in the morning.
Plans to sail on Black Horse Broad on Saturday were scuppered by the promise of even more wind on top of the already strong blasts and races were sailed on the river course.
The Norfolks prudently put in one reef, which was just as well as winds reached 27 knots on occasions during their second race, accompanied by torrential downpours.
Nonetheless they seemed to enjoy it, so much so that despite the first race being shortened the entire fleet followed the Geoffs Coulthard and Evans round the original course, clearly misunderstanding the significance of X mark just upstream of the clubhouse.
Sunday proved more hospitable, despite variation between strong gusts and flat calm, and the Norfolks, now under full sail, were closely matched with frequent place changes throughout, but the end result went to the Geoffs by one point for the 21st Anniversary Challenge Cup, and substantially more for the Patria of Waipu Bowl for the over 60s.
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Ray Johnson and Wendy Bush were runners-up, and winners of the Percival Trophy for the first race on Sunday after the Geoffs lost time following a meeting with a Topper at a mark.
Meanwhile, the youngsters were having no less excitement. Natalie Stiff capsized her Topper seconds before crossing the finishing line in Saturday's second race, in which winner James Galloway, dry all afternoon, capsized his immediately after finishing.
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Galloway went on to win the Cadet Trophy despite losing to his sister Laura in one race and to Anna Bunn in another, while Natalie Stiff kept her balance to clock up three second places and runner-up position. Joanne Moore, sailing a Splash, won the Onyx Barometer for Allcomers B Dinghies.
On Wroxham Broad the Yeomans held their final Open of the season, contesting the Wilson Cup. 18 came to the line, where Guy Coleman won the first three races to take the honours and a rest from the final race, won by runner-up Simon Barker.
Chris Hanson was third overall and Peter Marriott's two third places just gave him the edge over Roger Claxton, who counted a second. An indication of the weather was that only 12 started Saturday's second race, with three retiring before the finish.
• October starts with NBYC's two day double-hander, the British Star Championships and an Open Wayfarer meeting.
On Sunday only Buckenham hold Opens for Javelins, Leaders and Phantoms, Barton for Splashes, and GYGSC have their 6th Open Sprint, all on Sunday Also coming up is Lady YC's annual fiesta from Saturday through to Tuesday at Thurne Mouth.
The following weekend EACC have their final YBOD Open, Hickling their Autumn Open,, joined by an Enterprise Woodcock Salver event on Sunday only, and NBYC their BOD Open.
Other one day events are Yare SC's End of Season Cruise to Norwich, returning on Sunday, and Yare Valley's South Walsham Cruise, both on Saturday, with WOBYC's Laser Open on Sunday.