Eastwood makes mark with Wroxham double

A moderate force 3, and sometimes blustery, southerly wind kept the fleets moving throughout yesterday as Wroxham Regatta reached the half-way stage, and there was no shortage of incident as the day progressed.

A moderate force 3, and sometimes blustery, southerly wind kept the fleets moving throughout yesterday as Wroxham Regatta reached the half-way stage, and there was no shortage of incident as the day progressed.

Danny and Jonathan Tyrrell have dominated the Star class races most of the week.

But Nick Eastwood breached their defences twice yesterday, in the morning Allcomers A for the Stewart Morris Shield, and in the afternoon class race.

Danny's moment of glory came at the start of the morning BOD race, when, crewing Crispin Clark, he executed a perfect head flip to plunge headlong into the watery waste. Happily, help was at hand in the form of NBYC young star Anna Ackroyd, who sped her Topper to the rescue, helped him aboard, and then, nobly disregarding the fisheman's tradition of weighing the catch and throwing it back, sailed him back to his BOD to continue and finish the race.


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Meanwhile, the BOD race ran its course, with Ian Tims recording a second win, ahead this time of Mike Collins and third placed James Tubby.

The Yeoman class have also made their mark. Sally Dugdale again won the morning race after seeing off a determined challenge from Roger and Paul Claxton, whose performance has exceeded all expectations this week.

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Claxton enjoyed the lead for much of the race, and only succumbed after the last mark when Dugdale overtook him after some smart spinnaker work on the final run to the downwind mark. Third was Chris Hanson, also much involved in the battle at the front. His evening race was less happy as his mast snapped on the final beat to the line.

It was all change in the Norfolks, when Pat Woodcock and Jan Hubbard, popularly known as Pat and Bat, won the morning race from Geoff Coulthard, with Jeremy Ives, out this week for the first time this season, third.

The afternoon saw Geoff Coulthard and Auriel Gibson work through the Brooms, who finished second, and "Pat and Bat" who started in front but eventually lost third place, on the line, to Sally Dugdale and Sally Knights.

The YBODs also produced a change, when Ian Tims powered away at the start to take the honours from Patrick Richardson and third placed Matthew Thwaites, both of whom had to find their way through Peter Tyrrell who had the dream start, until Tims caught him. Chris Bunn, winner on Monday and Tuesday, had something of an off day, starting well down the fleet but working up to sixth.

Today is the traditional Open Regatta, with a modified programme, and all residents of Wroxham and Hoveton are welcome to enjoy the sport.

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