Flip flies the flag for youth

NBYC's final White Boat Open, contesting the Second Clabburn trophy, proved to be an event for all ages, as the leading places were taken, by the young, middle-aged and the more mature.

Flying the youth flag was Flip Foulds, already well experienced at international level in dinghies, and sailing her first major YBOD event. She put up an impressive performance in a borrowed boat, crewed by owner Clive Richardson, to win one and take second gun in two other of the four races. Indeed, her victory in the third race proved decisive as it was over Paul Carrington and Sarah Davies, who, having recorded a third and first, were well set to take the honours and might well have done so but for that result. Flip's overall performance beat the rest as her discard was a fourth place. Carrington however might well have saved the situation had he not slipped down the pan in the final race and consequently had to count his third.

At the more mature end Robert and Sally Self also had their moments. A second race win was well on the cards until the final run when they were not quite far enough ahead to prevent Carrington from taking their wind and their lead. But there was no such slip up in the last race, when they stormed into a winning lead in the last race, edging them into third overall on eight points, pipping first race winners Martin Thompson and Tim Frary on the tie-break. The remaining 25 were 11 and more points adrift.

Youth and experience also battled in the Enterprise Woodcock Salver event on Black Horse Broad, where there was a good entry of eight Enterprises, four home and four visitors. Kevin and Pippa Edwards fought it out with Kevin Bilham and the result was decided in the final race when, on a Broad as smooth as glass, Edwards finally overtook Bilham on the last mark to take the Flirtatious Cup.

Meanwhile Lucy Drew and Abie Holden of the host club earned the Flying Enterprise and Cadet trophies for the under 16s. The event was slotted in with the club's Open Dinghy meeting which drew a further 22 starters including six visitors. Sailed over the two days, Saturday's brisk winds sent several Toppers capsizing, whilst Sunday was far more benign.

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Josh Means won the Allcomers C Cadet Trophy in his Oppie, just beating Will Penny and leading visitor Ellie Edwards, while, at an older level, Curtis Drew secured the Onyx Barometer ahead of Kim West in the Lasers.

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The Yare Sailing Club had a very successful Autumn Regatta at Cantley over the weekend, with over 20 yachts in attendance.

Saturday afternoon saw the popular pursuit race, now in its third year and run on a downriver course towards Chet Mouth and back.

As on previous occasions, David Walker's Lucky Breeze was the slowest boat present and so was set off first, with the rest of the fleet following in reverse handicap order.

As the yachts entered the final ten minutes of the race it was still unclear who was going to win but Phil Davies in Joy took the honours.

A misty start on Sunday morning led to some concerns about the wind strength, but it was decided to run the first race of the day upriver to give some variety. Curiously, the fastest boat in the fleet, Zingara, and one of the slowest, John Smith's Pandora, were almost neck and neck in the end, with only 14 seconds separating them on corrected time.

With the wind dying out to almost nothing at times, a short course looping up and down Cantley Reach was set for the afternoon.

Pandora, Amaryllis and Adrian Lincoln's Pixie took the top three places. This meant, with a first and a second, Pandora also took the Nelson Trophy as overall winner of the weekend.

The Diamond Jubilee Trophy was also presented at the conclusion of this event, going to Ruth and Kevin Rhead, owners of May, who had gained the best set of results from the club's three River Yare regattas.

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