Hickling a hive of activity

There were 27 Lasers and nine Splashes in action on Hickling Broad on Sunday competiting for their respective trophies in light but steady winds. They included 21 visiting boats, coming from clubs as near as WOBYC and as distant as Wembley, with three races each, admirably managed by Paul Wren and his team.

There were 27 Lasers and nine Splashes in action on Hickling Broad on Sunday competiting for their respective trophies in light but steady winds.

They included 21 visiting boats, coming from clubs as near as WOBYC and as distant as Wembley, with three races each, admirably managed by Paul Wren and his team.

Visitors dominated the Laser fleet, with Martin Evans from Dabchicks winning the second and third races to take the trophy, with the home club's Jarvis Simpson runner-up on the basis of a second and a third place.

The first race was won by Alan Bishop, of Fishers Green SC. He at any rate had the honour of beating Evans.

The intensity of the competition was illustrated by Simon Marfleet (WOBYC) securing third overall on the back of a solitary second place in the final race.

The Splash fleet saw WOBYC take the honours again, Jacob Brubert pipping Victoria Marfleet by two wins to one for the trophy.

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The series saw Dabchick members taking second and third guns in the first race but then losing out to Hickling's Jordan Rumsby, who came third overall on the tie-break with Marfleet.

NBYC also had a double header, Danny Tyrrell winning three of the four Star races to take the Star Championship from Nick Eastwood, winner of the third race and runner-up in the first and fourth. Shaun Maclean and Nicholas Fells took the other two places.

The Wayfarer event was a family contest involving Jenny Whiting and her father Trevor, and ended up evens, except for the tie-break which went Jenny's way, thanks to her winning the first and fourth races while her father took the others.

Frostbites' race to Bramerton was slow, with the southerly rarely building up to Force 1, and the ebb tide turning half an hour early.

The initial stages of the 90-plus minute race saw much place changing, as the seven Norfolks crept past May Gurneys and the flyover. But once through the Grove the wind at last made itself felt, by which time Kate and David Mackley had built a substantial lead over the rest.

Eight minutes later the second and third boats crossed the line, commodore Jan Hubbard, with Sue Gilbert, just ahead of Mike Lees and Harry Larter. The return at least had the tide with them, and Jan Hubbard sailed a good race to take the winning gun while David Mackley moved up from last to second, just 15 seconds short of Hubbard.

Looking ahead, NBYC have an Open meeting for Yeomans this weekend, while Frostbites sail their passage race to Coldham Hall in readiness for Coldham Hall Open Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6.

The Bank Holiday weekend is busy, with Horning hosting an Open Keelboat weekend while RNSYC host the Laser Qualifiers. Hickling have their Spring Open Regatta on Sunday, May 6 and Bank Holiday Monday, while Yare SC have a three day cruise to Loddon, and EACC have a Spring Regatta on the Bank Holiday.

Yare SC and EACC also have their Rigging Out Suppers, both taking place on May 6.