Hickling dead heat

Hickling Broad SC's five-day fiesta started with three midweek evening races attracting 41 competitors, including 35 Wednesday starters.

Friday's race was unusual in that it took the fleet off the broad as far as Meadow Dyke.

There was a strong turnout of Punts and Solos, and although the three individual races were won by Punts (Wednesday and Thursday) and a Wayfarer, the Solos took the overall honours on consistency – Maz Brown emerging on top from Peter Matthews, with Robin Slatter and Lesley Haines' Punt third.

The Summer Regatta which followed enjoyed a dull but breezy northerly and was raced over a figure of eight course. The Punts and Solos again provided the biggest classes, augmented by a wide variety of dinghies, including Lasers, Solos, an RS400, Wayfarers, a 420, Leader, etc.

The Punt race produced a rare dead heat when Simon and Rachel Clayton could not be parted from Robin Slatter and Lesley Haines.


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Sunday was much sunnier with light and variable winds. In the morning one round of the unchanged course took close on an hour.

Martin Dixon and Chris Ingram brought their X1, previously displayed at Wroxham, for the event and gained a first and a second in the Allcomers A category.

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The wind, helped by the sea breeze, picked up after lunch to provide an exciting spectacle for the final event, the Pursuit Race, in which Simon and Rachel Clayton, in their Punt, and Jim and Robyn Rosser, in their RS400, were both gaining fast on the lead boat – Robert Hawkins' Solo.

Hawkins literally crossed the finish inches, and not many, ahead of them and also won the Bounty Cup for this event as well as the Allcomers B and Solo trophies. Tom Hammond, however, went one better with fourAllcomers C trophies

• Dotting the i's and crossing the t's on Wroxham Week, it was pleasing to see the number and variety of dinghies out, and in particular the number of Juniors.

The Tims clan provided Laura, winner of the Norfolk morning series, and her cousin Charlotte Harper. The YBODs also provided one or two surprises, especially on Saturday, when Paul Dennis and Sarah Jennings took an early lead closely pursued by Matthew Thwaites. Dennis and Jennings, whose accustomed place is, let's be honest, amongst the also-rans, held their nerve, and although Thwaites did get through, Dennis recovered to take a well deserved winning gun. John Cox and Geoff Coulthard had their best race taking third gun, and Robert Self, second oldest contestant and crewed either by wife Sally or James Cully, completed a very satisfactory week. when his fifth place put him third overall only one point adrift of Young.

• The action continues this weekend with Sea Week starting at Lowestoft on Saturday and running until next Wednesday, and followed on Thursday and Friday by their Junior Trophy, in the mornings,and the Lowestoft Air Festival.

Over the weekend NBYC have their Classic Dinghy event, masterminded by Jamie Campbell, and on Sunday Buckenham have their Reedham Race, Hickling host the Bittern Championships, and NW Norfolk SA hold the Snettisham Beach Open Regatta.

Another raft of events follow, Friday 12th Albion has an Open Day at Potter Heigham, on Saturday 13th Hickling host a Topper Travellers' event and RNSYC a BOD Nicholson Cup and a Cruiser Open, GWGSC sail their Lowestoft Race, and Yare SC have the Breydon Open Regatta over the Saturday and Sunday.

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