Hickling duo shine on the world stage

With the bulk of the action taking place on Oulton this week I start with another reminder, if one were due, that Broads sailors still punch above our weight at national and international level.

Last week, Hickling's Tim Wilkins and Heather Carter carried off the RS500 World Championships, sailed under the auspices of Aquavitesse in the Netherlands.

They were well up to the front throughout, and the final day, blessed by 10/10 sunshine and 9-12 knots wind saw them triumph in a race in which they were never more than two boat lengths away from their hottest rivals, Alex Taylor and Bryan Mobbs.

The final two rounds saw a couple of other boats trying to get in on the act but Wilkins and Carter saw them all off to take the honours by storm.

Back home, Barton hosted 16 punts for their championship, and on Saturday the 20 knot winds saw three sets of brothers winning the first three races – Jarvey, Friend, and Daniels in that order. Sunday's winds were lighter, encouraging the fledgling swallows nurtured in the club pontoon to try their first flights.


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On the water, Jane Pye moved up the fleet despite moving out of the boat on a reach, while Richard Whitefoot showed good speed in his new boat Comet. Terry Vincent did well to gain a sixth in Rainbow Trout despite having a huge tear in his mainsail.

William and Robert Daniels (Swallow II) and Robin Slatter (Cavender) were closely matched among the traditional punts, the Daniels winning their trophy, but they could only manage third overall behind James and Paul Jarvey. They settled matters in a thrilling last race when their skill at playing the windshifts outmatched Andrew and Robert Friends' downwind performance with Cormorant's large asymmetric spinnaker. Ben Girling won the Juniors and Jane Pye the Lady's award.

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Barton Open Regatta on Bank Holiday Monday, preceded by NPC's Open regatta over the weekend, is the pre-eminent feature this weekend, winding up the 2010 regatta season.

At sea, RNSYC host the Javelin National Championships over the weekend, and on Saturday Yare Valley hold their Horsey/West Somerton rally. John Means has asked me to remind YBOD owners that entries for the Horning SC YBOD Open on September 4 and 5 should reach him not later than Sunday, with the �12 per boat entry fee.

His address is The Chase, Shepherds Gate Road, Tilney All Saints, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE34 4RP.

During the week NBYC host a Junior Regatta next Thursday and Friday, Lady Yacht Club have their Horsey Rally the same weekend, while one day events are headed by NSBA's Youth regatta at Barton on Saturday, September 4.

On Sunday, September 5 NBYC host a Norfolk Dinghy Open and GYGSC are holding their fifth Open Sprint series.

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