Hickling events are a major attraction

Hickling topped the turnout figures with 27 boats plus five visiting Enterprises for their Autumn Regatta and Woodcock Salver meeting last weekend.

The Enterprise event drew visitors from Beccles and Ely, plus the Cummings from Dabchicks, and a close battle ensued. Cummings drew first blood with a win over Ely's Richard and James Denny, but Kevin and Scott Bilham (Ely) won the second from Cummings.

The two Beccles boats joined the fray on Sunday and dominated, Kevin and Jo Edwards, and Robert Salisbury and Rory Kelsey each taking a first and second, but the last race saw the Bilhams winning to take the honours on the tie-break from Cummings, two points clear of Salisbury.

The club event saw James Jarvey thrash the opposition in the A fleet with four wins and a second in his Punt, six points clear of Paul Wren, last race winner, in his Phantom, while Chris Toothill made Wren fight all the way to finish third, one point adrift. In the B fleet Jane Pye's Wayfarer did even better with five clear wins, as did Toby Percival's Laser 4.7 in the C Fleet

Twenty BODs raced on Wroxham Broad for their Cigarette Plate contest, dominated by four boats taking 11 of the 12 gun positions between them, Sam Cole taking Pipit to a first race third to complete the set, and claim fifth overall.


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Jimmy Tubby accounted for four guns, winning the first and last races and adding a third (discarded) and second to carry off the Plate by three clear points from Mark Oates.

The other winner was Tim Barrett, who came good in the second and third races but his first race seventh left him on nine points, edging Paul Carrington, who started well with a third and second, out on the tie-break as they finished third and fourth respectively.

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Northern Rivers finished their season on Saturday with their Club Championship when 11 members raced from the clubhouse on a 100 minute pursuit race.

Initially the higher handicap boats, led by John Redding's Hunter Horizon My Weigh, held sway, but Peter Coleman's Pegasus 800 Quartet, in cruising rig, overhauled him just short of the top buoy and hang on to take winning gun.

Tom Parkinson in his low handicap 800 passed the rest of the fleet and moved within sight of Redding who, though, hung on to take second gun.

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