James Tubby takes charge with treble success

James Tubby dominated a strong BOD fleet, winning three races to take the Tidcombe Salver and the Clabburn Trophy for the last race.

Christian Young proved best of the rest with a first race win and last race second, while Nick Truman, third overall, Kingsley Farrington, Ali Clabburn and John Carrington also got top three finishes.

Bittern races for the Syd Wren Trophy on Saturday were sailed in minimal wind, John Atkinson and Leona Levine winning the first race when their nearest rivals, both sailing solo, got the marks wrong.

David Trower took the second race, but in the final Bruce Thompson threw away the chance of glory when, leading, he took the final mark the wrong way, letting John and Caroline Ellis through to win the race, and Atkinson the trophy by just one point.

This was followed by a Punt Open attracting 15 boats, and comprehensively won by Simon and Rachel Clayton in perfect conditions and winds increasing from 12/13 to 16/17 knots. A testing course included all points of sailing and a number of capsizes underlined the effort put in, even if the result was dominated by three boats, one a Morrison, then a 'Hard Chine' second and the traditional design third.

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Northern Rivers sailed their Commodore's Cup on a Passage race from St Benet's up then Thurne and then back to their Acle clubhouse, with light winds favouring the lower handicapped boats.

Tom Parkinson, back after a spell in dry dock, duly won. On Sunday the Green Ranger event was a Pursuit race won by Nigel Wordingham despite being over at his start, thanks in part to an unexpected gust as he rounded the Acle buoy against the tide, leaving the rest struggling.

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Elsewhere, Sam McNamara crewed Chris Owen at the Wayfarer Nationals at Medway SC, winning seven of the nine races to win by 19 points.

Mike McNamara and Flip Foulds finished third, one point behind the joint winners, in the Albacore Nationals at Torquay, and Flip also contested the Laser European Championships at Hourtin ( France) where she did well to finish 66th against a largely professional turnout, coping with winds that made Wroxham's look rock steady by comparison.

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