Juniors are involved in close battle

A north-westerly around Force 2 kept the fleets moving on the second day of Wroxham Regatta, despite a good selection of the well known, and often overlooked, 'dead spots' dotted around the course.

Juniors Henry Whipp, Billly Johnson, and Mac Mackay continued their rivalry in the three Optimist races, and there is little to separate them in what promises to be an enthralling competition.

Moving up to the Toppers, Emily King is currently the leader, from Harry Paine, a regular visitor from Cardiff, but he may take comfort from the fact that Emily's week ends on Thursday, before sailing enough races to qualify, as she is sailing in the Topper Nationals. Another junior, Laura Tims, took the winning gun in the morning Norfolk race by a considerable margin from helms with far more experience.

Martin and Jenny Broom were winners of the afternoon race, although, after leading for the first round, they succumbed to your reporter, crewed by Nigel Blake, and only recovered when yours truly misjudged his approach to the last mark and lost out at the finish.

The 41 strong YBOD race saw Christian Young win, followed by Ian Tims and John Clabburn, and some nifty work by Ben Mackintosh when his mast all but collapsed during the race. Flip Foulds and Sally Dugdale are fighting tooth and nail for predominance in the Yeomans, finishing yesterday morning in that order and now at level pegging, while C Seward is within touch with a couple of third places.


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Holly Hancock has passed me extracts from the EDP of July 26 1958. Wroxham Week was rather different then, fewer races, fewer entries, MODs and Norfolks each started 13, Nationals and Fireflies 14, YBODs and Waveneys 9 each, BODs 8, Punts and Cruisers 6 each in 12 races sailed during the day.

There are one or two names present this year. Mike Nokes, a regular visitor, but not sailing this year, won the National 12s and Fireflies in Destiny, the National he built from a kit.

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A smart young lad called Martin Broom came second in that race, sailing Caprice, before winning the Norfolk race in Tideway, a habit he seems unable to discard, despite the best efforts of his friends in the class. Also still sailing is a young man who my predecessor noted had a 'runaway win' sailing the Punt Rushlight. The young man 'will have to be carefully watched by the rest of the fleet, especially in rough weather'. His name is Mike Evans.

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