Little Broad provides the perfect setting for Horning SC
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Horning Sailing Club held their Open Dinghy weekend on Hoveton Little Broad.
In perfect weather conditions, competitors enjoyed good racing with gentle winds on Saturday, these picking up on Sunday along with brilliant sunshine.
Seven Enterprises, four Bittern dinghies, several Lasers, Splashes, Toppers, a Tera, Wayfarer, Vision and a Solo took part over the weekend, meaning that the Broad was a hive of activity, with brightly coloured sails providing a spectacle for those watching.
Despite the relatively calm conditions on Saturday it was not without event, as the first race saw the two lead boats, helmed by Toby Pearce and Jack Copping respectively, take the wrong course on the first lap and being overtaken by Kevin Edwards, crewed by daughter Pippa, who would go on to win all five races and become overall winner, taking the Flirtatious Cup for Helm and Crew in addition to the Flying Enterprise Trophy.
Roger Hannant, crewed by Ashley Williams, also had a strong start with a second and third on Saturday, whilst Toby, crewed by Benji Jefferies, would go on to win the Cadet Trophy and Broads Area Trophy for Under 16 and Under 20 helm respectively.
In the Allcomers B fleet, James Pettit sailed well in his Splash to beat the Lasers over the water and come first on handicap, with Mark and Abi Tassie's Wayfarer second. The Allcomers C fleet saw close competition between the Toppers of James Street and Louis Parkerson, and Hamish Harmer's Tera, with Hamish and Louis taking a win each.
Sunday's racing was more lively, largely due to the increasing winds.
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During the morning races the Solo took on a lot of water and almost sank, and the Lasers sailed the wrong course, recreating the actions of the Enterprises the previous day.
Despite strong competition from the remainder of the fleet, Kevin took the lead from Toby, the latter managing to gain another second place before capsizing in the final race. Meanwhile, Kevin's daughter Ellie, crewed by mum Jo, was battling at the front of the fleet to come away with a second and third place from the day's racing. Jack Copping and Thomas Wildman also put in a strong performance to finish with a second and two thirds during the day.
In Allcomers B, James added to his score with another win on Sunday morning, but it was Edward Wildman, with three firsts and a second overall, who took the Onyx Barometer, Hannant Tankard and Tino Trophy for First Overall.
In the Allcomers C fleet it was all left to play for, with Hamish's two wins over James' one enough for him to win both the Cadet and Kingfisher Trophies for his efforts.
On Sunday the racers were also joined by four visiting Bittern dinghies, with all three races won by John Atkinson, crewed by Leona Levine, sailing Boomer, and Bruce Thompson second in Kedgy Gal.
Warm sunshine and southerly breezes provided pleasant sailing conditions at Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club at the weekend, writes Veronica Falat.
Entries were low on Saturday but better on Sunday, especially in the keelboat fleets.
Sunday's Waveney race saw a very close tussle between the two front-runners, Pete Matthews' Valerian and Geoff Little's Naiad, with the lead changing three times.
At the last mark Naiad was slightly ahead, but had to give room to a Squib which left a gap just big enough for Naiad to dive into and re-take the lead to the finish.
The Squib race was also close, but Firebird, helmed by Simon Marfleet, managed to lead all the way, holding off the challenge from Crazy Diamond.
The biggest race of the weekend was Sunday's Mixed Keels, with 12 entries, and the Waveneys did well with Naiad first and Phil Large's Iris second while Guy Foulger's Broads One Design Peewit was third. Three Waveneys also raced for the Broadsway Bowl in the afternoon and the winner was Cuckoo Pint, sailed by Chris Wells and Roger Asher.
Although dinghy numbers were low, there was close racing between the Nourse twins in their Lasers on Saturday, with James finishing just ahead of Edward in both races. Meanwhile, George Madin won both Slow Handicap races. On Sunday the Oulton Rater Catastrophe, sailed by Jordon Levett and James Nourse, was looking good in the Fast Handicap; in race one it was beaten on corrected time by Alan Cone's Solo but these positions were reversed in race two. Steve Harvey sailed his Comet to victory in the Slow Handicap race with Jamie Dobson second in his Topper.