Local put down a marker ahead of Horning championships
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The local Yeoman fleet put in a spot of practice on Wroxham Broad last weekend before this weekend's Championships at Horning when 13 turned out for an open.
Carl Brady and Guy Coleman again ruled the waves as they romped to three straight wins from Paul and Adam Barker to take the weekend honours.
In their wake Chris and Nel Hanson battled it out with Nathan Ackroyd for third place. Going into the fourth and last race Ackroyd had the edge by one point but, while Hanson kept his nerve to earn his second third gun, Ackroyd never recovered from being over at the start and could only manage sixth. Lying level after the discard, the last race result applied edging Hanson into third. The last race was for the Trafford Trophy, for NBYC Members only and Brady, who did not qualify, opted to avoid competing.
Barker, along with Ackroyd, was over at the start but made a better job of recovering to work up to his fourth second gun but the win went to George Whitefoot, fifth overall, as he clung on after early pace-setter Hanson dropped back.
On Barton Chris Bunn contested with widely varying conditions and stiff opposition over four races, two on Saturday and two on Sunday to take the Consortium Cup at the Punt Club's YBOD Open.
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A light south-westerly initially, swinging to westerly for the second race dictating a Committee boat start, saw Bunn and Tim Frary take the first two places by six minutes from David Talbot in the first race.
Despite rain intervening, resulting in the course being shortened to finish at Turkey Broad, the result was repeated with the exception of third place, which went to local lad Simon Daniels.
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Sunday was altogether better, with a fresher NWN wind, and again saw Bunn, Frary and Talbot in that order way ahead of the rest. The best wind was reserved for the last race with gusts sufficient to prompt several boats to sail three up, with two good beats on each round. Again, Frary pressed hard as he had all weekend, but to no avail as Bunn took the honours. Peter Robbins, winner last year of the Anne Whelpton trophy, fought hard to retain it but couldn't quite match Simon Daniels' expertise.
Horning saw a busy weekend with a Race Coach Two level two course, dinghy racing at the clubhouse, and their mid-summer Open downriver to Acle attracting nine boats.
The run down took two hours, with Paul Clarke first in his Yeoman, ahead of Jeremy Tusting's YBOD and Bernie Westgate's Yeoman. The return leg saw a Yeoman one, two, three – David Hannant coping best with the beat ahead of Westgate and Clarke.