Open dinghy event draws the crowds

Horning's Open Dinghy Weekend drew several visitors from as far afield as Ely and enjoyed near perfect conditions.

For the first time for many years Horning had Enterprises competing, thanks to efforts by Colin Facey and his training team, and a BA grant enabling the club to buy a number.

Racing proper started on Saturday afternoon following a morning junior regatta attracting 38 entries, and the Enterprises saw wins for Ali Bourke and Kim West, and Paul Clarke and Paul Edwards, while Ezra and Joel Bailey, aged 13 and 10, gave them a good run for their money.

They were joined on Sunday by three boats from Ely and Beccles and experience told as the visitors took control, Kevin and Scott Bilham winning the Flirtatious Cup.

Joanne Moore and James Galloway battled long and hard in the club boats and only a few feet parted them, Joanne winning on both occasions.

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Among the other dinghies, James Galloway and Curtis Drew caught the eye in their Lasers on Saturday, as did Joanne Moore in her Splash, actually finishing ahead of Galloway over the water, while Natalie and Joe Brown dead-heated in their Toppers.

On Sunday Elena Edwards, from Beccles, was the Topper star taking two of the three races by seconds from Horning's Natalie Stiff.

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It was rather more stately at Wroxham, where four Stars contested the British Star Championship, won by Danny Tyrell with two firsts sandwiching two seconds, the intervening races going to James Knight and Adam Barker.

The retirement last week of Martin Broom MBE from the Broads Authority merits a mention.

Local boaters, be they sail, motor, hirers, or whatever, owe Martin a tremendous debt for the 30 and more years he has devoted through the NSBA, Great Yarmouth Port Authority, and, since 1989, the BA and the Navigation Committee which he has chaired for most of that time.

His knowledge of the waterways is unmatched, and his advice, freely given, has steered the Authority through many difficulties.

Martin was, and remains, a doughty fighter for local sailors, but his reputation among the Authority rests on his ability to see the other point of view, and his aim for conciliation rather than confrontation has served us all well.

Martin was presented with a wall clock by BA Staff, and a half model of his beloved Norfolk Dinghy Tideway, in which he started winning trophies as a teenager, (and won another this month).

He remains a formidable competitor, winning the Moonraker Trophy on Saturday on the YNR. His successor has very large shoes to fill.

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