Pank sweeps the board at Youth regatta

Young helms competing for the Novice Salver at Beccles ASC.

Young helms competing for the Novice Salver at Beccles ASC. - Credit: Archant

Norfolk Broad Yacht Club's Youth regatta drew 26 youngsters, 15 in Optimists and the other 11 in assorted faster craft.

William Pank won all three Gold Fleet Optimist races with Joshua Means his closest rival counting two second places. Sebastian Gotto edged ahead of Joey Taylor to take third overall, on the tie break counting a second and a fourth as against Taylor's two thirds. Jemima Gotto's first and third race wins secured her the Silver Fleet honours.

In the Allcomers Ellie Edwards won the first two races which sufficed, although she succumbed to her nearest rival William Penny in the third. Joe Purdy matched Penny's second and third position with a first race third. In the other event held at Wroxham Sam Woodcock and Jane Aldiss won all three races to win the Marks Cup.

There are one or two snippets from the Three Rivers Race at the weekend.

After 50 years Malcolm Bishop has decided to call it a day. An enthusiastic competitor, initially in Wayfarers but latterly in a Yeoman, Malcolm frequently finished well up despite being noted for his ultra caution on negotiating the bridges, which sometimes cost him dearly, and he will be missed. Also missing was first ever winner Hugh Tusting.

In the Yeomans, James Buntin and Paul Gladwin had a particularly close battle. Returning from Hickling, Gladwin was a good 2-3 minutes ahead, but things went wrong as he tried to re-hoist and Buntin steamed through. to eventually win by 15 minutes.

The light westerly breeze was just perfect for novice helms, to start mixed fleet racing on the river at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club last Saturday. Max Clayton in his Optimist timed his start well leading the pack up to the first mark and maintained enough pace to collect second on corrected time behind his brother Alex, who was first home sailing his new Topper 'Tigger'.

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