Sailing: First Open provides real challenge

NBYC's first Open for the BODs drew 16 starters for what proved to be an intensely competitive weekend with a variety of wind shifts combining to provide a real challenge to crews and Race Officer alike.

The level of expertise required is shown by the fact that winners Jimmy Tubby and Paul Timewell counted seven points, but these sufficed to give them the Horsey Sweepstakes Cup and the Marsh harrier Trophy, the latter based on the first and last races. Stu and Rosie Rix were two points adrift in second place, without gaining any wins. John and Mavis Carrington, third race winners, followed a point behind, while Mark Oakes' last race win wasn't quite enough to lift him ahead of Tim Barrett and Chris Edwards into fourth.

The other winner was Robert George, crewed by Caroline Lord, in the second race. For the final race Chris Bunn set a multi-zigzag course involving eight of the 12 marks on the Broad, with the successful intention of providing some beating. The Ladies trophy, from last year, was presented to Alexandra Sabberton.

The easterly suited Hickling, where 30 boats came to the line, with four different winners in the A section, in which John Parker might have done better had he remembered that the last two races were back to back. He gave them a three minute start, which just stopped him from catching Howard Gale's RS100.

After Maz Brown won the first race in the dinghy races, Peter Dearnley and Di Slatter asserted themselves to take the other three.

• Harold Huggins' funeral will be held tomorrow at St Andrew's Church, Eaton at 1pm.

Sadly I now have another death to report – that of Mary Upton, whose links with Coldham Hall SC go back to its earliest days after the War. She was the daughter of Harry Last, for many years landlord of the Coldham Hall Inn and an enthusiastic sailor. Mary subsequently married the late Jimmy Upton, with whom she sailed a Norfolk for many years, and she was a regular attender at the annual Open regatta, including this year.

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• The Jubilee weekend sees a number of events linked to the Jubilee celebrations. These start on Saturday when EACC run a four day Thurne Mouth Open Regatta, an event matched by NBYC, who host a Wherry Day on the Saturday followed by a special two day Open meeting event culminating in the Diamond Jubilee Gold Cup race next Tuesday in a club regatta.

RNSYC are also holding a four day Open, from Saturday to Tuesday, including a Yare SC Open on the Sunday and Monday, and, from the Monday June 4 to Friday June 8, a visit from local Sea scouts.

GYGSC hold Open Days on Monday (Lowestoft Passage race) and Tuesday. There is power boat racing on Oulton on Monday, and the Wherry Albion will be open to the public at Potter Heigham on Tuesday.

The Navigators and General HSC Three Rivers Race is on June 9/10. Also that weekend GYGSC hold their Gorleston beach Regatta and RS600 and RS800 Open, Northern Rivers have their Summer regatta on Horsey Mere, and WOBYC host a RS Tera Open Training day on June 9 and an Open on the 10th.

Also on Sunday 10th, NBYC host a Rater Open Race, Buckenham the Hardley Mill Race, and Martham Boating Ass invite you to come and try sailing at Martham Ferry.