Samuel Shackle proves a cut above in the Gold fleet at Horning Sailing Club

Action from Horning at the weekend. Picture: Holly Hancock

Action from Horning at the weekend. Picture: Holly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Horning Sailing Club hosted a Topper Eastern Area Traveller event as well as club racing on Hoveton Little Broad on Sunday.

On Saturday they also welcomed 13 sailors to take part in the single-handed racing, including five visitors. With a wide range of abilities, the sailors were split into two fleets - the Gold fleet, who took part in the main series, and the Silver fleet who enjoyed a shorter course, many of them taking part in their first racing event.

The morning was warm, but the light and shifty winds frustrated sailors, with a strong tide complicating matters.

In the six-strong Gold fleet Samuel Shackle (Broxbourne SC) took an early lead in the first race, ahead of home sailor Toby Pearce (HSC) and Charles Alston (NBYC). Toby was leading the second race until he took the wrong course, allowing Samuel to overtake, with Tom Thwaites second, and Charles third.

For the afternoon series, the Gold fleet took the unanimous decision to move racing to the Broad, where the sea breeze kicked in to provide consistent winds. Two further firsts were enough to secure Samuel first overall, ahead of Toby (second) and Charles (third). Meanwhile the seven sailors in the Silver fleet raced on the river all day, with close racing. Three firsts saw James Pettit win the series, ahead of Charlie Broadbent with a first, second and third, and Ashley Williams and James Street joint third (all HSC).


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Sunday's racing on the Broad started overcast with light winds. However, the temperature rose with the breeze to provide pleasant sailing, bringing out a good turnout of boats with 30 taking part. Five reedlings made it to the start line during the morning series with Robert Hancock in Siskin winning both races, with both Kevin Saunders sailing Cockatrice, and Derek Jones sailing Merlin, taking a second place.

Of the nine Yeomans competing Geoff Stubbs, helming Tara and Chris Andrews, sailing Thistledoo took a first respectively, with Roger Hannant in Firefly and Kevin Edwards in Avocet second. Six YBODs raced, Rosy Wave helmed by Alastair Fields and Painted Jezebel helmed by David Means also both winning a race.

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Four Lasers, four Splashes and an Enterprise meant for a crowded dinghy start, with Will Penny winning the first race (Laser Radial), ahead of Edward Wildman (Laser) and Jo Edwards (Splash).

The second race saw incredibly close racing, with little over a minute on handicap separating the first six finishers. First on the water and on handicap was Dominic Copping's Laser, with Jack Barnham second (Splash) and Edward Wildman and Jonas Osborn joint third (Lasers). Numbers were somewhat diminished during the afternoon series but Mario Tinge and Roger Hannant each added a win in the Yeoman fleet, whilst in the YBODs Alastair Fields took another win during the series.

William Penny achieved the same feat twice in the dinghy fleet, whilst Roger Pettit won the third Reedling race.

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