Simon and Trevor’s convincing victory

Norfolk Broads YC officers were delighted with the turnout on Saturday when 15 assorted two-man dinghies came to the line for four intensive races, ranging from a Mirror to the latest high performance craft, and including an Enterprise.

Simon Bennett and Trevor Needham won the weekend convincingly, with the three first counting and a second discarded, to take the Youth Trophy.

The Junior (under-16) trophy was slightly more complicated. William Pank, crewed most of the time by his father Chris, was clear runner-up in his Mirror, but the conditions proved rather more than William could manage on his own over four races, and paternal guidance on the tiller was required on several occasions.

Chris accordingly waived William's claim to the Junior Trophy, despite their claiming two thirds and a second (their other race was won, but with Chris doing most of the helming), and the next highest juniors were Charles Folkard and Rowan Curtis, fifth overall.

In between Charles Talbot and Will Jones, and Ben and Alex Knight each earned a third gun. Veteran Kevin Edwards, crewed by younger daughter Pippa, was placed second in two of the races, but did not contest the first or third.


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The Topper turnout on Sunday comprised 11, all NBYC members, as the event was not part of the Travellers series, and the youngsters had four races, sailed almost back to back, in somewhat lighter winds.

Nathan Ackroyd won the weekend counting two firsts and a fifth after failing to finish the first race. The final race could have seen any one of four taking the honours, but Ackroyd broke clear almost from the start and was never threatened.

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His challengers were, in overall finishing order behind him, Ben Campbell, first in the first race and second in the third, Catriona MacIver, with a third, who came second behind Ackroyd, and James Patience, who, with a first and third under his belt also looked well placed, but finished down the fleet.

Three others shared in the guns – Billy Johnson (second in the first race), James Dugdale (second in the second race) and Joseph Girling, third in the final race.

Norfolk Punt Club's Open YBOD event was badly hit by the adverse weather forecast, apologies outnumbering the six starters, and the start was further delayed whiledebate raged over how many reefs were required.

When they eventually got under way Simon and Fil Daniels took an immediate lead, but having built it up to apparently unassailable, were all but caught out by a massive wind shift at the leeward mark, and had to see off challenges from Phil Roberts and John Sennitt before taking the leading gun.

The battle for second and third continued, with Andy and Kate Bangham and Peter Robbins and Bart Sawyer eventually taking those guns. The second race produced identical results.

Sunday morning was more clement, and Daniels sewed it up in the first race of the day, while Roberts threw down the gauntlet to the aspiring runners-up by taking second.

With Daniels having secured the Consortium Cup the interest in the last race was for runner-up, ultimately resolved by Bangham beating Roberts.

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