Three cheers for Dugdales

Eighteen Yeomans, plus a further two for the last race only, came to the line for Wroxham's final Yeoman Open, contesting the Wilson Cup. The event proved a clear triumph for Sally and Carol Dugdale, who won three of their races to beat runner-up Chris Hanson by four clear points.

Eighteen Yeomans, plus a further two for the last race only, came to the line for Wroxham's final Yeoman Open, contesting the Wilson Cup. The event proved a clear triumph for Sally and Carol Dugdale, who won three of their races to beat runner-up Chris Hanson by four clear points. Hanson finished second in the middle two races and third in the other two. Gordon Wishart's second race win was enough to give him third place on the tie-break from Peter Marriott.

Other members of the Dugdale clan were meanwhile involved at Horning's Open Dinghy event on Black Horse Broad. The eight competitors on Saturday included Kestrels, an RS Vareo, Larks, and a Topper.

Both races were won by Jane Williams and Sarah Dugdale, the first after leading all the way round, and the second after seeing off a strong challenge from Tim Gaul in his Lark.

Sunday produced a little more wind, and Kevin Edwards, crewed by daughter Elena, won the Flirtatious Cups for Enterprises.


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Williams and Sarah Dugdale went home with the Onyx Trophy, beating brothers Richard and Robert Whitefoot, who sailed their Lark to a first and two seconds. Another Lark, sailed by Richie Dugdale and David Williams, came third, their chances marred when their boat capsized at its moorings shortly before the start of the third race.

Rollesby is noted for the wide variety of dinghies raced, and their Autumn Regatta reflected this.

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Darren Pike emerged as overall winner in the A section, sailing a Phantom to three straight wins, with veteran Wayfarer team Jill and Jim Searle runner-up and Bob Harkins third in a Solo.

The B section honours went, on the tie break, to Daniel Bradford, just ahead of father Barry Bradford, both sailing Bytes, with Ian Hanson third in a British Moth.

This takes some explaining because Barry actually won three races as against Daniel's one, but they exchanged boats for the last race and, in proper sailing tradition, the awards go to the boats rather than to the helmsmen, and on this basis each Byte counted two firsts and a second.

Hickling's Open Punt meeting drew seven starters for an event sailed in a constant southerly Force 3-4 throughout the day.

The outcome was decisive as James Jarvey romped to three straight wins over Richard Parker, with three second places.

There was a little more competition for third spot as Jane Pye, having secured it overall, slipped back in the final race, leaving her progenitor, John Parker, to take third and clinch fourth spot overall from Paul Wren.

The coming weekend features a two-day Wayfarer and Star Open at Norfolk Broads Yacht Club and the start of Lady YC's annual regatta, running until Tuesday, October 3. On Sunday only, WOBYC have a Laser and Splash Sprint Open meeting.

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