Thwaites triumphs in battle for silverware
There was only one major open event last weekend, Norfolk Broads Yacht Club's final White Boat meeting, competing this time for the Second Clabburn trophy.
Fortunately for the 23 entrants, the heaviest remnants of Katia did not arrive until well after the sailing had finished.
The battle revolved around Matthew Thwaites and Christian Young, with Patrick Richardson pressing hard in their wake. Young drew first blood, finishing ahead of Thwaites, with Richardson third and James Dugdale fourth.
The second race saw Richardson get off to a superb start, while Thwaites and Young were both placed in mid-fleet. Young recovered to fourth, but it was Thwaites who powered through the masses to take the first gun ahead of Richardson, with John Cox third.
Sunday was a different story, with several competitors declining to venture out, although whether this was attributable to the wind or to another attraction near the river in Norwich is not clear. Those who did stay saw a third race win for Mike Evans from Paul Carrington while Thwaites and Young continued their fight behind them, and leaving both of them needing victory in the last brace to take the silverware.
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Instead of a titanic struggle, Thwaites won, while Young retired from the race but finished runner-up, leaving David Talbot to take second gun ahead of Mike Evans, Paul Carrington, and Patrick Richardson.
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Sunday events comprise a Topper Travellers meeting at Beccles, Green Wyvern SC's Cecil Howard Race, and Splash and Optimist Opens at Barton and Wroxham.
Next weekend is less frenetic, unless you happen to be a Cruiser owner and are doing the Yare Navigation on Saturday September 24. I understand the tides are expected to run late and that the race is unlikely to be deemed finished until late in the evening, so presumably any of the contestants involved in the NSBA Ramuz Inter-club Challenge being sailed at Beccles will need their sleep. The event is being sailed in Waveney Sailability Dinghies at Oulton, and entries will, for the first time, include the Nancy Oldfield Trust and, of course, Waveney Sailability.
The other events are a Dinghy Open, including Enterprise Woodcock Salver event at Horning, and the British Star Championship at Wroxham, both two-day events.