Trophy cheer for Dugdales

Twenty Yeomans and Kinsmans, including visitors from Queen Mary SC, reported to Horning for their National Championships, sailed over five race. The weekend was dominated by Sally and Richie Dugdale.

Twenty Yeomans and Kinsmans, including visitors from Queen Mary SC, reported to Horning for their National Championships, sailed over five race.

The weekend was dominated by Sally and Richie Dugdale.

They led the first race throughout, but had to work a lot harder in the second to catch Richard and Frances Whitefoot, which they finally managed to do on the final leg of the course after a prolonged battle.

This pattern repeated itself on Sunday, when Sally and Richie again dominated the first race, but in the second only just got through the Whitefoots at the penultimate mark.

The fifth and final race saw the Dugdales again rampant, but still earning their place as they fought off a spirited challenge from Neil Beaton of Queen Mary SC.

Sally and Richie therefore won the Moores Trophy, while the Chairman's Trophy for runner-up and the Alan Wheatley Trophy, awarded to the highest-placed boat not using a spinnaker, went to the Whitefoots.

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Third overall, and winner of the Scott Salver, were visitors Neil Beaton and M Pride.

The Cruiser weekend at Barton, which attracted 18 entries, tested sailing in a wide variety of wind strength.

The wind picked up just in time for Saturday's first race, which favoured the faster boats, with the notable exception of Achievement, whose crew, skippered by James Gill, opted to take a grandstand view of the proceedings from the mud well beyond the deep water channel.

Having seen John Cox winning in Zingara from Mel Farrer in Farthing, James Gill then atoned for his earlier lapse by winning the second race, with Farrer again runner-up.

Sunday saw gusts exceeding 25 knots, testing some of the topsails to their limits, and now the slower boats came into their own, with Phillip Dring's Marilyn Ann beating the conditions and the fleet to win the third race, and R Smith to take the fourth in Alchemy.

The ultimate winner, though, was the consistent Paul Carrington, who sailed Sabrina II to second place in both Sunday races to add to his brace of thirds on Saturday.

That earned him both the Barton Broad Cruiser Trophy as overall winner and the White Horse Trophy for fastest boat in the slow fleet, with Geoff Angell's Pippa coming in second in both categories.

The Achievement Trophy for the best of the faster fleet went to Cox, with Farrer second.

There were not quite so many on Wroxham Broad for the Norfolk Open meeting, but the competition was hardly less intense.

Kevin Edwards went home with the Yare SC Trophy, but the heroine of the event was his seven-year-old daughter Elena, who stuck to her task of crewing her father through 11 rounds of the broad in winds which nudged Force 4.

They won all three races on Sunday with almost consummate ease.

Geoff Coulthard and Geoff Evans made the most of Edwards' absence on Saturday by coming out on top in an entertaining race which saw them, Martin and Jenny Broom, and Jonathan Tyrrell (sailing solo) all hold the lead at different times, as well as a splendid luffing match.

Coulthard and Broom vied for second place on Sunday, with Coulthard emerging on top by one point, while fourth place and the Yare SC Spoons went to John and Caroline Ellis, thanks to a third race second place.

The Saturday afternoon Contract Service Personnel Race for crews was won by Eileen Urquhart.

During the afternoon spectators enjoyed the unfamiliar sight of two, yes two, Enterprise dinghies sailing on Wroxham. Once prolific on the Broads generally it is many years since they left and the sight stirred up some memories. Incidentally there is another relic from old times based at the club, a Firefly dinghy, popular in the forties and fifties, which appears from time to time.

The bigger boats predominate on this weekend's calendar, with Lowestoft hosting the BODs, Wroxham the YBODs, and WOBYC the Waveney World Championships. Moving slightly down the size scale, Barton Broad is the venue for a Norfolk Punt and International Canoe open event. All these events run from lunchtime Saturday to Sunday afternoon, except the BOD event, which runs tomorrow and Saturday, and is followed on Sunday by RNSYC's Southwold race. On Sunday only Rollesby host an Enterprise and Single Hander Open meeting.

July opens fairly quietly, with July 1 and 2 offering EACC's River Cruiser Open and Wroxham's double header for Stars and Wayfarers.