Trophy drought is finally over as Cator takes victory
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Two dozen BODs warmed up for Wroxham Week at the club's Open event for the Tidcombe Salver over the weekend.
The event went to Alby Cator who, despite a noteworthy sailing career over many years in national events elsewhere, had never won anything at Wroxham in 50 years of sailing.
Now he has two trophies – the Tidcombe Salver for winning the weekend, and the Clabburn trophy for winning the final race.
Cator started off with a victory, but the second race proved his discard and the third he gained a fourth. This sufficed to beat runner-up James Tubby by a single point, Tubby having come second to Cator in the first and last races.
Danny Tyrrell, winner of the second race, emerged third overall but the result of the third race, on Sunday morning, was complicated by several boats falling victim to the 'F' flag imposing penalties of five per cent on places. This meant first finisher Matt Frary counted six instead of one point, although it made no significant difference other than moving him below Mark Oakes, whose second gun in the race then proved enough to give him fourth overall.
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Four Cruisers, six Keelboats and two dinghies enjoyed a sunny and gentle race from Horning Waterworks to Thurne, taking about an hour. Robert Harris' Rushmere arrived first but lost out on handicap to G Brewis' Amanti, who also won the return, which, thanks to the sea breeze kicking in, was livelier and enabled the fleet to sail back to the club.
Gordon Jewell's Yeoman won the downriver leg and Clive Gardner's YBOD the return for the keelboats while Mark and Abi Tassie won both dinghy legs.
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Twenty 12 foot wood dinghies from six different European countries competed on flat seas for two days completing four races. On the third day a sloppy sea led to an abandoned race after an otherwise perfect regatta.
The winner from the Netherlands, Wim Bleeker, enjoyed a clean sweep with four firsts in Trupial and second-placed Huib Ozinga in Kruimeltje with four second places.
First local boat was a solid 15th placed Mark Duffield in Mr Toad chased very closely by Mrs Jenny Riley in Inshallah, crewed by Paul Lambert, only one point away.