Trophy win for Carrington
Two weeks ago, I waxed eloquent on the triumphs of Paul Carrington and Christian Young in the first of Wroxham's Open Cruiser meetings. Last weekend they all but repeated the achievement.
Two weeks ago, I waxed eloquent on the triumphs of Paul Carrington and Christian Young in the first of Wroxham's Open Cruiser meetings.
Last weekend they all but repeated the achievement, if not the number of places, when Carrington edged home with a last-race win to take the Eastwood Trophy by a three-point margin over James Gill and Young, who finished the event in that order thanks to a second race win by Gill.
The outcome was decided by their performances in the third race sailed, which all had to include in their score, because all three had sailed one forgettable race on Saturday.
Carrington had a first and fourth, Gill a first and third, and Young a second and third.
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In this situation Carrington's ninth place in the third race proved just enough.
Further down the list, Robin Richardson's win in that secured him fourth overall, and Mike Barnes' third, behind Geoff Angell, placed him fifth overall. Two other helms whose prospects were wrecked in that first race on Sunday were the first and second-placed helms in Saturday's first race, Richard Lord and Patrick Richardson.
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Traditional Punts, and Bitterns, provided an eclectic selection on Saturday at Barton.
All eight Punts gave their crews a ducking at some point or other, and their event was narrowly won by Emma Lewis, with Val Khambatta dead-heating with husband Neville for second spot, the latter giving Goldeneye her first outing for many years after they had painstakingly restored her.
Paul Tegerdine won the Bitterns with three emphatic wins.
Hickling's annual charity day, this year in aid of Combat Stress, raised £140 with three races for a variety of trophies.
The four races each tested a different aspect of sailing, windward/leeward, Olympic, and Passage, finishing with a pursuit race in which the slowest boats had completed one round before the last Punt, Harnser, started, with 33 minutes to catch them all, which he did!
At Rollesby, Barry Bradford proved the most consistent performer with three Allcomers B wins during the day, while John Saddington and Dennis Manning started and finished with wins in the A section.
The coming week is dominated by two eight-day events. North West Norfolk starts on Saturday and runs until next Saturday round the north and west Norfolk coast, while Wroxham Week starts on Sunday and runs until the climax a week later with the MOD's Gold Cup Race.
Wroxham also have a BOD Open on Saturday and Sunday.
Elsewhere, GYGSC have a B14 and Asymmetric meeting, and Coldham Hall an open day this Saturday, and Buckenham entertain the Enterprises for a Woodcock Salver event on Sunday.