Webbers take crown as Horning hosts national championships
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Horning Sailing Club hosted the Yeoman & Kinsman National Championships on Hoveton Little Broad.
Some 12 boats took part, including four from Norfolk Broads Yacht Club.
The event began on Saturday afternoon, in a moderate westerly breeze, and it was Roger Hannant, crewed by Christopher Tuckett, sailing Firefly who sailed an impressive race to lead from start to finish, ahead of Bill and Diana Webber in Swift and Kevin, Jo and Pippa Edwards sailing Avocet. The second race saw the winds drop and a shortened course as a result, with Swift first ahead of Avocet, with Geoff Stubbs' Tara third.
Sunday's first race saw the now familiar battle ensue at the front of the fleet, with Firefly, Swift, Avocet and Toby Field's Tanskey all vying for top position.
As the race progressed this became a two-boat match between Firefly and Swift, the lead changing several times, as the spinnaker-flying boats were able to pull away. The second race saw a clear win by Avocet, with Firefly second and Swift third, meaning it was all to play for in the final race.
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A win by either Avocet or Swift would be enough for them to take the title of national champion, whilst Firefly needed to stay ahead of Avocet to be second overall. After a tense race, with several position changes, it was Swift who emerged as winner and national champion, Bill and Diana taking both the Moores Trophy for helm and J&N Trophy for crew for the third successive year.
Second in the race and overall was Firefly, and also first HSC helm, Roger picking up the Chairman's Trophy for his efforts, whilst Avocet was third, Kevin taking the Scott Salver.
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Toby, sailing Tanskey, took the Alan Wheatley trophy for first non-spinnaker boat and also came fourth overall.
Meanwhile, club racing took place on the river at HSC on Sunday, with a mix of craft enjoying the blustery conditions. The joint largest fleets were the Reedlings and Yare & Bure One Designs. Roger Pettit won the first Reedling race, whilst Robert Hancock won the second. Ron Jackson and Clive Gardner took a win in the YBODs, and Gary Wright won two races in the Rebels. In the dinghy fleet both Edward Wildman and Jack Barnham won races, sailing their Laser and Splash respectively.