Wind claims casualties
Sunday's wind provided the main story last weekend, with significant effect upon the various activities taking place.
The nine Bitterns holding their Championships on Hickling sailed only two of the four scheduled races, both counting for the honours, and indeed only three boats completed both races.
The finishing order was identical, so John Atkinson and Leona Levine took the Ernest Webster Trophy home, Paul Tegerdine and Nicola Moy coming second, and Bruce Thompson and Diana Wilson third.
As the winds progressively gusted up to Force Seven there were several casualties, the first being young Jack Drew-Leventon and Matty Ross, whose trek from the south coast was marred when their rudder pintle sheared on the first lap; Colin Burrow and Louise Southwood succumbed for the same reason in the second race, which was more exciting, Atkinson leading all the way, but Thompson, planing spectacularly, passed Tegerdine on the first run although Tegerdine subsequently re-asserted himself before the race was shortened at the end of the second round by which time the other five starters had retired.
Meanwhile, the club's single-handers revelled in the conditions, Graham Bentley and Georgie Povall winning, Bentley taking the first race in his Solo, and Povall the next two in her Laser Radial.
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Northern Rivers sailed their Oby Thistle races on Saturday when the light winds, coupled with a lot of reaching, favoured the Pegasus 800s and both races saw wins for Nigel Wordingham and Roger Pritchett, with Peter Coleman and Maggie Lomax second. In the first race, lasting about two hours, racing extended from a start down to the Acle Bridge buoy and up to the Bure, but as the later boats suffered from the fading wind, the second race was much shorter.
Sunday was a very different story for the Emblem Trophy when the stronger winds saw the lower handicapped boats take charge, and, while Wordingham managed a third and a second, the honours went to Allan Winters and Bob Nicholls, winners of the first race, and Bob Jarvey and Ray Segon, winners of the second race and, by virtue of their second place in the first race, they took the trophy home. Winters' Juneau Sunfast 20 was well suited to the conditions prevailing in the first, two-hour race, and would probably have done better in the shorter second race had he not developed an almost indissoluble attachment to the bank which proved his undoing and left the field to Jarvey's Waarschip.
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NBYC's annual Classic Dinghy fiesta, organised as always by Jamie Campbell, was a weekend of pure nostalgia with a baker's dozen of boats just out for the sheer enjoyment of racing these delightful craft without too much importance attached to the results. Five National 12s, three Merlin Rockets, an Albacore (sailed by Mike McNamara and Flip Foulds), a Norfolk, and an O-Jolle Olympic Monosail made the most of the Force Two winds.
The gremlins somehow got at Holly Hancock's last-day report on Horning Week, which finished as it started with light winds and shortened courses.
In fact, one of the Allcomers C races resulted in a general recall because the fleet had drifted over the line and had no means of getting back in time. The lunchtime races were enlivened when the first six boats failed to note that Buoy X had been added to the course, and Richie Dugdale in Zingara made a like mistake, in the cruiser race, but recovered to take first gun.
With all the trophies finding new homes, there were several noteworthy performances, Ezra Bailey collecting three in his Enterprise while Natalie Stiff went one better collecting all four Allcomer C trophies in her Topper. Matt Ellis (Laser), Geoff Stubbs (Yeoman) and Pip Roney (Cruisers) each collected two trophies, while Colin Facey and Peter Brown each took a Rebel award, and Chris Bunn and Paul Howers did the same in the YBODs.
Julia Bower won the Mary Cup for Novices, and James Galloway the Bullard Cup for U-18s in dinghies.