Woodcock makes a Mark in cup success

NBYC's Norfolk Dinghy meeting for the Marks Cup drew seven starters including two from Beccles.

Ray Johnson and Wendy Bush started the first race in style, leading all the way to what they thought was the first mark. Unfortunately they got it wrong and succumbed to Sam Woodcock, who had tread the course correctly, and thereafter it was Woodcock all the way to win all three races from Johnson, who counted two seconds. Glen Curtis' last race second edged him into third on the tie break ahead of Pat Woodcock and Jan Hubbard.

It was a quiet day on Sunday at Hickling with excellent conditions and a northerly F3 which benefitted the double-handers deploying spinnakers, and Peter Dearnley and Di Slatter clocked up three wins despite the single-handers putting up a good fight, especially Mike Gower who took a first and two seconds.

In the Three Rivers Race the Parker family fielded three generations in three Punts – John, daughter Jane Pye, who took the Wildgoose Cup as first lady helm, and son Richard and granddaughter Olivia, who enlivened spectator interest by capsizing a mere 400 yards from the start. All three finished inside the top 20. Meanwhile for once setbacks at the bridges did not necessarily spell total disaster.

Richie Dugdale's team aboard Zingara still managed second despite entangling with production Cruiser Papillon whilst fighting the tide under Potter Bridge, when rigging got entwined and James Patience took a header into the river trying to disengage.

Papillon (A Campbell) went on to win the Green Ginger Cup for Production Cruisers.

At Acle the Brewis family spent an agonising hour trying to paddle Amantani through the bridge, during which crew member Hannah Brewis went in, and eventually gave up, until the tide turned. Ultimately they finished in the top 50 (just). Finally, the Lysander Cup for stamina was well earned by C Johnson's 20 plus hours in Cornelian.

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