It may have been a slightly quieter weekend for Horning Sailing Club in terms of number of events taking place over the weekend, although it was certainly not quieter in numbers with a particularly strong dinghy fleet on the water. Whilst the forecast had predicted very light winds and rain after lunch, thankfully the winds were steadier (although fluky at times), and the sailors escaped the rain.

Three Reedlings competed in the morning races, both of which saw Robert Hancock sailing Siskin, crewed by daughter Holly, pull away from the fleet to win both, with Kevin Saunders crewed by Phil Logsdon sailing Cockatrice winning the afternoon race. Both Yeoman morning races, and the afternoon, were won by Geoff and Michael Stubbs sailing Tara. In the five-strong Rebels, the sailors included Ken Davies sailing with Amanda Barnes in Rebel Jade, helming a race on his 94th birthday! Both morning races were won by Kevin Edwards and Tim Wildman in Rebel Maid. During the afternoon, 14-year-old Hamish Harmer switched boat from Topper to Rebel (sailing Rebel Queen with Kim West), winning the class race by such a margin that he was able to take a one-minute time penalty with no impact on the results.

The dinghies saw four Splashes out, the class having recently enjoyed a resurgence at Horning, along with nine Toppers and two Lasers, battle it out on the water. The first race was won by Anya Gittins sailing a Topper (Allcomers C) and Edward Wildman sailing a Laser (Allcomers B). The second race saw Anya’s sister Zia take a win in the Toppers, whilst in the Allcomers B there was a photo finish between the Splashes of James Pettit and Tallulah Reardon-Burr, both coming equal second, behind Edward in his Laser. After lunch, Jasmine Herring won the Allcomers C in her Topper, whilst Dominic Copping sailing a Laser won in the Allcomers B. The final race saw James Pettit win Allcomers B in his Splash, and Abbey Penny the Allcomers C in her Topper.

Next weekend sees Open Dinghy Weekend take place on the River Bure (Saturday afternoon) and Hoveton Little Broad (Sunday) – all welcome.