After another pleasant Sundown Series on Saturday evening, the sun shone and the wind blew for Sunday’s racing at Horning. With the racing having switched to the river in Horning due to ongoing difficulties with weed on Hoveton Little Broad, racing was exciting - with numerous capsizes amongst the dinghies keeping the rescue boats busy! First away were the Rebels, who had opted to reef in the breezy conditions; however, they were also the first boats to return having suffered gear failure, before retiring for the remainder of the day. The Yeomans also saw a smaller than usual turnout, with Paul Clarke in Two C Sons also suffering with gear difficulties just before the start, meaning that Geoff Stubbs in Tara won the first race. After a flying start in the second race, Two C Sons crossed the line first; however, she had to take a penalty for hitting a buoy, so Tara won. In the Yare & Bures, the first race was won by Kevin Saunders in Silver Cloud, the second by Liz Goodyear in Chalkhill Blue, the racing being particularly close in the second race, with the boats only a few seconds apart for the whole race. The dinghies enjoyed the challenging conditions, being the only fleet completing all four races. The first Allcomers B race was won by Dominic Copping sailing his Laser, with Harrison Ryder in his Splash second, whilst the Allcomers C was won by Anya Gittins sailing her Topper, with Jasmine Herring second. The second race saw both Dominic and Anya take another win, with Kim West (Laser 4.7) and Hamish Harmer (Tera) second respectively. After a successful morning on the water, it wasn’t Anya’s afternoon, suffering gear failure in both races and forcing her retirement, with Hamish Harmer taking a win in the Tera, and Kim West in the Allcomers B in both races. At the end of the day, sailors were very tired – but had “enjoyed every minute!”
Next week sees Horning Sailing Club’s annual Regatta Week – with Regatta Weekend taking place on Saturday 30th/Sunday 31st July and the Horning Open Regatta from Monday 1st- Friday 5th August.