Horning Sailing Club enjoyed glorious weather over the weekend with the start of the informal Sundown Race series on Saturday, and Club Racing on Hoveton Little Broad Sunday. Despite the light winds and soaring temperatures forecast, turnouts were still strong and sailors enjoyed a pleasant, if a little frustrating, morning on the water. With three races scheduled to run in quick succession, the plan was for races to be short – although the wind had other ideas! With the first race sailed for in a little more than a drift, the wind regularly changing direction and strength, racing was shortened after just one lap of the Broad. By the second race, the Broad resembled a mill pond, with ripples replaced by reflections, and the occasional puff of wind (and breeze) very welcome. Typically, the wind picked up in between races, and for the start of the third race saw the best breeze of the day. Thankfully, almost all of the 20+ competitors had stayed to enjoy the conditions.
In the Reedlings, Robert Hancock sailing Siskin won all three races from Kevin Saunders in Cockatrice, with Toby Fields (Tanskey) winning two races in the Yeomans, the other going to Geoff Stubbs (Tara). Six Rebels competed over the morning, with all three races won by Kim West (Rebel). The Yare & Bures saw extremely close racing, with Ron Jackson (Holly Blue) taking two wins over Alastair Fields’ one win in Rosy Wave. Approximately half the racing fleet was made up of dinghies, with James Pettit winning three races in the Allcomers B fleet sailing his Splash, whilst in the Toppers, James Street won one race, the remaining two going to Hamish Harmer.
Next weekend sees the Yeoman & Kinsman National Championships take place on Saturday afternoon & Sunday on Hoveton Little Broad, along with continuation of the Sundown series on Saturday evening and a Down River race to Thurne on Sunday.