Patience was rewarded for those who persevered through Sunday morning’s challenging sailing conditions, with a gentle breeze and warm sunshine during the afternoon.
The day started overcast and humid for racing on the River Bure at Horning and the first race began in extremely light and shifty winds – the burgees on the top of masts not sure which direction the wind was coming from! Progress was slow, particularly on the return to the Clubhouse, with competitors fighting the tide and struggling to make it round the corner back onto Racing Reach. First back was first boat away, Robert Hancock’s Reedling Siskin, but the majority of the fleet bunched up and eventually finished very close together some 25 minutes later. First Rebel was Kevin Edwards in Rebel Maid, with the afternoon race won by Kim West in Rebel. The first Yeoman race was won by Roger Pettit in Anoah, with the afternoon race won by Geoff Stubbs in Tara. The Yare & Bures were particularly close – Simon Means in Painted Jezebel just one second ahead of Ron Jackson in Holly Blue during the morning race, with Holly Blue taking a win in the afternoon. In the dinghies, Zia Gittins won the first race in her Topper, with Abbey Penny winning both afternoon races, also sailing a Topper.
Both the second and fourth race of the day were sailed for as Allcomer races, with Kevin Edwards in Rebel Maid winning the second, then Toby Fields in Yeoman Tanskey, and Rebel each took a win in the last series respectively.
Next weekend sees the start of Horning Sailing Club’s annual Regatta Week with Regatta Weekend on Hoveton Little Broad on 31st July/1st August, and Regatta Week taking place on the river from 2nd-6th August – all welcome.