There was sunshine and breeze for Sunday’s racing, which took place on Hoveton Little Broad, the Broad having reopened for the summer at the weekend. The three back-to-back race format meant that races were short and sharp, with some lively gusts providing excitement. This entertainment was added to towards the end of the first race, where one of the Rebels accidentally hooked up the starting mark, taking it with them across the Broad! With this quickly positioned back by the Committee Boat, the remainder of racing passed by smoothly.
A strong Yeoman fleet of eight boats were the first away, with Toby Fields winning the first two races in Tanskey, ahead of Geoff Stubbs (Tara) and Paul Clarke (Two C Sons). The third race was extremely close and saw Tanskey and Tara change positions. The Rebels were joined by a Reedling, with Kim West (Rebel) and Gerry Hermer (Rebel Sailer) taking a win each, ahead of Gary Wright (Lucky Rebel). The Yare & Bures saw Mark Harris win the first race (Blue Wings), with Clive Gardner (Hairstreak) second and Rosy Wave (Alastair Fields) third. The second race saw the tables turned, just 30 seconds separating the whole fleet, with Rosy Wave first, Ron Jackson (Holly Blue) second, and Blue Wings third. In the dinghies, Edward Wildman took three wins in the Lasers, ahead of Preston Childerhouse, with racing amongst the Toppers particularly competitive – with, in the first race, William Woolston and James Street neck and neck throughout the whole course. Eventually it was William who took line honours, just ahead of James, with Jasper Richardson third. The next two races would see both James and Jasper win a race too. Close behind the top three were the Toppers of Ella Middleton and Tallulah Burr.
Next weekend sees the nationally famous Horning Sailing Club Yachtmaster Insurance Three Rivers Race take place for its 60th Anniversary.