Horning Sailing Club had several events taking place over the weekend of 2nd/3rd September, including a Yare & Bure Open, hosted on Hoveton Little Broad, and club racing on the river Sunday. With racing beginning on Saturday afternoon, there was a gentle breeze and warm sunshine on Hoveton Little Broad providing pleasant conditions, albeit the winds being a little light at times. The event of the day was one of the sailors managing to get hooked on the start line buoy and sailing it round the course, the Officer of the Day needing to swiftly recover it before the first boat finished! Thankfully, it was back in place in time for the first boat, Fox, sailed by visitors Chris Bunn and Niki Tansley, to finish, with Silver Blue sailed by Simon and Fil Daniels second. Third was Nevada Blue helmed by Kim West, crewed by Anya Gittins. The second race saw first and second place remain the same, third going to Alastair Fields and Kevin Blackwell in Rosy Wave.
As Sunday dawned, the Broad was like a millpond and the forecast winds being 1-2mph, the signs were not all that encouraging for a good day’s racing ahead. However, it began in earnest with more boats joining the fleet and, with short courses set, three races were completed (despite several retirements), the last race even managing two laps as the breeze slightly increased. Chris Bunn (Fox) made it another three wins to secure the weekend overall, with Dominic Copping in Scarce Copper taking two second places, another going to Simon Daniels (Silver Blue) and all three third places going to Kim West (Nevada Blue).
Meanwhile, on the river, the light breezes dissuaded some of the sailors from participating, deciding that a drift down the river was not on their agenda for the day. However, several persevered, sailing in a mixed fleet of Reedlings, Rebels, Yeomans and dinghies.
This weekend sees a team from HSC participate in the Broadland Youth Regatta at Norfolk Broads Yacht Club (Saturday) and Sunday sees racing on the Broad.