It was a special weekend to celebrate King Charles III Coronation at Horning Sailing Club, with several events taking place both in the village and at the Sailing Club.
On Sunday, the extremely light winds and strong tide conspired to make club racing a little more than a drift, but despite this there was a good turn-out, with competitors racing for the especially created “Coronation glasses” to be awarded at the end of racing. As the wind dropped, the morning races needed to be shortened after just one lap.
Amongst the Reedlings, Robert Hancock (Siskin) and Brian Levy (Osiris) battled it out, with Siskin eventually taking three wins, despite close competition, particularly in the last race. The other fleets also saw close racing, with Kevin Edwards taking two wins in the Rebels (Rebel Maid), and Kim West (Rebel) the other. In the Yare & Bures, Alastair Fields (Rosy Wave) won the first race, whilst Ron Jackson (Holly Blue) won the latter two.
The Yeomans spread out during the races, before bunching up towards the finish – in the first race Toby Fields (Tanskey) making it from last to second in the final seconds of the race, behind Geoff Stubbs (Tara). The remaining three sailors finished within seconds of each other – a real photo finish. The second race was also close, with Paul Clarke (Two C Sons) winning from Tanskey. Geoff also won the afternoon race.
The dinghies found the light breeze challenging, one even managing to capsize - although maybe that was to cool down as the temperatures rapidly picked up in the afternoon! Tallulah Burr (Laser) won two races, whilst James Street (Laser) and Hamish Harmer (Splash) took one win each. In the Toppers, Lily Herring, Jasmine Herring and Julian Mander each won a Coronation glass.
The Galley team laid on a fantastic Coronation buffet for lunch, after which, at the conclusion of racing, a colourful Flotilla of boats - organised by Club member Julie Thomson - sailed through the village. They were joined by several members, including some of the club’s younger members in their decorated dinghies – a great end to a brilliant day!