Horning Sailing Club Win the Broadland Youth Regatta for the second year running


It was a great day for the Horning Team at the Broadland Youth Regatta hosted by Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club on Saturday 2nd September 2017.  Although a warm day, very light winds were forecast, but thankfully more wind than predicted materialised to provide perfect conditions.  The 8-strong team included 3 Toppers, 3 Lasers and 2 Splashes.  During the first series, despite being over at the start, Abi Holden fought back to first place in the Lasers, finishing first in a strong fleet.  Ellie Edwards in her Splash also recovered from being over at the start in the fast handicap fleet to finish in second behind the Norfolk Dinghy on handicap, with sister Pippa, also sailing a Splash, finishing third.  The Topper fleet saw the two Jacks (Copping and Barnham) and Toby Pearce finish extremely close together, all in the top third of the 22-strong fleet.   The second race of the morning was more challenging for the Lasers, but all performed consistently in the conditions.  In the mixed fast handicap fleet Pippa won from Ellie, whilst in the Toppers Jack Copping was overtaken on the finishing line to come in third.

After lunch everyone was set for more competitive racing, with two more races planned.  Abi added another first to her achievements, enough for her to win the Lasers overall, whilst Edward and Thomas Wildman continued to sail well in the fleet, eventually finishing with just one point separating them.  In the fast handicap fleet the competition between Ellie and Pippa intensified, with Pippa leading the third race until the final stretch where Ellie overtook to win, and a joint win with a Laser Radial secured her first in the fleet, with Pippa second.  Both sailed extremely well during the day, with neither scoring lower than a third place in the 13-strong fleet.  The Toppers also continued to perform, with Toby, Jack C and Jack B finishing 5th, 6th and 7th in the fleet respectively.

After racing a nervous wait ensued for the overall results, and the announcement of the team who had won the Centenary Salver.  After winning last year, the pressure was on for HSC, but with a strong field of competition it was going to be tough to win again.  As 6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd results were announced, the whole team were expecting HSC to be announced 2nd, which would have been a good outcome.  To everyone’s delight, 2nd was another team, meaning that HSC had won and retained the title, and – in the words of the day’s organiser – “by a considerable margin” – what a fabulous day!  All members of the team were fantastic ambassadors for the Club and we are very proud of them.  Many thanks to WOBYC for organising a great day and HSC’s support team.

Regatta Weekend 2017

It was a bright and breezy start to Horning Sailing Club’s Regatta Week, with the weekend’s racing held on Hoveton Little Broad, attracting over thirty entrants.  Saturday afternoon’s racing saw Robert Hancock sailing Siskin in the Reedlings take two wins, with Derek Jones sailing Merlin second, after opting to reef, whilst in the Yeomans Geoff Stubbs also took two wins, with George Whitefoot second in both.  Also achieving a similar feat was Kim West sailing Rebel in the Rebel fleet, and Ellie Edwards sailing her Splash in the strong dinghy fleet of five Splashes, five Lasers, an Enterprise and a Topper. Results were more split in the YBOD fleet with Ron Jackson and Paul Howes both taking a first and second.  The Cruiser race was won by George Brewis sailing Amantani.


On Sunday the south westerly winds increased, with some squalls under the clouds making racing quite lively.   Robert added a further two wins to his results in the Reedlings, whilst Geoff did the same in the Yeomans, Kim in the Rebels and George in the Cruisers.  Racing in the YBOD fleet was again close with Ron and Paul vying for the top position, Ron eventually taking two further wins over one further win by Paul.  The racing was noticeably close during the day, particularly as the wind picked up.  In one dinghy race, just 146 seconds separated all the finishers, the fleet size having grown to fourteen.   Ellie added two further wins to her achievements over the weekend.   The real drama ensued during the last race, when a Yeoman picked up one of the final turning buoys taking it a good ten boat lengths, with some dinghies still trying to round it!  In the increasing breeze, it was perfect conditions for the Laser Radials, with Will Penny and Toby Pearce both finishing first over the water and on handicap.  The Enterprise single-handed race was won by Jack Copping sailing Timshell.



Horning Sailing Club End of Season Regatta

Horning Sailing Club had a blast for their End of Season Regatta with good winds and unseasonably warm sunshine on both days.  Saturday afternoon began blustery on Hoveton Little Broad, with close racing taking place among the fleets turning out a good number of sailors.  Across many fleets the lead swapped several times and despite the gusty conditions racing was relatively uneventful.  It was on Sunday where the real action began.  Racing was taking place on the river, with the weather forecast predicting winds stronger than the previous day.  Thankfully this did not affect turnouts, with the river a hive of activity, at one point twelve Yeoman on the starting line filled the entire river!  Again, sailing was competitive with plenty of close racing.  Drama ensued in the second race of the day when a Yeoman was dismasted and several other competitors retired, some having gone aground or taken the wrong course.

The Reedlings saw their best turnout for a long while, with five sailing over the weekend – racing in this fleet being particularly close with just seconds separating the finishes, and the lead swapping throughout the races.  Eventually, it was Derek Jones sailing Merlin who took the overall trophy for the fleet with five wins out of six.  Four Rebels raced, Gary Wright sailing with Alex Humphris taking two wins, and Doug Noble sailing with Peter Brown taking three wins over the weekend, whilst of the five Yare & Bures sailing Ron Jackson sailing Holly Blue won five races.  The Yeomans were the biggest fleet racing, and Andrew Gallant and Mario Tinge both carried over a win from Saturday.  Despite tough competition from the fleet, Andrew continued to sail well to take the weekend overall.

The dinghies enjoyed the conditions, with seven Splashes, three Lasers, an Enterprise and a Topper participating.  Again racing was very close, with Jack Copping’s Enterprise winning a race, dad Dom achieving the same in his Laser and Jo Edwards winning a race in her Splash just seconds ahead of Jack Barnham’s Splash.  Ultimately, three wins by Edward Wildman in his Laser was enough to secure first overall in the fleet.

On handicap, first boat over the weekend was Ron Jackson’s Holly Blue, with Edward Wildman’s Laser second, and Jack Copping’s Enterprise third.  The Ladies Trophy went to Jo Edwards sailing her Splash.

A Very Slow Downriver Race to Thurne 8 October 2017

It was a painfully slow drift for Horning Sailing Club’s final downriver race of the season to Thurne, with extremely light winds and competitors fighting the tide on both legs.  Some six River Cruisers, eight keelboats and one dinghy started in earnest, with the Race Officer starting racing from the Horning Waterworks.  With the course to Thurne largely a reach and run, Mike Reilly sailing Cygnet pulled away in the Cruisers to lead, with Peter Goshawk’s Swallow, George Brewis’s Amantani and Gordon Williams’s Smuggler close on his heels.  Despite Cygnet crossing the line first, it was Amantani who took the win on handicap.  After crossing the starting line last, Robert Hancock sailing Reedling Siskin worked his way through the fleet to finish second boat and first non-cruiser, over ten minutes ahead of the next boat.  Some excitement was provided at Thurne, whereby on reaching Thurne mouth the fleet met up with EACC’s Whiteboat Open, with some confusion over which turning buoys were EACC’s and which were Horning’s!  Although the breeze picked up under some rain clouds during the lunch break, by the return leg the river resembled flat calm again, and several opted to motor back.  This time it was Derek Jones’s Reedling Merlin who escaped from the fleet and crossed the finish line at St Benet’s Abbey first, with Siskin just behind in second – who would both eventually be the only two boats to finish of the twelve starters, the remainder retiring, having made very little progress in the strong tide despite the finishing line being in sight!

Race Report – Hoveton Little Broad – 1 October 2017

It was a breezy and damp day’s sailing for Horning Sailing Club’s conclusion of racing on Hoveton Little Broad.  With the forecast less than favourable this did affect the turnout, but nonetheless a good day’s racing was enjoyed by those taking part, with the winds thankfully not as strong as expected.  The strongest fleet during the morning’s races were the Yeomans, with five taking part.  In both races the top three boats remained the same, with the first won by Toby Fields crewed by Ashley Williams in Tanskey, second were Mario Tinge and Paul Clarke in Two C Sons, whilst third were George and Linda Whitefoot in Fire Opal.  The second race saw Fire Opal take line honours, just seconds ahead of Tanksey, with Two C Sons third.  By the afternoon the only keelboats who remained racing were Toby in his Yeoman, and his father Alastair sailing Yare & Bure Rosy Wave.  The dinghies showed good determination, completing all three races, which were won by Lasers despite tough competition from Jack Barnham and Thomas Wildman’s 420, and Charlotte Knight’s Topper, with Roger Hannant and Toby Pearce taking a win each during the morning, and Toby winning over Roger by one second during the afternoon series!

Open Dinghy Weekend 23/24 September 2017

Horning Sailing Club held their Open Dinghy Weekend over 23/24th September on Hoveton Little Broad.  In perfect weather conditions, competitors enjoyed good racing with gentle winds on Saturday, these picking up on Sunday along with brilliant sunshine.  Seven Enterprises, four Bittern dinghies, several Lasers, Splashes, Toppers, a Tera, Wayfarer, Vision and a Solo took part over the weekend, meaning that the Broad was a hive of activity, with brightly coloured sails providing a spectacle for those watching.

Despite the relatively calm conditions on Saturday it was not without event, as the first race saw the two lead boats, helmed by Toby Pearce and Jack Copping respectively, take the wrong course on the first lap and being overtaken by Kevin Edwards, crewed by daughter Pippa, who would go on to win all five races and become overall winner, taking the Flirtatious Cup for Helm and Crew in addition to the Flying Enterprise Trophy.  Roger Hannant, crewed by Ashley Williams, also had a strong start with a second and third on Saturday, whilst Toby, crewed by Benji Jefferies, would go on to win the Cadet Trophy and Broads Area Trophy for Under 16 and Under 20 helm respectively.  In the Allcomers B fleet James Pettit sailed well in his Splash to beat the Lasers over the water and come first on handicap, with Mark and Abi Tassie’s Wayfarer second.  The Allcomers C fleet saw close competition between the Toppers of James Street and Louis Parkerson, and Hamish Harmer’s Tera, with Hamish and Louis taking a win each.

Sunday’s racing was more lively, largely due to the increasing winds.  During the morning races the Solo took on a lot of water and almost sank, and the Lasers sailed the wrong course, recreating the actions of the Enterprises the previous day.  Despite strong competition from the remainder of the fleet, Kevin took the lead from Toby, the latter managing to gain another second place before capsizing in the final race.   Meanwhile, Kevin’s daughter Ellie, crewed by mum Jo, was battling at the front of the fleet to come away with a second and third place from the day’s racing.  Jack Copping and Thomas Wildman also put in a strong performance to finish with a second and two thirds during the day.  In Allcomers B James added to his score with another win on Sunday morning, but it was Edward Wildman with three firsts and a second overall who took the Onyx Barometer, Hannant Tankard and Tino Trophy for First Overall.  In the Allcomers C fleet it was all left to play for, with Hamish’s two wins over James’ one enough for him to win both the Cadet and Kingfisher Trophies for his efforts.  On Sunday the racers were also joined by four visiting Bittern dinghies, with all three races won by John Atkinson, crewed by Leona Levine, sailing Boomer, and Bruce Thompson second in Kedgy Gal.

Bart’s Bash – 17 September 2017

The main event at Horning Sailing Club on 17th September was their participation in Bart’s Bash with a good mix of dinghies and keelboats participating in the morning’s activities.  Despite the keelboats and dinghies sailing separate courses, there was a convergence of all the fleets at one of the turning buoys close to the corner of the River Bure, with the whole fleet tacking in unison and numerous shouts of “starboard”!  In the melee, few managed to break free of the pack but it paid off for those who did.  First Yeoman and overall winner of the keelboat race on handicap was Geoff Stubb’s Tara, with Roger Hannant’s Firefly second and Jezebel sailed by David Hannant third, both also Yeomans.  With the winds changeable and light, conditions were challenging but pleasant nonetheless.

The dinghy race saw several Splashes, a Laser, an Enterprise and a Topper participate.  It was won by Thomas Wildman sailing his Laser, with James Pettit and Pippa Edwards second and third respectively, both sailing Splashes.  The wind picked up for the remainder of the races of the day, which were relatively uneventful, save for a Yare & Bure having a problem with rigging, requiring a hasty dropping of sails en route, whilst the two Reedlings racing the afternoon race finished just one second apart!

Next weekend the Club is looking forward to hosting an Open Dinghy Weekend, with visiting sailors welcome.  They are particularly keen to encourage Enterprise sailors on Sunday to take part in the event for the Woodcock Salver.

Club Racing 10 September 2017

Sunday’s racing on the Broad was breezy but saw a good number of Yeomans and Rebels take part in the lively conditions.  Eight Yeomans sailed the morning races, before one suffered a broken main halyard forcing its retirement from the race.  George Whitefoot sailing Fire Opal took line honours on the first race, with Toby Fields in Tanskey second and Mario Tinge in Two C Sons third.  In the Rebels, Gary Wright helming Lucky Rebel was first, with Gerry Hermer in Rebel Sailor second, and Doug Noble in Rebel Rothay third.  The second Yeoman race was won by Gordon Jewell sailing Charlie Brown, with Gary making it a second win in the Rebels.  Despite strong competition, Edward Wildman won both dinghy races in his Laser.  The afternoon saw the winds increase and the number of competitors resultantly decrease, with just two dinghies and two keelboats staying on the water.  Edward won two more races, whilst father and son Alastair and Toby Fields competed in their YBOD and Yeoman respectively, Toby winning the final race.

HSC Junior Regatta 2017

Horning Sailing Club celebrated the end of their Training season in style on Saturday 9 September with a Junior Regatta on the River Bure, and almost 50 young people taking part in the day’s activities.  Split into four ability groups, beginners, improvers, intermediates and racers, sailing began with bright sunshine and a pleasant south-westerly breeze.  With a packed schedule planned of four races for each fleet, a BBQ for lunch and buffet after racing, everyone was looking forward to a great day’s sailing and an opportunity to put into practice all the skills learnt during the year.

First away was the 6 strong race fleet, with several Lasers, Splashes and an Enterprise taking part.  Taking an early win was Edward Wildman sailing his Laser, followed by Pippa Edwards in her Splash and the Enterprise of Jack Copping and Thomas Wildman third, who, after four races would eventually finish overall in these positions.  Next away were the improvers, mostly in their second year of sailing, with eleven young sailors taking part in Optimist dinghies, RS Teras and a Topper 4.2.   Lewis Ball sailing an RS Tera sailed consistently, winning the first three races to win the fleet overall, whilst Toby Smith – sailing a Topper for the first time – won the last race.  A second place and two thirds was sufficient for Lois Mander sailing an Optimist to be second overall, whilst William Gregson, also sailing an Optimist was third overall.

Third fleet to race were the intermediates, sailing Toppers and Teras.  This was also the largest fleet of the day with 17 sailors taking part, encompassing a variety of experience from first time racers to those with a little more experience.  First overall was Charley White with a first and second, with Louis Parkerson second and Henry Drake third, all sailing Toppers.  Other notable performances came from Ashley Williams with a win in his Topper, and Hamish Harmer winning the final race in a Tera.  After nervously watching all the other racers get away, last to go were the beginners, with a mixture of nerves and excitement amongst the first-time racers.  With 13 sailors taking part, competition was intense but good natured, with Anya Gittens first overall after putting in a strong performance to receive a first and two seconds, with Jack Whyatt second overall, and Milly Broadbent third, all sailing Optimists.

With news of a storm on its way from Norwich, and the skies darkening very quickly, the decision was taken to put an early end to racing, meaning that the final race for intermediates and beginners did not go ahead, along with the proposed instructors’ race in Optimists, but everyone had enjoyed a good day’s sailing.  On the conclusion of racing there was a presentation of the certificates received during the year, as well as the day’s trophies.  The Endeavour Trophy for effort during the Regatta went to Toby Smith in the Improvers fleet for sailing a Topper 4.2 for the first time, and completing all the races (even winning one), despite numerous capsizes!


2-3 September 2017 at HSC

It was a busy weekend for Horning Sailing Club with no fewer than three separate events taking place over the 2/3rd September.  The Sailing Club hosted a Yare & Bure Open Meeting on Hoveton Little Broad, attracting nine competitors including two visiting boats, one from NBYC & one from NPC.  Saturday afternoon’s racing began with light winds and racing was reasonably uneventful, although close with plenty of changing places.  Matt Ford and Chris Bunn sailing Fox (NBYC) started strongly with a win, ahead of Rosy Wave helmed by Alastair Fields and Kevin Blackwell (HSC).  The second race saw Simon and Fil Daniels sailing Silver Blue (NPC) win, with Fox second.  Ron Jackson and Julia Bower in Holly Blue were third in both races.

Meanwhile on Saturday a team of eight young sailors represented Horning Sailing Club in the Broadland Youth Regatta held at Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club, competing against five teams from local clubs, and winning the Centenary Salver for the second year running.

On Sunday the winds were more challenging, having shifted from NE on Saturday to SW on Sunday, and varying from flat calm to relatively gusty.  Club racing continued on the river, with light winds and a strong tide in the morning and the winds picking up significantly during the day.  Fox added a further three wins to take the weekend overall, whilst a second and two thirds were enough for Silver Blue to be placed second, with Holly Blue third.    The Rebel and Yeoman fleets were particularly strong, the Rebels even joined by the Wherry Albion on their start!  Of the five Rebels racing, Lucky Rebel and Rebel H, helmed by Alex Humphris and Kevin Edwards respectively, won two races each, whilst in the eight strong Yeoman fleet there was a different winner for each race – Gordon Jewell (Charlie Brown), Toby Fields (Tanskey), Geoff Stubbs (Tara) and Roger Hannant (Firefly).

Yare & Bure Open Photographs thanks to Brian Baker

Race Report 27 August 2017

Sunday’s sailing at Horning Sailing Club took place on the River Bure outside the Clubhouse.  Although sunny and bright, the day began with very light winds which proved challenging for competitors and the Race Officer alike.

The morning series were the most difficult of the day, with up to twenty minutes separating finishers in each fleet.  Despite this, Stuart Bailey sailing Jaws won the first Reedling race by the smallest of margins (one second) from Robert Hancock in Siskin.  Amanda Barnes was first Rebel home, sailing Rebel Jade, whilst the winning Yeoman was Geoff Stubbs sailing Tara.  As the winds dropped, the decision was taken to postpone racing until after lunch when the breeze was forecast to increase and, on cue, a gentle breeze kicked in, although it had swung 180 degrees in the opposite direction!  Stuart added another win to his day’s achievements, whilst the last race was won by Robert.  In the Rebel fleet, Gerry Hermer took the two afternoon races in Rebel Sailor, whilst Geoff won two more races to make it a clean sweep in the Yeomans.