The 2019 Season Begins!

Horning Sailing Club’s 2019 season got underway on Sunday in near perfect weather, with warm sunshine and a good breeze.  Reedlings, Rebels, Yeomans, Yare & Bures and Dinghies took to the water for an early season sail, enjoying the Spring-like conditions, despite a few challenging wind shifts.

The day also saw extremely close racing, with just seconds separating competitors across many of the fleets.  Derek Jones in the Reedlings had a very close battle with Kevin Saunders, eventually winning by just 3 seconds.  The Rebels saw similarly close competition between Gary Wright (Lucky Rebel) and Kim West (Rebel), with two wins going to Kim, once by just 2 seconds, and one win to Gary after Kim picked up a penalty.  The three Yeomans were also evenly matched, Toby Fields (Tanskey), Bernie Westgate (Misty Morning) and Kevin Edwards (Anaɸh) taking a win each, in the first race just one second separating first and second place.  Alastair Fields made it three wins in the YBODs sailing Rosy Wave.  The strongest fleet of the day was the dinghies.  Whilst the occasional gust caused a few capsizes, three Splashes, a Laser and Enterprise battled it out on the water.  In the end it was Ellie Edwards sailing her Splash who triumphed with two wins and a second place and the Enterprise of Jack Copping (Timshel) second with a win and two second places.

Next Sunday sees the first Downriver race to Thurne on Horning’s calendar – this is an Open event and visiting sailors are very welcome.   Visit the Club’s website for more information:





HSC at the RYA Dinghy Show 2019!

The 2019 RYA Dinghy Show

We have some very exciting news – HSC will once again be exhibiting at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace in London on 2nd-3rd March 2019, talking about the Yachtmaster Insurance Three Rivers Race, Horning Week, Open Events and much more.  We will be on stand H20 so please do come and say hello!  It would be great to see Club members there.  Tickets are available now from the RYA Dinghy Show website and if you use HSC’s unique code you can receive 10% discount: RYAEX87355.


See you there!


Looking forward to 2019!

As the cooler weather and dark evenings are here, it’s hard to believe that just a few short months ago we were enjoying that beautiful summer on the water. With the 2018 season having finished in mid October, it’s been a busy time behind the scenes.  Toby Fields has handed over as Commodore to Kevin Edwards, and the Committee are working hard to plan for the coming season. As many members will hopefully be aware, HSC is at an exciting point in its development – with the opportunity to rethink our facilities for the coming generations – if you haven’t done so already please do complete the membership survey that has been sent to you by email.  We’re looking forward to the Christmas Party this coming Saturday which starts at 5pm in the Clubhouse, at which we hope to see many members.  For those that can’t join us HSC would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  See you in 2019! 

End of Season Regatta – 13/14th October 2018

Horning Sailing Club’s End of Season Regatta saw a brief summary of the year’s sailing conditions, with warm temperatures and breezy conditions on Saturday, followed by a damp overcast day with light winds on Sunday.
Saturday’s racing took place for the final time this season on Hoveton Little Broad, and although the 35 knot forecasted winds (thankfully) did not materialise, it did have somewhat of an impact on sailing, with several sailors opting to switch fleets or reef their sails. Despite the blustery conditions, racing was relatively uneventful, save for two Rebels omitting to realise their start had begun during the second race and some close racing, particularly in the mixed fleet of dinghies, which included a Norfolk dinghy, Splash, several Lasers and an Enterprise, where a fiercely battled fight to the start line resulted in several competitors being given no room to cross the line.
Sunday started drier than forecast, making a promising start, but by the second race the rain had set in, and the traditional Horning ‘drift’ made an appearance. Despite this, the river buzzed with competitors, the day seeing a good turnout of racers, with some even treated to the sight of the elusive bittern giving a fly past close to the Broad entrance. After six races, best performing helm over the weekend on handicap was Andrew Gallant’s Yeoman Tiger Moth, followed by Roger Hannant’s Yeoman Firefly. Third was Edward Wildman in his Laser.

Amongst the fleets, results were more split. In the 6 strong YBODs, Dominic Copping took two wins, whilst Ron Jackson won three races, recovering spectacularly after becoming caught up on a mooring post whilst passing by! Amongst the 7 Yeomans, Andrew Gallant won three races, whilst Roger Hannant, Geoff Stubbs and Kathryn Pettit took another race each. Robert Harris and Peter Goshawk won a race each in the Cruisers, and the Rebel fleet saw four different race winners, these being: Phil Storey (Rebel Rascal), Kim West (Rebel), Alex Humphries (Lucky Rebel) and Chris Tuckett (Rebel Sailer). In the Reedlings both Robert Hancock and Stuart Bailey won a race each. Allcomers C saw three races won by Edward Wildman, one by Peter Brown sailing a Norfolk Dinghy, and one by James Galloway in his Laser. Similarly, in the Allcomers C fleet three races were won by James Street, with one each also won by Gus White and Hamish Harmer, all sailing Toppers.
The Ladies Trophy was won by Kathryn Pettit also sailing Tiger Moth, whilst the Novice Cup was won by her brother James, sailing a Yeoman.

Club Racing – 7th October 2018

After an extremely windy Saturday, the weather was pleasantly calm for Sunday’s racing at Horning on the River Bure. However, at times, the winds became frustratingly light as competitors struggled to make progress against the tide. Joint largest fleets of the day were the Reedlings, Yeomans and Dinghies. The first morning Reedling race was won by Kevin Saunders sailing Cockatrice, whilst the second was won by Robert Hancock in Siskin in the closest finish of the day, just seconds separating all the finishers. Geoff Stubbs won both the Yeoman morning races sailing Tara, whilst Edward Wildman was first in both dinghy races. In the Rebels, both Kevin Edwards and Adrian Hammond took a race each, whilst Alastair Fields was the leading Yare & Bure.

By the afternoon series the light, fluky winds resulted in a lower turnout, although those taking part had the best winds of the day. Robert Hancock won another race in the Reedlings, whilst Kevin Edwards won in the Rebels. With just one week left of the 2018 season HSC are looking forward to their End of Season Regatta on 13/14 October.

Club Racing – 30th September 2018

Horning Sailing Club’s racing took place on Hoveton Little Broad on Sunday 30 September, with a good turnout enjoying the conditions. With a moderate Westerly breeze, the weather certainly felt cooler but this did not deter competitors from sailing. In the Reedlings Roger Pettit had a good sail to win the first race in the blustery conditions, with Kevin Saunders winning the second in Cockatrice. The Yeoman fleet saw some of the closest racing of the day, although Geoff Stubbs made it to the front of the fleet each time, making it three wins during the day.

The Rebels saw a closely fought battle between Kim West and Kevin Edwards. The first race would have gone to Kim had he not taken the wrong course and had to unwind before finishing the race, which eventually was won by Kevin, although Kim won the second and third. The YBODs saw a tussle between Alastair Fields and Ron Jackson, with Alastair becoming notably faster as the day went on, Ron winning the first race, Alastair the second, before Jeremy Tusting won the third.

The mixed dinghy fleet saw Lasers, Splashes and an Enterprise take part, with the Lasers of James Galloway and Edward Wildman particularly well matched both in terms of both speed and tactics. It was Ellie Edwards sailing her Splash who won the first race, Edward Wildman took the second in his Laser, and Jack Copping the third race sailing his Enterprise.

Open Dinghy Weekend and 80th Anniversary Celebrations

A rather dull and dreary September weekend was a rather special one for Horning Sailing Club, not least as the Club celebrated its 80th Anniversary with a huge party at Horning Village Hall, seeing some 130 members (both past and present) come together to enjoy the event, with entertainment provided by Norfolk Band The Space Hoppers.

Meanwhile, the less than favourable forecast had somewhat of an impact on the weekend’s sailing activities. Open Dinghy Weekend was held on Hoveton Little Broad on Saturday afternoon and the River Bure on Sunday. Although cold, Saturday saw a decent breeze which was enjoyed by competitors. Jack Copping and Thomas Wildman made it two wins in the Enterprises sailing Timshell, whilst Noah Smith and Hamish Harmer took a win each in the Allcomers C fleet, both sailing Toppers. The Allcomers B fleet races were won by James Galloway sailing his Laser and Louis Parkerson sailing his Splash respectively, in a mixed fleet of Lasers, Splashes and a Fireball.

Sunday was forecast to have much stronger winds, which did not materialise until the final race, with the remainder of the day damp and overcast. After a postponement, the morning’s races got underway on the river. Three wins in three races were enough to secure the Woodcock Salver event for Toby Pearce and Jack Barnham sailing a Club Enterprise. At the end of the day Hamish Harmer and Abigail Penny were tied on points for the top of the Allcomers C fleet, whilst James Galloway was the clear winner in Allcomers B with a further two wins.

Bart’s Bash and a Downriver Race

There were two events held at Horning Sailing Club over the weekend of 15-16 September, with a celebratory race taking place for Bart’s Bash on Saturday and a Downriver on Sunday. Saturday saw a mixed fleet of mainly dinghies take to the water to race in perfect conditions, with it being encouraging to see a number of sailors taking part who are relatively new to racing. Winner of the dinghy race was James Tooke sailing his Topper 4.2 ahead of Abigail Penny, also sailing a Topper, whilst the keelboats were won by Dan Greeves sailing Yeoman Blue Ripple. Racing was enjoyed so much that a second race took place shortly afterwards, also won by James sailing his Topper 4.2.

Sunday was far breezier for the downriver race, which the OOD decided to send the fleet to Acle. After a relatively calm start at Woods Dyke in Horning, where the competitors were joined by two visiting Stars from Wroxham, an eventful race took place where only half the competitors made it to Acle, the strong winds forcing several retirements and a capsize. First Cruiser was Swallow helmed by Peter Goshawk, with George Brewis helming Amantani first on the return. First Yeoman was Tara helmed by Geoff Stubbs, who was also first back to Horning. The only Gaff rig to make it both ways was YBOD Hairstreak sailed by Clive Gardner, similarly the only dinghy to achieve the same was Fireball Phoenix sailed by the young team of Will Penny and Edward Wildman. On the return all eight starters made it back to Horning, enjoying the conditions.

Junior Regatta and Club Racing

Despite the Autumn weather arriving, this did not dampen spirits at Horning Sailing Club’s annual Junior Regatta and RYA OnBoard Festival held on Saturday 08 September. A culmination and celebration of their training and achievements, some 40 young people took to the River Bure in Horning to showcase their skills learnt during the year. With more children participating than boats available, logistics were a challenge, so a staggered race programme was effective in ensuring all had good racing on the water.

First away were the Race Group – the most experienced sailors – many of whom started sailing through OnBoard sessions. The mixed fleet saw Splashes, an RS Feva and Toppers racing. After four closely fought races, first was Louis Parkerson sailing his Splash, followed by Jamie Logsdon in her Topper, and in third place was Henry Drake, also sailing a Splash. The Intermediate fleet saw those in their third or fourth season of sailing race in Toppers on a slightly shorter course than the more experienced sailors but nonetheless competitive. Angus White finished in first position ahead of William Woolston, with James Shorten third. The Beginners and Improvers OnBoard groups enjoyed short, fun races for those in their first and second season of sailing. One young sailor, having only sailed twice before, exclaimed: “That was the best fun EVER”! The Beginners fleet was won by Preston Childerhouse sailing an RS Tera after three straight wins, with Aylah McKenna second and Minnie Richardson third, both sailing Optimists, whilst in the Improvers fleet Charlie Gould took first place sailing an Optimist, with Harrison Ryder second in an RS Tera and James Tooke third in his Topper.
All sailed incredibly well with great determination and perseverance despite the challenging conditions, varying from strong gusts to no wind. Three special awards were presented, including the Endeavour Award which went to Ella Middleton sailing a Topper. Also recognised for their sheer determination were Jenna Smith and Anya Gittins, sailing a Tera and Optimist respectively.

On Sunday there was Club racing, which saw a good turnout brave Hoveton Little Broad in the warm yet very breezy weather. Given the challenging conditions, many opted to reef and/or take additional crew members. The Yeomans revelled in the conditions, still flying across the Broad even though the majority used small jibs. The first race was won by Geoff Stubbs in Tara despite close competition from Toby Fields, the second won by Roger Hannant helming Firefly. The strongest fleet of the day was the Rebels, all heavily reefed, where the first race went to Kevin Edwards sailing Rebel Maid and the second race to Kim West in Rebel. Alastair Fields sailing Rosy Wave and Ron Jackson in Holly Blue each won a race in the Yare & Bures. In the dinghy fleet two full-rigged Lasers and two Radials battled it out with very exciting racing. Winning the first two races was Edward Wildman sailing his Radial, with brother Thomas incredibly close behind. Given the increasing breeze, fewer boats ventured back to the Broad in the afternoon, but of those that did the Yeoman races were again won by Geoff, the Rebels by Kim and the dinghies by Edward after other members of the dinghy fleet provided some spectacular capsizing entertainment!

YBOD Open, Club Racing and the Broadland Youth Regatta

It was a busy weekend for Horning Sailing Club at the start of September, with not only a team of 19 sailors taking part in the Broadland Youth Regatta on Barton Broad, but a Yare & Bure One Design Open taking place on Hoveton Little Broad over both days, and Club racing on the River on Sunday. In the fantastic sailing conditions, some 14 Whiteboats enjoyed good racing, although shifting winds varying from light to strong did result in several postponements and course changes. With four out of five races to count, first overall went to Chris Bunn and Niki Tansley sailing Fox, with James Dugdale and Tom Heaffey second in Ghost, and Martin Thompson and Leah Tansley third in Dingy Skipper. Meanwhile on the river, competitors enjoyed good racing. The Reedling fleet saw one of the strongest turnouts in the season, with Robert Hancock getting away at the start of the two morning races leading from start to finish, the afternoon race won by Derek Jones in Merlin. Similarly, Geoff Stubbs achieved the same in the Yeomans, winning all three races, as did Kim West in the Rebels, although the final race was won by Toby Pearce helming Rebel H.