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.