The August Bank Holiday racing turnout is usually quieter, with many members away sailing at Barton Regatta, and Sunday’s racing had a distinctly relaxed feel about it, taking place in brilliant sunshine on Hoveton Little Broad. After a short postponement to wait for the breeze to fill in, racing got under way in very light winds, with the Broad, at times, resembling a millpond. Thankfully the winds picked up a little in the second race, and then the sea breeze kicked in for the afternoon’s racing.
Although fleets were small, racing was intense. This was particularly true in the Reedling fleet which saw the positions change places several times, and in the second race saw a close finish from the whole fleet, Kevin Saunders in Cockatrice overtaking on the final leg to win the race ahead of Stuart Bailey in Jaws and Robert Hancock in Siskin. The Yeomans saw Geoff Stubbs in Tara win both morning races, Toby Fields in Tanskey winning the afternoon race. There was fierce competition in the Rebels, with the first morning race won by Kim West and the second by Gerry Hermer. It was also close in the dinghy fleet, no more than 10 seconds separating the finishers at any one point, with three races won by Preston Childerhouse in a Laser and one by Jane Bowden in a Wanderer. It was a good afternoon for Preston’s younger brother Oliver, who helmed Kim West’s Rebel to come first during the Allcomers series, competing against both Yeomans and Yare & Bures.
Next weekend sees a Yare & Bure Open Event being held on Hoveton Little Broad on Saturday afternoon and Sunday – Visiting sailors will be most welcome.