It was a good weekend for Horning Sailing Club with two events taking place. Saturday saw the annual Junior Regatta as a culmination of the year’s training activities, with a Downriver Race taking place on Sunday. Some 30+ young people took to the water on Saturday, racing across four fleets in a variety of boats from RS Fevas to Optimists. As the winds increased racing became more exciting, but the focus was always going to be on fun and participation, with all sailing incredibly well during the day. Eventually the Gold Fleet Trophy went to James Street with three wins ahead of Hamish Harmer, the Silver Fleet Trophy to Zia Gittins who also won all three races, with Ewan Baker second and Ella Middleton third. The Bronze fleet Trophy went to Lewis Green with three wins in an RS Tera, ahead of Noah Coombes and Julian Mander, both also sailing Teras, despite tough competition from the Optimists, with the Beginners won by Lily Herring, ahead of Alfie Emson (second) and Zak Shimi (third), all sailing Optimists. Awards for Effort and Endeavour went to Jenna Smith, Preston Childerhouse and Tallulah Reardon-Burr for their determination throughout the day.
Sunday’s racing saw two Yeoman, a Yare & Bure, four Rebels and six Cruisers make their way downriver to Thurne, starting from the Horning Waterworks in light winds. However, once out of the trees the wind increased and provided quite challenging sailing, particularly after competitors had rounded the turning buoy close to Acle and fought the tide back up towards Thurne. First Cruiser both to Thurne and the return leg to Horning was Peter Goshawk’s Swallow, whilst first halfdecker both over the water and on handicap was Geoff Stubb’s Yeoman Tara. Next Saturday the Club is looking forward to being part of Bart’s Bash, the World’s largest sailing race, and to hosting an Open Dinghy Weekend on 21/22 September, an event visiting sailors are very welcome to attend.