One hundred and one young sailors from seven member clubs competed this year’s Broadland Youth Regatta on Hickling Broad on September 3rd. The sun shone, the breeze was fresh, southerly and warm. Four races were sailed on a championship course.
With skill levels from near novice to Broadland elite – sailors up to 18 who have risen through RYA Zone Squads, Youth Class Open meetings and National Championships – competition was fierce but fair, umpired by International Sailing Judge Peter Fitt from West Mersea.
As well as racing for the honours in each of four Classes -Toppers, Optimists, Fast and Slow Handicap – six teams raced for honour of Top Club: The Centenary Salver going to Norfolk Broads Yacht Club, with the host Club Hickling Broad second and Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club third, Beccles Amateur Sailing Club fourth, Norfolk Punt Club fifth and Horning Sailing Club sixth.
The Fast Handicap start of 19 entries was won by Michael Cullum from the host’s HBSC sailing a Laser, Jamie freeman from WOBYC was second also in a Laser, and Toby Percival (HBSC) was 3rd sailing a Laser 4.7.
The Slow Handicap start of 19 entries was won by WOBYC’s George Catchpole sailing an RS Tera Pro, 2nd was the all girl team of Georgina Povall and Rebecca Sheldrake sailing one of HBSC’s Broads Authority sponsored RS Fevas and 3rd was James Dennis (HBSC) in another RS Tera Pro.
Out of the largest fleet of 38 Toppers, NBYC’s Emily King took top place, Hugh Braidwood (Beccles ASC) was 2nd and WOBYC’s Jemma Smalls was 3rd. Finally, in the 13 strong Optimist fleet, NBYC swept the field with 1st 2nd, 3rd 4th and 6th places, led by Billy “Whizz” Johnson, Mack Mackay and William Pank.
Popular recipient of the Lady Mayhew Trophy for Endeavour, to the sailor demonstrating great determination in adversity, perseverance and “true grit”, was young James How from BASC, who despite capsizing his Optimist Dinghy and filling up, righted and carried on, baling furiously while beating to the finishing line in race 3. In this his first year racing, James completed all four races.
Waiting for the gun
The Whelpton Trophy, presented by Ann Whelpton in memory of late husband Tim, was awarded to top two handed dinghy pairing Georgina Povall and Rebecca Sheldrake from HBSC. The trophies were presented by Stephen Johnson, Chairman of the Broads Authority, who said he was delighted to take part in such a fabulous event show casing the best of Broadland youth and junior sailing. Mark Wells, Chairman of the NSBA, thanked HBSC Club Commodore Trish Hudson and her team for competently hosting this, the largest youth event in the region, and sponsors Boats ‘n Bits, MBS trophies and Samuels Shirts.
Broadland Youth Regatta fields fleet of 101 on breezy Hickling Broad
(Video supplied by Holly Hancock. Used with Permission)