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2021 Yeoman & Kinsman National Championships at Horning Sailing Club

by Holly Hancock 22 Jun 15:26 BST 19-20 June 2021

The Yeoman & Kinsman National Championships took place over Saturday and Sunday (19-20th June) on Hoveton Little Broad, attracting 19 Yeoman, of which 8 were visitors from both Norfolk Broads Yacht Club and Snowflake Sailing Club.

The racing started in relatively light winds on Saturday afternoon, Brian Baker (HSC) sailing Tiger Moth had a good start to the Championships, leading the fleet round the first lap, before dropping down through the fleet. It was also eventful, with one boat managing to pick up the starting buoy and sail it across the Broad, several taking penalty turns, and others managing to pick up weed on their rudders. After close racing, it was Paul Barker sailing Brandy Bottle (NBYC) that took the first win, despite being over the line at the start. Second was HSC's Toby Fields sailing Tanskey, with eventual overall winner Flip Dugdale sailing Firefly in third place (SFSC).

The second race saw Firefly win, with Richard Whitefoot's Fire Opal (SFSC) second, and Tanskey third.

By Sunday, conditions were drizzly and overcast, but a decent breeze meant that racing was enjoyed, if a little frustrating at times due to the wind shifts. The first race saw close competition at the front of the fleet, particularly between Brandy Bottle and Firefly, with Firefly leading the fleet home, Fire Opal second and Tanskey third.

The second race of the day saw Firefly take another win to secure the overall Championships, and another solid performance from Tanskey resulting in second place overall. Third was Geoff Stubbs sailing Tara.

By the final race the wind had shifted further round, with Firefly again in first place, Fire Opal second and Brandy Bottle third.

The Yeoman & Kinsman Nationals trophy winners were:

  • Moores Trophy (Winning Helm) and J & N Trophy (Winning Crew) - Firefly - Flip Dugdale & Roger Hannant (SFSC)
  • Chairman's Trophy (2nd overall) and Alan Wheatley Trophy (leading non-spinnaker) - Tanskey - Toby Fields & Daniel Blackwell (HSC)
  • Scott Salver (3rd overall) - Fire Opal - Richard Whitefoot & Matt Ellis (SFSC)

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