In a race like the Three River Race on the Norfolk Broads, how is it that some people always manage to complete the course while others get defeated by the tide or stuck on a mud flat?

Attitude – that’s the thing!

This year I set about trying to discover how people approach this endurance test. For the uninitiated the Three Rivers Race requires competitors to sail to given points from Horning on three rivers – the Bure, the Ant and the Thurne. Competitors make their own decisions as to how they complete the course which includes four turning points and these may be taken in any order. The boats must then return to the start at Horning and in order to be classed as finishers, must do so within 24 hours.

So it is important first to look at the regulations.

Crews put their heads together and make decisions

Boats must pass under Acle Bridge and the two bridges at Potter Heigham, which obviously entails lowering and raising the mast. Competitors are allowed to paddle through the bridges and it is a matter of judging when it is the right moment to drop the mast. This ensures a minimum of paddling and effort.

Having the right attitude!

I enjoy this race each year. My thanks to all the competitors who were photographed, to Horning Sailing Club for organizing the event and for Martham Boats who allow me to launch my photography boat from their slipway. Thanks also to Stephen and Clive who get me on the water and keep me out of it.

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Have a great Jubilee weekend.