The Three River
Race began in the 1960's. Organised by the Horning
Sailing Club the sailing crafts race along the rivers Bure, Ant and Thurne in early
The event is certainly popular, with
cheering spectators (complete with picnics) lining the
route where there is permissible access to the
river. At a moments notice these individuals have
to abandon their vantage point and picnic as a sail
grazes the bank and a boom swings over to
Commands and shouts of "sail before steam" drift across the choppy waters and frequently the spectators will break into spontaneous applause as a particularly difficult manoeuvre is deftly mastered. We witnessed some highly colourful language when a hire boat got mixed up in the middle of some complex tacking in the narrow stretch pictured above!
The race is open to sailing dinghies, half-deckers, broads yachts and other sailing cruisers, so you will see all shapes and crew sizes. A most enjoyable event.