SESCA is a friendly, family club for dinghy sailors, canoeists and sailboarders of all ages. It is the only sailing club in West Suffolk.
We sail at Lackford Lake which is 5 miles to the north-west of Bury St Edmunds, off the Mildenhall Road. Sailing is on a flooded gravel pit which has been converted to an attractive recreational facility alongside a nature reserve and a trout fishing lake. The sailing lake is on the south side of the River Lark, opposite the West Stow Country Park and Anglo Saxon Village.
We sail from the last weekend in March to the end of November, with organised safety boat cover on Saturdays & Sundays from 10.00 to 18.00. Sailing also takes place at other times under a ‘buddy system’ (i.e. there must be two adult members on site). The rostered safety cover does vary at either end of the season. (See club notice board).
Is it safe?
There is always an element of risk in sailing but our lake is as safe an inland water as you can hope to find. There are two rescue boats – one specifically for a youth sailing group. Sailors must always wear a buoyancy aid on the water.
What is the club like?
The club is located on the south bank of the lake. There is a large grassed dinghy park and ample free car parking. The club house has changing rooms with toilets and showers; a mess room with veranda and kitchen facilities.
Pink gin & yellow wellies?
Definitely not! The club is unpretentious and has no employees, which keeps subscriptions down. However, it does mean that we expect members to give up two or three days during the season to help run the club. There is also a working party held on the weekend before Easter. Most members agree that this not only provides an opportunity to become more involved in the operation of the club but also to meet and chat with other members.
Social events on & off the water.
The club generally runs a DIY barbecue on the first Sunday of the month and several fun sailing events, with bank-side activity, throughout the season – the highlight of the year being Commodores Day. We also have suppers, quiz nights and other social events. Our AGM and prize giving is held in November.
What boats do we sail?
We have established fleets of Lasers, Toppers, Enterprises, Gulls, Solos and Wanderers, together with a handicap fleet currently including: Mirrors, Vibes, Comets, Optimists and Fireflies. We can accept applications for monohull dinghies up to 4.5 metres.
We also have a fleet of club boats which are available for hire to club members, including:
3 x Wanderers - good family boats
3 x Lasers - single handers with full rigs for those feeling sporty and smaller rigs for pottering
1 x Gull - 1 -2 person dinghy
6 x Toppers - single handers for children or adults
4 x Picos - 1-2 person dinghy
6 x Optimist - junior single hander
6 x Sit-on-Kayaks 1 and 2 seaters
4 x Pyrhana Master TG Club sit-in kayaks - single seater
Members may hire the club boats at daily or half daily rates. Alternatively, members may purchase an annual permit for unlimited individual use. All club boats are available on a first come basis. See Hire Fleet for tariffs.
Our racing programme runs from Easter to the end of November on Sundays and Thurday evenings during the summer. Varied racing is provided in the form of class, handicap, pursuit and many novelty one off races. We also run a Frostbite Race on Boxing Day with hot punch served afterwards.
We are an RYA Recognised Teaching Establishment which offers training to club members.The club has a Training Officer and several members who are RYA instructors/coaches. Training is organised for adults, beginners and children and can be run in your own boat; a club boat or a boat belonging to a club member. There is also race training throughout the season.
What about children?
Within the club there are the following youth groups: Sea Cadets; Suffolk Scouts; Priory School and Young People Afloat. YPA offer weekly meetings and tuition to all levels plus RYA courses in their fleet of Optimists, Toppers, Picos, Fevas and Wanderers.
Can I come and see you?
Come and visit us on any Sunday during the sailing season. Use this map and directions to find us. When you get there ask for the OOD (Officer of the Day).