A busy Bank Holiday

Post date: 28-May-2014 10:19:23

Racing for the St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association’s Spring Cup started at Lackford Lake, on Sunday, with the sailors facing variable wind conditions. The first race was won by Debs Steele sailing her Byte CII, with Geoff Morris in his Solo second and Fliss Elsom-Cook in her speedy Vareo in third place. The second race was punctuated with strong gusts across the lake that caught out the top three racers, with Debs Steele twice capsizing with the infamous Byte CII ‘death roll’. The race was won by Gary Tompkins in his Laser followed in second place by Craig Brown, racing his new Laser for the first time at Lackford. Gary Tompkins repeated his win in the pursuit race to take line and race honours, with Debs Steele second and Geoff Morris third.

Following club racing, and with the gusty winds abating, the youngsters took to the water in the brightly coloured Topper dinghies for the monthly Youth Sailing session. Sailing games included retrieving floating balls randomly lobbed into the middle of the lake, and ‘follow my sailing leader’, done with laughter and improving boat-handling skills.

With the Spring Cup at stake, racing began on Monday in a light breeze. Mike Steele and Ali Stephens led the fleet in their Laser and Laser Radial respectively, with positions constantly changing with the shifty breeze. Ali Stephens took first place and Mike Steele second place. Further back, Debs Steele and Nev Boneham sailing Toppers, engaged in their own place-changing battle with Boneham pipping Steele to the line by 1 second for third place. Ali Stephens continued her domination of the race course in the second race, with her second win of the day with Debs Steele taking second place. The third race saw these results repeated, leaving Debs Steele as the overall winner of the 2014 Spring Cup.

Social sailing on the lake also saw some of the club’s new members take to the water for the first time. With sailing skills being quickly assimilated on Sunday, two new members: Jamie Glorroso and Tony Cipriani had the confidence to go solo on Monday, enjoying the experience of helming their own dinghies.

Next Saturday sees the Sea Cadets’ Regional Regatta being hosted at the Club by the Bury St Edmunds unit. Sunday is Ladies Day – with stiff racing expected for the Rose Trophy, which will run alongside the normal club racing. This will be followed by the Boatswain's Team Racing Trophy topped off with the traditional Ladies Day cream tea and scones.