A busy week at Lackford

Post date: 21-Apr-2015 11:27:09

It was a busy week at Lackford Lake with Young People Afloat out sailing with eighteen beginners on Wednesday evening; the Suffolk Scouts out on Thursday; a dozen Newmarket & Mildenhall Sea Cadets taking part in a race training session on Saturday; the St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association’s club racing on Sunday and four members (Fliss Elsom-Cooke; Debs Steele, Nick Collier and David Forrest) successfully completing their RYA Dinghy Instructor course over the weekend.

After the beautiful sunny conditions that had been experienced for most of the week, Sunday started rather grey and cold with a shifty, north-easterly breeze. In the first race of the Spring Series, Jon Holmefjord (Laser) and Carl Day (Enterprise), crewed by Alan Shaw, got off to a good start and led around the first mark. Mike Steele (Laser) eventually caught up and these first three continued to trade places for most of the race. Holmefjord slipped back through to the front on the final lap, taking the win by two seconds from Steele, with the Day/Shaw team coming in a close third. Sheila Norman had a good race in her Laser 4.7, only losing out to the faster boats when the wind went light on the far side of the lake.

The second race proved to be similar to the first, with numerous place changes and the full rigged Lasers struggling to get away from the Day/Shaw Enterprise and Norman’s dogged performance in the Laser 4.7. Holmefjord came through again to take the win, with Steele second by only one second on corrected time from Day/Shaw. Martha and Isabella Gurney did well in their first race outing in a Topper.

Steele got away in the third race and finished first with Holmefjord not far behind. Again it was a close as to whether the Day/Shaw Enterprise or Norman’s 4.7 could win on handicap but, as the breeze went light, the Lasers were just able to hold onto their positions on corrected time.

Next Sunday, 26 April, heralds SESCA’s Antigua Sailing Day Regatta. This event, which coincides and celebrates Antigua Sailing Week in the Caribbean, is again being generously sponsored by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. Over two dozen dinghies are now entered, with a large contingent from the Newmarket and Mildenhall Sea Cadets. Lunch time entertainment is being provided in the form of a three piece steel band. Visitors and spectators welcome