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Post date: 25-Jun-2014 10:01:45

It was a busy week on the water: WASH Sailability held a disabled sailing session on Tuesday; Young People Afloat were out on Wednesday; Mildenhall Sea Cadets were gig training alongside the Club’s informal handicap racing on Thursday; the Sea Cadets and WASH Sailability were out again on Saturday; and Club racing for the Midsummer Madness Trophy and Youth Sailing took place on Sunday.

In the Thursday evening race, Debs Steele in her Topper won from Kevin Yarrow, sailing his Lark dinghy singlehanded, with Tony Cipriani (Topper), third and Abby Freely (Laser) forth.

The Sunday racers were greeted vey light winds, which provided some challenging conditions over a tight figure of eight course, set by Mike Senior, the duty racing officer. The first race was closely contested by Rob Matthews (Comet Duo), Mike Steele (Laser) and Craig Brown (Laser). Mike finished first but was beaten on corrected time, by seven seconds, by Rob, with Craig third.

In the second race, Craig showed impressive downwind speed and slipped past Rob and Mike to take a lead that he extended to the finish. He managed to pull out sufficient time to take both line and handicap honours, while Rob took a corrected time 2nd place from Mike but by a margin of only two seconds.

In the final pursuit race, Rob had a very close battle with Abby Freeley and her grandson Finn Hurden, sailing a Pacer, over much of the course. However, it was Tim Perree (Laser) who succeeded in passing them both to take the lead at the finishing horn. Rob secured another second to take the day’s trophy, with Abby and Finn finishing with a well earned third.

The afternoon’s youth sailing session was well attended with five Toppers out on the water, enjoying a variety of games devised by the ever inventive Vicky.

This week, sees the Thursday evening informal handicap racing starting at 6.30 pm and a continuation of the Summer Series on Sunday.