A taste of summer

Post date: 22-Apr-2013 08:52:36

Last weekend saw a wide range of activities taking place at Lackford Lake with everyone enjoying the Spring sunshine and a light southerly breeze.

On Saturday, Bury St Edmunds Sea Cadets were out in force with over thirty youngsters in sailing dinghies or rowing gigs. The volunteers from WASH Sailability were also on the water training in their specially developed Access dinghies for the start of their 2013 programme of sailing for the disabled, which commences in two weeks’ time.

In addition, the sailing section of SESCA was holding their first Topper Team Race training session of the season. This provided some interesting racing for competitors and spectators alike, as each team tried to manoeuvre one of the opposing team’s boats into last place in a manner rather akin to on the water croquet!

On Sunday morning, SESCA held the first of their fleet races of the Spring Series. Mike Senior won the first race after a closely contested battle involving 3 Lasers. Mike Steele won the second race in a borrowed Solo and later just managed to pip Jon Holmefjord in the closing minutes of the afternoon’s pursuit race to take the day prize.

The afternoon saw several new members and youngsters out sailing for the first time at the Club. A number of visitors also called in to find out about joining and enrolling in the RYA beginners’ sailing courses which are being run during the summer.

Next weekend sees the Sea Cadets out again on Saturday, while SESCA members contest their own “Antigua Day” on Sunday in recognition of Antigua Sailing Week, which starts this week in the Caribbean.

Preparations are in hand for the Club Open Weekend which is being held on 18/19th May - volunteers needed!