Blowing away the cobwebs

Post date: 13-Apr-2015 21:04:01

A few hardy members arrived at Lackford Lake, on Sunday, for SESCA’s end of Early season series, despite the forecast gales. The competitors and spectators were rewarded with some exhilarating sailing in a fresh, southerly breeze and some spectacular capsizes.

In the first race, Richard Denny (12) made a perfect start in his Topper and led to the first mark ahead of Mike Steele and Richard’s older brother James (14). Unfortunately, Richard’s light weight proved to be a disadvantage in the blustery conditions and he was eventually overhauled by the heavier crews.

Leslie Denny with her third son Sam (10) put up a stirling performance in the Club’s Vibe, which is not the most stable of dinghies at the best of times, before succumbing to a particularly vicious puff and taking an unintentional swim. Steele finished first with James Denny second and Richard a close third.

In the second race, Steele made the most of his few extra kilos and led around the course, while the two Denny boys had a close tussle. James was forced to retire at the end of the first lap, when a rope came untied, leaving Richard to battle on to take a well deserved second.

Leslie Denny ventured out again with her youngest son Ben (8) and put on an impressive display of heavy weather sailing in an Optimist, although nearly departing below the waves at times.

Meanwhile, six new members enjoyed their baptism to sailing, as they undertook their RYA beginners’ course, in three heavily reefed Wanderer dinghies, under the watchful eye of Guy Forkes, SESCA’s training principal.

Preparations are now well in hand for the Club’s, third, Antigua Sailing Day Regatta, which is being held on Sunday, 26th April. 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 twenty dinghies are now entered, with a strong contingent from the Newmarket and Mildenhall Sea Cadets. Lunch time entertainment is being provided in the form of a three piece steel band, so it is promising to be a fun occasion. Visitors and spectators welcome.