Brisk start to the season

Post date: 07-Apr-2014 17:33:29

The second round of St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association’s Early Season race series took place at Lackford Lake on Sunday. Fortunately the forecast rain soon passed, leaving some blustery and challenging conditions for the hardy individuals who ventured out on the water. Although there were a few capsizes before start, the first race got way on time with Carl Day and Alan Shaw, in their Enterprise, leading off the line ahead of a tight grouped pack of Lasers. Mike Steele, Laser, didn’t get far before his toe straps broke and he somersaulted out of his boat to the amusement of the spectators.

After a slight navigational error on the part of the Day/Shaw team, Mike Senior, Laser, took over the lead hotly pursued by Will Harrison, in another Laser, with Steele endeavouring to get back in contention. The downwind legs proved to be quite exhilarating as the gusts blew in across the lake.

Senior led for two laps but eventually succumbed to a death roll and went swimming after being hit by a particularly vicious puff. Steele, meanwhile, had managed to work his way past Harrison and moved to the front of the fleet. The final positions on corrected time were Steele first; Day/Shaw second and Harrison third.

In the second race, Will Harrison led from the start but was eventually overhauled by Mike Steele. Day/Shaw in the Enterprise weren’t far behind but lost out on corrected time to Debs Steele, who had battled her way around the course in a Topper to finish third.

The final race of the day was a pursuit race with Debs Steele’s Topper starting first ahead of the faster boats. Although she had managed to establish nearly a lap’s head start, she was caught and overtaken by her husband’s Laser in the final minutes of the race but succeeded in keeping a few boats length ahead of the Day/Shaw Enterprise, as the time limit expired, to take second place.

Next weekend sees the completion of Assistant Instructor training and the running of an RYA level 1 and 2 adult beginners’ sailing course, with the third rounds of the Early Season series taking place on Sunday.