Daffodil Trophy

Post date: 12-Apr-2016 12:07:58

There was a good turn out for the St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association’s Daffodil Trophy series at Lackford Lake, on Sunday. Although some competitors had to break the ice of their boats on arrival, temperatures soon rose to provide perfect sailing conditions with bright sunshine and a light Easterly breeze. In the first race, Mike Senior got off to a good start and led to the first mark in his Laser. He was closely followed by the Lasers of Jon Holmefjord, Tim Perree and Mike Steele. This group was pursued by a tight pack of Toppers sailed by the Denny brothers, James, Richard and Sam, with their youngest brother Ben valiantly bring up the rear in his Optimist. At the finish, Steele had managed to work his way to the front with James Denny finishing first of the Toppers.

Steele led fom the start in the second race, while the three pursuing Lasers had a close battle with several place changes. Meanwhile, Debs Steele had joined the Topper fleet and was having a tight race with the Denny boys. The leading Lasers eventually managed to lap the Toppers, however, they were not able to hold their finishing positions on corrected time, with Debs Steele taking first place, closely followed by James Denny.

The third race was a forty minute pursuit race, with the slowest boats starting first. Debs Steele got cleanly away and had built up a lap lead before the Lasers got underway. The wind had picked up by this stage providing some excitement. Mike Steele and Holmefjord both showed that they had gone rather rusty over the winter and managed to capsize, allowing Steele’s Topper to notch up a second convincing win.

While the racing was underway, the Bury Sub Aqua Club were kindly doing a search of the bottom of the lake to look for some rudders that had been lost from capsized boats, last season. They not only succeeded in recovering two, which were known to be missing, but also found a third, which was an added bonus. The Club was also pleased to have the Elmswell Scouts camping in the grounds and canoeing on the lake over the weekend, while undertaking part of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Next weekend sees a race training session on Saturday, with the Spring Series commencing on Sunday followed by an Improver session in the afternoon.