Post date: 29-Apr-2013 20:08:56
Last weekend saw a wide range of conditions at Lackford Lake with some strong gusts interspersed with calm, sunny spells which made sailing quite challenging. On Saturday, the Mildenhall Sea Cadets were out braving the elements in their kayaks and rowing gigs, while a group of the Bury St Edmunds unit were down practicing in a Bosun, Pico and Topper for the Regional Sea Cadets’ Regatta, which is being held at Lackford on May 25th. The younger sailors were initially somewhat nervous about going afloat but came ashore with broad grins after blasting around the Lake.
On Sunday morning, SESCA members were contesting their own “Antigua Day” in recognition of Antigua Sailing Week, which is currently being held in the Caribbean. Temperatures had fallen rather dramatically since the previous week, so it might have been more appropriate to have called it “Arctic Day”. Notwithstanding, a good fleet of dinghies were out sailing. Mike Senior, sailing a Laser, won the first race after a closely contested battle with Carl Day and Alan Shaw in their Enterprise. The tables were turned in the second race with the Enterprise just pipping the Laser on corrected time. Carl and Alan wrapped up the day prize of a packet of coconut covered chocolate marshmallows by winning the afternoon’s pursuit race from Neville Bonham and Charlotte Norrbom racing a Vareo.
It was good to see several new members out sailing for the first time at the Club and to have a number of visitors enquiring about membership and the RYA beginners’ sailing courses which are being run during the summer.
Next weekend will be busy again, with the Sea Cadets, WASH Sailability and the SESCA Topper Team Race Training group out on Saturday and the May Madness racing series being held on the Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. The Topper Team Race training session should provide some interesting sport for competitors and spectators alike, as each team tries to manoeuvre one of their opposing team’s boats into last place in a manner rather akin to on-the-water croquet!
Meanwhile, preparations are in hand for the Suffolk Guides’ ‘Get Wet Day’, which is being held on the 11th May, and the Club Open Weekend, which is being held on 18/19th May.