In full swing

Post date: 12-Jul-2014 10:41:05

Sailing, rowing and canoeing activities at Lackford Lake continued full swing last week. The Thursday evening informal pursuit race is proving to be a very popular event with experienced and inexperienced sailors alike. Tim Perree sailing a Laser established a comfortable lead early on, which, despite being chased hard, he held until the finish. Gary Tompkins and Abby Freeley changed places frequently throughout the race, with Freeley just pipping Tompkins to take second and third places respectively.

Despite the uncertain weather on Sunday, racers turned out to compete in the summer racing series. The first race was won by Debs Steele in a Topper, with Mike Steele racing a Laser in second and Carl Day and Alan Shaw in their Enterprise, taking third place. The second race of the day saw the first two positions reversed, with Mike Steele taking first place and Debs Steele in second. The regular pairing of Day and Shaw again saw them in third place. The third race was sailed in the rain, with the downpour taking away some of the wind strength. Despite the conditions, Day and Shaw in their Enterprise found excellent speed forging into the lead during the latter stages of the race and remaining there to take line and race honours. Debs Steele in her Topper was second and Tim Perree racing his Laser took third.

Sunday morning also saw the Sea Cadets holding their divisional rowing regatta. A large number of youngsters competed and were loudly cheered from the shore by parents, staff and supporters. The rowing and sailing activities on the Lake on Sunday provided a colourful spectacle.