In full swing

Post date: 20-May-2016 07:46:53

The sailing season is now in full swing at SESCA, with on-the-water activities taking place on nearly every day of the week at Lackford Lake.

Priory School were out paddling on Monday night; WASH Sailability were running disabled sailing on Tuesday; an RYA/Suffolk Sport Work Place Challenge sailing course was being run alongside Club social sailing on Thursday; the Suffolk Scouts were holding a District watersports session over the weekend and the Club’s Ladies Day, with racing for the Rose Trophy, was held on Sunday.

Sunday’s racing was held in bright, sunny conditions with a cool, light, North Easterly breeze.

There was a 180 degree wind shift just before the start of the first race, which led to an unusual downwind start. Debs Steele got away well in her Topper chased by the Denny brothers in three more Toppers. Meanwhile, the faster Lasers, led by Mike Steele, closely pursued by Tim Perree, and Jon Holmefjord’s new RS Aero worked their way to the front of the fleet. In the middle of the pack, there was a close battle developing between the three Wanderers sailed by Leslie Denny; Vicky Forkes and Chris Moore and his son.

The faster boats held an advantage in the light breeze and finished in the same positions on handicap as they did on the water, with Mike Steele first; Tim Perree second and Jon Holmefjord third. Debs Steele moved up to finish fourth and first of the lady helms, Vicky Forkes second and Fliss Elsom-Cooke, in her Vareo, third.

The wind had settled down for the second race, giving a good upwind leg. Mike Steele (Laser) led to the first mark but was soon caught by Holmefjord’s very slippery Aero downwind. These two traded places several times on the ensuing two laps of a figure of eight course. The rest of the fleet were closely bunched for much of the race, with mark roundings proving to be interesting, as boats rounded several boats abreast. Graham Newton and his daughter Josie gamely flew their spinnaker on their Laser 2000 through the melee. Richard Denny was doing very well to lead the Topper fleet but was eventually overtaken by Debs Steele.

Mike Steele took another first, with Holmefjord second and Debs Steele securing third on corrected time.

After a lunch time break with traditional cream teas, a slightly depleted fleet took to the water for the third and final race. Vicky Forkes switched to a Topper and showed Debs Steele that she was going to have to work hard to win the Ladies’ Trophy. A fast improving Holmefjord secured the line win in his Aero but Mike Steele took another first on handicap, with Holmefjord second and Debs Steele getting past Forkes, in the final stages, to finish third.

Debs Steele won the Rose Trophy, with Vicky Forkes second and Fliss Elsom- Cooke third.

There is no racing next Sunday, as the Club will be holding its annual RYA ‘Push The Boat Out’ Open Day. Visitors are invited to come down to Lackford Lake for a sailing taster session between 10 am and 4 pm. Further details at