Kronenbourg Cup & Commodore's Fun Day
Post date: 01-Sep-2014 16:08:22
There were perfect sailing conditions for the start of the Indian Summer series and the Kronenbourg Cup races, at Lackford Lake, on Sunday. The warm, sunny weather and light North Westerly breeze attracted a good size fleet with many crews having returned from their summer holidays.
In the first race, Carl , re-associated with his regular crew Alan, made a perfect start in his Enterprise and led to the first mark, hotly pursued by the Lasers of Tim, Jon and Mike Slight confusion over the rounding direction allowed Mike to take the lead, which he extended to the finish to take line and handicap honours, with Jon securing second place. Further back in the fleet, the Toppers of Debs , Nick and Fliss had a close battle. Debs finished first of this group and held her time on the faster boats to take third on handicap.
In the second race, the Topper fleet was swelled by the arrival of the Denny brothers, Richard and James, while Craig joined the Laser ranks. Despite being set an unusually complicated course, there were no navigational errors this time out. Jon (Laser) led around the first three marks but was eventually overhauled by the Lasers of Mike and Tim. Tim was closing on Mike but a slight mistake by Tim, on the last lap, allowed Mike to escape and take first, with Tim having to settle for second. The Toppers had another close race, with Debs just finishing ahead of Nick but both pushing back the Carl/Alan Enterprise on corrected time to take third and fourth respectively.
James Denny (Topper) was the first to start in the final pursuit race ahead of the rest of the Topper pack. Nick sailed well to take over the lead ahead of Debs and Richard Denny, before the Enterprise and Lasers started. Mike (Laser) managed to work his way through the fleet to take another first and the Kronenbourg Cup, while the Carl/Alan Enterprise climbed to second just ahead of Nick’s Topper.
The rest of the afternoon was rather more relaxed with the celebration of the Commodore’s Fun Day. This had a Pirates theme and featured a treasure hunt followed by a Topper relay race, which proved very entertaining.
Next weekend, sees the Young People Afloat regatta, on Saturday, and a continuation of the Indian Summer series followed by the SESCA Junior Regatta, on Sunday. The latter is open to all 7 – 17 year old members of SESCA and affiliated groups. More details can be found at: www.westsuffolksailing.org.uk