Off to a good start

Post date: 30-Apr-2018 11:23:48

The St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association’s sailing season is now well under way at Lackford Lake, with activities taking place on most days of the week. The disabled sailing group, WASH Sailability, has had a particularly strong start to their season with sailing sessions now take place on Thursday mornings, as well as Tuesdays and Saturday mornings, to meet the demand for places. The Club has also been pleased to welcome the St Edmundsbury Radio Yacht as group members. They have started racing One Metre class yachts on Sunday mornings and are planning to adopt the popular Dragon Force 65, entry level class. After a week of balmy weather, it was unfortunate that the conditions deteriorated markedly for the weekend. It was a hardy few who ventured out for the Club’s Tulip Trophy series on Sunday. James Denny, Tim Perree and Mike Steele battled it out in the Laser Class, while the younger Denny brothers, Samuel and Ben braved the elements in their Toppers. Ben handled the gusty, breezy conditions particularly well, considering it was his first outing in a Topper after forsaking his more stable Optimist. James Denny showed mastery of the conditions and deservedly took the day’s trophy.

Next Sunday sees a break from racing, with the Club holdings its annual RYA ‘Push The Boat Out’ Open Day. This is an opportunity for members of the public to come along and try their hand at sailing or canoeing for free. The Club will be open from 10.30 am to 4 pm, with taster sessions being run on as available basis. The weather forecasting is looking promising, so it should be an enjoyable day to be out on the water.