Perfect spring conditions

Post date: 14-Apr-2014 11:55:47

Conditions were perfect for the wide range of sailing activities taking place at the St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association at Lackford Lake on Sunday. The sunshine and light westerly breeze brought a good turn out for the continuation of the Early Season racing series; the RYA Assistant Instructor and adult level 1 and 2 sailing courses, as well as social sailing. It was particularly impressive to see as many ladies as men helming in the racing fleet.In the first race, Mike Senior, Mike Steele and Jon Holmefjord sailing standard rig Lasers had a great battle at the front of the fleet, with places changing frequently in the shifty breeze. These three were closely followed by new member Alison Stevens in her radial rigged Laser, Debs Steele in her Byte CII and Rachel Harrison, taking a break from exam revision, in a M rig Laser, who were all looking capable of taking the handicap win at various stages of the race.

On the penultimate lap, Holmefjord read the shifts perfectly and established a lead which he held to the finish. The full rigged Lasers were also able to avoid a light patch of breeze, which caught out the slower boats. This allowed the Lasers to build up sufficient time margin to take both the line and handicap honours, with Holmefjord first, Steele second and Senior third.

In the second race, Alison Stevens got to grips with the local conditions and led away from the start in convincing fashion. Mike Steele got back into contention for the lead but then somehow managed to capsize while rounding a mark. Stevens finished a clear first, with Steele recovering to second and Senior third.

With several people unable to sail in the final pursuit race, Debs Steele led for a time in her Byte CII until eventually being overhauled by the Lasers of Mike Steele and Holmefjord.

Next weekend, sees Club racing on both Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday for the Easter Egg Trophy, with the first of the season’s race training sessions at 10.30 am on Sunday morning and Women on Water at 3 pm on Sunday afternoon.