Post date: 26-Aug-2014 10:18:08
An unusual combination of predominately light winds, with occasional strong gusts, provided challenging conditions for even the most experienced crews competing in the St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association’s Sunflower Trophy races at Lackford, on Sunday. The regular fleet was joined by the young Denny brothers, Richard (11) and James (13), who were given a novice handicap for their first race outing in the Club’s Topper dinghies.
In the first race, Carl Day’s Enterprise, crewed by Vicky Forkes, got away from the pack after making the best of the fickle wind to take line and handicap honours. Mike Senior and Tim Peree, sailing Lasers, took second and third respectively.
In the second race, James Denny took full advantage of his novice time allowance to win easily from Tim Peree, with the Day/Forkes team having to settle for third.
The final pursuit race was sailed with no special handicaps but once again it looked as if James Denny was going to notch up another win. However, Tim Peree, in his Laser, slipped past in the final seconds to take first and secure the Sunflower Trophy. Meanwhile, the Day/Forkes Enterprise was unusually caught out in a gust and capsized.
Next Sunday, sees racing for the Kronenbourg Cup and the start of the Indian Summer series followed by the Commodore’s Fun Day, which will have a pirates’ theme and include various antics on the water.