Summer at last!

Post date: 16-Jul-2013 10:26:30

On Tuesday evening, 22 children from Stowmarket Middle School visited St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association at Lackford Lake. They were being given a sailing taster as part of a project to give pupils the opportunity to experience a broad range of Olympic sports. Sailing proved to be most popular of all the disciplines on offer, with a total of 43 children opting to sail. The weather was glorious, which made for a perfect sailing and the youngsters thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The only problem was trying to keep them out of the water. On Thursday evening, there was a good turn out for the Club’s personal handicap pursuit race. The handicapper didn’t get it quite right for the Toppers of Ellis Blackmore and Sheila Norman that started first and despite a ten minute head start, were fairly quickly overhauled by the faster boats. The timings for the Laser Radial of Abby Freeley and full rigged Laser of Mike Steele, however, proved to be about right, as the two boats were within a few feet of each other at the end of the forty minute race. Steele just managed to secure the victory, although he was very nearly overtaken by the slower boat in the closing seconds of the race. Gary Tompkins in the second Laser Radial finished third.

Club racing on Sunday was delayed due there being a flat calm first thing in the morning, however, the breeze picked up during the day to provide some close racing. It was good to see some new faces with Chris and John Moore joining the fleet in their Wandarer; Allan Mitchell venturing out in his GP14. In the first race, Commodore Kieran Adams, Laser, showed his mastery of the light and shifty conditions pulling out a convincing win ahead of Mike Steele, Laser, with Chris and Jon Moore, Wanderer, doing well to finish third.

In the second race, Mike Steele and Kieron Adams led the fleet home again in their Lasers but this time with their positions reversed. The Lasers held their places on corrected time with the Moore’s Wanderer securing another third position.

The final pursuit race was held on a very short course in front of the club house, which provided some amusement for the competitors and spectators alike. Fliss Elsom-Cooke, Vareo, succeeded in taking her first win of the season with Chris Styles, Comet, securing second. Steele and Adams had another close race in their Lasers, with Steele eventually finishing third and Adams fourth to give Steele the overall day prize by one point.

Next Sunday sees the Suffolk Scouts being welcomed to SESCA as new Group Members of the Club. This is particularly good news as the Scouts are not only intent on training up their older Scouts as RYA Dinghy Instructors to run courses for Scouts and Cubs across the county but are also looking to help with training and other volunteer sailing activities being run under the Club's umbrella.

The RYA has kindly arranged for Nic Asher, a two time 470 World Champion and current member of the GBR Sailing Team campaigning a ‘49er skiff towards the Rio Olympics, to help welcome the Scouts. In addition to adding some celebrity to the occasion, Nic will be offering some racing tips and talking about his Olympic campaign.