Under full swing!

Post date: 06-May-2014 17:17:20

The season’s activities are now under full swing. Culford School were out sailing on Monday; WASH disability sailing were out on Tuesday; Wednesday, saw Priory School canoeing while Thursday brought the Suffolk Scouts sailing alongside SESCA evening racing. Saturday, was particularly busy with the Bury St Edmunds Sea Cadets and WASH sailing in company with SESCA Topper race training and club rescue boat training. Sunday saw more SESCA club race training, racing and Women on Water with continuation of the May Madness series on the bank holiday Monday. Conditions were ideal on Sunday for the Greene King Can trophy. In the first race, Chris Moore and his daughter Maddison, sailing a Wanderer, achieved 4th place in their first race, behind Carl Day and Alan Shaw (Enterprise) 3rd, Jon Holmefjord (Laser) 2nd and Mike Steele (Laser) 1st. In the second race, the Moores led off the line to the first mark, before being overhauled by the two Lasers sailed by Holmefjord and Steele, with Geoff Morris in his Solo not far behind. The Lasers eventually managed to pull away, finishing first and second on the water and on corrected time. The Moore’s Wanderer finished third. In the third race, Steele and Holmefjord teamed up to sail SESCA’s Enterprise dinghy to add some competition to the four boat Enterprise fleet. After a close battle with several place changes, the Steele/Holmefjord partnership took first, just ahead of the Day / Shaw Enterprise with Geoff Morris in his Solo taking third.

The Women on Water session, led by Debs Steele, comprised a short, shore session on the racing rules before taking out onto the water. Boat handling, starting techniques and mark rounding were practiced in perfect wind conditions.

Monday saw a lighter presence at the club, with only half a dozen boats on the water and just one race taking place. This was won by Debs Steele sailing a Topper, with the Laser sailers: Gary Tompkins second, Abby Freeley third and Craig Brown fourth. Culford School arrived for their late afternoon sailing session with their students happy to have a break from their exam studies.

Next Saturday sees the Suffolk Guides’ annual ‘Get Wet Day’, when eighty guides from across East Anglia will enjoy getting out on the water for a variety of sailing, rafting and canoeing activities. The following weekend 17/18 May heralds SESCA’s Club Open Weekend with sailing tasters. Volunteers needed to help!