White Water Sailing

Post date: 14-Aug-2014 21:05:26

In the face of heavy rain and gale warnings, it was impressive to see an intrepid group of sailors turn up at the Club to race for the Sundae Trophy on Sunday. With strong winds blowing across the lake and gusts blowing down branches from trees, the (fool) hardy competitors rigged their boats for some exhilarating, white water sailing. In the first race, Chris and Josh Moore, sailing their Wanderer, started in the lead and maintained their position throughout the race to take line honours and second overall on handicap. Mike Steele and Debs Steele racing Club Toppers took first and third respectively. The second race saw a reduced fleet on the starting line – the heavy weather having taken its toll. Carl Day and Alan Shaw, sailing their heavily reefed Enterprise, managed the strong winds and huge gusts well to take both line honours and the race win, with Mike and Debs Steele taking second and third, despite a mid-race capsize by Debs. The final race of the day - a pursuit - saw the racing fleet shrink even further, as sailors came ashore to rest. Nick Collier, racing a Topper, took first place with some very good boat handling. The steady pairing of Day/Shaw in their Enterprise took second and Tim Perree, handling some tricky conditions, finished third. All boats returned safely to shore as the sky turned very ugly – likened by some to a ‘Voldemort’ sky – with the wind whipping across the lake.