Steele comes up smelling of tulips

SETTING SAIL: Action on Lackford Lake at the Guides' Get Wet Day
SETTING SAIL: Action on Lackford Lake at the Guides' Get Wet Day
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Mike Steele, in his Laser, clinched St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association’s Tulip Trophy in fairly blustery conditions on Sunday.

In the first race, Vicky Forkes led the start in her Topper and was looking good for a handicap win until the fleet sailed into a large wind shadow at the windward mark.

At the finish, Steele just edged ahead of Jon Holmefjord (Laser) and held his time on handicap to win by 10 seconds from Carl Day and Alan Shaw (Enterprise), with Holmefjord finishing third.

After a course change, Steele got away for a clean start in the second race and led to the finish.

Forkes and Debs Steele had a great battle in their Toppers, with Forkes finishing just ahead.

The final pursuit race saw the early-starting Toppers eventually overhauled, leaving Mike Steele first, Day and Shaw second and Holmefjord third.

n This weekend, SESCA open weekend is being held as part of the Royal Yachting Association’s Push The Boat Out initiative to encourage everyone to get out on the water and celebrate a national weekend of sailing.

Weather permitting, sailing taster sessions will be held from 10.30am to 4pm each day.