Sailing club gives competitors chance to taste the Caribbean

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St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association (SESCA) contested their own Antigua Day in recognition of Antigua Sailing Week.

Mike Senior, sailing a Laser, won the first race after a closely-contested battle with Carl Day and Alan Shaw in their Enterprise, but the tables were turned in race two with Shaw and Day pipping Senior before the Enterprise crew also went on to win the afternoon’s pursuit race from Neville Bonham and Charlotte Norrbom in a Vareo.

n SESCA will be opening its doors to everyone on Saturday and Sunday May 18 and 19 as part of the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) Push the Boat Out campaign to get more people into sailing.

Starting at 10.30am on May 18 at Lackford Lake, five miles north-west of Bury St Edmunds, there will be sailing taster sessions until 4pm each day.

Children over 11 may sail if accompanied by a parent or guardian and those attending must take a towel, soft-soled shoes and a change of clothes.

RYA sport development manager Jon White said: “So many people were inspired by the London 2012 Games and the RYA’s Push the Boat Out provides the perfect opportunity for clubs to encourage people to get down to their local sailing venue, have a go and find out how just easy it is to get involved in the sport.”

n SESCA enjoyed a full programme of racing on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

In the pursuit race, Gary Tompkins won out from Abbey Freely and Mike Steele, although hardly a boat length separated them at the finish.

Club commodore Kieron Adams was back out on the water showing everybody how it should be done in his Laser, finishing with two convincing firsts.

Geoff Morris, in his Solo, broke away in the first race on Monday to finish first on the water and held his position on handicap from Sheila Norman and Chris Styles. In the second race, Gary Tompkins led the fleet home in his Laser, but the third race had to be abandoned as the wind died completely.