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Matthew Burns

SEDBERGH SAILING TEAM LASER LAKELAND AND BORDERS SERIES – ROUND 2 – ANNANDALE

This weekend, Annandale welcomed Sedbergh Sailing team with a good wind coupled with occasional sun, even if the wind came with what the Australians might call willy-willies – massive gusts with big wind shifts that flattened more than a few of the fleet; some more than others.  

Walter Keegan (H) and Geordan Moss (W), even with 4.7 rigs, had problems with the wind and Geordan in particular suffered a series of capsizes but still managed to complete the race but had had enough by then.  By the end of the first race all were happy to take a break and regain some energy from excellent home made soup and rolls from the galley staff at the club. – whilst still strong and gusty not as wild as race 1.  

Walter stuck it out for one more race but discretion was the better part of valour and he retired along with several others before Race 3.  Chris Nurney set a long beat and fast reaches for race 2, and an extra beat in race 3 which saw the race leaders having a very close battle all the way to the line.  Meanwhile George Thomas (H) having had a good first race coming 7th was finding the afternoon harder but scored a 9th in race 2.  

Unfortunately a capsize followed by is mast getting stuck in the mud caused him such stress in race 3 that he forgot to round mark 3 and was a DNF in the final race.  A hard day’s sailing saw him tired but satisfied at the prize-giving having had, as he commented, “his best race in a Laser series event ever”.  

Sailors came from eight different clubs which, for 15 sailors, is a good spread.  Sedbergh School’s three sailors have now completed both races of the series so far.  

We look forward to St Mary’s round 3 in two weeks’ time.  The first youth from this event was Hart House’s George Thomas. Congratulations George.

Next week sees the team travel to West Kirby regatta for the first time, for another round of the North West Junior Travellers’ series.

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