Wilcox Leads The Way

PUBLISHED: 13:16 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:56 04 May 2010

ELY Sailing Club s Andy Wilcox, took advantage of perfect racing conditions to take top spot at the club s Spring Race Series. Wilcox, racing in his Laser, made full use of the placid wind conditions to cruise to victory in two of the three handicap races

ELY Sailing Club's Andy Wilcox, took advantage of perfect racing conditions to take top spot at the club's Spring Race Series.

Wilcox, racing in his Laser, made full use of the placid wind conditions to cruise to victory in two of the three handicap races, ultimately sealing top spot for the shrewd campaigner against a field packed with tough opposition.

Youngster Jack Knight also emerged with credit on the day, as he sailed his way to a number of credible finishes in his Topper.

At the City of Ely Rowing Club meanwhile, Ellie Milne, the club's top women's junior sculler, was invited to join crew mates from St. Neots at the National Schools Championships.

Having honed her sculling skills at the Ely club, Ellie was given the opportunity to switch disciplines and row in a coxless four, taking the final seat in the St. Neots crew.

The girls' coxless four event was a thrilling race, with the St. Neots crew leading the field by two seconds at the 500m and 1,000m marks.

Though they built up a three-quarter length advantage over their nearest rivals Lady Eleanor Holles, the St.Neots girls gradually lost their advantage and were eventually pipped at the post by their rivals, losing out on the gold medal by just 0.4 seconds.

The St. Neots coach Martin Rooney commented, "Obviously the girls are disappointed not to win but they raced to plan and rowed well as a newly formed crew.


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