Young sailors shine

PUBLISHED: 18:17 11 July 2007 | UPDATED: 12:39 04 May 2010

ELY Sailing Club s youngsters were in action on Saturday when they competed in the second round of the Cambridgeshire youth League at Roswell Pits. Twenty-four under-18s took part, and all boats were single handed dinghies, with the exception of two doubl

ELY Sailing Club's youngsters were in action on Saturday when they competed in the second round of the Cambridgeshire youth League at Roswell Pits.

Twenty-four under-18s took part, and all boats were single handed dinghies, with the exception of two double-handed Mirrors.

The three races had three staggered starts, depending on the speed ability of the class of dinghy, and despite some capsized helms, all were righted and continued on.

Ely's Mark Loach had line honours in two races and started in the third flight before working his way through the field.

Unfortunately, his Laser handicap put him back in eighth place and 10th overall, the first-placed Ely boat.

The overall winner, sailing a Topper from the Cam Club, was James Stecklemacher. He counted a first place in the third race and a third in the second race.

Second from Hunts Sailing Club was Alex Alcock also sailing a Topper, counting a second and third place. Third overall was Lucia Lachlan-Cope crewed by Emma Holder in a Mirror from the Cam SC.

They won the first race and counted a fifth and also won the first girls' prize. The second girl's prize went to Amy Stevens from the Cam SC in a Topper.

Subsidiary prizes were also given to Lewis Easy (Cam SC) in an Optimist who was fourth overall and received the first under-15s prize. Gabriel Clarke (Hunts SC), in an Optimist, was the second placed under-15s racer.

Also in an Optimist was Finn Conroy (Cam SC) who won the under-12s. Ely's Jack Cammann finished second in the under-12s age group.

The youngest competitor prize went to nine-year-old Matthew Wellbeloved, also from Ely.

The team winners were the Cam Club, with Hunts second, Ely third and Paxton Lakes fourth. The next round will be at Hunts SC on September 15.

# THERE was some close racing, especially among the Enterprise fleet, in their first class race on Sunday at Roswell Pits.

Simon Leeks, in his Solo, had a successful afternoon, winning all his races but he was hard pressed by Bob Utteridge and Marie Brown, in an Enterprise, in the second handicap race.

Results - first handicap race (7 boats): 1 Simon Leeks, 2 Bob Utteridge and Marie Brown, 3 Hugh and Robbie Marshall. Second handicap race (8 boats): 1 Simon Leeks, 2 Bob Utteridge and Marie Brown, 3 Gary Ungless. First Enterprise class race: 1 Denis Copsey and Alayne Seymour, 2 Hugh and Robbie Marshall, 3 Bob Utteridge and Marie Brown. Second race: 1 Bob Utteridge and Marie Brown, 2 Hugh and Robbie Marshall. First Solo class race: 1 Simon Leeks, 2 Gary Ungless, 3 Graham Tory. Second race: 1 Simon Leeks, 2 Gary Ungless, 3 Steve Mair.

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