SESCA’s new sailing season starts at Lackford Lake this weekend

Sailing on Lackford Lake

Sailing on Lackford Lake - Credit: Archant

The St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association’s 2017 sailing season commences this Sunday (March 26) at Lackford Lake, five miles north-west of Bury St Edmunds.

Another busy programme is scheduled this year, with sailing, rowing or canoeing activities taking place almost daily, until the beginning of November.

These include events organised by SESCA’s eight group members: the Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall and Newmarket Sea Cadets; YPA (Young People Afloat – a sailing youth club); WASH Sailability (disabled sailing); the Suffolk Scouts; Priory School and Culford School, as well as by the parent Club.

Dinghy racing will be taking place on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, with a Thursday evening, personal handicap series running from the end of April through to September.

The Club has a mixed fleet of dinghies, which principally comprises of Lasers, Wanderers, 2000s, Gulls, Enterprises, Mirrors and Toppers.


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WASH disabled sailing sessions are held on Tuesdays and the first and third Saturdays of each month. Saturdays are also used for training, race coaching and social sailing.

The Club is a recognised RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Training and Foundation Centre, running adult and junior RYA sailing courses for members during the summer.

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It will also be holding its popular, early season, ‘Antigua Sailing Day Regatta’, on Sunday, April 30.

As in previous years, there will be several opportunities for potential members to visit the Club and try sailing throughout the season. A series of monthly, Sunday afternoon ‘Have a Go’ sessions are scheduled from the beginning of May, in addition to the Club’s RYA ‘Push The Boat Out’ Open Day, which is being held on Sunday, May 21, when sailing trips and joy rides will be run on as available basis.

The Club has very low membership fees – junior £25 pa; adult £62 pa; & family £72 pa - and a fleet of Club boats, so it is not necessary to have your own boat if you want to sail or kayak.

Anyone interested in dinghy sailing, canoeing or kayaking is most welcome to visit the Club to see what is on offer. New members welcome.

For further information: visit www.westsuffolksailing.org.uk or e-mail: sesca.admin@googlemail.com

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