February 2021

St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association’s 2021 season preview

Preparations are in hand for the St Edmundsbury Sailing & Canoeing Association’s 2021 season, which commences at Lackford Lake, 5 miles NW of Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday, 28 March.

An extensive programme of events has been drawn up by the parent Club
and SESCA’s seven affiliated 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 and Priory School.

Despite severe disruptions to last year’s programme, due to Covid restrictions, Club members were still able to get out on the water for much of the summer. Contrary to initial fears, Club membership actually grew by 20% in 2020, with a particular increase in interest in kayaking; paddleboarding and start to sail courses.

To meet this demand, the Club has purchased four more kayaks and six childrens’ Optimist dinghies to augment the Club’s existing hire and training fleet and planned an ambitious training programme headed up by professional RYA sailing instructors. It is a great feature of the Club that you do not need to have your own dinghy or kayak to sail or paddle, as the Club has a large fleet of boats, which are available for hire to members.

The Club has further enhanced its facilities with a new and extended main jetty, which provides better docking arrangements, particularly for disabled sailors, while the Club’s outside picnic area has also been greatly improved.

Dinghy racing is scheduled for Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings throughout the summer, with WASH disabled sailing sessions programmed for Tuesdays, Thursday afternoons and the first and third Saturdays of each month. Members can use the Club’s facilities at any time, so long as there are two adults on site.

The highlight of the Club’s racing programme should be the ‘Antigua Sailing Day Regatta’, which will hopefully be held on Sunday, 6 June. This event is once again being generously supported by the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority.
The Club is also hoping to hold an RYA ‘Discover Sailing’ Open Day on Sunday, 10 May, when members of the public can visit the Club to try their hand at sailing and kayaking for free.

For further information, please see: www.westsuffolksailing.org.uk