Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

Felixstowe: Sailor wins national title third time in a row

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 September 2012

Shaun Allen, of Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, and crew Claire Robinson winning the national Shearwater Championships.

Shaun Allen, of Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, and crew Claire Robinson winning the national Shearwater Championships.

Archant

SUFFOLK sailor Shaun Allen has won the Shearwater National Championships for the third year in succession.

Working with his crew Claire Robinson, Mr Allen, a member of Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club (FFSC), successfully defended his title aboard Carbon Footprint, at the 56th annual event held at Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club.

Eighteen boats competed in the eight race series, with practice race, last month.

Mr Allen honed his skills at Felixstowe and is now encouraging youngsters inspired by the likes of Ben Ainslie – the most successful Olympic sailor of all time after adding a fourth gold to his collection at the London Games – to give sailing a try.

“I think there is a perception that sailing is difficult to get involved with, that becoming a member of a sailing club is complicated and there is also an assumption it is a bit of an elitist sport, due to the perceived expense involved,” he said.

“However FFSC has an extensive programme of youth sailing activities which are easy and simple for youngsters to get involved with and not as expensive as people believe.

“Organisers of 2012 are hoping the legacy of London 2012 will be to ‘inspire a generation’ and with sailing being such an integral part of British Olympic success we are hoping the games will attract more youngsters to the sport and are keen to highlight how simple it is to give sailing a try, especially in a coastal county like Suffolk.”

Based at the mouth of the River Deben, FFSC embraces dinghy sailing, yachting and a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) approved teaching centre for younger members called Felixstowe Ferry Youth Sailing

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Hundreds of runners from across Suffolk are gearing up for the third annual Twilight Races taking place in Ipswich this evening.

The chairman of the 18th Ipswich Scout Group says he is “appalled” after discovering the club’s minibus was stolen yesterday.

Veteran television presenter Sir Bruce Forsyth has died at the age of 89, his manager has said.

British Transport Police (BTP) from Colchester were sent to reports of a rave close to a railway station in east Suffolk last night.

Highways officials predict severe congestion from even modest increases in traffic from developments surrounding a pinch point junction.

One of the most popular folk festivals in the country got under way yesterday as people started to pour in for three days of relaxed fun and excellent music.

A 27-year-old former dock worker who downloaded indecent images of children was taken to the floor by police officers after making a dash for the bathroom with his mobile phone following his arrest, a court heard.

Neighbours have been told flooding in their Woodbridge cul-de-sac is neither hazardous nor dangerous, despite fears it could create a sinkhole outside their homes.

An Ipswich man accused of raping a woman after leaving a party with her has been unanimously found not guilty by a jury.

Planning chiefs have been accused of “driving a coach and horses” through policies drawn up to shape the future of a village.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24