Waldringfield's 24-hour cash boost
WALDRINGFIELD Sailing Club hopes to have raised more than £1,000 from its Adnams Broadside Jubilee 24-hour Race. The event, held over the weekend, formed part of the club's jubilee celebrations.
WALDRINGFIELD Sailing Club hopes to have raised more than £1,000 from its Adnams Broadside Jubilee 24-hour Race.
The event, held over the weekend, formed part of the club's jubilee celebrations. It aimed to raise money to fund the club's recent purchase of its freehold, bankrolled by loans from club members.
The club's acting-commodore, Cathy Fish, said: "We need to raise £27,500, so far we have raised more than £10,000. We are hoping that the Jubilee Race will contribute more than £1,000 to our target."
Honorary secretary Margaret Lake added: "Last year we were given the chance to buy the land the club sits on.
We have a year full of social events such as running lotteries, raffles and general fundraising events. We will
continue to try to raise money until we have reached our target."
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Sailing got under way at midday on Saturday in bright and breezy conditions with five teams competing.
The club had hoped for more racers, but England playing Denmark in the World Cup at the same time affected the number of entrants.
The competitors were in three Wayfarers and two Larks, with crews changing on the water every couple of hours.
Each team consisted of a minimum of eight members and at least two of those would be in the boat at the same time with the crew swapped at various times during the race.
There was food and drink available for the spectators and resting crews throughout the 24-hour competition. There were complicated rota negotiations as competitors scheduled their racing stints, as well as helping out in the galley, bar and rescue boat.
The wind continued to blow strongly into Saturday evening and the course was shortened to a small triangle, with each lap taking about 12 minutes to complete. The wind held up during the night, with a downpour around 4am, and there was a good breeze on Sunday morning as breakfast was served.
Waldringfield is traditionally a family-orientated sailing club and there were plenty of families enjoying the party atmosphere, from grandparents to babes in arms.
The winners were a team of experienced Wayfarer and Squib sailors, who completed 107 laps in the 24 hour period.
They were Gordon Harris, Anne Spalding, Roger Challis, Mark Johnston, Mike and Rani Pert, Patrick Wilton and John Carter-Jones.
The race was sponsored by Adnams, Dummett Copp and Jackson-Stopps Staff.
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