Sauntson sails to series win

Menagerie action.
Menagerie action.

Witham Sailing Club held the final race of their Menagerie series last Wednesday.

Thirteen boats competed in a pursuit race, in which the slower boats start first and competitors race for a set time.

There was a light north-easterly breeze which produced a changeable and fickle wind on the river and tested the skill and patience of the sailors.

Delphin Esteves, sailing a Topper, was the first starter and he held on to his lead until, on the second lap, he fell victim to a calm patch behind some particularly tall trees where the chasing fleet caught up.

On the next lap Bethany Mason, in her yellow Laser dinghy, clawed her way to the front and opened out a seemingly-invincible lead over the Enterprises of Frank Royle and Ian Thompson.

In the final minutes of the race, Bethany entered the calm patch which had defeated Delphin and nearly stopped, meaning she was almost caught by the two Enterprises.

At the finish she was just three metres ahead of Ian Thompson in second place, with Frank Royle only a couple of metres behind him.

Victory in the final race brought Bethany to second place in the seven race Menagerie series.

The overall winner of the Menagerie Trophy was the previous week’s winner, Dave Sauntson.

Witham Sailing Club welcomes visitors who would like to try the sport of sailing and runs training for beginners and intermediate sailors.

Details are available on their Facebook page.