SAILING: Hundreds race at Rutland Water

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MORE than 100 sailors took part in the fifth Rutland Sailing Club Holiday week packed with competitive racing and unbridled fun at Edith Weston.

The finale was a Topper relay race in which the rules master struggled to keep the teams in order. The week also combined racing with Dunkirk re-enactment, a full scale pirate battle and there were plenty of opportunities for sailors of all abilities to try new boats or sail with a friend.

More than 60 sailors competed in the main race series with Elliot Marshall, in his Tera, coming out on top with Sarah and Kata Kemp in second place and Zach Morley third.

In the Junior fleet there were more than 30 competitors with Oscar Morley taking the honours to follow in the fotsteps of his brother Henry. In second place was Alex Noon and in third Owen Lightfoot.

There were several new faces in the novice adult competition which was won by Rob Noon, with Kerrie Noon second and Chris Monk third.

Charlie Jeynes came out on top In the Topper fleet races, followed by Alex Litt and Chris Bettinson. In the Stig run it was Jeremy Lightfoot and David Dunkling who took top spot.

A spokesman for the club said: “The Pirate battle is the highlight of the week with grandpas and toddlers armed with water pistols and giant smiles.

“It was a great week which saw a lot of the kids taking part in their first ever races. Just off the shore and with adult coaching the racing world becomes a lot friendlier a place to be.

“The week aims to have something for everyone of all ages and abilities. It is great fun and helps members get to know and sail with other members.”