Club welcomes sea cadets to sailing event

Morecambe and Heysham Sea Cadets in high spirits before sailing.
Morecambe and Heysham Sea Cadets in high spirits before sailing.

It was a case of all hands on deck when Morecambe Sailing Club welcomed Morecambe and Heysham Sea Cadets on Saturday followed by the club’s The Visitor Cup race meeting on Sunday.

The events were part of the Royal Yachting Association’s national Push Your Boat Out promotion to raise the profile of water sports, including dinghy sailing, to the public and to encourage more people to take up water based activities.

For Morecambe Sailing Club it was a case of taking 17 sea cadets sailing on Morecambe Bay under the watchful eye of safety boats.

The day also provided an opportunity for members of the club’s new Morecambe Youth Sailing team to take part in and be involved with helping with the 
event.

The Youth Sailing team was formed a few weeks ago for young people from 12 to 18 years of age and catering for all abilities from newcomers to experienced sailors.

Sunday saw excellent sailing conditions with Dyane Silvester collecting The Visitor Cup in her Streaker just ahead of Dave Edwards also in a Streaker.

Third was a founder member of the Youth Team, April Whiteley with her novice crew, Ashley Gibson in a Kestrel.

Another youth team member, Morgan Foster, took out a solo Laser dinghy taking part in two of the three races leading to the trophy.

One capsized member also provided a training exercise for Morecambe lifeboat crew.