Family affair on sailing debut on Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Sailing Club's Dyane Silvester.
Morecambe Sailing Club's Dyane Silvester.
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New club members the Whiteley family made their sailing debut taking home a second and a first place in their kestrel dinghy in a small field when Morecambe Sailing Club members took to the Bay on Sunday.

Relatively strong conditions suited the Kestrel, a larger two hander, compared to the smaller single handed solo of John Hodgson and streaker of Dave Edwards.

The first race saw Edwards home first, Nick Whiteley with crew April and Jamie, second leaving Hodgson to pick up the third ticket.

Deteriorating conditions for the second race saw the Whiteley family first past the line ahead of Hodgson.

The kestrel is a new addition to the MSC members’ fleet being just under 16ft long with a beam of 5ft 6in.

This compares with the streaker at 12ft 9in and the solo at 12ft 5in long.

The other member of the Whiteley family, Jo Whitely was unable to sail due to technical problems with her boat so joined Dave Baron, helm, and Dyane Silvester, officer of the day on the safety boat.