Sailing Club New Year Christmas Rubbish boat race

On New Year’s Day, the annual Christmas Rubbish Boat Race was almost a washout as the rain dampened the paper sails and enthusiasm of the youth members who had brought their handmade boats. Entries were down, but the winner, sailing over 25 meters, was one of the youngest and had one of the simplest constructions. Eleni Cook, pictured far right below, may not have looked too happy at the time, but she beat the field and won the prize for performance and design. Brother Harvey, centre left, found his top heavy boat didn’t perform as well as his sister’s.  Eleni is joining youth training this year, dad Nick manages two of the club’s safety boats. Cruiser owner Berey Pealing, local potter at the Town Mill, pictured left, manned the inflatable which collected all the soggy rubbish from the water. Commodore Jerry Rook then helmed a RHIB to assist with safety cover for the very popular Lyme Lunge.

‘The Lunge was more popular than ever,’ said Jerry, ‘ let’s hope the weather is more favourable for the popular Junk Boat Race at the town regatta in August.’

Reported by Sally Holman