SAILING: Emma enjoys hat-trick of wins to seal series

Cadet series winner Emma Agar
Cadet series winner Emma Agar
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Emma Agar won all three races on Sunday to finish top of Welland Yacht Club’s cadet series.

With a strong south-westerly blowing straight down the river to make things a little interesting, four juniors took up the challenge.

Race three started with a few near capsizes on the build-up to the start.

They finally got away unscathed with the faster two boats of Lucy Burton and Niall Holland making an early break.

However Emma soon made the best progress and rounded the top mark first.

Then in a moment of lapse in concentration Emma forgot the short return leg and carried on past the mark.

It was only when the second-placed boat rounded the mark she realised her mistake and by then she had overshot by a considerable distance.

Not to be deterred, she turned her boat around and set off in pursuit of the others.

With the wind gusting stronger than earlier, Harry Whitelam decided to sit out race four.

There were a couple of pre-start capsizes then the race was under way.

Again all juniors did their best to keep the boats upright and Emma was able to take the lead in what should have been the slower boat.

Race five saw just Emma and Harry taking part in even stronger gusts.

Harry managed the better start and pulled out an early lead.

Emma managing to catch and pass to take her third win of the day at the end of the junior season.

All juniors are welcome to take part in the Carl Bilbe Pursuit Race regatta using personal handicaps on Sunday.

Anyone interested in finding out more about sailing should contact the club via email secretary@wellandyachtclub.co.uk