Lyme’s young sailors compete in national championship

The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, and Mayoress Wendy Larcombe, pictured with sailing club commodore Jerry Rook, race officials and youth members who are competing this week

YOUNG members of Lyme Regis Sailing Club are among those taking part in the Firefly National Championship this week.

The sailing club is hosting 53 entrants from all across the UK for the championship this week, including four teams made up of its own youth members in boats lent by the National Firefly Association, allowing them to gain valuable experience in a large fleet, in the comfort of home waters.

Entrants arrived in Lyme Regis over the weekend and were welcomed to the town by the mayor, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, at a reception on Saturday evening.

The championship then got underway on Sunday with the challenge of strong south-westerly winds and big waves, making for exhilarating racing. There were several capsizes and three had to be towed in keeping the safety boats busy, but there were no incidents of concern.

The event will continue until Friday with prizes awarded daily and an overall champion at the end of the series.

Racing gets underway in Lyme Bay (photos by Pauline Rook)

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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