Clacton Sailing Club - The Longest Day

This fantastic Summer Solstice Sunrise Sail took place at Clacton Sailing Club with a fleet of dinghies afloat before 5am last Sunday.

Members hit the water early with 5am start - on the beach

Preparation was key

With the sun expected to rise at 0430 preparation was the key and volunteers had 10 boats fully rigged and waiting on the beach at Holland-on-Sea by 0445. Other boats joined in later but the event was all about being early: Jack Dempsey and James Brosnan-Wren took the honour of being first afloat!

Members hit the water early with 5am start - on the water

Beautiful flat sea

More than 20 sailors followed all setting sail into a beautiful flat sea and light winds and with the sun just rising above a thin layer of mist helping to create a special atmosphere to reward the early starters.

Members hit the water early with 5am start - Breakfast is served

Breakfast is served!

With a festival atmosphere it was only a matter of time before the first capsize and eventually most people took a dip into the surprisingly warm water before heading up to the clubhouse for a Full English breakfast.

Sailing continued throughout the day with many claiming a full 12 hours to make the best of the Longest Day afloat!

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