Beer Lugger Club and Axe yacht Club youngsters enjoy River Axe race

Lugger Racing on the River Axe

Lugger Racing on the River Axe - Credit: Archant

Young sailors from Beer Lugger Club and Axe Yacht Club (AYC) cadets met in a lugger race on the River Axe, writes Amanda Parker.

Seven youngsters were given the chance to experience sailing on these beautiful boats.

After several days of windy weather, the seas flattened out to allow four Luggers to motor across from Beer beach and enter Axmouth Harbour just before high water to join one Axmouth Lugger.

Once through the bridge, masts were raised and sails hoisted before the cadets jumped aboard.

The race was watched by an enthusiastic crowd at Coronation Corner.

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After two laps, Gannet Three crossed the finish line in first place with Percy Mitchell overhauling the other three boats to take second place.

The race was followed by fish and chips for all in the AYC clubhouse.

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Thanks to the lugger sailors who ensured that the cadets all had a fantastic time and showed them how much skill it takes to sail these wonderful boats.

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