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Timing is crucial during sunrise sail
CLACTON Sailing Club members made an early start for their Summer Solstice Sunrise Sail.
With sunrise expected for 4.30am, preparation was key and volunteers had prepared a fleet of ten dinghies rigged on the beach in readiness.
Other boats joined the early starters later on, but this event was all about timing.
Jack Dempsey and James Brosnan-Wren were first afloat and quickly followed by 20 or so other keen sailors before 5am.
Right on time, the sunshine broke through, just rising above a thin layer of mist.
With a beautiful flat sea and light winds, it helped create a special atmosphere to reward the early starters.
With cadets sailing together amid a festival atmosphere, it was only a matter of time before the first capsize and most people took a dip in the surprisingly warm water.
They then headed up to the clifftop clubhouse for a full English breakfast. Sailing continued throughout the day in perfect conditions, with many claiming a full 12 hours before heading home for an early night.
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