Fancy dress hides competitive end to year at sailing club's Christmas Pudding Regatta

Santa Charles Adams chases Sheila Stowe in vain for a podium finish.

Santa Charles Adams chases Sheila Stowe in vain for a podium finish. - Credit: VAL NEWTON

The traditional last race before Christmas at Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club saw manoeuvres almost as flamboyant as some of the costumes of the helms.

The Christmas Pudding Regatta at Stanborough Lake encouraged the sailors to dress up for the occasion, with hot punch and mince pies the reward at the end.

A large Christmas pudding awaited the winner of the two-race series and that ended in a three-way tie.

Annette Walter (323) battles it out with Alan Campbell for the top prize at WGC Sailing Club's Christmas Pudding Regatta.

Annette Walter (323) battles it out with Alan Campbell for the top prize at Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club's Christmas Pudding Regatta. - Credit: VAL NEWTON

Annette Walter recovered from a third place in race one to win the second and claim the large dessert, beating Sheila Stowe into second after she claimed two second places.

Alan Campbell won the smaller pudding with a first place in the fast fleet while commodore of the club, Charles Adams, was fourth in his Santa Claus outfit.

Alex Shelley was the clear winner of the junior prize with a tie for second between Angelo and Francis Hansen.

Millie and Jimima Martin were the winners of the costume prize at WGC Sailing Club.

Millie and Jemima Martin were the winners of the costume prize at WGC Sailing Club. - Credit: VAL NEWTON

Millie Martin sailed with her sister Jemima, but after winning the chocolate Santa for best costumes, they opted to finish early and get into warmer clothes.

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