Bognor sailors invite allcomers on to the water ... regatta time at Bosham

Evening racing at Dell Quay
Evening racing at Dell Quay

Bognor Yacht Club invites families to go and try sailing and windsurfing for free at the club’s open day this Saturday (August 24).

A fun-filled day at the friendly club located just west of the pier runs from 11am to 6pm and offers something for everyone. Get a first taste of sailing or windsurfing with one of the club’s experienced members, weather permitting, chat to some of the club sailors or simply sample the social side of the club.

Take bring along some old trainers, swimmers and a towel and the club will supply everything else you need to get afloat. Refreshments will be available.

The open day is in celebration of the club receiving £47,167 from the Sport England Inspired Facilities fund and £2,833 from Bognor Town Council towards building a replacement launching ramp.

Shingle has built up on the beach since the original ramp was built in the 80s and only the top few boards are now visible. The new ramp will allow boats to access the water more easily.

The project will cost around £70,000 and the club are organising various events to contribute, with private support also forthcoming.

Bognor YC is a recognised RYA training centre, meaning it conforms to the highest standards of quality and safety. For more information about Bognor YC, visit www.bryc.co.uk or contact training@bryc.co.uk

BOSHAM

Bosham Sailing Club’s regatta takes place on Saturday (August 24) supported by the Chichester office of estate agents Strutt and Parker.

The regatta is open to all although is likely to attract mainly members of clubs around Chichester Harbour.

Strutt and Parker has 50 offices across the UK and locally is a keen supporter of sailing.

The regatta will attract more than 100 boats and upwards of 300 sailors. Boats taking part will include Swallows, Sunbeams and X-class keelboats.

DELLQUAY

It was great to have a new group of DQSC junior racers out on the water. Junior dinghy instructors Alex Briggs and Henry Bettle said they were really impressed by the standard of sailing in their training group.

It was a beautiful evening and there were a record seven competitors taking part in race nine of the junior series - almost a fleet. The juniors all looked impressive and got off to a good start with Charlie Dee leading the fleet in the club Laser.

The final results were very close in the end with Charlie Dee finishing first but losing out on handicap to Thomas Bettle in the Topper. Bettle is in first place overall for the junior series.

Dom White and James White finished third but special mention must go to William Lynas, taking part in his first junior race, who finished fourth in his Topper.

For the DQSC adult evening race seven, an unusual course was set which included two sausage sections, requiring competitors to sail repeatedly between two racing marks while trying to avoid collisions.

First place went to Ben Chrystall in his Laser, followed by Bill Dawber (Solo) in second and Anne and Jim Norfolk (2000) in third place.

On Sunday wind conditions were ideal for races five and six of the Pursuit series, where competitors start in reverse order according to handicap.

In race five, Bill Dawber and Fred Hilgers in their Solos were first off and pulled out a big lead, never to be overtaken, with Hilgers coming in second behind Dawber and Roy and Beryl Dyton third in their 2000.

In race six, an increasing breeze produced much closer racing with the RS400 dinghies of Malcolm and Jean Buchanan and Peter King and Rob Corfield moving through the fleet from the back to finish second and third respectively, with Dawber first.