Chichester regatta hailed a big success

The Town Cup is presented at Bognor Sailing Club by the mayor
The Town Cup is presented at Bognor Sailing Club by the mayor

The weather forecast was not great for the Chichester Yacht Club regatta, but it attracted 37 dinghies from CYC and other clubs and 42 keelboats from Itchenor SC.

The keelboats started first from Itchenor, with the Swallows followed by the Sunbeams and XODs. They headed down towards the harbour entrance against the tide, returning to finish at the CYC committee boat moored in Chichester Lake.

First of the Swallows was S82 Marengo, helmed by Carolyn Brigg, crewed by Sue Glover and George Miller. Second was S3 Skua, with Harry Roome and David Arnold and third S88 Darter, helmed by Tony Glover.

The Sunbeam fleet was led by V26 Danny, sailed by Roger Wickens and David Melville. They were followed by V17 Comedy, with Barry Sampson and Robert Bailey and V6 Little Lady helmed by Gayle Palmer with Christina Darby.

Leading the XODs home was X160, helmed by Roger Yeoman with Mike Moss, ahead of X80 Lass, sailed by John Tremlett and Jeremy Lear and X91 Astralita, with Mike Martell, Fraser Graham and Tim Copsey.

The dinghies were split into six fleets, giving race officers Tony Mobbs and John Miles plenty to do.

The fast-handicap fleet of 13 were led home by the visiting 49er of Jake Jefferies and Sam Helmore, with a time of 1hr 24min, but the HISC Merlin Rockets of Judith Massey and Graham Williamson and Simon and Jackie Lytton took top spots on handicap, with Simon Townsend third in his RS400.

The 49er boys overtook a shark down near Ellanore.

The five-strong fleet of 2000s, all from CYC, were shown the way by Steve Culpitt and Susan Wadsworth (2.23), but in mid-fleet the positions changed according to the route.

Chris Hodge and Louise Varley came second after choosing clear breeze but adverse tide in the Itchenor reach, passing Andy and Liz Palmer–Felgate who parked up at Longmore for a while with no breeze.

Two Lasers and four Radials made the trip down-harbour, Luke South (CYC) showing his experience to lead them home, from Martyn Jones of Dell Quay. ,Lucy Mellers (CYC), just 15, sailed extremely well to come in third.

Four Solos took part, Derek Jackman and Roger Millett taking the top two places.

Only two entered the medium handicap, which Richard Smale won in his Streaker.

The slow-handicap fleet of seven stayed in Chichester Lake, where they had two short races. Charles Elliott and Charlie South, both in Toppers, had a very close first race, Elliott beating South by just three seconds.

The second race gave the same result, but by a larger margin. Eliza South was third in the first race, and Oliver Randall-May third in the fourth (both in Optimists), but South took third overall.

BOGNOR

Bognor Regis Sailing Club welcomed Felpham SC to contest their annual sailing event.

The mayor Cllr Tony Gardiner and mayoress Sandra Gardiner were present and light shifting winds made for an exciting and close-fought contest.

But in the end the conditions favoured the catamarans of the Bognor club and Jo Hemsley and Yvette Walters led the Bognor team to victory.

The mayor presented the trophy and urged local people to get involved in such good local events.

The Tithe Barn contest takes place on June 29 when Bognor will welcome Felpham SC and Pagham SC to compete.

Local people are urged to go along and support their clubs and enjoy the spectacle.

The sailing clubs offer fun on and off the water for all ages. For more information visit your club or see www.brsailingclub.com

BOSHAM

Bosham Sailing Club host their annual regatta, sponsored by Strutt & Parker, on Saturday (June 28).

Entries are welcomed from all harbour clubs – traditionally up to 20 classes have participated in either class or handicap races. The first race begins at 11.30am with a committee boat start in the vicinity of Itchenor Reach or Thorney Channel. Racing will be followed with refreshments and prizegiving from 2pm at the clubhouse on Bosham Quay.

Entries can be made at Bosham SC and Itchenor SC, or on the water close to the committee boat. For further information please visit www.boshamsailingclub.com or call the office on 01243 572341.

DELL QUAY

On the longest day of the year, there was no lack of light as competitors in Dell Quay SC’s evening series raced round two laps of a good-length course.

Fortunately, the south-westerly wind didn’t fade completely either – though at times it was frustratingly light, leaving dinghies marooned in the increasing amounts of weed which June’s sunshine is encouraging.

Peter King and Colin Pullenger (RS400) avoided the worst of the calms and the biggest mats of weed to pull out a clear lead from soon after the start, but the rival RS400 (Bob Marshall and Neil Bryant) had the slippery Solo of Richard Ede to contend with for much of the first lap before they established a comfortable second place on the water.

While King and Pullenger still had a little time in hand once the handicap calculations were done, taking their second win in the series, Marshall and Bryant had more Solo trouble, despite Ede’s retirement.

Ken Baker, crossing the finish line in third place, took second slot on handicap, just 18 seconds adrift of the winning corrected time. Anne and Jim Norfolk (2000) also headed the second RS400 on handicap, their third place consolidating their overall lead in the series.

The most remarkable happening was the dead-heat finish of two more Solos, sailed by Carol Andrews and Mike Shaw, after almost 80 minutes of racing.

With three races still to go in the series, there are several others among the 27 competitors who have so far taken part with a chance to move into the prize list.

This Sunday, Dell Quay SC host their annual 2000 open meeting, with the first of the three races due to start at 12.15pm.