Sailors can nab cash for good cause ... competition hot at Dell Quay

James White and Rachel Dicker at Dell Quay
James White and Rachel Dicker at Dell Quay
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The 13th St Wilfrid’s Hospice Nab Challenge, sponsored by boiler distributors ATAG Heating UK, is to be held on Saturday, September 6.

The Inn-Shore Cruising Club, organisers of the popular and unique event, will aim to add to the £162,000 already raised for the charity.

It’s a race that offers competitors a fantastic day’s racing. The challenge takes place over a 12-nautical-mile course from a start line just outside Chichester Harbour, around the Nab Tower and back and attracts entrants from sailing clubs throughout Sussex and beyond.

“Every year the local sailing community get behind this wonderful event,” said ISCC spokesman Patrick Doyle. “We are keen to maintain the momentum and have already started leafleting local yachting clubs to raise awareness and hopefully increase the number of entrants to record levels.

“There is a nominal entry fee of £20 per boat and entrants can get any number of people and organisations to sponsor them and their crew. With online facilities for making contributions, we have made it as easy as possible to make donations.”

General donations of £5 per text can be made by texting SWCC50 to 70070.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care – looking after the pain, distress and other symptoms of advanced cancer, Motor Neurone Disease and other life-limiting illnesses – to local people.

The hospice relies on public support to raise 88 per cent of its annual running costs, which this year will be just under £6.7m.

For further information on how you can participate got to www.sail4stwilfrids.com

DELL QUAY

After a long spell of hot weather, brisk and freshening winds provided good weekend racing at Dell Quay for senior and junior sailors.

In the fifth race of the Longmore series, Bob Marshall and Neil Bryant (RS400) led at the first mark, closely followed by the RS400 of Rob Corfield and Roger Francis.

Corfield and Malcolm Buchanan (Solo) sailed up the east bank to gain ground on Marshal and Bryant, with Corfield and Francis first to reach the windward mark. However, increases in wind strength in the second lap resulted in several retirements and capsizes.

The consistent sailing of Buchanan was rewarded with first place on handicap, closely followed by Chris Wood (Streaker) and Tom Bettle (Topper), who were only one second apart.

For the seventh and final race of the evening series, race officer Jim Norfolk set a course with three gybe marks in a very variable wind.

Andrew Buchanan (Finn) led from the windward mark until overtaken by Peter King and Colin Pullenger in their RS400.

Nikki Buchanan decided to sail her Laser Radial rather than her Solo, which paid dividends in the strong winds. King and Pullenger maintained their lead to finish five minutes ahead of the Finn closely followed by the Laser Radial.

After applying handicaps Nikki Buchanan was a clear winner, with husband Andrew second and King/Pullenger third.

Overall winners of the series are Anne and Jim Norfolk (2000), followed by King and Pullenger second and Nikki Buchanan third.

The blustery conditions also provided challenging racing for DQSC juniors in races five and six of the junior series.

Final results: Race 5: 1 William Lynas (Topper), 2 Harry & Greg Kies (Topaz), 3 Lizzie Kies (Pico); Race 6: 1 James White & Rachel Dicker (Feva), 2 Charlotte Binning (Topper), 3 William Lynas (Topper).