Sailing: 10,000 the magic number at Bosham - 2,000 at Chichester

There's news from Bosham, Chichester and Dell Quay in our latest round-up from the local sailing clubs.

The start line at CYC / Pictures by Jens Winther and Matthew Freire
The start line at CYC / Pictures by Jens Winther and Matthew Freire

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Bosham Sailing Club have been awarded a £10,000 Sport England grant, through an application assisted by the RYA, to buy two Bahia sailing dinghies.

The new dinghies will enhance the club’s ambitions to encourage more people, young and old, to sail, by providing top class RYA training facilities.

The boats will be used to help meet the increasing demand from both members and youngsters from several local schools to acquire RYA qualifications to enable them to either race or cruise in Chichester Harbour and beyond.

They will complement the existing club-owned dinghies available for training or hire which include Bahias, Fevas and Optimists.

One of the most successful initiatives in the club’s training schedule is the Women on Water series, now in its third year, which has allowed women to grow in confidence in their skills afloat. The Friday evening Optimist training sessions for beginners is also hugely popular.

Simon Radford, commodore of Bosham Sailing Club, said: “Bosham SC is committed to encouraging people afloat, and these new Bahias will help us do that, particularly with the forthcoming Club Open Day on Saturday, July 16, when people from the local area will be able to enjoy ‘taster’ sailing sessions with qualified instructors for free.”

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Chichester Yacht Club hosted the second 2000 Millennium Series event of 2016. Twenty boats from across the south joined in the fun.

Day one offered good weather for sailing and with a good force four wind, there was close racing.

The second race had a general recall as the fleet pressed the line and some misjudged the tide.

At the end of the day Rob and Katie Burridge (Weir Wood SC) had won all three races.

Sunday brought sunshine but less wind.

In race four Fergus Barnham and Serena de Nahlik (Snettisham Beach SC) led from start to finish. Race five saw Rob and Katie Burridge return to winning ways.

For race six the race officer flew the black flag which led to a few disqualifications. For many, the final race was the best racing of the weekend, with many competing for top places in the first beat.

In the end Matt Sargent and his expert spinny-flying son Johnny (ASA/Thorney Island SC) crossed the line first.

After two days the clear winners were the Burridges, who had won four out of six races, but they had to work hard to get the results.

Four boats tied on 24 points competing for fourth place, showing the top of the fleet was very close.

Prizegiving and a regatta tea followed the racing.

The Endeavour prize for the last placed boat that completed all six races was won by CYC’s Rick Page and Ian Sellwood.

Final results: 1 Rob Burridge and Katie Burridge - Weir Wood; 2 Fergus Barnham and Serena de Nahlik - Snettisham Beach; 3 Steve Cockerill and Sarah Cockerill - Stokes Bay; 4 Matt Sargent and Gwen Sargent (Saturday)/Johnny Sargent (Sunday) - ASA Thorney Island. First two CYC boats: 1 Mike Linney and Giles Dixon; 2 Chris Hodge and Louise Hodge.


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Sunny weather greeted Dell Quay sailors for races five and six of the Early Trophy series.

In the first handicap race the RS400 of Rob Corfield and Chris Campbell was first to the windward mark, closely followed by another 400 of Bob Marshall and Neil Bryant, but Corfield and Campbell were able to pull away following close manoeuvring at the leeward mark.

These two finished first and second on the water with the Finn of Andrew Buchanan in third place. After handicap adjustments the Finn took second place with the Laser of Sue Manning first and Jean and Liz Sagues (Lymington Scow) third.

In the second race Manning took first again with the Sagues second and Buchanan third.

The wind was fairly light for the first Solo race, which started against a rising tide.

Two or three boats, having rounded Copperas West, headed off to Crouchers instead of Copperas East. They realised their mistake and resumed the correct course towards Copperas East. Richard Ede rounded Copperas East first, and held on to win the race.

Those who sailed towards Crouchers fought their way back, these included Roger Puttock and David Maltby, who finished second and third.

The wind increased for race two. There was much bunching at the start and Ede ended up 20 metres over the line, starting last after returning to restart, with Puttock and Maltby clearly in the lead.

However, Ede managed to come through into third place after the first lap and overtook Maltby to move into second on the run back, with Puttock still leading.

On the third and final lap Puttock maintained his lead to take first place. Meanwhile, Maltby closed on Ede in the run to the finish and just managed to slip past to leeward in the last few metres to take second place by about a metre, leaving Ede third.

The 2000 races were dominated by Anne and Jim Norfolk who won both races. Sue Nash/Sarah Eggelton took second place in race one, with Mike Fitzgerald/Tim Dormer third. In race two Fitzgerald/Dormer came second with David Ellis/Helen Dignum third.

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