Dinghy Week 25-29 July 
July’s glorious summer weather continued throughout our Dinghy Week, and though there were a few anxious hours after Worthing station was flooded, the thunderstorms never quite made it to Chichester Harbour.

Not really a week, more of a super-long weekend, the event attracted a total of 71 boats, plus 12 Graduates attending their National Championship. Around 120 people got afloat to join in the fun, including 30 under-16 year olds who seemed to be having even more fun than anybody else. As well as dinghies, there were kayaks and paddle boards out, a few swimmers and a lot of spectators.

We also ran an RYA children’s course for beginners and improvers, with 18 participants aged 7 to 12, and a coached Regatta Fleet for 9 more who already had basic sailing skills but were not ready to join the main race fleet. Over the 5 days, all improved their skills, gained confidence and made new friends.

The racing was divided into Fast (38 boats) and Slow (5) Handicap fleets, Toppers (20) and Optimists (7), all of which did 8 races over the first 4 days. Coming back into their Lark after a long absence, Martin and Cindy Orton won the Fast Handicap from Sarah Cockerill in her Laser and Ian Lissamore (Solo). The Slow Fleet was won by Andrew and Toby Martin in their Miracle, with Susannah Olliff and Beth Albone 2nd in a Feva, and Andrew & Jack Purvis 3rd (Mirror). The Topper fleet was dominated by Charlie South, with Sophie Kirk second and Oliver Randall-May 3rd, and in the Optimists Raulf Berry was 1st, followed by Luca Hutchings and Blythe Berry.

The Graduates raced only for 3 days, and the fleet enjoyed some competitive racing in Chichester Lake. Tony Cooper won the series, with John Clementson 2nd and Bob Murrell 3rd.

Racing on Day 5 was run as a Pursuit Race for adults, and a Turbo Regatta for the younger ones. The slowest boats are first to start in the Pursuit Race, with the faster boats starting later, at intervals according to their handicap ratings, so that by the end of the race all should be approaching the finish at about the same time. The winner of this race was Ian Lissamore, with Adrian Rowe 2nd, both in Solos. 8 short races were sailed in the Turbo Regatta, including some silly challenges along the way, such as a capsize both ways, or swim round the boat. Winner of this event was Charlie South.

As well as all the activity on the water, there was fun and games later in the afternoon every day, with model boat building, table tennis, a trip to the beach, ice cream van…. and the social highlight of the week, the Barn Dance, with all ages taking part, most with more enthusiasm than skill, but all having a great time.

Book the dates in your diary for next year: Monday 3rd – Friday 7th August 2015.

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Topper Open: Sunday 29 June 
The Topper Open, moved from its previous date of October, was blessed with sunshine and light breezes, with no repeat of last year's sudden squall which wiped out the entire fleet!

31 sailors participated, including 10 from CYC. Others came from as far afield as Oxfordshire and Dorset. 3 of the smaller sailors were using the 4.2 rig

The first race saw a breakaway group making the most of the light winds and reading the shifts. First over the line was Hugo Burrows, visiting from west Oxfordshire, ahead of Elliott Kuzyk from Parkstone and Emma Crane (RYA). First of the CYC boats was Charlie Elliott in 8th.

In Race 2 Charlie Elliott got up to speed scoring a good first place in front of Elliott Kuzyk and Emma Crane.

Victoria Cowan of Portchester won the 3rd race, with Charlie Elliott in 2nd and Emma Crane 3rd again.

Overall winner was Charlie Elliott, 2nd Elliott Kuzyk and 3rd Hugo Burrows. Second CYC boat was Sophie Kirk in 7th place. First of the 4.2 sailors was Eliza South of CYC.

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Regatta: Saturday 14 June 
The weather forecast was not great, with winds from N/NE at Force 2-3 and some rain. It did not deter the sailors, and a good fleet turned out, with 37 dinghies from CYC and other clubs, and 42 keelboats from Itchenor SC.

The keelboats started first from Itchenor at 11.00, heading down towards the harbour entrance against the tide and returning to finish at the CYC Committee boat moored in Chichester Lake. First of the Swallows was Marengo, helmed by Carolyn Brigg, in 2nd place was Skua, with Harry Roome, and in 3rd Darter, helmed by Tony Glover. The Sunbeam fleet was led by Danny, sailed by Roger Wickens, followed by Comedy, with Barry Sampson, and Little Lady helmed by Gayle Palmer. Leading the XODs home was X160, helmed by Roger Yeoman, 2nd was X80 Lass, sailed by John Tremlett, and 3rd X91 Astralita, with Mike Martell.

The dinghies were split into 6 fleets, giving Race Officers Tony Mobbs and John Miles plenty of work to do. For the sailors, the breeze allowed most to fly spinnakers or cruising chutes going down the harbour, but there was strong incoming tide in the deep channel, and abundant weed in the shallow sections. Routing decisions were critical, and places were gained by choosing the right track as much as sailing ability.

The Fast Handicap fleet of 13 boats were led home by the visiting 49er of Jake Jefferies & Sam Helmore, with a time of 1 hour 24 minutes, but the HISC Merlin Rockets of Judith Massey & Graham Williamson and Simon & Jackie Lytton took top spots on handicap, with Simon Townsend in his RS400 3rd. The 49er boys overtook a shark down near Ellanore – with photo by safety boat driver to prove it!

The 5 strong fleet of 2000s, all from CYC, were shown the way by Steve Culpitt and Susan Wadsworth (2hr 23min), but in mid-fleet the positions changed according to the route: Chris Hodge and Louise Varley came in second after choosing clear breeze but adverse tide in the Itchenor reach, passing Andy & Liz Palmer–Felgate who parked up at Longmore for a while with no breeze.

Two Lasers and 4 Radials made the trip down the harbour, Luke South (CYC) showing his experience to lead them home, from Martyn Jones of Dell Quay. 15 year old Lucy Mellers (CYC) sailed extremely well to come in 3rd.

4 Solos took part, Derek Jackman and Roger Millett taking the top 2 places. Only 2 entered the Medium Handicap, which Richard Smale won in his Streaker.

The Slow Handicap fleet of 7 stayed in Chichester Lake, where they had 2 short races. Charles Elliott and Charlie South, both in Toppers, had a very close 1st race, Elliott beating South by just 3 seconds. The second race gave the same result, but by a larger margin. Eliza South was 3rd in the first race, and Oliver Randall-May 3rd in the 4th (both in Optimists), but Eliza took 3rd overall as Oliver did not finish the 1st race.
A good day out, and a good CYC tea as reward!

For full results see http://www.cycdinghies.co.uk/files/regatta_2014.htm

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2000 Millenium Series Open - Saturday 31 May/Sunday 1 June 2014 

pic (c) Chris Hatton
The forecast of very light breezes did not bode well for CYC’s 2 day Open for the 2000 class, part of the countrywide Millenium Series sponsored by Crewsaver, but 23 boats turned up on Saturday, from as far afield as south Wales and Norfolk, with 8 boats from the home club.
Race Officer Nick Colbourne set a windward-leeward course in Chichester Lake in a north-easterly drifter, but held fire with a postponement. When he did get the 23-strong fleet into the first starting sequence, he was forced to abandon as most of the fleet sailed backwards over the line, carried by the tide. After a further delay, sensing the onset of a sea breeze from the south west, he swung the course round by 180 degrees and squeezed in 3 short races in wobbly little breeze of 8 – 10 knots. The visitors, led by Rob and Sarah Burridge from Weir Wood, took the first 4 places in Races 1 and 2, with John and Pauline Cox of CYC in 5th. Race 3 was won by Ferens Barnham and Abbie Hewitt of Snettisham Beach, with the Burridges dropping back to 5th, but still in the lead overall at the end of the first day.
CYC’s social on Saturday evening, with dancing to the band “Miles High”, may have tired some of the competitors, but Sunday morning was bright and sunny with a promising sea breeze setting in from the south west. With a fairly consistent 12-14 knots by the first start, there was some close competitive sailing, again on a windward-leeward course. Visitors Rob and Sarah Burridge dominated the fleet, with an unassailable set of bullets for the second series of 3 races taking the top spot overall by a fair margin, and claiming the Idun Trophy again. Ferens Barnham and Abbie Hewitt scored a 2nd and two 3rd places, giving them 2nd overall, with Matt Sargent and Johnny Given of Thorney Island a 3rd and two 2nds to claim 3rd prize. In 4th place were Dave Adams and Jenny Pearson-Farr of Broadstairs, and in 5th Tim and Linda Hulley of Weir Wood. Of the local boats, first CYC team was John and Pauline Cox in 7th, with Chris Hodge and Louise Varley in 12th, Helen and Mark Green 13th, and Abbie and Fiona Page 14th.
The Endeavour Prize, for the last boat to complete all the races, was awarded to CYC’s Mike Linney and Giles Dixon, but only because Rick Page and Ian Sellwood were not allowed to win it again, and in the Winthers’ boat they missed a start because the crew was late!
For full results see http://www.cycdinghies.co.uk/files/2000_2014.htm

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Racing Results 
Sussex Penguin regatta and Womens regatta have been uploaded.

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Racing Result 
The resulting races for Lady Todd 8, 9 and 10 have been uploaded. Also results for Evening Tankard 2 & 3.

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Solo Open: Saturday 17 May 2014 
The CYC Solo Open, supported by Hawk Marine Products, was a great success, with 27 boats taking part, including several from Dell Quay SC, and one from as far away as Salcombe.

pic (c) Gideon Ewers

In quite light and variable breezes, Race Officer Martin Orton and his team kept the show moving with slick race management, achieving 4 back to back races.

Steve Cockerill (HISC) won the 1st race, followed by Pete Mitchell of HISC , with these places reversed in Race 2. Mark Harper of CYC won the 3rd race, with Steve Ede of Ardleigh SC, who was last year’s winner, in 2nd, leaving the title hanging in the balance between these 4 contenders. The last race was won by Ede, followed by Mitchell, Cockerill and Harper.

The overall results gave Mitchell the trophy, with Cockerill 2nd, Ede 3rd and Harper 4th.

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Last weekends sailing results are uploaded.
See Club Racing Results Page.

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