Charlotte shines at Cobnor 
A six strong contingent from CYC made their way around the harbour to Cobnor last weekend for the West Sussex Schools & Youth Sailing Association Championships joining 124 competitors representing a total of nine clubs and youth organisations. The weather gods dished up a mixed bag for the county's young guns with a light breeze that worked it's way around the compass rose on Saturday, while on Sunday a fresher test was presented with a force 4 to 5.Top performer from Chi was Charlotte Reading who secured a very impressive 3rd (and just missing 2nd by a single point) in the 43 strong Topper fleet.

Charlotte delivers a steely glare to the fleet enroute to 3rd at the WSSYSA Champs.

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Close racing in Autumn Series Openers 
Although a narrow water to air temperature spread meant that a sea breeze would be unlikely, the gradient wind delivered a pleasant SE force 3 to 4 breeze under mostly clear skies to greet the 20 boats that turned out for the opening weekend of the Autumn Series.

As usual the Fast/Modern fleet were first away and although Andy Conway led the way on the water in his RS100 he was unable to save time on handicap over a phalanx of closely packed 2000’s led by newly crowned 4000 class National Champion Jason Kirk.

Meanwhile, in the Classic/Medium fleet, Lucy Boreham returned to club racing claiming victory over Tim Boon’s Laser Radial and Nick & Biddy Colborne’s GP14.

In the Slow Handicap racing was an all girl affair with Alice Snook in her Optimist “Wonderland” going head to head with Hannah Thompson in her Topper. As you would expect, Hannah took line honours but the margin was not quite enough to hold off Alice on corrected time who carried the day by 40 seconds.

Alice remains in Wonderland while Stephen heads for the doghouse

Race two for the Slow Handicap saw Hannah extend her on the water margin but frustratingly, only by enough to reduce the corrected time deficit to 26 seconds from Alice giving the Oppi driver a two point series lead.

It was almost all change at the top of the Classic/Medium leaderboard with Nick & Biddy Colbourne’s GP14 taking the top spot over Ian Payne’s Laser and Mark Harper’s Solo leaving Lucy to take the ‘wooden medal’ slot by 11 seconds on corrected time.

In the zoomy boats of the Fast/Modern fleet Andy Conway again led the gaggle around the course and this time his on the water speed was good enough to claim second behind Jason & Sonia Kirk’s 2000 while Pete & Suzy Harrision had to settle for third.

Under the heading “the that’s got to hurt prize” Top spot for the day has to go to Stephen Green…imagine if you will managing to persuade your parents that letting you and a pal borrow their shiny new 2000 for not only the Sussex Schools Regatta but a spot of club racing to boot is a good idea. Then with your mother’s admonition “make sure you don’t ding it” still resonating you go out and do just that – albeit while avoiding greater disaster at the hands of a boat in the marina channel…still it could be worse as Mark observed “the thing that scares me is next month he’ll be old enough to drive”

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Jason & Scott crowned 4000 National Champs 

Jason Kirk and Scott Dawson made the trip down to Babbacombe in Devon at the end of August for the 4000 Nationals sponsored by Rooster. Some very solid sailing meant they were able to claim the 12 race series with a race in hand.

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Honours even in Annual Chichester YC/ Dell Quay Sailing Club Joint Series 
Following the bad weather abandonment of the head to head Bass Cup races in early August - sailors from Chichester YC and Dell Quay Sailing Club had to wait until the Bank Holiday Monday opener for the two clubs’ joint Autumn series for the opportunity to tangle on the water. Sadly the forecast for dismal weather meant that the turnout for the opening weekend was somewhat depleted with just six boats venturing afloat.

Things looking brighter in week two

A week is a long time in the UK’s weather patterns and the weather picture for week 2 on 31st August was an all-together sunnier prospect with glorious clear skies and a pleasant force 3 breeze. In the fast fleet the three RS400s reveled in the conditions and the geometry of the course that allowed planing conditions at times. Nick and Roger Elliman broke away to establish a commanding on the water lead arguably the other two 400s sailed by CYC’s Gideon & Gilly Ewers and Dell Quay’s Rob Corfield & Graham Andrews may have had more fun, indulging in a private match race. Nevertheless the on the water pace of the 400s was not enough to save them on handicap which put the Laser of Chichester’s Luke South in the top spot over the Ellimans with CYC’s redoubtable Nick & Biddy Colbourne in their GP14 in third.

Race 3 was the effective opener for the 2000 class with no boats on the water for week 1. 2000 hotshots John and Pauline Cox set out their stall early with a victory over Dell Quay’s Anne & Jim Norfolk in second and David & Rob Ellis in the bronze position.

In the Solo Class the fleet for races 3&4 was also significantly expanded by the pleasant weather – with week 1 survivor Dell Quay’s Gordon Barclay joined by 10 more boats. In race 3 Barclay saw his two bullets from week 1 eroded when he missed the mid-beat gate and had to card a DSQ thus allowing CYC’s Mark Harper to see off club mates L. Murray and Roger Millet to claim the top spot. Meanwhile in 5th spot CYC’s veteran campaigner Ron Green proved that he’s still got the moves. Race 3 also saw the Slow fleet on the water for the first time in the series with the Toppers of CYC’s Sophie Kirk, Charlie South and Isobel Porter occupying the podium.

Moving on to Race Four the Fast Handicap saw the RS400s again breaking away this time the Ellimans and Ewers were able to give Corfield & Andrews the slip the Ellimans going on to extend their on the water lead enough to save time over the fleet to claim the top spot ahead of Luke South with the Colbournes in 3rd Race 4 for the 2000s saw the Norfolks consolidate their position with victory over CYCs Michael & Paula Olliff and Tom & Fiona Dobbs. Meanwhile, in the Solos Harper and Millet again occupied 1st and 3rd spots though this time separated by Dell Quay’s Richard Ede.

The Slow Fleet was depleted to just two protagonists Sophie Kirk and Charlie South in race four with South’s retirement (doubtless tired after his pre-start demonstration of how to hang ten on a Topper) leaving Miss Kirk to claim 1st.

Squirly whirly winds in week 3

The forecast for the final days racing last Sunday was a race officer’s nightmare a light northerly gradient wind which had the potential to be either be overcome by southerly sea breeze or worse an airflow battle ending in a dead calm which may be why there was a shortage of race officers to be had. Happily for the fleet Solo sailor Ian Lissamore (currently between boats but the next one is going to be green) gave up his day’s sailing and stepped into the breech to ensure some racing.

First away in race 5 round the triangular course set in on the northern side of Chichester Lake were the Fast fleet with the two CYC RS400s sailed by the Ellimans and Ewers quickly setting the pace. Quick, but not quick enough, to save time over the Colbourne’s GP14 or the Miracle sailed by Andrew & Toby Martin who took the top two spots on corrected time pushing the Ellimans into 3rd.

Next to tee it up were the 2000s who saw the first outing in the series for the Helen & Stephen Green the remainder of the fleet probably wishing they stayed ashore as team Green went on to score a convincing win with Dell Quay’s Warwick Hodder & John Denyer in second while the Norfolks had to settle for 3rd. Last away were the Solos that culminated in a carbon copy of the result of Race 4 with Harper, Ede & Millet once again taking the podium places.

And so to the final race of the series with the threat of a dying breeze the Committee took the decision to shorten the first leg of the course bringing the windward mark close to Copperas Point and, critically the stronger part of the now ebbing tide. This was particularly so for the fast fleet which saw a wind hole open up close to the mark but not before the Ellimans in their RS400 squeaked round the mark never to be seen again by the remainder of the class who were left to make painful progress round the mark but the scene was set and despite the Ellimans saving time to take first on handicap the Colbourne’s second over the Ewers in third was enough to give them the series overall with a two point margin over the Ellimans.
The 2000 fleet saw the Green team once again stamp their authority with another win with the Norfolks moving up into second over Hodder & Denyer. Nevertheless turning out for all four races gave the Norfolks the vital points edge for the series with the Greens in 2nd and Hodder &Denyer in 3rd.
So to the Solos and a winner takes all scenario with Harper, Barclay and Ede running neck and neck on points after five races. As it played out, Dell Quay’s Ede was able to take advantage of the increasingly frustrating breeze to finish first over Barclay and Harper though sadly, the late charge was only good enough to secure the bronze position for the series with the top spots going to Harper and Barclay.

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Bart's Bash 
Bart's Bash

We have registered CYC to take part in Barts Bash, the largest sailing event in the world . We will be racing against 570 clubs in 50 different countries and against Yachts, dinghies and windsurfers.

For more details click here

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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!

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