There was a good turnout for the last 3 races of the Autumn series at Chichester Yacht Club on Sunday. With fine sunny weather & a light breeze as forecast, the sailors took to the water. The early start & light breeze proved to be deceptive. As the competitors got on the water, the steady 10knot wind with minimal gusts turned into a 15 knot wind gusting up to 20knots! This became more apparent as the sailors shifted from a reach into a beat and got hit by the NE breeze whipping down from Dell Quay. One or two of the sailors went in at this point - both in the water & back to the shore! Some stayed ashore in the sheltered CYC garden preferring an early lunch to further hard work, while others swapped rigs, for a further attempt at the racing.
In the Fast/Modern Fleet, the 2000 contingent was led by John & Pauline Cox in the first two races while they chased closely by Helen & Mark Green,Chris Hodge & Louise Varley and Al & Manu, Jenkin. John & Pauline kept ahead and were first 2000 in both Races, 2nd in overall in the first race & first overall in the second. Read More...
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On Saturday the wind defied the forecasters (the forecast was no wind!) and produced perfect conditions for CYCís Solo Class coaching day. 8 CYC Solo sailors were joined by a further 6 from DQSC for an informative day of instruction by RYA National Coach and top flight Solo sailor, Ross Harvey of HISC. During the day Ross covered all aspects of tuning and boat handling and finished the session with a series of starts and short windward races. Many thanks to Ross and his sponsor, the Boatyard at Beer.
Solo training - photo Stephen Green
Adult Race coaching
The adult race coaching led by Pete Harrison was, as requested by participants, focused on roll tacking. 4 boats took part in a very informal and fun days sailing session in near perfect weather! A briefing was followed by two really enjoyable sessions on the water.
These sessions are good for anyone wanting to improve their sailing, Read More...
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Chichester Yacht Clubís Dinghy Section again joined in Bartís Bash, incorporating one of the Autumn Series races into this event. A fine day, and a Force 3-4 wind presented lovely Autumn conditions for the sailors. While records were unlikely to be broken, the 23 competitors enjoyed taking part in the Worldís Largest Sailing Race.
Sailing in Bart's Bash. Photo Stephen Green
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