Richard streaks ahead in Autumn series finale 
Leaden skies, unseasonably warm temperatures and the prospect of not much wind greeted the protagonists for the closing races of Chichester YC’s Autumn Series. Accordingly OOD Andrew Martin set a short multiple lap course that gave him the flexibility he needed to manage racing in the fluctuating easterly breeze. Surprisingly, given the downwind start from the club line, The Fast Modern fleet got away at the first time of asking. Gideon Ewers with Stephen Green at the front end of his RS400 quickly established an on the water lead over the rest of the fleet which remained for the duration. Any joy on the grey boat was short lived when some skilful work on the penultimate leg by Roger Clare in his Vareo and the handicap advantage of Pete & Suzy Harrison’s 2000 saw that lead erode to third on corrected time.

Meanwhile, in the Classic/Medium Richard Smale in his Streaker out flanked the titanic struggle that would determine supremacy in the senior part of the Green household to take line and Handicap honours.

After a short interval the fleet was back on the water for two back-to-back races to close out the series. In the first of these for the Modern/Fast fleet once again the Ewers & Green partnership led out of the blocks on the water but again saw that lead insufficient to save time over the Harrison’s and Roger Clare reversing their earlier positions while Paul and Bella Mapstone in their RS200 nabbed third on corrected time. In the Medium/Classic Richard Smale had to surrender line honours to Ian Payne’s Laser though he retained the handicap chocolates over Ian and Helen Green.

So to the final race of the series In the Fast/Modern, a spinnaker twist saw Ewers & Green get buried at the start and although once again taking line honours it was by not enough of a margin to be in the mix for the podium places which turned out to be a punch up between the Mapstone’s RS200 and Clare’s Vareo.
At the line the Mapstone’s six-second advantage turned into a 38 second deficit allowing Clare to score his second bullet of the day while the Harrison’s had to settle for third although they already had the series in the bag with a race to spare. The final race for the Classic Medium fleet saw Payne once again the man to beat on the water but while quick he couldn’t stop Smale scoring a hat trick of firsts on corrected time which cost him the series on a tie break from Nick & Biddy Colborne’s GP14.

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Wipeouts a plenty at Bart’s Bash 

The weather gods dished up sunshine and a stronger than expected northerly for the second weekend in Chichester YC’s Autumn Series on Sunday. Three races were scheduled, the second of which was to be the club’s participation in the Bart’s Bash world record attempt. In the opening race, OOD Andy Palmer-Felgate set a straightforward triangle course that he retained for the whole day. While the fleets had no problems with the initial windward leg, the gusty and shifting wind especially along the western shore played havoc and kept the rescue crews busy. In the Fast/Modern fleet the results proved to be a 2000 fest with the class taking the first five places. Meanwhile, the Classic/Medium fleet saw the Lasers top the pile with Richard Anderson, Ian Payne and Charlie Porter leading the way.

So to the main event, with 62 people sailing 46 boats ranging from Optimists to a foiler International Moth the start for the Bart’s Bash race was always set to be challenging and so it proved. Happily though, the fleet was able to get away clean at the first time of asking to sighs of relief all round. The conditions continued to keep competitors on their toes and/or on their centreboards as they negotiated the crowded course. The 2000s dominated the action as far as the club’s contribution to the record attempt goes (it will be interesting to see what happens when the full result is published!) with Jason & Sonia Kirk taking first, 50 seconds clear of Pete & Suzy Harrison with Charlie Porter’s Laser in third.

The final race of the day saw the fleets much depleted after the post Bart’s Bash Break. The Fast/Modern fleet once again proved to be a 2000 benefit with Pete & Suzy Harrison taking the honours with an emphatic 1st over Jonathan Watkin & Paula Oliff with the Winthers in Third. Meanwhile, the Laser monopoly at the top of the Classic/Medium fleet remained unbroken with Messers Anderson, Payne and Porter repeating the result of the first race. While in the slow fleet, Sophie Kirk relegated Alice Snook to second though the Oppie sailor retains a eight point advantage for the series overall.

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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.

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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.

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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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