Optimist Open Meeting 
Report by Jane Snook

Optimist Open 22nd August 2015

The annual Chichester Yacht Club Optimist Open meeting took place on Saturday 22 August attracting a fleet of nearly fifty local and visiting Optimist sailors. Sunshine and breeze met the sailors on their arrival at the club. A late afternoon tide allowed plenty of time to rig and prepare for the afternoon’s racing. Both fleets remained afloat for the duration of the racing.

On the Start Line

The 28 boat Main Fleet was made up of a mix of Optimist Squad sailors and regular harbour and travelling racers. The event commenced after a postponement followed by extremely close racing. Emsworth sailor Henry Chandler finished third with another harbour sailor Finley Dickinson from HISC finishing second but overall winner of the Main Fleet trophy was James Foster from Poole YC.

Close racing

Twenty one boats contested the Regatta Fleet prize including several new sailors who have been learning to sail at Chichester Yacht Club over the Spring and Summer at the coaching and RTC sessions run by the fleet and club. Read More...

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CYC Optimist Open 22nd August 2015 

Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions

Entry Form

Optimist Open Results

Regatta Fleet Optimist Open Results

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Chichester Yacht Club – Dinghy Week 2015 
Chichester Yacht Club – Dinghy Week 2015

August 2015 brought with it fair weather, and good winds for Chichester Yacht Club’s 2015 Dinghy Week. A wonderful week was had by sailors of all ages. 18 new young sailors joined the RYA learn to sail course, and by the end of the week many new sailors were happily tacking and gybing their boat around a simple course under the supervision of their RYA senior instructor and assistants. 15 youngsters a little more experienced were able to join a Start to Race Fun Fleet. This Fleet was ably looked after by some of Chichester’s capable new instructors, Many of these instructors only learnt to sail a few years ago, and have progressed to experienced instructors in a short space of time.

Oppie training in full swing

Over 40 boats joined the Open Racing, organised every day for three main fleets. These were predominantly adults, with Chichester Yacht Club (CYC) members being joined by sailors from other clubs. The adults were joined by more experienced younger sailors making fleets with an age range of 6 to over 80!

Fleets were divided into Fast/Modern, Medium/Classic, and Slow fleets, with some overlap allowing flexibility between fleets.
A race series ran for 4 days followed by pursuit race for adults/experienced sailors on the last day, together with a ‘Turbo/Fun Regatta on the last day for the less experienced youngsters.

Pursuit Race passing Turbo Race sailing in opposite directions

The main series is a ‘relaxed’ race series, with two races a day – with a break for lunch! High winds on Day 4 led to racing being abandoned so the Race Series ran over 3 days.

A Thingy (Hamish Scott)in a Reasonably Priced Dinghy

The Fast/Modern Fleet was the busiest fleet with 27 boats. Martin & Cindy Orton got off to a flying start in their Lark with a close race with the RS200 of Tim Humphries & Paula Baynton (Pevensey Bay), while the RS 200 finished ahead on the water the Lark took first on handicap.

Martin & Cindy Orton leading in the Lark

The places were reversed in the second race with the RS200 ahead. Day two saw the Wayfarer of Guy Marks & Nick Humphries (Bough Beech SC) join the Fast Fleet, taking 5th followed by 2nd, with the Ortons keeping on the speed with two firsts. By Day 3 the Marks Wayfarer had got into his stride, and took two firsts, with the Orton Lark second in both races. Final places were: Read More...

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