Photo © Nicky Chapple
A question of tide
Sunday morning arrived with beautiful sunshine for those gathered outside Bosham Sailing Club, but with a light and variable breeze. The start was delayed until after 12noon which allowed both the wind to stabilise on the race course and James Wyburd to drag his boat out through the mud of Mengham Rythe.
Once all boats were on the course, David McFarlane, the race officer, was very quick to set off the first race into a very weak southerly breeze. This speed was the key to us succeeding in getting five races completed in very tricky conditions.
The combination of lack of wind and a strong tide made the starts and finishes a real challenge, but everybody managed to get away, albeit eventually if you had allowed yourself to drift down tide, and headed inshore for the weaker tide.
Despite the conditions the racing was tight with five different boats winning each of the five races leading to very close competition for the overall lead. The eventual winner Mark Harper (Chichester YC), who managed to consistently get away from the line but only secured the overall victory on a count back. George Cooper (Mengeham Rythe SC) and Ben Davies (Bosham SC) were second and third respectively.