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Royal Sovereign.

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Topic: Royal Sovereign.
Posted By: Sussex Lad
Subject: Royal Sovereign.
Date Posted: 14 Aug 19 at 2:27pm
The Royal Sovereign light platform has come to the end of it's designed 50yr life span. Early next year it's being demolished so we thought we'd take a trip out there to wish it farewell.

It's predecessor was the Light Ship. When a kid in Hastings I remember listening to the fog horn in bed on still foggy nights.

 I do believe there used to be a long distance handicap race using the ship as one of the marks. The race was before my time in boats, also before the days of 'elf and safety which I believe was what put the kibosh on it. Some of you may remember it.


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Posted By: Sussex Lad
Date Posted: 14 Aug 19 at 2:45pm
Found a piccy of the race courtesy of R McAll.




Posted By: piglet
Date Posted: 14 Aug 19 at 3:33pm
Popped out there in the 300 yesterday, quite lively over the shoal.
76 minute round trip.
Almost shed a year for the old thing, though I have to say the architecture looks very 60's.


Posted By: Sussex Lad
Date Posted: 14 Aug 19 at 6:19pm
Bit quicker than me @ 1 hr 44mins......11.8 nautical miles there and back according to my track log.

Water a bit confused for me over the shoal with a few big waves. Reasonable though. I suspect you had more tide.  

Rather you than me in a 300


Posted By: bicrider
Date Posted: 28 Aug 19 at 1:29pm
I believe they used to race out there from Pevensey bay SC I have a feeling it was still happening in the mid 80's but I am probably wrong.

Any ideas what will replace it?

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Dart 18 5054 "Willy Flipit"
Finn K333
Yellow (faded) Pico "Willy Tipit"


Posted By: piglet
Date Posted: 28 Aug 19 at 2:19pm
The Sovereign race was run by Eastbourne Sovereign SC, it was last run about 2000 ish.
I did it 95&96 in I14 1188. Last finisher both times.
The Sovereign shoal bouy which is about 1 mile north of the tower has been upgraded.


Posted By: Sussex Lad
Date Posted: 09 Sep 19 at 6:05pm
Link here to Trinity house article:

https://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/news/royal-sovereign-lighthouse-to-be-decommissioned" rel="nofollow - https://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/news/royal-sovereign-lighthouse-to-be-decommissioned



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