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Tideway Nationals at Bosham Sailing Club

by Danny Lindsey 6 Jul 2007 05:16 BST 30 June - 4 July 2007
Brian & Evie Hoolahan win the Tideway Challenge Trophy © Danny Lindsey

Over 30 Tideway dinghies gathered at Cobnor and Bosham in Chichester Harbour between the 30th June and the 4th July for a meeting that incorporated the Tideway National Championships. Bosham S.C. hosted the event and a very enjoyable weekend resulted despite the best efforts of the weather.

The two handed fleet were sailing for the 42 year old Walker Challenge Trophy whilst the single-handed were competing from the same start for the Rose Bowl. The schedule was for three races to be sailed, two on Saturday and one on Sunday with one discard.

With boats travelling from as far as Cheshire, Devon, Essex and Wales being boosted with a large contingent from the Bosham S.C. Classic Day boat fleet it was a group of 29 Boats that gathered at a very wet and windswept Cobnor start hut for the briefing on Saturday morning. The R.O. Mike Brooke and the A.R.O Rachel Gilliker gave a very thorough and competent briefing whilst warning that conditions were on the top edge of acceptable and that a course had been set to reflect this.

Race 1 got away from the Cobnor start line at 11.30 against the tide out to Itchenor then down to Weir, as the Tideway fleet disappeared into the down harbour murk a fleet of Sunbeams with spinnakers set appeared out of the murk. It was difficult to say who was more horrified the stately clinker fleet or the sleek fast moving Sunbeams but the fleets passed through each other without incident. On rounding Weir they turned back for Deep End, up to Cobnor then back over the start line and ashore for a break and a warm up. In the crewed fleet Brian and Evie Hoolahan claimed 1st place with 2nd place taken by Richard Evans and Val Rayner with Mary Davis (defending) and Pat Thomson in 3rd. The single-handed were lead by Roger Puttock followed by Joanna Lorimer-Green and Chris Welland.

For Race 2 conditions had not improved so a course was set within the Bosham Channel. Leaving the Cobnor start line the fleet went down to Deep End then back through the start line up past Bosham Quay around Burns and Chidham and then back down through the start line. The fleet came ashore to sign off and then the Bosham contingent departed back to base. In the crewed fleet Brian and Evie Hoolahan again claimed 1st place with 2nd place taken this time by Richard & Sylvia Colley with Mary Davis and Pat Thomson again in 3rd. In the single-handed the first three were as in Race 1.

Sadly at briefing on Sunday morning conditions were adjudged to be too bad for sailing so results were declared after the two Saturday races and a fun rowing race concluded the racing programme.

The social side of the weekend was almost more enjoyable than the sailing with welcome drinks for the crews at Bosham S.C. on Friday evening, a fleet supper on Saturday evening with prize giving followed by the TOA AGM and then an indoor barbecue at the conclusion of the event.

Overall Results: (Click here to fill in Gear Guide information)

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmR1R2Pts
1352MouseBrian Hoolahan112
2=150PickleRoger Puttock527
2=201NimrodRichard Colley437
2=299GwylanMary Davies347
588DiculRichard Evans2911
6=220Bar-Tailed GodwitPeter Shaw 8513
6=238WhimbrelJoanna Lorimer-Green6713
8215TaurusCommander C.P.B. Welland7815
9249PuffinTom Reid11617
1015SkunaRichard Courts121123
11=343DobbinMr ‘Locky’ McKenzie101525
11=486FlickaGuy Farnsworth151025
13383Sandy BPeter Barnett141428
14=302Wild GooseGordon R. Purdy171229
14=473RAKenneth Moore FRCS161329
16461PeewitDavid Coldwell131831
17382Ruddy DuckCharles Birch181735
1805..TwislaMr Alan Stone201636
19246BarbetteDerek Morley9dns39
20459Kittywake 111George Helyer211940
21409Buzzard Jim Vallis232043
22414ChiStewart Austerfield19dns49
23206CelloMuriel Widnall 22dns52
24100KandyM.S. McKeanddnfdns60
24385AnnsoffAnn Adamsdnfdns60
24477Ting Ting TingMr Bowen Wellsdnfdns60
24479Grand CruJohn Beckdnfdns60
24497OarletMarion Hobdendnfdns60
24501RainbowDuncan Buyersdnfdns60

Single-handed Results:

1st TW150, Pickle, Roger Puttock, 2pts
2nd TW238, Whimbrel, Joanna Lorimer-Green, 4pts
3rd TW215, Taurus, Chris Welland, 6pts
4th= TW343, Dobbin, Locky McKenzie, 10pts
4th= TW473, RA, Ken Moore, 10pts

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