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by Hannah Barnes 18 Apr 2012 11:15 BST 5-7 May 2012

If you haven’t heard of Langstone Harbour, now is your chance to check it out and have a real sailing treat. Situated between Portsmouth and Chichester Harbour, it’s 8 square miles of glorious open tidal water that’s home to 5 sailing clubs and a few million wading birds.

Three clubs in the Harbour have got together and for the fourth time are putting together a 3 day dinghy sailing extravaganza over the May Day Bank holiday weekend. Each of the 3 days will see a series of handicap and class races for fast, medium, slow fleets.

After the last couple of years being rather windy, this year we have made a special request to the weather gods for a bright sunny weekend with a nice force 3.

The event invites dinghy sailors from all across the south coast and beyond to compete in the series of exciting races held within the harbour. This year the race program will follow the improved format from last year, with two races per day on the Saturday and Sunday, using simple 'Olympic' style courses. The final race on Monday will be a longer affair, using navigation marks around the beautiful setting of Langstone Harbour.

Each club hosts a social event over the weekend and there is something to suit everyone's tastes. Friday evening Tudor SC will start the weekend off with registration and a briefing before laying on a curry night with video and photo show from previous years. Locks SC follow on Saturday evening with a BBQ and Langstone SC take their turn on Sunday night with food and pub quiz. The weekend is rounded off on Monday afternoon with afternoon tea and prize giving ceremony at Tudor SC.

We are really lucky to have such loyal supporters and sponsors, who typically donate some wonderful prizes. The organisers try to award these throughout the fleets, with prizes given not only to those who stand on the podium.

The event enjoys entries of 60+ boats, with a cap of 100 boats placed on the event.

Entry Fees for Weekend (including 3 evening socials and tea on Monday):
£35 Double - hander
£25 Single – hander
Entry fee held for 2012.

Online entry is essential to secure your place, enter now on the event website www.langstonerace.co.uk and see also www.facebook.com/LangstoneHarbourRaceWeekend

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