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Sharpie British Championship at Bosham Sailing Club

by Nicky Chapple 5 Jul 2012 14:57 BST 30 June - 1 July 2012
Sharpie Championships at Bosham © Nicky Chapple

Sharpies seize the moments to race at Bosham

Chichester Harbour served up some demanding conditions for the thirty-strong international fleet of Sharpies last weekend. Bosham Sailing Club hosted the British Championships this year and organised Olympic-format racing for these venerable boats. Racing took place between Pilsey Island and East Head spit with a big tide and plenty of wind.

These beautiful wooden boats dating from the early 1930s were up for the challenge of Force 6 winds on Saturday and Force 5 winds on Sunday. Crews came from Germany, Holland as well as the north Norfolk coast to join local boats and braved rain and wind on Saturday on the outward route from Bosham and enjoyed a sunny and breezy ride back up the channel on Sunday afternoon for prize-giving and tea at the Sailing Club.

The club hummed all weekend with crews and spectators who were entertained on Friday by Dawn Gracie’s Vintage Do playing popular songs from the heyday of the class and on Saturday by Bosham-based Jazz Smugglers led by John Winkler also playing exquisite compositions from the same era. Classic vintage was the mood. On the water there was some fierce competitive sailing. The wind and waves produced soma dramatic action as the twenty foot gaff rigged veteran boats hammered around the course.

The championship was won by Chris & Tim Gibbs from Wells Sailing Club and second were Klaus Eisenblaetter and Swen-Owe Baumgartner from Germany. Third was Dann Versteeg and Arnold Mulderij from Holland. Bosham Club members gave strong support to all the visitors, by laying on some cracking racing, providing accommodation and helping to make the parties go with a swing.

Anyone looking to get into classic racing dinghies should contact the club and in particular look out for the next big vintage racing event on 22nd-23rd September.

Overall Results: (top ten, 30 entries)
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PosNatSail NoBoat NameOwnerCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1GBR77Maid of ArnhemChris GibbsTim Gibbs1123217
2GER377BunyipKlaus EisenblaetterSwen-Owe Baumgartner2351129
3NED14Jan van GalenDaan VersteegArnold Mulderij32123511
4NED137plasjagereric verkaikpatrick verkaik56345623
5GBR2TelaBen CracknellSally Wynne45469423
6NED226FuutRichard MulderijAlastair Ogle986108738
7GBR127SkybirdAdam AnthonyGerard Barron813797839
8NED135Hkrek wak woudennis van vlietton van berkel7313154350
9GBR135PoelsnipMartin ReadOllie Read3110814101355
10GBR129MadrigalRichard CracknellDavid Pentney-Smith1212311212957
11GBR118CymbaSimon NealeKieron Scillitoe15141117171572
12GBR111Southern CrossCharles BorthwickTim Ashby14311216161472
13GBR12Rock-a-byeJames CaseJimmy Goodley64931313181
14GBR133GhostPaul GoakesJed Richter1391018313181
15GBR61VixenJim CrosslandSarah Crossland11113115153183
16 112RudolphNick GatesNick Phillips31151320191683
17GBR105Rose of SharonWill EllisonJames Tate3131318141195
18NED174DonderstienBart VersteegHenk van Dorst31313111131096
19GBR15RedwingChris HardyAlan Coe31313113111298
20GBR9AnnamariePaddy SpinkJohn Ellison3131317631106
21GBR136RakkerClaudia SpinkTim Andrews10731313131110
22GBR92GarganeyDick PrattAnne Rehill313131191831130
23GBR16Titaniabob curtischeryl crawford313131313131155
23GBR69AdventurerRobert WynneWilliam Wynne313131313131155
23GBR75CassiopeaBen GoakesGemma Goakes313131313131155
23GBR96TempestJim McEwenGeoff Palmer313131313131155
23GER122Very OldUwe PetersGuenter Daubenmerkl313131313131155
23GBR124ULAAndrew GrahamHelen Graham313131313131155
23GBR128CapellaAlex SmithPaul Beachell313131313131155
23GBR134PoesjeBrian LambertTim Adams313131313131155

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