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Inaugural Tideway Open at Bosham Sailing Club

by Chris Hichings 20 Jun 2017 18:36 BST 18 June 2017
Inaugural Tideway Open at Bosham © Malcolm Butler

Bosham Sailing Club's Tideway fleet continues to grow (37 boats now) and, while some may still ponder why we race a boat so spectacularly slow, the fleet marked its new status by hosting on Sunday its first ever Tideway Open meeting. Indeed, we believe it is the first sailing-club sponsored Tideway Open meeting since TEYC hosted a series in the 1970s.

It was timed to coincide with the annual "cruising and camping" visit by the Tideway Owners Association to Chichester Harbour so managed to attract 8 visitors from as far away as Yorkshire and Somerset and, with 11 BSC boats, there was a good fleet given the conditions: a gloriously hot sunny day but with a forecast of 2-5 knots.

In the event, the start behind the notorious Cobnor wind shadow was very slow but, once round the corner, there was just enough breeze to keep going and, although we abandoned the planned trip up to Star, the whole fleet managed to get to Thorney and back well within the 3-hour time limit.

Our visitors were then able to sail from their Cobnor base up to the clubhouse and join their hosts for a welcome beer, prize-giving and an excellent BBQ supper before drifting back on the ebb in time for bed.

BSC sailors took first and second place (Peter Shaw, followed by Jo Lorimer-Green, crewed by Cass Macpherson), Third was taken by visitors Jolyon & Jenny Pope from Stockbridge (Hants) and fourth was BSC's Locky McKenzie and Marian Thompson.

All agreed that this was an excellent event which should be repeated.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1Pts
1st220SHAW Peter BSC11
3rd54POPE JolyonPOPE JennyTOA/SCSC33
4th343McKENZIE LockyTHOMPSON MarianBSC44
5th488VINCENT ChristopherVINCENT LesleyTOA/Langstone55
6th383BARNETT Peter TOA66
7th557LEE Richard Rutland SC77
8th410HITCHINGS Chris BSC88
9th550BUNKER Tim BSC99
11th283LUSH Colin Marconi SC1111
12th521GALTREY John BSC1212
13th507BURSTON DickieBURSTON RosieBSC1313
14th252TATE RobSENIOR MartinTOA1414
15th375TAYLOR Richard Wakefield SC1515
16th459HELYER George TOA1616
17th477ARMOUR CharlieARMOUR ChristineBSC1717
18th487WILDE Richard BSCOCS20

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