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2000 Open at Chichester Yacht Club

by Bill Grose 19 May 14:46 BST 18 May 2019
Chichester 2000 Open © Mike Linney

With a forecast of a maximum wind speed of 4 knots and a predicted shift of 180 degrees it didn't bode too well for the 2000 open at CYC on Saturday 18th of May, giving the Race Officers something of a challenge to set the first course.

With a simple windward mark and leeward gate and prompt setting out of the marks by the safety boats race one started pretty much on schedule with all 14 boats clearing the line.

The wind stayed very light, so only two laps were possible within the race duration; the first three placings were consistent throughout the race which was won by 2321, Jasper Barnum and Serena De Nahlik of Snettisham Sailing Club.

Despite the course change race 2 posed even more of a headache with the wind shifting constantly, as forecast, in the run-up to the start sequence, and dying to practically nothing after the start. Four boats had individual recalls but eventually made it over the start line. The race was shortened to one lap but all boats eventually finished. Boat 22334, Simon Horsefield and Katie Burrage of ASA took first place by a considerable margin, mainly due to a smart manoeuvre at the windward mark.

After a 45 minute delay to wait for the wind to fill and shift, Race 3 made it all worthwhile! With the wind increasing to 6 to 7 knots the final course change paid off with a crackingly competitive race between the 11 boats that had waited patiently. The fleet divided loosely into two groups with places changing frequently within these over the full five laps, depending mainly on choices made on the beat to the windward mark. Race 3 was won by 22334 (Simon Horsfield) despite dropping to third position in lap 3. Jasper Barnum and Serena were second, Rob and Sarah Burridge third.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st22334Simon HorsfieldKatie BurridgeArmy SA‑2112
2nd2321Jasper BarnhamSerena De NahlikSnettisham Beach SC1‑223
3rd2458Rob BurridgeSarah BurridgeWeir Wood SC3‑536
4th22607Christopher JordanGillian JordanBrightlingsea SC43‑57
5th22316Miles WadeGemma BurridgeWeir Wood SC5‑1049
6th21790Helen GreenNick BerryChichester YC‑104812
7th21446Guy RussellClare CollettWest Wittering SC‑116612
8th2077Andrew FrogleyIsabella FrogleyThorney Island SC68(DNC)14
9th2654Al JenkinManu JenkinChichester YC7‑9714
10th21405Dan CruseBruce MacDonaldDorchester SC87‑915
11th21731Michael OlliffPaula OlliffChichester YC9‑111019
12th22352Michael McEwingTony BarmbyRAFSA/Rutland SC(DNF)121123
13th21041Ian FrogleyGraham FrogleyGreat Moors SC1214(DNC)26
14th21557James CameronIan CaswellWeir Wood SC(DNC)13DNC29
15th2063Robin CourtenayLouise CourtenayWeir Wood SC13(DNC)DNC29

The first CYC boat was Helen Green and Nick Berry.

Visit for results and details of future open events.

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