Please select your home edition
Edition
Allen Brothers

Chichester Yacht Club Dinghy Week 2019

by Mark Green 6 Aug 2019 06:51 BST 31 July - 4 August 2019

CYC's dinghy week started on Wednesday with a "blow the cobwebs off" force 5.

The lake area was full of boats, with the 'start to race' coaching courses being closely monitored by their instructors, and the beginners enjoying some fun in the sheltered areas near the beach.

The Race Fleets were set a trapezium course with the fast fleet an additional mark to extend their course. During the second race the wind was enough to cause a few capsizes and early retirements, but with five days of sailing, barbecues, quizzes and discos its better to pace yourself.

By contrast, days two and three had light wind, with at times the weak northerly wind cancelled out by the sea breeze to leave the fleet stalled waiting for the wind to re-appear from a totally different direction. Who would want to be a race officer on such a day!

By the Saturday the wind was better behaved allowing a 37 boat fleet swelled by sailors joining for the weekend to have two good races.

Dinghy week was again supported by an army of volunteers who manned the committee boat, safety boats and tea bar, it was great to see so many dinghy members enjoying the week.

Dinghy Week Pursuit Race

Its traditional in Dinghy week to have a pursuit race on the last day, allowing the previous four days results to be confirmed before prize giving. This year the pursuit race was the highlight of the sailing week. With a perfect force four south westerly wind, the race officer, Nick Colbourne set a long course with many beats and runs in the southern half of the lake to avoid the youth turbo regatta being held in the northern half. With many yachts queuing for the marina lock, the choice of which way to navigate the traffic was an important tactical decision. After the racing it seemed that everyone had had a personal dual with another boat, with lots of overtaking.

When the hooter went at 1600 to signal the end of the race, the Mirror sailed Allan Bennett crewed by one of his granddaughters (Ellie and Isabelle) had managed to hold of the pursuing boats, with even the speedy Merlins, RS800s and RS400s not managing to make up the distance to overhaul him. Second place went to Pete Harrison sailing his Foxer.

At the prize giving a prize was awarded to Lucas Sproul as the youngest helm in the main fleets.

Monkey and Back

A regular feature of recent dinghy weeks has been the "monkey and back in a reasonably priced Topper" event were individuals compete to race a Topper to the Monkey buoy and back in the fastest time. This year the much coveted Hamish Scott Trophy was won by Charlie Elliot.

Many more photographs from Dinghy week can be found in the Dinghy Week Photo Album.

Dinghy Week Race Series Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClub
Fast Fleet
1stHORNET2160Nigel SkudderKeith HillsStarcross / CYC
2ndRS 2001377Bill GroseSally CantelloCYC
3rdRS 4001386Nick EllimanRoger EllimanCYC
Medium Fleet
1stSOLO5575Paul Trevan Frensham Pond SC
2ndSOLO5400Ian Lissamore CYC
3rdLASER207700Julian Wilkins CYC
4thGP 1413323Charlie ElliotWill DoddCYC
Slow Fleet
1stMIRROR (D/H)69929Alan BennettEllie Fletcher/ Isabelle FletcherCYC / Staunton Harold SC
2ndMEDINA SCOWMSLinda Kellsall‑Barnett CYC
3rdFOXER49Pete Harrison CYC
4thTOPPER45817Ollie MacKenzie CYC

Full results can be found on the CYC website.

Related Articles

Chichester YC vs Dell Quay SC eBass Cup
Inter club competition held virtually this year Chichester Yacht Club and Dell Quay Sailing Club are closely linked in the upper reaches of Chichester Harbour and annually compete for the inter club competition the Bass Cup (current holders DQSC). Posted on 17 May
Chichester Yacht Club racers go virtual
After a week of shutdown, the dinghy sailors are back racing After a week of shutdown, the dinghy sailors of CYC are back racing... in a virtual race series! Posted on 2 Apr
RS400s at Chichester
Great to have nineteen boats arrive at the club It had been many years since Chichester ran an RS400 Open so it was great to have nineteen boats arrive at the club for the 2020 event. Posted on 15 Mar
Chichester Yacht Club Snowflake Series prizegiving
Badly impacted by the series of storms passing over the country The CYC Snowflake was badly impacted by the series of storms passing over the country. Two of the four events were cancelled due to winds exceeding the clubs 25 knot upper limit. Posted on 23 Feb
Chichester YC Snowflake Series day 3 cancelled
Storm forecast is making racing impossible The CYC race Officer has made the decision to cancel Sunday's Snowflake event (9th Feb). Posted on 8 Feb
Chichester Yacht Club Snowflake Series day 2
48 competitors enjoy some fast downwind reaches The forecast showed a steadily rising wind speed through the day, with the afternoon forecast to be gusty and wet. The Race officer briefed the competitors that he aimed to have two races and get off the water before the weather turned nasty. Posted on 26 Jan
Chichester Yacht Club Snowflake Series day 1
Strong winds and bright blue skies The Race officer was carefully monitoring the wind strength in the run up to the first Snowflake of 2020. The forecast had strong winds (20 gusting 30) forecast to drop in the middle of the day to 15 gusting 20. Posted on 13 Jan
Chichester YC Frozen Toe Series day 3
A beautiful day with sunshine and brisk force 4 to 5 northerly wind A beautiful day with sunshine and brisk force 4 to 5 northerly wind greeted the 50 competitors who arrived at Chichester Yacht Club for their winter series. Posted on 2 Dec 2019
Chichester YC Frozen Toe Series day 2
Two more dates to go, and all are welcome to join in CYC held the second of its Frozen Toe winter series on Sunday. The tide times allowed the competitors a good lie-in as racing started at 1245. The temperatures were notably cooler than the week before, with a northerly direction to the wind. Posted on 19 Nov 2019
Chichester Yacht Club Frozen Toe Series day 1
Early alarm clocks set for 8.30am briefing With many of the CYC competitors still recovering from Saturday night's annual prize giving dinner, the early tide forced the competitors to set unwelcome alarm clocks so they could arrive at CYC in time for the 0830 briefing. Posted on 10 Nov 2019