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A great sold-out Chichester Yacht Club Dinghy Week 2020

by Mark Green 10 Aug 2020 06:30 BST 6-9 August 2020

CYC had a great turnout to its sold-out 2020 Dinghy Week race series. Due to the current restrictions, the youth week and the race week were separated, even so, 75 boats registered to take part in the event.

The Club took every precaution to maintain social distancing, including WhatsApp briefings and phased launching from the beach. The competitors had four days of racing in bright sunshine and gentle winds.

Once on the water the race officer, Nick Colbourne and his Family bubble assistants, positioned the committee boat on the far shore beside the Birdham Racing mark, setting a short upwind beat to the first mark followed by a close reach and a further longer beat toward the marina. The line was deliberately port biased to encourage boats to spread out and avoid bunching.

Day 1

The Wind was light for the first race, but enough to complete the course in approximately an Hour. The Second race started well, but the wind dropped for the final lap, with the slightest puff of wind making the difference between the boats.

After two races, Bill Grose and Sally Cantello have a clear lead in the fast fleet. Steve and Sarah Cockerill are leading the medium Fleet, Pete Harrison is leading the slow fleet and Samuel Machell is in first place in the Novice coached fleet.

Day 2

The wind in the first race was light but sufficient for the sailors to get in three good laps of the figure 8 course. But the wind started to die between the races, the race officer waited patiently for the direction to settle, but after a long wait launched the fleet on a drifting race in the general direction of the club. The wind continued to drop, so kindly the race officer finished the fleet as they passed the mark closest to the club so that they could sail in. Even so some resorted to paddling or even swimming their boats ashore.

Day 3

The race officer set a similar course to the previous days, but the wind was more steady and the racers enjoyed two races with lots of places changing in the beats and some nice spinnaker reaches.

After three days and six races, The Fast fleet was led by John Reynolds and Fran Howell in their Rooster 4000, second place was Nick and Roger Eliman in the RS400. In the Medium Fleet, leading was Charles Porter sailing a Laser, followed by Richard Anderton and Lucy Boreham sailing a GP14. In the Slow fleet Peter Harrison in a Foxer was followed by Effie and Sarah Grant in their Mirror.

Day 4

The final days sailing promised more light wind with shorter races due to the later tide. nick set a course with an uncooperative wind that was swinging through 90 degrees. In the first race steve cockerill sailing an RS300 built a huge lead followed by the RS4000. In the second race the tables were turned and the 4000 led the field.

After all the results were calculated, first place in the slow fleet went to Pete Harrison in his fixer, first place in the medium fleet went to Paul Travan (winning for the second year) Sailing a solo, first place in the fast fleet went to John Raymond's and Fran Howell in their RS4000.

With more people taking local holidays it was very nice to spend four days in the sun in beautiful Chichester harbour.

Dinghy week was sponsored by Pantaenius.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat TypeHelmCrewClubPYR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
Fast/Modern Fleet
1st4588ROOSTER 4000John ReynoldsFran HowellGrafham Water SC917‑4111‑4‑6‑714
2nd443RS 300Steve Cockerill  970(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)11125
3rd2033SCORPIONBill GroseSally CantelloCYC104112‑9‑3(UTY)(UTY)238
4th1386RS 400Nick EllimanRoger EllimanCYC942(UTY)(UTY)22‑523‑59
5th131Hadron H2Roger Millett CYC1034(UTY)UTY‑7‑7235‑615
6th404RS VareoRoger Clare CYC1093534‑93‑7(DNC)(DNC)15
7th225422000Helen Green CYC1114‑6634‑9‑84‑817
8th28892000Ian FarrKatharine FarrCYC1114256‑10‑75‑9‑918
9th26542000Alastair JenkinManu JenkinCYC11143‑7‑5‑5(UTY)UTYUTYUTY18
10th1083RS 200Beth AlbonePiers LuxfordCYC1046(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)6412426
11th216762000Chris HodgeLouise VarleyCYC11147‑10‑126(DNC)(DNC)101033
12th1497RS 200Paul MapstoneIsabella MapstoneCYC10469‑1111‑1210‑126(DNF)36
13th217312000Michael OlliffPaula OlliffCYC11141098‑13‑12‑1311‑1238
14th372RS VareoMark Green CYC1093‑12810‑14119(DNC)(DNC)38
15th1455RS AERO 9Tom Dobbs CYC1014813(DNC)(DNC)810(DNC)(DNC)39
16th217552000Jonathan WatkinsAnne WatkinsCYC111413‑14‑15(DNC)‑141481146
17th537RS 200Susi OlliffKaty Merryfield dayCYC1046‑15‑15148‑151115(DNC)48
18th381RS VareoTim Spencer CYC1093‑1412131113‑15(DNC)(DNC)49
19th109Hadron H2Nigel CowanCYC1034114(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC61
20th214892000Matthew OlliffAlly HaganCYC111416(DNF)1615(DNC)(DNC)14(DNC)61
21st219832000Julian WilkinsJo HargreavesCYC1114(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC13766
22nd3613MERLIN‑ROCKETChris GrosscurthEmma YorkCYC980(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNFDNCDNC92
Medium/Classic Fleet
1st5575SOLOPaul Trevan Frensham Pond Sailing Club1142‑9‑7‑41‑53116
2nd181047LASERCharles Porter CYC1100‑2‑622‑422‑38
3rd13323GP 14Richard AndertonLucy BorehamCYC1130‑51(UTY)UTY2‑6‑428.3
4th14034GP 14Steve CockerillSarah CockerillLOSSC11301436(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)14
5th5400SOLOIan Lissamore CYC114243‑5‑83‑8‑7414
6th166550LASERIan Payne CYC1100(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)753621
7th207700LASERJulian Wilkins CYC11006‑993‑117(DNC)(DNC)25
8th5626SOLOClive Bush CYC1142‑11‑10‑11‑106410525
9th5237SOLODerek Jackman CYC1142UTYUTY‑104(DNC)(DNC)‑8827
10th4815SOLOLaurence Murray CYC1142(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)895729
11th4892SOLOIan Barnett CYC1142(DNC)(DNC)1(DNC)11(DNC)DNC32
12th5262SOLOJohn Purdy DQSC114281167(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)32
13th186259LASERMark Gardner CYC110075139(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)34
14th203304LASERAndrew Martin CYC1100‑12‑148‑1210106(DNC)34
15th1060RS AERO 7Mike Linney CYC1065(DNC)8(DNC)(DNC)9‑15111038
16th5836SOLOMark Harper DQSC1142327(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNC41
17th1677STREAKERMeryl Deane CYC1128‑13‑15‑1211‑151191142
18th197193LASER RADIALHannah Thompson CYC1147‑20(DNC)‑15‑13131213947
19th203975LASER 4.7Catherine Albone CYC1208‑16‑19‑17141214‑161252
20th375RS FEVA XLSamuel TonksOliver TaitCYC124415(DNF)‑1816‑17‑18121356
21st138200LASER RADIALLucas Sproul CYC/Winsford Flash SC1147‑17‑16‑16‑151413151456
22nd169016LASER RADIALNicky Hill CYC11471413(DNC)‑17‑16‑16141657
23rd2LASER RADIALVee Tonks CYC1147‑1818‑19(DNC)1817(DNF)1568
24th393EUROPEGeoff Newman CYC1141(DNC)(DNC)145(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC77
25th192748LASER RADIALJo Hargreaves CYC11471012(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC80
26th4603SOLOMark Perrow CYC1142(DNC)(DNF)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC171792
27th159429LASERChris Day CYC11001917(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC94
28th166336LASER RADIALKatherine Merryfield‑Day CYC1147(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC116
Novice Fleet
1st5072OPTIMISTNicholas Anderson CYC1642‑2‑2 1111‑34
2nd5375OPTIMISTFreddie Jones CYC16421‑5 ‑3‑53318
3rd5402OPTIMISTSamuel Machell CYC1642‑41 ‑73.524‑510.5
4th40617TOPPERDaisy Berry CYC13653‑4 ‑4242‑711
5th5714OPTIMISTCharlie Jones CYC1642(DNC)‑6 ‑63.556418.5
6th4568OPTIMISTBen Wragg CYC1642(DNC)(DNC) ‑8665219
7th31909TOPPERLeo Thorne CYC136553 5(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNC22
8th44375TOPPERTobias Vowles CYC1365(DNC)(DNC) 2(DNC)DNC7624
Slow Fleet
1st49FOXERPeter Harrison CYC1475‑11‑3111‑6‑24
2nd70543MIRROR (D/H)Bas BushJacob TuppenCYC1390‑4‑4222‑4‑317
3rd70268MIRROR (D/H)Effie GrantSarah GrantCYC139022‑4‑3‑3.521‑47
4th33SCOWLinda Kelsall‑Barnett CYC1500‑8314(DNC)(DNC)4‑812
5th41658TOPPERCharlie Stevenson CYC13653‑65‑6(DNC)(DNC)2515
6th2218RS TERA SPORTETHAN HILL CYC14455‑7‑9‑73.53‑9617.5
7th6430OPTIMISTIsla Hill CYC1642‑95‑65‑75‑7318
8th138274LASER 4.7Lottie Cheeseman CYC1208‑14‑12‑13‑9665926
9th167929LASER 4.7Amy Berry CYC12087‑9(DNC)(DNC)588‑1228
10th45722TOPPERSimon LakernonCYC1365‑13‑117887‑12‑1030
11th6340OPTIMISTIsabelle Tonks CYC1642‑128‑12(DNC)99‑11733
12th242BYTEKaren Cheeseman CYC1190(10.8 Duty)(10.8 Duty)‑1410101010‑1140
13th6TOPPERE?an Edwards CYC13656(DNC)11(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC55
14thTE4C 3TOPPEROliver Davies CYC136510(DNC)10(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC58
15th22298MIRROR (D/H)Seth SwainHazel SwainCYC13901110(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC59
16th47860TOPPER   1365(DNC)(DNF)8(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC65

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