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RS Elite class at Chichester Harbour Race Week 2023

by Alasdair McLeod 19 Aug 22:28 BST 16-19 August 2023
RS Elite class on day 1 of Chichester Harbour Race Week © Andrew Philipinski

Russel Peters and Zeb Elliott sailing Shaken not Stirred have won the RS Elite class in Chichester Harbour Race Week (held from August 16th to 19th) with Colin Smith and crew in Soak Therapy second.

Soak Therapy won the first two races on day one to take the overnight lead, however Shaken not Stirred won three of the remaining four races on the next two days to gain an unassailable position at the head of the leaderboard. Third overall were Joe Llewellyn and crew in Aurora whose moved up form sixth overall after day two.

Chichester Harbour Race Week, originally known as Federation Week, has been a long standing and perennially popular dinghy regatta held inside Chichester Harbour. In recent years it has also taken an increasingly prominent place in the RS Elite calendar, with three days of racing on a dedicated racecourse in Hayling Bay. This year eighteen RS Elites completed six races under the impeccable race management of Rod Carr in winds ranging from 10 knots or less to 20-25 knots.

Day one saw a light southerly wind which went progressively westerly as the two races progressed. Once racing got under way following a postponement to allow the wind to settle.

Soak Therapy won both races with Shaken not Stirred scoring a second and a fourth place in second overall. In third overall at the end of day one were Damon Roberts and crew in Candida with one fourth and one third. In the light wind conditions the strong west going tide posed some challenges for the competitors. The first day proved to be the longest day on the water with light winds and adverse tide leading to a slow sail out to the racecourse and a slow sail back into the harbour.

Conditions on day two were very different with a mainly 18 knot easterly wind and a choppy sea. Russell Peters and crew in Shaken not Stirred found their form in these conditions and won both races. Soak Therapy slipped into second overall with a tenth and a second. With four races sailed there was a tie for third between Elliott Caldwell and crew in Eclipse and Peter Copsey and crew in The Doctor. In fifth were Ossie Stewart and crew in More T Vicar and in Sixth were Joe Lewellyn and crew in Aurora.

On the third day the wind had strengthened considerably after heavy overnight rain. After a postponement to allow the wind to moderate, all dinghy races were cancelled. However the RS Elites sailed two races in Haling Bay in a 20-25 knot easterly wind. In these conditions Shaken not Stirred secured her position at the head of the leaderboard with a fourth and a first place. Overall results saw Soak Therapy finish second with a seventh and a fourth. Aurora took third overall with The doctor fourth, Candida fifth and Eclipse sixth.

Conditions on the third day were challenging. Several competitors chose not to go out but those who did had an exhilarating sail. In one final irony, overall winner Shaken not Stirred was dismasted whilst sailing back into the harbour after racing.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoNameHelm CrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
120Shaken not StirredRussell PetersZeb ElliottHISC2(4)11419
2100Soak TherapyColin SmithAnna Wells & Adam CurleyHISC11(10)27415
384AuroraJoe LwellynPippa Jubb & Georgie SmithHISC(9)7469329
446The DoctorPeter CopseyDebbie Jarvis & Bunny WarrenHISC86655(DNF)30
5113CandidaDamon RobertsChris Allen & Martin JonesHISC43(16)143731
644EclipseElliot CaldwellSteve Fisher & Mark BowersHISC311836(12)31
776FoudafafaTim PetersAdrian WilliamsHISC1010(13)121235
863E'TuAl KeckCharlie SansomBowmoor SC555(11)101035
966Lazy DaiseyAndrew PartingtonGareth Edwards & Karen PartingtonHISC78(9)88536
1061Disco InfernoMatt AbbissCraig Dymock & David NighyHISC16(18)292938
1165VagrantToby StraussRob Cruickshank & Ken ComrieHISC(11)2111011842
1267More T VicarOssie StewartIan Jubb & Tom StewartHISC6974(DNC)DNC45
1315 Nick PetersGuy Mcbride & Helen SimmondsHISC121337(DNC)DNC54
1489TheoSteven HammondPeter Collyer & James WilkinsonHISC(15)14151312660
1569SapphireDavid NichollsDavid Watson & Nik WilliamsHISC131512(16)131164
1655WombatMark HollidayNigel Tuttle & Jeremy WhiteHISC14121718(DNC)DNC80
17101CenturionJonathan HenryDan Belton & Mark StokesHISC17161415(DNC)DNC81
1893 Simon RadfordAndy Chapman & Emma TomanHISC1817(DNC)17DNCDNC90

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