Boat revival promises to be a classic at Bosham

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UP to 70 classic racing dinghies are expected for this weekend’s Classic Boat Revival at Bosham Sailing Club.

The unique event is on track to set the racing standard for the thousands of old but much-loved racing dinghies which are no longer in the first flush of youth.

Last year’s winners - John Fildes from Aldeburgh, Suffolk, in the slow division and Bosham’s David and Fiona MacFarlane and Andrew Young and David Edmund-Jones in the medium and fast fleets – are expected to defend their titles against some strong competition.

Event organiser Andrew Young said: “We have received interest from throughout the UK and are particularly delighted to welcome a top National 18 competitor from Ireland this year. We raced against them in Scotland recently and look forward to renewing the rivalry!”

Set up to address the issue of what happens to ‘old’ racing dinghies, the event has attracted interest from 30 different classes.

It is hoped the final entry list will include 505, Albacore, Devon/Salcombe Yawls, Firefly, Fairy Falcon, Graduate, GP14, Hornet, International Canoe, International 14, Jollyboat, Merlin Rocket, Moth, National 12, National 18, Chichester Harbour 18, Osprey, Redwing, Scow, Snipe, Sharpie, Solo, Tideway, Torbay Minnow, YW Dayboat and other similar ‘classic’ dinghy classes with a maximum length of 20ft.

There will be five races over the two days across the fleets with committee boat starts in Chichester Harbour. There will also be a hotly-contested Concours D’Elegance award where a wonderful range of classic wooden racing dinghies will be on display.

The event is sponsored by Top Yacht, Wiley Nautical, Harken and Pusser’s Rum.

Itinerary: Friday night - Competitor check-in, live music & supper; Saturday - three races in Chichester Harbour, live music & supper; Sunday - two races in Chichester Harbour, prizegiving.

For further information on the weekend please visit www.boshamsailingclub.com

CHICHESTER

CYC’s Autumn Series race six was held on a warm day with minimal breeze. The race started in very little wind, many boats hardly moving at times. The wind filled in enough to take most of the boats round the course.

The fast and classic fleets started together, and some of the single-handed classic boats were able to keep ahead of the ‘faster’ double-handers.

In the end patience and the faster boats won out in the fast fleet. First were Paul and Isabella Mapstone (RS200), second were Mike Linney and Giles Dixon (Laser 2000) and third Will and Jemma King (Laser 4000).

In the classic and slow fleets it was tricky to make it round the course, but most of the classic fleet finished ahead of some of the fast fleet.

Winner was Mark Harper, second Ron Green, third Ras Turner - all in Solos.

In the slow fleet it was even harder to make it round the course. All the competitors were juniors and five stuck with the conditions to finish.

First was Hannah Thompson (Topper), second Charlotte Reading (Topper) and third Jessie Hodge (Topper).