Chichester sailors roll out the Barrel

The second day of Chichester Yacht Club’s Birdham Barrel series was another lovely autumn day with little wind at the start. But the wind did build during the racing.

There was an excellent turnout for the fast fleet, but unfortunately many of the youngsters were saving themselves for the Topper Open the next day.

In race three Nick and Roger Elliman shot off in their RS400 and kept well ahead of the rest of the fleet on the water but dropped to fourth on handicap.

Meanwhile in the Solos Mark Harper kept ahead of Derek Jackman, who seems back on form. Harper took first place, with Nick and Biddy Colbourne slightly ahead on the water but slipping to second place on handicap with Derek Jackman third.

Ian Payne was on good form and was first Laser and Mike Linney and Giles Dixon were first Laser 2000 home.

Race four followed a similar pattern with the RS 400 again getting away. This time Peter Hughes gave Jackman a close race in the Solos but Jackman kept ahead to take third.

This time the Colbournes were fast enough in their GP 14 to take first on handicap, with Harper second. In the Lasers, Andy Conway in a hired club boat put Payne under serious pressure but Payne finished ahead.

In the under-18s, Hatty Culver is doing well in her Laser Radial and Stephen Green is flying the flag for the under-16s.


Young sailing enthusiasts will be given the chance to improve their skills at clubs across the county.

The RYA, the national body for all forms of boating, are offering sailing clubs across the southern region the opportunity to sign up for free interactive workshops this winter which will provide information and advice on securing the long-term future of yacht clubs and sailing clubs, preparing for a successful 2013 season.

This will ensure young athletes beginning their sporting journey can replicate the high standards of sailing shown at the 2012 Olympics.

Graham Manchester, RYA strategic lead on adult participation, believes sailing clubs must build on the success and popularity of the Games.

“Following a fantastic summer of sport, we know that clubs are determined to capitalise on this excitement and are busy planning for 2013 and beyond,” he said.

“We have been working very closely with clubs across the country to understand the challenges and issues that are most commonly being faced.”

The RYA club workshops will last for two-and-a-half hours and will provide an opportunity to share ideas.

For more information on how to sign up and to see a list of workshops visit