Dell Quay Sailing Club’s Breakfast Breeze series has been sailed in a variety of wind conditions, reflecting the mixed bag of weather experienced over the past two months.
The series is aimed at early risers, with each race starting at 9am and competitors battling to win the Alarm Clock Trophy.
With wind speeds of force five to six, gusting heavily at times, only the bravest few turned out for the first race. First place was taken by Graham and Lucy Dalton (2000), with Martyn Jones (Laser Radial) second and Malcolm Buchanan (Solo) third.
Race two was sailed in a very pleasant force two to three, enabling race officer Malcolm Buchanan to set a two-lap course, comprising a long beat to Marina and reaching legs, followed by a windward/leeward leg.
This gave the great turn-out of early risers many challenging tactical decisions from the wind and tide conditions. A very competitive start was mastered by Graham and Lucy Dalton (2000), who were first to the windward mark, closely followed by the RS 400 of Peter King and crew.
The following reaching legs saw the eventual winner Martyn Jones, sailing a Laser Radial, never out of touch with the two leading boats.
The 400 eventually passed the 2000 but was not far enough ahead to make up for the handicap, enabling the Daltons to finish second.
Meanwhile the Solos of John Purdy and David Maltby were tussling for third on the water – eventually taken by Maltby.
The third and final race in the series was again sailed in challenging force-five winds, frequently gusting to six. Once again this scared most of the competition, leaving Martyn Jones (Laser Radial) to take first place, followed by David Maltby (Solo) second and Charlie Dee (Laser Radial) third.
A consistent turnout and performance left Jones the overall series winner and recipient of the trophy. The Daltons took series second place with David Maltby third.
Itchenor Sailing Club have introduced a new offer for sailors and would-be sailors of all ages.
The club have family-friendly dinghies available for those who wish to cruise the beautiful waters of Chichester Harbour. Training is also available from RYA-qualified instructors for those who wish to learn to sail or hone their existing skills.
Chris Blevins, rear sailing commodore at Itchenor, said: “While the club is well known as a premiereracing club and our cruising members can be found making voyages to the Americas and the Arctic Circle, we have recognised a demand for a more gentle form of sailing, hence the introduction of cruising dinghies.”
Suitable for adults, children or family groups, a RS Vision and a RS 2000 are on the stage at Itchenor ready for the water. Access to the water is possible at all states of the tide from the club.
Members and non-members can book one of these dinghies, and some training if required, through George Rice, Sailing Manager at Itchenor Sailing Club on 01243 512400.
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