Dinghies Club Racing Race Reports

Breakfast Breeze and Longmore Series Underway

(Published in the Chichester Observer on Thursday 6th April 2017)

Once again testing wind conditions met early risers for the first of the Dell Quay Sailing Club Breakfast Breeze race series. Only 6 boats ventured out onto the water, in a brisk force 5 north easterly frequently gusting to force 6, with the harsh conditions forcing 2 boats out of the race.

New member Mark Harper (Solo) showed his mettle by winning the race both on the water and on handicap, ahead of Martyn Jones (Laser Radial) who took second place on handicap. Mike Dicker (RS Vareo) was third to cross the line but lost third place on handicap to Carol Andrews (Solo).

Wind conditions the following day were a little better with a force 4/5 easterly gusting at times to force 6 for the first race in the Longmore series. Gideon and Gilly Ewers (RS 400) led the race on the water and were neck and neck with Rob Corfield and Bob Marshall (also RS 400) until Corfield and Marshall capsized after the second mark . Another capsize and a lost spinnaker sheet meant that Corfield and Marshall spent the rest of the race well back down the fleet.

The Ewers were first to cross the water but it was Harper who took the race once again on handicap, with Simon Verral (Solo) second and Sue Manning (Laser 4.7) third.

Andrew Horne

Photos by Becki Dicker

Breakfast Breeze 1 2017

Breakfast Breeze 1 Race

Longmore 1 2017

Longmore 1 Race