After a ninety minute delay, waiting for the sun to appear and the wind to settle, Chichester Harbour race week finally got underway in a 7-9 knot wind from the SSW direction. On Series A all starts got away cleanly with just one OCS disqualified boat across the 7 fleets. The tide was changing during the sequence, so tidal decisions for which way to go up the beat varied during the class starts.
The wind held steady throughout the race so close racing was enjoyed across all the classes, particularly in the Medium Asymmetric Fleet, Fireball, RS400 and Laser classes where many place changes made for exciting racing in the shiftingSome in the Finns were caught out by the ebbing tide on the first beat, as the usual East Head shore no longer proved the favoured side of the course, with Neil Robinson finally taking the gun from Matt Walker, ahead of Russ Ward.
Race 1 Mon 17 Aug 2015 14:33 Provisional overall
|1||1||679||Neil Robinson (Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club)||1||1|
|2||3||100||Matthew Walker (Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club)||2||3|
|3||4||4||Russell Ward (Hayling Island Sailing Club)||3||4|
|3||4||90||Richard Sharp (Bough Beech Sailing Club)||SCP1||3||4|
|5||5||631||Richard Hart (Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club)||5||5|
|6||6||634||Ben Davis (Emsworth Sailing Club)||6||6|
|7||7||29||Paul Ward (Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club)||7||7|
|8||8||22||Andrew Wylam (Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club)||8||8|
|9||9||545||Dick Pratt (Bosham Sailing Club)||9||9|
|10||10||19||Simon Hoult (Hayling Island Sailing Club)||10||10|
|11||11||63||Graeme Macdonald (Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club)||11||11|
|12||15||15||James Symons (Bosham Sailing Club)||DNC||12||15|
|12||15||48||Anthony Walker (Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club)||DNF||12||15|
|12||15||708||Michael De Courcy (Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club)||DNF||12||15|
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