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Introduction to Cruiser Racing Seminar


Find yourself trying to sail faster than another yacht?
Enjoy sailing in company?
Then you could enjoy racing with Chichester Cruiser Racing Club.

Our short seminar will give you an overview of what you need to know as well as allay any misconceptions you may have (you don’t need a performance yacht, nor a crew lined up on the rail or a gorilla at the winch!).
In a couple of hours, our seminar will offer an overview of:
– Sail and boat preparation and trim
– Handicapping
– Starts, Course and Finishing
– Racing Rules of Sailing
– CCRC races and our social side
– Q&A
Find our more: www.ccrc.co.uk/seminar

Prize Giving Dinner Dance

The CCRC Prize Giving Dinner Dance took place last Saturday at the Langstone Quays Hotel on Hayling Island.
At this black-tie “do” we started with a glass of bubbly and then a three course meal followed by the prize giving. Club trophies for 2019 were announced for all the winners for races, mini-series, season series, and other special sailing awards such as best performance in a race outside of the CCRC and long distance sailing.
A full list of who won what can be found on the CCRC web site at www.ccrc.co.uk/trophy-winners.
Then we were entertained by the “Simply Jazz Quartet” with some great music to which a number of us danced through until midnight. A great time was had by all.

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Clocks Back Race – Another Innovation

This year’s Clocks Back race introduces a new challenge particularly suited to cruiser racers: what is the best time for a passage? You can start at any time within a certain time window – so when might the tide and weather give the fastest passage, and what route to pursue.
Then we all meet up at the Folly Inn for a good sociable time together.
See the Race Instructions and book via the link to the programme page.

CCRC Visit to RNLI College

CCRC’s visit to the RNLI college yesterday was a great success with all enjoying it tremendously, especially the rescue at the end.
Our guide showed us the extent of the RNLI site now which includes not just the college but also the new building where the all weather lifeboats are built. We saw the training pool which can simulate waves, rain and high winds for training with their ribs.
Finally we entered the simulator where our Commodore acted as lifeboat coxswain and Patrick Marshall as helm while other members acted as crew. We headed out from Dover to where a container ship had collided with a bulk carrier which was now on fire. We joined a rescue operation with a coast-guard cutter and helicopter to rescue those in the water. This was made more difficult as a squall came through but we recovered four survivors before heading back into Dover. Finally we had an excellent lunch overlooking Poole harbour.
We had a good time, learned much more about the RNLI and now appreciate their efforts even more.

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Portsmouth and Gosport

Despite a forecast of high winds for the weekend there was a good turnout on the starting line for both CCRC fleets on Saturday. The dependable forecast allowed a long course including three beats, three runs and a fetch with many flying spinnakers or cruising chutes for the downwind legs. Even the forecasted rain held off until the evening apart from a few spots. A terrific day for an exciting race.
The evening saw us cross to Portsmouth from Gosport and head for the historic Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club for drinks and dinner where the race results were announced.
Sunday, with stronger winds forecast and some needing to get home early, saw only a few boats on the start line. A simple course of a beat and then long downwind run to Chi saw the fleet of four split with half using downwind sails and half not; half going between the forts and half going through the Dolphin passage. All participants were back well before lunch.

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Autumn Race

Saturday’s race saw a beautiful autumn day with a light breeze. After the rolling start and windward leg we headed out downwind and across the shipping lane towards the Isle of Wight for further race legs outside Bembridge. Unfortunately the wind got lighter meaning the race was shortened but still some were unable to finish against the strong tide.
Then it was over to Bembridge Sailing Club for an excellent dinner.

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Barts Bash

Sunday was the CCRC Barts Bash charity race and the wind was very mixed in strength and direction. Before the race start we had winds of 15 knots only for this drop to almost nothing just after the start; then, an hour later we had 17 knots again! We also had significant rainfall as a front came through. Our Barts Bash race was particularly taxing for each boats’ tactician (who was probably also navigator, helm and crew!) as the course consisted of a list of marks which could be rounded in almost any order and direction plus a mark which must be rounded fourth and another than must be rounded twice separately. Each boat seemed to reach a different conclusion as to the best tactic and sometimes met another at unexpected places. An interestingly different race and in aid of a good cause.

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Bay Race 22 and Barts Bash

The weekend’s race presented more or a challenge than the previous week with strong winds having been forecast for some days. Saturday was a standard Bay race around the cans in Hayling Bay but the strong winds put off some of the smaller boats. It also meant a rolling start to avoid the Race Officer needing to anchor in the significant swell. Because of the reliable wind the Acting PRO set a fairly long course (11 miles) with some longer legs out towards the shipping lane plus some shorter legs close inshore. With gusts of up to 25 knots no downwind sails were used and some were reefing in and out depending on their heading. The warm temperature and bright blue sky made for an enjoyable but exhilarating sail.

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Race to Lymington

For mid-September the weather was superb with a clear blue sky providing warm sunshine. Unfortunately there was also only a gentle breeze and even that was not reliable.
The CCRC race started in Hayling Bay with a short windward leg back towards the Chichester entrance before we turned west and the downwind sails emerged to take best advantage of the gentle breeze. After rounding a buoy off Gilkicker we had another short windward leg back towards Portsmouth and then the downwind sails were out again as we headed towards Lymington in the western Solent. Our boat speeds were increased by the strong west-going tide and by the time we were passing Cowes most boat speed was actually the tide. The course was shortened at East Lepe and some boats managed to round it while others were in the wrong place and with too little wind to get across towards it so they failed to finish.
Then we gathered in Lymington Yacht Haven in their rally area before our sociable dinner in the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.
Next morning it was an early start to take advantage of the last of the east going tide. The lack of wind at that time meant a change of plan to motor east to Portsmouth for the start. We motored through a smooth and silky sea in bright sunshine, passing through a patch of fog off Cowes. Outside Portsmouth the start proceeded smoothly for a windward leg followed by a downwind leg (during which the wind backed) into Hayling Bay and a few turns around the racing marks there before a finish as Chi.

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