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Optimist Open at Chichester Yacht Club

by Louise Knight 13 Jul 07:43 PDT 8 July 2023

Last weekend 50 young Optimist sailors arrived at Chichester Yacht Club (CYC) for a one day Open event. Late afternoon high water meant a relaxed start to the day, allowing the morning rain to give way to beautiful sunshine.

Sailors came from around Chichester Harbour but also from further afield including Lymington, Poole, Hamble, Burghfield, Newhaven and Draycote.

Entries were split evenly between the Main Fleet who sailed three races set by Bill Grose and Sally Cantello, and the Regatta Fleet who sailed four races slightly closer to the shore under the watchful eyes of Nick and Biddy Colbourne.

The stunning waterfront garden at CYC allowed parents to watch the racing action close up. With light winds coming from the South West the conditions presented challenging courses for the young sailors. Despite the conditions, the sailors rose to the occasion and put on an impressive display of racing in both fleets. The racing was competitive throughout with each sailor carefully considering their chosen course depending on the tide and wind shifts.

At the prize giving Dan Ayton, CYC Optimist Class Captain and Karen Cheeseman, CYC Rear Commodore Dinghies, were pleased to present the CYC trophies and bespoke printed glass trophies made by Anne Marshall.

Congratulations to Thomas Knight and Flynn Grant, both CYC sailors, who won the Main Fleet and Regatta Fleet respectively. Isla Hutchinson and Jonny Rogers, both from Lymington, came 2nd and 3rd in the Main Fleet and EJ Ayton (CYC) and Amelie Renard (Hollowell/Draycote) came 2nd and 3rd in the Regatta Fleet.

Very well done to CYC sailors Freddie Jones (5th in the Main Fleet) and Sebby Bramley, Wilf Davies and Toby Cath, all of whom were sailing in their first CYC Open. It was a great day of sailing with the sailors showing great skill and sportsmanship. It was also fantastic to see lots of young CYC sailors joining the racing and to welcome so many visiting sailors and their families to the club.

Overall Results:

Main Fleet

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3Pts
1st6298Thomas KnightChichester YC‑2213
2nd6636Isla HutchinsonRoyal Lymington YC‑9325
3rd6612Jonny RogersRoyal Lymington YC‑7156
4th6529Henry CruseBurghfield SC16‑107
5th6374Freddie JonesChichester YC4‑1237
6th6451Charlie HollandHayling Island SC64‑910
7th6449Harry WhelanNS SC/Royal Southern YC5‑7712
8th6610Nia ByrnePevensey SC/Hayling Island SC‑115813
9th6546Wilbur Palmer WardEmsworth SC/Hayling Island SC‑1710616
10th6352Chloe DaviesParkstone YC314‑2417
11th6349Felix GarlickBurghfield SC89‑1117
12th6534William TrumanPapercourt SC‑2516420
13th6522Ruby CosterRoyal Lymington YC‑2281523
14th6515Rupert GarlickBurghfield SC‑19111425
15th6446Samuel MachellHayling Island SC13‑151225
16th6230Finley BrowneHayling Island SC1217‑1829
17th6523Will FullerHayling Island SC‑20131730
18th5608Finn ByrnePevensey SC/Hayling Island SC10‑222131
19th6595Lizzie HudsonRoyal Lymington YC18‑211331
20th5461Wilbur de la HayeHayling Island SC15‑231631
21st5990Rufus de la HayeHayling Island SC1418‑1932
22nd6596Lucy WhortonHayling Island SC16‑252036
23rd5527Kate CharlesworthEmsworth SC/Hayling Island SC2119‑2340
24th6512Darcy ODonnellRoyal Southern YC‑23202242
25th6423Holly CoxHayling Island SC2424‑2548
26th6490Pippa KnightsBurghfield SC(DNC)DNCDNC56
26th6569Charlie KnightsBurghfield SC(DNC)DNCDNC56
Regatta Fleet

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st5512Flynn GrantChichester YC31‑1237
2nd5378E J AytonChichester YC11‑141113
3rd1314Amelie RenardHollowell SC/Draycote Water SC238‑1213
4th1281Ian CowardHayling Island SC‑947213
5th6538Max Ellis‑AsquithWarsash SC824‑1014
6th5813Felix Palmer WardHayling Island SC5‑133614
7th6105Sam WealthyWarsash SC‑1472716
8th6210Olivia GrantRoyal Lymington YC68‑14418
9th5961Zoe GreenNetley SC1‑1613822
10th4581Robby MayoLymington Town SC7105‑1122
11th6350Charlotte DavisParkstone YC1366‑1525
12th6334Cara LynchWarsash SC/Hayling Island SC1259‑1626
13th6084Monty LewisSpinnaker SC41211‑1727
14th641Annabelle KentHayling Island SC1015‑20530
15th6134Hettie HutchinsonRoyal Lymington YC16915(DNC)40
16th4568Wilf DaviesChichester YC‑2018101442
17th6205Henry DavisEmsworth SC‑1811181342
18thNo numberToby CathChichester YC21‑2321951
19th6537Jack AddisonEmsworth SC1517‑23DNF55
20th5988Camilla GarlickBurghfield SC‑2219172056
21st6519Elsie HutchinsonRoyal Lymington YC1920‑221857
22nd6446Sebby BramleyChichester YC172219(DNF)58
23rd4998Evelyn RogersonWarsash SC(DNC)2116DNC64
24th6324Madeleine WhiteHayling Island SC(DNC)DNCDNC1973
25th6612Loftus SkinnerWW SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC81
25th4650Rafael ArcherParkstone YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC81

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