DELL Quay Sailing Club’s annual Harding Long Distance Race took place on Sunday with mostly light breezes and full sunshine.
The race was divided into three legs, all being one long lap and covering as much of Chichester Harbour as possible before the tide ebbed.
The first leg was a beam reach from Dell Quay to the Westlands mark, then a beat to Itchenor.
The Buzz of Roger Francis and Ranjit Verghese took the windier Birdham shore, while Peter King and Rob Corfield, in their RS400, led all the other boats along the more-sheltered shore and out of the tide.
King and Corfield managed to make the most of the regular wind shifts, but grounded a couple of times while trying to keep out of the incoming tide.
The Buzz and RS400 met and had a close-tacking race towards the Itchenor finish line, with the RS400 taking line honours.
The Solos and 2000 kept up well, and David Swift, in his Solo, won on handicap. John Purdy, having fallen into a hole, arrived about 15 minutes later in his Solo.
The next leg was a beat to the John’s Folly mark and then a run back to Itchenor.
The RS400 managed to get a good lead to the windward mark, followed by the Buzz then 2000. The Solos kept well in touch and benefited from the dead run, John Purdy winning the race on handicap, ahead of David Swift.
The final leg was a running start in which the three asymmetric boats led in their handicap order of RS400, Buzz and 2000.
The gybing of the asymmetrics lost them their handicap positions to the Solos, who simply sailed directly downwind, close enough on handicap for Purdy to win this race.
All three results were aggregated and the overall winning was Swift, second were King and Corfield, and third, Francis and Verghese.