image of Sailing yacht off Sussex coast
Sailing yacht off Sussex coast

By William Mills

Saturday May 30 saw the start of Sussex Yacht Club’s Summer Pursuit series. Yachts sailed from Shoreham Harbour out around a course out on the open sea before returning together.

I sailed onboard Moonlight Saunter, David Skinner’s Feeling 411 and had a wonderful trip of adventure, thrills, sail learning, and good camaraderie.

Aboard yacht Midnight Saunter
Aboard yacht Moonlight Saunter

The purpose of this race was to get all the yachts finishing together. Since they are all different sizes and the crews are of different levels of ability a handicap system is used whereby the competitors are allocated a individual time to start.

This reduces the risk of collision at the the beginning but as the race progresses results in the yachts meeting up and the race marks culminating in a thrilling finish.

 

Pre start race maneuvering
Pre start race maneuvering

 

Yacht Escape in hot pursuit of Yacht Skitter
Yacht Escape in hot pursuit of Yacht Skitter

Our crew enjoyed the fresh air and pleasure of being out on the water whilst at the same time concentrating on the race.

Aboard Midnight Santer
Aboard Moonlight Saunter

 

Yachts rounding the down wind mark
Yachts rounding the down wind mark

 

Looking for the race mark to round
Looking for the race mark to round

 

Aboard Midnight Santer
Aboard Moonlight Saunter

 

From Midnight Saunter looking towards Shoreham Harbour entrance and trawler
From Moonlight Saunter looking towards Shoreham Harbour entrance and trawler

 

Inside Shoreham Harbour lock
Inside Shoreham Harbour lock

 

Yachts travel through the lock together
Yachts travel through the lock together

 

Skillfully reversing into the moorings
Skillfully reversing into the moorings

 

Nearly home
Nearly home

 

 

 

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