image of Fecamp Normandy
Fecamp Normandy

By William Mills

Each year Sussex Yacht Club celebrates the May Bank holiday with a cross channel yacht race to France to commemorate Charles II’s great escape after his disastrous defeat at the Battle of Worcester on 3rd September 1651.

 

Charles II was reputed to have hidden from his Parliamentarian pursuers and finally slipped aboard a ship in the small Sussex fishing port of Shoreham by Sea.

Working their way slowly out to sea so as not to arouse suspicions from any watching coastguards, the intrepid voyagers headed for France landing in Fecamp the following morning. What an adventure!

This year some 85 yachts and their crews assembled at Shoreham Harbour including fifteen French yachts which had sailed over to join the race to Fecamp.

Below are a selection of photos which we hope might be of interest. The most exciting is of Ian’s escapade.

As part of the team, he had to be on committee boat Watchful for the start. He then transferred to our safety boat RIB, and we rushed after Yacht Truant where Ian was join the crew.

It was no mean feat of our skipper first spotting Truant among all the other yachts,and then coming alongside. Ian made a lightning jump and all was well!

The competitors had started to arrive in Shoreham Harbour from Wednesday 25th onwards and the organising team had their work cut out seeing all the yachts safely berthed and crews helped find what they needed.

By Thursday the moorings were sporting a colourful array of bunting. Sussex Yacht Club provided water taxis, and bacon sandwiches galore, as well as entertainment at their main riverside clubhouse in the town centre.

Both club steward Jon Edon and secretary Tim Leigh confessed to not having slept a wink on Thursday night.

After the festivities they had to rush back to the marina and start to prepare hot breakfasts for the early starters.

We were lucky enough to capture the pink pre dawn sky at 4.46 am. Helping the French trimaran through the lock was all part of the course as was the dredger wanting to join us.

After a short delay the starts were promptly got underway with a brief beat to windward to a BMYC mark off Brighton Marina before turning out to sea and enjoying the fair wind to France.

 

image of Lady Bee Marina Shoreham by Sea
Lady Bee Marina Shoreham by Sea

 

image of Yacht Rayundeer Shoreham Harbour
Yacht Rayndeer Shoreham Harbour

 

image of French trimaran Shoreham Harbour
French trimaran Shoreham Harbour

 

image of Colourful yacht flying the French flag
Colourful yacht flying the French flag  Lady Bee Marina

 

image of Sussex Yacht Club RIB
Sussex Yacht Club RIB

 

image of French yacht moored in Lady Bee Marina
French yacht moored in Lady Bee Marina

 

image of Sussex Yacht club RIB
Sussex Yacht club RIB in Shoreham Harbour

 

image of Pre dawn light 4.46am Shoreham Harbour
Pre dawn light 4.46am Shoreham Harbour

 

image of Cheerful sailors on a French flagged yacht
Cheerful sailors on a French flagged yacht in Shoreham Harbour

 

image of SYC's Laurence Woodhams on board his Beneteau Ocean Dream, Shoreham Harbour
SYC’s Laurence Woodhams on board his Beneteau, Ocean Dream, Shoreham Harbour

 

image of City of Chichester approaches the lock, Shoreham Harbour
City of Chichester approaches the lock, Shoreham Harbour

 

image of Yacht Tyke readies for the start, off Brighton
Yacht Tyke readies for the start, Brighton beach in the background  RER 2016

 

image of Yacht Saka off Brighton
Yacht Saka, off Brighton  RER 2016

 

image of Watchful, committee boat for start of RER 2016
Watchful, committee boat for the start of RER 2016

 

image of French flagged entrant 024 just after the start RER 2016
French flagged entrant 024 just after the start RER 2016

 

image of Crew member on yacht at start of RER 2016
Crew member on yacht at start of RER 2016

 

image of Yacht Redeye, off Brighton RER 2016
Yacht Redeye, off Brighton RER 2016

 

image of SYC commodore Steve Vyse's Barda, off Brighton RER 2016
SYC commodore Steve Vyse’s Barda, off Brighton RER 2016

 

image of Oyster 55 Brighton Belle RER 2016
Oyster 55 Brighton Belle RER 2016

 

image of Yacht Silver Fox RER 2016
Yacht Silver Fox RER 2016

 

image of RIB closes with Yacht Truant ready to transfer SYC race officer Ian across
RIB closes with Yacht Truant ready to transfer SYC race officer Ian across RER 2016

 

image of Crew on Yacht Truant ready for transfer
Crew on Yacht Truant ready for transfer RER 2016

 

image of He didn't fall in. Ian safely transferred to Yacht Truant RER 2016
He didn’t fall in. Ian safely transferred to Yacht Truant RER 2016

 

image of All's well except the camera has water on the lens. Yacht Truant RER 2016
All’s well except the camera has water on the lens. Yacht Truant RER 2016

 

image of Fecamp Normandy
Fecamp Normandy

 

image of model onboard a Jeanneau 40.3
Michaela onboard a Jeanneau 40.3   Miss Brighton 2011

 

 

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