By William Mills
Over the weekend of 18/19 June the inaugural !RC Sussex Championships were held at Brighton.
The aim to promote better competition between three clubs representing Brighton, Eastbourne and Shoreham was amply achieved by the warm hospitality extended by the officers and staff of hosts Brighton Marina Yacht Club to competitors and visitors alike.
Shoreham based Sussex Yacht Club provided a RIB and on Sunday Tim Cork, an SYC director, was race officer. Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club made up the trio.
A total of six races were sailed over the two days and the fifteen yachts taking part were divided into two fleets.
The final result in IRC class 1 saw Pete & Pip Tyler‘s J-105 Redeye narrowly beat 1720 Spider Pig with J-109 Diamond Jem third.
In IRC class 2 Robin Stevenson‘s J-92s Upstart finished a point ahead of J97 Jeneral Lee and third place going to Catch 22, a Humphreys Custom 24.
Pip Tyler of Redeye commented;
“Six races over two days is what I liked most about the regatta. Short, sharp racing. It was nice to compete against visiting yachts from the other clubs.
It always amazes me how high the standard of yachting we have in Sussex.”
Robin Stevenson of Upstart said;