Photo: Peter Hickson
From 21st to 25th August, we once again saw hundreds of boats take part in the annual, and spectacular, Chichester Harbour Race Week. This year an amazing 329 entrants, from 52 clubs, took part in the racing. The majority of these were from the local area - with 261 entrants coming from clubs in Chichester or Langstone Harbour.
This annual summer regatta is organised by the Chichester Harbour Federation and is a big part of the Chichester Harbour calendar and 2017 did not disappoint. There were a record number of entrants participate in the array of races over the week, as well as lots of fun activities taking place on the shore. Visitors and participants got to enjoy beautiful views all over the Harbour, with the main attractions taking place in the race area bounded by Treloar Buoy, East Head, Thorney Buoy, Marker point and West mud.
Race Week saw an assortment of races for different boats as well as workshops, parties, live music, quizzes and a disco. There was even a talk from a leading helmsman on how to make your singlehanded boat get you on the podium.
Although the week got off to a tricky start, when Monday's race was lost due to high winds, the programme caught up by holding two races on a beautifully sunny Wednesday. The race remained a close match until the end with many prizes not decided until the very last race. Friday afternoon heralded the prize giving ceremony where the winners of the week were presented with their well-deserved trophies. The inter-club adult trophy was won by ESSC with HISC taking the youth trophy. Overall, the entire week was judged a huge success - and we are already looking forward to next year's event.
You can find out more about the event including results and photos on the Chichester Harbour Race Week webiste.