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Chichester Harbour Race Week 2017   21-25 August

Hello from the Race Week promotion team

The latest Chichester Harbour Race Week news:
Race officer changes for Series A & B
Plenty of entertainment off the water - the social programme
Sign up now for the Early Bird entry discount - just 10 days left

Two highly experienced race officers take the helm at Series A and B this year.
Series A: Olympic RO Tim Hancock
Tim’s impressive race management CV includes course race officer for Star and Finn classes at the 2012 London Olympics and four Sail for Gold Regattas 2006-2012, plus PRO for the 2013 29er Nationals and 2014 International Moth Worlds, and RO for a string of other world championships.
He has also raced many dinghy and small keelboat classes, taking world titles in 505, Flying Fifteen, Wayfarer and International 14 as well as winning three Europeans and more than a dozen nationals. Tim was RO for Series A in 2015 and steps in again this year in the absence of Greg Wells.

Series B: Greg Lamb, very much on home water
Greg is the immediate past commodore of Hayling Island SC, host to Race Week, and was previously vice commodore sailing. He has been sailing since he was 12 and raced dinghies for much of that time. His first Fed Week was in 1986 and he has sailed in most of the weeks since. He too has previously been an RO for this event, for Series C.
Greg has been PRO at major events, including Laser Nationals, Laser 2 Worlds, Merlin Rocket Nationals, Albacore Nationals and various RS championships. His message: 'I hope I can help the 2017 competitors to have as much fun as I have over the years.'

Series C remains in the familiar hands of Ian Grant from Mengeham Rythe SC, a member of the Fed/Race Week team for more than 30 years. Through children and now grandchildren he is closely aware of the demands of modern youth racing.

Now for the off-the-water activity:
Monday: back by popular demand, live music at HISC with The DLB, dancing from 7.30 till late.
Tuesday: after racing, discussion on single-handed sailing with Charlie Cumbley, recent winner of both Solo and OK nationals and of many other major events. Later, live music and a warm welcome from the members at Emsworth Slipper SC. Bar opens at 7.45, music from 8.30 till late with the south's most popular party band The Bootlegs.
Wednesday: a very special themed BBQ after sailing, accompanied by Hurricane Force Steel Band all afternoon. In the evening the members of Mengeham Rythe SC invite everyone to a short fun quiz followed by a bangers & mash supper with a disco afterwards.
Thursday: is Disco Night! The renowned Thursday party night returns at HISC, with DJ Mark Covell. Let your hair down and dance the night away at HISC.

Ten days more of Early Bird entry
Early Bird entry closes at midnight on June 30, so sign up now for the substantially reduced fees. Already almost 40 boats are on the list, with good fleets building in the one-design classes particularly. Remember that the medium handicap fleet has been split this year into one-person and two-person boats, for better racing, and there is the possibility of separate starts for classes with 10 or more entries by July 31 - the Flying Fifteens look a possible contender for this.

Photos from left: Tim Hancock (courtesy WPNSA), Charlie Cumbley, Greg Lamb
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