Offshore race won by Demi Sec

The annual Tamesis Offshore Race, Jack’s 40th Trip, on Saturday 24 May was won by David and Rosemary Croft and Peter Johnson sailing Demi Sec (GBR4490), the Croft’s Gibsea 76. They beat Sereia of Mersea (K6167), a Hustler 25.5, sailed by David Gibson and Michel Budd, by only 15 seconds on corrected time over a nine mile course from Portsmouth to Chichester, but after the application of handicaps Cicada (K6509), a Contessa 28, sailed by Stewart Colley, David, Ellie and Andy Brook, was second and Sereia third.

First boat to finish was Pickle (9585T), Jeremy and Max Vines’s Dufour 34, which completed the course in just over one hour and 32 minutes but was placed fourth after the application of handicaps. Her six-strong crew were Jeremy, Max and Carolyne Vines, Kaan Yargici, Ali Budjanovcanin and Milo Simmonds.

Sailed in a moderate to fresh southerly wind and some welcome sunshine, the race began at 14.00 with a gate start at Gleeds, near Spit Sand Fort off Portsmouth, with Chaika (6653T), Clive Mence’s Scanmar 35, as the Committee Boat. Clive, Captain of the Tamesis Offshore Group, was crewed by Ted Neal and Steve Osgood.

The course took the fleet between Horse Sand Fort and No Man’s Land Fort, past Horse Elbow, Winner and a cluster of smaller buoys in Hayling Bay, with the finish near Chichester Bar. The east going tide combined with a fast reach aided the competitors on their way and there were some minor disputes afterwards about whether all the boats had left Winner to starboard!

Twenty eight members attended the Rally supper at Chichester YC, where, after thanking David Gibson for working out the results, Commodore Stewart Colley presented the Offshore Cup to David Croft. The group observed a minute’s silence in memory of the four crew of the Cheeki Rafiki who were lost in the Atlantic the previous week.

Results: 1 Demi Sec (GBR4490) David & Rosemary Croft, Peter Johnson; 2 Cicada (K6509) Stewart Colley, David, Ellie & Andy Brook; 3 Sereia of Mersea (K6167) David Gibson & Michel Budd; 4 Pickle (9585T) Jeremy, Max & Carolyne Vines, Kaan Yargici, Ali Budjanovcanin & Milo Simmonds; 5 Murena II (K5663) Martin & Barbara Adams, David Baker.

The start of the race (Photo:  Carolyne Vines)

The start of the race (Photo: Carolyne Vines)

Nearing the finish (Photo:  Stewart Colley)

Nearing the finish (Photo: Stewart Colley)

David Brook at the helm of Cicada (Photo:  Stewart Colley)

David Brook at the helm of Cicada (Photo: Stewart Colley)

Ted Neal and Clive Mence on board Chaika (Photo:  Stewart Colley)

Ted Neal and Clive Mence on board Chaika (Photo: Stewart Colley)

Chaika homeward bound (Photo:  Stewart Colley)

Chaika homeward bound (Photo: Stewart Colley)

Cicada (Photo:  David Gibson)

Cicada (Photo: David Gibson)