The Chichester Yacht Club Solo and Europe Open was held on the 6th July in beautiful summer sunshine, with the early light wind reinforced by a southerly sea breeze.
The Race officer, Phil Allen, set an inverted P course with the committee boat toward the Bowling end of the CYC lake. During the briefing he explained that there was no requirement to pass through the Start Line until the final lap, giving the competitors full freedom to make their way upwind in any way they liked. In race one the tide was very strong pushing the boats back from the line, but as the afternoon progressed the tide changed causing a few boats to cross the line early.
The Lake area was very busy with neighbours Dell Quay running their regatta at the same time. It made a fine spectacle to see the visiting Itchenor Keel boats gracefully sailing through the lake on their way to Dell Quay.
Four boats competed in the Europe Open, run on the same course as the Solo Open. The series saw a close race between CYC's Lucy Boreham and Overy Staithe SC's Malcolm Moreley. In race 1, Malcolm finished ahead, but in the following two races Lucy took the first place. The event winner was Lucy Boreham, followed by Malcolm Morley with CYC's Geoff Newman in third place.