Catapult Travelling Trophy: Pagham Yacht Club, Sussex

Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 June 2010


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   Pagham YC is a relatively new venue for the Catapult fleet. Nestling in the shelter of Selsey Bill near Bognor Regis in West Sussex, it offers sailing at all states of the tide.

 

   There will be 4 races (2 on Saturday afternoon starting at 1.30 and 2 on Sunday morning finishing in time for a late lunch). The best three results of the four races will count towards the event and our TT Series. The sailing fee will be £25 (plus £5 Catapult prize levy).

    Camping will be available either on the club car park or on a neighbour’s field (there will be a nominal charge for the latter). Campers should contact James Donaldson, the Rear Commodore Sailing, on 01243 265927 to let him know in advance, so that he can decide where to put campers and get the necessary permissions.

Other accommodation can be found through the Sussex by the Sea tourist information website (www.sussexbythesea.com), or by ringing the Bognor Regis Tourist Information Centre on 01243 823140.

   Saturday night is a club social night when the bar will be open, and our fleet is invited to join them after we have dined at one of the local hostelries, of which there is a wide choice locally, such as the Kings Beach Hotel and the Inglenook. Or there is a chippy right opposite the club.

 There will even be a disco at the club for those that want it! For Sunday lunch there will most probably be a barbecue when the angling section return with their catch, and again our members are invited to join in. It sounds a very friendly and laid back club, so we should fit in perfectly. To find out more about the club, their website can be found at www.paghamyachtclub.com.

    Pagham YC is situated between Pagham Harbour (a smaller version of nearby Chichester Harbour) and the holiday town of Bognor Regis.

 

The glorious South Downs dominate the inland scenery providing excellent walking and fine views. Points of interest include the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Denham Gardens, and Kingley Vale Nature Reserve. History buffs can enjoy Uppark House, Arundel Castle and the splendid Roman palace at Fishbourne. The coastal area is a birdwatcher’s paradise with Pagham Harbour itself and the Wildfowl Wetland Trust centre near Arundel. So it is a perfect spot if you wish to tarry awhile and make a long weekend around the sailing.