An Eventful Day in Chichester Harbour aboard the Jolly Roger 'Trojan' (or when the
Topper comes a cropper)
It was a cloudy wet day in Chichester, a day in the week of the SigneT Nationals.
Some of the AQSC members had arrived for a day of sailing at this prestigious sea
venue. I was sitting awaiting the start of the first race when John and Anne Neale
appeared with Rodger Wheeler, Tony Hopkins, the Lunniss Family, Graham Thompson and
Bryan Clements. Anne Neale suggested that we (we being Ann Turner and myself, both
SigneT veterans) might like to join Rodger, herself and Oonie Lunniss and son Dominic
on Trojan for a trip around the harbour.
Over four hours later we returned from a splendid trip out. We'd watched the SigneT
race close up and personal, seen Mike and Keith capsize spectacularly twice, along
with quite a few others; managed to avoid a nasty accident when a Topper wrapped
itself around the bow of Trojan.
John Neale thought we'd acquired a figurehead but Rodger skilfully reversed, or should
I say, went astern and narrowly avoided grounding on a sandbank. We made it to Bosham,
Dell Quay, Itchenor and back following the narrow channel between the exquisite yachts.
Anne Turner proved a useful crew member nimbly sprinting onto the foredeck and furling
the jib. We were also asked to aid a sailboat in trouble. Anne Neale returned with
a very wet behind having sat on a squelching cushion.
Rodger reassured us that the rotten floor repair done some weeks before wouldn't
re-leak. Oonie managed to make to make us all tea and biscuits, courtesy of Rodger
while her son Dominic had a good sleep.
On our return there were some cold wet sailors awaiting us on dry land without their
car keys or money. We'd had such a lovely time that I think we were forgiven. Thanks
to Rodger (from a non sailor) for a truly memorable day.