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Cape Cutter Week 2016: Day 1

The annual gathering of the Cape Cutter 19 fleet is this year centring on Chichester harbour. After a leisurely launch and a very brief shakedown on Saturday, team Aurora were ready for the first formal day of the regatta.

The children were looking forward to the treasure hunt, organised by Mike Brookes. After a bit of a pantomime getting out of the lock (the Cape Cutter fleet numbered 14 and the was a gathering of Drascombes too), we were briefed to find three strategically placed marks with clues written on. The marks were distinctive red marks from the 2012 Olympic Laser races. 

We had a wonderful few hours in the glorious sun, with a good sailing breeze and on every point of sail and canvas from receded mail and staysail to a couple of three-sail reaches. 

The fleet dispersed to visit the buoys in different orders; we chose  furthest first and, after creeping over several sand banks and picking our way through fleets of dinghies, had all the letters written down. Alice quickly spotted the words “Cape Cutter” and the completed the phrase “I love my Cape Cutter!” with the remaining letters. 

To our surprise and Alice’s delight, we were first to return to harbour with a complete phrase; other boats got back before us but none had solved the riddle. Well done Alice!

17.3nm; avg speed 4.2kts


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