As in previous years, we are holding a meeting prior to the Dieppe Dash for those boats, skippers and crew who are contemplating or planning to participate in the Dieppe dash 2017. This will be particularly useful for those who have not participated before or have limited experience in crossing the Channel.
The Pre-Dash meeting will be held on the evening of Thursday 16th March in Brighton Marina Yacht Club. Turn up at about 7pm to meet and we will start at 7:30pm. And while you are there, have some food and drink at the yacht club!
The subject of the meeting will include subjects like safety, preparations, route planning, what it is like in Dieppe. We will try to answer any questions you have.
See you there!
Premier Marinas have agreed to offer berthing at no cost to all competitors of Dieppe Dash 2017 from 22nd April until the date of the Dieppe Dash; a 50% discounted rate will apply to any competing boats berthing at Brighton Marina after the Friday morning and any support boats accompanying competing boats from 22nd April.
To use this offer boat skippers must complete the Berthing Form and submit it to Brighton Marina Yacht Club – not Premier Marinas. The Berthing Form can be downloaded from the Documents page.
Friday 28th April 2017
Preparation for the Dieppe Dash 2017 has already started. The date of the Dieppe Dash 2017 is Friday 28th April. As before we are hoping that online entry will be available from about 1st January 2017. Put the date in your diary! News of plans and preparations will be posted here when available.
The event itself will run over the weekend with social activities on the Friday and Saturday in Dieppe.
We look forward to seeing you there.
For the sixth Dieppe Dash event, in the week before the event the organisers had concerns that the weather forecast suggested strong winds that might deter some participants, but also make starting the race of the event more difficult.
In the event, 38 boats entered although a number of boats withdrew even before the day of the event because of injuries sustained either by the boats themelves – or the skipper!
By the time of the skipper’s briefing, the weather forecast had improved though there was much discussion about whether the improvement was sufficient. A few mlore boats decided not to risk it. The worst of the weather was due to pass through before the start. But there was likely to still be enough swell as the start to make sitting in a committee boat to start the race uncomfortable. So for the first time in the Dieppe Dash, the decision was made to have a shore-based start.
In the end about 26 boats set out on the Friday morning and only 4 turned back. The rest all successfully arrived in Dieppe – 8 in the rally fleet, 9 in the IRC race and 5 in the SCCH race. The wind forecast turned out to be correct with most wind in mid-channel – 25 knots gusting up to 30 – but then calming down towards the French side. Fortunately it did not die completely so all boats arrived in a perfectly respectable time. And the waiting organisers managed to leave their posts before darkness came – a bonus for them.
The first boat across was the first of the Prima 38’s Bare Knuckles from Eastbourne, skippered by Brian Tugwell, and finishing in 7 hours, 52 minutes and 45 seconds. But it was not until the prize giving on Saturday that the rest of the awards were realized.
The IRC race was a French one-two with Matador, led by Herve Barret, winning first place and Bigaro, skippered by Christophe Malandrin, coming second. In fact only 90 seconds separated second and fourth place. Third was Bare Knuckles and just missing out on a podium place by only 39 seconds was Concession, a Contessa 26 owned by Graham Walton – the smallest boat in any of the fleets.
The SCCH race was won by Pleiades from Eastbourne, owned by Charles Erb. And just to make it an extra special day, it was also Mrs Erb’s birthday – one of those important birthdays with a zero at the end. Charles admitted before the race that the forecast was for the ideal conditions for his boat – a Westerley Ocean 43. But when the result was announced he face told us that he did not believe he had actually won. Second place went to another French boat, Foule Sentimentale led by Xavier Villain. In third place was Alan Salvidge on Ascent.
An additional prize was given – the Spirit of the Dash – to Stephen Pilkington of Luna Bay. Stephen, based in Eastbourne, originally entered the SCCH race and attempted to get to Brighton on Thursday, in time for the skipper’s briefly. But Luna Bay was one of two boats that did not manage to get around Beachy Head into the wind in sufficient time and had to turn back. Instead he departed from Eastbourne as a rally boat – doing it single-handed – although motoring a fair way we hear. But so glad that he made the effort and was rewarded for it. All the other rally boats also found they had something to collect at the prize-giving.
Saturday in Dieppe was a beautiful day with glorious sunshine and then a great party with live music in the yacht club in the evening. A number of boats left the following day attempting to sail back home in more sunshine – but quickly put their engines on as the wind did not pick up for a few hours.
The photos that were taken at the Dieppe Dash 2016, including those that were shown at the prize giving, have now been posted on this web-site on the Gallery.
As part of the Dieppe Dash 2016 a number of social events are being planned in Dieppe.
On arrival in Dieppe, we hope there will be a buffet available in the Cercle de la Voile de Dieppe (Dieppe Yacht Club) – until food runs out! In any case the bar will be open!
This will be held at 13:00 local time (UTC+2) on Saturday 30th April, in the Yacht Club.
Party with Live Music
On Saturday evening, 30th April in the Yacht Club. The live music will start at about 22:00 local time. All DD2016 participants welcome.
There will be a Skipper’s Briefing for the Dieppe Dash 2016 held at Brighton Marina Yacht Club on the eventing of Thursday 28th April 2016. For those who have been before, the Yacht Club has moved – it is now a floating structure accessible from the West Jetty.
A representative of each participating boat is expected to attend the Briefing. Before the briefing proper, Skipper’s Packs for each boat will be distributed. This may contain important information.
By the start of the briefing, each boat’s skipper/representative is expected to have done the following:
- provide a copy of their yacht insurance certificate for the organisers.
- ensure that the organisers have accurate details of the number of people on the boat and their shore contact. If the details have changed since submission of their event application, they must submit the new details on a Sea Safety Registration Form that can be downloaded from the Documents page of the website.
- Register the boat contact mobile phone as per the SOSDAS instructions that can also be downloaded from the Documents page.
- Collected their Skipper’s Pack.
The Skipper’s Packs will be available on the Thursday evening from 18:30 BST – please come as soon as possible after that to make sure that you have adequate time. The briefing proper will start about 19:30 BST.
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46 Boats entered the 2015 Dieppe Dash, 21 in the rally (cruising) fleet and 25 in the racing fleets. Of these 40 actually departed for Dieppe.
The weather forecast was for winds of about 20 knots, lessening as the day progressed. And sure enough there was wind, though a little more than most expected. A number of boats turned back in the first 3 hours. But the majority carried on and were rewarded by the promised lessening of the wind.
Except that the wind died late in the day, on the French side, more than expected. The bigger faster boats managed to get to Dieppe with out stopping. But a number other boats encountered a near calm. For the rally boats that did not prove a problem. They just put on their engines and motored through to find more wind – or the harbour. But the majority of the racing boats were seeking a proper finish and sat it out, even when stationary within sight of the French coast. Eventually a little more wind arrived and they were able to limp across.
But the area of the finish was peppered with fishing buoys. To limit the risk of boats being caught up, the skippers had to keep a good look out. Also the buoy at the outer end of the finish line had to be brought nearer the west arm. In trying to cross the finish quicker, Kereru strayed too near the arm and entered a sheltered area, being overtaken by three boats just 100 metres from the line.
In the end, 10 cruising boats arrived safely in Dieppe, with Saga, the last to arrive, berthing up after a long day, near midnight. 18 racing boats completed the race, though a number of other racing boats did arrive after retiring from the race and putting their engines on. The line honors were claimed by Hurricane who completed in a creditable 8 hours, 32 minutes and 50 seconds. As in last year 3 French boats joined us in the Dash home.
On the Saturday night there was party with a live band, though a number of boats decided not to stay for it with a forecast for strong winds on the Sunday. But those who did stay had a great time.
6 hours, 51 minutes and 20 seconds!
Yes that was the course record set by Mad Max in 2014.
The 2014 Dieppe Dash was remarkable in a number of ways. And those who participated had a memorable time. A record number of boats entered the event with 50 boats signing on. Of these 49 actually departed for Dieppe and all of those arrived safely. Roughly half of them were racing and half cruising. And of the racing boats, 13 were in the IRC fleet and 12 in the SCCH. And this year 3 French boats joined us in the Dash home.
The weather forecast was for northeasterly winds starting at about 11 knots and building to 18 knots. The direction was correct but the wind speeds recorded by some boats reached 30 knots and this accounted for the remarkable sustained boats speeds achieved. It is unlikely that the record will be beaten for a number of years! And the last boat to arrive came in at about 10pm – fantastic start to the weekend.
The crossing was so fast that the race officers, Colin & Geoff, struggled to keep up. Having started the race in Brighton they caught the ferry but when they arrived in Dieppe around 4pm French time, more than half the racing fleet had already finished. Fortunately the advance party of Matt & Denise were able to monitor the finishing boats. But the finish line buoy only made it into position about half an hour before it was needed.
The president of the Cercle de la Voile de Dieppe (yacht club), Claude Weisang, was on hand with a camera and took some excellent photgraphs of some of the boats finishing and surfing through the harbour entrance. A number of these pictures were shown at the prize giving and are available on the gallery of this website.
As before the finishing boats were welcomed by a berthing party and a buffet in the yacht club. The buzz and excitement of the crews was obvious.
The weather on Saturday was glorious with all day sunshine. The prize-giving on Saturday lunch again had an amazing buzz. Each cruising boat that attended got a prize. The Line Honours trophy went to Andy Williams and Max Max, the SCCH trophy went to Margaret Hickmott-Stapley and Manic with the IRC trophy being won for the second year running by Mark Jephcott and his modified 1720 sportsboat Haras. The Sailing Book award, an award given intermittently to a boat that might wish to improve, has in the past been awarded by Peter Vaughan of Pean II who went on to win their class last year. This year the award was affectionately given to Roy Cleeter of Kirsty of Fisherow – a Macwester 28 – who arrived safely at the tail end of the cruising fleet.
On Saturday evening the Dieppe Dashers were treated to live music in the yacht club, courtesy of the Cercle de la Voile de Dieppe.
As has been the pattern in previous years, a number of boats and skippers used the Dieppe Dash for their first crossing of the English Channel. While I suspect they were hoping for less winds, they all coped fantastically. One important element of the Dieppe Dash is the camaraderie and support shared particularly by the cruising boats. When Kirsty of Fisherow finally arrived exhausted, they were guided into their berth and then fed an watered by the Jesstom crew.
So we look forward to see you all next year – and bring your friends as well!