Dieppe Dash 2016 summary

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 Martin Anderson, 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.

Dieppe Dash 2016 photos posted

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.

Dieppe Dash 2016 Update

Many Thanks to this years participants and sponsors  in ensuring that the DD2016 was another great event. We hope to have the event summary and the many images of the event and participants posted soon.

If you see an image that you particularly like of you or your boat they will be available soon and of course they will be available free of charge.

We have already starting planning DD2017 and hope you have too!

Dont forget the ADEC participants offer is still available until the end of the month if you need any safety equipment.

Amendment to Sailing Instructions and Locking Out procedure

Amendment A to the Sailing Instructions (for racing boats) has been published and can be downloaded from the Documents Page.

One part of this amendment is that the warning signal for the start of  the Dieppe Dash Race has been postponed to 6.55am.  This is because there are more bigger boats than expected being moored in the inner harbour and it will take a significant period of time after high water to get them all through the lock.  All the relevant boats will be e-mailed about the time their lock-out will be.

There are no more deep berths available in the inner harbour so any boats that have not yet requested berthing to Premier Marinas will have to berth on the visitors pontoon.

All vessels are advised to fuel up when they arrive as on the day they leave as on Friday morning there will be no one to ready provide fuel in the early morning.

Social Events in Dieppe

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.

Skipper’s Briefing

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.

Sailing Instructions and other documents posted

The Sailing Instructions for the Dieppe Dash 2016 Race have been posted today.  They can be viewed and downloaded from the Documents page.  They apply only to racing boats in the Dieppe Dash.  It is up to skippers of racing boats to download or print these Instructions – they will not be provided in Skipper’s Packs.

Other documents also now available from the Documents page include:

  • Important Information for All Boats – Safety and Guidance
  • SOSDAS (Sign-On, Stand-Down, Abandon Safe) Instructions – SOSDAS forms the core of the Dieppe Dash 2016 Sea-Safety policy for all participating boats. It is imperative that all participants are fully aware of, and adhere to these provisions.
  • Vessel Traffic Signals – Port of Dieppe – for all boats
  • Dieppe Dash 2016 – Berthing Form – for boats that are not Premier Marina beth-holders.  This is particularly important for those visiting boats with deeper keels that may need berthing in the inner harbour.

Advice for all boats

For those boats that are visiting Brighton Marina for the start of the Dieppe Dash, the Organising Committee would like to bring your attention to the Notice to Mariners issued on 22/03/2016 by Premier Marinas – Mariners are advised that due to the current available depth within the ‘Visitors Berths’ of Brighton Marina visiting vessels with a draught exceeding 1.5m will sit in the silt on low tide. This Notice to Mariners will remain in force pending the imminent arrival of a dredger.

The Organising Committee offers the following advice:

It would be prudent to follow the guidance given in the Notice to Mariners AND that during a 2 hour window either side of Low Water it may not be possible to make way within Brighton Marina (depending on the tide cycle).

We hope that boats making passage to Brighton Marina on Thursday, 28th April 2016 will complete the passage in good time to allow the Person-in-Charge to attend events at Brighton Marina Yacht Club that evening.   The Person-in-Charge should arrive at about 18:30 hours so that they can receive the Skippers’ Pack, confirm boat details and attend the Skippers’ briefing.

Low Water at Brighton Marina that evening is at 22:00hrs so arrival of the boat at Brighton Marina before 20:00hrs at the very latest is advised.

Arrangements are in place that boats having a draft greater than 1.9 metres will be berthed in the inner harbor – the depth of water inside the lock is maintained greater than outside of the lock at all states of tide.

It would assist us greatly to know which non-Brighton based boats will seek berthing at Brighton Marina overnight on Thursday, 28th April 2016 so that we can liaise with Premier Marinas ahead of arrival.  Please e-mail these details to admin@dieppedash.com if you need assistance.

Low Water at Brighton Marina on Friday, 29th April 2016 is forecast as 10:29hrs (local time).  All boats entered for Dieppe Dash 2016 should endeavour to depart Brighton Marina before 08:29hrs (local time) at the latest.

For reference, the Dieppe Dash 2016 Race will start at 06:00hrs on Friday, 29th April 2016. Any Rally (cruising) boats wishing to shadow the racing fleet during their passage to Dieppe should be aware of this start time.

The location of the Start of the Dieppe Dash 2016 Race will be decided on the morning of 29th April 2016 depending on sea-state.  The default location is adjacent to BMYC4 Buoy (N50° 47.20′  W00° 05.20′).  If it is decided to start the race via a shore-based Location, the race will be started adjacent to BMYC1 Buoy (N50° 48.60’  W00° 06.40’).  Rally boats are asked to keep clear of the start area between 05:30hrs and 06:10hrs.

Adec Marine Sponsor Dieppe Dash 2016

Dieppe Sailing Rally SponsorWe are proud to announce that safety equipment suppliers Adec Marine will be sponsoring the DD2016.  They will also be offering a 10% discount for all DD2016 participants.

Adec Marine is one of the UK’s leading safety equipment suppliers supplying both commercial and leisure customers all over the world.  They are well known for their great prices, but with a further 10% discount it is really worth visiting their website – www.adecmarine.co.uk .  When ordering use code DIEPPE10 to obtain the discount (the offer will run until june 30th 2016).

Pre-Dash Meeting – 24th March

Preparations for the Dieppe Dash 2016 are well under way.

For those boats and crew who are going or thinking of particating in the Dieppe Dash 2016 – we are holding a Pre-Dash Event on the evening of Thursday 24th March 2016. This will be particularly useful for those who have not participated before or have limited experience in crossing the Channel. We will cover whatever you want – questions will be welcome throughout.

Usually we aim to include subjects like safety, preparations, route planning, what it is like in Dieppe.

The event will be at 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!

For those who have been before, the Yacht Club has moved – it is now a floating structure accessible from the West Quay.

See you there.

Online Entry Open for DD 2016

Online Entry for the Dieppe Dash 2016 is now open. Entry is via the online form HERE.

The Notice of Race for the racing boats can be downloaded from the Documents page.

Dieppe Dash 2016 – dates and news

Friday 29th April 2016

Preparation for the Dieppe Dash 2016 has already started. The date of the Dieppe Dash 2016 is Friday 29th April 2016. Put the date in your diary! News of plans and preparations will be posted here when available.

Dieppe Dash 2015 summary

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.

ADEC MARINE sponsor Dieppe Dash 2015

Safety equipment manufacturer and supplier ADEC is to sponsor DD2015.

It is not too late to replace any out of date flares or rent a liferaft. The Dieppe Dash is early enough in the year to be an ideal opportunity to get your boat equiped for the rest of the season. Just let the guys at ADEC know your entry details and Dieppe Dash participants will receive a 10% discount on safety equipment and liferaft hire.

Click here for more info www.adecmarine.co.uk

Pay by PayPal

You can now pay for your Dieppe Dash entry using PayPal. Go to the How to Pay page for details and the link.