The Sussex Police Regatta was duly held; this time in wind to suit most competitors - neither too much nor too little. Also this year, the tides were just right with High tide around 1pm.
The start of racing was delayed when a sea mist came in with the rising tide. This soon dispersed and the clubs excellent buoys were placed on the course. The first race was a 'P' shape from a running, shore-based start. With the wind filling in, this made for a beat, a tight fetch and two runs. The RS600 of Rob Jones (now transferred from Sussex to Hampshire) stormed away at the beginning never to be seen again with the rest of the fleet pretty well keeping up to handicap. The next leading boat on the water for much of the race was Stuart Bradbeer (Kent) who had a splendid start working the tide and slight wind shifts.
Behind, the competition developed between the two Lasers of Jenkins and Sivers together with the Albacore of Len Gooch using a new crew, Adrian Morris - an old Traffic colleague. The runs were a little tricky on the sea and it was important to keep concentration with the waves starting to catch up from behind. With just half a lap to go, Stuart Jenkins capsized and allowed Sivers and Gooch racing side by side to overtake. Coming round the leeward buoy off the run and making for the line, Gooch broached, put his crew in the water and ended up bringing the boat ashore alone. Jones had won by nearly a minute on corrected time and this indicated that it was going to be his day. Sivers was 2nd and Dusty Miller 3rd.
In Race Two, a triangle, Jones got caught trying to get away on port through the start line which ended in a minor capsize, coming in contact with the limit buoy and the required turns. Meanwhile Bob Trevis in the Miracle took great advantage of the tide change and succeeded in reaching the windward buoy first. He was then overtaken by the recovering RS which, on rounding the wing mark headed inland towards the limit line and seemingly missing out the leeward mark. Jones quickly realised the error but by now had lost too much on handicap to be successful. By now Dusty Miller and Alan Costello in the Sussex assymetric were well in contention with the front boats but the lumpy sea did not help him to get the advantage on the down-wind legs. Len Gooch's Albacore was again in trouble and they had to give up the ghost for the day. Jenkins overhauled Sivers early on to take a good lead and take the race. This time Jones was 2nd, Sivers 3rd and Keith Baldwin in the Sussex Topaz, 4th.
Race Three was sailed back to back and again a triangle. Once again, with a clear start Jones powered ahead. By now the waves were having more influence than the wind and with the tide turned to go down-Channel the art was to pick the route of least resistance up-wind and stay balanced and upright on the downwind legs. Jenkins succumbed to another 'rogue' wave on the run and although recovering well, ended up fourth behind Jones and Sivers and Miller.
The Race Officer was Malcolm Brooks and prizes were awarded to the first three helms overall by the Commodore of Bexhill S.C., Jeremy Maynard.