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The Chatham to Gosport Small Ships Race 2018 saw 5 Sail Training vessels in friendly competition. 

The fleet arrived in Chatham Sunday 19 August in blustery conditions. The crew of Morning Star organised crew games and a barbecue. A Skipper's briefing was held on board Morning Star to discuss the racing. Many thanks to Richard Stone from the Medway Yacht Club for his local advice and offer to run a practice race.

Due to lack of wind on Monday, 20th August, the practice race was cancelled. Instead, the fleet motored to Ramsgate undertaking the Cheesecake Challenge on the way! Many thanks to Ramsgate Marina for accomodating the fleet at such short notice.

On Tuesday 21st August the race to Gosport started off Ramsgate, in light headwinds and thick fog. This cleared by the afternoon and the crews found themselves tacking along the coast making good speed. The wind eased off on Wednesday morning and remained from the west, meaning crews needed to tack frequently to make any progress. 

The time limit for the race was shortened to ensure all crews would get to Gosport in time. Those vessels that had not finished the race by midnight on Wednesday were therefore able to report their position and a theoretical finish time was calculated. Due to the time correction factor issued by Sail Training International, all boats are in with a chance of winning.

Pictures of the prize giving are on https://www.facebook.com/pg/uksailtraining/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2014022581953116

Results:

Overall Winner: Scaramouche

Winner of the Richard Langhorn Trophy (voted for by all crews as the vessel that best represents the Spirit of the Race): Leila

Name Class Corrected Time
Scaramouche D 19h 39m 47s
Leila B 23h 50m 52s
Ocean Scout C 1d 00h 21m 02s
Offshore Scout C 1d 00h 51m 03s
Morning Star B 1d 01h 33m 29s