ABC Sailing

ABC Sailing encourages sailing from Chichester Harbour. Based in Bosham, Chichester, we offer Navigation Courses. Training of groups from 2 to 20 people.

Designed to be fun and interactive, learning as a group as well as individually, sharing experience and making new friends. Your trainer will normally be Rupert Emerson who has sailed round Britain in his own yacht. See Skippering Kippa.

Operating as usual


All sailing boats should have tell tales. Blue over Yellow is recommended.



Photos from ABC Sailing's post 07/09/2020

Sunset over Portsmouth viewed from close to the Chichester Bar.


2 reefs in and half the genoa.


The Westerly Owners Association asked me to do two talks and discussions about sailing round Britain. I was happy to help and then afterwards they kindly asked me to nominate a charity so they could make a donation. I chose the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek because they need to feed the seals and they have no tourist income.


A talk and discussion is being held on zoom on April 17th 2020 at 7.30 pm. Join us with this ID and password and find out about sailing round Britain in a yacht. There is a short slide show and then it is question and answer. Meeting ID: 200 774 250. Password: 504688

Photos from ABC Sailing's post 18/03/2020

I thought I might put a few photos up of harbours. This is St. Ives. Land's End is not too scary a headland, the Lizard is worse, just keep well off the dangers if there is a moderate or rough sea. Once into St. Ives, things are not ideal because the swell is so great. On the quay you are on a roller coaster, better out in the bay in many ways where you can rock up and down with a snubbed anchor. On the other hand the town is still lovely despite being a tourist trap. It retains an artistic temperament as well as a Cornish character. If you find yourself in very settled weather you can take the inner passage and pass Black Knight rock as shown.


From Hayling Island beach, looking out to the Isle of Wight.


Oysterboat "Terror" at Emsworth Yacht Harbour


Memories of a fine day. But where?


Which sail plan do you prefer?


A submarine, underway, reversing, not under power going where do you think?


Having a fab evening out with friends old and new on Terror, the oyster boat at Emsworth.


Itchenor Sailing Club

Many congratulations to Itchenor sailors Izzy Davies and Gemma Kears on winning the International 420 class in the RYA Youth National Championships at Pwllhelli.


Merlin sailing


The trouble is that the beach is overrun by tourists in the summer.


Beautiful mast rake

Next winner in our 2015 Awards: GRP Solent Sunbeams, winner in our "Spirit of Tradition under 40ft" prize. Runner-up in this category was the Arey's Pond Boatworks' catboat Caracal

Harbour Sunset 29/09/2014

Chichester and Bosham Channels 06/09/2014

Bosham Classic Boat Revival | Hosted by Bosham Sailing Club, The Quay, Bosham, PO18 8LU Welcome to the website of the Bosham Classic Boat Revival. The 2014 edition of this annual event, which is hosted by Bosham Sailing Club, registration from from Friday 5, racing Saturday 6th & Sunday 7 September 2014.


Bart's Bash

That’s crazy talk!! 5,000 sailors now enrolled in the same race! From more than 592 separate boat classes so far!! In 60 countries! In 671 venues! Across every one of the 6 inhabited continents! This is going to be the most inclusive sailing event the world has ever seen – and the largest. Ever!!!

To celebrate this fantastic milestone you better listen up, because we are upping the game for all our fundraisers….

We think you are all totally brilliant and we are so, so grateful for all that you have done so far that we want to throw another little surprise your way. Are you ready?

Here we go…

Iain Percy has said that he will personally pay to fly 2 people out to San Fransisco for a 3 night, 4 day trip including £500 spending money and a trip to look around Artemis Racing and have a sail on an AC45!! BOOM!! We got your attention now?? I will repeat….

One of you is going to fly, with a friend or responsible adult, to San Fransisco courtesy of Bart’s best friend, Iain Percy OBE, and tour the Artemis base with him, including sailing on an AC45. Crackers!! The big question is, what do you have to do to be in with a shot at the prize?

Well, to be in with a chance of winning this magnificent ‘money can’t buy’ reward as a guest of Artemis skipper Iain, all you have to do is raise enough money (up until the end of the 21st October 2014, UK time) to earn a bronze medal. That’s £150. Just £150!! Everyone who raises and donates the £150 or more to become a bronze medal fundraiser through their Just Giving account not only gets a physical medal to keep and show off forever, but they will also be entered into the prize draw to win this amazing ‘You plus 1’ prize. Now if that’s not BOSH we don’t know what is!

But that’s not all!! For the super ambitious among you, there is an incentive to reach the pinnacle – the Gold Medal. We are announcing today that every individual who raises and donates enough money to reach the ‘Gold Medal Fundraiser’ status in our rewards program will be guaranteed a ticket to attend a champagne reception to celebrate the 1st ‘Rookie’ Bart’s Bash global race hosted by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy and their friends.

To be a Gold Medal fundraiser you need to achieve a fundraising target of £1000 and as with the entry into the prize draw, you will have until midnight on October 21st UK time to reach your goal. What are you waiting for? Let’s get on it!!

We honestly are as excited as all of you about this race – we are all up against each other and will be able to say that we were a part of one of the most ambitious and exciting sports event in a long time. That’s why we want you to have these prizes to aim at, and we are so grateful for all of your support and encouragement so far. We wish you all the best, and can’t wait to see you reaching those medal targets and making yourself eligible for prizes. ONWARDS!!!


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After teasing the competitors for the majority of the afternoon the wind finally filled in just after 16.00 on day two of the Pegasus Airlines Alacati PWA World Cup as Quentel and Offringa claim day 2 victories....


ABC Sailing

The RYA Day Skipper (shorebased) course starts September 19th. It is an evening course covering navigation, weather etc. for £345, or £295 for C*C members. Enquiries welcome via our FB page or


Bosham sunset

Dell Quay 26/04/2014

Who can tell me the difference between a West Wight Scow, an Avon Scow and for that matter, all the other kinds from Keyhaven, Burnham, Christchurch and so on?


Bosham channel 07/03/2014

VDH : dix bougies pour un record à couper le souffle «Je suis étonné que mon record tienne toujours. Je m'attendais à ce que davantage de marins s'y attaquent. Cela dit, le Global Challenge n'est pas très festif …» Ce qui explique que le chrono de Jean-Luc Van den Heede tienne depuis dix ans : le 9 mars 2004, après 122 jours de bataille, VDH bouclait…


World Sailing

Maximo Nores led an American 1-2-3 at the Techno 293 North American Championship in Cancun, Mexico with brother Geronimo taking second and Steven Cramer taking third... Read more on the ISAF website here...


Skippering Kippa

The Reaper is a Fyfie. This is a picture of it entering Portsoy Harbour.


ABC Sailing's cover photo

Untitled Album 25/09/2013

Sailing on the English East Coast

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