Colin Smith and crew sailing RS Elite number 007 Shaken not Stirred emerged as winners of the RS Elite event in 2018 Chichester Harbour Race Week, with Adrian Ward and Crew in Elite 20 Lite Bloo in second place and Freddie Peters and crew in Elite 20 Riff Raff in third.

What was formerly known as Federation Week was rebranded as Chichester Harbour Race Week several years ago, although it is still known affectionately as Fed Week by many people. It is primarily a dinghy event but has always had a presence from the Flying Fifteen class and other keelboat classes have participated in the past.

The RS Elite, which originated in Chichester Harbour, has become a fixture in Race Week in recent years with races held on a dedicated racecourse separate from the dinghy events. This year the Elites sailed a six-race series on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Race Week. Races were held on short windward-leeward courses in the vicinity of Chichester Harbour entrance where detailed knowledge and understanding of the strong tides s vital, placing great importance on pre-race preparation. The tides, together with the short course legs this year, presented challenges for the competitors, particularly on Thursday when winds were light.

Despite following immediately after Cowes Week, which this year had a record entry from the RS Elite class, Race Week nevertheless saw an entry of nine Elites, seven of which had also raced at Cowes. The new dry sailing, launch and recovery facilities provided by Hayling Island Sailing Club enhanced the logistics for the competitors this year.

Overall Results:

Pos Sail No Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1st 7 Colin Smith Anna Wells/Carol Leaning 2 ‑5 1 1 1 1 6
2nd 6 Adrian Ward Hugh Ward/Gareth Edwards 1 3 ‑7 3 3 4 14
3rd 20 Freddie Peters Suzy & Emily Peters/Pete Redmond ‑6 1 2 2 4 6 15
4th 66 R Fitzgerald James Grant/Peter Greenhalgh 4 ‑6 3 5 2 5 19
5th 65 Toby Strauss R Cruikshank/C Allen 5 2 6 4 ‑7 3 20
6th 110 Paul Fisk Caroline Fisk/Amanda Wadhams/Pippa Jubb 3 ‑8 4 6 6 7 26
7th 46 Peter Copsey 8 7 (DNC) DNC 5 2 32
8th 67 Ossie Stewart Rob Masterman/Debbie Jarvis 7 4 5 7 (DNC) DNC 33
9th 55 Mark Holliday Tom Holliday (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 50