Racers go Cold Turkey on Christmas Day

SAILING Pickles - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in the cap, Judith Wilcox behind and Sir Robin's grandchildren

SAILING Pickles - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in the cap, Judith Wilcox behind and Sir Robin's grandchildren

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WHEN most people were inside eating a turkey Christmas dinner, sailors from Portsmouth were braving Cold Turkey.

Skippers from Portsmouth Sailing Club (PSC) took the rare chance to race in Portsmouth Harbour on Christmas Day.

WIND Victory Z73 Zafirah - Jim Page at the back, Mark Goodenough on the left and Drew Young removing his hat

WIND Victory Z73 Zafirah - Jim Page at the back, Mark Goodenough on the left and Drew Young removing his hat

Without any commercial or Royal Navy traffic, the competitors in PSC’s first annual Cold Turkey were able to race in the mouth of the harbour.

Three yachts, including Pickles skippered by round-the-world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and his family, braved gale force winds and rain on the course up the harbour and back.

Nigel Sefton-Smith and his crew stormed to victory in their boat, Zara a Victory Z50, followed by PSC honorary secretary Jim Page in Zafirah, a Victory Z73.

Sir Robin took third place in the race, which organisers hope will be the first of many.

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