Bosham are buoyant after sailors turn out for junior week

Oli Macfarlane was one of the series winners at Bosham Junior Week
Oli Macfarlane was one of the series winners at Bosham Junior Week

This year’s Bosham Sailing Club junior week was one of the best for racing in the past decade, with challenging wind most of the week.

On Sunday with gusts touching 30 knots, all but the junior fleets raced.

Many capsized but all came back smiling.

The Glyn Charles Trophy, traditionally sailed on what is forecast to be the windiest day, was run that day for the lasers and won by Oliver MacFarlane.

On Monday the wind moderated slightly but wind over tide still made the going tough.

Tuesday continued with less wind but still blowing a constant force three or four and the waves on Wednesday, up to a metre high, gave competitors different challenges.

On Thursday the junior fleets did not race but the other fleets raced up Bosham Channel which presented relatively-benign conditions.

Then on Friday, many boats were towed out to the start line but enjoyed two races in building winds.

The fun races every afternoon proved as popular as ever with blindfolded mothers’ rowing races, a paddle-a-topper race, the 27 race, with the combined age of the helm and crew not able to exceed 27, a Feva relay race and the parent and child race.

A good time was had by all on the water and in the enjoyable social programme in the evenings.

Series winners: 420 – Oliver Blanshard & Ben Ross; Junior Mirror – Charlie & William Knottenbelt; Junior Optimist – Dominic Gogarty; Junior Topper – Barnaby Watney; Laser – Oliver MacFarlane; Senior Mirror Gold – Ben Stirrup & Ben Ducan-Duggal; Senior Optimists – Scarlett Manzoni; Senior Toppers – Sophia Harper; Feva – Sophie Hempsell & Ben Heber.