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Optimist open meeting at Bosham Sailing Club

by Piers Shepherd 11 Jun 16:34 BST 9 June 2019

Bosham Sailing Club was proud to host their annual Optimist Open last Sunday. The event attracted 70 entries from across Chichester Harbour and further afield as far as Parkstone and Reading. The sun shone and the breeze blew gently although with a strong incoming tide and a Southerly wind which reached a maximum of 8 knots, the sailing was challenging.

The fleet were divided into two groups, the Main Fleet which sailed in the Chichester Channel as far as Thorney whilst the less experienced, Regatta Fleet sailed in the more sheltered Cobnor Reach. Great sailing was had by all children who competed in four races throughout the day with beaming smiles on their faces. At the end of the day, competitors and their parents enjoyed tea and prize-giving at the clubhouse in Bosham. In addition to prizes for the top sailors, prizes were awarded to the youngest sailors, most polite sailors, those who tried the hardest and of course the best capsize! The standard of sailing was very high with national and regional level sailors attending.

Henry Keegan from Parkstone Yacht Club won the Main Fleet with Ocean Hughes from Lymington winning the Regatta Fleet. Zac Shepherd was first Bosham sailor in the Main Fleet (and fourth over all) with Pippa Shepherd coming first Bosham sailor in the Regatta Fleet.

Simon Radford, Race Officer commented, "It was fantastic to see so many young children on the water having fun and improving their racing skills. I was particularly impressed with the high standard of sailing that I saw."

Piers Shepherd, Optimist Class Captain at Bosham Sailing Club, added "Bosham has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world to sail and the Optimist is the best boat for children to learn to sail in. We were thrilled with the strong level of participation in our events which demonstrated how much people love sailing in Bosham and in Optimists!"

Bosham Sailing Club boasts one of the largest fleets of Optimists on the South Coast. The Optimist dinghy is ideal for children as young as 7 through to 13 and Bosham Sailing Club runs training courses for members and non members throughout the year. In addition, Bosham welcomes non members to try their regular Sunday races. Tris Mayhew, Rear Commodore of Cadets and Vice Commodore commented, "We are a family friendly club and are able to cater from the young sailor who just wants to learn to sail and have fun, right the way through to the competitive sailor who wishes to compete at a national level. In addition to the optimist dinghy, Bosham provides sailing for youngsters in Toppers, Fevas, 420s and Lasers so there is something to suit everyone."

Bosham Sailing Club will be hosting its annual Junior Week consisting of competitive races in the morning, fun races in the afternoon and a packed social programme beginning on 9th August. 10% of the places have been reserved for those who are not members of Bosham Sailing Club but are members of other Chichester Harbour Sailing Clubs. For more information, please visit www.boshamsailingclub.co.uk

Optimist open meeting at Bosham - photo © Dave Dobrijevic / <a target=www.dynamicsails.com" />
Optimist open meeting at Bosham - photo © Dave Dobrijevic / www.dynamicsails.com

Bosham Prize Winners:

First Bosham Member Main Fleet - Zac Shepherd
First Bosham Member Regatta Fleet - Pippa Shepherd

Main Fleet Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1st6400Parkstone Yacht ClubHenry Keegan‑21113
2nd6304BurghfieldCharlie Howard12‑525
3rd5881Reading/HISCJemima Day3‑10339
4th6411BSCZac Shepherd4‑184412
5th6302Parkstone Yacht ClubJacoby Keegan53‑14816
6th6327BurghfieldJoseph Jones(DNF)132621
7th5810CYCThomas Dempsey868‑1122
8th5557HISCHugo Dobrijevic7‑129723
9th6195BSCIndia Eastwood‑20415524
10th5740Chipstead Sailing ClubAlex Yeates6911‑1526
11th6179HISCHazel Jones13510‑1628
12th6289BurghfieldImogen Jones9‑1571228
13th6309Chipstead Sailing ClubDaniel Hebditch118‑16928
14th5378CYCEffe Grant14166‑1736
15th5834CYCEthan Hill15‑17121037
16th6323Parkstone Yacht ClubTom Hakes‑1614131441
17th5753BSCTom Eastwood1911‑241848
18th6381Parkstone Yacht ClubMax Bromilow107(DSQ)DNF49
19th5224HISCElla Jones181917‑2254
20th6374Warsash SCKai Miller122820(DNF)60
21st5046BSCJoseph Philllips22‑23182060
22nd6432BSCEd Upton‑Brown212019‑2360
23rd6137ShorehamLuke HArrison26‑29251364
24th5032CYCBas Bush2524‑271968
25th5963BSCSam Colgate‑2726212168
26th6496BSCAlice Chaplin‑2822232469
27th6073BSCSander Marshall‑Lee23‑31262574
28th6340BSCZara Bullock1727(RTD)DNC76
29th6367Shoreham Sailing ClubRhys Griffiths292522(RTD)76
30th5496BSCWill Wormesley2421(DNC)DNC77
31st6465BSCBertie Bradley3030(DNC)DNC92

Regatta Fleet Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1st5377Poole LymingtonOcean Hughes‑52136
2nd6301Parkstone Yacht ClubWill Hakes‑442410
3rd5872Warsash SCThomas Peace317‑1111
4th6416Parkstone Yacht ClubHarry Franklin2‑1010113
5th6259BewlJoseph Wimpory‑975214
6th5955HISCAmelia Kent18‑9716
7th6375Warsash SCElla Cumming‑856516
8th5215Royal Southern/HRSCAlex Saunders1234‑2519
9th5745Parkstone Yacht ClubBarney Bromilow1063(RTD)19
10th6024BSCPippa Shepherd7‑1717630
11th5870HISCDaisy Fuller‑14981330
12th4771CYCIsla Hill‑1512121236
13th4856Warsash SCJake Davies61615‑1737
14th6484Warsash SCEvie Cumming111313‑1537
15th5470Burghfield SCScott Wilson‑2611111638
16th6204BewlZara Gatehouse1914‑20841
17th130BSCMegan Bedford131518‑2046
18th5386BSCHonor Purvis162214(RTD)52
19th5629BSCBrodie Colgate18‑25211453
20th6190BSCFelix Gladman201816‑2454
21st5548Reading Sailing ClubPheobe Shears‑242324956
22nd531BSCKaty Hermer172019‑2156
23rd4780BSCOscar Bedford‑2727261063
24th639BewlLogan Daly23‑28221863
25th647Shoreham SCToby Vincent‑2919252367
26th6287BSCJasper Marshall‑Lee‑2826231968
27th5009BSCHarry Brown2524‑272271
28th6311Parkstone Yacht ClubFraser Hakes2221(DNC)DNC74
29th5828BSCBenji Purvis2129(DNC)DNC81
30th4727Parkstone Yacht ClubTom Keegan3030(RTD)RTD91

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