BSC 2022 Junior Regatta Full Report
Published 13:50 on 1 Jun 2022
BSC 2022 Junior Regatta Report
Wow! What an incredible day we had for the 2022 BSC Junior Regatta! The sun shone and despite the chilly northerly wind, we had a good breeze for our cadets who came out in force to support the event. In total there were 52 boats (25 Oppies, 8 toppers, 8 Fevas, 6 420s and 5 lasers) making a total of 66 cadets on the water.
Throughout the day there was never a dull moment and so many stories to be told -
- Spinnaker sagas
- Goal posts causing havoc particularly for the gold oppies
- Tricky tides
- Lots of sibling rivalry and banter especially in the lasers and fevas!
- Highlights of lots of seals about watching the action including one popping up alongside a Feva complete with a fish in its mouth!
- The Committee Boat needing to be rescued!!!
Plus many more. Without doubt, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had lots of fun in the process. There was great Bosham Spirit on display determination, smiles, humour, true grit, camaraderie, support and lots more. Just brilliant!
Our two race officers, George Kent and Domi Akers Douglas along with their race teams put together 3 fantastic races for each of the fleets. Below is a small summary of what happened in each fleet. A full list of the results can be found here at Bosham Sailing Club : BSC 2022 Results
There were a number of new sailors amongst the silver oppies who coped incredibly well for their first time racing. They also provided a fantastic spectacle for all the parents watching from the quay. A true testament to the hard work that has been taking place in the training sessions. Every one of the sailors should be applauded for all their efforts. In the end, time on the water for Arthur having just returned from 3 years sailing around the world shone through.
It couldn't have been closer amongst the gold oppies. There was literally nothing in it between the boys in the top 4 places. It all came down to the last race and the discards. After a nail biting wait until prize giving, it was revealed that Benji nailed the top spot this time, but only just!
The racing was full of drama amongst the Fevas too. With several new comers to the fleet in amongst the more experienced Feva sailors you literally couldn't call what would happen next. Despite being a bit rusty in the first race, Will and Seb got their act together and pulled off two wins in the 2nd and 3rd race to grab the top spot.
With 2 sets of siblings in the lasers it was always going to be interesting to see how everything panned out! It was incredibly close and exciting to watch with the finishing positions changing with each race. In the end the sheer class of James Curtis won the day. James gave up the opportunity to train with the National Welsh team on Sunday to join us for the Regatta on Sunday. With James's busy sailing schedule, it was really fantastic to have him with us, thank you James.
The partnership of Ed and Fred who are an experienced pairing in the 420's were always going to the be ones to beat having won last years Junior Regatta and Junior Week. However, girl power was in hot pursuit with Laura and Alice winning one race and 420 newcomers Bella and Francesca closely following behind. Well done boys but watch out for those girls!
As a result, we had lots of Special Cadet Award Nominations!
- Beatrice Powell perserverance on her first time racing
- Nelly Hewlett capsize of the day
- Romilly Hakes being brave capsizing and always very cheery
- Ari Hayman always smiling and very polite
- Toby Storton he came in and then went out again. Great spirit.
- Jake Petevinos We have been really impressed with his progress especially as it is only the 2nd time out racing plus he is always cheery!
- Hester Hakes 1st time racing
- Billy Buxton 1st time racing
- Isla Brookes/66 there were lots of nominations for Isla from a number of different people she was way over at the start of the 1st race but came back, persevered and had a really good race despite this. Great determination and perseverance
- Indie Stone for successfully re-rigging his boat on the water
- Morris Brothers Luke and Simon: New members who started racing at Easter and the only siblings in a boat together. This presents its ups and downs but they worked really well together and are improving all the time.
- Leo Hammond. Leo is another new member who is in the midst of his GCSE's and by looking at his sailing results since Easter he has really nailing a Feva! Well done!
- Katie & Sid are new into Fevas having been in toppers for a number of years. It is really good seeing them both enjoying the Fevas.
- Isabelle Aston it was Isabelles 1st time in a 420 on Saturday when she did a short training session so the Regatta was her first 420 race. Isabelle adapted to the boat incredibly well.
- Alex: Alex joined Bosham in the autumn and has been racing his laser a lot but not with the cadets! He has been joining the Mad Dogs over the winter! Therefore, welcome to the cadets and good luck for your GCSEs.
Not usually awarded at the Junior Regatta but after hearing about this nomination we decided to make an exception. In fact it is quite a story!
Rob Lavender for rescuing the Committee Boat!! There is a good story to be told so please ask him!
It took over 40 volunteers to make the Regatta happen. Huge thanks to everyone for their support but in particular to those who stepped in at the last minute to help on the day and those who gave up their time and didn't have any children sailing Mel & George Kent, Jos & Howard Palmer, Holly Baker and Dombey Wallage. In addition, special thanks also go to
- The office staff Mike, Rob, Mark and Michael. They were all amazing and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the Regatta run incredibly smoothly.
- Our Race Officers George Kent and Dom Akers Douglas. It sounds like they set some excellent courses for our sailors.
- Rowan Chaplin patrol boat co-ordinator
- Richard Southall Beach
- Charlotte Mason Tally
- Holly and Becs - Results
- And our brilliant Class Captains
This was just a small taster of what Junior Week is all about. Therefore, we are now looking forward to our full week in August when there is bound to be plenty more sailing and social highlights. Bosham Junior Week online entries go live on Monday 6 June. We look forward to creating more wonderful memories then as well.
Katherine Rose - RC Cadets
Last updated 14:21 on 1 June 2022