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Champagne sailing and the best home-made tea on Chichester Harbour

Published 13:36 on 22 May 2024

Image: Stride & Son's Nigel Glennie (on left) presents the BSC Masters trophy 2024 to Nigel and Isabelle Russell

Bosham Masters (Incorporating the Yachting World Dayboat Open) 2024

"Champagne sailing" and the best home-made tea on Chichester Harbour twin hallmarks of Bosham Sailing Club's annual Masters regatta lived up to expectations in spectacular fashion over the weekend 10-12 May.

Big fleets of boats, close racing and near-perfect south-easterly winds under cloudless skies made the Stride & Son-sponsored three-day event Bosham's sailing highlight of the year so far.

And the cakes everything from lemon drizzle to apple and rum were just as spectacular.

Originally created as a counterpoint for more senior sailors to Bosham Sailing Club's wildly successful Junior Week, this year's Masters saw around 100 sailors get out on the water in more than 60 boats. Fourteen trophies were up for grabs, the winners decided after two back-to-back races each day.

Dinghies ranging from Chichester Scows and Tideways to National 18s and Finns took on courses, set by Race Officer Nick Fox, that saw Bosham boats racing across the harbour to the finish line in front of BSC's iconic clubhouse on Bosham Quay.

There was some exceptional sailing and many close finishes. Wind and tide were near-ideal for enjoyable racing until a sea breeze kicked in with a vengeance late on the Sunday, scattering boats as they rounded the last mark of the day.

The largest fleet in the regatta, the Yachting World Dayboats proved as fiercely competitive as ever. But with an impressive five out of six race wins, Nigel and Isabelle Russell in Casspiain proved the class of the field, winning both the YWDB Masters class and the YWDB Open trophy.

The Russells' performance was dominant enough for them to take overall honours as the Bosham Masters champion 2024.

Race wins were celebrated over supper and a drink on the club's terrace to the accompaniment of the Simply Jazz Quartet and one of Bosham's spectacular sunsets.

"The fine weather helped but what really makes the BSC Masters so special is all the work put in by the volunteers, everyone from safety boat crews to cakemakers," said Masters organiser Bob Murray.

"The event wouldn't exist without them, or the support of our sponsor Stride & Son, who really are 'For Sail'."

The Bosham Sailing Club Masters sponsored by Stride & Son 2024 results

  • Fast Handicap

1st Mark Upton-Brown (ILCA 7)

  • Medium Handicap

1st Jane Mayhew & Karen Nash (Chichester Harbour 12)

  • Finn

1st Shaun Hopkins

  • National 18

1st Brian Nixon

  • Yachting World Day Boat

1st Nigel Russell

  • Devon Yawl

1st Eduardo Aldaz-Carrol

  • Tideway

1st Peter Shaw

  • Chichester Scow

1st Izzy Lee

  • Yachting World Day Boat Open meeting

1st Nigel Russell/Isabelle Russell

  • Bosham Master 2024

Nigel Russell (Yachting World Dayboat)

President's Bell (Lady helm over 70 with lowest points, excluding class winner) Judy Roberts (Chichester Scow)

George Smith Tankard (Male helm over 70 with lowest points, excluding class winner) Chris Ames (Tideway)

Brass Binoculars (Highest points having started all races) John Fletcher (Yachting World Dayboat)

Upside Down Trophy (most spectacular escapade) Chris Craig (Devon Yawl)

Last updated 13:53 on 22 May 2024

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