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Junior Week 2022

Published 16:05 on 16 Aug 2022

Junior Week 2022

Wow! What an incredible week we have just had! From start to finish, everyone has been completely up for it and on board with a huge smiles to take on whatever junior week has thrown at them. Everyone - parents, grandparents and cadets have done that with great gusto, enthusiasm and style both on and off the water.

We have had record breaking temperatures and wall to wall sunshine all week. The winds were shifty and very tricky at times (for both sailors and RO's) but luckily the sea breeze managed to kick in to give us some excellent racing.

It was low water at Cobnor for virtually the whole week. This didn't seem to deter the 29 silver oppies who had to negotiate the narrow channel with lots of moored boats. Getting to grips with avoiding the mud and strong tides was a key factor of the week as well as changing winds. It definitely made spectating from the shoreline very exciting to watch as changes in the lead boat or pack regularly changed.

There was never a dull moment with the gold oppies. They all got awarded the wooden spoon for sailing the wrong course resulting in the race being abandoned. They also all got awarded a merit mat for being out on the water racing for nearly 5 hours in 30+ degrees to complete 3 races. Overall, there was some good competitive racing amongst the fleet which ended in a sibling battle for the number 1 and number 2 spot.

For the Toppers, it was the first time we have split the fleet by rig size. For some of our newer, less experienced sailors, it was the first time they had 'sailed around the corner' and being in a smaller 4.2 rig was definitely appreciated. Great displays of perseverance, true grit as well as sheer determination as the tide proved a key factor each day. For the more experienced topper sailors in the 5.3 rigs, they seemed to excel in the testing conditions. It was great to see different cadets regularly finishing in the top 4 making the racing particularly exciting at the end of the week when the finishing positions were decided.

Challenging wind and tide conditions made setting courses from Glad Emma tricky too. It was great to see 19 Fevas on the start line making it some lively, sociable and competitive racing. From the whoops of joy when not coming last to witnessing the incredible improvement some cadets have made from last year to this year, it was a real pleasure to see this fleet enjoying themselves so much.

There were a number of new cadets that moved into the 420 fleet this year. Each day you could see how much they were improving as they got more and more familiar with the boat. At the beginning of the week the familiar pairing of Ed and Fred were dominating however, by the middle/end of the week other boats were getting the top spot!

It was another sibling battle in the lasers. James showed his class by winning all 12 races. However, the spot for 2nd place was well fought and Alice should be applauded for nailing this.

The fun races were another highlight of the week. 27 boats entered the Feva 27 race which involves a cadet aged 12 or under sailing with an older cadet. Their combined age cannot exceed 27years. In addition, there were 20 boats entered in the parent in an oppie race which started with a grand prix

start to add to the excitement! The other firm favourites of paddle a topper and dragon boat racing did not disappoint either.

Back in Bosham, the warm balmy evenings meant idyllic nights on the BSC terrace at the Family Supper and again for the Ibiza themed adult bop. It really did look and feel like Ibiza! The fleet parties were once again a huge success and a great way for our newer members and cadets to get to meet each other in an informal and relaxed way. Similarly, the traditional 14+ black tie was the perfect way for our older cadets to gather, dress up and dance the night away. Huge thanks to all involved who helped organise and host all the Junior Week socials.

Huge thanks also go to the vast army of volunteers who made Junior Week happen. It is impossible to name everyone but many went above and beyond. Our BSC office and sailing team also went above and beyond to deliver daily exceptional support whether administrative, organisational, logistics, planning and sailing throughout the week too. We are very lucky to have this wonderful team in place.

To see the full results, please click here

To see the photographs of the week, please click here

Last updated 11:34 on 15 September 2022

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