Bosham FINN open, is one of oldest open events in the UK Open meeting calendar. Bosham Sailing Club has always had a keen Finn fleet over the years, and this year 13 boats completed for the open honours.
The UK had been enjoying an ‘India summer’, and Sunday 2nd October proved to be no exception. Temperatures rose to over 25ºC and with a cloudless sky, the wind from the south east, which never rose above 7 knots for most of the day. 5 short races where scheduled with a first start time of 11.00 hrs, but the RO of the day postponed the first race to allow the Mengeham Rythe Finns to arrive down on the flood tide. First start was just after noon, north of the area known as ‘Rookwood’.
1 race, a typical committee boat start with a simple triangle, sausage course which started in a very light breeze and a strong flood tide. This was won by Michael de Courcey from Mengeham with Ben Davis from the home club in second place. Making a clean, fast start in the light airs and tacking in-shore was the preferred tactic.
Race 2, slightly more breeze, and was won by George Cooper (who had missed race 1 as he was sailing down from Mengeham), with Mark Harper from Chichester YC in second place.
Race 3, a similar pattern was bringing to emerge with the top three places having very close racing, this time Mark taking the winning bullet from George, with Ben third.
Race 4, with high tide approaching, the harbour was starting to see more traffic with a number of cruisers using the main channel. With the light winds continuing at a steady 7 knots and string tide still flooding, it was important to keep clear of any possible obstructions. James Wyburd made the best start with Ben in pursuit. The race went to Ben, with James second and Mark covering George to the finish to take the third slot.
Race 5. The final race saw local sail maker Dave Dobrijivic of Dynamic Sails at the front of the fleet. Dave using one of his latest sail designs, showed good speed in a borrowed boat and took second place in the final race. James was first, with George and Mark fighting for 3rd and 4th positions.
With the wind now dropping, the Bosham safety boats provided all the competitors a tow back to the club, who enjoyed a complementary tea at Bosham SC.
Special thanks to the RO and the committee boat team, who despite the challenging conditions keep the race schedule on track, with minimal delay to the competitors on one of the warmest days in October.
1 GBR 617 Mark Harper
2 GBR7 George Cooper
3 GBR 634 Ben Davies