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ITCA Rooster Southern Traveller Series at Bosham Sailing Club

by Polly Lewin 25 Apr 2022 12:20 PDT 23-24 April 2022
Bosham Topper Open © Nick Smith

Bosham Sailing Club hosted its annual Topper Open event and training day as part of the ITCA Rooster Southern Traveller Series. After the 2021 event was cancelled due to strong winds, this year's event saw breezy conditions again, but the sun shone and all participants had an action packed day.

Saturday 23rd saw low tide windy conditions for the ITCA training session. ITCA's brilliant coaches managed to get the boats out on the water in the morning for some heavy weather training and the afternoon was spent re-enacting racing starts on foot on the beach and fine-tuning rigs.

Sunday 24th was a full day of racing. Run from BSC's ancillary base at Cobnor Estate, the 23 boats from multiple clubs along the south coast were evenly divided into 4.2 and 5.3 fleets, as some sailors chose to rig down for the conditions. Launching mid-morning, with a strong wind behind them, the sail to the start was a sight to behold. Both fleets raced in the main Chichester Harbour channel just off the Thorney Reach giving spectators the opportunity to watch in the sunshine from the shelter of the northerly shore around Cobnor Point.

Sailing conditions were tricky, with the ENE wind touching 20kts in the gusts at times and a strong tide, ensuring that the rescue boats had plenty to keep an eye on. Race officer Piers Shepherd kept the race course adjusted as the tide came in, making full use of the available water, and both fleets achieved some fantastic close fought racing. Completing four races back-to-back required some stamina, and a high standard of sailing was shown by all. As the wind dropped down to around 12kts for the final race some new faces came to the front in the lighter breeze. The 5.3 fleet top spot was fought out between Ed Smith (Spinnaker Sailing Club) and Seb Davies (Warsash Sailing Club), each winning two races, with Ed taking the overall win. Sebastian Sitton (Warsash Sailing Club) was the clear winner of the 4.2 fleet, coming 1st in all four races.

After all were safely ashore, sailors enjoyed their well-earned snack, drink and chocolate, whilst BSC Commodore, Paddy Mirams, presented Rooster vouchers and coveted BSC plates to the prize-winners.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
4.2 Fleet
1st47796Sebastian SittonWarsash Sailing Club‑11113
2nd47776Jake DaviesWarsash Sailing Club3‑4227
3rd46293Orla ParkerNetley Sailing Club‑72338
4th47797Charles WoodWarsash Sailing Club‑434411
5th45369Edie LewinBosham Sailing Club2(RET)5714
6th46217Scarlett GladmanBosham Sailing Club55‑6616
7th46771Henry NoelWarsash Sailing Club(RET)DNC7523
8th26795Greg CzuraLee on Solent6(RET)DNCDNC28
9th45477Eva JonesBosham Sailing Club8(DNC)DNCDNC30
10th46509Matthew TerryWSC(RET)DNCRETDNC33
5.3 Fleet
1st48685Ed SmithSpinnaker Sailing Club2‑4114
2nd47676Seb DaviesWarsash Sailing Club113‑105
3rd48129Otis PerryBosham Sailing Club322‑77
4th46364Matthew EmersonSpinnaker Sailing Club‑735210
5th47078Ffion CerratoWarsash Sailing Club454‑913
6th47786Emily BrushettWarsash Sailing Club8‑96418
7th47723Seb McNamaraBosham Sailing Club‑1168519
8th48909Grace BuckleyWarsash Sailing Club577‑819
9th45768Torquil MorrisonEmsworth Slipper Sailing Club68(OCS)620
10th46892Ed Upton‑BrownBosham Sailing Club9‑109321
11th46447Ava FrancisSpinnaker Sailing Club101110‑1231
12th44301Connor ParishPortchester Sailing Club‑1312111134
13th31492Jasmine McQuillanSpinnaker Sailing Club12(RET)RETDNC40

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