The weather continued favourable until the Thursday when the wind strengthened to such an extent that racing was abandoned on Friday.
On Sunday, the week started with sunny skies but little wind so the racing was postponed until lunchtime by which time a steady 10 knot south south west breeze had filled in. The two start lines – one from the committee boat in Itchenor Reach, the other at Cobnor – hummed with excitement for the first of the two races daily races. It was great to see 12 420s on the line, an increase in numbers over the past few years, as well as 24 Optimists in the junior division.
The wind on Monday was a steady 8-9 knots from the south. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the 8-9 knots wind came from the west with gusts up to 13-14 knots from time to time. Thursday provided more challenging conditions with a west south west wind of 10-12 knots gusting up to 16 knots which resulted in a number of capsizes but the smiles and laughter prevailed.
Racing on Friday was abandoned due to high winds and big gusts, unfortunate as many of the competitors had dressed up in fancy dress as is the tradition on the last day. However apart from the prize giving the competitors did have the highlight of being able to listen to Sophie Ainsworth, a member of the Team GB sailing team at the Rio 2016 Olympics, talk about her experiences competing in her 49er FX.
After racing each day the fun races were held including the ever popular Paddle a Topper race, Fathers in Optimists, Parent and child in a Feva, including a new spectacle of dragon boat racing off Bosham Quay.
The social events in the evenings – family BBQ, black tie dinner, disco, film show, football and rounders, and the adult bop – were as well supported as ever.
MPI Insurance Brokers, Bosham Junior Week sponsors, ran an Instagram competition which was won by Robert Marshal-Lee for their photo of the competing 420s.