Action from the Finn Open at Bosham Sailing Club, celebrating the 70th anniversary / Pictures: Chris Hatton

24 spectacular pictures as Bosham Sailing Club host celebration of Finns

The sun shone all through the three-day celebration of 70 years of sailing Finns at Bosham Sailing Club. The historic village and club have a long association with the 14ft 9” Olympic class heavyweight dinghy, writes Vivien Morgan.

Charles Currey, a Bosham Sailing Club member won a silver medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics- starting the boat’s long history of success for its sailors. Twenty-six boats entered but COVID took its toll and just 23 competed with three races per day. The courses were around Chichester harbour.

The weather patterns over the three days were virtually ideal with a sea breeze building each day. Day one saw Cameron Tweedle, the UK’s National Finn Champion training sailors from the Solent and Southern clubs. The next two days of racing saw good winds, sunshine and steep competition.

Guest of Honour at the Dinner on Saturday evening was David ‘Sid’Howlett, ex-Olympian and multi medal-winning coach of Sir Ben Ainslie and other Olympian Finn sailors.

Winner of The Bosham Plate as overall top boat was Mathew Walker from Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club. Winner of the Amoeba Trophy for overall fastest Classic (and fourth overall) was Martin Hughes from Warsash. Dan Belton from Mengeham Rythe took overall second place and Cameron Tweedle from Portland Sailing Academy GB took third.

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