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Rob and Helen Wilder 7th at Bosham Classic Boat Revival

Rob and Helen Wilder sailing Flinkidink at Bosham, September 2017

Rob and Helen Wilder took part in the annual Bosham Sailing Club Classic Boat Revival on 2 and 3 September. Held for classic racing dinghies and now into its 7th year, it had 59 entries split into three fleets, slow fleet, medium fleet and Fast fleet. Helen and Rob took their Merlin 1097 Flinkidink and were in the fast fleet along with other boats such as National 18s, Osprey, Finn, 12sqm Sharpie, Jolly Boat, National 12, International Canoe and Albacore. There were 24 entries in the fast fleet.
On Saturday the start was delayed for an hour to allow the sea breeze to fill in, which then gave some champagne sailing in Chichester harbour with around 8-10 knots of breeze. In three races they managed a 6th, 2nd, and 5th. Rob says that in the first race they should have finished 1st but helmsman error “saw us going round the wrong windward mark as it was the medium fleet’s windward mark, this cost us a few places along with me misjudging the tide and then hitting the windward mark meaning I had to do my turns! Still the racing was fun and sailing just perfect.A lovely dinner in the evening was held at Bosham Sailing club along with a jazz band.”
“Sunday conditions had changed to rain and around 18-20 knots – not really our weather. With two races scheduled we sailed the first of the day finishing 15th which then mean’t we had qualified but then decided to call it a day and head back in. We finished 7th Overall. The event was won by Bosham SC sailor Will Reid sailing National 18 133 with Martin Hunter from Upper Thames second in his Merlin”.

Rob & Helen Wilder in Flinkidink at Bosham Classic Boat Revival

Hampton SC Merlin Open

Just finished a great weekend Merlin sailing at Hampton SC.

Yesterday was the last of the De May series events for vintage boats. It was a decent breeze with a beat upstream and run downstream.
I was crewed by Alex Warren from Shoreham SC and we managed to win all three races, so won the open and also won the De May Series for vintage Merlins.
Dana Church & Matt PJ also were sailing and finished 6th overall.

Today was another decent breeze a little stronger and I was crewed by Joe McLaughlin. We won the first race which went on for 1:30mins from John & Deirdre Bell.
The second race was sailing in an increasing breeze won by Frances Gifford and Alex Warren, we finished 5th in this race.
It was all to play for in the last race, John Bell had a flyer of start and sailed off into the lead. We finished 3rd and Matt (helming on sunday) did us a favour by beating Frances to finish 4th.

So overall we finished 2nd and John & Deirdre Bell from Hampton won the event.

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Rob and Helen Wilder win Thames Challenge Cup in Flinkidink

Rob and Helen Wilder won the Thames Challenge Cup at Thames SC’s open meeting for Vintage Merlins on Saturday 14 June. Sailing Flinkidink (1097) they got the best of an upstream running start and won the first and third races in a 12-strong fleet.

Crewed by his daughter Milly on Father’s Day, Sunday 15 June, Rob was second overall finishing second and third in the first two races, which were sailed back to back in a decent breeze, and sat out the last race. The winners were Alex Jones and Jack Deung from Cookham Reach SC sailing Snorter (3627). The 12 entries included visitors from Tamesis, Cookham Reach and Wembley SC.

Dana Church and Tim Cole were ninth in Jabberwocky (1950)

Rob and Helen celebrate winning the Thames Challenge Cup with a glass of Rose
Rob and Helen celebrate winning the Thames Challenge Cup with a glass of Rose
Milly and  Rob with their prizes
Milly and Rob with their prizes