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