May 29th-June 2nd
Bowmoor has hosted an Oppy camp for many years where children have had a great time and some great coaching. Over the last 2 or 3 years this has been expanded to include younger siblings to form a pirates group, and for older children sailing Picos, Tera’s, Toppers, Feva’s and Bytes. This year we had to close enrolment when we reached 85 children. This was a major event which involved 7 different groups of sailors with 14 coaches plus people organising Archery, Tie Dying, Water Polo and Sewing. Despite the weather being very variable with light winds, sunshine and plenty of rain everyone enjoyed themselves.
On Thursday we had a visit from Ian Walker , Olympic Silver medallist, America’s Cup Captain, winning Volvo Ocean Race skipper and now Director of Racing at the RYA who gave a talk to the children about his sailing career which was very well received.
Camp was followed on the Saturday by the Optimist Open meeting , a regatta event for children new to racing, and the YOO regatta a handicap race. The sailors from camp were able to put into practise their new skills and were joined by sailors from other clubs who had not attended camp. The Optimist Open meeting for skilled Optimist helms attracted 22 sailors from a wide range of clubs and was won by Millie Irish, followed by Ellen Morley and Derin Can Soyer. The regatta fleet attracted 13 entries and was won by Theo Smith from Barnt Green, followed by Milli Hartshorn and Esther Heathcote from Bowmoor. The YOO regatta attracted 18 boats, with 9 different types of boat and we welcomed 6 visitors. It was won by Chris Hatton, RS Aero 9, followed by Matt Banbrook, RS Aero 7 and Christian Conlan, RS Aero 9 all from Bowmoor.