GALLERY: Classics and pupils make it a super sailing weekend

Seventy-nine classic racing dinghies from as far afield as Ireland and Lancashire descended for the second annual Bosham Classic Boat Revival - part of a big weekend for sailing in West Sussex.

Ten classic Merlin Rockets headed the entry list of International 14s, Fireflies, National 18s, Chichester Harbour 18s, Jollyboats, Yachting World Dayboats, Tideways, Fairy Falcons, Sharpies and Wayfarers competing against the likes of an International Moth, Kestrels, Solo, Wayfarers, Torbay Minnow and dozens of other similar classic craft.

Bosham's Classic Boat Revival was a huge success, attracting sailors from far and wide  Picture by Louise Adams

Bosham's Classic Boat Revival was a huge success, attracting sailors from far and wide Picture by Louise Adams

It shows the Bosham Classic Boat Revival is gathering considerable momentum.

Event organiser Andrew Young said: “We certainly seem to have touched a nerve with this exciting event, with a huge increase on last year’s entry list and, I’m delighted to say, way ahead of our expectations.”

Along the coast at Felpham, young sailors from a number of clubs took part in a successful West Sussex schools regatta.

Enjoy our gallery of pictures from the sailing extravaganza here - and get full reports on both, plus other local sailing news in the Observer, out now.