Report from SW Feva Training Camp at Bristol Corinthian

downwind start Feva Team SW

IMG_1048 IMG_105428 keen young sailors turned up at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club in sub-zero temperatures, aware of the forecast for strong northerly winds blowing in from the Arctic. Conditions were eerily calm as the boats launched, but virtually as soon as they had they left the shore the promised wind came in over the Mendips in style.

The strong, gusty conditions and huge wind shifts were enough to test the best of them, with the newer sea sailors quickly appreciating one of the key differences between sea and inland sailing! After warming up with a hearty home-cooked lunch, sailors chose between a chance to get in some more valuable heavy wind practise and the opportunity to take part in a shore session on the finer points of starting.

Sunday was just as windy, with downwind starts creating a lot of entertainment for the spectators! Entertainment turned to respect as the shore crew watched the sailors practising the hovering techniques they had been discussing in the classroom, with a noticeable improvement from the previous day.

After a final afternoon of race practise, the prize for technique went to Alice Edmonds and Louis Gibbs for playing the main and keeping the boat flat. Hugo Broad won the prize for endurance after taking big hits on both days and the prize for improvement during the weekend went to Ellie Hill and Toby Dawkins.

Thanks to coaches Alex Mothersele, Mikey Dennis and Jon Webster and to all of the volunteers at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club. Next stop Chew Valley on 28th Feb/1st March.

Changes to Secretarial Services

The UK RS Feva Class secretarial services will be changing from 1st February, 2015. Lucy Jameson will be taking over from Debbie Darling. The email address (secretary@rsfeva.org.uk) and telephone number (07792 108678) will remain the same.

I would like to take the opportunity, on behalf of the Class, to thank Debbie for all her hard work and dedication. Debbie has been instrumental in supporting the Class over the last seven years and has played a significant part in its growth from very early beginnings to a fully formed Association with over 250 members.

Along that journey Debbie has been inspirational to many young sailors and their parents and has gone beyond the call of duty.

If you need to contact the class, please contact Lucy using the email or phone numbers above.

David Cotterill, Chairman, UK RS Feva Class Association

PA Consulting Group to sponsor World and UK National RS Feva Sailing Championships.

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The International and UK RS Feva Class Associations are pleased to announce that PA Consulting Group, an employee-owned consulting, technology and innovation firm with 2,500 people around the world, is sponsoring the 2015 RS Feva World Championships and UK National Championships. The World Championship competition will take place in July 2015, during the Travemunde Woche on the German Baltic coast and the UK Nationals will take place on Rutland Water (UK) from 29th-31st May, 2015 Over 360 young sailors from over 20 countries will participate in the World Championships with over 250 sailors participating in the UK Nationals.

Alan Middleton, PA Consulting Group’s chief executive officer, says: “Our sponsorship of the RS Feva UK Nationals and World Championships recognises the importance of sport and competition in the development of our leaders of the future. We are excited to be sponsoring this competition and wish all entrants good luck in their preparation.”

David Cotterill, Chairman of the UK RS Feva Class Association, says “it’s fantastic to have a great blue chip sponsor, supporting our young sailors, and is a reflection of the profile that UK junior sailing is achieving. PA Consulting recognise that many of our next generation leaders need the skills which sailing develops – fitness, mental agility, strategy and tactics, combined with the will to win”.

The RS Feva XL is the fastest growing dinghy in the world and is a great proving ground for potential UK and world sailors to develop their skills to the highest standards. Many of the sailors who are hoping to medal at the Olympics in Brazil in 2116 have come through the RS Feva class.

Report from SW Training Camp

BCYC Team boats

Pic by Sally Campbell

The SW Feva training camp kicked off in style this weekend at Royal Torbay Yacht Club.

20 sailors, including National and zone squad members, sailors moving up from the Oppies and those new to racing/sea sailing all braved the 35knot gusts in Torbay on Saturday, demonstrating impressive skill and determination throughout the group. Sunday morning dawned lighter, enabling the sailors to work on boat handling techniques before the wind picked up and the gusts came in for the series of short races and afternoon split sessions. Weekend race prizes went to two pairs of brothers – race winners Dan & Fin Armstrong and Jude & Eric McFarlane, with the prize for achievement of goals went to Julia Barnes & Lauren Paton.

Thanks to Alex, Emma and all at RTYC for a great weekend. Next stop Bristol Corinthian on 31st Jan/1st Feb.

2015 UK RS Feva Membership Due

UK RS Feva Class Association membership runs from January to January. All sailors ( both helm & crew ) must be members of the class association to compete in UK & International class organised events such as the Volvo GP circuit events, Inland & UK National Champs & World Champs.
To join see the box on the right hand side of this page.
Any queries to secretary@rsfeva.org.uk

WOT Report from Erith YC

On 27th December ( the day after Boxing Day )another of the London Winter Open Training weekends took place this time at Erith YC.

The sailors arrived at the club greeted by 20+ knots of wind, plus it was very cold (not surprising for December); but after two days of overindulging at Christmas the sailors where full of energy and keen to get on the water.
Coach, Julian Pearson got the sailors to work on their upwind speed especially concentrating on keeping the boat flat. Then for those who wanted, their was a chance to try out some heavy weather spinnaker work. Most boats got their kites up & a few teams tested the water temperature.

After lunch the weather had moderated slightly and all the teams went out to do more spinnaker work finishing when lack of light took hold.

The day finished with a quick look at the UK Feva website and a discussion about going to do some of the Opens. All the sailors left saying how much they had enjoyed the day and looking forward to the next WOT at West Resevoir on the 31 Jan/1 Feb.

WOT extra date

There are a few places left for the Winter Open Training Day at Erith YC ( Dartford ) on Saturday December 27th.
Julian Pearson is the coach & the cost is £25.
To book see the events tab above.

Last call for SW Training Camp

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The SW Winter Camps, with head coach Alex Mothersele, are set to be one of the biggest in the UK again this year, with around 20 boats expected, ranging from National and zone squad sailors, to those new to the Feva this year. We are hoping the camps will build a great SW team spirit amongst Feva sailors from across the region.

If you are interested but haven’t yet booked, please email sally@rs-association by this Friday 19th Dec, and put forms/payment in the post ASAP!

UK RS Feva Class Secretarial Services

The UK RS Feva Class are accepting tenders for secretarial services for 2015. Closing date for tender applications Midnight 31/12/14.

For more information contact: chairman@rsfeva.co.uk.

Tender document available at https://app.box.com/s/rd5udde1el7bh1co72a8

 

Extra WOT Date

An extra Winter Open Training date has been added to the calendar.
Erith Yacht Club ( near Dartford ) will host a one day Feva Open Training on Saturday December 27th.
The cost is £25 per boat.
To book see the events tab above.
Head coach will be Julian Pearson.

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