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Grafham Water SC hosted the 3rd Volvo Grand Prix of the series over April 5th/6th. The wind behaved for a change with 15 knots & perfect conditions.
The first start saw the fleet clear the line cleanly. A perfect start from Jessie Main & Poppy Gilks helped them to lead the fleet upwind.
Hannah Tucker & Bethan Matthew were first at the top mark followed by Chris Edmonds & Jess Harding as the wind dropped & the rain started!
By the end of lap one Piers Nicholls & Freddie Peters were leading from Hannah & Bethan; while Harry Barker & Josh Beck climbed up to third. By the second windward mark Piers & Freddie still lead; 2nd Cris & Jess; 3rd Harry & Josh. Places held for lap 2 as the wind increased back to 15 knots & much to the pleasure of the race team the rain stopped. Race one was a clear win for Piers & Freddie; Harry & Josh second with Harvey & Bobby third.
Race two was lead by Daniel Lewis & Elliott Marshall at the first windward mark from Chay Taylor & Philippa Blunden. At the end of lap one Dan & Elliot had a clear lead with the pack behind being incredibly close. Kathryn Hutton-Penman & Matthew Jayasakara squeezed round in second with Piers and Freddie third. At the second windward mark Dan & Elliott lead from Piers & Freddie, with Harvey Martin & Bobby Hewitt climbing to 3rd.
The wind was now consistently over 15 knots but Dan & Elliott held on for the win; 2nd Piers & Freddie; 3rd Harvey & Bobby.
With the wind having dropped slightly for race 3 it was Hannah & Bethan leading from Dan & Elliott followed by Harvey and Bobby. Hannah & Bethan held their lead to the finish as the ‘pack’ closed in. 2nd Harvey & Bobby; 3rd Dan & Elliott.
A 4th race was sailed due to a ‘windier’ forecast for Sunday. The race got away on the second attempt. At the top mark Harvey & Bobby ahead of Dan & Elliott followed by Ed & Charlie. By the end of lap 1 Harvey & Bobby still lead but Ed & Charlie are up to second. Third was Harry & Josh. By the start of lap 3 Ed & Charlie overtake Harvey & Bobby but by the windward mark first round was Dan & Elliott followed by Ed & Charlie then Harry & Josh. Lots of place changes on the last run as gust came down the race course. Harry & Josh come out on top followed by Harvey & Bobby then Dan & Elliott.
The wind resumed at about 15 knots on Day Two. Harvey & Bobby lead for the first lap with Greg & George Kelly in 2nd; 3rd Ed & Charlie in a building breeze. By the end of lap two Greg & George had the lead with Harvey & Bobby in second then Ed & Charlie. The chasing pack were too close to call. At the last windward mark Ed & Charlie were ahead with Harvey & Bobby second; Piers & Freddie third. By the finish Harvey & Bobby took the win from Ed & Charlie.
Points were close for the final race & the breeze was a steady 13 to 17 knots. The fleet got away clear & at the first mark Harry & Josh lead Greg & George; 3rd Harvey & Bobby. By the first leeward mark Harry & Josh had a strong lead from Harvey & Bobby with Greg & George third. By the end of Lap two Harry & Josh have a 1 minute lead over Ed & Charle; 3rd Hannah & Bethan. But at the last windward mark the ‘pack’ were catching! A 24 knot gust brings the leaders down to the line. Harvey & Bobby almost take the lead but nearly wipe out in the process! Harry & Josh take the win from Ed & Charlie; 3rd Greg & George who just pip Harvey & Bobby who finished without the kite. This was enough, however, for them to take the overall win of the Volvo GP .
Thank you to GWSC including Peter & Sue Saxton for running some fantastic racing. A huge thanks to Volvo for sponsoring the circuit & supplying cars for a competition enabling the Profitt & Conlan families to arrive in style.
To view the action see a compilation video for Day 1 and Day 2 https://vimeo.com/91547086
1st Harvey Martin & Bobby Hewitt – Ogston SC/Leigh & Lowton SC
2nd Harry Barker & Josh Beck – Bowmoor SC
3rd Piers Nicholls & Freddie Peters – Hayling Island SC
4th Greg Kelly & George Kelly – Isle of Man YC
5th Daniel Lewis & Elliott Marshall – Draycote Water SC
6th Hannah Tucker & Bethan Matthew – Burnham SC
Full results under the results tab above.
Pictures by Peter Newton & Martin Allen.
For a flavour of the racing on Day One of the Volvo GP at GWSC see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm3mq5cO0BE
Thanks to Dominic Cotterill for taking the film.
Volvo have announced the two winners who will be arriving at Grafham this weekend in ‘shiny’ Volvo’s complete with a free full tank of fuel.
Well done to Sue Proffitt & Stephen Conlan who won the competition.
Online entry closes at midday on Friday April 4th but entries will be taken at registration on the day with a £10 surcharge to the £50 entry. Registration opens at 11am; briefing at 12.00; first race 13.00. Sunday 10.00 first start.
Both helm & crew need to be full or temporary members of the UK RS Feva Class Association. To join see the ‘contact us’ tab above.
All sailors under the age of 18 are required to complete a 2014 Consent Form. This can be downloaded from the ‘documents’ tab above & brought to registration.
We still require help on the committee boat & safety ribs. If you can help for one or both days please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries open for the 2014 RYA Eric Twiname Championships
Entries for the 2014 RYA Eric Twiname Championships, being staged at Rutland Sailing Club, are now open.
The annual Junior event will take place from 10 – 11 May 2014, and all sailors should enter online via the event website at http://enter.sailracer.org/events/event-v2.asp?eventid=187306
One of the highlights of the RYA’s Racing calendar, the regatta is now in its 28th year and will see over 300 junior sailors pit their sailing skills against the best young talents from each of the six English Zones, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, in a bid to help their Zone or home country team scoop the coveted Eric Twiname Shield.
The event which is an integral part of the Junior class calendar will offer the RYA Zone/Home Country Squads competitive racing in a fun and friendly environment. The weekend will welcome boats from across seven of the RYA Junior classes – Optimist, Topper, and Feva dinghy classes with the windsurfers racing on Bic Techno boards with 4.5m, 5.8m, 6.8m and 7.8m rigs.
Last year’s event saw the RYA South West Zone reign victorious at Rutland Water as the ‘Battle of the Zones’ came to a exhilarating finish. The RYA South Zone clinched the Eric Twiname Dinghy Trophy while the South East Zone sealed the Eric Twiname Windsurfing Trophy.
Sailors will be eager to impress and perform as many will use this regatta as a stepping stone to go on and contest RYA National Junior Squad selections and as preparation for their Summer regattas.
Chris Atherton, RYA Eric Twiname Championships Event Director, said: “The RYA Eric Twiname Championship is once again shaping up to be a fantastic event which will provide the young sailors with the perfect platform to test their racing skills in a fun and competitive environment.
“The level of racing displayed at last year’s regatta was excellent and with a hard winters training as part of the RYA Zone and Home Country Squad programmes, I am sure they are all raring to get out on the water and put into practice what they have learnt. For some of the sailors this will be their first time competing in a multi class, multi course, national event, so this experience will prove to be an ideal opportunity for them to develop and progress in their future sailing careers.
Atherton concluded: “We had a very strong turnout at last year’s event at Rutland Sailing Club and are expecting the same again this time around. With this in mind, I would urge interested sailors and parents to finalise their plans as soon as possible and enter online via the event website before the entry deadline of Friday 25 April.”
Thanks to the long-standing and on-going support of the Eric Twiname Memorial Trust, the event, for sailors aged between eight and 15, is very cheap to enter with almost all of the costs associated with the running of the regatta met by the RYA and the Trust.
For more information about the event and to enter online via the event website visit www.ryaracingevents.org.uk
Eilidh McIntyre was one of our top UK Feva girl helms just 4 years ago & now she’s got her sights set on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio !
If you would like to find out more about her journey & support her fundraising efforts then come to HISC on April 12th for her Black Tie Bash.
Over 80 boats from across the country joined together for the 2014 ITC at HISC on March 22/23.
The UK Junior Squad & Class National Squad trained together under the watchful eye of National Coach Dave Hivey ( RS800/400/200/Laser guru); his Assistant Coach Alain Sign ( 49er ); mentor Mark Rushall ( Para-Olympic coach ); CNS coach Kat Best ( 49er Fx ). They were joined by the top Dutch Feva sailors who came over to take a look at how we train in the UK. This group of 20 boats went out in the bay on Saturday morning to practice in waves before joining the rest of the groups in some big line starting practice.
Meanwhile S/SW & E/SE Zone Squads joined forces with coaches Paul Childs ( RS100 Champ & Finn ) & Chris Taylor ( ex Feva Champ & 49er ). Sailors from the training camps at Burnham, Hayling, Torquay, Chew Valley, Bewl Valley, London & Rutland were all making the most of training together.
In the evening Mark Covell ( Star Silver Medalist & America’s Cup Commentator ) gave an amazing talk about the ‘behind the scenes’ action in San Francisco.
Sunday dawned bright & a little too breezy, so the trapezoid course was set within the harbour but as the boats arrived at the course area there were black clouds brewing. After two general recalls the fleet got away with Piers Nicolls & Freddie Peters crossing the fleet on port as the black cloud pulled the wind left. By the windward mark the wind began to strengthen & within 10 minutes the storm hit. The majority of the fleet capsized & after a 38 knot wind spike the hail stones fell.
After a wet & wild 15 minutes the fleet started to regain composure with many calling it a day. Whilst some hoped for another start the majority of the groups headed home. Finally the National Squads went back out to complete the race training they began.
82 boats, 14 ribs & lots of volunteers made this an event to remember. The Dutch boys commented ‘that was the best training we’ve ever done! ‘
Entry is now open for Volvo GP hosted by Grafham Water SC on April 5/6. See the events tab above.
Online entry closes at midday on Friday April 4th but entries will be taken at registration on the day with a £10 surcharge to the £50 entry.
Both helm & crew need to be full or temporary members of the UK RS Feva Class Association. To join see the ‘contact us’ tab above.
All sailors under the age of 18 are required to complete a 2014 Consent Form. This can be downloaded from the ‘documents’ tab above & brought to registration or emailed to email@example.com
As part of the Volvo Car UK continued support of the UK RS Feva Class Association, they are giving you the opportunity to ‘Win a car for your RS Sailing event’. Your Volvo would be delivered and collected from your choice of address, complete with a tow bar and full tank of fuel, to help transport you and your boat to your event in comfort and style. Terms & conditions apply.
The NSSA 2/2 Team Racing, opener to the school team racing season, took place at Farmoor Reservoir on March 15th, hosted by ODSSA. 20 two boat teams took part sailing Fireflys, initially in four leagues of 5, the top two teams from each league went forward to the best of three races quarter finals.
The quarter finals were best of three races and consisted of Worcester v Oxford Team Racing Academy (OTRA ) Juniors, OTRA 2 v OTRA 1, Magdalen College School B v Clares Court and MCS A V Stanford. Going through to the Semis 2:0 were OTRA Jr, MCS A and B but it took three races for OTRA 2 to defeat OTRA 1.
In the semi finals OTRA Jrs were against MCS B and OTRA 2 against MCS A and both Magdalen teams were swept aside 2:0 by the Academy teams leaving them with a single race playoff for third place which was taken by MCS A.
Thus the Final was between the Oxford Team Racing Academy Junior team and Oxford Team Racing Academy 2, OTRA 2 emerged the winners 2:1. Both teams will represent the NSSA in the RYA Twiname Team Racing in October.
George Barker has been coaching the OTRA sailors this winter with the senior team have completed 4 training weekends over the winter. 50% of the senior team are former Feva sailors !
1st – OTRA 2 : Hugo, Jamie,Hannah & Ellie
2nd – OTRA Juniors : Harry, Josh, Ed & Charlie
Online entry is now open for the UK Team Racing Champs on Saturday May 17th 2014.
The event is open to two boats teams with sailors under the age of 16.
ODSSA Feva’s will be provided.
Maximum 12 teams then a waiting list will be actioned.
All competitors will need to be members of the UK RS Feva Class Association.
To enter see the events tab above or click http://www.rsfeva.org.uk/?event=rs-feva-uk-team-racing-championships
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