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The winners of the RS Feva UK National Championships will also be the lucky winners of a new spinnaker sail courtesy of PA Consulting Group.
Alan Middleton, PA’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “Our sponsorship of the RS Feva UK National and World Championships recognises the importance of sport and competition in developing the leaders of the future. We are excited to be sponsoring this competition and wish all entrants good luck in their preparation.”
More exciting opportunities to follow next week.
This weekend, 108 RS Feva sailors from across the country flocked to Northampton Sailing Club for the first Volvo RS Feva Grand Prix of the year. Summer seemed to have disappeared for the weekend, but nothing could deter our hardy teams, who battled it out over 6 races ranging from a blustery 18-20 knots of wind on the Saturday to a very different 8-10 knots of shifty breeze on Sunday.
Jack Lewis and Lucas Marshall of Draycote Water SC gave us all a taste of things to come in the first race as they followed the top boats around the course as though waiting to pounce, before adopting their warp-speed downwind mode for the final leg to take the win. Charlotte Ormerod and Maddie Wylie of Oxford Sailing Club and the Armstrong boys (Fin and Daniel) of Royal Torbay YC also enjoyed the breeze and took 2nd and 3rd positions after showing the fleet the way around the race track from the start.
Faced with sunshine and exciting but manageable wind, the race officer decided to extend the final two races of the day so sailors could really make the most of the conditions. The term ‘Champaign sailing’ sprang to mind as the fleet continued with their fast paced, nip and tuck contest around the race track. Jack and Lucas were taking no prisoners and finished the day with a 1,3,1 to put themselves in pole position overnight. Onlookers reported that the pair managed to find a fast planing mode downwind in the pressure, while others were still working for depth. It meant that although they didn’t sail as direct a route to the mark, they managed to increase their speed by enough that they had pulled out a 12 boat-length lead by the bottom marks.
Charlotte and Maddie finished off their first day with a strong 2,6,3 to put them in 2nd position overnight and leading female team, while Iain Bird and Jake Hardman of Hayling Island Sailing Club slotted in a consistent 6,4,4 to safely secure their third place overnight.
Day two brought a new challenge with lighter wind, from a less stable direction. A big wind shift in the final sequence of race one meant the port end of the start line became strongly favoured. Pierce Harris and Alfie Cogger of Windermere School showed the fleet how it’s done, throwing in a textbook ‘port flyer’ on the start line and crossing the fleet by a considerable margin. They maintained their lead for the first lap, dropping only to 2nd when Iain and Jake managed to sneak past to take the race win. Locals Rory Odell and Josh Bonsey of Northampton SC took 3rd place, putting them well in contention for a top spot as they were able to discard a 13th from the previous day.
As a testament to the tricky conditions, the now top two boats overall; Jack/Lucas and Iain/Jake were unable to claw their way back into the mix after a difficult start in race 2. Freya Black and Harriet Cage of HISC sailed a fantastic first beat, putting them in the top spot by the windward mark, only to extend their lead around the course. Henry and Rupert Jameson also sailed a great race to take 2nd place. Both boats continued their strong performance with 3rd and 4th positions respectively in the final race.
Jack and Lucas won the series overall by a small margin, even after losing their lead and dropping to 7th in the final race when they sailed to the finish, forgetting there was an extra lap to be sailed. Ian and Jake managed to maintain their 2nd position overall, very closely followed by Rory/Josh and the Jameson boys on joint points, where Rory and Josh snuck ahead on tie break. The Armstrong boys followed closely in 5th position, while Freya and Hattie’s admirable final day pulled them up to 6th overall and meant they took the spot of leading female team.
All in all a fabulous weekend was had, both on and off the water and it was fantastic to see schools including Oakham and Tonbridge being so well represented. We owe a big thank you to Volvo Car UK and Magic Marine for their support. Without them we would have been unable to make the event the huge success that it was. Full results are available here.
By Frances Peters
Eligible boats must enter the event by completing the entry form and paying the required fee at registration or, in advance, by sending entry form and cheque payable to: ‘Exe Sailing Club’ for attention of Mrs Frankie Upton, RS Feva Open Event, Exe Sailing Club, Tornado, Shelly Road, Exmouth, EX8 1EG. Advance payments to be received by Wednesday 22nd April latest.
Training day on Saturday
Open Meeting on Sunday
Contact Frankie Upton email@example.com
We are really excited to have the support of Volvo Car UK again this year. You could win the chance to travel in style in a swanky new Volvo to one of your RS Feva events this year.
To be in with the chance to win one of 2 Volvos to take to the Volvo RS Feva Grand Prix in Northampton on the 18th-19th April, head over to the RS Feva UK Facebook page and Like and share the relevant link and we’ll enter you in to the prize draw.
We’ll announce our lucky randomly selected winners on Friday 10th April.
Check out the savings you could make on your new Volvo at www.rssailing.com/affinity.
(Please note: Drivers must be over the age of 25 and hold a full UK driving licence. You must be attending the event to be eligible to win.)
We where lucky enough to have 2 super photographers out capturing all the action throughout the weekend. Here are the links to their albums
Many thanks for sharing some truly fantastic photos
Event Stream Media Album
The entry to the Volvo RS Feva Grand Prix back at Northampton Sailing Club on 18th and 19th April. Entry is £50 per boat and will close on Tuesday 14th April. Please remember you must be a member of the class association in order to take part in this event.
We also have Open Training weekend at Crawley Mariners Yacht Club in East Grinstead on 30th and 31st March. The lead coach for the weekend will be Debbie Darling so is set to be a great weekend. This is a great opportunity to get some extra training in before the seasons really starts! Again entry is online and will be £50 for the weekend
You will find both events listed here – http://www.rsfeva.org.uk/?page_id=5797
Another opportunity to get in some all important training and this time with a World Champion! – Harvey Martin, World Feva Champion has proposed to hold a Feva Training day
on Sunday 12th April starting at 10am at Ogston Sailing Club, Quarry Lane,
Alfreton, Derbyshire DE556FN. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend
If you are looking for some early season race practice Burghfield Sailing Club near Reading are hosting a feva open on Saturday 14th March. The details are http://www.rsfeva.org.uk/?event=rs-feva-open-meeting-4
The SW Feva team enjoyed another weekend of windy weather at Chew Valley this weekend. Helen Martin, Vice Commodore welcomed the sailors with the message ‘have fun and enjoy yourselves’, shortly before head coach Alex Mothersele announced that the first exercise would be heavy wind gybing practise! Demonstrating how far they have come since the beginning of the training series, all 14 boats managed to complete the session, whilst the parents on the shore enjoyed watching the ‘synchronised gybing on the whistle’, not to mention a little synchronised swimming!
With the wind forecast to be heavier on the Sunday, the coaches maximised time on the water with another long session on Saturday afternoon – the exhausted sailors slept soundly that night!
Sunday brought the promised wind, resulting in an impressive display of superb boat handling skills from the squad boats and an opportunity to catch up on theory for the rest of the group.
Many thanks to Chew organiser Nick Edmonds, coaches Alex Mothersele, Michael Dennis and Mark Rolfe and the RIB volunteers.
Final weekend of the series – Royal Torbay on 14th and 15th March.
Photos courtesy Michael Dennis
28 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.