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HISC Youth Race Week


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Hayling Island SC hosted their annual Youth Race Week & enjoyed near perfect conditions over the 5 day event.
Twenty six boats raced two races per day in mostly hot sunny conditions. The wind ranged from 6 – 18 knots with the sea breeze building in most afternoons. Fridays races were cancelled when the wind failed to materialise but few sailors seemed disappointed due to a the fun Youth Ball the night before !
Full results at

Newcomer Invitational Training

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The UK RS Feva Class Association are holding an invitational/open training event at Bowmoor SC on August 30/31, for sailors who are new or recently transitioning to the RS Feva. Typically these will be experienced in racing junior dinghies, and may be interested in obtaining a place at one of the RYA National/zone squads or Class squads.

The training will be conducted by experienced RS Feva coaches and will focus on transitioning to the RS Feva XL. Sessions will include rigging and setup, boat handling, communication, asymmetric spinnaker handling and other key aspects involved in racing the RS Feva XL.

This training is open to anyone but aimed at those with racing experience looking to transfer from junior classes into the RS Feva class.

A limited number of boats will be available to charter for the weekend, and if you do not already have a helm or a crew in mind to sail with, we can assist in pairing sailors.

The cost of the coaching will be £40 per sailor (£80 per boat) for the weekend, including free camping, if required.

RS Sailing are able to supply a limited number of full race specification charter boats for the weekend at a cost of £50 per boat.

Attendees will also be available to be considered for a RS Feva Class support bursary, which may include the use of a full race specification RS Feva for the Winter Training programme for either National Junior/Class/Zone or Open Training squad. This will be for the most promising team and will be chosen by the Class selection team.
We have some great coaches lined up for the weekend which will focus on introducing skills specific to the RS Feva and Asymmetric double handed sailing generally.

To book a place or for more information please email

Bart’s Bash


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Bart’s Bash takes place on September 21st. UK RS Feva will be joining the event in conjunction with the Volvo GP at Northampton SC.

It is the major fundraising event for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and they are asking people to raise money to support their charitable work. It is for this cause that we are suggesting people could pay a £5 donation to take part.

The race details are as normal for our GP, to meet the world record rules, the course will need to be over 1km and you must sail for more than 15 minutes. We plan to run Bart’s Bash as race one on the Sunday.

Please sign up to join in via

Jess Eales

It is with great regret and sadness that we inform you of the untimely death of Jess Eales. Jess was a well-known and popular HISC / Royal Lymington YC youth sailor, and will be greatly missed.

Jess was a leading light in the 29er fleet having progressed from the RS Feva fleet, she had recently been selected for the ISAF youth worlds sailing a SL 16.

Our thoughts and hearts are with Jess’s family and friends at this sad time.

Harvey & Bobby Win Allen Feva Worlds

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Harvey Martin & Bobby Hewitt complete their amazing Feva year by winning the 2014 Allen RS Feva World Championships. Team GBR also took 2nd with Piers Nicholls & Freddie Peters steadily climbing up the results sheet as the event continued. James Hammett & Ben Todd came 5th; Will & Matt Taylor came 7th & first family; Finley & Daniel Armstrong finished 10th.
Last years World Champion Hannah Bristow was top all girl team sailing with her little sister Madeleine. Team GBR completed the full house of trophy wins with Jack Lewis & Lucas Marshall winning the Junior trophy whilst Tristan Payne & Jake Carpenter won the silver fleet trophy.

Full results at

Allen Feva Worlds Day 5 Report



Snakes and ladders for most on a tricky day. The fleet was held ashore for an hour and a half whilst the gradient breeze flopped about and the seabreeze settled. It was a light 8kts that saw the Gold fleet set off. By the second race the wind had increased to a lovely 12kts but then shifted 20 degrees right towards the end of the second Gold race but during the sequence for the second Silver. A postponement and course realignment later Silver and bronze got off. Jerome Nutte, the superb race officer, was working his teams hard to keep racing going in a fair manner and to be fair – they succeeded. By the end there had been many shifts and increases and decreases in pressure posing real challenges for the sailors. Top wind speed was probably about 14-15kts and bottom end was probably the 8kts for the days first race.

Whilst most suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune the superb Piers Nicholls & Freddie Peters staged a monumental recovery to ping in a 5,2,3 day to go second overall. Given that they were ‘managing’ the regatta overall the equally impressive Harvey Martin & Bobby Hewitt stuck in an 8,1,4 to create a big advantage going in to the last day with only two more races to count and no more discards. Markus Lilienthal & Uko Rasmus Tideman from Estonia are the current bronze position holders but their daily score shows the real story – 17,4,16!

The points gap between 4th and 10th isn’t huge so there is still a lot to play for. Nikol Stankova & Vaclav Brabec lead the charge for the CZE team, followed by Bo v Wendel de Joode & Thies Verploeg (NED), James Hammett & Ben Todd (GBR), Willemijn & Manus Offerman (NED), Will & Matt Taylor (GBR) Simonas Jarsovas & Gabrielle Petraityte (LTU) Edward Norbury & Charlie Hutchings (GBR).

For the Ladies trophy NOR Caroline Heiberg & Marie Bordal have taken a grip but it is still very tight between Jessie Main & Poppy Gilks and Hannah & Maddie Bristow. In the Juniors Jack Lewis & Lucas Marshall have a good lead on Ben Batchelor & Erin Murphy and Jaroslav Cermak & Petr Kostal. In the family categorythe Offermans (NED have a slim 4 pts over the Taylors with the Armstrongs not far away.

The Silver fleet currently ahs the tightest battle going on – 1pt separates the top 3! The Cunliffe’s (GBR) from Jean Leo Touffet & Jade Saunier (FRA) and Tristan payne & Jake Carpenter (GBR)The bronze fleet saw the the weirdest coincidence of the event – big riser in the standings Roscoe Martin & Maddie Wylie had exactly the same scoreline in Bronze as big Brother to Roscoe, Harvey, had in the Gold fleet – 8,1,4 –weird! But the leaders are Martijn Jessurun & Nynke Nell (NED) from Thore Wagner & Lara Marie Liebherz and then the boys mentioned.

Error correction: mea culpa – We referred yesterday to the wrong school winning the beach games. It was off course Tonbridge School – many apologies to you. Just one day to go and (if the seabreeze arrives) it’ll be good. Either way there will be celebrations aplenty at the end!

Full results at

Nations Cup Team Racing in Carnac

The fleet racing took a break today while a well deserved break was taken from the very physically demanding conditions in Quiberon Bay. The two-boat team racing Nations Cup took place during the afternoon with 11 nations participating. Following two leagues of six teams the top 8 went in to the quarter finals and semis with the top two teams emerging as FRA and GBR. In a very tactical first to two wins in the finals the FRA team performed majestically to take a narrow 2-1 win – bravo the French team from Le Havre! And thank you to the volunteers, committee and on-the-water umpires for making it all happen.

Elsewhere there were beach games during the afternoon where the football finals came down to Sevenoaks School v Oakham School. It is rumoured that the Sevenoaks team had a couple of ringers from the international association to level the numbers up but whatever – they won that!

The finale for the day was the 750 strong barbeque at the club and it has to be said that it was one of the most scrumptious mass barbeques in the author’s memory.

And so now – the last 2 days of Gold, Silver and Bronze fleet racing to decide the choccies!

Follow the action via daily updates on the RS Feva Class website at twitter #rsfevaworlds Facebook and Instagram rssailing.

Allen Feva Worlds Day Two Report


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The last day of the Qualifying series brought brilliant sailing with significant challenges as the wind went from 10-12 knots during Race 4 (first race of the day) through 16 knots dropping to 9 knots in Race 5 and pumping up to 20-22 gusting 26 knots by the end of Race 6 for Red fleet. Serious concentration and physical prowess was required to maintain levels during the whole day. The race course largely dodged all showers during racing – it was sunny almost all day – but there was a massive thunderstorm at about 6.30pm which was monsoon style.

Performance of the day was from Markus Lilienthal & Uko Rasmus Tideman from Estonia who pushed up with a pretty dominant 2,1,1 for the day to pitch into 4th at the end of qualifying. Equally impressive were Tom Dutilh & Max Bruijn from the Netherlands who contributed a 1,2,1 to qualify in 2nd. Edward Norbury & Charlie Hutchings kept it steady to win the qualifying series while Piers Nicholls & Freddie Peters came through in 3rd place – which would have been a 2nd had they not forgotten to sign off at the end of day 1.

The top ten represent quite a haul of nations and given that the qualifying series place counts as non discardable points for the final series they will all still feel right in the hunt. So 5th to 10th in nations goes GBR x3, CZE, LTU and GBR again. Leading family at present are the Taylors in 5th, leading ladies are Hannah Tucker & Bethan Matthew and leading juniors are Jack Lewis & Lucas Marshall.

Follow the action via daily updates on the RS Feva Class website at and twitter #rsfevaworlds and Facebook at Full RS manufacturer support will be available for the duration of the event.

Worlds: qualifying complete. 33 British boats in gold fleet.

Qualifying is finished… So onto the Championship series. Well done to all the GBR boats. Results here…

RS Feva Worlds Day One Report


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Day 1 dawned sunny with the promise of a sea breeze – and Carnac delivered. After 2 days of scrutineering it was good to get the show on the road. 184 boats divided into 3 fleets for the day to get 3 qualifying races in. Eight to nine knots from the Carnac sea breeze direction got the cobwebs dispelled for Race 1 and this built a little to finish race 3 with 12 gusting 14 knots and the sailors working their socks off. Cloud cover rolled in for the second race, causing a handful of sailors to go home early due to the unexpected cold.

With results from 3 fleets the overall position after day 1 is incredibly tight. Both Jack Lewis & Lucas Marshall and Edward Norbury & Charlie Hutchings took home two race wins. So before discards kick in after the next race that leaves them in 2nd and 3rd respectively split by their 5th & 8th positions in the other race. Leading overall however are Will & Matt Taylor who posted a 2,1,2 day! Ironically they would have had to share the regatta lead with Piers Nicholls & Freddie Peters with the same scores bar for a penalty for not signing out!

Nikol Stankova & Vasek Brabec (CZE), 3rd place at the Europeans are in 8th. Hannah Tucker & Bethan Matthew are leading the girls trophy points while Will & Matt are also leading family and Jack & Marshall are leading Juniors. Simonas Jarsovas & Gabrielle Petraityte from LTU are 10th and Giacomo Giambarda & Daniele Minoni (ITA) are 13th. Top non Europeans at present are Julian Fung & Thorwen Uiterdaal from Hong Kong in 18th.

Final 3 races of the qualifying series are Monday and then we’ll know who are in Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets. Follow this space!

Follow the action via daily updates on the RS Feva Class website at and twitter #rsfevaworlds and Facebook at Full RS manufacturer support will be available for the duration of the event.
Results at

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