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Volvo GP Report from Northampton SC


Pic by Peter Newton

Northampton Sailing Club hosted the RS Feva Volvo Grand Prix and Bart’s Bash event on September 20/21, with 39 competitors from around the country. The event was the final RYA UK Junior Squad selector, so added an extra pressure to some of the sailors.

Saturday saw an overcast, drizzly start to the morning. The first start got away, all clear, in 6 knots of breeze despite a starboard line bias. Iain Bird and Jake Hardman were first round the windward mark, closely followed by Henry and Rupert Jameson, with Daniel Lewis and Tristan Payne in 3rd. The top three pulled away in the light downwind conditions. By the 2nd windward mark, Iain and Jake held onto the top spot, but Daniel and Tristan snuck into 2nd place; with Jack Lewis and Lucas Marshall hot on their heels in 3rd. The Race Officer shortened the course with Iain and Jake taking the win; Daniel and Tristan 2nd; Jack and Lucas 3rd.

The breeze dropped to 4-5 knots for race two with no sign of the sun breaking through the low cloud cover. Two boats OCS, but both returned and restarted. A port lift on the first beat helped Rory Odell and Josh Bonsey lead at mark one, 2nd Fin and Dan Armstrong; 3rd Emma Tardrew and Isobel Clark. By the leeward gate Rory and Josh hold onto the top spot with Emma and Isobel up to 2nd,3rd Fin and Dan. Positions stayed the same for the next lap. Again the course was shortened so Rory and Josh finish first, Fin and Dan 2nd; Emma and Isobel 3rd.

The course was changed due to a shift in the breeze for race 3 with the wind still 5-6 knots. The race got away all clear but another shift made the beat biased so the decision was made to abandon the race. After a successful restart the wind steadied and at the 1st windward mark it was Matthew Caiger and Niamh Davies, 2nd Tom Holliday and Ollie Dennis, 3rd Jack and Lucas. But all change at the leeward gate as Jack and Lucas get ahead, with two pairs of brothers after that; the Jamesons in 2nd, and the Armstrongs in 3rd. Positions they held to the finish.
Day two heralded beautiful conditions with sunshine and a steady breeze of 10-12 knots.

Bart’s Bash was the first of the 3 races. A clear start to Bart’s Bash with the fleet spilt going up the beat. Matthew & Niamh lead at first windward mark, 2nd Fin & Dan, 3rd Henry & Rupert. At the first leeward mark, Matthew and Niamh hold onto 1st place but Jack and Lucas sneak into 2nd with Fin and Dan in 3rd. By the 2nd leeward gate Daniel and Tristan fly downwind leg to round it in 2nd, Fin and Dan hold onto 3rd. Next time round Jack & Lucas climb to 3rd but by the finish Daniel and Tristan took the gun from Matthew and Niamh; 3rd Jack and Lucas.
Lovely warm sunshine, clear skies, great breeze. Perfect conditions for Bart’s Bash….Bart would have loved it.

The breeze picked up to 12 gusting 15 knots in race 5 and it was girls in front at the windward mark. Freya Black and Hattie Cage 1st, Daniel and Tristan 2nd, Jack and Lucas 3rd. By the 2nd leeward gate Rory and Josh pulled through to lead, Daniel and Tristan 2nd, Jack and Lucas 3rd. By now it was good planing conditions, tight fleet racing, with plenty of opportunity to pick up a few places in the shifts. At the final windward mark Rory and Josh stayed in front and held the lead to the finish; Jack and Lucas moved up to 2nd; Freya and Hattie were in 3rd but were overtaken at the finish by Matthew and Niamh.

The final race saw a very well behaved fleet, and amazingly the black flag had remained in the box all weekend which must be a first ! Charlotte Ormerod and Maddie Wylie led at the windward mark; Jack and Lucas in 2nd with Louis Wright and Jamie Allen in 3rd as the breeze shifted and increased to 15 gusting 18 knots. By the leeward gate the girls are still in the lead with the Jameson boys climbing up to 2nd; Louis and Jamie in 3rd. Thereafter, there’s carnage as boats avoid those capsizing! On the next windward mark Daniel and Tristan have fought through to 2nd; and Rory and Josh to 3rd. But there are ‘thrills and spills ‘ to come, so the race is far from over. By the gate Rory and Josh pull up to 2nd but by the final windward mark Matthew and Izzi have taken the lead whilst Charlotte and Maddie drop to 2nd, the Jamesons are in 3rd. But by the finish it was ‘birthday boy’ Henry Jameson and brother Rupert taking the gun from Matthew and Izzi whilst Charlotte and Maddie had to settle for 3rd.
The close battle in the final race resulted in Rory and Josh finishing on equal points with Jack and Lucas but taking the win on discard.

A huge thank you to Northampton Sailing Club for proving excellent hosts; thanks to Volvo Cars UK for their continued support of the UK RS Feva Class.

Results above under the results tab.

Pic by Barry Jobson


Volvo GP


Pic by Martin Allen for Volvo Cars of day one at NSC.

Bart’s Bash race today see The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation website to donate.


Win a Volvo for Northampton


For your chance to win a Volvo for the Northampton GP, which would be delivered and collected from your choice of address, complete with a tow bar and full tank of fuel, go to and select the event you are competing in before Monday Sept 15th.

Bart’s Bash Live


Bart’s Bash LIVE – be part of the TV coverage!

To celebrate the global scale of Bart’s Bash, and to give every club and individual the opportunity to be showcased and celebrated during the day, there will be LIVE global broadcast that everyone is invited to contribute to!!!

Do YOU want to appear in our global coverage alongside Jimmy Spithill, Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy and other global stars of sailing? Do you want to showcase YOUR CLUB and promote the place you know and love so well? Do you want to share YOUR FRIENDS or your FUNDRAISING activities? Do you want to leave a MESSAGE to BART and all other sailors around the world?

On the hour, every hour, starting at 9am GMT and continuing through until the evening, we will be broadcasting a LIVE update including film from around the world and YOUR FOOTAGE! In between the live broadcasts we will be running highlights, recorded films and a Twitter Wall where your #bartsbash tweets will be displayed, including photos. They intend to share footage from the ISAF World Championships, the TP52 regatta in Ibiza, the Clipper Race in the Solent, live tracking of Sir Ben Ainslie’s race at the QMSC, film from the America’s Cup teams and the global sailing stars.

You will have a chance to look behind the scenes at the Control Centre of Bart’s Bash and meet some of the key people who have been organising this event including Tony, Jez and Tim.

They encourage you to tune in to the website at your club, watch us at home before you go racing and keep up to date with developments as the day goes on – share your footage and your friends and family around the world will be able to celebrate with you!

Here’s what you do:
1. Film your selfie, your friends or your club activity – an iPhone is fine, you can use whatever you wish to film the footage.

2. Make sure you mention where you are, and who you are. The more interesting and engaging it is, the more it is likely to be used!

3. Upload it to YouTube

4. Use the tag ‘bartsbash’ when you upload it, if you can!

5. Email the link to your uploaded footage to

6. Make another film of something different but equally interesting and repeat!

Info supplied by the Bart’s Bash Team.

RS200 Youth Champs

RS Games Weymouth 2011

Pic by Paul Wyeth of Stu Bithell & Kate MacGregor

The RS Class Association are delighted to announce that the RS200 Youth Championship will take place within The Gul RS200 Inland Championship at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club on 18/19 October.

Helm and crew must both be aged 22 or under on 18th October 2014 and will be competing for the RS200 Youth Championship Hyundai Trophy, plus vouchers from event sponsor Gul. Past winners include Ben Saxton and Kate MacGregor, George Yeoman and Georgie Akin-Smith, James and Will Rusden, Matt Giles and Ian Gill and most recently Steven Clayton and Stuart Moore. With 34 of the 119 boats at the Nationals helmed by youths or juniors competition is already hotting up.

Gul’s Mike Pickering comments “We are absolutely delighted that the RS200 Youth Championship will be part of the Gul RS200 Inland Championship, it will be interesting to see if the youths can beat the masters!”

The event will comprise a maximum of 6 races, with 3 back-to-back races planned each day. First race is scheduled for 12:00 on Saturday 18th October. Depending on the number of entrants a flight system may be used.

Photos from RTYC Volvo GP


Jean Border took some photo’s last weekend at Torquay which you can order through her website. Take a look at

Online entry open for Volvo GP at Northampton SC


Online entry is open for the Volvo GP at Northampton SC on Sept 20/21st. This event is also an RYA UK Junior Squad, Class National Squad & RYA N/NW Zone Squad selector. See events tab above.

All sailors must be full or temporary members of the UK RS Feva Class Association.

Online entry will close at midday on Friday Sept 19th but entries will be taken on the day with payment by cash or cheque & a £10 surcharge.

Bart’s Bash


The UK RS Feva Class Association are delighted to support the Bart’s Bash event on Sunday September 21st at Northampton SC as part of our Volvo GP.

Bart’s Bash is a Guinness World Record attempt for ‘The Largest Sailing Race in the World’! It is a charity event in memory of Andrew Simpson who was a gold and silver medalist, an America’s Cup professional and an all-round fantastic man who was tragically killed in a training accident on San Franciso Bay in May 2013.

We hope to raise funds for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. There will be a donations box at NSC or you can donate via

The Bart’s Bash race will take place during the first race on Sunday morning. We will have witnesses & stewards on hand to measure the course & submit the results to the Bart’s Bash website. To sign up see

Any family or friends of Feva sailors who wish to take part can also sign up & join the NSC race.


pics from Barts Bash website

Volvo GP Report


The UK RS Feva Volvo Grand Prix Circuit kicked off the new season with a light wind event at Royal Torbay YC. The GP is the first squad selector for RYA UK Junior Squad, Class National Squad & RYA S/SW Zone Squad; so lots to play for.

Racing was postponed whilst the Race Officer waited for wind but eventually the fleet got away after an AP start; then after a general recall the fleet started under a black flag with 3 boats caught out. At the first windward mark Rory Odell and Josh Bonsey led the fleet followed by Daniel Lewis and Tristan Payne, with Jack Lewis and Lucas Marshall in 3rd. These positions held to the finish.

The Race Officer was quick to get into sequence for race 2 and went straight into black as the wind increased to a steady 6.5 knots. Again Rory and Josh were in front, followed by Fin and Dan Armstrong ,with Henry and Rupert Jameson in 3rd, as the wind increased to 8 knots. By the gate, Rory and Josh had a healthy lead, 2nd Fin and Dan, whilst Daniel and Tristan moved up to 3rd. By the 2nd windward mark Rory and Josh were just ahead of Jack and Lucas and they stayed 1st and 2nd to the finish, whilst Dan and Tristan held 3rd.

Race 3 got away all clear in 6 knots of wind and the sun came out. Jack & Lucas were ahead at mark 1 with Rory and Josh in 2nd for a change; 3rd was William and James . By the 2nd windward mark Rory and Josh were back ahead, 2nd Jack and Lucas with William and James Cunliffe in 3rd , which is how they finished. So 3 bullets for Rory and Josh on day one.

Day two was similarly light and sailors made their way out in 8 knots of shifty breeze. By the time race 4 started the wind had dropped to 4.5 knots. Jack and Lucas led the fleet at mark 1, 2nd Daniel and Tristan, 3rd Iain and Jake as the wind increased to 5.5 knots. By the finish it was Jack and Lucas still ahead, 2nd Iain and Jake, 3rd Daniel and Tristan.

The Race Officer held off from resetting the course as the wind dropped further. Eventually as the sun came out, the wind came back in, and race 5 got away after an hour of waiting. 5 knots across the course and the fleet got away all clear. Leading the fleet were Daniel and Tristan, 2nd Iain and Jake whilst India Edwards and Fin Maciver were in 3rd. Iain and Jake took the gun, 2nd Daniel and Tristan, 3rd Rory and Josh which was enough to secure victory.

Thanks to RTYC for hosting the event, to Volvo Cars UK for their sponsorship, and to sailors and parents for supporting the class.

1st Rory Odell & Josh Bonsey
2nd Jack Lewis & Lucas Marshall
3rd Daniel Lewis & Tristan Payne
4th Iain Bird & Jake Hardman
5th Fin Armstrong & Dan Armstrong
6th Matthew Leckie & Izzi Bristow

Full results in results tab above.
pics by Martin Allen for Volvo Cars UK


Volvo Car Winner


Matt Leckie entered the Volvo Cars UK RS Event Competition & won a car for his family to use this weekend for the Volvo GP in Torquay.

Well done Matt & thank you Volvo.

For your chance to win a Volvo for the Northampton GP, which would be delivered and collected from your choice of address, complete with a tow bar and full tank of fuel, go to and select the event you are competing in before Monday Sept 15th.

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