Written by Chris Allen

47 keen and eager RS Fevas descended on Hayling Island Sailing Club for the first Volvo Grand Prix event of the RS Feva calendar, and, critically, first of the two selection events for the 2015/16 RYA National Junior Squad, RS Feva Class National Squad, and the RYA regional Zone Squads.

Following a comprehensive briefing on safety, then from RYA selectors, and finally the Principal Race Officer, the fleet were allowed to launch into a rather unpromising Northerly wind of only 6-8 knots, a flood tide, and grey sky, for the long sail out, around the Bar Beacon into Hayling Bay West.

In fact the fleet turned out to be over-eager with the tide pushing them well over on the first attempted, and inevitably recalled start. The imposition of the U flag sadly didn’t temper the enthusiasm of all, or maybe just an error of judgement led to 13 boats being identified OCS but the rest of the fleet allowed to get away beating into the slightly murky Northerly. Jack Lewis and Lucas Marshall from Draycote Water SC found their way to the front in an early indication of what was to come, closely pursued by Henry and Rupert Jameson from the host club. Some place changes took place behind, but in another indication of form 3rd was taken by another HISC boat of Louis Wright and Jamie Allen. The Pye brothers from Draycote 4th and Jack Miller and Lauren Bentley from Felpham SC 5th.

With full fleet allowed to play again in Race 2, and as predicted by new RYA UK Junior Squad coach, Tim Rush, the forecast cold front arrived during the start sequence taking the wind from 6/8 knots up to 16 or even 18, a real surprise for some. The fleet cautious of the Black flag, got away first time, led round the top mark by Jess Jobson and Caitlin Webster of Royal Torbay YC,  Wright & Allen in 3rd gybed into a gust that took them through to first from which they extended to take the win. Lewis/Marshall worked their way through to 2nd followed by Jobson/Webster, then new pairing, Ossian Bracegirdle and Josh Bonsey of HISC, and Toby Mizzi and Tom Callan of Littleton SC. the Jameson brothers challenge suffered a setback with a broken Kicker.

A shower led to the wind easing for Race 3 where the fleet’s over-enthusiasm took over again, sadly leading to the disqualification of 7 boats, who didn’t even have the benefit of an early shower, with the PRO’s announced desire to squeeze in 4 races in view of a very unpromising wind forecast for Sunday. Another bullet from Lewis/Marshall hotly pursued on this occasion by Mizzi/Callan, the Jamesons back on form, then 4th with a foray to the front of the fleet, from Herne Bay SC, Michael & Samuel Dyer, and 5th Wright/Allen.

Testing the sailors fitness and concentration, a 4th race got underway with the tide now ebbing, which did not fox the Jamesons finding their way to the front, fast-followed by Freddie Peters staunchly crewed in absence of Louis Johnson on rugby duty, by cousin, Phoebe, who with a minimal all-up crew weight tore downwind, followed by Miller/Bentley in 3rd, the Pye brothers making another re-appearance in 4th, and Toby Atherton and Matt Bamber of Gurnard SC in 5th making up for their earlier U flag disqualification. Notably with some streaky wind conditions at play, Lewis/Marshall gave some hope to their pursuers, with a most uncharacteristic 8th.

The fleet wearily headed for home after a tough, testing day, both physically and mentally on the water.

Sunday dawned beautiful, but with a lack of wind as unpromising as forecast, leading to an hour’s postponement. To the surprise of many, it filled in early from the West and built to a nice, gentle 5/6 knots. The fleet were released into the very end of the ebb enabling them to 3 sail out but this time, to Bracklesham Bay. A smallish course was set, and with the tide setting the fleet back from the line, there was no need for recalls. Lewis/Marshall resumed normal service, with HISC’s Freddie Peters reunited with Louis Johnson, resuming his form of Race 4 with another 2nd. Charles Elliot and Ethan Miles also of HISC found conditions more to their liking with a 3rd and the Jamesons challenge really finally slipped away with a 4th, and the Pye’s 5th.

The final race, again in a light, but solid, building and backing breeze as the beautiful sunshine led surprisingly to some thermal activity over the Downs, with building foul, flood tide caught a number out at the pin end, unable to lay the start line. 4 boats emerged from the pin end carnage, Elliot/Miles immediately tacking off and leading to the finish in spite of having to perform two penalty turns on their way. Lewis/Marshall, signed off with another 2nd, proving masters of all conditions. New faces at the front on this occasion, but previous performers, all the way from Windermere School, were Pierce Harris and Alfie Cogger with a 3rd, the Jamesons with a 4th, and in 5th, from HISC and Papercourt SC, Christopher James and James Hall.

Very deserved winners, with only 7 points from a 6 race series, Jack Lewis and Lucas Marshall demonstrated their excellent teamwork in their victory speeches. Following the form book, the Jameson brothers took a very convincing second. However in a photo-finish, or rather, count-back, Peters and Peters/Johnson, were pipped for 3rd by Wright/Allen.

A big thank you to Volvo Car UK and Magic Marine UK. With the support from these 2 fantastic sponsors we awarded the use of a Volvo with full tank of fuel to 2 families for the weekend, this all goes a long way in helping to keep our lovely young sailors attend events. Also a big thank you to Magic Marine UK for their very generous contribution of vouchers for the prizes.

The fleet now go their separate ways, some to RYA Zone Championships, and then reconvenes in early October at Grafham Water for the final part of the selection process, with much to play for. Online entry for both Zone Championships and Grafham Grand Prix is now open, full details – http://rsfeva.org.uk/

1st. Jack Lewis / Lucas Marshall, Draycote Water SC 7 pts

2nd Henry Jameson / Rupert Jameson, Hayling Island Sailing Club 14 pts

3rd Louis Wright / Jamie Allen, Hayling Island SC 24 pts

4th Freddie Peters / Phoebe Peters, Louis Johnson, HISC, 24 pts

5th Charles Elliot / Ethan Miles, HISC, 32 pts

6th Toby Atherton / Matt Bamber, Gurnard SC, 42 pts

7th Harrison Pye / Fergus Pye, Draycote Water SC, 45 pts

8th Jack Miller / Lauren Bentley, Felpham SC, 46 pts

9th Ossian Bracegirdle / Josh Bonsey, HISC, 48 points

10th Toby Mizzi / Tom Callan, Littleton SC, 50 pts.”

 

Full Results

Overall Results:

 

Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1st 4945 Jack Lewis Lucas Marshall Draycote Water Sailing club 1 2 1 ‑8 1 2 7
2nd 6157 Henry Jameson Rupert Jameson HISC 2 ‑16 3 1 4 4 14
3rd 4963 Louis Wright Jamie Allen HISC 3 1 5 ‑13 8 7 24
4th 5634 Freddie Peters Pheobe Peters/Louis Johnson HISC 7 ‑26 7 2 2 6 24
5th 4745 Charles Elliot Ethan Miles HISC 10 12 ‑23 6 3 1 32
6th 2383 Toby Atherton Matt Bamber Gurnard SC (UFD) 6 11 5 7 13 42
7th 4179 Harrison Pye Fergus Pye Draycote Water Sailing Club 4 ‑24 12 4 5 20 45
8th 5460 Jack Miller Lauren Bentley Felpham SC 5 11 6 3 ‑21 21 46
9th 5141 Ossian Bracegirdle Josh Bonsey HISC (UFD) 4 8 7 14 15 48
10th 2422 Toby Mizzi Tom Callan Littleton SC 9 5 2 16 ‑33 18 50
11th 4079 Christopher James James Hall Hisc / Papercourt ‑17 10 15 11 10 5 51
12th 2508 Jessica Jobson Caitlin Webster Royal Torbay Yacht Club 8 3 17 ‑18 12 16 56
13th 6037 Freddy Wood Christopher Clark Hayling Island Sailing Club 14 8 ‑19 14 9 14 59
14th 501 Ellen Morley Sophie Johnson Burnham Sailing Club 6 ‑21 14 15 16 10 61
15th 5846 Pierce Harris Alfie Cogger Windermere School 25 14 21 ‑27 6 3 69
16th 3638 Alice Edmonds Issy Spurway Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club (UFD) 7 9 26 19 19 80
17th 4682 Dylan Collingbourne Dylan McPherson Burnham Sailing Club 11 25 (BFD) 24 11 9 80
18th 3672 Alexander Ratsey Bertie Ratsey RWYC/RPCYC 19 23 ‑31 20 13 12 87
19th 5763 Harry Jones Phoebe Jones Draycote Water S.C. 12 17 18 ‑34 15 28 90
20th 3792 India Edwards Fin Maciver Shropshire Sailing Club 13 9 10 30 ‑34 30 92
21st 4530 Michael Dyer Samuel Dyer Herne Bay Sailing Club 21 13 4 31 ‑36 27 96
22nd 4610 Madeleine Bristow Lelia Peckham Leigh and Lowton 22 31 16 10 23 ‑36 102
23rd 5775 Ollie Dennis Sophie Dennis emsworth SC 16 ‑30 27 23 24 23 113
24th 5627 William Caiger Caitlin Morley Bough Beech SC (UFD) 15 BFD 12 22 17 114
25th 4984 Tom Holliday Philomena Ala emsworth sailing club 31 22 30 9 27 ‑37 119
26th 5782 Lucy Pennant Nathan Lomas HISC 26 40 20 ‑42 29 8 123
27th 5900 Andreas Purse Marcos Purse Bewl 20 ‑42 39 17 26 22 124
28th 4120 Ellie McDonald Robbie McDonald HISC 32 39 22 22 (DSQ) 11 126
29th 922 Chris Conlan Ed Conlan Bowmoor SC (UFD) 19 24 33 25 25 126
30th 5631 Ewan Luke Zac Blomeley Rydal Penrhos School/Llandudno Sailing C 24 18 28 28 ‑32 29 127
31st 4635 Lorelei bates Felicity Allen bowmoor /CBYC (UFD) 20 25 21 30 43 139
32nd 4917 Ellie Hill Chase Drewe BCYC 18 28 26 29 ‑42 40 141
33rd 4890 Annabel Whelan Thea Walter HISC (UFD) 33 13 43 20 35 144
34th 4648 Will Jarman Freddie Ellis Warsash SC (UFD) 35 BFD 19 18 32 152
35th 5847 JULIA BARNES LAUREN PATON RTYC 23 ‑41 38 38 17 41 157
36th 4621 Blythe Berry Emily Jones HISC (UFD) 27 36 35 38 24 160
37th 4415 Emma Wells Cate Golding HIsc 27 37 (BFD) 37 35 31 167
38th 4622 Ethan Gerrell Francesca Gilks Queen Mary (UFD) 34 BFD 25 28 34 169
39th 2146 Gabriel Hayes Fisher Tom Frances Bewl 28 38 32 (OCS) 39 33 170
40th 3182 JOE CUNLIFFE TOM BARNES RTYC (UFD) 32 37 40 37 26 172
41st 2147 Isaac Greaves Alex Kimish Warsash Sailing club 33 36 34 36 41 ‑42 180
42nd 4201 Delphine Ala kiona townsin mengham rythe sailing club 15 43 33 (DNF) 46 46 183
43rd 783 David Nunn Lucinda Cotterill Bowmoor/CBYC (UFD) 44 29 41 31 38 183
44th 2416 Abigail Tuttle Keira Knight HISC 30 ‑45 35 44 44 44 197
45th 5630 Amy Bale Lucy Hughes South Caernarfonshire Yacht Club (UFD) 29 BFD 32 45 DNF 202
46th 2939 Georgina Sim Juliet Lawrence HISC 29 (DNF) DNC DNC 40 39 204
47th 576 Annabel Luxton Abigail Campbell Royal Lymington 34 (DNF) BFD 39 43 45 209

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