So our winter of squad and regional training is about to get underway, you might have thought a spot of homework was the order of the day on a quiet weekend in October.
Alas no, we had Feva sailors past and present competing in events around the country and demonstrating what a diverse and talented bunch of sailors the Feva Class creates.
Firstly, the 29er fleet were at one of their Grand Prix events at Datchet Water. It is fair to say the top ten finishers looked like a who’s who of ex Feva sailors with 15 of the 20 sailors in the top 10 coming from the RS Feva Class! Two special mentions; firstly, to Henry Jameson and Toby Atherton who not only won the event but won by 20 points which is an unbelievable margin. Henry only left the Feva fleet last year but obviously made a welcome return as a Pro-Am at the Nationals and showing brotherly love at the Worlds. Also, another special mention to Pierce Harris and Alfie Cogger, they only left the Feva fleet after the Worlds this summer and finished 5th in the 40 plus strong fleet. What a fantastic performance, well-done boys.
In Oxford, there were hundreds of children taking part in the Eric Twiname Team Racing Championship event with both schools and clubs being represented. The Junior Championship took place in Fevas so it was no surprise to see many of our current sailors there. After the round robins were over, the final four teams included two club teams with names that many will recognise such as Tom Storey from Yorkshire Dales SC and Issy Spurway, Robbie McDonald and Dilly Ala representing Hayling Island Sailing Club than those representing their school including 2016 RS Feva World Champion Helm William Pank to name a few. Well done to all our Feva sailors, you clearly demonstrated that straight-line speed is not your only skill!!
And finally, to current RS Feva National Champions Ben and Lucy who recovered from a race one, pre- start broken halyard in the Endeavour Cup “Champion of Champions” event to finish 16th overall out of a fleet of 30 Current National Champions (not to mention a few Olympic Squad sailors) and top Junior boat. Once again demonstrating the quality of sailors we have in our fleet.
Well done to all our sailors on some truly great performances and good luck to all our sailors heading into the first winter training weekend. I only hope the long range forecast I have seen is not correct……..!!!