On the 13th/14th April, Burnham Sailing Club hosted the third RS Feva Grand Prix. With sponsorship from Allen, a good but chilly forecast and the ever present hospitality on offer, it was sure to be a great event.

Although numbers were down slightly (23 entries) the top of the fleet arrived to demonstrate how close this years competitors are in terms of boatspeed, boat handling and tactics around the course.

With winds ranging from 8 18 knots across the two days together with a flicking easterly, the scene was set for some glam racing. Digger Harden (PRO) did a great job of setting the course to the average wind direction and got six excellent races in.

Overall winning helm, Alice Davis, gives a blow-by-blow account of the racing:

The third GP was hosted at Burnham SC, a place that we regularly train with Squiddies. The morning started with a nice breeze of 12-15 knots and it was coming up the river which was a great place for the course. The tide was quite a big factor in some of the races and we started the event with a first after some close racing, with Millie and Katherine in second and Tom and Tom in third. This was really good as we were hoping for top five results in all the races and to start the event well was encouraging!

We continued into the second race with a shocker of a start and played a game of catch-up into first place. It was some really close racing and we were closely followed by Ralph and Kate in second and Tom and Tom in third. The third race was hard as we had another terrible start and couldn’t quite get back into the top five. There was some great sailing at the front however, with Caitlin and Joe with the first, Clara and Anna in second rounded up with Ralph and Kate in third.

Overall, it was a fun day on the water and we were pleased with our results. We were the overnight leaders which was really good, made even better by the amazing quiz Marcus put together for the evening after the jacket potatoes and chilli that was made by the excellent galley for dinner.
Allen RS Feva Grand Prix at Burnham – photo © Steve Johnson

The second day started off to a tough race, where we went from the high teens to third place. This showed us how good our boat speed is but we really need to work on our starts!! First place was Joey and Theo, second was Quinn and Fin, with us in third.

In the second race, we finally had a really good start but went the wrong way up the beat, misjudging the shifts and reaching the windward mark in the mid teens. We then caught up massively downwind after going high and fast and gained into ninth round the leeward mark continuing to learn from our mistakes the previous lap and went into fourth round the windward mark. It was then a very close downwind between us and Ralph and Kate with them just getting us as we rounded the leeward mark. Dylan and Lydia won followed by Tom and Tom and then Joey and Theo in third.

In the last race, we got messed up on the start line and were third from last at the windward mark. It was hard not to give up but we carried on gaining through the race and ending up in 5th again. Joey and Theo took another great win, followed VERY closely by Caitlin and Joe and Fergus and Sam in third.

It was a really fun weekend which we learned that we DEFINITELY need to improve on our starts. It was really nice to see all our friends again as well and we had fun off the water with them. Thanks to the safety team including our coach Jon, Burnham SC for hosting the event, and to all the competitors for some close racing!

So, big thanks, as always, to our sponsor Allen Brothers, the Race Team, everyone involved in the organisation, all those that helped behind the galley.

The RS Fevas are now back to training to get ready for the Feva Nationals at Abersoch on the 25th28th May. Based on the closeness of the racing there are a number of potential champions!
photo © Steve Johnson


Allen RS Feva Grand Prix 3 Results

Burnham Sailing Club

Results are final as of 15:24 on April 14, 2019


Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 23, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Sail No Helm Crew Club Category R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st 4624 Alice Davis Abby Hire Great Moor Sailing Club/RLymYC Ladies 1.0 1.0 (7.0) 3.0 5.0 5.0 22.0 15.0
2nd 5000 Ralph Nevile Kate Nevile Frensham Pond SC/Frensham Pond SC Mixed 7.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 (14.0) 35.0 21.0
3rd 7000 Joey Taylor Theo Clifton Blackwater SC/Squiddies /Dabchicks SC/Sq Boys 5.0 (13.0) 12.0 1.0 3.0 1.0 35.0 22.0
4th 2422 Fergus Pye Samuel Blaker Draycote Water Sailing Club/Benfleet Yac Boys 4.0 5.0 4.0 (8.0) 7.0 3.0 31.0 23.0
5th 7070 Millie Irish Katherine Burgess Draycote Water SC/Draycote Water SC Ladies 2.0 4.0 5.0 7.0 6.0 (8.0) 32.0 24.0
6th 501 Caitlin Morley Joe Blaker Burnham sailing club/Benfleet Yacht club Mixed 6.0 9.0 1.0 (12.0) 8.0 2.0 38.0 26.0
7th 5782 Tom Ahlheid Tom Stratton-Brown Frensham pond sailing club/Frensham pond Boys 3.0 3.0 (11.0) 11.0 2.0 7.0 37.0 26.0
8th 4629 Gabriella Clifton Daisy Weston Dabchicks SC/Dabchicks SC/Royal Hospital Ladies (12.0) 8.0 6.0 4.0 12.0 6.0 48.0 36.0
9th 4470 Quinn Edmonds Fin Oliver Chew Valley Lake SC/Chew Valley Lake SC Boys 8.0 10.0 8.0 2.0 11.0 (17.0) 56.0 39.0
10th 6680 Dylan Collingbourne Lydia Stevenson Burnham Squiddies/TBYC/Burnham Squiddies Mixed (18.0) 14.0 15.0 9.0 1.0 4.0 61.0 43.0
11th 5764 Oliver Rayner Matthew Rayner Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club / Boys 10.0 (15.0) 9.0 6.0 10.0 10.0 60.0 45.0
12th 6200 Freddie Fisher Gregan Bergman Smith HISC/HISC Boys 9.0 11.0 (18.0) 10.0 14.0 ZFP 9.0 71.0 53.0
13th 4102 Clara Jones Anna Utting Burghfield/Starcross Ladies 11.0 12.0 2.0 (15.0) 14.0 15.0 69.0 54.0
14th 6272 Joseph Warwicker Max Steele Bough Beech SC/Welsh Harp SC / Skz Sopot Boys 15.0 6.0 13.0 13.0 (20.0) 12.0 79.0 59.0
15th 5900 Tess Sadowski Caspar Barton Queen Mary/Bough Beech Mixed (24.0 DSQ) 7.0 16.0 14.0 13.0 13.0 87.0 63.0
16th 7292 Jakey Wood Tristan Ahlheid Hayling Island Sailing Club/Frensham Pon Boys 13.0 (20.0) 14.0 19.0 16.0 11.0 93.0 73.0
17th 2937 Theodore Deverell Ben Knights Hunts Sailing Club Boys (21.0) 16.0 10.0 17.0 15.0 16.0 95.0 74.0
18th 4056 Jemima Cook Abbie Wallace Royal Corinthian Yacht Club and Burnham Ladies 16.0 18.0 19.0 16.0 18.0 (22.0) 109.0 87.0
19th 7261 Imogen Palmer Muiris Capon-Telford Corinthian Otter/Royal Hospital School/C Mixed 20.0 17.0 17.0 (21.0) 17.0 19.0 111.0 90.0
20th 809 Oliver Johnson Harry McTiernan Brightlingsea SC/Brightlingsea SC Boys 17.0 19.0 20.0 18.0 (22.0) 20.0 116.0 94.0
21st 6047 Jack Tucker Charlie Tucker Burnham Sailing Club/Burnham Sailing Clu Boys 19.0 21.0 (24.0 RET) 22.0 19.0 18.0 123.0 99.0
22nd 6171 Oscar Oldfield Tom Phillips Brightlingsea Sailing Club Squiddie/Brig Boys 14.0 22.0 21.0 20.0 (24.0 RET) 24.0 DNC 125.0 101.0
23rd 5468 Callum Fraser George Cooke Burnham Sailing Club/Burnham Sailing Clu Boys 22.0 (23.0) 22.0 23.0 21.0 21.0 132.0 109.0

Scoring codes used

Code Description Points
DNC Did not come to the starting area 24
DSQ Disqualification 24
RET Retired 24
ZFP 20% penalty under rule 30.2 14