The sun shone, shone some more and then shone again for the RS Feva Nationals at Hayling Island SC.

The wind was light, variable, then light again with a mild sea-breeze to finish. The level of competition was awesome.

The regular Feva sailors were supplemented by a lot of parents being crewed by their children – three in the top five and nothing less than national champions in boats such as Fireballs and ff15’s between them!

And by what seemed like the entire Oppie heavy artillery (talent that is, not weight).

A total of 85 Fevas. Five boats made up the first ever Regatta fleet and they had wicked amounts of fun with David and William Acres winning with Dan Fenn and Syd Williams second.

The other 80 presented a serious challenge to the Race officer who did a great job of imposing order with the black flag. The top ten (representing nine different clubs) only had three black flags between them. From 15th to 23rd there were 11 black flags – a lesson perhaps?

Ultimately a major championship will never be won without a lot of talent, great execution and a modest dose of luck. Well the new champion had all these in spades. Aaron Smith is well known in Oppie circles and will in due course be known by many more.

He warmed up his Feva skills by coming second in the Papercourt Open earlier this season. This familiarity with the class was possibly a key factor compared to the rest of the heavy brigade! After the first two days he was in a position to challenge for the podium.

Race 5 saw Aaron crewed by Jeremy Williamson winning his first race. Day 3 was when they turned the afterburners on reeling off 3 more bullets on the spin. Given the conditions and the crowded starts that was miracle enough even ignoring the competition.

Pre-event favourite and commanding leader of the fleet, James Peters crewed by Ben Gratton had their rudder knocked off in the pre-start melee for race 5 and were subsequently awarded average points. Having miraculously made the start line for race 6 they were perhaps overeager and got a black flag. Perhaps as a result James’ next two starts weren’t the usual top drawer leading to them having to stage remarkable comebacks. It wasn’t enough however to unseat Aaron from a well deserved 1 point victory.

Next came the charge of the families with parents helming for their younger and betters. Third overall was Rob Cage crewed by Georgina. Rob warmed up for the event by becoming the first adult winner of Feva Open in Emsworth. They showed fantastic consistency in being able to discard a 10th place. Fouth overall was Barry Parkin crewed by Jack and they were hardly less impressive being able to discard a 14th place. Derek Ness crewed by Eleanor were the third of the veteran’s triumvirate with an 11th place discarded.

Sixth and seventh had to be split on count back. Phil Sparks with Sam Batten had led after day 2 and just got the nod over James and David Grant. These 4 sailors are all part of the successful Oppie programme and clearly have star quality. Is 2012 to early? Probably but don’t write any of these guys off!

Milly Stevens and Hermione Stanley came a fantastic 8th and were first all girl team having scored an impressive four top seven results.

The top 10 were rounded off by Nathan and Anna Ackroyd (despite being family, not of the same veteran status as the other family teams but rather a great brother/sister team) in ninth and Nick Robson crewed by Alex Parfitt in a career best of 10th.

Big lessons were no doubt being learned about big fleet starts and championship strategies by Laura Sanders and Matt Purdon who set a record with 3 black flags.

Just by way of some limited points to note: There were seven Oppie national
squadders in the top 16. There were three Feva Squadders in the top 15. There were also four adults in the top 14. If you exclude the Oppie visitors and the adults then James Peters was first, Nathan Ackroyd 2nd, Nick Robson 3rd. Harry Derbyshire and James Poyner haven’t done any circuit events yet but have sailed together for some two months at their club and would be 4th.

Ultimately the Feva’s lived up to their reputation as a fun class and it was the Olympic ideal of taking part that counted. This was epitomized by
Laurie Pike with Stephen Henderson who engaged with Jazzy Tucker and Tom Dear for the boat that had the most fun during the regatta.

There was also the famous JD award for the parent most resoundingly beaten by their offspring (and named after the famous JD – anybody who knows the RYA hierarchy will know the inaugural winner of this trophy after whom it is named) and this year that went to a member from the same club – James Lavery beaten by daughter Jess with Phillipa Lawson who came 24th.

Finally there were a fair few new Feva sailors out there who are going to be regular on the circuit. Welcome to all of you and we look forward to seeing you all at forthcoming events and the selectors for the winter training squads. Good luck and above all else have a barrel load of laughs and fun!

For some it was . . . if only. But what was certain was the welcome from
HISC, their fantastic organization, the terrific facilities and…yes, the sand! Thank you HISC.

An event like this is also not possible without the generosity of its sponsors and the class thanks Sunsail very much for this (they are also sponsoring the Worlds at Lake Garda in July!) as well as LDC Racing Sailboats and Thank you to our Photographers, Fotoboat for capturing the weekend so well.

 

Rank SailNo Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Nett Tally Seeding Total
1 PSC21 Aaron Smith Jeremy Williamson Paper Court 12 2 8 (17) (19) 1 1 1 1 25.0 47 Gold 61.0
2 825 James Peters Ben Gratton HISC 1 1 4 3 (RDGa) (BFD) 7 6 4 26.0 22 Gold 122.6
3 1545 Rob Cage Georgina Cage 2 7 6 (10) 1 3 (BFD) 8 2 29.0 45 Gold 122.0
4 1097 Barry Parkin Jack Parkin HISC 6 4 2 1 9 (BFD) 2 12 (14) 35.0 53 Gold 132.0
5 1300 Derek Ness Eleanor Ness Gurnard 3 8 7 (18) 3 8 5 2 (11) 36.0 5 Gold 65.0
6 1640 Phil Sparks Sam Batten Lymington 5 3 1 7 2 (16) (16) 14 6 37.0 49 Gold 69.0
7 1192 James Grant David Grant Restronguet 8 5 3 (15) (32) 2 11 4 5 37.0 63 Gold 84.0
8 1639 Milly Stevens Hermione Stanley Bowmoor 14 (18) 11 13 (33) 4 4 5 7 57.0 75 Gold 108.0
9 834 Nathan Ackroyd Anna Ackroyd Norfolk (27) 9 13 6 (31) 5 3 21 3 60.0 2 Gold 117.0
10 1714 Nicholas Robson Alex Parfitt Chichester (25) 10 14 (34) 4 6 6 20 15 75.0 8 Gold 133.0
11 1290 Austen Scully Bethany Robson Chichester (21) (21) 20 20 5 7 10 7 12 81.0 25 Gold 122.0
12 223 Ross Williams Ben Harden Graffham (42) 15 5 2 6 (34) 14 26 21 89.0 24 Gold 164.0
13 1125 Tom Britz Liam Garrison Highcliffe (56) (35) 10 8 7 11 8 16 29 89.0 72 Silver 179.0
14 345 Bill Tucker Hugo Tucker ESC 9 13 12 16 8 10 22 (41) (24) 89.0 32 Gold 154.0
15 936 Rupert Jones-Warner Hugo Jones-Warner Chichester 7 (39) 33 4 (BFD) 12 9 13 17 94.0 27 Gold 216.0
16 PSC23 Becky Diamond Fiona Hampshire Paper Court 10 14 15 9 (BFD) (BFD) 31 19 9 106.0 39 Gold 272.0
17 1102 Harry Derbyshire James Poyner ESC 15 6 23 (35) (BFD) 29 12 3 22 109.0 65 Gold 227.0
18 1354 Craig Davis Ethan Davies HISC 18 19 18 12 18 (BFD) (45) 17 8 109.0 14 Gold 237.0
19 523 Matthew Rainback Jonathan House Poole 17 17 17 5 12 (BFD) 13 (62) 52 132.0 68 Gold 277.0
20 1641 Paul Minors Mark Minors Royal Lymington 19 20 9 25 (BFD) 22 18 (29) 27 139.0 52 Gold 251.0
21 1690 Charlie Esse Henry Loyed Williams Lymington 23 12 16 19 (36) 24 36 (BFD) 10 139.0 67 Gold 258.0
22 1193 James Hamer Brett Hill HISC (33) 16 25 24 (BFD) 18 23 25 23 154.0 38 Gold 269.0
23 1226 Ed Lowes Will Lowes Whitstable 34 11 31 14 (BFD) 15 (BFD) 36 19 159.0 74 Gold 325.0
24 696 Philippa Lawson Jess Lavery ESC (47) (31) 21 31 20 31 28 10 25 166.0 28 Gold 243.0
25 1489 Craig Dibb Gilly Sutcliffe Warsash 13 24 32 36 15 (DNC) (BFD) 27 20 166.0 48 Gold 332.0
26 1691 Tim Gratton Chris Taylor 20 22 27 (49) 10 48 27 24 (51) 177.0 9 Gold 277.0
27 972 Thomas Durham Barnaby Thorsby ESSC 11 25 22 (43) 41 36 (DNC) 15 34 183.0 51 Gold 309.0
28 848 Natalya Eyre Francesca Eyre (44) 29 19 30 (BFD) 21 25 31 28 183.0 62 Gold 309.0
29 1433 Izzy Allerston Charlotte Alderton HISC (45) 23 36 (40) 22 20 19 37 31 188.0 15 Silver 272.0
30 151 Micheal Ellis Elizabeth Ellis Hillhead SC (48) (51) 47 21 21 13 20 38 32 192.0 36 Gold 290.0
31 1098 Tracey Jacobs Alice Masterman HISC (DNC) (DNC) DNC 29 16 25 17 9 18 197.0 54 Gold 363.0
32 1110 Roddy Lacey James Bibby PDSC (49) 27 (48) 44 35 14 47 18 13 198.0 46 Gold 294.0
33 1582 Alex Poyner Holly Tucker ESC 50 32 40 27 (BFD) (BFD) 15 30 16 209.0 3 Gold 375.0
34 1076 Matthew Davanzo Matthew Barker Highcliffe 40 (56) (46) 39 14 35 30 22 35 214.0 55 Silver 316.0
35 1583 David Thomas Jamie Diamond Warsash 22 36 26 41 25 32 (44) 40 (68) 221.0 58 Gold 333.0
36 1581 Katie Polglase Eilidh McIntyre HISC 41 42 (58) 23 (BFD) 23 26 35 33 222.0 20 Gold 363.0
37 839 James Bolingbroke Matt Heathcote Mersey 38 33 30 42 38 (51) (48) 23 26 229.0 19 Gold 328.0
38 997 Matt Reid Joshua Irons Spinnaker (68) (58) 50 28 17 27 24 42 42 230.0 76 Silver 355.0
39 1333 Toby Holloway Oli Stevens Burghfield (52) 44 42 50 11 26 21 39 (65) 233.0 17 Gold 349.0
40 1671 James Lavery Tom Lavery ESC 29 34 37 22 23 46 (BFD) (49) 43 233.0 26 Gold 365.0
41 403 Adrian Clay Josh Sparks Lymington 16 43 38 32 43 28 (52) 45 (48) 244.0 57 Gold 344.0
42 1482 Charlie Williams Will Nicholls HISC (51) (60) 43 46 30 39 41 11 38 248.0 33 Silver 358.0
43 250 Matthew Thomas Duncan Hampshire Paper Court 43 52 (71) (59) 24 17 34 46 41 256.0 40 Silver 386.0
44 1486 Ella Brown Molly Brown RBYC 35 46 49 (53) 27 (BFD) 29 32 40 257.0 10 Silver 393.0
45 1452 Tom Collie Matthew Collie HISC 30 48 53 (55) 28 (BFD) 38 43 36 275.0 41 Silver 413.0
46 931 Rodney Steel Jeremy Steel Broadwater 39 55 54 45 34 19 32 (58) (57) 277.0 35 Silver 392.0
47 1694 Phil McCoy Max Yoward ESSC 26 28 28 26 (BFD) 9 (DNC) DNC DNC 282.0 43 Gold 448.0
48 129 Kirsty Hill Hugh Gower BEWL SC 37 40 29 47 (BFD) 43 (56) 50 37 282.0 12 Silver 421.0
49 1131 James Aylward Otto Collier HISC 54 (57) 56 11 (BFD) 41 51 34 39 285.0 16 Silver 425.0
50 418 Alex Kirk Joel Kirk Neyland YC (61) 37 39 (54) 29 42 49 48 44 288.0 42 Silver 402.0
51 1693 Philip Mileham Douglas & Fraye Rosie HISC 59 49 45 48 13 (BFD) 35 44 (BFD) 292.0 61 Silver 458.0
52 1579 Jon Holmes Hamish Ellis ESSC 53 30 51 (58) (DNC) 33 39 33 58 296.0 29 Silver 437.0
53 1478 Tom Eastell Alex Stone ESC 24 41 41 33 42 37 (DNC) (DNC) DNC 300.0 78 Silver 466.0
54 845 Laura Sanders Matthew Purdon TBSC 57 26 35 37 (BFD) 30 33 (BFD) BFD 300.0 21 Gold 466.0
55 503 Tom Adams Sarah Adams RBYC 32 54 34 52 37 47 55 (64) (59) 310.0 7 Silver 433.0
56 1028 Holly Watson Brittney Mackinlay HISC 31 53 55 (60) (BFD) 56 43 28 47 312.0 30 Gold 455.0
57 469 Alex Orton Stephanie Orton Chichester (58) 50 (52) 51 47 40 37 51 46 322.0 79 Silver 431.0
58 444 Liz Foreman Amy Foreman Queen Mary 28 47 (64) (DNC) 40 55 57 55 45 326.0 1 Silver 473.0
59 247 Clare Michelmore Lucy Preston Paper Court (62) 59 59 56 26 (62) 42 54 50 346.0 23 silver 469.0
60 812 G Page A Page 36 (67) (65) 62 44 49 50 52 63 355.0 80 Silver 487.0
61 1133 Stewart Hawthorn Alexandra Hawthorn 60 38 24 (DNC) (DNC) DNC BFD 47 30 364.0 81 Silver 530.0
62 80 Lara Jane Conway Yates Claire Trant HISC (69) 62 67 (DNC) 39 44 40 53 60 365.0 64 Silver 516.0
63 984 Pippa White Jeremy White ESC 66 (69) 66 38 (BFD) 45 46 57 55 372.0 70 Silver 524.0
64 1434 Hannah Maunder Juliet Price HISC 55 45 61 (DNC) (DNC) 52 65 59 49 385.0 31 Silver 551.0
65 1301 Guy Hickman Billy/Rosie Hickman Pagham 46 63 44 61 (BFD) 38 (DNC) DNC DNC 417.0 6 Silver 583.0
66 594 Nathasha Phillips Edward Phillips 73 68 (DNF) 57 48 (BFD) 54 56 62 417.0 82 Silver 583.0
67 502 Rory Galloway George Star RYBC 65 65 (DNF) (DNC) 45 58 60 63 67 422.0 59 Silver 588.0
68 400 Lucy Jarvies Megan Davies ESC 76 73 62 (DNC) (DNC) 53 53 61 54 431.0 13 Silver 597.0
69 983 Matthew Osborne Jonathan Welch HISC 64 70 68 (DNC) (DNC) 60 61 60 64 446.0 84 Silver 612.0
70 301 Henry Message Dan Lytton HISC 77 66 72 (DNC) (BFD) 57 62 65 56 454.0 50 Silver 620.0
71 774 Samantha Denyer Stuart Denyer Dell Quay 72 76 70 (DNC) (DNC) 63 58 68 53 459.0 18 Silver 625.0
72 971 Peter McCoy Jack Spencer ESSC 67 64 69 (DNC) 46 59 (DNC) DNC DNC 470.0 71 Silver 636.0
73 870 Callum Rocks Kieran Rocks Hamble River 75 78 73 (DNC) (DNC) 61 59 67 66 478.0 11 Silver 644.0
74 349 Julian Hase Harriet Hase HISC 70 72 (DNC) (DNC) DNC 54 64 69 69 480.0 37 Silver 646.0
75 853 Jordan Watson Edward Andrew HISC 74 (DNC) 57 (DNC) DNC DNC 63 66 61 486.0 56 Silver 652.0
76 925 Tom Briggs A Briggs HISC 71 71 63 (DNC) (BFD) 50 DNC DNC DNC 503.0 83 Silver 669.0
77 199 Chris Moore Ted Moore or Dan Moore HISC 63 61 60 (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC 515.0 66 Silver 681.0
78 1144 Sam Sykes (DNF) 74 (DNF) DNC DNC 64 BFD 71 71 529.0 77 Silver 695.0
79 344 Jazzy Tucker Tom Dear ESC (DNF) 77 (DNF) DNC DNC 65 DNC 70 70 531.0 44 Silver 697.0
80 1095 Laurie Pike Stephen Henderson HISC 78 75 (DNC) (DNF) DNF DNF DNC DNC DNC 567.0 73 Silver 733.0
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