An intense four days racing at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy saw a very fair championships with a mix of conditions for the sailors. Full concentration was needed in the first two days of light winds, followed by some breezier days, this resulted in a shuffle of the results.
Tristan Ahlheid and Finlay Lomas-Clarke dominated from day one, it’s fair to say they smashed it, taking six bullets, congratulations boys in taking the 2022 UK RS Feva National Championship title.
The first two days also saw Port Dinorwic’s youngest team Ben Greenhalgh and Tom Sinfield claiming the first bullet of the championships and holding second position followed by family team Bruce and Joel Keen from Stokes Bay drawing on points on the end of day one. Nia Mecklenburgh and Harry Baddeley from Royal Lymington Yacht Club took their first bullet on the last race of the day, race three.
Race 5 – Tristan and Finlay took their third bullet, with Ben and Tom taking 2nd position and Ed Stubbs and Bruno Greenfield from Lyme Regis Sailing Club coming in 3rd place.
Conditions were starting to change on day three, which brought more sailors into the mix of top results. Race 6 – saw family Bruce and Joel Keen winning a first place, Joseph Jones and Imogen Jones from Burghfield Sailing Club claiming a second place, with 3rd going to Holly Mitchell and Ella Jones form Hayling Island.
Race 7 – Ethan Hill and Alec Stanley from Hayling Island took their first Nationals bullet, with Tristan and Finlay coming in 2nd place and Bruce and Joel with 3rd place.
Race 8 was the last race of the day, Ben and Tom claimed their second bullet, with Georgius Garcka and Zachary Skagerlind from Itchenor Sailing Club taking second place and family team Katie Byne and Robert Byne from Draycote Water claiming 3rd place.
Race 9, Tristan and Finlay came back with their first win of the day. Second place went to Bruce and Joel Keen and third place to Freddie Sunderland and Stella Nygård from Draycote Water Sailing Club.
That takes us to the final day, Freddie and Stella stayed in the top positions throughout the day taking a bullet in race 10, with Tristan and Finlay coming 2nd and Bruce and Joel in 3rd place.
Race 11 saw Tristan and Finlay coming back for another bullet, with 2nd place going to Jac Bailey and Ben Sinfield from Port Dinorwic and 3rd taken by Freddie and Stella.
Race 12, the sailors were truly competing for final position with Tristan and Finlay claiming the last bullet on the championships, the next two teams similar to the race before but this time Freddie and Stella took 2nd place and 3rd was claimed by Jac and Ben.
An amazing effort by all the sailors, for many it was their first Nationals and for some their first event or even their first sail together. We are very proud of all of you, and your achievements.
Thanks goes to our sponsors Rooster and Allen Brothers, both donated many prizes for the sailors with new kit and hardware. Digital Sailing captured the spirit of the Nationals with some great photos and video footage.
A Big thanks goes to WPNSA for hosting the event, Sally Reynoldson for the help and support to get the event planned and delivered smoothly. Thank you to Mark Woods the Race officer who made the racing run efficiently. There are so many people to thank by name, so on behalf of the competitors, their families, supporters and the Class Association we thank you for the passion and commitment you showed to support us, it is truly appreciated, without you this event would not have been possible.
A new edition to the National championships was the The CKE Cup, in remembrance of Jon Lewis, this was awarded to Ethan Hill and Alec Stanley from Hayling Island Sailing Club for being their first feva nationals with the highest placing outside the top ten.
First School (Best top 3 boats) Sevenoaks School
First Club (Best top 3 boats) Draycote Water Sailing Club
1st Silver – 4532 Archie Oakden and Hannah Ruffer Worthing Sailing Club
2nd Silver – 3358 Alex Jones and George Burden Parkstone Yacht Club
3rd Silver – 5174 Anna Elms and Daisy Fuller Hayling Island Sailing Club
1st Family – 1479 Bruce and Joel Keen Stokes Bay
2nd Family – 6911 Joseph and Imogen Jones Burghfield Sailing Club
3rd Family – 6394 Kitty and Lily O’Halloran St Mawes Sailing Club
Mixed Team Category
1st Mixed Team – 6895 Freddie Sunderland and Stella Nygård Draycote Water Sailing Club
2nd Mixed Team – 6911 Joseph and Imogen Jones Burghfield Sailing Club
3rd Mixed Team – 5764 Katie and Robert Byne Draycote water Sailing Club
1st Ladies – 6394 Kitty and Lily O’Halloran St Mawes Sailing Club
2nd Ladies – 3883 Holly Mitchell and Ella Jones Hayling Island Sailing Club
3rd Ladies – 4988 Rachel and Laura Elms Hayling Island Sailing Club
1st Boys – Tristan Ahlheid and Finlay Lomas-Clarke frensham Pond Sailing Club
2nd Boys – 1479 Bruce and Joel Keen Stokes Bay
3rd Boys – 4545 Mark Jenkins Jauma and Alex Sydenham Royal Lymington Yacht Club
Junior National Champions – 7615 Jac Bailey and Ben Sinfield Port Dinorwic Sailing Club
2nd Juniors – 8187 Ben Greenhalgh and Tom Sinfield Port Dinorwic Sailing Club
3rd Juniors – 6157 Ethan Hill and Alec Stanley Hayling Island Sailing Club
UK RS Feva Class 2022 Rooster National Championships –