Rooster RS Feva Grand Prix Series 2022/2023
What a series, six weekends, six venues and a whole lot of sailors soaking up the Feva atmosphere enjoying the sailing, socials and making new friends.
The series saw Feva sailors travel all over the country from hosting venues Hayling Island to Leigh and Lowton Sailing club. There were a total of 90 Feva teams that attended in total with 4 events to count for the series results.
The Grand Prix One at Draycote showed there was a lot of talent on the water and it was going to be an interesting series. There was a very positive buzz as sailors started their first event of the series in September 2022. Saturday fun evening with food and quizzes for the sailors and their families.
The second Grand Prix was hosted by Hayling Island Sailing Club. Sailors enjoyed some intense racing, with only 4 points separating 1st and 3rd positions by the end of the 2 days. Saturday night was Party night as the sailors enjoyed a colourful disco, thanks goes to our Southern representative Dawn Ripley for sharing her birthday celebrations with the sailors.
It was back to WPNSA for our Winter Championships/Grand Prix 3 in November. With 42 boats attending it was great to see the School sailors joining us. Saturday evening the sailors went to the Dorset Burger Bar for food and a game of indoor crazy golf.
The first event for 2023 was our Spring Championships/Grand Prix 4 held in the midlands at Draycote Water Sailing Club. Sailors were excited to be back on the water with some super sailing and happy faces. This time it was Saturday Pizza night with a competition with a chance to get your hands on a new race jib thanks to RS Sailing.
We were Off to Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club for our Inlands Championship Grand Prix 5 with our North Representative Ali Wood as the race officer, who managed the event amazingly keeping the sailors entertained on the water due to a lack of wind. Saturday night there was an evening meal where sailors got to socialise at the cafe.
The final Grand Prix of the Series was our GP6 at Grafham Water Sailing Club. Blazing sunshine in June saw the sailors searching for wind on the racecourse on Saturday with 2 races completed. On Sunday the wind filled in to complete the last 5 races of the series.
Overall Series Results
Overall Series Champions – Jac Bailey and Ben Sinfield of Port Dinorwic Sailing Club
2nd Place – Ben Greenhalgh and Tom Sinfield of Port Dinorwic Sailing Club
3rd Place – Imogen Green and Bob Byne of Draycote Water sailing Club
Overall Series Juniors
1st – Ruby Callaghan and Crew of Hayling Island Sailing Club
2nd – Alex Breese and Sienna Mordaunt of Royal Lymington Yacht Club
3rd – Evie Bromilow and Alex Welfare of Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club
Our Full Series Results can be found here
Our hats off to all the sailors that competed, those at the top of the fleet we saw some exciting close racing. Also to those who have gained experience throughout the series, and those who may be quite new to Feva sailing, you all showed great dedication, commitment and your contribution to the class making such a fun class to be a member of.
The series was filled with loads of action on and off the water, sailors experiencing multiple weather conditions putting their skills to the test. The sailors have developed their sailing and have made many friends while doing so.
The class would like to thank everyone that supported the series, your efforts are really appreciated and your help make the series what it is! Thank you to our series sponsor Rooster for the wonderful prizes provided at each event. All the race officers and race teams and the hosting Clubs. The volunteer support coaches on the water and all volunteers, from Class representatives to parents and friends a big thank you from the RS Feva Class.
We look forward to our 2023/2024 Series which is starting soon! Save the date for the GP1 16th and 17th September at Itchenor Sailing Club. Entry is open, we hope to see you all there! For those who have not yet sailed at a GP this year, come along and join us, we would love to see you having fun in a Feva with us.
Written by Chrissie Le Petit Photos by Various Parents and volunteers