The RS Feva Inland Championship & final Fat Face Grand Prix Circuit event took place over the weekend of October 25 & 26th.

On Saturday the Race Officer, Andrew Weeden and his team managed to get the entire fleet afloat just in time for a steady 25 knots with gusts of 37 to settle in over Draycote Water. Inevitably there were the experienced thrill seekers launching themselves off waves and proving that Fevas can indeed fly even if only for short periods of time. Racing though was temporarily postponed until later in the afternoon.

Race 1 proved to be the only race of the day. Eilidh McIntyre/Vikki Payne carried on where they left off last weekend breaking kit! A gut busting 5 lap windward/leeward saw them break their pole on the second lap. They still held on for 2nd though behind the awesomely quick Hugo Jones-Warner/James Poyner combo. Again as per last weekend the 3rd boat reveling in the conditions was Tim Norris sailing for the last time with brother James in a Feva – roll on Mollie! As predicted Alice Kent/Lucy Childs were still sweeping the cobwebs out of the boat back in 14th (so that was their first discard then! 6 races 4 to count).

Day 2 was going to be even more exhausting as the race team were determined to get the full series in – 5 races to go then! The drizzle cleared leaving a great 12-15 knot average wind. Plenty to let the stomach muscles groan.

3 races were held back to back followed by a short break for refueling and then a last push for the season with another 2 to finish off. Only the last race was shortened at all to some 30 minutes so you can guess at the sleep enjoyed in cars on the way home.

A battle royal was to be played out with Alice Kent/Lucy Childs and Hugo Jones-Warner as the main protagonists. Alice/Lucy came back well from the previous day with a 4,1,2 whilst Hugo/James set about their task with 7,4,1. Alex and Steffi Orton weren’t going to keep quiet though and chipped in with their own 2,2,5. Peter/James Curtis were the experienced team on the block and even they suffered if the start wasn’t spot on and notched up a score in the teens in the second race.

Elsewhere Cathy Lear/Francine Counsell were also having a great time and local heroes Robert/Emma Loveridge were keeping everyone honest. Sadly Eilidh/Vikki were having a bit of a mare. Ruth/Tess Allan weren’t about to be bossed about and Libby Watkins/Abbie Heathcote rediscovered their training form with a new, more relaxed attitude.

So it came down to the final two races. Alice/Lucy kept the coolest head (just) to take the overall win by a single point from Hugo/James. Alex/Steffi were only one point further back! Top 3 covered by 2 points.

Peter/James Curtis kept cosy 6 points further back whilst Cathy/Francine capped a fantastic day for Oakham School and Rutland Water by claiming 5th. Robert/Emma Loveridge finished a fantastic year for Draycote Water in being first home boat in 6th. They took the main Fat Face prizes whilst further ‘traveller’ awards went to Hawkins/Thomas, ‘Most improved over the weekend’ to Watkins/Heathcote, ‘Best endurance and determination on windy Saturday’ to Summers/Peel,

The closeness of the racing is epitomized by the 7th to 12th finishes with all 6 boats covered by 5 points. With 2 boats from Restronguet, 2 from deepest Yorkshire, 2 from Kent, a dash from West Mersea and the usual from the Chichester Harbour areas (apologies to Queen Mary, Hill Head, Shropshire, Felixstowe, etc) this event is truly national. Thus many thanks to the hosts for their huge effort to make it all so fun and efficient for all.

The RS Feva & Tera fleet who also held their Inland Champs at the weekend contributed to a Sail4cancer raffle. Over £250 was raised on behalf of former Feva sailor Holly Tucker who is bravely battling leukemia. Many thanks to all who contributed & well done to Rebecca Anthony who won a days coaching from Jonathan Lewis (National Squad Coach no less!). Thank you all.

Overall Results:

 

Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1st 2920 Alice kent Lucy Childs Oakham/Rutland SC 11 4 1 2 2 5 9
2nd 936 Hugo Jones-Warner James Poyner Emsworth 1 7 4 1 4 16 10
3rd 2837 Alexandra Orton Stephanie Orton Chichester YC 7 2 2 5 20 2 11
4th 1518 Peter Curtis James Curtis Island Barn Reservoir SC 6 1 13 7 7 3 17
5th 2915 Cathy Lear Francine Counsell Oakham/Rutland SC 12 5 15 4 13 7 28
6th 1918 Robert Loveridge Emma Loveridge DWSC 19 3 12 14 1 13 29
7th 3030 Eilidh McIntyre Vikki Payne Hayling Island SC 2 23 11 18 14 4 31
8th 655 Tim Norris James Norris Warsash SC 3 12 14 11 12 6 32
9th 2600 Ruth Allan Tess Allan Emsworth SC DNC 9 3 12 16 9 33
10th 839 Libby Watkins Abbie Heathcote W M YC 21 16 5 3 11 18 35
11th 2821 Jack Hawkins Chris Thomas Restronguet 8 17 20 17 10 1 36
12th 365 Amber Brown James Brown Burghfield SC 10 18 6 8 17 12 36
13th 2828 Laurence Gibbons Henry Forward Chipstead SC 13 10 18 10 6 DNC 39
14th 1226 Will Lewes Hugo Tucker Whitstable YC DNC 11 22 16 5 8 40
15th 2824 Sammy Bonella Alexis Streeter Papercourt SC 23 15 16 20 3 11 45
16th 1664 Owen Bowerman Charlie Darling Hayling Island SC RAF 8 9 9 23 21 47
17th 1847 Suzy Peters Emily Peters Hayling Island SC 28 6 7 23 25 15 51
18th 1120 Alex Curtis Andrew Clarke Queen Mary SC 5 20 21 24 18 10 53
19th 1374 Samuel Rowell James Hudson Felixstowe 4 OCS 17 19 15 22 55
20th 2582 Toby Hodge Matt Ponsford Chichester YC 15 13 29 13 22 14 55
21st 2991 Megan Backshouse James Penty Beaver SC 14 19 26 22 8 20 61
22nd 1660 Steph Harding Katherine Colvin CYC DNC OCS 10 6 29 17 62
23rd 1482 Harry Bowerman Charlie Williams Hayling Island SC DNC 14 19 29 9 24 66
24th 148 Alice Masterman Iona Williams Hayling Island SC 16 25 8 28 32 23 72
25th 1404 Robert Morris Rebecca Morris Shropshire SC 18 24 24 21 DNF 19 82
26th 2509 Cameron Stewart Oliver Cutbill Hayling Island SC 17 21 23 33 27 28 88
27th 1429 Lydia Mapstone Camilla Mapstone DNF 32 30 27 19 25 101
28th 1800 Meghan Fletcher Hannah Eskritt Scaling Dam 26 27 25 25 28 31 103
29th 1140 Rebecca Anthony Finbar Preston Emsworth SC 22 26 34 31 35 29 108
30th 1799 George Shelley Ed Shelley Shropshire SC DNC 29 28 30 26 26 109
31st 2587 Adam Kay Lisa Kay Warsash SC DNC 28 37 26 21 42 112
32nd 1305 Tom Paddock Richard Randall Oakham/Rutland SC 20 30 33 36 31 34 114
33rd 2012 Phoebe Warren Tabitha Peel Emsworth SC DNC 34 32 34 24 27 117
34th 2508 Robert McPherson Herbee Harford DNF 22 31 32 33 DNC 118
35th 870 Joe Winbush Oliver jack DWSC 25 31 35 39 34 32 122
36th 1838 Jenny Boyd Isabel Scruby Oakham/Rutland SC DNC 35 27 35 36 29 126
37th 843 Steph Webber Meadhbh Hogg Hill head SC 24 36 47 40 38 33 131
38th 211 Hester Brisbourne Tom Endacott Shropshire SC 27 38 36 38 39 35 136
39th 121 Hannah Maycock Ester Sidebotham DWSC DNC 39 39 37 30 39 145
40th 1641/365 Morgan Peach Jovian Short Royal Torbay YC DNC 45 44 15 DNF 44 148
41st 01/04/2317 Alistaire Thorley Daniel Griffin DWSC DNF 37 38 42 37 37 149
42nd 571 Lily Summers Molly Peel Emsworth SC 29 41 41 44 DNC 43 154
43rd 34 Delanie Rutter Islay Grant Emsworth Slipper SC DNC 33 40 46 41 41 155
44th 2215 Ollie Cooper Callum Ellis Wraysbury Lake 9 DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 159
45th 1307 Tom Johnson Janaice Armour Oakham/Rutland SC DNC 40 43 41 DNC 36 160
46th 1306 Joe Burgin Angus Inman Oakham/Rutland SC DNC 43 45 45 40 38 166
47th 2313 Sophie Griffin Sarah Griffin DNF 42 46 47 DNC 40 175
48th 11 Molly Griffin Ruby Griffin DWSC DNC 44 42 43 DNF DNC 179
49th 2480 Emily Hime George Houston Hayling Island SC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 200

 

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