The day dawned perfectly. 15 – 20 knots and not a concern about the slight rain. The whiff of adrenaline was in the air… or was it the full English breakfast for long-lasting energy – (sorry the coaches may be reading this – porridge and orange juice!). The heavier sailors were looking for revenge after the mugging they had received from the talented but relatively inexperienced (in Feva terms) lightweights. Whilst a number in the current pecking order had survived well the results sheet was looking decidedly odd. Credit where its due though and you don’t get to the front of a nationals fleet without performing in the conditions facing you.
So for some it was drysuits on, most in wetsuits with extra protection, and head out for the 10 o’clock adrenaline fest. That was when IT happened. The sun appeared the day grew hot, the wind dropped and despite some valiant attempts by Arky and Team, the stopper was firmly shoved back in the adrenaline bottle. After two hours Arky sent the sailors ashore to get out of drysuits, drink a load of fluids and generally chill.
Now chilling is something Feva sailors do well. So much so that the occasional PA reminder was required to remind ever so subtly that certain activities surrounding youthful mayhem were actually slightly frowned upon. It was at this time that one of the major events of the day occurred. Sophie Williams’ dad Neil was out, cycling in the glorious Dorset countryside when a bump jumped into the way of his bike. At slow speed Neil hit the deck and, but for his helmet, would have been close to brown bread. Helmet completely mangled but his saviour! Arm not looking good though so he and wife Kate (both doctors) went to the local accident department and life being what is ended up with Kate sewing Neil up. Got to say that after the initial reports it was brilliant to see him back in one piece later on, Moral of this story? Wear your helmets! It’s not just high speed crashes that are dangerous…
Anyway, back to yachting related matters. There wasn’t any – yet – but with a last start deadline of 4pm approaching a zephyr was detected. The Zephyr not only stayed but build up to a whacking 4-6 knots. The GBR ISAF worlds youth squad was able to chase the wind around the harbour and get some useful practice in (nice one Steve (Irish) – coach – for getting it on!). So 72 Fevas launched (actually it was 71 as one of the Guernsey boats had the clarity of foresight and cleared of for an early ferry!). Game on but no prospect of unstoppering the adrenaline – lightweights had smiles breaking out all over the place!
The fleet stuck at it, the race officer stuck at it, the spectators stuck at it, the live tracking was stuck at it, Aeolius though must have been at the ambrosial nectar ( look that one up kids – two different references in that one!). I believe that 3 separate race courses were set in the last hour before the end but each time the wind shifted between 90 and 180 degrees. So having tried really hard, and everyone from sailors to race officials team to parents been incredibly patient, the results from the previous day were going to stand save for the one undecided protest.
A slight delay to the prizegiving occurred as a result of the protest being heard but there was a fairly timely departure for most. So what of the weekend? General impressions first and then a run down of the winners.
The sailing was light but the results had to be fair on balance for the conditions that prevailed. You had to feel sorry for the boats that dipped out for no fault of their own like Ollie Cooper & Callum Ellis (there were of course others but one example should suffice). They suffered badly from there not being a discard in the gold series, as they had been hooked between shroud and mast by the boom of an over-optimistic interloper at the start of the only gold fleet race and taken a while to untangle. The miscreants very fairly accepted their wrong very quickly and went and did their turns. For the poor old victims though the way to the front, from their unexpected and undeserved position, was blocked by the conditions and distance lost. So having qualified in 6th place or so, 20th overall was the final position.
The venue was positively as close as you could get to mid spring Mediterranean as it is possible to get in this country. With the fantastic new paved area and slip ways in front of the hangar, with the balconies allowing for gentle relaxation, with the Fireballs doing their second day of gentle boat bumbling it was more Monaco or Barcelona than Dorset!
The socials were awesome – not all of the socialising was organised but the BBQ was perfectly splendid, the chucking balls around was athletic, the being towed on two scooters simultaneously was death defying, I must have missed the unicycle special, the Wii was great but the biscuit was taken by the 6 radio controlled cars that had the racecourse set out inside the hangar absolutely humming. Simply brilliant Jon – thank you. We can always rely on Jon’s lateral thinking to give us the most amazing fun.
A little farewell then before the end. Tim & Chris won’t be back other than perhaps occasionally as assistant coaches so good luck to both of them with Tim being first up at the 420 worlds the same week as the Feva Europeans on the same lake! I don’t think Libby Watkins and Abbie Heathcote are able to make Garda so a 15th overall is a nice way to bow out – go for it girls! Meg Fletcher & Hannah Eskritt are I think going on to RS200’s at Scaling Dam and up north – have fun! But I think we’ll be seeing more of all others yet – so till next time!
Many, many thanks to all those helpers and sponsors who made it all possible, Sekonda Watches in particular and David Merriman for saying some gracious words and handing out the prizes.
There were some dark satanic mills in operation though known as rumour mills. These are never worth listening to but to set any records straight that need setting straight here we go. It is true that, as every year, we review training after the Squad training season finishes (last weekend for those not in the know). It is true that the RYA support our efforts. It is true that we have applied to the RYA to look at our class status in the Junior training world. It is true that we are in discussions with the RYA about our training and how we might improve it even more given that our training has improved on an annual basis since we first doing squad training and is now as good as any going. It is true that we are seeking to improve even more, yet again. It is NOT true that any decisions have as yet been made. But it is true that when decisions are made as to how we can improve you will all be amongst the first to know as I am incredibly proud of what and how we do things and I’ll be wanting, as ever to shout from the roof tops about any improvements we can make. Until we have come to those decisions though, please do not listen to any rumours though as I can guarantee that as far as Feva Training is concerned – they are all guesses. We do hope to have been able to have made decisions by the HISC Grand Prix meeting but I hope that I’m not holding myself as a hostage to fortune by saying that.
- Kellie Carmichael & Emily McCall for being our first genuine Scottish competitors to make the journey to the nationals, in their case all the way from Annandale SC.
- Molly & Ruby Griffin for doing their first training session at Draycote only two weeks ago, deciding to come to the nationals and hitting their target of finishing every race.
- Adam & Lisa Kay for being the best turned out in team kit, even down to matching sunglasses
Best Club: HISC
Families: (meaning an adult with a child – sorry Peters girls 14th overall!)
1. Debbie & Tommy Darling (HISC)
2. Peter & James Curtis (Island Barn)
3. Graham & Matthew Beck (Guernsey)
Juniors: (both helm and crew under 13 on first day of event)
1. Owen Bowerman & Charlie Darling (HISC)
2. Robert Baddeley & James Taylor (Burghfield)
3. Niall Houston & Syd Mclean (HISC)
Ladies: (both 17 or under on first day of event)
1. Cathy Lear & Francine Counsell (Oakham School/Rutland)
2. Eilidh McIntyre & Vikki Payne (HISC/Emsworth)
3. Steph Harding & Kat Colvin (Hollowell)
|1st||2686||Tim Gratton||Chris Taylor||Hayling Island SC||2||1||3|
|2nd||1||Debbie Darling||Tommy Darling||Hayling Island SC||3||4||7|
|3rd||3105||Owen Bowerman||Charlie Darling||Hayling Island SC||6||2||8|
|4th||2915||Cathy Lear||Francine Counsell||Oakham / Rutland SC||5||5||10|
|5th||1226||Will Lowes||Hugo Tucker||Whitstable YC||3||8||11|
|6th||3307||Robert Baddeley||James Taylor||Burghfield SC||6||6||12|
|7th||380||Niall Houston||Syd Mclean||Hayling Island SC||10||3||13|
|8th||1518||Peter Curtis||James Curtis||Island Barn SC||7||9||16|
|9th||3000||Hugo Jones-Warner||James Poyner||Hayling Island SC||14||7||21|
|10th||576||Will Acres||Ed Bowman||Emsworth SC||15||10||25|
|11th||3030||Eilidh McIntyre||Victoria Payne||Hayling Island SC / Emsworth SC||15||11||26|
|12th||1671||Jessica Lavery||Georgie Mothersele||Emsworth SC||8||19||27|
|13th||3100||Stephanie Harding||Katherine Colvin||Hollowell SC||12||15||27|
|14th||3184||Suzy Peters||Emily Peters||Hayling Island SC||16||14||30|
|15th||839||Libby Watkins||Abbie Heathcote||Dabchicks SC / West Mersea YC||20||12||32|
|16th||2821||Jack Hawkins||Chris Thomas||Restronguet SC||16||16||32|
|17th||655||Tim Norris||Mollie Knowlden||Warsash SC||20||13||33|
|18th||3027||Ben Davies||Tristen Ellis||Aldeburgh YC||13||22||35|
|19th||2574||Charlie Warren||Harry Derbyshire||Emsworth SC||15||20||35|
|20th||2215||Ollie Cooper||Callum Ellis||Wraysbury Lake SC||6||30||36|
|21st||2920||Alice Kent||Lucy Childs||Oakham / Rutland SC||13||27||40|
|22nd||2600||Ruth Allan||Tess Allan||Emsworth SC||16||24||40|
|23rd||1918||Robert Loveridge||Emma Loveridge||Draycote Water SC||16||25||41|
|24th||365||Amber Brown||Jamie Brown||Burghfield SC||25||17||42|
|25th||2837||Alexandra Orton||Stephanie Orton||Chichester YC||13||31||44|
|26th||1404||Robert Morris||Rebecca Morris||Shropshire SC||27||18||45|
|27th||3120||Alex Curtis||Andrew Clarke||Queen Mary SC||25||21||46|
|28th||3383||Graham Beck||Matthew Beck||Guernsey YC||25||23||48|
|29th||1465||Alison Grennan||Ellie Gaddes||Delph SC||23||28||51|
|30th||3098||Adam Goddard||Hannah Rickards||Guernsey YC||25||26||51|
|31st||1664||Harry Bowerman||Cameron Stewart||Hayling Island SC||20||32||52|
|32nd||1140||Rebecca Anthony||Finbar Preston||Emsworth SC||25||29||54|
|33rd||3360||Jemima Lawson||Morgan Dibb||Emsworth SC / Warsash SC||28||33||61|
|34th||1799||George Shelley||Edward Shelley||Shropshire SC||26||36||62|
|35th||2582||Toby Hodge||Abbie Page||Chichester YC||27||35||62|
|36th||2416||Robert Masterman||Tom Stewart||Hayling Island SC||29||34||63|
|1st||2617||Jacob Barnett||Emma Barnett||Royal Torbay YC||33||4||37|
|2nd||3018||Tristan Bracegirdle||Sam Barker||Castle Cove SC||38||1||39|
|3rd||1434||Jim Sowden||Jamie Tarrant||Highcliffe SC||39||2||41|
|4th||2890||Joshua Potts||Peter Budden||Spinnaker Club / Hill Head SC||36||6||42|
|5th||1800||Meghan Fletcher||Hannah Eskritt||Scaling Dam SC||31||13||44|
|6th||3075||Abigail Tanguy||Clare Chapple||Guernsey YC||49||3||52|
|7th||2587||Adam Kay||Lisa Kay||Warsash SC||41||11||52|
|8th||1307||Tom Johnson||Tom Neate||Oakham / Rutland SC||37||16||53|
|9th||3066||Morgan Peach||david Mckinlay||Royal Torbay Yacht Club||45||10||55|
|10th||3357||Matilda Dolin||William Dolin||Burghfield SC||38||17||55|
|11th||2045||Emily Nagel||Sarah Kent||Oakham / Rutland SC||37||20||57|
|12th||524||Edward Condor||Edward Panek||Gurnard SC||49||9||58|
|13th||3001||Sophie Andrews||Alice Masterman||Hayling Island SC||44||14||58|
|14th||1768||Sarah Hussey||Esme Jones||Royal Torbay YC||55||5||60|
|15th||2995||Gemma Bird||Rafaella Quinton||Hayling Island SC||31||30||61|
|16th||1250||Jovian Short||James Barlow||Royal Torbay YC||51||12||63|
|17th||843||Steph Webber||Meadhbh Hogg||Hill Head SC||58||7||65|
|18th||34||Delane Rutter||Islay Grant||Emsworth||58||8||66|
|19th||2508||Robert McPherson||Herbie Harford||Royal Torbay YC||48||18||66|
|20th||1306||Joe Burgin||Angus Inman||Oakham / Rutland SC||44||23||67|
|21st||211||Hester Brisbourne||Anna McCormack||Shropshire SC||46||24||70|
|22nd||2883||Molly Gilbert||Mollie Lippett||Emsworth SC||50||21||71|
|23rd||3173||Kellie Carmichael||Emily McCall||Annandale SC||54||19||73|
|24th||148||Iona Williams||Oli Cutbill||Hayling Island SC||51||22||73|
|25th||1525||Oliver Wright||Greg Wright||Royal Torbay YC||59||15||74|
|26th||2991||Megan Backhouse||Molly Peel||Beaver SC / Emsworth SC||47||29||76|
|27th||2012||Phoebe Warren||Tabitha Peel||Emsworth SC||46||31||77|
|28th||1838||Jenny Boyd||Isabel Scruby||Oakham / Rutland SC||54||28||82|
|29th||1839||Ed Lewis||Toni Duffy||Oakham / Rutland SC||57||27||84|
|30th||1829||Beth Garland||Lewis Garland||Emsworth Slipper SC||51||34||85|
|31st||571||Lilly Summers||Zoe Smith||Emsworth SC / Emsworth Slipper SC||54||32||86|
|32nd||1308||Sveta Radionovskaya||Misha Radionovsky||Oakham / Rutland SC||56||35||91|
|33rd||3341||Ben Oliver||Tom Oliver||Calshot SC||67||25||92|
|34th||1305||Tom Paddock||Richard Randall||Oakham / Rutland SC||67||26||93|
|35th||11||Molly Griffin||Ruby Griffin||Draycote Water SC||61||36||97|
|36th||2480||Georgina Houston||Emily Hine||Hayling Island SC||70||33||103|
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