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Volvo RS Feva Grand Prix at Whitstable Yacht Club

by Tom Storey on 18 Jul 8-9 July 2017

The fourth and final RS Feva Grand Prix at Whitstable Yacht Club on 8th and 9th July started with excellent conditions.

Saturday morning brought light yet sailable wind and non-stop sunshine making the day lovely for both on land and shore. On the water, the first race was a light one with large shifts and patchy wind providing an tactical race for all sailors. Tom Storey and Ollie Kent Yorkshire Dales SC won this followed by Alice Davis and Alastair Brown Great Moor SC and Sophie Johnson and Becky Caiger Blackwater SC and Sevenoaks School. The second race provided more wind with close racing and a difficult start line. Will Caiger and Caitlin Morley Sevenoaks School and Burnham SC took the race win, Tom and Ollie 2nd and Sophie and Becky in 3rd. The final race of Saturday had much the same conditions with wind still building causing a tight finish with Tom and Ollie just beating Sophie Johnson and Becky Caiger.

Saturday evening gave us a beautiful sunset and a warm marquee for sailors to checkout their sun tan, (or burn in many cases!). Whitstable town's restaurants and shops provided much entertainment for the sailors that evening.

Sunday morning didn't seem hopeful with patchy wind and strong tide, however gradually the wind filled in to a nice North-Easterly covering the course. As race 4 started the wind dropped off completely, swung round 180 degrees and picked up again meaning the race officers attempt at race 4 had to be abandoned. Once the wind had filled in on the opposite direction the race team quickly re-laid a course, race 4 was on the way again. Large shifts and on and off wind meant hard but interesting sailing eventually ending with Tom and Ollie taking first,William Caiger and Caitling Morley in 2nd and Ethan Gerrell and Tom Barnes from Queen Mary SC and Royla Torbay SC in 3rd.

The final race provided us with much the same. As before Tom and Ollie took the first with Will and Caitlin in second. This meant, once all boats were ashore and the bananas donated to the sailors were kindly distributed, Tom and Ollie took first in both the overall Grand Prix series and the Whitstable event with Will and Caitlin second in the event and Sophie and Becky in third.

The UK RS Feva Class Association would like to thank Whitstable YC for a super weekend, the club and surroundings allowed all those who made the journey to have a super time, the event management was top class and the members of the club made all competitors and their families feel very welcome.

Next for the RS Feva class, the BIG one the RS Feva WORLD Championships in Medemblik – Netherlands!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st6680Tom StoreyOllie KentYorkshire Dales1‑21114
2nd5627William CaigerCaitlin MorleySevenoaks School / Burnham SC‑313228
3rd5626Sophie JohnsonBecky CaigerBlackwater SC / Sevenoaks School‑8325313
4th4624Alice DavisAlastair BrownGreat Moor Sailing Club2‑1546517
5th5453Josh DaviesJack OakleyRHS585‑11725
6th6312Joshua DaviesIan RatnageSevenoaks School7‑978426
7th4470Quinn EdmondsFin OliverChew Valley Lake SC47‑1210627
8th6505Rupert JamesonLucy HewitsonHISC10684‑1628
9th1915Lauren DiscombeSophie DorringtonHISC / WWSC6‑11117933
10th4626Tim HireAbby HireRoyal Lymington YC1446‑171337
11th6199Ethan GerrellTom BarnesQueen Mary/ RTYC1517‑183843
12th5564Max BeverleySam RawlinsTonbridge School11‑149131043
13th6569Nicholas RossBlake LattaPortchester Sailing Club1312‑19121249
14th4240Tess SadowskiJoe WarwickerBough Beech Sailing Club1216‑1791451
15th5517Maggie RickmanNancy RickmanPapercourt / HISC9510(DNC)DNC53
16th5450Joe SlipperTea SirollaQueen Mary‑221813141156
17th4917Ted LaneAlfie SheahanChew Valley SC‑171315161559
18th5451Alexander MaclayNatalie MaclayGrafham Water1610‑24191863
19th5559Henry KaplanDylan ThatcherTonbridge School20(BFD)14152372
20th6490Tom OliverHarry NewtonWhitstable Yacht Club‑232316232082
21st5562Patrick FultonBlake PhilpotTonbridge School18212320‑2482
22nd3333Abbey MumfordEvie HerringtonRedoubt SC / Down SC2419‑25212185
23rd4245Alex CookFrances DaubenyBough Beach sailing club21(BFD)21182686
24th2046Alex WilsonHarry WilsonWSC‑262226241789
25th5563Ben HampsonTheo RangarajanTonbridge School19(BFD)22DNC2292
26th5561Tom EvansMax LawrenceTonbridge School252020(DNC)DNC94
27th6491Hugo Eaton‑BaudainsIggy McNallyWhitstable YC2725‑28251996
28th5560Molly McGlashanBenedict DaviesWhitstable‑282427222598
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