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insurance4dinghies.com RS Feva Inlands at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club

by RS Class Association 24 Jun 2013 16:09 BST 22-23 June 2013

Chew Valley Lake SC hosted the 2013 insurance4dinghies.com RS Feva Inland Championships on June 22/23. Fifty boats from across the country battled the wet & windy weather to compete in probably the windiest event in the class's history.

The forecast was 15 – 30 knots but luckily the valley gave a little shelter resulting in only a few 25 knot gusts but mainly an exhausting but exhilarating 15 knot average.

At start time on Saturday the fleet launched in dark cloud with rain showers skirting either side of the lake. The first start got away on an individual recall – 4 boats were over & came back around the line. Leading at the windward mark was Tom Darling & Will Dolin; 2nd Elliott Wells & Jake Todd; 3rd Jess & James Hammet. Elliott & Jake stormed into the lead downwind overtaking Tom & Will but these two boats were well clear of the rest of the fleet, a huge gust wiped out the middle of the fleet who were still coming downwind. The wind dropped on the final run allowing Tom & Will to overtake Elliott & Jake but they lost the inside lane at the final mark so Elliott & Jake took the win; 3rd Jamie Jobson & Daniel Armstrong.

The wind came back up to 15 knots for the 2nd race. Again Tom & Will lead at the windward mark; 2nd Hannah Bristow & Bobby Hewitt; 3rd Nick Robbins & Alicia Campbell-Bottoms. The huge gusts & tricky lulls took their toll & by the leeward gate Elliott & Jake were ahead of Hannah & Bobby with Tom & Will 3rd. Upwind Hannah & Bobby were in front; 2nd Elliott & Jake; 3rd Tom & Will then Elliott & Jake went right up the beat & found the breeze to lead at the final windward mark which they held to the finish; 2nd Hannah & Bobby; 3rd Tom & Will. 2 minutes later the rest of the fleet arrived at the finish.

On cue for the final race of the day the sun came out, the wind blew up & the Red Arrows did a fly past circling the lake ! After a clear start it was the same 3 boats flying upwind. Leading at the windward mark in race 3 was Tom & Will; 2nd Elliott & Jake; 3rd Hannah & Bobby. Downwind experts Elliott & Jake took the lead downwind & extended it upwind. Tom & Will in 2nd with Hannah & Bobby dropping back a fair distance but still in 3rd. The first two boats way ahead of the rest of fleet as gusts hit 20 knots, this was a 4 lap course so the back markers were well lapped. So a hat trick of wins for Elliott & Jake on day one.

On Sunday the winds were averaging 16 knots with the odd squall. After a general recall there was a black flag start. Tom & Will lead at the first windward mark but were caught black flag. Again big gusts & lulls leading to lots of place changing. Max Matthews & Guy Rivington took the lead by the leeward mark from Jamie & Daniel with Hannah & Bobby 3rd. Tom & Will went from 6th to 1st on next beat; 2nd Max & Guy; 3rd Hannah & Bobby. Max & Guy lead at leeward mark from Hannah & Bobby. A big gust of 27 knots knocked many of the back markers meanwhile Tom & Will back in the lead with Jamie & Daniel in 2nd having caught up downwind. Elliott & Jake retired with gear failure. With Tom & Will OCS the win went to Hannah & Bobby; 2nd Jamie & Daniel; 3rd Max & Guy.

For the 2nd start of the day the wind dropped to 15 knots & after a general recall the fleet got away all clear on a black flag. James Eales & Henry Collings were in front at the windward mark a lead they extended at the leeward gate; 2nd Tom & Will; 3rd Nick & Alicia who were overtaken downwind by Elliott & Jake. On the final run Tom & Will overtook downwind to take the win whilst Elliott & Jake climb to 2nd; 3rd James & Henry. The rest of the fleet were half a leg behind.

For the final race Elliott & Jake lead at the windward mark; 2nd Sophie Hempsell & Emily Covell; 3rd Tom & Will. Then downwind Arthur Brown & Niamh Davies climbed through as the wind dropped; 2nd Sophie & Emily; 3rd Hannah & Bobby. By the 2nd windward mark Hannah & Bobby lead; 2nd Elliott & Jake; 3rd Arthur & Niamh. Again Elliott & Jake overtook downwind; 2nd Sophie & Emily; 3rd Hannah & Bobby with Arthur & Niamh taking the other gate simultaneously. Elliott & Jake held on to win the final race and take the Inland Champs title; 2nd Sophie & Emily; 3rd Hannah & Bobby.

Well done to Elliott & Jake who won with four firsts & a 2nd ! Thanks to CVLSC for running a super event plus insurance4dinghies.com and the local Force 4 Chandlery for sponsoring the prizes.

More photos from the event can be found here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st4332Elliott WellsJake ToddHISC111(DNF)216
2nd3105Tom DarlingWill DolinHayling Island SC232(DSQ)1513
3rd4610Hannah BristowBobby HewittLeigh and Lowton‑102315314
4th4945Rebecca LewisImmi SlinnDraycote Water Sailing Club64654‑1325
5th4530James EalesHenry CollingsRLYC/HISC47‑963626
6th2508Jamie JobsonDaniel ArmstrongRTYC3‑204211727
7th4251Sophie HempsellEmily CovellBosham / HISC‑1211547229
8th4890Max MatthewsGuy RivingtonTudor SC51010320‑2848
9th1486Arthur BrownNiamh DaviesRoyal Burnham Yacht Club916‑21.5712448
10th2215Max GriggsCody GriggsRoyal Torbay YC7571417‑2950
11th4415Nick RobinsAlicia Campbell BottomsHISC‑151281210951
12th4740jess hammettjames hammettHISC/Papercourt81316814‑2059
13th4037Libby AskewHarriet Lucas‑ClementsHISC166‑2311151462
14th2791Cameron HarrisEuan HarrisDeben YC / Alton Water171517‑1881168
15th4623Edward NorburyCharlie HutchingsWarsash SC20221110‑241578
16th1492Jack NunnJessica JobsonRTYC‑2692517181281
17th4734Alex KingJosh HaynesWarsash/RLymYC‑382533166888
18th453Harry BarkerJoshua BeckBowmoor Sailing Club251719‑34131690
19th3737George HaynesTancredi CastellanoSevenoaks School182314(DSQ)251797
20th4608Bradley DuffyBella CoxOakham‑23142021212197
21st1389Graeme BristowMadeleine BristowLeigh and Lowton1118(DNS)139DNF102
22nd5039Gregory SaleLottie NeveOakham132924‑301919104
23rd5146Daniel LewisElliott MarshallDraycote Water Sailing Club34‑403891610107
24th2081Hamish OliverJames Rudd‑JonesSevenoaks School19241826‑2724111
25th4614Evelyn GaddLarissa ConnabeerRoyal Torbay Yacht Club1437121537‑41115
26th1836Jess HardingMilly GodfreyChew Valley Sailing Club‑452715242227115
27th4622Buzz GilksPoppy GilksQueen Mary SC(DNS)842232325121
28th3999Huw NunnDominic CotterillBowmoor SC2226133532‑39128
29th4725Michael DennisKeir WilliamsBaltic Wharf Sailing Club‑292827282823134
30th4470Cristian EdmondsRafe WatsonChew Valley Lake SC3121301934(DNF)135
31st4145Tristan PayneBen ToddHayling Island Sailing club213221.527‑3635136.5
32nd1250Milo GordonReuben WoodbridgeChew Valley Lake SC(DNF)3028223326139
33rd5000Anya GreenCharlotte OrmerodHISC‑401939362918141
34th4133Lily StreatfeildSophie BrownOakham‑373332203031146
35th4989Lewis KeenCharlie HowdenBewl Valley30‑4329253133148
36th3362Ellie WaltonHarriet WinbushDraycote Water SC28‑4231313532157
37th4000Ben HopperFinn JonesRoyal Torbay Yacht Club27363729‑4034163
38th4135Hannah LeafCharlie ByfordOakham333826(DNF)3930166
39th4974Victoria UptonAnna BroadExe Sailing Club24393433‑4238168
40th5037Joe HillsHenry NeveOakham3631(DNF)DSQ4122181
41st4417Louisa CoxsonEmily WoodcockBowmoor Sailing Club(DNF)34.5DNS372636184.5
42nd3792Tom DuttonIndia EdwardsShropshire SC4234.53638‑4337187.5
43rd3182William CunliffeJames CunliffeRoyal Torbay YC32‑4635394640192
44th4606Yuri BryarsAlex FrostOakham35444132‑4542194
45th5279Will SpurwayEd ConlanBowmoor3941404038‑43198
46th783David NunnLucinda CotterillBowmoor/CBYC4345434144(DNF)216
47th3638Alice EdmondsElizabeth WiddicombeChew Valley Lake SC41(DNF)44424845220
48th695finley armstrongmathew robertsroyal torbay yacht club46(DNF)DNS434944233
49th5288Maize HarkessCaitlin WebsterBowmoor44(DNF)DNSDNF4746239
50th3105Ben SykesMax CarterChew Valley Lake SC(DNF)47DNS4450DNF243

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