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Tokio Marine HCC RS Feva Spring Championships at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Nick Hutton-Penman 26 Mar 2018 15:18 BST 24-25 March 2018
Tokio Marine HCC RS Feva Spring Championships © Nick Hutton-Penman

The RS Feva circuit moved from a very wintery Winter Championships at Weymouth to a very spring like Spring Championships at Draycote Water.

An excellent turnout of 62 boats but a forecast of very light conditions all weekend looked like it would be difficult for both the sailors and race Committee alike! Spotting the shifts and the puffs was certainly the order of the weekend and it has to be said that the consistency shown at the front of the fleet just showed it could be done!

Saturday arrival saw zephyrs across Draycote Water and an inevitable postponement for an hour or so whilst the wind filled in a little. In the end the fleet launched just after lunch but only one race was possible as the wind weakened again. Very worthy winners of race one were the now renowned light weather specialists Tom Storey and Rupert Jameson (Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club/Hayling Island Sailing Club) but following them home in a fantastic second place was RS Tera duo Tom Ahlheid and Tom Stratton-Brown (Frensham Pond Sailing Club) and with Blake and Brett Tudor (Brightlingsea Sailing Club) a great third.

Day two saw the sailors lose an hour of sleep for British Summer Time and another hour because the race officer decided an earlier start was required to make the best of the more favourable forecast in an attempt to get five races in. Whilst everyone duly turned up on time and were greeted with a better breeze, the breeze remained fickle all day and in the end only three further races were possible.

It has to be said that day two was dominated by three boats who pretty much commanded the top three places in all the races. The first race of the day was won in brilliant style by Gabby Clifton and Daisy Weston (Dabchicks Sailing Club) who were taking part in their first Feva event having been sailing in Optimists, they certainly showed the Feva fleet what they are capable of and had a significant lead. Second place went to Robbie McDonald and Teddy Ferguson (HISC/Windermere School) and third to Tom and Rupert. The second race of the day saw the same top three but a slightly different order but with a twist. Tom and Rupert were again worthy winners followed home by another great result from Gabby and Daisy. Third across the line was Ben Hutton-Penman and Abi Jayasekara (Corinthian Otters), only to find they had been black flagged at the start and so promoting Robbie and Teddy. The third and (as it turned out to be) final race saw Ben and Abi put the previous race disappointment behind them to win, in second were Robbie and Teddy and third Gabby and Daisy.

One final race was attempted but had to be stopped 20 seconds before the start and so four races and one discard saw Tom and Rupert crowned very worthy RS Feva Spring Champions on five points, they were chased very hard by second place and first girls Gabby and Daisy, who sailed an inspired second day and certainly are pairing to watch, and the ever consistent Robbie and Teddy in 3rd. Winners of the Endeavour Trophy for working hard all weekend were Callum Fraser and Stephen Carty (Burnham Sailing Club) and also a very well done to RS Tera sailors Tom Ahlheid and Tom Stratton-Brown for an excellent 5th place overall in their first Feva Regatta.

We would like to thank Tokio Marine HCC for sponsoring the event and providing the children with great T-shirts and very important whistles (please keep these safe and read the SIs in the future!). We would also like to thank Richard Pye and the race team for all their efforts and the whole Draycote team for making us feel so welcome.

Next event stops are the RS Sprint Championships on 22nd April followed by our Third Grand Prix on the 28/29th April at Queen Mary Sailing Club. Please also remember to get booked in for the Nationals at the end of May at Weymouth and Portland, it will be a great event so spread the word and get all your friends along. Charter boats are available and we are looking for a record entry.

And finally, good luck to our lucky UK sailors off to Florida for the World Championships over Easter, let's hope we will be celebrating with a UK World Champion in a couple of weeks time.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st6680Tom StoreyRupert JamesonYorkshire Dales SC131‑65
2nd4629Gabby CliftonDaisy WestonDabchicks SC‑141236
3rd6214Robbie McDonaldTeddy FergusonHISC / Windermere School‑82327
4th7000Ben Hutton‑PenmanAbi JayasekaraCorinthian Otters65(BFD)112
5th5782Tom AhlheidTom Stratton‑BrownFPSC2‑199415
6th5775Sophie DennisOlivia Bracey‑DavisHISC1344‑1421
7th4631Sophie JohnsonDylan CollingbourneBlackwater SC‑19136524
8th4470Quinn EdmondsFin OliverChew Valley Lake SC107‑11724
9th501Caitlin morleyJoe blakerBurnham sailing club / Benfleet sailing4‑2052029
10th5764Oliver RaynerMatthew RaynerYorkshire Dales SC / Ripon SC‑341210830
11th4624Alice DavisAlastair BrownGreat Moor SC714‑231031
12th6345Kuba StaiteNick EvansHISC / Blackwater Sailing Club116‑251734
13th2431Blake TudorBrett TudorBrightlingsea Sailing Club3‑3182435
14th6037Freddy WoodLucy HewitsonHayling Island Sailing Club91115(RET)35
15th6330Phoebe PetersRachel PykeHISC5‑29171638
16th5000Ralph NevileLuke AnsteyFrensham Pond SC18‑2314941
17th3672Alexander RatseyIssy SpurwayRWYC/ Bowmoor/HISC‑2616131241
18th3159Julia StaiteMattie EvansHISC(BFD)1572547
19th6312Joshua DaviesFreddie EllisSevenoaks School(BFD)10261147
20th3373Ching WongElinor OlearyIsland Barn Reservoir Sailing Club15924‑3248
21st5847Julia BarnesEloise Clapson McBrideRTYC/ LLSC‑3318221353
22nd6264Kevin FarrellLiam FarrellLlandudno SC(DNC)8163054
23rd2422Fergus PyeSamuel BlakerDraycote Water Sailing Club / Benfleet Y162519‑3460
24th6200Angus KilpatrickFreddie FisherHISC12‑34272261
25th5900Tess SadowskiFrances DaubenyBough Beach Sailing club17‑42311563
26th6300Raulf BerryBen BradleyHISC / Hill Head282218‑3368
27th5450joe slipperTea SirollaQMSC231729‑4169
28th6895Tom BurkeTheo StewartConiston SC2421‑373176
29th5028Joshua ManningLucy HughesRydal Penrhos / Pwllheli(BFD)46121977
30th6919Ollie BunceArchie BakerOakham/Rutland2133‑422377
31st6199Ethan GerrellTom BarnesQM/RTYC/HISC‑5228282177
32nd5545Felix StewartJake HarrisWindermere School‑3230202878
33rd4079Annie HammettEmma WellsHISC‑3735212682
34th4904Katheryn BynePhoebe JonesDraycote Water Sailing Club2926‑482782
35th1665Jamie TylecoteJoseph GreenRutland2043‑442992
36th6150Alice LucyAlex BrownRutland/ Oakham3939‑431896
37th4042Will SunderlandBen YearsleyOlton Mere/ Solihull School3624‑463696
38th5279Esme BarracloughWilliam BaileyRipon SC/ Yorkshire Dales SC254130‑4596
39th6524Issy LeetchJames MansfieldRutland / Oakham/ Rutland2736‑4940103
40th6580Jorja MarshallAlissa MarshallRHS22‑494046108
41st6525Sian NutterKata KempOakham/Rutland492732‑51108
42nd4945Eilish GrahamOlivia RawlinsonDRSC / Coniston SC383733‑39108
43rd6613Ioan ThompsonOscar ThompsonTenby3538(BFD)37110
44th1430Ben DeardenThomas DonaldRipon / YDSC/ DRSC43‑513435112
45th516Sandy BaileyJack FrancisExe Sailing Club3132(BFD)54117
46th5802Jude SolomonsFred GwinnettOakham/Rutland30‑524543118
47th6153Libby PetitIssy Heller‑JanesOakham/Rutland41‑454138120
48th809Oliver JohnsonNathan ClarkAlton Water Sailing Club / Burnham Saili424436‑52122
49th6611Theo AersRhiannon WebberBlackwater SC Squiddies‑47403844122
50th6819Blake LattaAlice SmithHISC / Weston SC‑50483542125
51st4240Casper BartonTom EdwardsBough beech40‑533949128
52nd4917Rosie SheahanSusie SheahanCVLSC484750‑53145
53rd6047Jack TuckerCharlie TuckerBurnham SC Squiddies44‑555250146
54th6505Ruby AndrewsGemma RaymondSquiddies/Blackwater(BFD)505147148
55th89Max RawlinsonJames ArmstrongConiston SC / Tees and Hartlepool yacht(BFD)544748149
56th5563Patrick FultonGeorge PotterTonbridge School46‑565456156
57th6323Libby ThompsonMeggie Caldwell 45‑575755157
58th1409Callum FraserStephen CartyBurnham Sailing Club51‑585558164
59th1002Alfie SheahanBen HookCVLSC54‑605357164
60th5560Henry KaplanBaptiste LaurencinTonbridge School53‑595659168
61st3Tonbridge SchoolTonbridge SchoolTonbridge School(DNC)DNCDNCDNC189
61st4Tonbridge SchoolTonbridge SchoolTonbridge School(DNC)DNCDNCDNC189

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