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Tokio Marine HCC RS Feva Inlands and 29er taster at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club

by Nick Hutton-Penman 19 Jun 2018 10:13 BST 16-17 June 2018
Tokio Marine HCC RS Feva Inlands at Chew Valley Lake © Andy Hook

The next stop for the RS Feva Grand Prix series was the Tokio Marine HCC Inland Championships at the picturesque Chew Valley Lake near Bristol. The weekend weather was forecast to be excellent with plenty of wind forecast on both days, slightly less on Sunday.

And so it was; the sailors on Saturday were greeted with a relatively strong South Westerly and by the time the first warning signal was sounded, at a relatively civilised 12.00, there were white horses beginning to form. First boat out of the blocks was Ben Hutton-Penman this weekend sailing with little Archie Kemp (Corinthian Otters), they were followed home by Ralph Neville (Frensham Pond) who had poached star crew Rupert Jameson (HISC) for the weekend and then third young Alice Davis and Alistair Brown (Great Moor Sailing Club).

As the wind started to build, the bigger sailors started to really fly. Race 2 saw a switch at the front with Ralph and Rupert taking the win from Ben and Archie with Robbie McDonald and Teddy Ferguson (HISC/Windermere School) in third. For the final race of the day Ben and Archie got the better of Ralph and Rupert with sister/brother act Becky and William Caiger (Sevenoaks School) switching roles for this event and coming third.

So at the end of the first day, Ben and Archie led, followed closely by Ralph and Rupert with a very consistent young Alice and Alistair 3rd. It is also worth pointing out that the rest of the top six were made up of girl combos with Ching Wong and Eleanor O'Leary fourth, Sophie Dennis and Olivia Bracey-Davies fifth and Katheryn Byrne and Ellie Rush sixth.

Sunday dawned with a lighter breeze that was forecast to build during the day, four races were scheduled. Race one saw a real swap around at the front with Robbie and Teddy taking a clear win from the ever consistent Alice and Alistair and local boys Quinn Edmonds and Fin Oliver (Chew Valley Sailing Club) in an excellent third. The second race of the day saw Ben and Archie recover from a mid-fleet first race to win with a fantastic second for Ching and Eleanor and Ralph and Rupert third. Races three and four were dominated by three boats who finished in the same order in both races, Ben and Archie winning followed by Ralph and Rupert with Alice and Alistair third.

The top boats were consistent all weekend and the final count saw Ben and Archie crowned RS Feva Inland Champions with a net score of five points from five counting races, they were closely followed home by Ralph and Rupert on nine points and a very impressive third for Alice and Alistair on fifteen points. Robbie and Teddy finished fourth and top girls were Ching and Eleanor in fifth, who have certainly put their fear of windy sailing firmly behind them. Our Endeavour prize and they also won the most smiles prize from the race officer, were Megan Rhodes and Hugh Wylam.

Another fantastic event and a huge thank you to Race Office Robert, coordinator Nick Edmonds and all the very willing helpers at Chew Valley Sailing Club who made us feel so welcome. Thank you also to our sponsors Tokio Marine HCC. And finally, another huge well done to all our sailors who, once again, impressed the race team with their polite, happy and celebratory nature that was mentioned in the prize giving by the Race Officer and is so nice to hear.

A big shout also goes to Sue Ormerod, Toby Atherton and the 29er Class Association who brought down a 29er on Saturday and ran a talk on transition including a boat set up talk. Judging by the queue of children and all the questions, and this was after a long afternoon on the water, I think the 29er class will be seeing a number of our older children transition this year and next.

Next stop is Grafham Water on the 7th/8th July and then the Europeans at Weymouth in August. If you fancy taking part in competitive fleet racing held in a spirit of friendship and fun then come and join the Feva Class.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st7000Ben Hutton‑PenmanArchie KempCorinthian Otters1‑21‑161115
2nd5000Ralph NevileRupert JamesonFrensham Pond SC / HISC212‑10‑3229
3rd4624Alice DavisAlastair BrownGreat Moor Sailing Club3‑642‑63315
4th6214Robbie McDonaldTeddy FergusonHISC / Windermere School‑53(BFD)155418
5th3373Ching WongElinor OlearyIsland Barn Reservoir Sailing Club656‑1524‑823
6th6200Angus KilpatrickFreddie FisherHISC410‑17124‑13535
7th5775Sophie DennisOlivia Bracey DavisHISC788‑1196‑1538
8th2422Fergus PyeSamuel BlakerDraycote Water Sailing Club/ Benfleet ya10‑16778‑12739
9th5782Tom AhlheidTom Stratton‑BrownFrensham pond sailing club8111047(DSQ)‑1640
10th4904Katheryn ByneEllie RushDraycote Water Sailing Club/ Staunton Ha11955‑1310‑1740
11th4470Quinn EdmondsFin OliverCVLSC‑187‑1231181241
12th5627Becky CaigerWilliam CaigerSevenoaks School‑161536‑16111146
13th1665Jamie TylecoteTom coatesRutland / Leigh and Lowton1241313‑15‑14648
14th6330Phoebe PetersRachel PykeHISC1414‑159‑1771054
15th6199Ethan GerrellTom BarnesQMSC/RTYC91211‑17‑20161361
16th6112Amy BoyleBen HookSt Mawes Sailing Club/ Chew Valley SC15‑24(BFD)141415967
17th501Caitlin MorleyJoe blakerBurnham sailing club / Benfleet yacht cl19(DNF)98‑22212178
18th4940William JamesBen MeekSWYSA Salcombe YC‑26‑2316182191478
19th6599Ted LaneRupert ClaphamCVLSC1320(BFD)‑2110181879
20th5847Julia BarnesEloise Clapson McBrideRTYC / Leigh / Lowton‑201718191217‑2783
21st6613Ioan ThompsonOscar ThompsonTenby211314‑2518‑251985
22nd6820Emma HutchingsEliza Southpagham/ emsworth1719192019‑23(DNF)94
23rd6047Jack TuckerCharlie TuckerBurnham Sailing Club(DNC)1820‑24231922102
24th3333Abbey MumfordEvie HerringtonDowns Sailing Club‑24‑262123242020108
25th5450Joe SlipperOli LeesonSilverwing22212322‑28‑2624112
26th4917Rosie SheahanSusie SheahanCVLSC‑29‑272226262223119
27th5452Luke HumphriesLuca GuyonStarcross Yacht Club2322(BFD)‑27272425121
28th6188Megan GibsonMarnie CockrillLlandudno Sailing Club252524‑3125‑2726125
29th6201Sophie RavenCerys MorganExe Sailing Club27‑292528‑312929138
30th3999Megan RhodesHugh WylamSWYSA‑30‑302630293028143
31st87William De JaegerEdward SchnurrChew Valley Sailing Club2828(DNF)293028(DNC)143
32nd516Sandy BaileyJack Francis200Exe Sailing Club(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC170
32nd6264Kevin FarrellLiam FarrellLlandudno SC/(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC170

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