Result Details

Event name: Nationals - Gold Fleet
Date: 23 May 2009
Classtype:RS FEVA , see more results

Sekonda Feva Nationals – Final Day

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 subtley 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, a 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.

So the prize winners:
Merit awards:
-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

Silver fleet:
Jacob Barnett & Andrew Brierly (Royal Torbay)
Tristan Bracegirdle & Sam Barker (Castle Cove)
Jim Sowden & Jamie Tarrant (Highcliffe)
Josh Potts & Peter Budden (Spinnaker/ Hill Head)
Meg Fletcher & Hannah Eskritt (Scaling Dam)
Abigail Tanguy & Clare Chapple (Guernsey)

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):
Owen Bowerman & Charlie Darling (HISC)
Robert Baddeley & James Taylor (Burghfield)
Niall Houston & Syd Mclean (HISC)

Ladies: (both 17 or under on first day of event)
Cathy Lear & Francine Counsell (Oakham School/Rutland)
Eilidh McIntyre & Vikki Payne (HISC/Emsworth)
Steph Harding & Kat Colvin (Hollowell)

Tim Gratton & Chris Taylor (HISC)
Debbie & Tommy Darling (HISC)
Owen Bowerman & Charlie Darling (HISC)
Cathy Lear & Francine Counsell (Oakham School/Rutland)
Will Lowes & Hugo Tucker (Whitstable/ Emsworth)
Robert Baddeley & James Taylor (Burghfield)

Silver Fleet Results

Rank SailNo Helm Crew Club R4 Nett
1 2686 Tim Gratton Chris Taylor Hayling Island SC no result 3
2 1 Debbie Darling Tommy Darling Hayling Island SC no result 7
3 3105 Owen Bowerman Charlie Darling Hayling Island SC no result 8
4 2915 Cathy Lear Francine Counsell Oakham / Rutland SC no result 10
5 1226 Will Lowes Hugo Tucker Whitstable YC no result 11
6 3307 Robert Baddeley James Taylor Burghfield SC no result 12
7 380 Niall Houston Syd Mclean Hayling Island SC no result 13
8 1518 Peter Curtis James Curtis Island Barn SC no result 16
9 3000 Hugo Jones-Warner James Poyner Hayling Island SC no result 21
10 576 Will Acres Ed Bowman Emsworth SC no result 25
11 3030 Eilidh McIntyre Victoria Payne Hayling Island SC / Emsworth SC no result 26
12 3100 Stephanie Harding Katherine Colvin Hollowell SC no result 27
13 1671 Jessica Lavery Georgie Mothersele Emsworth SC no result 27
14 3184 Suzy Peters Emily Peters Hayling Island SC no result 30
15 839 Libby Watkins Abbie Heathcote Dabchicks SC / West Mersea YC no result 32
16 2821 Jack Hawkins Chris Thomas Restronguet SC no result 32
17 655 Tim Norris Mollie Knowlden Warsash SC no result 33
18 2574 Charlie Warren Harry Derbyshire Emsworth SC no result 35
19 3027 Ben Davies Tristen Ellis Aldeburgh YC no result 35
20 2215 Ollie Cooper Callum Ellis Hayling Island no result 36
21 2600 Ruth Allan Tess Allan Emsworth SC no result 40
22 2920 Alice Kent Lucy Childs Oakham / Rutland SC no result 40
23 1918 Robert Loveridge Emma Loveridge Draycote Water SC no result 41
24 365 Amber Brown Jamie Brown Burghfield SC no result 42
25 2837 Alexandra Orton Stephanie Orton Chichester YC no result 44
26 1404 Robert Morris Rebecca Morris Shropshire SC no result 45
27 3120 Alex Curtis Andrew Clarke Queen Mary SC no result 46
28 3383 Graham Beck Matthew Beck Guernsey YC no result 48
29 3098 Adam Goddard Hannah Rickards Guernsey YC no result 51
30 1465 Alison Grennan Ellie Gaddes Delph SC no result 51
31 1664 Harry Bowerman Cameron Stewart Hayling Island SC no result 52
32 1140 Rebecca Anthony Finbar Preston Emsworth SC no result 54
33 3360 Jemima Lawson Morgan Dibb Emsworth SC / Warsash SC no result 61
34 2582 Toby Hodge Abbie Page Chichester YC no result 62
35 1799 George Shelley Edward Shelley Shropshire SC no result 62
36 2416 Robert Masterman Tom Stewart Hayling Island SC no result 63
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