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RS Feva Grand Prix at Thorpe Bay YC

by Debbie Darling on 21 May 2012
Bollé RS Feva GP 2012 at Thorpe Bay YC Linzi Swindon
The Bollé RS Feva Grand Prix was held at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club last weekend, 19th and 20th May 2012. TBYC hosted a fantastic event laying on good race management, lovely food, decent weather (especially Sunday), top class debrief and a warm welcome.

The forecast was cold, cloudy but a decent breeze. In reality the 34 boats were met with light winds and hazy sun shine pushing through the high clouds. Racing started earlier than normal for a Feva GP due to tides and Race Officer Rupert Snow explained to the sailors that flood tides were slack but ebb tides rip out down the Thames. A postponement went up whilst the race team waited for the fleet to get to the race course in 5 knots of breeze.

The first race got away clear but a calm patch appeared downwind of the committee boat and began creeping towards the Feva course. As the wind strength dropped boats started dropping their kites as they drifted downwind. The race was shortened to one lap and it was Jenny Smallwood and Jamie Webb first with Chay and Stirling Taylor second followed in third by Anna Prescott and Jess Eales.

The wind disappeared, the tide started to ebb, boats struggled to stay with the committee boat so after an hour of waiting, rafted around the committee boat, racing was abandoned for the day.

TBYC had laid on a debrief from Mark Asquith ex-49er Olympic Development Squad sailor, the informative session was followed by a complimentary meal for competitors.

Sunday started grey and damp but perfect sailing conditions. The fleet got away on a black flag start after the first recall. Shifty 15 knots of breeze with flat water and slack tides meant the fleet were well split and evenly matched up the first beat. First at the windward mark was Flynn Davies and Daniel Lewis with Elliott Wells and Jake Todd second and Max Mathews and Guy Rivington in third. By the leeward gate it was Elliott and Jake rounding to starboard as Max and Guy rounded in unison to port through the gate. Incredibly close racing in flat out hiking conditions.

The race was shortened to three laps but leaders Max and Guy failed to spot the flag as did Elliott and Jake. Jenny and Jamie were first to spot the flag and took another win. second to finish was Anna and Jess whilst Tom Darling and Will Dolin spotted their mistake and rehoisted to make it back to the finish to stay in third.

The third race got underway quickly and it was local boats at the front. Leading at the first mark was Jourdan Swindon and Alex Bradley with Elliott and Jake second and Mo Hopper and Tally Eyre in third.

By the leeward gate Phoebe Warren and Tabby Peel had taken the lead which they held to finish as the breeze dropped to 10 knots. Max and Guy climbed to second with Elliott and Jake third.

The fourth race saw one boat caught black flag . Leaders at the windward mark were Flynn and Daniel again with Wills Murray and Will Ormerod in second then Sam Grade and Katie Prescott in third. Lots of changes at the front of the fleet with different leaders at different marks eventually it was Chay and Stirling taking the lead at the final windward mark which they held to the finish. second Elliott and Jake; third Anna and Jess.

The last race got away after a short postponement for a wind shift. The ebb tide was starting to affect the course but a big right shift half way up the beat allowed the back markers back into the race. First at the windward mark were local sailors Alex Farrell and Alex Warrington but as the breeze picked up again to 13 knots the fleet closed up. By the finish it was Tom and Will taking the win; second Max and Guy. A third for Anna and Jess was good enough for them to win the event.

Racing was incredibly close at the front of the fleet with two points separating the top four.

Full Results:

Place

Points

Sail No

Name

Helm

Crew

Club

Races sailed

1

11

4355

 

Anna Prescott

Jess Eales

Hayling Island

5

2

12

2383

 

Jenny Smallwood

Jamie Webb

Wraysbury Lake SC

5

3

13

4344

 

Chay Taylor

Stirling Taylor

Burnham Sailing Club

5

4

13

4332

 

Elliot Wells

Jake Todd

HISC

5

5

15

3105

 

Tom Darling

Wil Dolin

Hayling Island

5

6

19

4890

 

Max Mathews

Guy Rivington

Tudor SC

5

7

22

2047

 

Flynn Davies

Daniel Lewis

Burnham Sailing Club

5

8

33

2012

 

Phoebe Warren

Tabitha Peel

Emsworth SC

5

9

33

4043

TBYC 1

Alex Farrell

Alex Warrington

TBYC

5

10

39

2508

 

Jamie Jobson

Eve Gadd

RTYC

5

11

44

4085

 

Samuel Grade

Katie Prescott

Lymington Town

5

12

51

4071

 

Max Duce

Ben Farenden

TBYC

5

13

55

839

 

Jonny Watkins

Wil Taylor

Dabchicks SC

4

14

55

2000

 

Jordan Swindon

Alex Bradley

TBYC

5

15

56

4530

 

James Eales

Katie Cruikshank

HISC

5

16

61

1883

 

Harvey Martin

Will Ward

Ogston Sailing Club

5

17

64

4039

 

Wills Murrey

Wil Omerod

Oxford Pirates

4

18

65

3811

 

Rebecca Lewis

Fiona Mulcahy

RYA

5

19

65

4051

 

Alex Hadley

Teddy Elmore

TBYC

5

20

77

2215

 

Max Griggs

Cody Griggs

Royal Torbay YC

5

21

78

4604

 

Kathryn Hutton Penman

Niamh Davies

Burnham Sailing Club

5

22

78

4361

 

James Scott

Sam lythgoe

Welsh-Harp London

5

23

80

4079

Blond Feva

Madeleine Hopper

Tally Eyre

TBYC

5

24

83

3710

 

Loes Eikman

Nynke Nell

WV Aalsmeer

5

25

84

4354

 

Oskar Bisset

Taylor Knobbs

Downs Sailing Club

5

26

85

3424

 

Coutney Bilborough

Callum Dixon

DSWC

5

27

100

862

 

Oliver Barnes-Dean

Peter Snow

TBYC

5

28

104

4385

 

Libi Askew

Emily Proud

HISC

4

29

105

4622

 

Buzz Gilks

Poppy Gilks

QMC

5

30

113

4850

 

Greg Watson

Maddie Shields

TBYC

5

31

117

4150

 

Vicky Little

Jacob Allard

TBYC

4

32

118

3458

 

Izzy Davies

Lucy Pirkill

Ichnor

1

33

126

4222

 

James Russell

Lauren Russell

Alton

5

34

132

4102

 

Matt Hill

Joe Reeve

Burghfield

1

35

133

3908

 

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