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RS Feva Hill Head Open

The RS Feva Hill Head Open was the first breezy event since the summer and was a triumph for Eilidh McIntyre and Vicky Payne. Also performing superbly were Tim Norris and his new crew Mollie Knowlden who beat Hugo Jones-Warner and James Poyner on a tie break for second.

The wind had settled in at an average 22-25Kn from the southwest for the day by the time the first race started. The race team has set a fairly short inner trapezoid course with multiple loops of the inner sausage to get to the desired race time. The hot 3 sprang out of the traps together with Will Lowes and Hugo Tucker.

Eilidh got to the windward mark first followed by Will. Here the wave practice from Whitstable came in useful as Will streaked past Eilidh. Ultimately though Hugo beat them both to the leeward mark with Tim trying to close the gap on the leading 3. Will got undone though by his tiller extension parting company from the tiller in what it universally known not to be a fast move. Eilidh took advantage to ignite the afterburners and smoke off into the distance for a whopping win with Hugo second and Tim third.

The conditions were sufficiently fierce to force some boats to retire and this attrition continued all afternoon. In the second race Eilidh & Vikki motored for the horizon again with a repeat performance leaving Hugo/James & Tim/Molly to also repeat their first race results.

By now tiredness was getting to everyone. This ‘flatoutwarpfactoradrenalinepumping’ sailing seems to have an endurance side effect.

This time Tim and Molly sailed out of their skins to win with Hugo and James very frustrated about getting bad knot in the kite to record a third. The third was battling though and it was a phenomenal performance in the circumstances to rescue that result. But in a 3 race, no discard series we all know it ain't over until the fat lady sings.

Eilidh & Vicky might have thought they could hear her warming her voice up given that they had 2 wins and were in second place 30 yards from the finish BUT... At 20 yards from the finish their mast broke spectacularly whilst flying with kite up.

From the shore people were anxiously bobbing up and down to see if they could make the line. Vicky was trying to act like a human sail. The tide was still sluicing to the west. Lucky the finish was also to the west but the line was only some 30 yards long! Eventually they drifted trough the line to record the first ever finish by a Feva without a rig (We’ve done backwards and upside down before).

A great maiden victory then for the dynamic girls from HISC and ESC. Hugo and James but should be proud of the salvage job in race 3. Tim and Molly ecstatic that this heavy weather malarkey is to their taste.

Will and Hugo should be pleased for sailing one and a half races without a tiller extension in big waves and 22+ knots. Everyone else did a great job in difficult circumstances and should be looking ahead to a great season finale at Draycote next weekend.

Hill Head should also be proud of the job they did to produce excellent racing in what is always one of the friendliest clubs to visit. Many thanks.

Hill Head SC RS Feva Open - Final overall results


Sailed:3, Discards:0, To count:3, Entries:23, Scoring system:Appendix
Rank SailNo Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st 3030 Eilidh McIntyre Vicky Payne Hayling Island SC 1.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 4.0
2nd 655 Tim Norris Mollie Knowlden Warsash SC 3.0 3.0 1.0 7.0 7.0
3rd 936 Hugo Jones Warner James Poyner Hayling Island SC 2.0 2.0 3.0 7.0 7.0
4th 2609 Paul Fisk Jack Fisk ESC/ESSC 4.0 7.0 4.0 15.0 15.0
5th 2837 Alexandra Orton Stephanie Orton   5.0 6.0 7.0 18.0 18.0
6th 3001 Charlier Warren Sophie Andrews Hayling Island SC 6.0 4.0 12.0 22.0 22.0
7th 1847 Suzannes Peters Emily Peters Hayling Island SC 8.0 8.0 8.0 24.0 24.0
8th 365 Amber Brown James Brown Burghfield SC 7.0 9.0 9.0 25.0 25.0
9th 843 Steph Webber Meadhbh Hogg Hill Head Sc 10.0 11.0 6.0 27.0 27.0
10th 774 Stuart Denyer Ben Hoddy Dell Quay SC 9.0 12.0 10.0 31.0 31.0
11th 2416 Alice Masterman Iona Williams Hayling Island SC 24.0 DNF 10.0 5.0 39.0 39.0
12th 2509 Cameron Stewart Oliver Cutbill Hayling Island SC 24.0 DNF 5.0 11.0 40.0 40.0
13th 2587 Adam Kay Lisa Kay Warsash SC 11.0 24.0 DNF 24.0 DNF 59.0 59.0
14th 1286 Georgia Hughes Madge Poynter Arun YC 12.0 24.0 DNF 24.0 DNS 60.0 60.0
15th 34 Deianie Rutter Islay Grant Emsworth SC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNS 24.0 DNS 72.0 72.0
15th 571 Lily Summers Molly Peel Emsworth SC 24.0 DNF 24.0 DNS 24.0 DNS 72.0 72.0
15th 2890 Charly Capon Olivia Buckland Hill Head Sc 24.0 DNF 24.0 DNS 24.0 DNS 72.0 72.0
15th 1226 Will Lowes Hugo Turner Whitstable YC / Emsworth SC 24.0 DNF 24.0 DNF 24.0 DNS 72.0 72.0
15th 2012 Pheobe Warren Tabitha Peel Emsworth SC 24.0 DNS 24.0 DNS 24.0 DNS 72.0 72.0
15th 1660 Steph Harding Katherine Colvin Hollowell SC 24.0 DNF 24.0 DNF 24.0 DNF 72.0 72.0
15th 2480 Emily Hine Georgie Houston Hayling Island SC 24.0 DNS 24.0 DNS 24.0 DNS 72.0 72.0
15th 2600 Ruth Allan Tessa Allan Emsworth SC 24.0 DNF 24.0 DNS 24.0 DNS 72.0 72.0
15th 2574 Jim Sowden Jamie Tarant Highlffe SC 24.0 DNF 24.0 DNS 24.0 DNS 72.0 72.0

 




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