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RS Feva Winter Championship at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy

by Holly Mitchell & Chrissie Le Petit 24 Nov 2021 00:29 PST 20-21 November 2021
Launching during the RS Feva Winter Championship at the WPNSA © Chrissie Le Petit

The start of the Winter Championships at WPNSA saw some familiar faces, new sailors and a number of school entries making up an amazing 38 boats out on the water. The weekend was filled with challenging conditions which the sailors embraced!

The mood on Saturday morning was calm and sailors were eager to get out and race with the hope the wind would not fade away. The racing was shifty with the odd gust rippling along the otherwise glassy water, but the race officer set a fantastic course and it was a tactical maze.

Race one had Marc and Alex claiming first position, second and third positions were very close. Sirène and Amelia (newcomers to the circuit) made their presence known by taking second place and on their tail was Imogen and Felicity in third. Race two saw Marc and Alex knocking out another first position, Felicity and Imogen claiming second and Holly and Ella coming in third. Another boat joined the fleet in time for race three but Marc and Alex were going for a triple win and came away at the end of day one with three 1st's, second place was Holly and Ella and after a delayed morning Tristan and Finlay claimed third place in race three.

Sunday morning came, there was a bustle of sailors preparing their boats for completely different wind conditions.. Shrouds were tensioned and masts were raked in readiness for some big wind racing. Sails were wildly flapping and off the sailors launched.

Disaster struck for the Golden Duo, before the start of race four Mark and Alex's gooseneck failed, (supposedly due to the lack of their lucky watch) causing them to limp back to shore putting them out of the running. The dolphins came to play and while their large dorsal fins were temporarily being mistaken for sharks, they raced the Fevas up the beat taking particular interest in Maya Bergmann-Smith and Emilia Ripley.

Tristan and Finlay were on a mission after missing some races the day before, they got a first in race four followed by Kitty and Lily in second and third place was taken by Sam and Andrey. During race five it remained breezy gusting over 30 knots. From the shore you could see several boats sending it downwind with their kites while others were playing it safe, going for a more direct course downwind. Tristan and Finlay took first place again, Holly and Ella were there in second and Freddie and Thomas claimed third position.

Tristan Ahlheid and Finlay Lomas-Clarke ruled the waves on Sunday, with a flat boat and supersonic downwind speed, but with a DNC to count they were out of the running a podium finish. This left the podium positions for the consistent girl teams who despite not having a bullet between them made up the top four boats. It was all to play for going into the last race.

Only 18 boats started the final race showing how full on the conditions were, and that anyone who launched should be proud to have made it out there.. Tristan and Finlay got their triple win of the day, in second place was Kitty and Lily and in third place was Maya and Emilia.

The overall positions for the GP3 had 6th place going to Toby Lumb and Richard Millet from Tonbridge School, 5th place went to Freddie Callaghan and Thomas Roy from Royal Southern YC. Imogen Green and Felicity Angell from Draycote Sailing Club came away inth after an unlucky U-flag in the final race. Maya Bergmann-Smith and Lily Ripley from HISC took 3rd with 2nd place going to Kitty O'Halloran and Lily O'Halloran from St Mawes. The crowned winners by only 1 point were Holly Mitchell and Ella Jones from Hayling Island Sailing Club.

Finally thanks to the race team, WPSNA, Lucy for doing an amazing job as our Class Secretary over the years and Chrissie who will taking over the position (sorry I dropped the trophy!).

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
13883Holly MitchellElla Jones‑93262417
26394Kitty O'HalloranLily O'Halloran64‑724218
36299Maya Bergmann‑SmithEmilia Ripley‑116595328
47190Imogen GreenFelicity Angell324138(UFD [40])30
57530Freddie CallaghanThomas Roy418‑2943534
66293Toby LumbRichard Millett813‑1456638
789Max RawlinsonEdie Johnson5‑11989839
86277Sam CollinsAndrey Popov‑171463121045
95782Tristan AhlheidFinlay Lomas‑Clarke(DNC [40])DNC [40]311146
107070Ed StubbsEllie Pickard105181010(DNC [40])53
112197Sircne Le PetitAmeila Nuttall2151515(RET [40])1360
125559Tommy WilkinsonRory Beare7122311(RET [40])1265
135044Henry JonesBen Charlesworth1924‑251611979
144545Mark Jenkins JaumaAlex Sydenham111(DNS [40])DNS [40]DNC [40]83
156272Charles BarrettEdward Roberts‑Straw15161619(RET [40])1783
166868William Bracey‑DavisJames Kennedy26‑362018131491
176312Kaz BurtHenry Prickett1310823(DNC [40])DNC [40]94
187394Allegra MasseyGeorge Massey25191126(DNC [40])1596
195763Louis HiscocksNicola Richards14171214(DNS [40])DNC [40]97
205796Felix GibbonsOscar Gibbons(DNC [40])DNC [40]DNC [40]777101
216765Oliver HateleyKyle Timmins1271725(RET [40])DNC [40]101
225562Oliver DimondLucas Dobson‑292522241516102
236296Dom FultonWill Holden20233220(RET [40])11106
247814Finley SouthonCharlotte White1692421(DNS [40])DNC [40]110
257292Anna MorrisAnna Elms2727301214(DNC [40])110
267056Trinny FryAlastair Fry18813(DNC [40])DNS [40]DNC [40]119
27904Anna CoxCharlotte Cox30211022(RET [40])DNC [40]123
286311Angus BowmanSam Ide24202829(RET [40])DNC [40]141
297807Angus CockburnMerry Lewis28293417(DNC [40])DNC [40]148
307821Oliva HorwoodRosie Marson22302630(DNS [40])DNC [40]148
313733Rosie HeydornAllegra Fleming312619(RET [40])DNS [40]DNC [40]156
325561Marcus SmithBarnaby Turner32332727(DNS [40])DNC [40]159
337822Peter ThomasMillie Palmer342821(NSC [40])DNS [40]DNC [40]163
344284Arabella ParkerLydia Chernyavskaya213135(RET [40])RET [40]DNC [40]167
35619Jo WalkerEd Upton‑Brown233531(DNS [40])DNS [40]DNC [40]169
365560Samuel McDouall SawDaniel Larsen35323728(RET [40])DNC [40]172
377820Fergus BrownShiloh Chan(UFD [40])2233DNS [40]DNS [40]DNC [40]175
387823Emily InchMaddy Haimes333436(RET [40])DNS [40]DNC [40]183
396911Matthew MasonImogen Jones(DNC [40])DNC [40]DNC [40]DNC [40]DNC [40]DNC [40]200

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