Hard to credit how tight and close the fight was at the end of the championship. The top 3 were only 1pt apart! But the weeks leaders Linn Dadell & Felicia Berglund took the title on a countback tie break (5 wins v 4 wins) from Johanna Frisk & Lewerin. Both of these were just the one point ahead of Frida Winzell & Sofia Lundgren (who amazingly took 5 wins themselves). The fight for 10th which was so tight yesterday went to Gustav Lindén & Måns Gustavsson. Whilst finishing in that most painful of places, 4th, Albin Pålsson & Simon Alm managed the consolation of winning the final race. Showing how tough this competition was, every boat down to 8th managed at least one podium place during the event! The World Championships next in 4 weeks?
All 3 of the podium boats won races. Great competition. Flynn Davies and Daniel Lewis were only 1 point from Chay and Stirling at the end. James HP and Tom Jayasekara dis well to climb into 3rd after 2 DNS on day 1. Full results:
Stocchero Leonardo & Gianluca Virgenti won the 3rd National Bowl (and the 49° Trofeo del Sebino) at AN Sebina on Lago Iseo in convincing fashion having won all four races. Porro Margaret & Scanzi Frederick were equally deserving in 2nd counting all 2nds and discarding a 3rd whilst Camilla & Georgia Angiolini were very comfortable in 3rd overall counting a 2nd and two 3rds. These three were well clear off the field. Full results here
The 3rd Italian Bowl takes place at Lake Iseo this w/e. The venue is incredibly beautiful in a Garda’esquesort of way. While in Ireland attention turns to the Munster Championships at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club – equally beautiful but in a very different sort of way. Burnham-on-Crouch on the East coast is yet another different beauty. And personal favourite? All of them as the welcomes are equally friendly and the beers are all different but superb! And I can’t leave you without another favourite Jubilee sailing photo –
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Going into the final race only 2 boats could win. So they match raced a la Ainslie-Scheidt for gold at Sydney. 2 boats that had already won 7 races between them came 37 & 39th! Result? Current World Champion Matt Whitfield & James Taylor are Champions – congratulations! Rob Masterman & Marcus Payne second. Third on a tie break Elliott Wells & Jake Todd from Anna Prescott & Jess Eales. Fantastic – well world, you now know who the UK standard setters are for you to challenge at the worlds in 47 days time.
Daan Dutilh and Roos van Lookeren from Holland improved hugely over the 3 days and had a 13th in the last race in what was a very hard regatta they . Keep on improving like that and Matt/James will have close company at HISC. Game on!
SEKONDA FEVA Nationals Day Two Report
Day two of the SEKONDA RS Feva Nationals saw conditions a world away from day one. Light, fickle 4 – 7 knots of shifty breeze made conditions tricky for the Race Officer & for the competitors too. The fleet was split into Gold & Silver, both flights eventually having two races.
Silver got away but shortly after their start the wind dropped & shifted right. The CRO opted to postpone the Gold fleet until the wind steadied. Silver fleet slowly made it to the leeward gate where they were shortened. Taking the win was Ben Webb & Alex Smallwood with Will Robinson & Joe Hills in 2nd from Matthew Viney & Huw Nunn in 3rd.
Once the wind settled then the Gold fleet got away with the majority very line shy. Flying around the course was 12 year old Jamie Smith with new crew 11 year old Piers Nicholls. The pair scored two convincing wins in Gold fleet after hanging back near the committee boat they sailed conservatively in clear air keeping themselves between the fleet & windward mark. The wind held for race one & Jamie & Piers couldn’t be caught. Chay & Stirling Taylor kept 2nd with Matt Whitfield & James Taylor 3rd.
Meanwhile the CRO took the opportunity to start the Silver fleet as the wind died to just over 4 knots. The fleet struggled but eventually finished the full course with Nick Neve & daughter Lottie in front & Pippa Cropley & Issy Black in 2nd whilst Will Robinson & Joe Hills took 3rd.
The gold fleet started their 2nd race with the wind still patchy & tricky. Jamie & Piers held their nerve as the race was shortened at the 2nd windward mark to take another win. Matt & James held onto 2nd with Anna Prescott & Jess Eales in 3rd.
Two days of close racing in varied conditions & all to play for tomorrow – the final day.
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In a joint project between the International Association and the Norwegian Association a top coach was sent from the UK to train the Norwegian fleet for a weekend. This is what Per Bordal said: “Thank you very much for the great “gift” to the Norwegian Feva sailors. We are more than grateful, and sailors have had a motivation boost after the weekend. We had the best training sessions ever: great coach, nice winds, sunny and warm – THANKS!!”
Well, what more can we say? Well done to the Norwegian fleet and well done Ollie. Top job! With luck we will shortly be able to produce a better report but here is a photo of some proper Norwegian action…(ps – this follows on from an initiative discussed at the Worlds last year – if any other country wants to try something similar then just contact your International Secretary, Golly at email@example.com, and your proposal can be discussed.)
Late entries will be accepted on the day at registration so full advantage can be taken of the the 4day w/e in the UK for the Queens 60yrs reign celebrations. 105 boats entered so far. Registration opens at 10am on saturday & closes at 17.00. There will be a practice race(s) starting at 14.00. The event programme will outline all the socials but on Monday night the club will host a Hawaii Theme Disco/Karaoke ( don’t forget your hula skirts )! Given that all racing this year has seen the top 4 or 5 boats finish within 2 or 3 points of each other it is impossible to pin a favorite tag on anyone. Watch & see…
Risør Seilforening is looking forward to welcoming as many travellers from around Norway as possible for the 2nd Havfonn Cup regatta this coming w/e 2/3 June. Here is the invite to attend http://www.feva.no/?p=285. Good luck! Thomas & Mads mathisen will be looking to build on their good start start to the Havfonn Cup 2 w/e’s ago when they won at Asker. Who will challenge them?