Champagne sailing at FelphamFelpham Feva Open Meeting 15.6.16
A poor forecast all week, light and variable winds, seemed the previous day to be unduly pessimistic. Cold in the gradient northerly wind, but then a promising sea breeze. Sunday dawned unexpectedly sunny with the promise of warmer temperatures and light to medium airs forecast.
When we got to Felpham it seemed as if the wind was back and it slowly increased as the land heated up. By the time we launched it was pretty much perfect - with an increasing breeze of 10-12 knots, it got a lot more exciting. Louis and I led the fleet to the first windward mark in the first race, but were blocked out on the approach and had to gybe out. Briefly back into 2nd place on the last downwind, we were overtaken again and had to settle for 3rd.
With the wind building, Louis and I got even more into our element and won the second race before a welcome lunch back in the clubhouse as part of our entry. With the wind picking up even more to 22 knots, and the Felpham club sailors putting covers back on their boats, we went out for two more races and achieved two straight bullets!
We had a great time, planing all the way down wind with the waves was a lot of fun. In spite of the cold air and water temperatures, our Rooster Thermaflex Longjohns and Hot-Top combination kept us warm, meaning we could maintain our performance to the end of the day to enjoy a very satisfying win.Louis Wright & Jamie Allen Feva 4963