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Hill Head RS Feva Open With My Little Brother

By 30th September 2020
What do you do when your usual crew can 't sail with you? Summon your siblings and select. I agreed to have my brother crew for me in our RS Feva in a very gusty northerly day at Hill Head. My brother having never crewed a Feva before didn't really have a clue what to do. Why? because he's only sailed single handed, but being young meant he learnt quickly meaning that we got off to a flying start amongst 25 boats, the first start was recalled because 6 boats were too keen. Next start was also a flying one, first off at the pin, luckily no recalls, I instructed Oli to call out the time, counting down to our start which he took on with great pleasure and enthusiasm. Coming into the top mark the two boats ahead of us started to go the other way. Oli having not read the sailing instructions said follow them while I disagreed saying we should just gybe and sail to the bottom mark. We then decided we shouldn't risk it and became sheep. In the end we crossed the line in 4th having lost it on the last reach as we were 35kg off optimum weight so had difficulty keeping the boat flat, all the sheep were given a DNF except Simon Shillaker and his daughter Katie who braved it and sailed the right course. Feva Race 2 The next race went extremely well as we reached the top mark in second, Oli hoisted the kite in about 2 minutes as he didn't quite have the hand over hand technique, I encouraged him to pull harder, but he struggled, when he finally hoisted it he sighed with relief. While the other two boats were sailing off on the wrong course again, Oli and I gybed off and set of for the gate with the tide ebbing at full wack in a Westerly direction. Which meant we almost reached to the mark while others soaked. They fell down tide of the mark and all decided to drop their kites to get to the mark but failed as they just didn't have the power from the two sails to make the gate and so they just drifted backwards. We kept our kite as long as possible. Oli then told me he couldn't drop the kite so while I was steering towards the mark and dropping the kite myself, having to stretch forwards, backwards and all directions, he was just sitting there laughing at me. We rounded and didn't even tack to make the top mark. There was a massive cry of joy from Oli as we crossed the finish line with the bullet echoing around the Solent minutes ahead of 2nd place. We finished 2nd overall with the winners being very consistent with two 2nds. So if you're missing your crew get your brother or sister to give you a hand. Oh, and make sure if it is a spinnaker boat that they can get it down! All in all great fun! Billy
Rank SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st 3999 Trent/Bowmoor Josh Haynes Dominic Cotterill (25.0 DNF) 2.0 2.0 29.0 4.0
2nd 1276 HHSC Billy Vennis-Ozanne Ollie Vennis-Ozanne (25.0 DNF) 1.0 5.0 31.0 6.0
3rd 557 HHSC Simon Shillaker Katie Shillaker 1.0 5.0 (20.0) 26.0 6.0
4th 4623 Warsash SC Edward Norbury Charlie Hutchings (25.0 DNF) 7.0 1.0 33.0 8.0
5th 5560 Tonbridge School Dan Discombe Dom Lewis (25.0 DNF) 4.0 6.0 35.0 10.0
6th 5512 Lymington Town SC Liam Willis Arran Mills (25.0 DNF) 3.0 8.0 36.0 11.0
7th 4883 Warsash SC Jessie Main Alice Powell (25.0 DNF) 9.0 3.0 37.0 12.0
8th 1 Keyhaven YC Evie Snedker David Ellis (25.0 DNF) 8.0 4.0 37.0 12.0
9th 2402 Calshot SC Lewis Brown Gregory Brown (25.0 DNF) 6.0 10.0 41.0 16.0
10th 759 HHSC Miles Jones Tom Nottingham (25.0 DNF) 11.0 7.0 43.0 18.0

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