RS Feva Crown Cup
Bobby and I recently headed out to the Czech republic for the RS Feva Crown Cup, an event for which we had been selected following our win at the Grafham Grand Prix.
We had to get up at 4 in the morning to get to the airport on time L. I had won last year with my previous crew, Will Ward, so was aiming to defend the title. We arrived and me being a little stupid left my wallet on the plane – so we had to rush back to try and find it - luckily we did!
After a journey through the Czech countryside, we finally arrived at Lipno at about half 3. We checked in to our accommodation, then headed straight down to the club to sort out our new boat (kindly provided by RS Sailing) and put our ropes and blocks on it. With the job done, we headed home to watch the World Cup which didn’t go as well as we hoped it would.
Friday morning dawned bright and clear but with very little wind, so we decided to go and try out the dry bobsleigh run which happened to be great fun, but not so kind on the knees.
Time to hit the water for a long afternoon session - we came away feeling confident even though it is one of the most shifty lakes I have ever sailed on. It was set to be a good event.
Saturday morning, we awoke to almost exactly the same conditions – except a little more cloud, but still no wind. After the opening ceremony it gradually filled in enough for the race committee to get one race away which we narrowly won. We then spent another 6 hours on the water, moving up the lake to chase the wind, in order to get another 4 races in. So, day one over and we had a scoreline of 1,1,1,1,1 but another 5 races scheduled for Sunday.
Sunday arrived with the sun finally breaking through the cloud, but still no real wind! We launched as the breeze kicked in, and stayed for the first race, but with the direction swinging all over the place. Another win secured for GBR.
Lots of postponements and abandonments later, this really was a waiting game, we got underway in race 7, taking another win just ahead of 2 Czech boats.
The start of race 8 was light and shifty but with the breeze filling down the lake. We crossed the line in first only to find we had been black flagged at the finish. However it didn’t matter as racing was abandoned for the day, and we had won The Crown Cup!
It had been an amazing event and thanks to Jan Myslik for his hospitality. Also thanks to the UK RS Feva Association for their support in sending us to the event.For results see http://crowncup.4sail.eu/Resault.aspx