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Rs Feva joint squad weekend HISC
By Rooster Sailing
Last weekend Emily and I from the National Junior Squad were joined by seventy Feva's from across the country battling the freezing temperatures to take part in the joint Rs Feva squad training weekend. Despite the high winds we had to make the most of the rare opportunity to practice long line starts & trapezoid courses in preparation for the summers racing.
The first day got off to a good start with a 12-15 knot breeze but not so promising for the parents rigging boats and watching from the shore in the freezing cold. We launched off the sandy beach at Hayling and after spending the first hour practicing boat handling with our coaches we went straight into our start sequence. After completing 5 races we headed back ashore seeing some very cold faces among the Feva fleet, me and Emily had a good day finishing in the top ten in all races (except our OCS, but we don't talk about that).
Sundays conditions weren't quite what we had hoped for, being even colder and the wind blowing 20-25 knots. After whacking all our rig settings on we ventured out into the choppy Chichester Harbour over to our start line off East Head ready for some more heavy wind racing. Before the racing started we did upwind boat handling with our coaches, Emily and I managed to capsize gybing the kite when heading back down to the start line and found our self pitched up on the winner bank. After a while we managed to right the boat but were on the lee shore and found it impossible to get off the bank so spent the next half an hour pulling the boat over the winner bank so we could get off. After a few more capsizes we got off the bank but by this time the wind had picked up and so the remaining boats on the water were heading back to shore. This day resulted in being more eventful than successful but hopefully we'll learn to stay clear of the winner bank for next time!