RS Feva Worlds 2014
July we set out for Carnac to take part in the 2014 RS Feva World Championships, our first ever big event in the RS Feva. We arrived a few days early allowing us to practice our sailing in the waters of Yacht Club de Carnac.
Our first couple of days in France were amazing and the weather was really hot and sunny. We were able to enjoy the facilities at the caravan site and had a lot of fun in the pool.
We also spent time training and getting used to the waters. We found out that the wind tended to pick up in the afternoon. It looked like it was going to be a light wind regatta.
We were looking forward to the regatta and were hoping to reach our targets. With 184 boats and 368 sailors this really was a huge event for us.
After all the measurement procedures on the Saturday (it was a long and painful wait as the sun was scorching!) and the first full day of the qualifying series on the Sunday, the event officially welcomed each team with the Opening Ceremony.
Two days of qualifying and we were to be split into gold, silver and bronze to kick off the Championship racing. With competitors from 18 different nations around the world, the Feva’s made for quite an on & off-the-water spectacle for the unsuspecting holidaymaker in Carnac!
Our aim was to qualify for the Silver Fleet. The conditions were quite breezy with some strong gusts and our results over the two qualifying days were varied: R1 25, R2 11, R3 42, R4 33, R5 16, R6 29. Were were epecially pleased with our 11th
. Much to our delight and, of course, hard sailing our results totalled 114 points and we had easily made the Silver Fleet sitting in 10th
place at this stage.
The next day was the first three races of the final series for us in the Silver Fleet. The conditions were very similar to day 1. Our results were R1 51, R2 15, R3 35. We were exhausted but thankfully, the next day was a ‘layday’. We headed for the surf beach near Quiberon and had a fabulous afternoon chilling and surfing.
Thursday brought a very light wind morning and we found ourselves with a postponement. Eventually, the wind filled but it was to be a long day, we didn’t come off the water until after 7 pm and we were tired and hungry! Our results were R4 20, R5 41, R6 24. The last day was one of our best as the winds were perfect, 10 knots. Our results were R7 19, R8 27.
Thankfully we had no breakages throughout the week and all our Rooster kit served us well. Especially the new thermaflex top which kept me cool on the hot days and warm on the cooler days – my favourite piece of kit so far!
Overall we came 83rd
in the Silver Fleet and 5th
We had a fantastic week sailing in Carnac we met lots of new people and learnt alot. Home now for a day and then to Hayling Island Sailing Club for another weeks’ sailing at Youth Race Week, with just 26 boats the start line should be less busy ……
Louis Wright & Jamie Allen