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Only a handful of spots remain for youth sailors in spring training programmes for Optimist, Topper and RS Feva sailors organised by the National Yacht Club for the 2020 season.

Spring training for Oppys runs for five Sunday afternoons beginning on 1 March. Only two places remain as of time of writing — to register (and optionally charter a club boat) see the NYC website HERE.

The Topper spring coaching programme is already under way, but a handful of places remain in the Advanced Racer and Improvers groups. More details and online registration can be found HERE.

And coaching for RS Feva juniors begins later this month on 23 February, with only two spots to spare. Details and registration HERE.

This month will also see a team racing clinic at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 February during the upcoming midterm break.

The Irish Sailing-supported initiative for team racing is offered at the special price of only €25 for the two days of training, and is open to anyone (including non-club members) who has a competent level of sailing experience but is most suited to at least Level 3 or equivalent.

Sign-ups are still open for the Dun Laoghaire Youth Laser spring training programme, which continues this month with a focus on preparing 4.7 sailors for Easter trials and Radials for the Europeans at Ballyholme in July.

And dates have been finalised for NYC’s junior summer courses, each of two weeks’ duration:

  • Course 1: Tuesday 2 to Friday 12 June
  • Course 2: Monday 15 to Friday 26 June
  • Course 3: Monday 29 June to Friday 10 July
  • Course 4: Monday 13 July to Friday 24 July
  • Course 5: Monday 27 July to Friday 7 August

These will involve the full suite of Irish Sailing levels (Start Sailing, Basic Skills, Improving Skills, Racing, Advanced Boat Handling, Adventure) over each course.

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Leonie Judge and Madison O'Conaill from the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay are Ireland's sole representatives at the RS Feva World Championships 2019 in Follonica, Italy this week. 

The second day of racing at the 195-boat Championships 2019 greeted the sailors with glassy conditions. As the sun warmed up to over 35 degrees a light breeze filled in.

Before heading on the water, the Chinese team talked about how, at the very last minute their visas were approved, and they arrived in Italy with only one day before racing started.

“We are so excited to finally be here and be able to race. We came 2 nd at Hong Kong race week so jumped at the chance to come to the RS Feva World Championships “explained the
Chinese team from Guangzhou Sailing Club.

The fleet launched into another glamourous day of racing in Follonica Bay. Raulf Berry and his crew Ollie Peters continued their momentum, posting two bullets and a 10 th . “In three
words the RS Feva Worlds are competitive, sociable and hot!” Ollie described as he came off the water wearing a very fetching pink bucket hat.

Simon Cooke, multiple 470 champion, and Oscar Masfen had another solid day but as they arrive on shore they described the tense racing out on the course. “The British girls were so quick upwind!” explained Simon, “we are racing well and really enjoying ourselves!” With a grin on his face, Oscar added “It is so great to race against other countries and people
speaking other languages. The RS Feva Worlds have been so amazing, fun and entertaining!”

Millie Irish/ Tasmyn Green and Gabriella Clifton/ Daisy Weston are currently battling it out in 5 th and 6 th place respectively for the first female title heading into the final series. William
Pank and Sebastian Gotto from Norwich School, GBR, had a strong day posting a 1. 4, 3 after a rocky start.

It's a wrap on the qualification series as the fleet are split in gold, silver and bronze where the real racing begins! 

Results here

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#RS - Killaloe Sailing Club is hosting the RS Inland and RS Feva Western Championships this weekend, starting today Saturday 11 August.

The RS sailing community will be out in force on Lough Derg for the weekend, with full camping facilities available at the club and a barbecue set for this evening at 6.30pm.

For more details on the event see the RS Ireland website HERE.

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Counting four first places Tim Norwood and Finn Cleary of the host club won the six race 2018 RS Feva East Coast Championships by a clear margin of eight nett points at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.

Race over two days the 13-boat fleet drew entries from five different clubs but no one could match the speed of Norwood and Cleary.

Tim norwood Feva 1215Tim Norwood and Finn Cleary had four firsts from six races Photo: Afloat.ie

Second overall went to Howth Yacht Club's Tom O'Neill and Adam Walsh. Blessington Sailing Club visitors Lily Thorup and Sibeal Nic Giolla were third overall.

In one of his first roles as RIYC Commodore, Joe Costello presented the overall prizes. 

RS Feva sailorsRS Feva sailors gathered on the steps of the RIYC

Top five overall: 

1 Tim Norwood and Finn Cleary
2 Tom O'Neill and Adam Walsh 
3 Lily Thorup and Sibeal Nic Giolla
4 Elysia O'Leary Lily Dwyer RSGYC
5 Christopher Evans Garrett Harry Shackleton

RS Feva dinghy RIYC 1199The RS Feva dinghy fleet launch from the RIYC slipway Photo: Afloat.ie

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Over RS Sailing 40 crews arrived at Blessington Sailing Club to the clubs usual very friendly hospitality to join the newly established local fleet of RS200’s writes Kevin Brazel. Download full results below.

With a 1300 first gun on Saturday morning and a forecast for dying breeze, race officer Robin Gray from Ballyholme was eager to get things off in his ever efficient way.

The standard windward leeward course with a gate was set in a typical shifty lake breeze. The RS400 fleet was sent off first but a major shift before the first top mark caused the race to be abandoned. At the second time of asking, Trevor D’Arcy and crew Alan McLemon came out on top in Race one.

A testament to the tight racing enjoyed by the RS400 fleet was the fact that there was a different winner in each race. Rob Hastings and crew Lawrence from the Royal North took race two. Monkstown’s Robbie O’Sullivan and Phil McFountain won race three. With the most consistent top results and a win in race 4 Paul McMahon & Simon Martin from Howth took the title of RS400 2017 inland champions 

In the RS200 fleet Marty O’Leary and Rachel Williamson showed more of the speed they’ve had all season. The only blot on a their score card was an OCS in race 4 when Marty was a little premature, much to the annoyance of Rachel. Emmet Ryan and Kevin Brazel, who were making the change in “weight division” to the 200 for the weekend took second place with Greystone’s Frank O’Rourke with Diana Kissane in third.

The youth class, the RS Feva turned out to be a very competitive fleet, with the winner, Royal St. George’s Marcus O’Leary showing consistency is key. Not winning a race but being always in the front 3 to take the overall win. Second was Max and Georgia Goodbody from the Royal Irish, and third was Alan Leddy crewed by Greg Houlihan from Greystones.

Once on shore the Blessington members put on a great show, with a michelin-star barbeque on the beach, cheap beer and music until late to keep the many sailors staying around the club entertained, the best apres-sail anyone in the fleet can remember of the last few years!

Thanks to Blessington for running an absolutely brilliant event, with incredible food and real hospitality. Big thanks to Robin for doing a perfect job on the committee boat, managing to get four races off in very difficult conditions.

Next up are the RS400 Nationals and RS200 Southerns in Greystones on the 8th ,9th and 10th of September.

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Hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club, the Crane Hire Ltd RS Feva 2017 Nationals took place this weekend with 56 sailors lined up for the first race on Friday afternoon. There was a full range of weather conditions over the weekend with winds in excess of 20–knots on Saturday afternoon in Dublin Bay. Racing was close and very competitive right the way throughout the fleet and the varying winds allowed all crew combinations to shine at some stage of the event.

On Sunday the event finished in glorious sunshine. Eddie and Kevin Farrell from Llandudno Sailing Club were worthy winners of the Open Trophy and gave a great demonstration of Feva planing in all conditions.

Henry Start and Morgan Devine (RStGYC) retained their National Championship title after 3 tense races on Sunday where they managed to overhaul the one-point lead that Conor and Jack Galligan from Greystones held after day two. Conor and Jack were first Under 14. In third place was Liam Donnelly and Ben Patterson (HYC & MYC) who did enough to keep Max Goodbody and Oscar Mulvin (RIYC) in fourth place. In fifth place was Christopher Garrett Evans and Harry Shackleton (HYC/MYC). Finian Duff Lennon and Meghan Hudson Malone were first U12. Emma Williams and Madison O’Conaill were first girls and Alice Tyrrell and Kate O’Connor (RIYC) won the Silver fleet.

RS Feva planingIrish Open RS Feva Champions, Eddie and Kevin Farrell from Llandudno Sailing Club. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Hogan

An excellent prize giving was held on Sunday afternoon. Hosted by event organiser Elaine Malcolm, there were lots of prizes for the Gold and Silver fleet, individual race winners and some special prizes too. Thanks to McCready Sailboats and A Stitch in Time for their support.

'RS Feva events are very special', says Garrett Donnelly from the RS Feva Association. 'There is extremely competitive racing taking place in the fleet, and with a range of ages from 10 and up, this is a fleet that truly accommodates and welcomes all sailors'. What you end up with is an eclectic bunch who share a love for sailing, for racing and of course for the Feva itself. 'What a great little boat it is. An excellent first two hander for any sailor that is adaptable from summer sailing courses to top level competition', he added.

“This was a classic Feva event, with sailors from 10 different clubs it had everything you could want in a youth sailing championship. It’s great to see young sailors enjoying themselves so much in two handed boats. Many thanks to our main sponsors Crane Hire Ltd and to the Royal St. George Yacht Club for hosting so magnificently” said Donnelly.

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It's lining up to be an exciting week for youth sailing in Dun Laoghaire. The 2017 RS Feva Nationals take place over 3 days from 14 to 16 July at the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

As a warm up to the event there is a training session being held at the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Tuesday evening (July 11th) from 5:30 to 9:30. 

In addition, the RIYC regatta is taking place on Wednesday (July 12th), providing another day of fun junior racing for the Fevas and other fleets.

With an asymmetric kite, the Feva is the most exciting dinghy available to children aged 11+ and provides a welcome alternative to the mainly single handed world of junior sailing. Fast, sociable, fun and requiring technical know-how, the Feva definitely ticks a lot of boxes. The World Championships are being held in Holland later this month with four Irish boats taking part in a 175+ boat fleet.

Starting next Friday (July 14th) there will be over 60 enthusiastic Feva sailors from more than 10 different clubs, enjoying close racing with 10 races spread over the 3 days.

There will be a Feva coach on hand for advise throughout the regatta, to help with last minute rigging issues and to make sure the sailors are having a good time with various on and off the water games planned. With Gold and Silver fleets and lots of prizes, all levels of ability are encouraged to come and take part.

Details including the Notice of Race and Online Entry are available here

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No sooner has Howth Yacht Club completed its Spring Warmer Series for keelboats than it is preparing for its first dinghy event of the 2017 Summer season.  HYC will host the RS Eastern Championship over the 22nd April and 23rd April.

The RS classes will be joined by Cork Harbour's travelling National 18s and the SB20 sportsboat class. 

In the run up to the championships, the RS Feva class are staging a two day training session in Howth. Training is open to all sailors around the country regardless of ability. 20 boats are expected for the Easterns and there is a lot of renewed interest in the class now from Optimist sailors looking to try a two hander. 

An early bird entry discount has been extended until tomorrow (April 12), according to HYC's Ross MacDonald. Enter here.

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Many Irish RS Feva youth sailors have travelled to World Championships over the years and it has been a great experience for many, giving teenagers their first taste of dinghy world championship competition. International fleet sizes tend to be around the 150 boats, split into Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets, so 'good friendly racing for all', is how it is promoted. 

This year, the championships are in Holland and Team Ireland is well on its way to getting upwards of 10 boats to travel to Medemblik in July.

Planning for the trip is at an early stage and rather than everyone driving, the plan is to ship all the boats in a 40–foot container after the National Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club. That way, sailors and parents can fly and save a few days travelling. The class has also booked a rib for a coach for the week.

Clearly cost is an important factor in all of this. Preliminary figures for the World Championships trip are as follows, according to the latest RS Feva class Irish newsletter:

  • Entrance Fee €360 per boat
  • Shipping Boat €600 per boat (based on 10 boats in container, shipped, effectively, door to door)
  • Coach Boat and Coach €250 per boat (based on 10 boats)
  • Costs for flights, accommodation and food not included in the above
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The Irish RS Feva class were left waiting for wind on the second day of the National Championships at Greystones Sailing Club in County Wicklow today. Racing was cancelled at lunch time with little prospect of breeze for the remainder of the day. Three races were sailed yesterday. The final races of the annual championships are scheduled for tomorrow. 

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Web: https://www.boot.com/

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