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