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Ballyholme Prepares to Host Irish Championships as Northern Ireland RS Feva Class Grows Steadily

19th February 2024
The Irish RS Feva Championships will be staged on Ballyholme Bay on the south coast of Belfast Lough from August 16th to 18th
The Irish RS Feva Championships will be staged on Ballyholme Bay on the south coast of Belfast Lough from August 16th to 18th

The RS Feva class has been growing steadily in Northern Ireland in recent years, and to the satisfaction of Northern Ireland's Ballyholme Yacht Club, the club will host the Irish Championships, designated a 'GP 1' event, on the weekend of 16th – 18th August. The three-day event will possibly include a day of team racing. Incidentally, RYANI is running an U19 team racing training programme starting next month.

Aidan Pounder, Principal Race Officer, is confident that he and his team will put on an excellent programme of racing out of the club on Ballyholme Bay on the south coast of Belfast Lough, with its wide expanse of virtually tide and hazard-free water.

It is claimed that the RS Feva is the world’s leading double-handed dinghy for youngsters and parent/child teams.

The entries open in about a month, and it is already rumoured that competitors from England will travel to the event.

Expected to race will be home competitors Jessica Dadley-Young and Sally Nixon, as will sisters Emily and Annabelle Ridout and the parent/child duo Matthew and Peter Ridout. East Down YC on

Strangford Lough is hoping to have at least two boats, possibly three at the event and Royal North should also have representation.

Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

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At a Glance - Irish RS Dinghy 2024 Calendar

May 4th/5th:
RS200/400 Northerns EABC.

June 8th:
RS200/400 Easterns/Sprint Greystones SC - ideal way to hone in your starting before many Irish boats head to France for Eurocup 21-24 June

July 6/7th:
RS FEST/Inlands LDYC. RS Fest follows on from the success of last year to incorporate all RS Feva/200/400/Aeros.

August 9-11th:
RS200/400 Irish National Championships CSC.

September 20/21st:
RS 200/400 Southerns KSC. Killaloe SC hosts the final event of the year.

At a Glance - Irish RS400/200 Events for 2023 

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  • RS Open Training Strangford SC 29/30 April
  • Northerns - Strangford Sailing Club - May 6/7
  • Irish RS Games - Nationals - Blessington Sailing Club 23-25 June
  • UK Nationals Mounts Bay 31 July - 04 August 2023
  • Southerns/Easterns - 26/27 August- Wexford Harbour SC
  • Inlands - 23/24 September - Killaloe SC

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  • Irish RS Games - Nationals - Blessington Sailing Club 23-25 June (open to all RS classes)
  • Feva Northerns - East Down YC - 26/27 Aug / Southerns - Monkstown BSC- 23/24 Sept

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