When the International RS Feva Class took the leap to host the World Championships across the pond, the search was on for a venue that would deliver fantastic sailing conditions, amazing atmosphere, fantastic weather and a whole pile of RS Feva fun. Clearwater, Florida was chosen and Clearwater delivered on all counts. The sailors have had a fabulous time and judging by some of the stories in the dinghy park, so did the partners and coaches.
On the last day of racing there were 4 points separating the top 2 boats and clearly both teams were nervous as the fleet headed out under the bridge into the gulf. The breeze was very light but the PRO was determined to try and get the final races in. The course was laid and the sailors were soon in sequence. As the fleet crossed the line, what breeze there was faded away and within a few minutes of the start the PRO had no choice but to abandon.
The fleet rehydrated and additional sun cream was applied as they drifted about waiting for the forecasted breeze to appear. The PRO ordered the media boat, affectionately known as the ‘Mediocre Boat’ into the fleet to entertain the frustrated teams. The loaned Mediocre boat was fitted with a huge sound system and the fleet was encouraged to dance, swim, dive and simply have some fun.
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At 1pm after a lengthy discussion between the PRO and the RS Feva Class the decision was made to abandon for the day as there was no sign of the forecasted breeze. As the flags were hoisted the cheers rung out around the gulf from all the relieved sailors and the celebrations could begin. The RS Feva class had new World Champions, overall & mixed team Ben Hunton-Penman and Abi Jayasekara, Ladies Annie Hammett and Emma Wells, Boys Tom Storey and Rupert Jameson, Junior Femme Rijk and Silke Zuidema and the family title going to William Caiger and Becky Caiger.
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Overall top 10
1st – GBR7063 Ben Hutton-Penman & Abi Jayasekara
2nd – GBR7064 Tom Storey & Rupert Jameson
3rd – USA6851 Dieter Creitz & Conrad Miller
4th – CZE6965 Jakub Dobry & Veronika Cibulkova
5th – GBR6985 William Caiger & Becky Caiger
6th – NED7026 Robbert Huisman & Gijs Zuidema
7th – GBR7038 Joshua Davies & Freddie Ellis
8th – GBR7030 Annie Hammett & Emma Wells
9th – AUT7031 Johanna Böckl & Benjamin Kogard
10th – CZE6968 Petr Tupý & Dan Višcor
It is amazing to see the strength of the RS Feva Fleet worldwide with 5 nations represented in the top ten. Ben and Abbey absolutely deserved their title. The USA Team Dieter and Conrad also sailed an outstanding week – tough competition and only 2 points between first and second.
Ladies final results
Annie and Emma will be known as the comeback girls. Down and out after day 1 fought it right back to Ladies World Champions
1st – GBR7030 Annie Hammett & Emma Wells
2nd – CZE6962 Anna Justová & Nela Višcorová
3rd – NED7033 Hanna Rijk & Bente Zuidema
The boys sailed extremely well. Tom and Rupert only just missed out on overall title so extremely worthy winners of the Boys title. The Dutch team Hanna and Bente were absolutely the stars of the show on ‘Super Saturday’ posting top 5 results all day.
1st – GBR7064 Tom Storey & Rupert Jameson
2nd – USA6851 Dieter Creitz & Conrad Miller
3rd – NED7026 Robbert Huisman & Gijs Zuidema
The Vanhang Sailing Team from China have certainly come a long way since the Worlds In Medemblik last year and all of these sailors will be ones to watch in future years.
1st – NED7028 Femme Rijk & Silke Zuidema
2nd – CHN6967 Feng Ziteng & Ding Zhaohui
3rd – CHN6983 Ma Yuk & Niu Shiyin
It’s always lovely to see family teams enter the Worlds and we think it’s quite unique. The Chinese girls are actually twin sisters, which make them the second set of twins the RS Feva Worlds has seen enter.
1st – GBR6985 William Caiger & Becky Caiger
2nd – CHN6970 Ouynag Huiyun & Ouyang Huixin
3rd – SUI7068 Verhoest Brent & Verhoest Robbe
The class has so many to thank, from Clearwater Community Sailing Centre for being the perfect hosts, to event organisers Red Gear Racing who worked so hard to deliver an amazing Championships, the PRO – Paul Uliberry and his team for setting great courses to enable world class racing. RS Sailing for providing 51 charter boats to get the 102 sailors from 11 nations on the water and the class sponsors PA Consulting Group and Allen Performance Hardware.
The sailors, parents and coaches will all go home with a load of fantastic memories from the event. The stories will get shared and retold many times in the coming months, the beaches, dolphins, the sun down restaurants and the racing will all get mentioned and of course that fact the 102 sailors can say…
‘I was there’…‘We sailed with dolphins’…‘I was there on Super Saturday’
In case you missed it, click here to watch the video from ‘Super Saturday’, Dasher we thank you. –
Next stop is the RS Feva Europeans at the RS Games from the 9-15th of August. For more information about the event and how you can be a part of it, click here.
RS Sailing and the RS Feva Class simply show that there is another way for junior and youth sailors to be inspired and develop… and this way is the future for our sport #thereisanotherway