Exe SC sailor Victoria Upotn set to sail off Brittany in July

PUBLISHED: 10:20 05 June 2014

Victoria Upton (helm) and Annabel Dewing (crew) on day one of the RS Feva National Championship at WPNSA

Victoria Upton (helm) and Annabel Dewing (crew) on day one of the RS Feva National Championship at WPNSA

Peter Newton

Victoria Upton of Exe Sailing Club with crew, Annabel Dewing of Royal Dart Yacht Club, competed in The Sekonda RS Feva XL National Championships.

The three-day event ran from Sunday, May 25 through to Tuesday, May 27 and it all followed venue familiarisation and practice races on the first Saturday of the half-term break.

The championship was won by Harvey Martin (Ogston SC) and his crew of Bobby Hewitt (Leigh and Lowton SC).

The first day of the championships saw 98 of 101 competing boats split into four flights competing in a qualifying ‘round robin’ series to identify who would compete their final series in either the gold or silver fleet.

With two of three races to count, the Exmouth girls posted a 28th and 25th and looked in a strong position as they cleared the leeward gate in 12th position heading for the finish in their final qualifier.

Sadly, the spinnaker downhaul got wrapped on the bowsprit as they went for the drop - eventually crossing the line in 27th. Disappointed, as consigned to the silver fleet by a couple of points, they made the best of it in the final series.

Day two, with very little wind brought a different challenge. After a postponement ashore waiting for the faintest of breezes to satisfy the four knots required for racing, the fleet launched, hopeful of getting two or three results in the bag.

Hours later and with no shortage of effort on the part of the race officer, gold fleet had completed two further races and sliver fleet just the one.

The fleet launched early on the final day and were afloat for a full eight hours with the race officer James Gollop keen to get all scheduled races completed.

With very shifty winds from NNW to WSW and back, plus at times no wind at all, the preparatory signal for all races was the black flag.

Competitors in both fleets experienced several postponements, races abandoned and re-started, but some consistency for the last race of the championship. For Victoria and Annabel it proved to be their best as they posted a third.

Overall, Victoria and Annabel sailed seven races - so with just the one discard, finished ninth in the silver fleet and 60th overall. This was a great effort for this new partnership, experiencing their first competition and National Championship together. Their next big event is the Allen RS Feva World Championships in Carnac, Brittany at the end of July, where 185 entries are expected. Full results can be found at www.rsfeva.org.uk/results

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Midweek Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Midweek Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Midweek Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 18:14

The sunny dry weather continued for Festival Week at Honiton Golf Club, writes John Pawley.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:49

Both of Honiton’s Over 60s League men’s teams won their league games last week, writes Julie Grant.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:34

Axminster bowlers continued their fine form this season with success in league and friendly matches, writes David Harris.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:28

Lyme Regis club captain Mark Lewis had a dream start to the May Stableford as he went par, eagle, birdie giving him 10 points on the first three holes!, writes Richard Jackman.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:19

It was not a good week for the Feniton men’s over 60s teams, writes Roger Smith.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:18

Axe Cliff men’s section played for the Adams Cup, writes Pete Motson.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:18

The Lyme Regis ladies had a well overdue 10 pointer against West Moors in Division One of the Dorset league whilst the men in the Championship lost all 10 points in their meeting with Greenhill, writes Paul Moffitt.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:58

Axe Cliff senior section contested their Mat medal and the meeting was well supported and saw some fine play, writes Pete Motson.

Read more
Saturday, May 27, 2017

On a glorious sunny day Uplyme Cricket Club hosted the annual Kwik Cricket tournament for Year five and six pupils from local primary schools on behalf of Dorset Schools Cricket Association.

Read more
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Seven Chard and District Swimmers qualified for the South West Regional Swimming Championships this season, writes Heather Pullinger.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications