With less than a week to go to the RS Eastern Championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, it’s shaping up to be a great weekend. Over 35 boats have entered to date and current entries can be seen here http://secure.riyc.ie/component/content/article/216. You can enter online here http://secure.riyc.ie/component/content/article/214.
The current forecast is indicating dry and settled weather with moderate breezes making for a gentle start to the season for crews easing back in after the winter or finding their way in a new boat!
The full facilities of the RIYC are available to sailors, their families and supporters for the weekend. Apart from the meal on Saturday night (bookable with your entry or at registration), this includes a full breakfast menu each morning and an all-day bar/lunch menu. The club can also provide sandwiches/lunches for sailors to bring out on the water (please email beforehand if you would like this for Saturday).
For those travelling, the only two hotels in Dun Laoghaire are (as per usual!) booked out, however, the Rochestown Lodge Hotel, Stillorgan Park Hotel and Bewleys Hotel Leopardstown are reasonably priced and just a short drive away. Searching on Tripadvisor for B&Bs in Dun Laoghaire brings up around 15 properties within walking distance and searching on AirBnB for Dun Laoghaire brings up 9 properties within walking distance of the club.
We look forward to welcoming many of you on Saturday!
The 2015 RS Calendar has been finalised. Put the following events in your diaries!
The Feva class are currently looking for expressions of interest from anyone thinking about going to Travemunde next July for the Allen RS Feva World Championships. This promises to be a fantastic event and a great sailing experience. The plan would be to put together a squad to train up in the months before and travel together to the event with the coach. Full details of the event can be found in the link below. I know it seems like a long way off at this stage but in order to book the week with the coach and get the cheapest deals on travel the sooner we know numbers the better.
The RSGYC are hosting a fun sailing and specialist training Feva training camp at half term. The clinic is open to all (i.e. non-members very welcome).
Purpose: Improve Feva sailing skills/Introduction to Feva sailing. This camp is intended to cater for current Feva sailors who want to improve their skills and also beginners.
Venue: Royal St. George YC, but open to sailors from ALL clubs
Dates: 28/29/30 October 2014
Time: 12 noon – 5pm
Sailors from any club do not own a Feva can borrow a boat.
Cost: €20 per sailor, per day
Fun: Wednesday 29th October – there will be a pizza and movie night after sailing on Wednesday for sailors (at an additional cost of €5)
Best of luck to the RS CLass Nominees for the ISA All Ireland Junior Sailing Championship 2015 to be hosted by Kinsale Yacht Club this weekend, the 27th and 28th of September.
RS Feva Nominees Alison Dolan (Blessington SC) with Grainne Young and Triona Hinkson (RStGYC) with Cathy Kelly plus Stephen Craig (RStGYC) from the RS200 class will all compete this weekend against nominees from other Junior dinghy classes in the ISA Topaz fleet for the Junior Helmsman Chamionship. Lets hope they do as well (or better!) than the RS400 nominee for the Senior Championships, Alex Barry (MBSC) who ended up third!
Congratulations to Sarah Cudmore and Kelly Williams from the Royal Cork Yacht Club who the final event of the 2014 RS Feva Circuit at a breezy and sunny event hosted by the RCYC. With two race wins outside Roches point on the Saturday and another two wins inside the harbour on Sunday, the girls won by 3 points from Lorcan Tighe and Cian Murphy of the National Yacht Club, followed by Dara Donnelly and Rosemary Tyrrell from the National and Royal Irish Yacht Clubs.
An extensive report is available on the Afloat website here, Results are on the RCYC website here and photos are available here, and on the various other class websites and Facebook pages from the RS Class Links on the left.
Many thanks to the Roses and Royal Cork Yacht Club for an excellently run final event of the season!
Alison Dolan and Grainne Young won the Traveller Trophy for the best combined results of the season from the regional and national class events. Full Traveller Trophy results are here
Congratulations to Alison Dolan and Grainne Young from Blessington Sailing Club who have lifted the Jack Craig Trophy for the 2014 RS Feva National Championships at Galway Bay Sailing Club. With eight firsts and a fifth, giving a masterful display of control in a very breezy and choppy Galway Bay, Alison and Grainne ending up having to discard a 1st(!) to finish 13 points clear of the pack with a nett 7 points. Grace and Helen O'Beirne from the Royal St George Yach Club were second with Triona Hinkson and Kathy Kelly, also from the George, in third.
A longer report is available on the Afloat website here, Results are on the GBSC website here and photos are available here, here and on the various other class websites and Facebook pages from the RS Class Links on the left.
Many thanks to Crewsaver and Galway Bay Sailing Club for a great event!
A light and shifty Western Championships hosted by Lough Ree Yacht Club saw 11 Fevas compete alongside 38 400s and 200s.
The Feva event was won by local brothers Zack and Ben McMullin, newcomers to the Feva circuit, with Alison Dolan and Grainne Young in second followed by Greg Arrowsmith and Conor Little in third. Itbwas great to see new faces in the Feva fleet and we hope to see many more at the Nationals in Galway Bay in a couple of weeks!
A full report and results are available on Afloat here
A great weekend was had by all at Strangford Lough Yacht Club for the RS Northerns. Sunny and breezy conditions made for exciting sailing. Congratulations to Alison Dolan and Grainne Young from Blessington and NYC respecitvely for winning the Feva Northern Championships for 2014. An extensive report is available on Afloat.ie here. Results are here and photos here. Plenty of comment also on the various Facebook pages.
Special thanks to all in SLYC who organised a great event!
Loads of fun at the RS Southern Sprints at Monkstown Bay!
6 Fevas turned up to race alongside the 400s and 200s with 20 boats in total flying up and down a short windward leeward course in fresh and gusty conditions for 8 races. Unfortunately, the visting boat, Lorcan Tighe and Cian Murphy broke their rig in the second race. The Feva class was won by Harry Durcan and Peter Hyland.
A fantastic first event of the 2014 season for the combined RS fleets with over 50 boats competing in the RS Eastern Championships in Greystones Sailing Club. Final results available here
Special thanks and congratulations to all involved in organising a great event! Looking forward to getting together again at the next event.
The RS Class Association have agreement from the Royal St George to use the club’s junior room and launching facilities for the Feva Sailing Camp over the Easter Holidays!
Purpose: Fun, improve Feva sailing skills, introduction to Feva sailing
Venue: Royal St. George YC
Dates: 22/23/24 April
Time: 12 noon – 5pm
Target audience: sailors from any club who have a Feva or can borrow a Feva. If you do not have a Feva but are interested in attending the camp please register your interest and we will endeavour to match your sailor with somebody.
Coaches: 1 per four Fevas
Cost: €30 per sailor / €60 per boat
The cost of running the camp is part subsidised by the RS Feva Ireland Association
Mark these dates in your diaries!
As last season, we are joining up with our older brothers and sisters in the RS200 and RS400 classes for our Regional and National Championships this year. The events are:
April 12/13, RS Eastern Championships, Greystones Sailing Club
June 21/22, RS Northern Championships, Strangford Lough Yacht Club
July 19/20, RS Western Championships, Lough Ree Yacht Club
August 8/9/10, RS National Championships, Galway Bay Sailing Club
Sept 13/14, RS Southern Championships, Kinsale Yacht Club
These are all great sailing locations. All of the clubs are looking forward to hosting the combined RS fleets and we can look forward to enjoying the buzz of the combined fleets. We look forward to more boats travelling to events this year. It would be great if we could get enough boats competing to have two representatives of the RS Feva class at the Junior Helmsman Championship in September!
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