It was an all-British finale today at the Allen RS Feva World Championship 2013 with all three steps of the podium occupied by duos from across the English Channel. The new World Champions after 14 races are young Hanna Bristow and Bobby Hewitt (GBR 4610) of Leigh and Lowton YC who controlled their nearest rivals’ every move in a 240 degree wind blowing at 10 knots. They took home a seventh and a 12th-place finish that saw them end the week with a total score of 34 points.
A good 21 points behind them in second place are their fellow countrymen Wells/Todd (GBR 4332), who take the silver medal on 55 points, just one ahead of Brown/Davies (GBR 4768), on the third step on 56 points. Unfortunately, the Italian former World Champions Stocchero/Virgenti did not make it to the podium and, as a result of a 16th and a 3rd place on this final day’s racing, had to content themselves with the wooden medal on a score of 75 points. Brits Grade/Prescott also ended up 5th on 77 points ahead of the Italians Porro/Dall’Ora. The winners of the qualifiers, however, can rejoice in having taken the All Girls prize for female crews while the Family prize went to Will and Matt Taylor.
The standings for the other two fleets were also British-dominated with Vennis-Ozanne/Lewis topping the Silver standings ahead of Italians Tognoni/Quilici and Mulcahy/Lindsay-Brown dominating the Bronze.
Statements about the event:
Jop Dutilh, president of the RS Feva International Class: “We are very happy with the week. Everything was perfect -from the course to the organisation. All the guys were enthusiastic. It’s just a pity that they have to leave this sailing paradise – they’ll miss it! But now we’re already thinking about the 2014 Worlds in France”.
Paolo Testolin, president of the RS Feva Italia Class: “I’m proud of the results our athletes delivered. They held out very well against the many very strong British teams in contention. I’d like to say a particular word of thanks to our coach and all the trainers for the dedication and preparation they put in before the Worlds and the technical and psychological support they gave us throughout them. Their collaboration made a good number of our teams competitive. We took the All Girls World title thanks to Margherita Porro and Francesca Andrea Dall’Ora, a result that reflects the excellent trend of the season. Even though they finished fourth, Stocchero/Virgenti fought to the bitter end to get to the podium and we have two teams in the top six in the world now. The Junior title won by Codoghini/Zinetti was also very well deserved as it showed how they’ve really come on. Lastly, a big thank you to the International Class and the Compagnia della vela di Grosseto for their huge commitment in managing and organising this event”.
Margherita Porro, helmswoman ITA 2592: “Now that it’s all over I can say that it was a tough battle against the British. They are very well prepared and I’m very happy with the result. We started and finished on a good note. We had a bit of a dip in the middle and in the first race today, but then we came back. Of course, you learn a lot from days like that”.
Marco Borioni, president Compagnia della vela Grosseto: “Another excellent day’s sailing, a worthy conclusion to the two World Championships at the Compagnia della vela Grosseto which we feel have laid the foundations for the club’s future. The guys out on the water were enthusiastic with excellent, fun boats which it’s no surprise are very popular in English-speaking nations where they really know their sailing. A special word of thanks finally to our team sponsors: Futura, Vibralcementi and Colle Massari”.
RS Feva Worlds 2013 YouTube playlist of the past week at Marina di Grosseto in Italy … and a link to the final results.
The penultimate day of racing at the RS Feva World Championship 2013 at the Compagnia della vela Grosseto was dominated by the British teams. With four races held for each fleet (260 degrees wind rising to 14 knots in the afternoon), there are now four British teams in the top four positions in the Gold standings which will decide the new World Champions.
The new leaders are Hannah Bristow and Bobby Hewitt (GBR 4610) on 15 points as a result of two wins and a 14th-place finish delivered today. Their performance pushed fellow Brits Wells/Todd (BGR 4332) back to second with 21 points (3,5,7) ahead of fellow countrymen Brown/Davies (GBR 4768) in third on 33 points (6,6,1).
This edged the Italian teams off the podium with Margherita Porro and Francesca Andrea Dall’Ora (Associazione Nautica Sebina) slipping into 4th position (46 points) after taking an 8th, a 10th and a 2nd position today, although they are solidly placed at the top of the women’s standings. Behind them in 5th are still more British sailors, Grade/Prescott (46 points) followed for now by the reigning World Champions Leonardo Stocchero and Gianluca Virgenti (CV Toscolano Maderno), on 56 points after a very up-and-down day indeed (BDF,14,8).
The Brits are also dominating the other two fleets with Ozanne/Lewis leading in the Silver and Strauss/Mitchell in the Bronze.
Tomorrow will see the two final Gold races being staged (along with three for the Silver and the Bronze), starting at 11:55. Once the racing on the water is over, the prize-giving ceremony for the Bronze, Silver and Gold winners will take place on the Compagnia della vela Grosseto with the announcement of the new RS Feva World Champion.
Complete provisional standings (subject to protest)
Statements from today:
Jop Dutilh, president RS Feva International Class: “We are delighted to have staged four out of four regattas today. The guys are a bit tired after a whole day out on the water but I could see how enthusiastic they were about the experience too.”
Mario Dullia, coach RS Feva Italia Class: “There’s a very calm, sporty atmosphere between all the teams in the Class. The results speak for themselves and I’m very satisfied with everyone. They take on each day’s racing with huge enthusiasm regardless of where they are in the standings. Stocchero-Virgenti are fighting very determinedly indeed and won’t spare themselves tomorrow either in attempting to make the podium theirs. Porro-Dall’Ora consolidated their lead in the women’s title battle very nicely, while Tognoni-Quilici, the best of the Italians in the Silver, are doing very well in third too, and Parisi-Gajio, another women’s duo, are first of the Italians in the Bronze.”
Marco Borioni, president Compagnia della vela Grosseto: “Excellence, another great day’s sailing. We managed to get four starts which shows how good the organisation is once again. All of the teams are happy and are singing the praises of the course. Lastly, all the Compagnia della vela Grosseto teams are doing great, starting, of course, with the two girls in the Gold, Arianna Botticini and Federica Celentano.”
Changeable winds today – British snatch back the lead but Italians aren’t giving in
Light changeable winds dominated the race course off the Compagnia della vela Grosseto today and the famous Grosseto thermals never arrived at all. In fact, the breeze only got up to 10 knots at most in the afternoon. This made things complicated for the race committee which was forced to cancel the third heat, but still was able to give the off to two races for the Gold fleet (and just one for the Silver and Bronze).
However, the English teams had plenty to smile about on this the first day of the finals with Wells/Todd (GBR 4332) clocking up two second-place finishes to take back leadership of the overall standings (6 points) having lost it yesterday to the Italians Porro/Dall’Ora (ITA 2592), who today slipped down into fourth position after only managing a fourth and a 21st-place finish. On 7 points behind the new leaders were Bristow/Hewitt (GBR 4610), courtesy of a third place and a win today.
The third step on the podium went to reigning world champions Stocchero/Virgenti of Italy. They finished seventh and ninth today, a good recovery that brought them up from fifth (21 points) and put them ahead of fellow Italians Porro/Dall’Ora, who started the day topping the standings but are now fourth after a fourth and a 21st-place finish. From the fourth heat onwards, however, the discard system comes into effect for all three fleets so it’s still very much an open competition.
In the Silver fleet, Italy is leading thanks to Tognoni/Quilici (11 points), ahead of Dutch duo Stroom/Dutilh (13 points). In the Bronze, Brits Kirkby/Blunden (8 points) are first overall.
The day ended with a party for the competitors in the RS Feva World Championships and the traditional barbecue organised in the Compagnia della vela Grosseto’s garden.
With the celebrations over, things get serious again tomorrow as the race committee attempts to stage four races for each fleet. The first start is planned as always for 11:55 in the waters directly in front of the Compagnia della vela Grosseto.
Gold Fleet Standings: (top five, after 2 finals races)
1. GBR 4332 – Elliot Wells / Jake Todd – Hayling Island Sailing Club – 2, 2, 2 – 6pts
2. GBR 4610 – Hannah Bristow / Bobby Hewitt – Leigh and Lowton – 2, 3, 1 – 7pts
3. ITA 4698 – Leonardo Stocchero / Gianluca Virgenti – C.V. Toscolano Maderno – 5, 7, 9 – 21pts
4. ITA 2592 – Margherita Porro / Francesca Andrea Dall’Ora – A.N. Sebina – 1, 4, 21 – 25pts
5. GBR 4768 – Arthur Brown / Niamh Davies – Royal Burnham YC – 9, 1, 17 – 27pts
Giorgio Battinelli, president of the Race Committee: “Despite the terrible forecasts, we managed to stage two races for the Gold fleet. We didn’t get a single thermal so we decided to cancel when the wind began to turn and drop under the minimum.”
Leonardo Stocchero, helmsman ITA 4698: “We’ve got very strong rivals that started with better points than us. Today a race was cancelled and we went up in the standings. It’s a good result and will help us take on tomorrow’s racing more calmly.”
Gianluca Virgenti, bowman ITA 4698: “The most important thing for us is that we have two more days ahead of us. Anything could happen.”
Marco Borioni, president Compagnia della vela Grosseto: “A great day today too. It’s a pity we didn’t get to finish the last heat but the committee took the best decision as always. We’ll start again tomorrow. I’m very happy for our team in the Gold fleet as Arianna and Federica really sailed well and showed their mettle.”
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Finals start tomorrow with 9 Italian teams in the Gold fleet
Another great day’s sailing at the RS Feva World Championship playing out in the waters off the Compagnia della vela Grosseto until Friday, July 26th. A very steady 260° wind that started off at 12 knots got up to 16 in the course of the afternoon. This meant the race committee had no problem starting all three scheduled races with the first off at around 12:30, bringing the qualifying phase of the event to a successful conclusion.
After yesterday being dominated by the British, today was very much the domain of Italian girls Margherita Porro and Francesca Andrea Dall’Ora. The two young Associazione Nautica Sebina sailors ended qualifying at the top of the overall standings on just 8 points thanks to two seconds and a one win. A fantastic result along with a momentous first position in the All Girls standings. On the same points as the Italians but less well-placed than them in the final race were this morning’s leaders Brits Elliot Wells and Jake Todd (2,1,2), who finished second in the overall standings ahead of their fellow countrymen Hannah Bristow and Bobby Hewitt (1,1,8), who took the third step on the podium on just 12 points.
Daily prizes for Monday were given for late night helpers tidying, teenage translating services, an on the water response survey to find the friendliest nation (the Czechs!), and for being the washdown hose god!
From tomorrow, the 171 boats will be divided into three fleets of 57 crews (Gold, Silver and Bronze). Each team will be allotted points equivalent to their final position in qualifying (e.g. 1st position will have 1 point, 2nd 2 points, etc.) which cannot be discarded in the final phases. The first races are scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24th, from 11:55.
The local advice has it that 2 days of good sea breeze has a slightly cooling effect on the land meaning that the 3rd day may have marginally less strong sea breeze – that’s the prediction then for the first day of the final series.
Provisional Standings:* (top five, 6 races)
1. ITA 2592 – Margherita Porro/Francesca Andrea Dall’Ora – Associazione Nautica Sebina – 2, 1, (4), 2, 2, 1, 8pts
2. GBR 4332 – Elliot Wells/Jake Todd – Hayling Island Sailing Club – 1, (2), 2, 2, 1, 2, 8pts
3. GBR 4610 – Hannah Bristow/Bobby Hewitt – Leigh and Lowton – 2, 2, 6, 1, 1, (8), 12pts
4. GBR 3424 – Courtney Bilbrough/Orla Mitchell – Docklands S&W Centre – 4, 1, (12), 7, 3, 3, 18pts
5. GBR 4883 – Jamie Smith/Piers Nichols – Hayling Island Sailing Club – 5, 5, 6, 3, (9), 2, 21pts
* protest hearings still underway at time of publication
Margherita Porro, helmswoman ITA 2592: “We are absolutely delighted to have gone up from second to first. Today the course was difficult because of the waves. They were very short and so we had to do a lot of work with the sheet “.
Jop Dutilh, president RS Feva International Class: “A decisive day. The finals were up for grabs and all the teams were very tense this morning before going out on the water, particularly the ones still up in the air between one fleet and another. We’ll be seeing a very different championship from tomorrow – the standard will be even higher. I’m very happy for the two Italian girls in first. It’s important for the worlds to have lots of different nations high up in the standings”.
Mario Dullia, deputy president of the RS Feva Italia Class: “A very positive day for all our guys during which all the forces started to line out. We’re satisfied on a lot of levels which confirms the commitment of our athletes. Not least Porro-Dall’Ora who confirmed their successes earlier in the season were no fluke and who played hard ball with the British teams. Stocchero-Virgenti recovered very well after yesterday. Oppizzi-Frazzica are in line with expectations too. We’re also very satisfied with the qualifiers delivered by our Junior team Codoghini-Zinetti and the other first-time teams competing in the Silver fleet”.
Marco Borioni, president Compagnia della vela Grosseto: “Another very positive day with a few small emergencies which also included our Vibralcementi team but dealt with very ably thanks to the help of the Port Authority and all the other emergency forces who are essential to an event like this. The cherry on the cake in these first few days was definitely the fact that our team sponsored by Colle Massari qualifying for the Gold team “.
Claudia Tosi, FIV advisor representing the athletes: “A day with a bit more wind but it was still very steady which meant we staged all three races very quickly. We upped the assistance at sea because of the forecast. Good management did the rest “.
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British teams dominate in Tuscany
A great day’s racing with 12 to 13 knots of 250-270 degree winds greeted participants on day one of the RS Feva World Championships 2013 which now run until Friday, July 26th at the Compagnia della vela Grosseto. After a wait of around an hour and a half to allow the Marina di Grosseto’s usual thermals to establish on the course, the committee gave the off at 13:30 to three races for the three categories (yellow, blue and red) into which the 171-strong fleet is divided.
The first team to emerge as overall standings leader is the British duo Elliot Wells and Jake Todd (GBR 4332) who finished the day on just 5 points thanks to one win and two seconds. In second position are the Italians Margherita Porro and Francesca Andrea Dall’Ora (ITA 2592 – Associazione Nautica Sebina), who delivered a second, a win and a fourth (7 points).
The bottom step on the podium went to another British boat, GBR 1883, fielded by Harvey Martin and William Ward. They clocked up a first, a second and a fifth position giving them a total of 8 points. All in all, the Brits dominated the first day’s racing with 14 teams in the first 20 positions in the standings. Of the Italians, Pietro Frazzica and Michele Oppizzi (AVAl – CDV Centro Vela Alto Lario) delivered an excellent seventh position.
Tomorrow, the committee is hoping to run three further qualifiers which will bring the event to its final phase during which the fleet will be divided into Gold and Silver groups. The first start is scheduled for 12:00 on the course just off the Compagnia della vela Grosseto.
Report from Golly Tucker, International Feva Secretary
Elliott Wells and Jake Todd have started the Allen RS Feva Worlds like a rocket and have a 2 point lead at the end of the first day after races. Conditions certainly helped the boys to blast out of the traps with a very solid 12-16kt sea breeze. This kicked in big time after an unusual delay which had the sailors kept ashore. Sweltering but at least shade and water were on hand. An hour and a half late the championship was on.
The format has the 170 boats sailing a two day qualification series followed by three days of Gold Silver and Bronze fleet racing. There is one discard in the Q series that kicks in once the next race has been sailed.
Hot on Elliott & Jakes coat tails are Italian duo Margherita Porro & Francesca Andrea Dall’Ora. In third on a tie break are Bosham’s Sophie Hempsell & Emily Covell. The split pair are Ogston’s Harvey Martin & Will Ward. There are 2 other non-British boats in the top 10 – 7th Dann Dutilh & Roos v Lookeren (NED) and 8th the hugely improved Andrew and Michela Mifsud (MLT).
The split after tomorrow for the final series fleets comes in at just after those placed in 57th and 114th. There will be keen competition indeed not only for the choccies but also to get in the right fleet – whichever that may be! The carry over into the fin al series will be competitors place at the end of the Q series.
Jop Dutilh, president of the RS Reva International Class: “It was a fantastic day even though we had to wait until after 13:30 for the wind. The committee, however, did a magnificent job to be able to stage three races. It was an impeccable course and a splendid day’s racing.”
Paolo Testolin, president of the RS Feva Italia class: “It was very satisfying to see so many teams, 22 of them from Italy, at this Worlds. The large number of Italian athletes confirms just how quickly the Class has spread in the last few years, not just worldwide but here in this country too. Naturally, we feel a great sense of involvement because there’s an Italian team defending the title and the competition is very strong. Whatever the result, it’s a very important experience for all our guys just to be here. I’d like to say a particular word of thanks to the Compagnia della Vela Grosseto for all the work it has done to offer hospitality to the teams and organise the event.”
Marco Borioni, president of the Compagnia della vela Grosseto: “Everyone was great today putting down the course and we owe a big thanks to the Club Nautico di Scarlino too. I’m delighted that three of our teams sponsored by Massari/Fondazione Bertarelli, Futura and Vibral Cementi are making their debut in an event of this stature. It’s a very important experience for them.”
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- Matt & Colin
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© Ecista Grosseto
After a sea parade of the 171 teams entered in the practice race, young people from 15 nations worldwide marched through the streets of Marina di Grosseto in celebration of the opening of the Allen RS Feva World Championship 2013 organised by the Compagnia della vela Grosseto. A veritable festival of flags, colours and smiles to mark the official start of a week of thrilling battles for the world title.
The young sailors were welcomed to the Marina San Rocco by Paolo Borghi, deputy mayor of Grosseto, Manfredi Feri (Marina San Rocco), Jop Dutilh (president of the RS Feva International Class) and Marco Borioni, president of the Compagnia della vela Grosseto.
The fleet, divided into three categories, begins the first qualifying races on the 21st with four in all scheduled for the day starting from 12:00.
Statements about the day:
Paolo Borghi, deputy mayor and Municipality of Grosseto’s Councillor for Sport: “I am both delighted and honoured to have you all here and to welcome you to Marina di Grosseto. It’s going to be a very intense week for everyone involved. But as they say: let the best team win!”
Manfredi Feri, director, Marina di San Rocco: “On behalf of President Serra, I’d like to stress the importance of this World Championship: it’s about young people and so it’s about our future.”
Jop Dutilh, president of the RS Feva International Class: “A special word of thanks to the Compagnia della vela Grosseto and to the town for hosting this marvellous event. A particularly warm welcome to the young people from Lithuania, Russia, the Czech Republic and Switzerland, as this is the first time they’re all taking part in the RS Feva Worlds.”
Marco Borioni, president of the Compagnia della vela Grosseto: “I’d like to thank everyone that has worked so hard to organise another major event after last week’s Formula 18 Worlds. Very special thanks to Paolo Borghi who worked so closely with us in this very delicate period for the Compagnia della vela Grosseto.”
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