Eight RS Feva took to the water at Ballyholme Yacht Club this week for the first ever open training session of its kind with RYA Northern Ireland coaches.
This was their first training session with RYA Northern Ireland’s Performance Programme Coach Chris Penny and Performance Manager Andrew Baker.
There were two sessions on the water with plenty of onshore boat prep as well as theory.
While some of the sailors are experienced sailing with the Feva, it was the first time for others – and for some it was their first time sailing a double hander. All of the participants made significant improvements in their manoeuvres and crew work as the day progressed.
Unfortunately, poor weather conditions on Tuesday meant the sailors couldn’t get on the water but they took part in more theory and some outdoor games and drills.
One pair did venture out for a blast across the bay with a RIB escort and despite a bit of swimming they handled the conditions well.
RYA Northern Ireland’s Performance Manager Andrew Baker said: “It was great to see so many enthusiastic juniors keen to sail together and embrace the double handed side of sailing. Both Chris and I genuinely enjoyed both days witnessing what will hopefully be the start of a bright future for the class here in Northern Ireland.’
“Hopefully more clubs can take on the Fevas and add to a growing community. They are a great training boat and with the right sailors onboard, clubs could send teams to events and really build a thriving class.”
He added: “We wish all the sailors good luck this weekend at the RS Feva Northern Championships as they race in conjunction with the larger RS event at Ballyholme Yacht Club.
“We also hope to see a good turnout for the class at our annual RYANI Youth Championships which will take place on 10th and 11th September.”