The RS Feva National Championships 2016 were held a Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. This was the event that mattered, as this was the major event practice before the Worlds that are being held in Santander, Spain. We made good progress in the qualifying, in 8th overall out of the 110 boats.
In the morning we got a 29th, 15th and a 14th. But in the afternoon, near the front of the fleet, our jib halyard snapped. At the end of the Monday we were laying 16th overall and 22nd at the finish. Although disappointing, the result was an improvement on last year.
After this event our aim for the worlds is a definite top 10 finish, podium if the winds favor us. The thought we take away from Weymouth is that we still need to get more practice in the heavy wind sailing, as as a team we haven’t done many races in heavy winds, conditions which should prevail in our next event, the Grand Prix in Brightlingsea. Dylan Collingbourne, Team Allen
What Has Chris Rashley Been Up To This Year?
Chris Rashley Moth Worlds 2016
What Have I Been Up To? This year I have mostly been:
boat handling, racing and equipment testing at Stokes Bay and Weymouth With Ben Paton and Dylan Fletcher. Training hard at Pinnacle Gym in Hamble 5 days a week.
Queen Mary GP 1st
Datchet GP 3rd
Parkstone GP 1st
Japanese Moth Nationals 2nd
2016 Moth World Championships Japan 2nd Chris Rashley, Team Allen
SAILING CHAMP HOREY JOINS ALLEN BROTHERS
Vincent Horey, Head of UK Sales for Allen Brothers
Vincent Horey has joined Allen Brothers as Head of UK Sales. A successful competitor in International sailing, Vincent’s sailing career highlights include National and European Championship wins in the Fireball class, Inland championship wins in Fireball, 505 and Scorpion and runner up slots in the World Championships for Fireball and Solo Inlands. He has also competed as tactician on a Commodores Cup yacht. In business, he has worked for BT and Stansted Audi in senior sales roles.
Commenting on his appointment, Vince explained, “I am excited at this new challenge in the Marine Industry, which combines my two passions in life, sales and sailing. I am really looking forward to getting to grips with the role as I have used Allen products in many racing applications and always been impressed by their quality and reliability.”
Based in Essex, Allen Brothers is the leading UK manufacturer of performance sailing hardware, with a sixty year history of supplying innovative, quality products to all levels of competition sailors around the globe. Managing Director Liz Adams added, “We have always been a business run by sailors for sailors and Vince has a wealth of experience, both in high level competitive sailing and in sales negotiation, so we are really pleased to welcome him onboard.”
Allen Brothers racing arm, Team Allen, recently announced two of its teams, Dylan Fletcher / Alain Sign and Charlotte Dobson / Sophie Ainsworth will be representing great Britain in the 49er class at the Rio Olympics. You can follow their progress at TEAM ALLEN
ALLEN ACADEMY OPTIMIST GOES TO QUINN EDMONDS
Quinn Edmonds receiving the Allen Academy Optimist from Liz Adams
12 year old Quinn Edmonds from Bristol is the winner of the Allen Academy Optimist and will race in the UK Optimist series with support from Allen Brothers, Ovington Boats and North Sails.
Here pictured collecting his brand new Optimist from Liz Adams, MD of Allen Brothers, Quinn was excited to receive his prize. “I have been racing my old Optimist “Flapjack” and managed to improve my results in the Inland Championships this year, so I cannot wait to get out there in my new boat” he explained.
Liz Adams added, “Quinn is a deserving winner and it was great to see how excited he was when he and his father, Nick collected the boat. Allen supports youth sailing and in an Olympic year when we have two Team Allen sailors going to Rio it is wonderful to be supporting a promising young sailor starting out in his career.”
The Allen Academy Optimist Award was started at the RYA Dinghy Show earlier this year to offer a deserving young Optimist sailor a new boat. Supported by Ovington Boats and North Sails, the winner receives the boat for one racing season and returns the boat to be refurbished for next year’s winner. The winner will also receive advice from Team Allen sailors and technical support.