Team Allen at the RS Feva Nationals

"I insisted that we should use ratchet blocks for the spinnaker for the heavy wind sailing. Thanks to Allen, we got some 2 days before the nationals and the A2140 ratchet blocks did make a huge difference to our performance downwind as I could control the kite a lot easier." Dylan Collingbourne, Team Allen

Dylan Collingbourne at the 2016 Feva Nationals

Dylan Collingbourne at the 2016 Feva Nationals

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