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RS Feva Squad Prepare for 2014

 winter sailingFresh from an excellent result at the Eric Twiname team racing event, the SES U16 Feva Squad are back to fleet racing, embarking on a Winter training programme which will last until March 2014.

Held at Rutland Water, the team will battle rain, sleet and snow in order to gain knowledge, experience and tactics in this field of racing. The sailors will then put this into practice at Hayling Island Sailing Club in March, where all Feva Zone squads from around the country join for a mass training session and several races on the south coast. This will be challenging as conditions are considerably different from inland water sailing. 

Training alongside the Oakham School Feva Squad and other crews from Cumbria, Merseyside and Hertfordshire, the squad have already attended two full on weekends, the first being a residential at Rutland. Head coach Ant Chapman, supported by Nick Neve, has been pleased with the standard set and progress made. Over the weekends, all have learnt some important boat handling skills and starting techniques. Rutland Zone Sailing Team will be training for three further weekends in ever decreasing temperatures and challenging conditions enabling all to build on their stamina, and all aspects of racing. Such training is a pre-cursor to the start of the season in April 2014 and in readiness for the RS Feva Nationals, held in May 2014 at the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy, and ultimately entering the RS Feva World Championships, held in Carnac, France in July 2014.  

Report by Tom Proffitt