Cousins Isabella and Tom Morehead take 7 of the 10 races at Lough Ree to win the RS FEVA National Championships
Lough Ree Commodore Eileen Browne presents the Irish National Championship and the Open Championship Trophies
Four boats from the RCYC headed off in some of the in the worst downpours seen in years to Lough Ree for the 2008 Feva Nationals.
It blew hard for the weekend and it seems the recent efforts to overcome the 16knt wall has reaped rewards for the RCYC Fevas who all excelled in the breeze and choppy conditions. 24 boats competed in all.
Friday saw 3 races with 20+ knots in the final race wiping out quite a few.
Julie Tingle and Alexandra Morehead started the RCYC onslaught continuing the form shown in the Munsters taking line honours in the first race. The Dublin boats helmed by Michael Craig and Lewis Eikholt were split by local Cillian Dickson.
The next two races went to cousins Isabella and Tom Morehead closely followed in the second race by John Galvin and Oscar Morehead taking a superb third. Cillian Dickson who had been lying 2nd overall unfortunately got wiped out. Lewis Eicholt from HYC again proved his heavy weather ability seen at the youth nationals in Schull, taking a 2nd with Richard Roberts and Robbie English in a superb 3rd place. Julie and Ally held on for dear life and took a creditable 8th place in the very difficult conditions.
On Saturday 4 races were scheduled and 4 were run in somewhat changeable conditions. The first race started with Isabella and Tom taking line honours again with Cillian Dickson second and Julie and Ally a superbly sailed 3rd, These positions swapped as the RCYC sailors locked horns with the opposition in some superb racing. Julie and Ally came back to their true form in the 6th race with a first covering Isabella and Tom to the end, their reaching performance blowing away the opposition. Richard and Robbie took a 5th and John and Oscar had to retire with main halyard problems and probably a few too many giggles.
Isabella and Tom finished on Saturday with another first putting them firmly first overall with Julie and Ally lying 3rd overnight.
The final day saw fresher conditions and ‘i’ flags at the starts to keep things on schedule. In the first race Bella and Tom overtook Cillian who had appeared to all to have the race in the bag with a great lead at the final mark. Bella and Tom powering through from behind-entirely down to keeping the boat flat in the heavy winds according to Tom who had little more than his ankles left in the boat!
As the weather freshened, Bella and Tom sailed faultlessly taking 3 bullets on the trot with Lewis Eikholt and Billy Griffin taking three 2nds. Julie and Ally stayed in touch in the latter races holding on to a well deserved 3rd place overall. Richard and Robbie recovered having lost a rudder pin and took two 7ths in the final races to hold 9th and John and Oscar 15th
All in all the RCYC sailors have come on really well with the boats hardly in the club a year taking 1st place in 9 of the 10 races. Lough Ree could not have been a nicer place for us to revel in the performance. David Kelly and Crew with their great welcome could not have been more accomodating with a really well run event and lots of good humoured fun off the water too. A brief meeting took place to introduce the contingent heading for the Feva Worlds in Sweden on the 1st August – the confidence in the fleet is at a high!!