RS Feva World Championships Italy
Report by Cerys M, Year 9
After an amazing year of training, in the RS Feva dinghy with Sophie, (my sailing partner) we travelled all the way over to Follonica, Italy, to compete in the World Championships. Many weekends and evenings spent racing with our regional squad, our local training and racing, and larger competitions including the Feva Nationals in Abersoch, Wales had all been in preparation for this. The competition was spread over five days, with two days beforehand to practise and get to know the water, and a parade the evening before the first day to start the competition off. The atmosphere at the parade was magical as every competing country paraded through the beautiful streets with the local Italian bands playing alongside us. 400 competitors from all over the world hoisted their flag and went up on stage as a country, with Sophie and I joining the stage with the British, and Ffion representing USA with Eli (her American crew). After the first two days of racing, the 200 boats were split into three fleets, Gold, Silver and Bronze, with both Ffion, Eli, Sophie and I comfortably qualifying into the silver fleet. The whole week of racing was an unforgettable experience, sailing with the best Feva sailors in the world, and by the end of the week, Sophie and I finished mid-silver fleet very happy and tired with lots of new mates from all over the world. Our week spent at the world championships could not possibly have been any better, and the memories made will stay with me my whole life. Thank-you to everyone who helped Sophie and I along our journey, and able to compete in Italian waters. After a year of hard training and racing even throughout snow-storms and howling winds, the World Championships has really showed the vast improvements, and pushed us to be even better, something I hope to continue to do by taking every opportunity to get out on the water and sail.