Junior and Youth Section Thursday Evening Thursday Evening sailing will be starting on 6th April 2017 to be coached by Mike Way, other coaches for Thursday evenings are - Debbie Hemmings, Charlie King, Tim Graham and Paul Raven Feva Open Meeting 22nd April Mike Way will be holding a training session on Sunday 16th April for those who want to take part in the Feva open on the 22nd April. See Open Meetings for details of the Feva Open Exe Squad Winter Sessions The next Exe Squad winter training Session will be on Sunday 26th March starting at 9am This year has seen a well-attended series of Exe Squad Junior race training sessions, with up to 20 enthusiastic junior sailors attending each session. Close contact with the Training section has led to a steady feed of new sailors from the Level 3 and 4 sessions into the Exe Squad sessions. There has been a great surge in interest in the Feva fleet, in particular, with demand for club boats outstripping the number of boats available at most sessions - we hope to add another Feva to our fleet soon. The 2016 Winter Exe Squad season started on 6th November, with Mike Way and Debbie Hemmings coaching. It was a very breezy but successful day, with 15 sailors for the afternoon session, 6 of whom also took part in the club dinghy racing in the morning. It was very satisfying seeing visible improvement over the afternoon session, with the focus primarily on boat-handling. Mike Way was delighted that the two Louis’ were sailing together - Louis Siveyor shared his race experience with Louis Hocking Cooke and they achieved 2nd place, behind Ffion and Abi (who were sailing fantastically well), in two of the races, and winning one, with Louis HC helming for 1/2 of the races. It was also great to have three sailors new to Exe Squad in attendance. Notable successes from this year: Louis Siveyer has been selected for the Junior National intermediate Topper Squad Sandy Bailey, Jack Francis, Ffion Morgan and her new crew Abi Campbell (a BCYC sailor who will shortly be joining Exe) have been selected to sail with the South and South West Feva Zone Squad Exe has hosted 3 successful and well received Junior events this year – the Feva Open event, the Two Rivers Junior Series event, and the Feva Grand Prix event. Sun and Sea Breeze for RS Feva Open Train and Race Event - See Gallery for Photo's On Saturday May 14th, Exe Sailing Club (ESC) was proud to host the RS Feva Open Train and Race Event. The day started with very little wind, but thankfully, as hoped, a decent sea breeze kicked in, just in time for the morning's excellent training session, which was run by Bex Partridge, who is the Welsh National Feva Coach, and the coach for the South West Open Squad. The Exe Squad racing section of ESC has been growing from strength to strength, and has recently invested in two new club Feva's, which have been proving very popular boats amongst the younger members of the sailing club. It has been great to see so many new faces join the Exe Squad sessions on Thursday evenings this year, and the conditions on Saturday couldn't have been better for the newer Feva sailors to gain invaluable training and race experience early in the season. The newest youngsters to Feva sailing were Mattie Horwell from Exeter, and David Zrolko, from Exmouth, for whom it was the first time they had properly sailed a Feva, and the first time they had hoisted a spinnaker - they were clearly getting to know the boat, progressing rapidly, and certainly demonstrated some great sailing as they improved during the day. At the other end of the spectrum, the winners of the event were Alexander and Bertie Ratsey from Cornwall, who are in the National Feva Squad. They were a great inspiration to sail with for all the less experienced participants, clearly showing why they are National Squad sailors! Emily Procter and Nathan Cribbin from Paignton sailed really well, winning one of the races, to come in second place, and Ellie Hill (who won the event last year) and Lauren Paton, who are South west Zone Squad sailors, but had never sailed together before, did well coming in third. Sandy Bailey and Jack Francis, from ESC, were only just behind, and had beaten Ellie and Lauren in the final race of the day. They are still amongst the youngest Feva sailors competing, and are growing in skill and confidence with each event they compete in. Torquay sailors Frazer McEvoy and Harris Huddart showed great consistency, coming 5th in each race. Jakson Leach and Tom Massey (ESC) sailed really well in their first ever event, coming in 6th place. Ffion Morgan and Annabelle Moger-Taylor (ESC) sail as a very promising team together, and were very unlucky to have lost out on a higher place due to an unfortunate mistake at the very end of the last race, in which they had, until then, been sailing so very well. Louis Hockings-Cooke and Zacch Lines are another promising ESC pair who are quite new to Feva sailing - they made a great come-back after their boat was holed by another boat during the morning session. After a quick repair, they were watertight again, and had a great afternoon's sailing out on the course, improving their spinnaker work all the time. Everyone is looking forward to a good season of Exe Squad training on Thursday nights at the club, and to sailing in more events - in particular, the larger RS Feva Grand Prix event, which will be hosted at ESC this October. The club has such a good bank of excellent volunteer helpers, and it's always lovely to hear how much sailors from other parts enjoy coming to compete at events at our friendly and well run club. Thursday Evenings This Thursday 21st April see the start of Thursday evening Exe Squad race training to be run by RYA coaches George Melbourne and Charlie King.The normal schedule would be to arrive at 6pm in order to be ready - rigged and changed for briefing at 6.30 and on the water by 7pm. The aim is to be back ashore by 8.30 at the latest and changed and de-rigged by 9pm. Please note that it may not be possible to stick to exact times.As this is the first Thursday evening we need registration forms completed and signed by parents or guardians. I have attached registration forms so that they can be completed in advance and bought with you on Thursday evening. There will also be chance to fill the forms in on the night. There will be a short introduction to Thursday evenings at 6.30 which we would ask juniors and parents / guardians to attend. Exe Squad This winter saw a really good turnout for the monthly Winter Exe Squad race training sessions. There was a mix of juniors, ranging from those who were seasoned junior racers, to those with very little race training experience, and some who had attended RYA stage 3 or 4 and were keen to start race training. Ages ranged from 8 to later teens. As we all know, it was one of the windiest winters on record, and It was a real testament to how much enthusiasm there was for the sessions, seeing how well attended all the sessions were, despite some pretty challenging conditions - good experience was gained by all which will make a real difference starting the new season of racing and Thursday night race training! The winter sessions ended with a prize giving for the winter series, made up from the races that were held on each session (apart from the very windiest 'survival sailing' sesasion..!), and Easter Eggs were given out to all, with mention made of their various notable contributions during the winter. Many thanks to all the coaches who gave up their time to pass on their expertise, as well as the growing numbers of parents who have been helping out. Looking forward now to Spring, and to Thursday night race trainig for the Juniors! Feva Open There will be a Feva open on 14th May 2016 at the club to include a morning coaching session with RYA coach Bex Partridge and 3 races in the afternoon. See open meetings link for more details. Breaking News The club has bought two new RS Fevas for the exclusive use of the Junior section and a special discount has been negociated with RS for any members wanting to buy a new Feva . The club's Junior section continues to be a centre of activity. Meeting on a Friday evening from May to September, the junior night alternates between an open "Splash Night" session, where all who turn up will get a sail, and our RYA Stage 1-4 training programme. In addition, for those with a little more experience, we run our junior racing/coaching programme on a Thursday evening from April to August. This is a great way to develop your sailing skills and get into racing, with short courses, lots of advice and good company. Well behaved adults are also welcome to join in! The junior section works closely with the RYA and dinghy class associations to develop junior sailing. We have a growing number of Toppers, Fevas and Laser 4.7s. Our members represent the club at open meetings, nationals and increasingly international events.