The RS Feva is an International Class that has been fast-growing around the globe. This double-handed boat brings excitement to sailing for kids wanting to race or just have fun recreationally. The RS Feva is mostly intended for kids. However, you will find kids to adults enjoying its modern style and practical features. Just this past June in Bermuda the RS Feva was featured in the America’s Cup Junior Endeavour Regatta.
Paul Handley designed the RS Feva in 2002. That year they launched the class at the London Boat Show where people showed excitement towards this new class, and by May they were able to get 50 boats sailing for the UK Nationals. The growth went international within the next 18 months. By 2003 the RS Feva was given recognition from ISAF as an International Class. The class continued to grow in the 2000’s starting with the first European Championship held in Holland at Hoorn in 2005. The following year in 2006 the first World Championships were held in Lake Garda at Brenzone. They continued to host the European and World Championships alternating years until 2010 when the Worlds were held in Carnac France. Since 2010 they have held a World Championship every year.
The RS Feva is a modern design that gives sailors a fun and safe boat, and this class is teaching sailors good habits in boat handling and racing. The Feva is growing around the globe, making it a popular boat for international racing. Not only is this boat meant for racing, but sailors are enjoying the Feva recreationally as well. The cockpit is large, and uncluttered meaning adults to kids can enjoy this boat’s experience. The rigging of the Feva is simple with an easy spinnaker system. The Feva is a self-draining cockpit and has built-in righting lines making a recovery safe and quick. The whole bow area of the boat forms a large chute. The hull is lightweight making launching and recovery very easy. All the easy to use features make learning advanced techniques fun and safe for better results and excited sailors. The RS Feva comes in three models the Feva S, Feva XL, and Feva XL Race. All three can be added to the same hull and spars meaning an easy progression and lower costs. The Feva in a three-layer rotomolded RD Competec PE3 construction making it stiff and very strong and requires little maintenance.
RS Feva S
The Feva S is a boat used for the early learners new to the boat or sailing. The controls aren’t as adjustable as the race versions, making it an easy to sail and learn the boat. The Dacron mainsail is smaller and is un-battened. The spars are the same as the XL and XL Race making it easy to upgrade when ready to get into racing the RS Feva.
RS Feva XL
The Feva XL is one of the racing versions of the RS Feva’s. It has all the same spars and foils as the Feva S but comes with a race pack of ropes and blocks. The racing pack gives the sailors more controls for racing in different conditions. The Mylar mainsail is bigger than the Feva S and comes with battens.
RS Feva XL Race
The Feva XL Race has all the same features of the Feva XL with several upgrades. The Feva XL Race uses a more upgraded high spec Dacron jib. Some of the other upgraded features include a 6:1 performance vang, performance outhaul, D12 Cunningham, webbing clew strap, and adjustable mainsheet strop.