Beth Miller Sailing

Laser Radial 216870

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2020 Sailing Events Cancelled

Sadly, the RS Feva Sailing has been cancelled for 2020 and this is the end of BT sailing for now! 🙁

That means bye bye to our Tilda Brayshay, the fastest spinnaker hoist in the RS Feva International fleet. 🙁

Which boat next


  1. Laser
  2. Aero
  3. 29er

What is my current sailing pathway?

I am currently looking at moving into the Laser Radial rig, despite my height, as I strongly believe that this presently has better competition than that of the Aero. I am leaning towards the single-handed side of sailing due to feeling more comfortable in not only the way it sails - such as stability- but also the comfort in the boat handling. Personally, I feel that I have a greater understanding of the science behind single-handed sailing more so than I do of a double-handed boat such as the 29er. As a result of a higher understanding, it aids me in the overall boat set up, ultimately making me feel more complacent within the single-handed boat. Considering all these factors, I believe that I would be better suited for the Laser than a 29er. Furthermore, this would benefit me in becoming a stronger sailor, physically and tactically, aiding me in competition.

As to why I am drawn more towards the Laser than the Aero, there are three significant factors. One main factor is to do with competition. In my personal opinion, I speculate that the Laser has a higher standard of sailing compared to that of the Aero due to it being an older, more known boat as well as the fact that it has a larger fleet, by far!
Another key factor is also related to the competition but in a very different way. I believe that having separate youth events is huge to the development of sailors as we all have a steeper learning curve and watching the mistake of others, that are similar to my own but also very different, will draw more attention to the small things that would make a massive difference to the race once they are corrected. Additionally, I would also be able to replicate other, stronger sailors until I find my own technique.
Lastly, the laser is a physically demanding boat and would be a more challenging boat to sail, which personally I feel that I would learn a lot the logistics of a boat as well as my ability to control, especially in stronger wind conditions. I also believe that this would help me develop my technique as I learn where the gaps lay.

Albeit, given the opportunity to sail a 29er, I would definitely take the offer as this would provide an understanding of what the boat is like to sail and how to rig one up for the conditions. The class also contains a number of great sailors. The reason I am hesitant to verbalise that I want to sail the laser is due to my lack of experience, and knowledge, of the double-handed rig set up. Similarly, I am not as confident with the effect that each control has on the rig, in terms of the jib. On top of this, I lack a huge amount of confidence in the double-handed boat, notably on the downwind. However, to turn down a chance to sail a boat like this would be laughable as they are such intricate boat and it is apparent that I would be able to learn a substantial amount from the boat that could also be taken elsewhere if required or possible.

The Laser

The Laser Radial was originally designed in 1969 by Bruce Kirby and made its debut in the Olympics in 1996, however, was only introduced to the women in 2008. The hull has a mass of approximately 59kg, making a very heavy boat, the recommended weight for the crew is 55kg - 72kg, placing me at the bottom end of the weight spectrum. It contains three different sails, the 4.7, radial and standard. The bottom sections vary on the size of the sail. It is an Olympic class boat and also very also popular.

The laser's hull is made out of Glass Reinforced Plastics . The heavy, rounded shape of the bow makes it exceptionally easy to stall in the wavier conditions. Due to the Glass reinforced plastic hull, it is an immensely strong boat but also really heavy. It has a maximum recorded speed of 16.8 knots. A nearly new, well-maintained laser can coat anywhere between £1,000-£6,000 making it reasonably well priced. The control set up within the boat is tidy and easily adjustable, which is great when sailing in the heavier winds as it minimalises time inside the boat reaching for controls. The large deck on the hull provides a lot of support when hiking as there is a large contact area with the hull.

Even though the boat contains a large number of positives, a massive downfall is my height, but then you could say I’m too small for many single-handed boats. Like all boats, the laser will be very expensive to maintain especially if changing the sail on the boat due to having purchase a new bottom section. The Laser is a tippy boat due to the shape of the hull and especially so downwind. The rudder is very small and doesn’t contribute a huge amount to the steering of the boat so a lot of this will need to be done through the heel.

The RS Aero

The Aero is a relatively new boat, being designed in only 2014 by Jo Richards. The RS Aero lost an attempt to become the new Olympic boat to the Laser. It is designed for anyone between 35kg and 95kg putting me roughly ⅓ of the way up the spectrum. Like the Laser, it has three potential sails: the 5, 7 and 9. The RS Aero weighs approximately the same as an Optimist at only 30kg. The RS Aero hull is made from Fibreglass so is a really strong but light hull.

I have seen many comments on the ‘Yachts and Yachting’ page stating that smaller people find the RS Aero a more comfortable boat to sail due to the shape of the hull, and closely replicates previously sailed boats. However, people also stated that they prefered the Flat decked Laser and found it less cramped. The RS Aero is probably better suited for my height and weight but I strongly believe that I would benefit more from the Laser.

A positive of the RS Aero is that it’s a light boat and would be relatively easy for me to handle. The Rs Aero is a really fast boat with a recorded max speed of 23.8 knots, presumingly making it a thrilling boat to sail. The shape of the hull is similar to that of boats I have previously sailed so will require adjustments to the way I hike. The set up is also very trim it has cleats on both sides of the deck allowing easy access. The RS Aero has a very good trade-in for any RS boats. Due to the fleet being of all ages, you get a wide range of abilities so there will always be a range of competition. Due to it being an upcoming boat, the fleet will slowly begin to increase in size and difficulty, gradually making it a more competitive fleet.

The RS Aero is a very dear boat costing around £11,000-£12,000. This may assumingly make this a costly boat to maintain and block (etc) need to be replaced. The fleet for the Rs Aero is fairly small and may not hold that much competition. Many people have noticed how dangerously effective the RS Aero kicker is and too much can lose you a large amount of power and stall out the boat. This is because the Aero doesn’t have much of a roach and can also cause over-flattening which seems to be negative within the boat.

The 29er

The 29er is a two-person high-performance sailing skiff designed by Julian Bethwaite and first produced in 1998. Derived from the Olympic class 49er class, it is raced in the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships . The 29er is able to reach high speeds fairly quickly by having a sleek and hydrodynamic hull and will often exceed the wind speed when planing both up and downwind . The 29er will hold a range of great opportunities and will be highly entertaining as the boat can easily get up on the plane and ‘take-off.’ It will be a completely different boat to sail in comparison to other boats that I’ve previously sailed so will prove a challenge at the beginning but would expand my knowledge of physics behind boats immensely.

A problem that may arise around the 29er is finding a tall and strong enough crew that it local. The boat is also very dear and will constantly need sail replacements as they begin to become worn and strained, which in itself will be costly. I think that sailing the 29er would take a reasonably long time to get used to sailing as the crew takes the main sheet upwind and is more tippy than the Feva. Due to the lack of local training and sailors at the club, I believe that this would make improvement in the boat much harder as there is no one to compare to.

RS Tera 2111 for sale £1,750.00

3 Sails and race-ready kicker, downhaul, outhaul and mainsheet blocks.
One careful lady owner
Excellent, well-maintained Tera used 4 times since August 2018, always dry stored inside.
2nd overall RS Tera worlds 2018
1st ladies title RS Tera Worlds 2018
2nd RS Tera Nationals 2019
New mast bottom section 2018 with very little use.
3 sails: Two Pro sails & one sport sail. All sails rolled.
New sail used for 4 days in light conditions at RS Tera Nationals 2019.
2nd Pro sail still in good condition as per worlds 2018.
One sport sail and battens in very good condition.
Hull in very good condition with one small dent in the side (dent from new).
Top Cover: Bespoke Poly cotton breathable, will not fade.
Trolley original collapsible aluminium
Dual Centerboard and Rudder bag: Bespoke with extra padding.
Regulation length floating painter.
Upgraded toe straps (more padding and wider).
Spares: Centre Board (leaks), Mast bottom section.


RS Feva sailing this year will be restricted to Sunday club racing at YDSC, as I focus on my GCSEs this summer.

Our focus for competition will be on the RS Feva World Championships taking place (21/07/2020 - 25/07/2020) in Travemunde, Germany.

Tilda has a very busy season with the Tera and Feva but for the next two weekends is focusing on her dancing with a performance at Harrogate convention centre. Other than her national squad weekends, spring champs in Feva and Tera, Tilda will be taking on the Nationals in Torbay and the RS Tera Europeans also in Travemude just before the RS Feva Worlds.

Bad Tactics Sailing has a massive training schedule in the Feva after GCSE’s being written up by my Dad that will involve 3 weeks in a row of hard training, 2 weeks off then another weekend on prior to Tilda shipping out to Germany.



2020 sailing schedule


RS Feva Spring Champ

RS Feva Grand Prix 3

RS Feva Worlds

RS 200 Nationals

Laser 4.7 North East Younth Championships

RS Feva Worlds 2020-2021 New Zealand

move to Laser 4.7 for 2021


RS Feva Spring Champ

RS Tera Spring Champs

RS Feva Grand Prix 3

RS Tera Nationals Torbay

RS Tera Europeans Germany

RS Feva Worlds

RS Tera End of Seasons

Move to RS Feva helm

Beth 2019: 2nd RS Tera National

Tilda 2019: Girls World title RS Tera Sport

RS Feva Training

RS feva winter training at Draycote Water Sailing Club Lots of wind and very cold but they all worked so hard - so dedicated. Was dark when we came off the water today. The sailors made this video with the help of a stolen @British Sailing Team voice over! Millie Irish did the hard work of editing to get this video to you!

Posted by Steve Irish Coaching on Sunday, 15 December 2019

Brass Monkey Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club

Colin and Oli Murray successfully defended their grip on the Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey after sailing their Norfolk Punt to victory in the third event of the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series.

RS Feva Grand Prix 1

A couple of weeks ago, Tilda an I jumped back into the RS Feva for the Grand Prix at Draycote water. The conditions were very light and fluky making it really hard to read the winds. The wind was blowing over a hill then through a group of trees causing the wind to dispersed when it hit the water.

We didn’t start the regatta as hoped with some very bad races however, we believe that this has a lot to do with not sailing together for a large period of time so we needed to get used to sailing together again. This progressed for the majority of the regatta. As we began to regain our confidence in the boat.

Due to a poor wind forecast on Sunday, they planned to do 5 races on Saturday. Our first three results we disappointing as we got a 21st, 28th and 31st. We knew we were a lot more capable than this we talked about what was going wrong and improved our results. In the 4th race, we had a couple of minutes with heavier winds. Before the 5th race, we changed our rig because the winds began to pick up and we managed to get plaining downwind, which was a lot of fun. On the last upwind leg, we were gaining on the lead boat but didn’t quite catch up but still secured a 6th and a 3rd.

Overall, it was a very good regatta as we got used to sailing the boat again but we knew we had more in us and believed we could have done a lot better than our finishing place of 17th. Since this regatta, Tilda and I have been training and enjoying sailing the boat again. We are both looking forward to our next regatta.

Results –

RS Tera Pro Nationals 2019

Photo credits: WS Photography / Tera Photos

From 24th August – 26th August I competed in the RS Tera Nationals at Brightlingsea SC. I decided to do this event for fun and to sail the boat one last time, I was expecting to be mid-fleet due to lack of practice.

On Friday afternoon, I went out with Esme Barraclough to do some training to familiarise the boat after not sailing it for a year. The training consisted of learning how to rig and de-rig the boat all over again, tacks, gybes, upwind and downwind.

When I first went out, I was really uncomftable in the boat and struggling to maneuver. However, as training progressed, I began to improve, felt more controlled and began to master the roll tacks and gybes.

On Saturday 24th August, the competion began. The conditions were very difficult due to the light winds and tidal area. The weather was really hard to read due to the tide there were many advantages coming from being able to lee bow the tide – creating a lift, however, this didn’t always work. On the first start, unfortunately, I was over after pushing the line too hard. Thankfully it was a blue peter do I was able to sail back over the line and continue the race. At the first windward mark, I was near the back of the fleet but constanly gaining. I managed to Finish the race 7th which gave me a confidene boost as I knew I was able to get a better result with a better start. At the end of the day, I was lying in 3rd with a 7th, 7th, 3rd and 4th.

Day 2 – the races were very close between the whole fleet, with some sailors achieving what they wanted and others not. The conditions were very similar to the first day, but with some larger gusts. For three of the races I was 1st at the windward mark however due to a lack of time on the water, I was loosing out a little on the downwind legs. I didn’t let this affect me, I recapped on what I thought I did wrong and spoke to my coach for the event, Sophie Johnstone. For the majority of the races you were able to just about lee bow the tide, but due to the shifty winds, I decided to play it safe and short tack on the shifts throught the tide roughly up the middle of the course which seemed to pay all day. At the end of day 2, I was lying in 3rd but now only 1 point behind 2nd but 4th hot on my stern.

Day 3 and it was all to pay for. The tide was in our favour upwind today as it was going out. However, this lead to a lot of general recalls due to some boats being pushed over the line. I managed to beat 2nd and 4th in both races, PUTTING ME INTO 2ND OVERALL!

I secured two 2nds on the last day and after some very tight races, the event was already over.

Alice Davies one the pro fleet by a 20 points – it’s safe she made the least mistakes throughout the regatta. I was very pleased that I finished with all top 10 results and second overall. Matthew won the Sport fleet with all by 3 points with Toby Smith right behind him. Due to some good results from the Yorkshire Dales SC sailors, we won the club trophy again, after winning it at the Inland Championships.

To conclude, it was very enjoyable regatta and an amazing feeling to be back in the Tera for the last.

Results –

RS Feva World Championships 2019

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Photo credits

In July, Eilish Graham and I competed in the RS Feva World Championships In Follonica, Tuscany, Italy. The event lasted 5 days with 6 qualifying races and 8 fleeted races. This world championship was the largest RS Feva World Championships with 200 boats entered and 400 competitors, 99% children. Due to the numbers, there was a qualifying series that lasted 2 days and consisted of 6 races.

At the beginning of the qualifying series, you were given a flight that you would compete in for that day. The aim of the qualifying series was to allow everyone to race against one another in order for the final series to be fleeted by ability.

Unfortunately, Eilish and I were put into two hard flights meaning that our results weren’t as good as other people due to not sailing together very much. This lead to us ending up in the silver which neither of us was pleased about. However, the following day we went into the Final series with the aim to win, but not everything went in our favour.

The conditions throughout the regatta were very consistent, there were light winds and minimal tides. This was good as you were able to grasp what was advantageous and disadvantages.

The first day of the final series was a good start to the regatta, we were able to pick out the bias side of the course and punch through the waves. In the first race, we ended up 13th which we knew we were able to improve on. Our 2nd race was by far the best race of the regatta. We followed an Italian boat around the windward mark and slowly began catching them up on the tight reach. We lost a bit of ground downwind as they were lighter than us but we didn’t let that stop us. On the upwind beat, we fought our hardest and managed to overtake the Italians and continue taking ground away from them for the rest of the upwind beat. By the end of the race, we were half a leg ahead of the Italians. At the end of the day, we were in 1st place in the silver fleet, with a 13th, 1st and 6th.

Day 2 of the final series didn’t go as we wanted. Our races got worse throughout the day and we both thought we had blown it. However, this wasn’t the case, we had only dropped down to 2nd place. Due to the wind being pretty consistent and not much tide it was hard to make advantages but quite easy to lose out. At the end of the day, we had a 6th, 16th and 21st. We both knew that this wasn’t our strongest day of the regatta and that we needed to sail our best in the last 2 races.

The final day finally came and we had a massive problem in the last race. Our rig tension came off! Due to having no rig tension, we had no pointing ability and we ended up rounding the mark 2nd to last. On the reach, we tried to gain as much room on other boats ahead but we weren’t that successful. On the downwind, we took a risk and broke away from the fleet to try to get clean air. While sailing downwind, Eilish added a purchase to the forestay to help pull it on downwind. To do this, I had to take the spinnaker as well as pumping the main sheet down the back of the waves. This was very difficult but Eilish was done quickly and we continued with the race. Even though we had a bad last race our first race wasn’t too bad but after the disaster, we were expected to drop a couple of positions. Thankfully, we only dropped one place and still ended ip in 3rd place. On the last day, we had an 11th and 31st

Well done to Raulf Berry and Olly Peeters who took home the Title of RS Feva World champions, while Olympian Simon Cooke and Osker Masfen won the competition, but weren’t allowed to take the title because Simon Cooke is over the age of 18.

Results gold fleet –

Results silver fleet –

Results bronze fleet –

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