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RS Vareo Open Meeting at Burghfield SC

by Debbie Darling on 24 Apr 2012
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RS Vareo Gul Open Meeting was held at Burghfield Sailing Club on Saturday 21st April 2012. Nine visitors, from as far away as Port Talbot, joined three home-club sailors for the series open. A well-run set of four races across a wide and challenging range of weather conditions showed why this remains a popular venue for the Varo class.

The two morning races were held in a gentle force 2 to 3 with a long course up the lake to the clubhouse – where there were some big shifts to be found. In the first race, Andrew Wilson led from the first mark, with Alex Howard challenging behind. In third place was Alex’s father, Andy, a recruit from an RS800 who was finding his feet quickly in his first Vareo event.

The second race followed a similar pattern, but with Andrew managing to sailing into the distance with his personal breeze down the second run.

After lunch, the wind for race three had strengthened to full-on hiking. Martin Peters found a great port lift to lead at the first mark from Roger Brydges. Good downwind speed in these conditions helped Andrew Wilson through the fleet into the lead, followed closely by Mike Rhodes.

Some big rain clouds were threatening for race four as the course was moved around to the North-West. The fleet started in the lightest wind of the day with Andrew Wilson leading down the first run. As the fleet approach the leeward mark the breeze went in the blink of an eye from 5mph to over 20mph. Andrew’s spinnaker halyard knotted preventing it from coming down – while Mike Rhodes capsized. This left Simon Collinson to demonstrate his prowess in a breeze as he led Alex comfortably around to the finish, while the rain lashed down. This race win gave third position overall to Simon, who had finished on level points with Andy Howard.

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Rank

No

Helm

Club

R1
 

R2

R3
 

R4
 

Total

Nett

1st

583

Andrew Wilson

Datchet

1

1

1

(4)

7

3

2nd

389

Alex Howard

Llandegfedd

2

2

(3)

2

9

6

3rd

581

Simon Collinson

Llandegfedd

4

(7)

4

1

16

9

4th

565

Andy Howard

Llandegfedd

3

3

(6)

3

15

9

5th

305

Mike Rhodes

Netley

7

4

2

(13 DNF)

26

13

6th

275

Andrew Davies

Tata Steel

6

5

(7)

6

24

17

7th

486

Roger Brydges

Netley

(9)

9

5

5

28

19

8th

261

Martin Peters

Llandegfedd

(11)

6

8

7

32

21

9th

592

Tom Stubbs

Burghfield

5

10

(13 DNF)

13 DNF

41

28

10th

534

Andy Seymour

Burghfield

10

8

10

(13 DNF)

41

28

11th

130

Steve Trigg

Burghfield

12

11

9

(13 DNF)

45

32

12th

558

Iain Robertson

Netley

8

12

(13 D

13 DNF

4

33