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RS Vareo Nationals at Weymouth and Portland overall + Video

'RS Vareo Nationals at the RS Games 2011 © Tom Gruitt'    www.fotoboat.com

RS Vareo National Championships, part of the RS Games, were held at Weymouth and Portland from 20th August 2011.

Day one - The fleet go out with high hopes on a lovely sunny afternoon but once at the start area it becomes apparent that the wind has dropped considerably. Pace one started with a port biased line which caused some OCS queries. The fleet was fairly evenly spread at the first mark with Andrew Wilson narrowly in the lead. The wind continued to die on the first run and then shifted 180 degrees and refilled from behind. The course was shortened with Wilson first, Mark Somerville in second and Chris Moore third.

There was a short delay before race two whilst the course was re set. As before gains on either side of the beat were evened out by the first mark. Wilson narrowly led Richard Willows until the second beat when Willows took some good shifts to pull through. The wind started to drop and the pursuing fleet closed the gap but Willows held on from Wilson with Somerville third.

Racing was abandoned for the day when the wind completely died.

Day two - The day started with rain and the wind performing gyrations in the harbour area. As the rain eased the wind settled and the fleet were released. The port biased line resulted in clean start . Good speed allowed Wilson and Willows to lead the way. Willows took the lead on the second beat by taking a lift up the shore. As the wind increased Willows extended his lead downwind to win comfortably from Wilson and Ian Jubb (Jubby).

The second race of the day was almost a carbon copy of the first race but with Willows in front and Wilson overtaking on lap two with the inside shift and Geoff Shaw took third.

Jubby was a contender for the Duckhams prize after a toestrap breakage took him from the front to the back of the fleet.

The wind freshened to a good force three for the next race. Wilson and Sommerville lead the fleet whilst Willows gained downwind to get back to third. Sommerville fell out of his boat and let Willows through to second. At the finish Mike Cowan missed the gate whilst disputing water/room, then capsized and finished whilst hanging onto the transom of his boat with the kite still flying!

For the next race the committee boat moved further along the breakwater to reset the course as the sea breeze filled in. Somerville and Wilson came out good form the port end of the fleet. The wind dropped again as the sea breeze fought the gradient. The committee boat finished the fleet at the windward mark. Sommerville convincingly won from Wilson and Jubby.

Day 3 - A bright sunny morning with a light SE wind, race seven started promptly with Willows and Yardley tacking off quickly to lead up the right side , but Ceri Thomas (333) found good speed up the middle along with Symons and Wilson. Willows rounded the first mark alongside Thomas, but both were overtaken by Symons on the run. On the next beat Symons held his lead, just followed by Willows and Wilson at the windward mark and Somerville closed up to 5th just behind Thomas. On the run, Wilson and Willows were neck and neck, but Willows gybed off to protect his position as Somerville came up fast with a puff, so Symons, Wilson, and Willows at the finish.

Race eight: A clean start in a slightly lighter breeze, with fleet evenly spread across the course. At the first mark Wilson had a narrow lead over Symons and Mike Cowan, with Thomas and Somerville close behind. At the end of the beat, Wilson still held a narrow lead over Symons, but Somerville had closed to third and Willows to fourth. In a light wind final run, Somerville crept past Symons to take second.

Wilson's win ensured he would win the Championship, but Willows and Somerville were very evenly placed for second and third overall.

Race nine: After a small delay, race nine started in increased wind. Willows spotted a port end bias and was able to back up a number of boats at the committee end to give himself a good gap. Nick Crickmore executed a clever port tack start to clear the fleet, Willows tacking shortly afterwards to find himself being lifted in increasing breeze to give a 100yd lead at the first mark, followed by Crickmore and Wilson. On the first run, Crickmore lost out by going shoreside, and Willows and Wilson were able stretch away over next two laps. Symons came in third ahead of a tight gaggle of Thomas, Jubby and Crickmore. Willows' win ensured a comfortable second place with two Grandmasters taking first and second overall.

Many thanks to the Sailing Academy for letting us come to such a great event, the race team led by Peter Aitkin who got us through our programme with efficiency and good humour and our class secretaries Heather and Debbie who have worked tirelessly during the event to make sure it all happened smoothly, very many thanks.

Results:

Rank

Tally

Prizes

Sail No

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Total

Nett

1st

212

Master

583

Andrew Wilson

Datchet Water SC

1.0

(2.0)

(2.0)

1.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

14.0

10.0

2nd

201

Master

559

Richard Willows

Northampton SC

(6.0)

1.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

(5.0)

3.0

4.0

1.0

25.0

14.0

3rd

209

 

570

Mark Somerville

Bassenthwaite SC

2.0

3.0

5.0

(6.0)

3.0

1.0

4.0

2.0

(13.0)

39.0

20.0

4th

227

Master

604

Jeremy Symons

Llandegfedd SC

4.0

5.0

(12.0)

11.0

7.0

(20.0)

1.0

3.0

3.0

66.0

34.0

5th

200

Master

173

Rory Yardley

Bassenthwaite SC

9.0

7.0

4.0

5.0

8.0

4.0

7.0

(11.0)

(15.0)

70.0

44.0

6th

217

Master

333

Ceri Thomas

Broadstairs Sailing Club

10.0

8.0

6.0

10.0

(20.0)

(12.0)

5.0

6.0

4.0

81.0

49.0

7th

443

 

459

Ian Jubb

Hayling Island SC

14.0

11.0

3.0

(27.0)

5.0

3.0

(16.0)

14.0

5.0

98.0

55.0

8th

213

Master

346

Geoff Shaw

Roadford S C

12.0

(13.0)

(15.0)

3.0

10.0

8.0

8.0

9.0

7.0

85.0

57.0

9th

218

Ist Lady

579

Cheryl Wood

Pennine SC

(23.0)

6.0

7.0

4.0

6.0

(21.0)

15.0

10.0

10.0

102.0

58.0

10th

445

 

550

Nick Cricklemore

Waveney

7.0

(18.0)

(13.0)

8.0

4.0

10.0

11.0

12.0

6.0

89.0

58.0

11th

208

 

303

Mike Cowan

Bassenthwaite SC

8.0

4.0

10.0

(19.0)

15.0

9.0

9.0

5.0

(17.0)

96.0

60.0

12th

219

Master

140

Chris Moore

Hayling Island SC

3.0

(12.0)

(23.0)

12.0

12.0

7.0

10.0

7.0

11.0

97.0

62.0

13th

221

Master

190

Julian Brooke Houghton

Cargreen Yacht Club

(24.0)

17.0

(19.0)

15.0

11.0

11.0

6.0

8.0

8.0

119.0

76.0

14th

210

 

490

Andrew Cutting

Ullswater Yacht Club

17.0

10.0

11.0

7.0

9.0

(18.0)

(19.0)

18.0

9.0

118.0

81.0

15th

203

Master

599

Richard Lee

Grafham Water SC

(21.0)

9.0

8.0

16.0

(22.0)

16.0

14.0

16.0

19.0

141.0

98.0

16th

222

Master

565

John Regan

Llandegfedd SC

5.0

(DNC 30.0)

18.0

(20.0)

13.0

19.0

18.0

15.0

12.0

150.0

100.0

17th

444

 

373

David Fewings

Bowmoor SC

15.0

14.0

14.0

(23.0)

18.0

15.0

17.0

(23.0)

14.0

153.0

107.0

18th

216

Master

176

Stephen Pendray

Restronguet SC

(20.0)

(21.0)

9.0

13.0

17.0

13.0

20.0

20.0

18.0

151.0

110.0

19th

225

 

581

Simon Collinson

 

16.0

16.0

(22.0)

17.0

16.0

6.0

22.0

21.0

(24.0)

160.0

114.0

20th

202

Master

383

Nigel Tebbutt

Haversham SC

18.0

22.0

17.0

9.0

(24.0)

(24.0)

13.0

17.0

21.0

165.0

117.0

21st

224

Master

420

Kenneth Miles

Shoreham SC

(25.0)

25.0

(26.0)

21.0

14.0

17.0

12.0

13.0

25.0

178.0

127.0

22nd

215

 

169

Tim Stickley

Restronguet SC

(OCS 30.0)

15.0

16.0

14.0

19.0

22.0

24.0

(25.0)

20.0

185.0

130.0

23rd

207

Master

486

Roger Brydges

Netley SC

11.0

19.0

(27.0)

25.0

21.0

14.0

25.0

(26.0)

16.0

184.0

131.0

24th

206

Master

398

Christian Barnes

Ullswater Yacht Club

13.0

(26.0)

(24.0)

18.0

23.0

23.0

23.0

22.0

22.0

194.0

144.0

25th

220

 

408

Nick Marley

Island Barn Reservoir SC

22.0

20.0

21.0

24.0

26.0

26.0

21.0

(27.0)

(28.0)

215.0

160.0

26th

205

 

558

Iain Robertson

Netley SC

(DNC 30.0)

(27.0)

20.0

22.0

25.0

25.0

27.0

19.0

26.0

221.0

164.0

27th

204

Master

444

Jonathan Carr

Starcross Yacht Club

26.0

24.0

25.0

26.0

(27.0)

(28.0)

26.0

24.0

23.0

229.0

174.0

28th

211

Master

390

Martin Phillips

Llandegfedd SC

19.0

28.0

28.0

28.0

28.0

27.0

(DNF 30.0)

(DNC 30.0)

27.0

245.0

185.0

29th

214

 

149

James Hamilton

Bury Lake Young Mariners Club

27.0

23.0

29.0

29.0

29.0

(DNC 30.0)

(DNC 30.0)

DNC 30.0

DNC 30.0

257.0

197.0




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