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07/10/2017
Dutch Open Skiff Trophy

RS Vareo Europeans and RS Vareo / D One Silvercup at Dutch Open Skiff Trophy, La Bruinisse, the Netherlands 7-8 Oct 2017

Great photos thanks to Nicky Evans.  See the full gallery here

Three UK RS Vareos joined 3 Dutch sailors at La Bruinisse in the Netherlands to compete for the title of RS Vareo European Champion over the weekend of 7-8 October 2017.

The race took place within a mixed class of PY>950 in the SkiffBenelux series and new for this year we also competed with the D One Class for the Silvercup - open to all non trapeze single hander asymmetrics in our race.

The club have on site accommodation and secure boat storage for early arrivals and the opportunity for practice racing leading up to the two day event on Saturday and Sunday. This is always a major event for the European skiff fleets often numbering over 50 entrants across numerous classes.

Despite an adverse forecast this year the PY

Racing on Saturday was delayed slightly while the PRO assessed the conditions. Most of the fleet launched into what could be described as quite challenging conditions and is always the case returned with survival smiles but unfortunately no races were completed due to deterioration of visibility.  There was much to discuss at the Saturday evening meal organised at the nearby sailors inn.

On Sunday the day started with glorious sunshine and a light breeze, perfect for rigging and launching for the 43 strong fleet across all 3 classes.

In the PY

Race one: Arwin Bos used his local knowledge to get ahead and had a good tussle with Mark Smith which allowed Nick Crickmore to catch up from the most tardy start and get between them just on the finish:  Mark first, then Nick then Arwin.

The wind had shifted right and following a slight course adjustment we started race two in building wind to finish on a blast.

The wind then changed 180 degrees and we followed the race team to the opposite side of the lake when the sun came fully out to give us about an hour’s lunch break in no wind.  Several sailors moored to the committee boat to share their hospitality.

When the wind returned there was another super efficient course reset and things settled to allow two more races back to back in a sunny Force 3 - 4.

In race three Nick found some pressure upwind to the right to get away from Mark and Richard who had opted to go left.  The other RS Vareos took advantage of this to close up for some really tight racing right up to the finish with Rian Pulles just failing to pass Mark on the final reach to the line, closely followed by newcomer Hans Van Dijk,  with Richard Holme's consistency keeping him in contention for third overall.

In race four Nick was gifted the win when the majority of the fleet chose to finish a lap early with the RS500s.

Vanessa Weedon Jones in the D One performed well on handicap in the first two races managing to plane earlier but the tables were turned in the later races when the wind dropped which seemed to favour the RS Vareos.  It was interesting to compare the two boats over the whole event and we all hope to build on this competition next year.

Results for the RS Vareos

First     Nick Crickmore V150     2, 1, 1, 1.    5

2nd      Mark Smith V572            1, 2, 2, 7.    12

3rd       Rian Pulles V421              5, 4, 3, 7.    19   last race rule

4th       Richard Holmes V164     4, 3, 5, 7.    19

5th       Arwin Bos V540               3, 5, 6, 7.    21

6th       Hans Van Dijk V341        7, 6, 4, 7.    24

Results for Silvercup

First     Nick Crickmore V150     2, 1, 1, 1.    5

2nd      Mark Smith V572            1, 2, 2, 8.   13

3rd       Richard Holmes V164     5, 3, 5, 8.   21

4th       Vanessa WJ D-one          3, 4, 7, 8.   22  countback on 4th

5th       Rian Pulles V421              6, 5, 3, 8.   22

6th       Arwin Bos V540               4, 6, 6, 8.   24

7th       Hans Van Dijk V341        8, 7, 4, 8.   27

Report by Nick Crickmore