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17/03/2012
Winter Championships Leigh & Lowton SC

    The Vareo came of age with their first National Championships on the sea and real competition throughout the fleet. 21 Vareo's made the trip to Lee On Solent for three days of racing for the GUL National Championships in varied conditions, sharing the course with 22 RS300's. Saturday saw a force 2 from the south west. Sunday was a glorious day with an easterly building to a good froce 4 by the end with lovely sunshine with the Vareo showing they are such a good performer down wind. . Monday was grey with a force 3 from the north off the shore giving very patchy conditions in the race area. Race Officers Graham Child and Keith Rogers made excellent use of the conditions and turned races around smartly. Varoes are now spreading wide and far as shown by boats making the long trip from Scotland, Filey and Skipton. The varied wind conditions had no affect on Jon Lewis; fresh from 4th place overall at the GUL RS200 Nationals he won every race leading round six out of seven first windward marks. He had really worked out how to control the leach up wind to produce speed through the Lee chop so he powered away from the fleet after a series of immaculate starts. But his real secret was to power the boat up down wind to gain speed before looking for depth. In the first six races the only person who looked like beating him to the first mark was Luke Fisher in race 5. In the final race Robin Sanders, Richard Kemp Salt and Pete Vincent did lead Lewis round the first mark. Vincent even led Lewis round the first leeward mark and had the cheek to cover him up the second beat before Lewis pulled clear on the second run. Behind Lewis the racing was very tight with Luke Fisher just winning the fight for second overall by a point from Carl Whitehead. Luke was more consistent and a real force up wind; Carl at times was blisteringly quick downwind with Richard Oliver in fourth never far behind. Martin Barrett scored 5th overall and was also first Master. Jonathan Briggs (Winsford), Richard Kemp Salt (Brightlingsea), Dave Machin ( Netley) and Chris Froelcih (Burghfield) all featured well at times to show that the overall standard is now improving. With Jon Lewis and Pete Vincent running a coaching morning and much free flow of information on how to control the rig and sail the boat the vast majority left Lee on Solent not only having had three days great sailing but also have gained a lot of very useful information.
    LEE ON THE SOLENT S.C.
    GUL R.S. VAREO NATIONALS
    Sailed: 7
    Discards: 1
    Ratings: None
    Pos Boat Name Class Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Pts Notes
    1st Wot no Milly Vareo 156 Jonathan Lewis Burghfield S.C. 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 6  
    2nd Vareous ventures Vareo 210 Luke Fisher Milton Keynes S.C. 3 3 3 5 6 2 6 22  
    3rd D'oh Vareo 215 Carl Whitehead Filey S.C. 8 2 4 2 10 5 2 23  
    4th   Vareo 240 Richard Oliver Milton Keynes S.C. 6 4 6 4 2 3 8 25  
    5th   Vareo 142 Martin Barrett Craven S.C. 4 5 8 3 5 10 5 30 Master
    6th   Vareo 287 Richard Kemps-salt Brightlingsea S.C. 5 11 2 11 7 6 4 35 Master
    7th   Vareo 260 Jonathan Briggs Winsford Flash 2 7 7 7 12 8 14 43 Master
    8th   Vareo 206 David Machin Netley S.C. 12 10 5 9 3 7 10 44  
    9th   Vareo 312 Peter Vincent Bristol Corinthian S.C. 11 12 DNF 18 4 4 3 52  
    10th   Vareo 162 Christopher Froelich Burghfield S.C. 10 9 14 6 9 9 12 55 Master
    11th   Vareo 239 John Lapes Bristol Corinthian S.C. DNF 6 12 8 11 11 13 61  
    12th   Vareo 261 Tim Greenwood Chew Valley S.C. 7 DNF 13 10 16 13 7 66  
    13th   Vareo 216 Kevin Jones Locks S.C. 13 8 DNF 12 17 12 9 71  
    14th Josephine 2 Vareo 306 Steve Mummery Lee on the Solent S.C. 16 13 10 14 8 15 15 75  
    15th   Vareo 221 Robin Sanders Chase S.C. 14 14 9 15 14 14 11 76  
    16th   Vareo 305 Michael Harker Eastbourne Sovereign S.C. 9 DNF 11 13 15 17 17 82  
    17th C'est se bon Vareo 185 Robbie Briggs Prestwick 19 18 15 16 13 16 18 96  
    18th   Vareo 179 Eddie Mcdonald Whitefriars S.C. 18 16 16 17 18 18 16 101 Master
    19th   Vareo 188 Tony Stephenson Stewartby water S.C. 17 17 17 19 19 DNC DNC 110  
    20th   Vareo 208 Chris Moore Redesmere S.C. 15 15 DNF DNC DNC DNC DNC 114  
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