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    RS Vareos at Alton Water SC Regatta 3-4 Sept 16 as part of their Magic Marine Grand Prix


    Day One

    4 races were completed today with separate starts for the RS Vareo in the club’s regatta.  The race team made good use of the whole lake with alternating trapezoid / sausage laps.  Racing started in light to moderate wind with some interesting shifts and gusts and glorious sunshine.


    Race one:  Luke Fisher (V407) got ahead on the first leg thanks to a left shift and remained ahead while Nick Crickmore (V165) and Mark Smith (V565) battled for second.  Nick eventually pulled clear and Richard Holmes (V337) caught up with Mark.  These two then had such a close contest for third that they both lost track of the lap count and set off for the finish prematurely.


    Race two:  Nick’s turn to lead but Luke managed to shake free of the pack gradually catching up and passing on the last run as nick failed to keep sufficient cover.


    After lunch the skies clouded and the wind picked up continuing to build through both races.
    Race three:  There was a slight delay waiting for Luke to get to the start line followed by a close race all round, Mark losing by capsize, Nick winning thanks to finding some extra speed offwind.


    Race four:  Nick’s turn to capsize giving Luke line honours for the third time in 4 races, a comfortable margin with just 3 more races scheduled for tomorrow and a forecast of even more wind.


    Day Two


    The forecast strong winds arrived on schedule to give some thrills and spills for those who elected to sail today.


    3 RS Vareos joined the start with the depleted RS200 fleet for 2 races on the more familiar windward / leeward course now that the wind direction had changed to blow along the longest section of the lake.


    Luke revelled in the conditions winning both races, Nick put up a good fight in both leading for the first 2 laps of race 6 but ultimately failing by way of capsize in both - perhaps he needs a heavier centreboard?


    Mark seized his chance to pass Nick whilst inverted in race 5, only to lose out on the next upwind by going into irons.


    The event winner with an impressive 5 wins in 6 races was Luke Fisher, 2nd Nick Crickmore and third Mark Smith.  


    By Nick Crickmore


    Up on Y&Y here


    Photo of results thanks to Nick Crickmore


    Sailing photo thanks to James Head. 


    James Head has taken some marvellous photographs of the event across the whole weekend.  Please contact him if you would like to see the album which is available for purchase:  

    [email protected]

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