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18/04/2015
Asymmetric Open

    RS Vareo Open Tata Steel Sailing Club 18-19 April 2015


    6 RS Vareos  turned up to the start line on an Easterly wind blowing 18mph gusting 25mph and as it was coming over the mountains the wind was swinging 30 degrees so the shifts were easy to spot.

     

    In the first race a late starting Cheryl Wood kept the boat upright throughout the race to come through the fleet and take the line honours from Andy Howard and Gordon Evans.

     

    Race Two:  Only 4 Vareos turned up to the start line in the strong winds.  This race was a procession for Cheryl Wood who led from start to finish followed by Andy Howard, Gordon Evans and John Lockett.

     

    Race Three:  The wind eased for a spell and the conditions seemed to suit Andy Howard who was on the correct side of all the shifts followed by Gordon Evans who also had a good first beat.  But an uncharacteristic capsize from Gordon let the fleet through.  Andy kept pulling a substantial lead to the finish, followed by Cheryl Wood and John Lockett.

     

    First race on Sunday (Race Four):  The forecast was for more Easterlies but Westerlies greeted the starters.  John Lockett had best of the starts and led to the windward mark.  John held a commanding lead until the last off wind leg where Gordon Evans came down on a slight increase in wind to close on John.  Both sailors decided to round opposite ends of the gate which allowed Gordon to gain a lift from the right and pip John to the finish.  Third was a fast finishing Andy Howard.

     

    Race Five:  After an abandonment for a loss of wind and a short meal break the fleet got off to a re-run of race 5.  Again John Lockett had the best of the starts and lead from start to finish with no mistakes.  John won from Andy Howard and Gordon Evans.

     

    Race Six:  The race started in a good Westerly breeze with John Lockett once more having the best start.  After one lap and three quarters of a beat the forecast wind filled in from the East.  Fortunately the majority of the fleet did not change position and the race finished on the next crossing of the finishing line.

     

    Final Positions

    1st        Andy Howard              Llandegfydd SC

    2nd        John Lockett               Tata Steel SC

    3rd        Cheryl Wood               Pennine SC

    4th        Gordon Evans             Tata Steel SC

    5th        Mark Govier                Tata Steel SC

    6th        Alan Clarke                 Tata Steel SC

     

    Report by Bob Taylor

    Awaiting photos

     

    This open meeting was the second of five Magic Marine RS Vareo Grand Prix events.  The next is the Great Northern Asymmetric Challenge at Bassenthwaite SC 25-26 April. 

    Vareo Fleet

    Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, To qualify: 3, Rating system: PY, Entries: 6, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Fleet Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName PY Total Nett R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
    Vareo VAREO 565 Llandegfedd Andy Howard   1071 14.00 10.00 2.00 2.00 1.00 3.00 2.00 (4.00)
    Vareo VAREO 285 Tata John Locket   1071 16.00 11.00 (5.00) 4.00 3.00 2.00 1.00 1.00
    Vareo VAREO 579 Pennine Sailing Club Cheryl Wood   1071 18.00 13.00 1.00 1.00 2.00 (5.00) 4.00 5.00
    Vareo VAREO 583 Tata Gordon Evans   1071 20.00 13.00 3.00 3.00 (7.00 RTD) 1.00 3.00 3.00
    Vareo VAREO 607 Tata Mark Govier   1071 30.00 23.00 4.00 (7.00 DNF) 7.00 RTD 4.00 6.00 2.00
    Vareo VAREO 275 Tata Alan Clarke   1071 39.00 32.00 7.00 DNE 7.00 DNE 7.00 DNE 6.00 5.00 (7.00 DNF)
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