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10/02/2005
Gul Winter Championship Rutland Water SC

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RS VAREO 2005 WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS RUTLAND SAIILING CLUB 19TH AND 20TH FEBRUARY 2005 Nine Vareo sailors braved the cold and strong north-easterly winds to compete at this yearís Winter Championships. Clubs represented from Grafham, Bexhill, Weirwood, WOB, Rutland, Roadford and three boats from Filey (Ed Whitehead fancied a sail and borrowed Lucy Tyndallís boat, cheers Lucy). The first race had a clean start and Chris Larr (Grafham) was first round the windward mark, closely followed by Colin Aldred (Filey). Both crashed and burned on the first gybe downwind. Mike Adams (Bexhill) took up the running followed by the Whitehead brothers (Filey). By the last beat Larr had pulled back to second and closed right up on Adams. Adams held on for first, Larr second and Ed Whitehead third. Rutland race committee turned the races round quickly to prevent most of the fleet from getting hypothermia. So it was straight off again for race two. This time Aldred was first, Adams then Larr at the windward mark. Larr sailed past both down the first run and opened up a big lead which he held to the finish, Adams second and Aldred third. The 600s had already started race three as the Vareos were finishing race two so no time for breath and straight into race three. Aldred lead again at the windward mark followed by Larr and Adams. Again Larr was quick downwind and opened up a lead on Adams, a scrap then developing for third between Aldred and Basset (Weirwood), Basset managing to pull clear so at the end it was Larr first, Adams second and Basset third. The fleet headed for shore and warm showers having enjoyed some close racing with very small margins separating them. The fleet decided not to sail on Sunday, one or two jaws were chattering and it didnít take much to persuade those who were thinking of going out when they found their spinnaker frozen in the shoot. Special thanks to Rutland Sailing Club for holding the event which was run smoothly. Well done to Mike Adams for sailing three races with a bent boom after bending it on the first downwind leg (note donít forget to let your kickers off on rounding windward mark) and thanks to Ed Whitehead for making up the numbers Ė not being an RS member which pushed me up to fourth overall and Alan up to third. The Merritt award went to Geoff Shaw for completing all races but for starting the third race more or less straight after finishing the second. Carl Whitehead Ė Vareo 399
Rutland Sailing Club Winter Series pm 2005 Preliminary Results Rank Fleet Class Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Nett Notes RSVareo Fleet - Sailed: 3 Discards: 0 1 RSVareo 361 Chris Larr Grafham 2 1 1 4 2 RSVareo 368 Mike Adams Bexhill on Sea 1 2 2 5 3 RSVareo 247 Alan Bassett Weirwood 6 4 3 13 4 RSVareo 399 Carl Whitehead Filey 3 5 5 13 5 RSVareo 334 Nicholas Crickmore WOB 5 7 4 16 6 RSVareo 326 Colin Aldred Filey 7 3 DNF 19 7 RSVareo 369 Paul Dyer RSC 4 6 DNS 19 8 RSVareo 346 Geoff Shaw Roadford 8 8 6 22
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