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RS Vareos at the Harken RS Sprints at Rutland Sailing Club

by Nick Crickmore 2 May 2023 13:00 BST 22-23 April 2023
RS Vareos Harken RS Sprints © Malcolm McGregor

Following a glorious run down the lake to the start area on Saturday there were some interesting wind shifts allowing both Chris Abbott and Nick Crickmore to have some moments of glory between them each having turns in the lead but Luke Fisher sailed most consistently taking the win in all six races.

Tied on points with Chris, Nick was overnight second - having secured second place in the last race of the day.

Sunday saw the race area moved, turn left from the shore to an area better suited to handle the forecast clockwise wind change later in the day. Luke sailed too well in race seven and found himself becalmed to the right on the last run leaving Nick best placed to gybe off into the better breeze on the left and get past to take the win.

Luke was back on form for race eight but in races nine and ten the wind started to change slowly as forecast giving rather one-sided beats and runs which suited Chris who took both wins.

Racing was postponed to reset the course at which point Nick opted for an early exit. On restart the wind increased enough to give the advantage back to Luke who took the final two wins.

Overall first Luke, second Chris, and third Nick.

Thank you to Harken for sponsoring the event. As is customary with the RS Vareo fleet, everyone got a prize thanks to the generous National Tour sponsorship of Rooster.

Next up is the European championships In Czech Republic 25 - 28 May. There are 34 entries so far and there is still one of the loan boats left available for another UK sailor to join us - see RS Vareo website for info here.

Then it's the UK RS Vareo Noble Marine National Championships at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Yacht Club 22-25 June. Entries are coming in fast! Great sea sailing, great club, great fish and chips, right next to Great Yarmouth, lots of sponsor prizes, and four loan boats still available - so why not bring a friend? See information here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1st621Luke FisherEmberton Park SC11111131221116
2nd649Chris AbbottThe Nottingham Sailing Club32322322112225
3rd567Nicholas CrickmoreWaveney and Oulton Broad SC2323321333DNCDNC33

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