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RS Vareo European Championships 2023 at Nove Mlyny Lake, Czech Republic

by Nick Crickmore 6 Jun 2023 17:00 BST 27-30 May 2023
Fleet - RS Vareo European Championships 2023 © YC Dvie Brclav

Three GBR sailors travelled to the Czech Republic for the four day event at Nove Mlyny Lake in the South Moravia wine region. The event was shared with the RS700 class. In total there were 35 RS Vareo competitors from five countries.

The lake is big - 1668 hectares, so there was plenty of room to share with the kite-surfers and fishermen without getting in each other's way.

The event was run jointly by on site Yacht Club Dyje Brclav and nearby YC Lodni Sporty Brno home of the biggest RS Vareo fleet in Europe.

Michelle Collier-Brooks and Nick Crickmore both arrived several days early. We first found the Yellow Campsite catering hut and started our tenure with a nice local craft beer. We had a chance to experience the variety of wind strengths and directions the lake had to offer for a few days in advance of the main event. We also had a little practice regatta of five races with some of the Brno sailors who moved their usual Wednesday evening series to the lake "on tour".

Helen arrived on Friday so we were able to get all three boats ready (and start the social properly) in advance of the first day's racing.

On Saturday the RS700s went first by daily rota and the RS Vareos had the novel experience of waiting for the start line to be lengthened to accommodate our numbers before we could get under way. We had some testing conditions with lots of wind and some interesting shift, gusts and bends to ensure thrills and spills all round. Nick had an unfortunate start despite all the preparation having to return to shore to fix a detached tiller extension and so missed the first race. Michelle came out of the blocks at speed and was positioned to win the first race but had a navigational problem racing to the wrong finish line.

There were four races in all. Best GBR UK result of the week was Michelle managing a 3rd in race four despite having some water ingress from a collision in the previous race.

At the end of the day team GBR sat 8th, 12th and 29th on the score sheet.

At the evening barbecue the general consensus was hoping for less wind tomorrow.

Day two: Be careful what you wish for - AP over two, then over four, and in the end no racing due to lack of wind across the race course. So there was plenty of time for more fleet repairs to get everyone ready for more racing the next day. We all enjoyed Lida's carrot lunch and further evening entertainment, including wine tasting courtesy of our friends from Brno.

Day four: The wind returned in reasonable measure to give us a further three races in the afternoon. Race officer Tom Rushbridge ran a superb show to adjust the course when necessary and give us all a fair chance in the variable conditions. Joseph Pavlovsky had accumulated an impressive set of wins to place him overnight leader representing CZE.

Day five: The wind settled a little more allowing a further five races to complete the series. Josef was never out of the top ten but the conditions suited Fedor Kubes perfectly allowing him to overturn Joseph's lead by three points and become RS Vareo European Champion representing Slovakia.

Helen took home 3rd ladies prizes for team GBR - but had to leave smartly to catch her flight so her prizes are in the post!

We're now looking forward to the Noble Marine RS Vareo National Championship at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston SC 23-25 June. You will find event entry and information here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1SVK 457Kubes Fedor 1987SVK ‑ Slovak.3336*8*1141215*19
2CZE 540Pavlovsky Josef 1968YC LS Brno41113412*27*8*3322
3CZE 101Danek Jan 1978YC LS Brno1249*532327*212*24
4CZE 605Janacek Martin 1978YC LS Brno12*422610*8*1336128
5CZE 445Pospisil Martin 1964Jachtklub Brno27*11*716764548*42
6CZE 151Slama Ivo 1965Jachtklub Brno58*58*215*38548242
7CZE 262Neumann Lukas 1972YC RODOP910*16*44545612*5749
8CZE 283Labuda Ondrej 1988YC LS Brno1013*1018*122518*819663
9CZE 541Fanta Miroslav 1966YC LS Brno79814*21*920*7967466
10CZE 663Hartl Radim 1963YC LS Brno856571114*915*15*111476
11CZE 420Janacek Petr 1975YC LS Brno612913*13*14*911119101188
12CZE 153Pavlík Jifi 1964YC LS Brno16*14*1310107615*141013992
13GBR 239Crickmore Nick 1964GBR ‑ Great BritainDNC*1571114824*1017111219*105
14CZE 287Spousta Petr 1960YC LS Brno1111151233*18*161710171721*126
15CZE 547Otevrel Pavel 1974YC LS Brno1820*2021*91711161221*1613132
16CZE 416Mareckova Renata 1966Jachtklub Brno171814171519*131330*141520*136
17CZE 483Keprda Jan 1979YC LS BrnoDNC*DNC*191523*16181220162010146
18CZE 632Grabarczyk Darek 1977YC LS Brno25*19171619121923*16201422*152
19CZE 4831Pavlovska Alexandra 1971YC LS Brno19DNF*DNF*DNC*1825152413232316176
20CZE 243Vsetecka Jan 1970YC LS Brno28*DNF*251925201019181827*24178
21CZE 237Dojmazov Petr 1978YC LS Brno15DNF*21251121272133*1926DNC*186
22CZE 136Chudoba Stanislav 1980YC CERE22212223*222329*222131*1917189
23CZE 236Prax Jakub 1983YC LS Brno27*232426*29*24211422221825193
24GBR 444Collier‑Brooks Michelle 1961GBR ‑ Great Britain14612316DNC*DNC*DNC*DNCDNCDNCDNC195
25CZE 615Kudrna Jan 1978YC LS Brno13DNF*DNC*DNC*2428232519242515196
26GBR 480Cowie Helen 1968GBR ‑ Great Britain24DNF*273031*132620271322DNC*202
27CZE 531Vaculka Zbynek 1967YC LS Brno2016DNC*2030*272529242729DNC*217
28CZE 164Bures Zdenek 1964YC LS Brno31*17182434*34*312623303023222
29CZE 422Novakova Ludmila 1975YC LS Brno2125DNC*DNC*172217323234*3129226
30GER 580Kampa Sydney ‑ Kanoa 2010GER ‑ Germany29DNF*28282030*223031*262427234
31CZE 313Stejskal Tomas 1969Sokol Letovice26DNF*232732*293033*25322826246
32CZE 320Ach‑Hübner Otakar 1957YC LS Brno3222DNF*2235*3334*2826333318247
33CZE 581Grabarczykova Anna 2008YC LS Brno2324262928312834*34*2932*30248
34CZE 622Filip Miroslav 1959YC LS Brno30DNF*DNC*DNC*27263227282521DNF252
35CZE 608Knetig Jindfich 1973YC LS Brno33*262931263233*31292834*28260

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