RS Open

This weekend the lake was taken over by RS 200s, 400s and Vareos, all sailing as separate fleets. As they are all asymmetric boats, the courses were windward/leeward.

With eight races scheduled, all the races were to be short and sharp. Unfortunately the wind was not been as strong as forecast, but there was certainly enough to get them round the course.

The wind did freshen from time to time, but the shifts occasionally took away the true windward leeward as well.

With four races in, there appeared to be some clear winners emerging, but who could tell what Sunday would bring?!

Well a wet Saturday night lingered throughout the morning. There were some good gusts that resulted a couple of capsizes, and racing generally remained very close.

With another two races completed, the sailors stopped for lunch.

The rain stopped for the afternoon racing, and veered more to the NW, but there were occasional bands of wind that helped (or hindered) boats by a significant amount at times, but after eight closely fought races the winners were confirmed. Toggle led the fleet home in the final race having been on the wagon after an enthusiastic start to the weekend. He had led the previous race for a while but slipped back when Scumper got his act together again! Tog’s consistent placings enabled him to secure a strong second behind Scumper.

Vice commodore Stephen Kirkpatrick thanked the competitors and presented the prizes.

RS400 – Wayne Fletcher/Deb Fletcher RS200 –  Chris Pickles/Laura Westell RS Vareo – Mark Somerville