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Green Frog Genovate Yorkshire Dales Open Meeting, UK
07/05/2017 - 07/05/2017


Green Frog Genovate RS Aero Yorkshire Dales Open
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May 2017
Fantastic to see nineteen RS Aeros out at Yorkshire Dales SC including seven home club RS Aeros, a record entry in the North of the UK!
Thanks to Ed Storey and Steve Stewart for the report and results;
On Saturday Matt Thursfield kindly ran the training day and provided some great tips. After some classroom sessions and looking at some good options for boat setup a few of us took to the water. Unfortunately we didn’t quite get the wind we hoped for and after some exhilarating broad reaches and some spectacular capsizes we headed ashore to the warmth. It was interesting to see Matt sail an Aero two-up after helping with a rescue, although there was some banter in the bar later about it not being sailed perfectly flat!

A nice curry, an open bar and good company rounded off the end of the first day before some hardy folk returned to their tents for the night.

Sunday dawned and a healthy turnout of 19 Aero sailors from across the country including travellers from Scotland and the deepest south arrived for the Green Frog Genovate RS Aero Yorkshire Dales Open. The forecast of NE 10-14 knts promised and delivered a good day's sailing however it was not without some uncharacteristically unpredictable shifts and swings that left the fleet planing one minute and drifting the next. After some discussion all the fleet opted for the '7' rig to provide single fleet racing.

A complex course was set covering the whole lake to increase the challenge and the fleet were off on Race 1. A pleasant shifting breeze provided plenty of ups and downs with Ben Rolfe managing to stay one step ahead of the shifts to take the win followed by Matt Thursfield.

Race 2 saw a new leader Gareth Williams and the now familiar shuffling throughout the rest of the fleet.
A hearty YDSC lunch provided opportunity to exaggerate the shifts and skills of the sailors and for some to comment on the rather cooling water temperature before reconvening for 2 further races.
A less complex course proved to be just as challenging though this time it was local sailor Steve Stewart who mastered the wind and led to the first mark. A very close race followed with Ben claiming the win, Andrew Molneux 2nd and Steve a credible 3rd.

The final race saw Matt finally take the line honours after missing out in some very close racing. Ben came in 2nd which was enough to clinch the overall title.
Further down the fleet the ladies were involved in their own mini battle with YDSC local Jackie Craven coming out victorious for the ladies prize.

A good days racing was enjoyed by all, there were smiles, tears (mine), planing, drifting, close racing and good camaraderie across the fleet.
Thanks to Green Frog Genovate, YDSC and Mike Saul for their help running this event
Next up for the UK Northern Circuit is East Lothian Regatta 3-4th June north of the border at North Berwick. Always a fun event with fantastic sea sailing, majestic scenery and the chance to practice your Scottish.
Thanks to Paul Hargreaves for his fantastic photos. His full album can be found HERE. 
Overall results
1st - Ben Rolfe (Burghfield)
2nd - Matt Thursfield (Chelmarsh)
3rd - Gareth Williams (Leigh and Lowton)
1st Lady - Jackie Craven (Yorkshire Dales)
1st YDSC sailor - Steve Stewart (Yorkshire Dales)


4 races, 1 discard
Rank Sail Club Helm Class PY R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2152 Burghfield Ben Rolfe RS AERO 7 1071 1 -8 1 2 12 4
2nd 1744 Chelmarsh Matt Thursfield RS AERO 7 1071 2 2 -5 1 10 5
3rd 1118 Leigh and Lowton Gareth Williams RS AERO 7 1071 3 1 4 -8 16 8
4th 2298 Huddersfield Andrew Molyneux RS AERO 7 1071 -9 4 2 3 18 9
5th 1428 Chelmarsh Peter Townend RS AERO 7 1071 4 5 -9 4 22 13
6th 2155 East Lothian Iain McGonigal RS AERO 7 1071 7 3 -10 5 25 15
7th 1581 Yorkshire Dales Steve Stewart RS AERO 7 1071 -8 7 3 7 25 17
8th 1305 Yorkshire Dales Ed Storey RS AERO 7 1071 5 6 8 (20 RET) 39 19
9th 1653 Covenham Richard Butler RS AERO 7 1071 6 -14 7 6 33 19
10th 1258 Yorkshire Dales Nick Craven RS AERO 7 1071 11 11 6 -12 40 28
11th 1509 YorkshireDales/Ripon Peter Craggs RS AERO 7 1071 -12 10 11 10 43 31
12th 2297 Huddersfield Allan Brooks RS AERO 7 1071 10 9 16 (20 DNC) 55 35
13th 1370 Carsington Mike Saqui RS AERO 7 1071 -13 12 12 11 48 35
14th 1846 East Lothian Steve Fraser RS AERO 7 1071 -15 13 14 9 51 36
15th 1264 Yorkshire Dales Jackie Craven RS AERO 7 1071 17 -18 13 13 61 43
16th 1594 Ullswater Julie Archer RS AERO 7 1071 -18 15 15 14 62 44
17th 2055 Combs Chris Woolley RS AERO 7 1071 16 16 -17 15 64 47
18th 1216 Yorkshire Dales Matt Butler RS AERO 7 1071 14 17 (20 DNC) 20 DNC 71 51
19th 1088 Yorkshire Dales Vanessa James RS AERO 7 1071 19 (20 DNC) 18 16 73 53

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