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We hold an annual Asymmetric Open Meeting, open to any asymmetric monohull with a PN between 920 and 1300

2017 Asymmetric Open Meeting - Saturday May 27th 

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2016 Asymmetric Open Meeting - Saturday May 7th 

Saturday May 7th was the Asymmetric Open Meeting at South Cerney Sailing Club with first place going to Jeremy Symons from Llandegfedd Sailing Club in his RS Vareo. We had 19 competitors – 17 RS Vareos, one RS 200 and one RS 400.

It was a beautiful sunny day, but by the time the first race was due to start, the light wind that was there at the start of the day had died off completely. Dave Whittle, race officer for the day, wisely postponed the first race, and after an early lunch, the wind picked up nicely with a fairly steady 8-12knot easterly breeze. Dave set an excellent windward leeward course with plenty of opportunity for making use of the kite.

The first race was dominated on the water by Pete Vincent and Pete Cruickshank in their RS 400, and Jeremy Symons in his Vareo – both clear ahead of the rest of the fleet from the start. There was a hard battle for the next three places, with positions changing constantly between these 3 Vareos, in the end Kevin Weatherhead came in 3rd, followed closely by Andrew Appleton in 4th, and Bill Smith in 5th place. Corrected positions were Jeremy Symons 1st, Kevin Weatherhead 2nd, and Pete Vincent & Pete Cruickshank 3rd.

The second race again saw the 2 Petes in their RS 400, lead the fleet on the water, but this time closely followed by Nick Crickmore for the first half of the race. Jeremy Symons managed to miss his toe-straps on the second leg, performing the first capsize of the day, but despite this managed to overtake Nick C on the third lap, coming in second on the water by a comfortable margin. Nick C was 3rd, closely followed by Mark Caldecourt in 4th, and Bill Smith in 5th place. Corrected positions were Jeremy 1st, Nick Crickmore 2nd, and Pete & Pete 3rd.

The third race proved a little more challenging, as half way through the race, the wind direction suddenly reversed, so we were now tacking up to the gate. The wind strengthened with some gusts up to 16 knots, and Bill Organ who was sailing a Vareo for the first time, performed the second capsize of the day. As the race progressed, torrential rain began and there was the roll of distant thunder. However it was deemed safe to continue, and once again the 400 took line honours, followed by Jeremy again in 2nd place, Kevin in 3rd, Nick C in 4th, and Al Sim and Natalia Watson in their 200 in 5th place. Corrected positions were Jeremy 1st, Pete & Pete 2nd, and Kevin 3rd.

After relaying the course to take account of the shifting wind, the fourth race started in a second torrential downpour, but a very promising freshening breeze. Shortly after the start the rain stopped, but unfortunately as the rain died away, so did the breeze, and by the third lap the sailing had turned more into a gentle drift. 12 boats finished the race, Jeremy in first place, Nick C in second, and Kevin in 3rd place.

Once PY was applied the overall positions were as follows:

  • Jeremy Symons (Llandegfedd) took first place in his RS Vareo
  • Nick Crickmore (Oulton Broad) came second in his RS Vareo
  • Kevin Weatherhead (South Cerney) came third also in his RS Vareo
     

Removing the non eligible boats, the positions for the RS Vareo Magic Marine Grand Prix event were:

  • Jeremy Symons (Llandegfedd) took first place, winning the Magic Marine prize
  • Kevin Weatherhead (South Cerney) came second
  • Nick Crickmore (Oulton Broad) came third

Congratulations to them all.

A big thank you to all who helped make the day a success – Dave Whittle and Dean Hall as race officers for some fantastic courses and Dave also for some great photos, the safety boat crews – Vernon Perkins, Alison Hall, Chris Jeffries and Paul Hennessey who certainly had their work cut out moving buoys to cope with the shifting winds. Joanne Appleton and Craig Matter in the Galley for providing excellent food and Theresa Meacham for assisting on the shore with trolleys, even in the heavy rain.

Dave Whittle’s photos can be viewed at https://goo.gl/photos/XfZGzZ8bgYrKDAjXA

 

 

2015 Asymmetric Open Meeting - Saturday June 6th

Saturday June 6th was the Asymmetric Open Meeting at South Cerney Sailing Club with first place going to Alex and Lewis Frost in their RS 200. It was a beautiful sunny day, but it was rather windy, with a background wind speed of around 17knots, with gusts up to 32knots. Despite this we had 12 competitors – 8 RS Vareos, 3 RS 200s and one RS 100. Paul Kimmens, race officer for the day, set a trapezoidal course with plenty of opportunity for making use of the kite for those who were brave enough to launch it!

The first race started with a force 5 wind from the SW gusting force 6. After one general recall, Mark Williams in his RS100 made an excellent start and was first round the windward mark, closely followed by Alex and Lewis Frost in their RS200, with Al Sim and Liz MacDonald also in a 200 in hot pursuit. Tom Harris and Cheryl Wood in their RS Vareos were not far behind. After a short reach the long downwind leg saw some excellent kite work, with those boats who managed stay upright flying down the course. The gusts soon increased to force 7 and several boats retired. The safety boats were certainly kept busy! Alex and Lewis Frost took first place with Mark Williams in second, and Tom Harris in third place.

The second race saw 10 boats start with the wind unabated, this time with Alex and Lewis Frost making an excellent start, and with some excellent use of the kite on the reaching and downwind legs they finished the first lap well clear of the rest of the fleet. Mark Williams was not too far behind and was certainly making his RS100 fly. They maintained their positions throughout the race finishing first and second respectively, with Tom Harris third.

Over lunch the wind strengthened further, and several helms could be seen on the shore debating whether to venture out again for the third race. In the end only 5 boats made it to the start. Again Alex and Lewis Frost were first to the windward mark and stayed ahead despite some rather spectacular gybes and one capsize. Mark Williams also stopped to wash his sails on the downwind leg, but managed to keep hold of second place. Al Sim and Liz MacDonald demonstrated some spectacular sailing and finished third. Cheryl Wood and Tom Harris both in RS Vareos also impressed the less hardy sailors watching from the shore but after some severe capsizes in the increasing gusts they both retired.

Only one boat stayed on the water for the fourth race. Well done to Al Sim and Liz MacDonald for their stamina, and after one spectacular lap they finished to gain a first place.

At the end of the day, the overall positions were as follows:
Alex and Lewis Frost (SCSC) took first place in their RS200.
Mark Williams (Llandegfedd SC) came second in his RS100
Al Sim and Liz MacDonald (SCSC) came third in an RS200

We also had separate prizes for the RS Vareo fleet
Tom Harris (SCSC) came first
Kevin Weatherhead (SCSC) came second
Cheryl Wood (Pennine SC) came third

Congratulations to them all.

A big thank you to all who helped make the day a success – Paul Kimmens and Blair Jamieson as race officers for some fantastic courses, the safety boat crews who certainly had their work cut out, Joanne Appleton and Alex Dyson in the Galley for providing excellent food, and Dave Whittle for taking some great photos of the day.

Dave Whittle’s photos can be viewed at https://goo.gl/photos/34eAs9FvwNGny2pd6

 

2014 Asymmetric Open Meeting - Saturday June 7th

Saturday June 7th was the Asymmetric Open Meeting at South Cerney Sailing Club with first place going to Alistair and Matt Sim. Despite a dire weather forecast with hail and thunder forecast, it turned out to be a fantastic day. The heavy rain passed through in the first part of the morning, brightening up in time for the racing. Unfortunately the forecast put some folk off and we only had 7 boats participating, all from South Cerney. However they were well rewarded. Liz MacDonald, race officer for the day, set a windward-leeward course with a spreader mark at the windward end which gave plenty of opportunity for making good use of the kite.

The first race started with a force 2 wind from the SSW. Eve and Chris Williams in their RS200 made an excellent start and were  first round the windward mark, closely followed by Al and Matt Sim in their RS200 and Andrew and Sarah Appleton in a Xenon.  However the wind then died to almost nothing though intermittent light gusts did allow some attempts at kitework! Mike Weeks in his RS Vareo held a starboard reach and caught a good gust whilst everyone else had gybed off onto port, allowing Mike to speed past the other boats to make it first through the leeward gate, closely followed by Tom Harris in his Vareo and Andrew and Sarah in the Xenon. Sven Holwell in his Devoti D1 hit a big hole and sat there helplessly as everyone else drifted past, though once the wind caught his sails again he quickly began to fight his way back up the fleet. The windward leg started with a slight breeze and the front half of the fleet made good progress, with Mike Weeks building on his lead, and Sven in the D1 catching up on Andrew and Sarah in the Xenon, and Tom in his Vareo. The wind died away completel y for the downwind leg resulting in a frustrating drift to the finish. Mike Weeks took first place with Andrew and Sarah Appleton in second, and Tom Harris in third place.

Over lunch the wind picked up to force 2 gusting 3 and the sun came out, giving a great afternoon for sailing. The second start was closely fought but Al and Matt Sim in their RS200, and Mark Caldecourt and Mike Weeks in their Vareos found the clean air and began to pull away from the rest of the fleet, being well clear at the windward mark. Tom Harris suffered a mechanical failure shortly after the start and had to retire to do repairs. On the downwind leg, however, Sven’s D1 came into its own and he powered down the lake taking the lead on the water. Over the next 2 laps, Sven built up his lead, with Al and Matt in the 200 giving chase. Mark and Mike in their Vareos were close behind. On the final lap Mike was gusted on a gybe and capsized, straining his back and had to retire. Though Sven finished first on the water, followed by the Sims, once handicaps were applied, Mark in his Vareo took first place, followed by Al and Matt Sim in their RS200, and Sven was third in the D1.

Race three saw the gusts build further, giving some exciting sailing at times, resulting in a couple of interesting capsizes from Sven and some close shaves especially from Eve and Chris in their RS200. Al and Matt Sim in their RS200 had a great start and steadily built on their lead throughout the race, though Sven in his D1 slowly crept up on them and got ahead at the end of the third lap, despite pausing for a couple of swims! Mark and Tom in their Vareos managed to keep in hailing distance, and at the end Al and Matt took first place, with Mark in second and Tom in third.

At the end of the day, the overall positions were as follows:

Alistair and Matt Sim took first place in their RS200.
Mark Caldecort came second in his RS Vareo
Tom Harris came third in his RS Vareo.

Congratulations to them all.

A big thank you to all who helped make the day a success – Liz MacDonald and her race officer team for some fantastic courses, Judith Freeman and Roger Morton in the Galley for providing excellent food, the safety boat crew, and Dave Whittle for taking some great photos of the day - viewable in the members galleries.

 

2013 Asymmetric Open Meeting

Saturday 8th June was the Asymmetric Open. A sunny day with a stiff breeze, though rather gusty and shifty.
We had 10 boats taking part, including 2 visiting RS 200s from Cardiff Yacht Club.
The first race set the pattern for the day, strong gusts coming in at widely different angles to the prevailing breeze resulted in frequent capsizes. One particularly strong gust capsized Bill Smith and Mark Caldecourt  after going round 2 with kites up, and caught me as I gybed and broke my mainsheet bridle, resulting in retirement from the race for repairs. Sven Holwell also sustained a broken kicker but managed to complete the race. The race was won by Toby and Liz Bedford in their RS 200. Tom Harris in his Vareo was in second place, and Al & Franscesca Sim in their RS200 were third.

Races 2 and 3 after lunch continued in a similar vein, with frequent capsizes and strong shifty gusts providing challenging conditions. But Toby and Liz continued to lead the fleet to win these races too. In the 2nd race, James and Emily Clapham in their RS200 were in second place, and again Al & Franscesca Sim in their RS200 were third. The third race saw Bill Smith in his Vareo in second place, and once more Al & Franscesca Sim in third.

The net result was that the two visiting boats from Cardiff Yacht Club plundered 1st and 2nd place prizes and trophies.  2nd, 3rd and 4th places were all tied on 6pts with count backs having to be used to split them up.

Top 3 places were as follows:-

1st Toby and Liz Bedford (CYC)
2nd James and Emily Clapham  (CYC)
3rd Tom Harris (SCSC)

Special mention to our very own Tom Harris who flew back overnight from Boston without any sleep  to compete and gain a very creditable 3rd place.

A big thanks to Gary Morris and Liz Hassell, race officers for the day, who set good courses despite challenging conditions.
The safety boat crew were certainly kept occupied, and our thanks for all their assistance.
Ruth and Joanne Appleton in the galley provided much needed sustenance with bacon butties before the start, at lunchtime and after the racing, so thanks to them too.

 

Download Notice of Race here
Download Sailing Instructions here
Download Flyer here

Details of the event are available here.

 

2012 Asymmetric Open Report

(click here for photos)

Saturday June 30th was our Asymmetric Open Meeting - what a fantastic day. Very windy but some great sailing. 12 boats, all from South Cerney, took part in the event, and were well rewarded for their effort. Liz MacDonald, race officer for the day, set a windward-leeward course with a spreader mark at the windward end which gave plenty of opportunity for making good use of the kite.

Prior to the start there was fevered activity in the boat park, with Tom Harris struggling to fit a new bowsprit, and Alex and Mike Frost giving their 200 a clean and polish – things were definitely getting serious!

The first race saw a force 4 wind from the SSW with violent gusts, giving an exciting windward first leg up the lake to 3. The downwind leg proved very eventful. After all the frantic work on his bowsprit, when launching his kite, Tom found he had forgotten to attach the gennaker sheets. Remarkably he managed to drop the mass of flapping canvas and reattach the sheets whilst still racing, only then to miss his toe straps and fall head over heels out of the back of the boat. Gusts up to force 6 caused numerous capsizes, resulting in a number of boats retiring. First place in this race went to Alex and Mike Frost in their RS200, followed closely by Alex Park and Eve Williams in the V3000, and third place Graham Lewis in his Vareo.

After lunch the wind eased off a little to a steady force 3, though still with some vicious gusts. Tactics became a little unconventional when on the start line Mark Caldecourt attempted to disable the opposition by violently capsizing on top of Andrew and Mick in the Omega, narrowly missing Andrew’s head. The first upwind leg was quite uneventful but as most boats started the downwind leg, a violent squall came through, resulting in some spectacular reaching and some equally dramatic capsizes. It was reported from the shore that Jon Hammond in his Devoti D1 was seen flying down the lake with just his rudder in the water, but could not depower so performed an emergency capsize to avoid ending up in the trees on the spit. Alex and Mike Frost finished first, followed by Tom Harris in 2nd, and James and Annette Ewance in their RS200 in 3rd place.

The wind became more steady for the 3rd race and veered more to the SW. Whilst Liz MacDonald adjusted the marks, the heaviest rain of the day hit, giving the feeling of sailing through a car wash. However by the start of the race, conditions had improved, with some excellent sailing conditions. The steadier winds allowed Eve, crewing for Alex in the V3000, to make full use of the trapeze. Alex & Mike once again came first, followed by Alex and Eve, with Tom in third place.

Prizes for the day

First place – Alex and Mike Frost in their RS200
Second place – Alex Park & Eve Williams in the V3000
Third Place – Tom Harris in his RS Vareo

A big thank you to all who helped make the day a success – Malcolm Stone as duty officer – his photos from the day should be available in a week or two, Liz MacDonald and her race officer team for some fantastic courses, Alison Hall and the rest of the Galley team for excellent food, June Stone for doing the registrations, the safety boat crews – we certainly kept you busy, and to Pam Weeks for cooking a wonderful dinner – the perfect way to round off a great day.

Finally, if you want any help or advice regarding your asymmetric, please get in touch. Hope to see you all on the water.

 

2011 Asymmetric Open

Our big event last year was the Asymmetric Open Meeting on Saturday 18th June - what a fantastic day. Very windy but some great sailing. 11 boats took part in the event, and were well rewarded for their effort. Paul Kimmins, race officer for the day, set some fantastic courses which gave plenty of opportunity for making good use of the kite.

The first race saw a steady force 3 wind from the south west, giving an great windward first leg up the lake. All seemed to be going well until rounding the first mark, the Hitchcocks in their RS200, death rolled round the mark capsizing almost on top of Mick Church and Carl Holwell sailing Mick’s RS200. A broad reach down to 1 gave a safe kite run, then a beat up to 2. Then the fun started with a fairly shy reach down to 4, which saw a number of capsizes, most notably a double capsize from Chris McCormack, who despite this remarkably managed to stay dry. First place in this race went to Dave Pocock in his RS100, followed closely by Mick and Carl in the RS200, and third place Graham Lewis in his Vareo.

After lunch the wind picked up , the second race started in a severe squall with driving rain and winds force 4 gusting up to 5 – a bit like sailing through a power wash. To make for an interesting start, the Hitchcocks capsized on the start line – thus setting the pattern for the rest of the race, with boats going over left, right and centre – at one time 5 boats were over at the same time. There were some screaming kite runs from 2 to 5, Tom Harris in his Vareo seemed to be barely touching the water at one point. Dave Pocock had a partial failure of his main halyard had to do a planned capsize to do emergency repairs and managed to carry on. However, due to the severe conditions only 4 boats managed to finish the race. Mick and Carl finished first, followed by Graham Lewis, and Dave Pocock in 3rd place.

The 3rd race saw only 3 boats compete, winds still strong, but not quite as severe as the second race. There was some great kiting again, but with the winds a little more shifty, it was precarious at times. Bill Smith was crewing for me in my Omega – and after gybing round mark 2, all I could see of him were hands gripping the shrouds and feet on the gunwales, and in the process of trying to haul him back in, we gybed again with an inevitable swim. On the water Mick and Carl came first, followed by Dave Pocock, and myself and Bill in third place.

Unfortunately for Mick, a protest was lodged regarding his boom clipping a mark. He and Carl were not aware of this and due to the howling winds did not hear hails from another boat, and in the end they were disqualified, thus costing them the trophy.

Prizes for the day

First place – Dave Pocock in his RS100
Second place – Mick Church and Carl Holwell in Mick’s RS200
Third Place – Graham Lewis in his RS Vareo
Under 18 Trophy – Amir Jannety & Matt Sim in a Laser 2000

We also ran some other awards

Best Endurance Swimmer – Mark and Alex Caldecourt in their Vago, for managing 11 capsizes in the first 2 races
Most Dramatic Capsize – Chris McCormack in his RS100 for his dry double capsize
Most Spectacular Mark Rounding – Andrew Appleton and Bill Smith in the Omega, for Bill’s attempt to abandon ship whilst rounding mark 2
Most Enthusiastic Kiter – Tom Harris in his RS Vareo, for several bistering kite runs in the second race
Most Abused Crew – Carl Holwell crewing for Mick.

A big thank you to all who helped make the day a success – Malcolm Stone as duty officer – his photos from the day are available here, Paul Kimmins and his race officer team for some fantastic courses, Anne Gay and the rest of the Galley team for excellent food, Jane Church for doing the registrations, and to all the guys on the safety boats – we certainly kept you busy.

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