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Vane A Centenary Nationals Championships 2011- How’s it going? 1

August 1, 2011

The Vane A Centenary National championships at Fleetwood got under way on Saturday with glorious weather for the 15 skippers and their mates, unfortunately the flukey wind coming over the sand dunes produced a 3 stage race of a reach, a beat and a reach to the finish. The sun shone but the sea breeze only stayed for a while making skippers and mates scratch their heads before gambling on the next race.
A bit like the on going cricket test match it is difficult to predict who is on top at this early stage as the round robin system means that early positions can be deceptive, although we suspect that Graham Allen and his mate (Fiona) are going to come back with a sun tan. This being not only their 1st National Championship, but their 1st A Class event, in fact this is the 1st time they have sailed the boat full stop! However we are pleased to report that they are getting a lot of encouragement from the other more seasoned skippers.

It is great to see a few radio skippers trying vane sailing for the first time crewing for an experienced skipper, hopefully they will not be too tired by the end of the week. Keep an eye out for Team 67, made up of UK 67 (Derek Priestley) and NED 67 (Arjan Van der Cingel) also Damian Ackroyd with his mate Vernon Appleton.

Sunday saw the wind change with it slowly moving round to a more favourable straight down the lake direction.

Below are the standings as of Saturday pm.

More short updates will follow during the week and we will hopefully get some pictures of the action.

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