Switzerland
Czech Republic
Germany
Spain
France
United Kingdom
Italy
Japan

13/06/2014
European Championship

  • New RS700 European Champion Simon Letten
  • New RS700 Europeans 2014, Aquavitesse
  • New RS700 Europeans 2014, Aquavitesse
  • New RS700 Europeans 2014, Aquavitesse
  • New RS700 Europeans 2014, Aquavitesse

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The 2014 Volvo RS700 European Championship was held recently at the Aquavitesse centre at Bruinisse in the Netherlands.  Competitors came from across Europe travelling from France in the West and the Czech Republic in the East, joining the regular contingent from the UK.  

 

Day 1 brought a solid Force 4 in the Northerly area with some great little waves building as a bit of thermal effect cut in for the afternoon.  Jerry Wales looked to be taking a firm hold of the first race until gear failure saw him fall by the wayside.  Milan Hajek took on the leaders mantle but unfortunately chose to go round for an additional lap ceding the victory to Ian Nolan.  Race 2 saw Ian initially pull out a good lead but with a recovering Jerry hounding him around the course.  Jerry finally got past on the final spreader leg but chose not to cover down the run.  Ian gybed off and found some extra pressure on the east side of the course to pull back and sneak inside at the leeward mark to take the win by half a boat length. The final race was Jerry’s with Ian in second and Simon Letten in his third 3rd place of the day.

 

Day 2 was a much more challenging day with some heavy gusts rolling in from the North.  Arky and the Love Boat initially took us to the previous days location but after the first race we clashed with a pre-arranged cruiser race and had to move to a southern location.  

 

Jerry showed his class with a 1,1,1 to take the lead into the last day, mastering the conditions and at times disappearing into the distance.  Probably the most interesting moment of the day was when a cruiser decided to pull across the finish line at the last moment completely blocking Ian Nolan who was haring down under spinnaker and trapeze.  As a last minute gybe would have seen him go into the side of our committee boat, the only real option was a capsize which was fortunately achieved close enough to the line that he finished by drifting gently downwind.

 

Saturday night saw the host Nation beating Spain 5:1 in the World cup resulting in a night of celebration throughout the town.  The sailors were of course very sensible, avoiding any beer and going to bed in good time as usual.

 

Another set of challenging conditions greeted us on the final day with a lot of variation in wind direction and strength seeing the fleet split across the course area.  

 

In the first race, Jerry again suffered from gear failure which saw the kicker rope jam down the side of a block.  Unfortunately he was unable to repair this in time for the second start, losing the championship and taking an early bath.   The rest of the fleet were enjoying a great game of snakes and ladders with first one side and then the other paying handsomely. Milan Hajek finished on a high by taking the last race, making up for the frustration of almost winning race 1.  However it was Simon Letten who played the game of averages best which combined with good speed at all times allowed him to post a 1,1,2 taking the championship in the last race.  

 

Our thanks go to Aquavitesse for being excellent hosts, to Arky for showing us how good race management can get and of course to the event Sponsors Volvo. Congratulations go to Simon Letten whose consistency at the top of fleet across a number of conditions secured a worthy victory.

 

Ian Nolan

RS700 1023

Sailwave results for RS700 Europeans at Aquavitesse Holland 2014

RS700 Europeans

Aquavitesse Holland

RS700 European Championships 2014

Overall

Sailed: 9, Discards: 2, To count: 7, Entries: 18, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Boat Class SailNo Club HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total Nett
1st   RS700 1040 Hayling Island SC Simon Letten (3.0) 3.0 3.0 2.0 (5.0) 2.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 22.0 14.0
2nd Sail4Cancer RS700 1023 Snettisham Beach SC Ian Nolan 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 (7.0) 3.0 4.0 (6.0) 5.0 32.0 19.0
3rd Stavmonta RS700 1018 YCLP David Krizek 2.0 (6.0) (6.0) 4.0 2.0 6.0 6.0 2.0 3.0 37.0 25.0
4th   RS700 1027 Snettisham Beach SC Colin Dacey 4.0 4.0 4.0 (6.0) (10.0) 4.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 42.0 26.0
5th Rebeka II RS700 1034 YCLP Milan Hajek (10.0) 5.0 9.0 7.0 4.0 (19.0 DNC) 2.0 4.0 1.0 61.0 32.0
6th Roxanne RS700 1022 Hayling Island SC Ian Swann 6.0 (8.0) 7.0 (8.0) 3.0 7.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 55.0 39.0
7th   RS700 1030 Windsport Jerry Wales (19.0 DNC) 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 (19.0 DNC) 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 82.0 44.0
8th   RS700 1019 Hayling Island SC David Smithwhite 5.0 7.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 5.0 (19.0 DNC) (19.0 DNC) 19.0 DNC 90.0 52.0
9th   RS700 944   James Bayliss (11.0) 9.0 8.0 9.0 8.0 10.0 9.0 (11.0) 7.0 82.0 60.0
10th   RS700 959   Jakub Kosvica 7.0 10.0 (13.0) (19.0 DNC) 9.0 9.0 7.0 10.0 12.0 96.0 64.0
11th   RS700 1033 CVML Mathieu Guihot 8.0 (12.0) 10.0 (12.0) 12.0 8.0 11.0 7.0 9.0 89.0 65.0
12th   RS700 737   Richard Kennedy 9.0 11.0 14.0 (19.0 DNF) 13.0 (19.0 DNC) 10.0 8.0 8.0 111.0 73.0
13th   RS700 914 Queen Mary SC Graham Blake 12.0 13.0 11.0 10.0 (14.0) (19.0 DNC) 8.0 9.0 10.0 106.0 73.0
14th TBA RS700 733 Yachting Club Du Luxumbourg Andre Friederich 14.0 14.0 15.0 (19.0 DNC) 11.0 (19.0 DNC) 12.0 13.0 11.0 128.0 90.0
15th   RS700 823 YC Pardubice Radek Dlouhy 15.0 15.0 16.0 11.0 15.0 (19.0 DNC) 13.0 12.0 (19.0 DNC) 135.0 97.0
16th   RS700 1031 Queen Mary SC Hamish Griffiths 13.0 16.0 12.0 (19.0 DNC) (19.0 DNC) 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 155.0 117.0
17th   RS700 tbc   Christian Brandt (19.0 DNC) (19.0 DNC) 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 171.0 133.0
17th   RS700 1026   Tom Lanckriet (19.0 DNC) (19.0 DNC) 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 19.0 DNC 171.0 133.0



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