The UK Laser Vago class association are pleased to be returning to Rutland SC on the weekend of the 17th and 18th October 2015 for their 2015 Inland Championship event, sponsored by Noble Marine.
The notice of race has been published on the Rutland SC website here: NOR
Entry to the event is as follows:
Double handers: £29 per boat members of UKVA, £35 non-members
Singlehanders: £24 per boat members of UKVA, £30 non-members
Registration is open at the Rutland SC Office from 9am on Saturday 17th October.
A competitors briefing will be held at 11am on Saturday 17th October in the wetside bar.
On Saturday 17th October there are 3 back-to-back races scheduled, with the first warning signal at 11:55.
A similar format will follow on Sunday 18th October, with the first warning signal at 10:25.
The event is shared with other classes. The starting order will be: 4000, 3000, Vortex, 2000, then Vago.
On Saturday (22nd August) Dave Baxter one of the excellent coaches from the Vago Class Association came to the Scaling Dam Sailing Club to coach the slowly growing group of Vago Sailors. In total there were 5 Vagos on the water, 4 Club Boats and 1 visitor from Carsington Sailing Club, the sailors covered a range of abilities, although most of us hadn’t done a lot of racing, and therefore the day was focused around boat handling. The day started with a bit of class room tuition, followed by shore based trapeze practice. Then out on the water practicing roll tacks, gybes and tight circling, in the light winds that were available to us. After lunch we had more time on the water playing with the spinnaker improving boat handling and balance. All in all it was a great day and wonderful to see a group of Vago’s out on the water. Everyone hopes to repeat similar next year and to make sure we get out on the water all together more regularly. The day was sponsored by the Class Association and Noble Marine, without their support events like this wouldn’t be possible, and wouldn’t encourage more sailors to get on the water and gain confidence.
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By John Davies
It was a rather windy Friday night when the first keen Vago sailors arrived at West Kirby Sailing Club for our Costal National Championships. Once the rest of the group arrived on an even windier Saturday morning the stage was set for some close and exciting racing to see who was going to have to find space in their car boot to take home our hideously oversized Coastal Championship Trophy! In anticipation for such a positive outcome Dave Baxter selected the slimmest crew he could to ensure he had adequate space in his car!
After a welcome from Rear Commodore Jean Louis Simmons who promised marvellous conditions and a briefing from our Race Officer Chris Hoppins , we all eagerly waited for the tide to come in! Some of our inland sailors were sceptical that this distant blue line would ever make it to the slip way, but we assured them it would, and it did spurred on by the 23 knots of wind behind it. Although the water looked a lot whiter than normal and looked very similar to the back drop of the hills of North Wales! Those mad enough left our brains on the slipway and launched our trusty Vagos on to the cappuccino waters of the Dee estuary. Once on the water the first challenge was to keep the boat in an upright position and head for the start line. A very strong wind and a large sea made the conditions formidable and only three Vagos made it to the start line. The sensible ones turned back for shore whilst Simon Dowdell set a new record for how many times you could capsize a Vago before making a wise retreat! These were no conditions for any singlehanded sailor!
Spurred on by the fact that they could at least come third John and Jack Davies in Little Ranzo secured an excellent start with Ed & Louise and Dave & Kate down to leeward of them. Powering through the waves and listening in detail to what Jack was wearing from the rooster collection, John surprised himself and Jack by securing first place around the windward mark in Little Ranzo. Once they were certain they were at the right mark they rounded and bore away. With Ed and Louise not far behind a kite hoist was going to be an essential but fool hardy manoeuvre to widen the gap. After a short debate Jack agreed on a kite hoist secure in the knowledge that in the event of a capsize he would remain warm and toasty in his new kit. Dave and Kate having gone left rather than right were battling with the tide to get back to the mark.
Then Little Ranzo’s world was turned upside down when the bottom rudder gudgeon ripped of the boat taking half the transom with it! With the rudder hanging useless and a heavy swell Jacks suggestion of carrying on rudderless was quickly dismissed. Ed and Louise powered past Little Ranzo closely followed by Dave and Kate. The crew of Little Ranzo accepted defeat and the inevitable but eventful tow ashore!
Dave and Kate went on to pass Ed and Louise securing a 1st in race one and 2nd for Ed and Louise.
Race 2 Started in the same conditions and after 3 Laps Dave and Kate were once again the Winners with Ed and Louise taking 2nd place.
With wind strength increasing, only Dave and Kate were brave enough to start Race 3 and so secured their 3rd First, not bad for day one!
Once ashore and whilst Jack changed into a new outfit , John set about procuring a replacement boat for day 2. With kind agreement from Mark Williamson to borrow Vago 1118 and help from Ed Deacon, John checked over the replacement boat determined to give Ed and Dave a worthy challenge on day 2.
After some great WKSC hospitality everyone retired for the night looking forward to the forecasted moderate breeze the next day!
Sunday brought even stronger winds and so only the very mad went out having rigged their Vagos with the smaller standard rig. With Sea Sailing out of the question “Plan B” was invoked and everyone took to the fantastic flat water of the marine lake. Little Ranzo was last on the water as Jack took some time to choose the appropriate attire from his Rooster wardrobe.
Once the course was established, Race 4 Started with Ed & Louise first at the Windward Mark with John and Dave hot on their heels. At the downwind leg those choosing to fly the spinnaker quickly took the lead, discovered why Vagos have foot straps on the back for the crew and experienced some of the fastest downwind sailing with a standard rig! It also provided Richard and Hannah Barnes with some excellent photo opportunities making the long distance drive to the north very worthwhile!
Dave crossed the Finish First Follow by John and Jack in 2nd then Ed and Louise in Third.
Between race 4 and 5 Ed thought it a good opportunity to see how deep the lake was with the top of his mast. But his experiment was costly as he found himself the wrong side of the line at the start and in the confusion Dave and Kate turned back thinking they “were over” opening up the way for John and Jack to take the lead and for Ed and Louise to squeeze nicely into second. They enjoyed this until Dave popped up his kite on a ridiculously short reach to the inshore mark and flew past both boats before you could say “where did he come from” proving himself a very worthy winner of race 5, with Jack misjudging a wind shift Ed and Louise were able to take second and John & Jack third.
After a most memorable Costal National Championships with some “Epic” sailing, great food, great weather, fab photos and some lessons learnt, we all left West Kirby a little wiser and with the view in our rear view mirrors of Dave trying to shoe horn the trophy into his car boot. Well done Dave and Kate!
Many thanks to West Kirby for a great event.
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Missed out on the Laser Vago Training events earlier in the season? Well here is your chance to make it to one this year. Vago class guru and coach Dave Baxter (want2sail.co.uk) will be providing specialist training for the Vago fleet at Scaling Dam SC on Saturday 22nd August 2015.
See the event poster for more details:
Our next Vago event is fast approaching …. who’s coming?
Don’t forget – Vago Association members enjoy a £6 discount on the entry fee…. so only £12 for a weekends racing!
Notice of Race: CLICK HERE
Entry Form: CLICK HERE
For more information as it becomes available:
We have a new Laser Vago speed record!
On the 16th May 2015, John (helm) & Jack (crew) Davies raised the bar once again and set a new speed record for the Laser Vago fleet in their Vago #1067 ‘Little Ranzo’
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
Sailing on the non-tidal marine lake at West Kirby Sailing Club, on the Wirral, Merseyside, the combination of a steady 22-25 knots of wind from West and the lack of chop on the lake provided the perfect conditions for smashing the current record.
The new record of 20.1 mph / 17.47 knots smashes the current non-tidal record, set at Rutland SC in 2013 of 18.3 mph / 15.9 knots. It even surpasses the current tidal record, set in 2014 in Fremantle/Perth Australia at 18.5 mph / 16.1 knots.
See the FULL TABLE HERE on the UKVA website:
Do you have what it takes? All you need is a GPS / speed tracking device, big winds and a rather large pair of Cojones! We ask all prospective record breaking submissions to be made with proof of your speed in order to be considered, and a photo and/or video always go down well to! Submissions to be made via the Laser Vago facebook group or via email to email@example.com