Home >

Sailweb  RSS feed
Dinghy
 

RS700 European Championship - Czech victory after the storm

Hájek Milan of the Czech Republic is the 2017 RS700 European Champion. Milan won seven of the nine races to dominate the event held on Lake Lipno in the Czech Republic.

Click image for a larger image

Hájek Milan finished seven points clear of Britain's Richard Wadsworth with Colin Dacey completing the podium.

This was a record breaking European event with 38 boats in attendance, representing The Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

The racing followed the standard Czech format which was slightly different to that normally sailed at UK and Euro events; but ‘when in Rome….’ The key differences were that each race was only two laps and 30mins in length (for the race leader).

In order to achieve this, a second windward mark was used for the second lap which would be placed at an appropriate distance up the racecourse to control the race timing.

The other difference was that the race committee wanted to have at least 6kts of wind across the racecourse rather than the standard 4kts.

Click image for a larger image

Light winds and 30 degree temperatures were the prevailing conditions for the first 2 days, and whilst the competitors launched and had 3 race starts, all were abandoned before reaching the windward mark as the wind dropped below 6kts.

These abandoned races were either met with deep frustration or relief by the UK competitors depending upon whether they were leading or buried at the back of the fleet!

Everything changed on Friday night when ‘Lake Placid’ turned into the ‘shores of Mordor’….

For hours before it hit, the distant mountains were spectacularly illuminated by an electrical storm, which was enjoyed by the competitors as they revelled at the organised Beach Party.

At just after midnight, the storm front hit and brought 50 mph+ winds torrential rain and a hailstorm. Whilst most headed for cover a few brave souls ran to the boat park to try to save the boats.

A special ‘Mention in Dispatches’ goes to Theo Galyer for braving the storm and preventing any RS700 being blown over or damaged.

Unfortunately many of the other classes or his tent didn’t fair so well. Whilst nobody appeared to be too seriously hurt, one RS700 sailor had to retire having been hit by a flying RS Aero, and there had been a stream of ambulances attending the adjoining campsites.

After the storm nine races were completed over the final two days with conditions gradually buiding to a decent trapezing breeze.

But whatever the wind strength, Hajek (the Czech National Champion) showed his class and on the final day took four wins to seal the Championship in deserved style.

Wadsworth consolidated his second place and Dacey claimed third place overall from a very close challenge from Fiala Petr.

RS700 - 2017 European Championship

1 CZE 1034 Hájek Milan 1 1 9* 1 2* 1 1 1 1 7,00 pts
2 GBR 720 Wadsworth Richard 4 10* 1 2 1 2 5* 2 3 15,00 pts
3 GBR 1027 Dacey Colin 5 5 2 4 5 OCS* 2 5 OCS* 28,00 pts
4 CZE 905 Fiala Petr 8 2 4 9* 3 3 13* 7 2 29,00 pts
5 CZE 988 Kotek Michal 6 7 11* 3 4 9 3 12* 5 37,00 pts
6 FRA 1033 Guihot Matthieu 7* 4 6 7 6 12* 6 3 6 38,00 pts
7 GBR 1023 Nolan Ian 3 9 20* 6 8 15* 7 4 7 44,00 pts
8 GBR 808 Daniels Spike 2 6 16* 5 12 11 11 8 DNC* 55,00 pts
9 CZE 845 Plhon Adam 10 3 12 31* 9 4 9 11 OCS* 58,00 pts
10 ESP 877 ten Bokum Michael 9 29* 10 11 10 7 8 13* 4 59,00 pts
11 CZE 1018 Vastl Tomáš 11 8 7 17* 7 5 15 15 DNC* 68,00 pts
12 GBR 991 Galyer Theo 12 15 25* 8 16* 13 4 10 10 72,00 pts
13 FRA 1001 Lefert Vincent 19* 11 3 12 13 10 16 17* 9 74,00 pts
14 CZE 928 Kotek Kamil 24* 14 5 13 18 16 10 6 OCS* 82,00 pts
15 GBR 914 Blake Graham 13 12 14 10 11 20* 14 9 16* 83,00 pts
16 CZE 955 Olša Jirí 17* BFD* 15 14 14 8 12 14 15 92,00 pts
17 CZE 842 Bartoš Richard 16 18 22* 18 23* 6 17 16 13 104,00 pts
18 CZE 959 Vácha Martin 23* 23 13 15 15 21 20 26* 8 115,00 pts
19 CZE 843 Horák Miroslav 14 22 8 27* 17 22 19 25* 20 122,00 pts
20 CZE 933 Štantejský Jan 15 13 21 24* DNC* 19 22 20 12 122,00 pts
21 CZE 951 Dudák Marek 20 24* 18 23 25* 18 18 21 14 132,00 pts
22 CZE 1959 Dlouhý Radek 27 16 28* 33* 19 17 25 22 11 137,00 pts
23 GER 912 Jansen Bjoern 26* 27* 26 21 20 14 21 19 19 140,00 pts
24 CZE 788 Kuthan Jirí 21 25 31* 22 28* 24 24 18 17 151,00 pts
25 CZE 913 Záruba Adam 25 20 24 30* 22 29* 23 23 18 155,00 pts
26 CZE 103 Plhon Eduard 22 30 19 19 21 23 DNC* DNC* DNC 175,00 pts
27 CZE 741 Lassig Jirí 28 17 17 28 24 28 DNC* DNC* DNC 183,00 pts
28 CZE 1019 Macát Matyáš 30* 28 DNC* 29 29 26 26 24 21 183,00 pts
29 CZE 907 Hakl David 18 19 23 16 27 DNC* DNC* DNC DNC 185,00 pts
30 CZE 732 Voženílek Jan 31 32 30 32 DNC* 25 27 27 22* 204,00 pts
31 GBR 1 Škoda Jan DNS* 31 27 25 26 30 DNC* DNC DNC 221,00 pts
32 CZE 894 Bauer František DNF* 21 32 20 30 RET* DNC DNC DNC 226,00 pts
33 CZE 1048 Kocman Miroslav DNC* 26 29 26 31 DNC* DNC DNC DNC 235,00 pts
34 AUT 974 Hauer Stefan 29 DNC* 33 34 DNC* 27 DNC DNC DNC 246 pts

Follow Sailweb on Facebook - Click here

Follow Sailweb on Twitter - Click here

Richard Wadworth
1 September 2017 9:26 GMT


Latest






















UK Hosted