On the edge sailing for brave RS Vareo competitors

Date Posted:19/06/2017

Brilliant sunshine and high gusting winds on Caldecotte Lake created “on the edge sailing” conditions for the first Milton Keynes illuminis RS Vareo Grand Prix sailing competition, in celebration of MK50, last weekend. Milton Keynes Sailing Club (MKSC) ran the event for sponsors’ illuminis Insight Software and recorded that the wild conditions caused each sailor to finish up in the lake at least twice during the weekend, making an exciting spectator sport.    

Overall winner of the seven races was Luke Fisher from Malden in Bedfordshire who provided many fast and thrilling moments on the water. The national competition was incredibly close in the top four positions and second, just seven points behind, was Nick Crickmore closely followed by Howard Astley-Jones and Cheryl Wood.  All four were presented with newly commissioned illuminis trophies and first place Luke also received the beautiful Unexpected MK book of photography by Gill Prince.

MD of illuminis Paul North suffered the indignity of winning the wooden spoon in the competition and he said,” This has been a wonderful weekend for sailing in MK, The MKSC team and illuminis volunteers made it a weekend to remember. We will certainly sponsor an RS Vareo event next year on Caldecotte Lake and we plan a legacy to grow it to be an annual sporting event for the city. I plan to spend more time on the boat and less in the water next year."

MKSC Commodore Mark Tuffnell commented,” Fantastic weekend, great weather and good to see all the visitors and such amazingly close racing. Paul is a member of MKSC and we thank him and his company illuminis for holding an event in celebration of MK50."