Open North

  • 2019 Event Updates...

     Last Updated 26/4/2019


    14 Boats attended in 2018

    Clubs represented: Yorkshire Dales (7), Swarkstone (1), Deben (1), Port Dinorwic (1), Hunts (1), Redditch (2), West Kirby (1)

  • The Laser Vago Northern Open: training, coaching and racing.

    24th to 27th May 2019

    Congratulations to Dave Baxter and Kate Mellor in Vago 1814 'Sharknado' for retaining the Championship title for 2018.



    Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club



    Now in it's 9th Year!

    • Coaching from top Vago sailors, Dave, Ed and Kate.
    • Free camping at the club.
    • Training on the water and plenty of racing.
    • Great Food.
    • Lots of other local activities for non-sailors and for non-sailable weather
    • Use of the modern, clean, dry and warm club facilities.
    • Evening bar and entertainments and games


Open North is typical Vago. Informal, fun and friendly. Children and adults welcome and all abilities welcome. So it does not matter if your aim is to polish your skills to help you become the next national champion in the class or to work out how to put the bung in to prevent sinking or something in between, Open North is the answer.

There will be expert coaching to help you master your next steps in your Vago journey. Our team of coaches including the current National Champions, Dave and Kate, and former national champion Ed, will help you get the very best from your Vago rig and help you improve your crewing and helming skills. In addition to the tips to sharpen up the sailing skills our coaches will be sharing their wisdom about race tactics and the rules of racing.

And racing. Racing on Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning and afternoon and on Monday morning. Join the fleet and round the marks and see how your techniques compares to the other Vagos.

The event starts with registration on Saturday morning at 9.00, but you are welcome to arrive after 1800hrs on Friday. Earlier you are there the greater the choice of pitches for you tent or camper.


For those of you travelling from the South, it's up the M1 and A1 to Wetherby and then hang a left to enjoy 3 days (4 if you include Friday night) of FREE camping at a superb venue with facilities that are honestly astounding.

More detailed directions from the YDSC website are here.

We'll be running Friday as an arrival/setup evening if you want to arrive early but don't worry if you can't make it, the event won't officially start until Saturday morning.

If you're interested in being part of the 9th Year of this event, you can join the chat on the Vago Facebook Group.

in other words... yet another year of not taking it too seriously!


Onsite camping during this event is free but arrive as early as possible to have the best chance of getting onto our newly extended camping area. If you're late, all you'll need are some decent tent pegs in case you end up on an area of gravel soil.
The clubhouse itself has modern changing and shower facilities with under floor heating.
There are a selection of camp sites and guest houses from only 10 minutes away if we're too noisy for you :)


  • Beautiful Yorkshire Dales setting.
  • Lots of places to visit for non sailors.
  • Event photos and videos.
  • Superb Clubhouse facilities.
  • Bar, table football, movies and TV.

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