Open North

  • 2019 Information coming soon...

    • The Vago Class Association are currently planning this event.
    • Date planned 25th to 27th May



    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.

    25th 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



    Rolling towards a 9th Year!

    • The busiest Vago event in the Class Association calendar.
    • Lots of prizes including 'most improved' and 'youngest competitors'.
    • 3+ days and nights of free camping.
    • Coaching, training and racing with a smile.
    • Fabulous food.
    • Underfloor heating in the changing rooms!



'Open North' is an annual event which caters for Laser Vago sailors of all levels of ability.
It offers training, coaching and racing which is presented in such a way that everyone, from beginners to experts, will benefit by sharing and learning.

We'll be offering a choice of training classes so you'll be able to choose your own focus on topics such as tuning & rigging, short format races, racing rules & tactics, boat handling, trapezing and advanced crewing techniques.

The emphasis is on having fun, so you'll find an informal attitude throughout the event both on and off the water. Training and coaching is provided by Ed, Dave and Kate, three of the Class Association's top National circuit sailors, who have many years of experience in all aspects of single and double handing the Vago. They're joined again by Mike as Race Officer and tactical lecturer.

To ensure the best choice of camping pitches, please arrive as early as possible.
Access and sailing may be available on the afternoon and evening of Friday 24th. 
Event officially starts Saturday morning.


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 8th 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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