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 Twenty RS Aero 9s were on the start line (23 before 3 dropped out) at the re-arranged RS Aero UK Nationals at Draycote at the Inland Champs, within the overall 87 RS Aero entries over 3 fleets.

 Saturday was breezy with 12-22kn as dark stormy clouds passed by. It was a reminder that on flat water you can get away with being a few kilos lighter and those in the low 80s kg could keep pace with those in the high 80s kg and more near the front of the fleet. On the sea in waves that difference would be felt more upwind. That said, as ever, the cumulation of other sailing factors would take precedence with constant mode changes and directional positioning decisions through the gusts and shifts.

 On the lively down winds the game was to keep an eye in the rear view mirror to step sideways to engage the front 'arrow head' of the gusts with a swerve promoting acceleration and often planning on the run before soaking down to a broader coarse again.

 Sunday was a lighter 6-12kn with greater fluctuation and a more volatile results sheet. 
Our heaviest sailor (about 100kg) led for a lap on the lighter Sunday. Ultimately it was a shift at the top of the second beat that did for him, rather than speed.

 Great racing both days with constant opportunities. Comebacks were always possible (and vica versa) - never give up!






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