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Magic Marine RS Aero UK Nationals at Royal Torbay Yacht Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 7 Jun 2016 20:28 BST 2-5 June 2016

Royal Torbay Yacht Club played host to the 2016 RS Aero UK Nationals sponsored by Magic Marine with 70 entries set for a long weekend on the English Riviera. Competitors travelled from as far afield as France and Holland to compete on the Olympic racecourse of Torbay.

The Championship opened with a coaching with a comprehensive session ashore covering RS Aero specifics before moving onto technique and tuning for those looking for that final edge to take into their racing. Three short coached warm up races followed with about 40 boats revving up for the first formal race. The fleet finally peeled off to where the Race Officer was set to start the RS Aero Challenge Cup at 15:00.

The RS Aero Challenge Cup was an 'All Aero' PY race, outside the championship series. With just 1 race and only RS Aeros the Class was able to implement an exciting initiative of varying PYs for wind strengths, to reduce any disadvantage at the end of the wind bandings without tipping the balance from the favoured. Three sets of PY numbers were specified for light, medium and strong winds. The race officer recorded an average of 6kn on the committee boat in the run up to the start and the light wind set of PYs were selected, going some way assist the disadvantaged smaller sailed RS Aero 5s.

A fleet of nearly 50 boats jostled for position on the start line. During the race the RS Aero 9s had the pace in the light with Gareth Griffiths taking line honours but the 7 rig of Peter Barton kept close enough to the lead bubble of 9s to take the PY win followed by Gareth Griffiths and Nigel Rolfe in their 9s. The PY varying was successful as a deliberate 'part measure' to make an improvement with the results suggesting the number changes could have been greater still.

The evening's Opening Ceremony had speeches by the Vice Commodore and daily prize giving to award the Challenge Cup prizes and special awards. Class Social Coordinator, Ben Rolfe, instigated his master plan of venues in town to meet after dinner at the Yacht Club and was happy to lead by example on to the night clubs of Torquay for those with energy to spare...

Day 1 of the Champs proper had fantastic racing with a steady but light easterly breeze producing some waves. This punctuated by a little tide gain to the left and periodic clicks in direction to the right provided an interesting challenge making it difficult for any one sailor to dominate the day. Each fleet enjoyed 4 races over a triangle-sausage course with a range of leaders.

Kate Sargent of the Netherlands came away from Day 1 with a small lead over Archie Hainsworth in the 5s. David Ellis won 3 races but had only a small lead over Harvey Martin with three 2nds in the 7s. Peter Barton led the 9s with Paul Bartlett and Anthony York also winning races.

Day 2 had a postponement and whilst the fleet basked in the beautiful Devonshire sunshine Kate Sargent, technical designer for Magic Marine, gave her talk on the design benefits within the Magic Marine range. There followed an impromptu 'Top Tips' session from the lead sailors of Day 1 giving away all their prized secrets of how they thought they had made it to the front of their races. At 14:30 racing was sensibly canned for the day leaving the fleet time to enjoy the local delights of the area or catch up on sleep.

Saturday night the fleet smartened up for the Class Dinner in the Royal Torbay YC for the Annual Awards Ceremony and daily prizes. To a big screen presentation the most coveted awards were eagerly anticipated. Top Photo went to Dovey SC's shot staring Chelmarsh's 'Three Amigos' enjoying their 9 rigs on the ocean in picturesque Dovey last month. Top Video went to Harriet Critchley's creation, depicting the apprehension and enjoyment of her first sail on a breezy day with the 5 rig sail at Bolton. Paul Robson was awarded for 'Endeavours to Class' for his commitment to coaching the five winter series weekends.

Watch Harriet Critchley's inspiring video, with blue skies and fluffy clouds over the Lancashire fells...

Day 3 brought more optimism with more heat and the fleet launched promptly. Once the wind stabilised racing got underway and with up to 10kn of wind kickers were taught and downhauls were even starting to come on. This time a trapezium course was set and the tight top reach even saw a little planning and surfing with small waves coming in with the easterly.

The wind slowly died with one race completed. Antony York's win in the 9s brought him up to 2nd overall behind Peter Barton overall who had kept consistent with a 2nd. Archie Hainsworth's race win gave him the lead over Kate Sargent who was stuck in 4th in the 5s. David Ellis did just enough with a 4th in the 7s to take the title, whilst Fergus Barnham moved up to 2nd overall with his second race win of the series.

The coveted Club Champs title for the combined results of any club's top 3 went to Lymington Town SC with a 1st, 1st and anchor man, Liam Willis, kicked the ball into the net with his 6th in the 9s, Starcross YC's emerging RS Aero fleet were 2nd. Nine families qualified for the Family category requiring two family members. Team Gribbin, Claire and Luke of Paignton SC, pulled it off with a 4th and 5th from the Tardrews and Bartletts.

Magic Marine's awesome support provided a fantastic array of great prizes. RS Sailing donated three beautiful half boat perpetual trophies for the three fleet's annual Championships and were on hand, as ever, with their usual legendary event support. Also many thanks to the Freeland family of Downs SC, for donating a whopping great youth Trophy Cup after Toby Freeland was the first winner in 2015.

Thanks to the ever so friendly and professional team at Royal Torbay YC for a most memorable and enjoyable Champs with the comfort of their lovely club house. The Class looks forward to returning again soon.

A full photo Gallery is online at thanks to RTYC member Jean Border.

Keep in touch with Everything Aero via the Class website at and facebook group at

The next biggie on the RS Aero World calendar is the USA Atlantic Coast Championship at Newport, Rhode Island 8-10th July followed soon after by the first RS Aero European Championships at Travemunde Woche, Germany, 25-29th July. The RS Aero Worldwide calendar can be found at

Category Prize Winners:

Junior - Under 15 (not 15 this year)
1st - Anne-Marie Ratnage, Bough Beach (5)
2nd - Henry Gillett, Royal Harwich (5)
3rd - Lauren Paton, Royal Torbay (5)

Youth - Under 19 (not 19 this year)
1st - Archie Hainsworth, Alton Water (1st/5s)
2nd - Harvey Martin, Ogston (3rd/7s) - First Youth RS Aero 7
3rd - George Tardrew, Hayling Island (3rd/5s)

1st - Kate Sargent, HOLLAND (1st/5s)
2nd - Claire Gribbin, Paignton (4th/5s)
3rd - Jane Peckham, Gurnard (6th/7s) - First Lady RS Aero 7

Master - 55 or over this year, based on PY series
1st - Paul Bartlett, Starcross (3rd/9s)
2nd - Gareth Griffiths, Island Barn (5th/9s)
3rd - Debbie Degge, Bartley (9th/7s) - First Master RS Aero 7

Family Fortunes - Best 2 family members overall
1st - Claire & Luke Gribbin, Paignton, 9pts
2nd - George & Lucy Tardrew, Halyling Island, 12pts
3rd - Paul & Greg Bartlett, Starcross, 14pts
4th - Fergus & Finlay Barnham, Snettisham Beach, 16pts
5th - Will & Mike Taylor, Brightlingsea, 18pts

Club Champs - Best 3 club results overall
1st - Lymington Town SC, 8pts (1st, 1st & 6th)
2nd - Starcross YC, 26pts (3rd, 11th, 12th)
3rd - Hayling Island SC, 30pts (3rd, 9th & 18th)

Furthest Travelled - Barend Hillterman, HOLLAND (via Germany to collect boats!)

Outstanding Services to the RS Aero Class - Paul Robson - For coaching the Winter Training weekends

Outstanding Services to RS Aero Events - Richard Willows - stepped in as PRO at his home 'Roadford Rocket' event at Roadford SC, Devon, in February. This meant missing sailing, but he loaned his RS Aero.

RS Aero 5 Results:

PosSail NoHelmCategoryClubR1R2R3R4R5Net Pts
11173Archie HainsworthYAlton Water SC233117
2125Kate SargentLNETHERLANDS311348
38George TardrewYHayling Island SC5244313
41206Claire GribbinLPaignton SC1666215
5146Luke GribbinYPaignton SC4425715
61849Anne‑Marie RatnageL JBough Beech SC7552517
71012Marion LoweL MBradford on AvonSC8787628
8206Henry GillettYRoyal Harwich YC6898931
91044Lucy TardrewLHayling Island SC9979833
109Lauren PatonL JRoyal Torbay YC121212121046
1123Fin AmstrongYRoyal Torbay YC121212121248

RS Aero 7 Results:

PosSail NoHelmCategoryClubR1R2R3R4R5Net Pts
11209David Ellis Lymington Town SC161147
21534Fergus Barnham Snettisham Beach SC913419
31089Harvey MartinYOgston SC23522814
42Barend Hiltermann HOLLAND8345214
55Will Taylor Brightlingsea SC112511624
61715Jane PeckhamLGurnard SC121178329
71232Steve Norbury Warsash SC415931631
81543Debbie DeggeL MBartley SC5511103531
98637Chris JonesMSutton Bingham SC613217531
101568Caitlin AtkinL YWhitstable YC786151334
111Greg Bartlett Starcross YC3710351535
121598John Harvey Thornbury SC2017861041
131302Karl Thorne LymTownSC/RoyalLymYC13912181145
141533Finlay Barnham Snettisham Beach SC101015122147
151589Chris Harrup Burghfield SC15420141750
161045Richard WillowsMRoadford Lake SC1818179953
171485Edward NorburyYWarsash SC143514131455
181792Andy Hill Hayling Island SC171222171258
191402Jane HomewoodLLymington Town SC221913162068
201594Julie ArcherLUllswater YC161619202371
211745John Hobson Notts County SC211416213572
221211Nicholas EalesMLymTownSC/RoyalLymYC192418191874
231921Charles Clapham Royal Torbay YC32232824782
241219Arnaud Bouchez Wimereux FRANCE252123232289
251509Peter Craggs York RI SC242227251990
261258Nick Craven Ripon SC282626222498
273Charlie Inigo‑JonesMHayling Island SC2920242735100
281264Jackie CravenLRipon SC2629252926106
291091Penelope GillettLRoyal Harwich YC2327302829107
301141Jonathan RickelsMGrafham Water SC2731312627111
311586Nicholas FreestonMLymTownSC/RoyalLymYC3025293535119
321098Richard Perriss Royal Torbay YC3128323030119
331339Cliff WebbMCawsand Bay SC3330333528124
341894Samantha FosterLLoch Tummel SC3535353525130

RS Aero 9 Results:

PosSail NoHelmCategoryClubR1R2R3R4R5Net Pts
11175Peter Barton Lymington Town SC143127
2175Anthony York Northampton SC6175113
31930Paul BartlettMStarcross YC3516915
41888Chris Larr Northampton SC26211717
51023Gareth GriffithsMIsland Barn reservoir SC58510321
64Liam WillisYLymington Town SC831531024
71689Andrew Snell Datchet Water SC49812526
81806Nev Herbert Royal Lymington YC117142828
91581Ben Rolfe Burghfield SC1024131529
101669Giovanni BelgranoMGurnard SC1414108638
111551Nigel Rolfe Burghfield SC12191341342
121298Richard Watsham Starcross YC9161771648
131164Mike Taylor Brightlingsea SC16181219450
141489Robert Freeland Downs SC20136141851
151135Phil White Frampton on Severn SC13112091952
161071Peter ChaplinMBurghfield SC18179151455
177Andrew Wilde Burghfield SC71516202758
181618Dave HarrisMSevern SC172011162064
19999Ben FlowerYBabbacombeCorinthianSC151218212766
201207Mark TissimanMChelmarsh/Saundersfoot191022221768
211095Tony JukesMChelmarsh SC222121171271
221654Mark Lambdin Bradford On Avon SC212324241179
231097Chris JonesMChelmarsh SC232223232290
241793Jim Hood LymingtonTownSC272719182791
2561745John Hobson Notts County SC2727272721102
262001Alex Newton‑Southon Lymington Town SC2727272723104

RS Aero Challenge Cup Results:

PosRigSail NoHelmElapsedHandicapCorrectedFinishing Place
171175Peter Barton00:55:31106600:52:051
291023Gareth Griffiths00:54:03102500:52:442
391551Nigel Rolfe00:54:20102500:53:003
49999Ben Flower00:54:31102500:53:114
591071Peter Chaplin00:54:43102500:53:235
691888Chris Larr00:55:53102500:54:316
771534Fergus Barnham00:59:50106600:56:087
871232Steve Norbury00:59:55106600:56:128
971Greg Bartlett01:00:23106600:56:399
1091207Mark Tissiman00:58:10102500:56:4510
1171589Chris Harrup01:00:46106600:57:0011
1271533Finlay Barnham01:00:58106600:57:1212
1391669Giovanni Belgrano00:59:13102500:57:4613
1497Andrew Wilde01:00:08102500:58:4014
1571089Harvey Martin01:04:52106601:00:5115
1674Liam Willis01:05:17106601:01:1416
1771485Edward Norbury01:05:26106601:01:2317
1871676Anthony York01:05:28106601:01:2518
1991298Richard Watsham01:03:08102501:01:3619
2091489Robert Freeland01:03:26102501:01:5320
2191581Ben Rolfe01:03:47102501:02:1421
225125Kate Sargent01:10:20112501:02:3122
2378637Chris Jones01:07:16106601:03:0623
2471792Andy Hill01:07:21106601:03:1124
2591930Paul Bartlett01:04:58102501:03:2325
2651543Debbie Degge01:11:36112501:03:3926
2771568Caitlin Atkin01:07:56106601:03:4427
2891135Phil White01:05:30102501:03:5428
2971715Jane Peckham01:08:18106601:04:0429
3071921Charles Clapham01:08:56106601:04:4030
3171045Richard Willows01:08:59106601:04:4331
3251849Anne‑Marie Ratnage01:13:36112501:05:2532
3351173Archie Hainsworth01:13:39112501:05:2833
3451206Claire Gribbin01:13:56112501:05:4334
355146Luke Gribbin01:14:25112501:06:0935
3671594Julie Archer01:10:37106601:06:1536
3771098Richard Perriss01:11:11106601:06:4737
3871091Penelope Gillett01:12:00106601:07:3338
3971586Nicholas Freeston01:12:34106601:08:0439
4071339Cliff Webb01:14:11106601:09:3540
4171219Arnaud Bouchez01:15:26106601:10:4641
425206Henry Gillett01:19:46112501:10:5442
4371141Jonathan Rickels01:16:26106601:11:4243
4451402Jane Homewood01:21:22112501:12:2044
7172Barend Hiltermann 1066 OCS
7151044Lucy Tardrew 1125 DNF
7199Alex Newton‑Southon 1025 DNC
7191095Tony Jukes 1025 DNC
7191097Chris Jones 1025 DNC
7191689Andrew Snell 1025 DNC
7191164Mike Taylor 1025 DNC
7191654Mark Lambdin 1025 DNC
7191793Jim Hood 1025 DNC
7173Charlie Inigo‑Jones 1066 DNC
71711Will Taylor 1066 DNC
71777Samantha Foster 1066 DNC
7171211Nicholas Eales 1066 DNC
7171258Nick Craven 1066 DNC
7171264Jackie Craven 1066 DNC
7171209David Ellis 1066 DNC
7171302Karl Thorne 1066 DNC
7171370Nev Herbert 1066 DNC
7171509Peter Craggs 1066 DNC
7171598John Harvey 1066 DNC
7171618Dave Harris 1066 DNC
7171745John Hobson 1066 DNC
71523Fin Amstrong 1125 DNC
7159Lauren Paton 1125 DNC
7151000George Tardrew 1125 DNC
7151012Marion Lowe 1125 DNC

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