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Magic Marine RS Aero Inland Championships at Chelmarsh Sailing Club

by Clive Wright 17 Oct 2016 11:54 BST 15 October 2016

Chelmarsh Sailing Club set in the south of Shropshire is one of the most rural regions in the UK, with beautiful countryside and not too many features to disturb the wind. It has a modern club house and a strong RS Aero fleet. This year's RS Aero Inland Champs were held here following last year's very successful event.

With an impressive 41 entries and a forecast of ten, gusting twenty, knots the 2016 Inland Championships promised to be a fantastic event. Competitors travelled from as far North as York, Lymington in the South and Ipswich in the East. It is clear that the RS Aero class continues to grow and has become a strong and competitive fleet with a number of younger sailors now coming in to push the more experienced. RS were also on hand, delivering new boats and making charter boats available.

The event started in lighter winds than forecast with even the Aero 9s struggling to get on the plane. This made for some close racing and determined pushing of the line at the start. The PRO, Gareth Wilkinson, quickly established his authority with a few individual recalls, a general recall and even giving the black flag an airing. Looking for pressure and playing the shifts soon began to pay off.

Peter Barton was consistent in the Aero 9's and established a hat-trick of bullets. Chris Larr and Anthony York, both from Northampton SC took a close 2nd and 3rd place respectively with Chris winning race 4.

In the Aero 7's, there was everything to play for after two races at the break for lunch. John Harvey of Thornbury SC won the first and Mark Carleton of Papercourt SC took the second race. However, Caroline Whitehouse from Bartley SC had posted two good results alongside two youth sailors, Drew Wright from Chelmarsh a former optimist sailor and Chris Hatton from Severn SC, a top Comet sailor. Drew Wright took bullets in each of the last two races to win overall, closely followed by Caroline Whitehouse and Mark Carleton.

Archie Hainsworth of Alton Water and Cathy Bartram from Chew Valley battled it out in the Aero 5's. It was impressive to see them keeping pace with the Aero 7's and some of the 9's at times, despite the light winds. Eventually, Archie Hainsworth won the tie break, showing just how tight the racing had been.

In all, the RS Aero Inland Champs at Chelmarsh proved to be an outstanding event enjoyed by all. It was exciting for sailors and a great spectacle for those watching, helped by a gorgeous sunny autumn day, spectacular countryside, close tactical racing and great food from the galley.

Many thanks to Chelmarsh Sailing Club for hosting such a successful event, RS Sailing for supporting and making charter boats available, Magic Marine for sponsoring the generous prizes and competitors for travelling.

Next up for the RS Aeros in the UK is the Chew Valley open on Saturday 22nd October and then the Southern and Northern Circuit grand finale 'End of Seasons' at Rutland on 5/6th November, together with the rest of the RS Classes.

Full details on the UK Event Page: www.rsaerosailing.org/index.asp?p=events&rg=UK

RS Aero 5 Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubCategoryR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1173Archie HainsworthAlton Water / RHSYouth‑22114
2nd1178Cathy BartramChew Valley SCLady11‑224

RS Aero 7 Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubCategoryR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1700Drew WrightChelmarsh SCYouth‑92114
2nd2135Caroline WhitehouseBartley SCLady332‑248
3rd1575Mark CarletonPapercourt SC ‑111449
4th1744Adam RowlattChelmarsh SCYouth7‑203212
5th1002David CherrillBroadwater SC 54‑8312
6th2001Chris HattonSevern SCYouth2‑87716
7th1792Andy HillHayling Island SC 49‑14821
8th1927Jack HardieFrensham Pond SC 87‑9621
9th1598John HarveyThornbury SC 1‑12101223
10th1509Peter CraggsYork RI SC 1355‑1623
11th1508Robert EnglandChelmarsh SCMaster6‑1515526
12th1573Adrian StellPapercourt SC ‑141061127
13th1302Karl ThorneLymington Town SC 1011‑12930
14th1618Dave HarrisSevern SCMaster16613‑1735
15th1413Adrian SpekeChelmarsh SC ‑1714161040
16th1258Nick CravenYorkshire Dales SC ‑1818111342
17th1264Jackie CravenYorkshire Dales SCLady1217‑181544
18th1214Harry BinnsBassenthwaite SCYouth‑1913191446
19th1594Julie ArcherUllswater YCLady151617‑2148
20th2133John TannerChelmarsh SCMaster‑2019202059
21st1211Nick EalesLymington Town SC 21‑23211860
22nd1655Quentin LeiperChelmarsh SCMaster‑2221221962
23rd1412Peter WilsonChelmarsh SC 232223‑2468

RS Aero 9 Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubCategoryR1R2R3R4Pts
1st2093Peter BartonLymington Town SC 111‑43
2nd1888Chris LarrNorthampton SC 2‑3215
3rd1676Anthony YorkNorthampton SC ‑84329
4th1581Ben RolfeBurghfield SC 52‑9310
5th1551Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC 3‑85614
6th1071Peter ChaplinBurghfield SCMaster954‑1718
7th1744Matt ThursfieldChelmarsh SC 767‑1720
8th1298Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA 4136‑1723
9th1135Phil WhiteFrampton on Severn ‑1398724
10th1404Jeremy HigsonBartley SC 107(DNC)926
11th1007Antony LynallAvon SC 6‑12121028
12th1207Mark TissimanChelmarsh SCMaster‑111110829
13th1062Martin BarrettRipon SCMaster‑141411530
14th1095Tony JukesChelmarsh SCMaster121013‑1735
15th1092Richard WoodsChelmarsh SC ‑1616141141
16th1656David PartridgeChelmarsh SCMaster‑1515151242

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