Please select your home edition
Edition
Lennon Thermalite 728x90 1

RS Aero UK Spring Championship at Burghfield Sailing Club

by Joe Gallivan 17 Apr 14:27 BST 14 April 2018
RS Aero UK Spring Championships © Burghfield Sailing Club

A foggy morning engulfed Burghfield as 34 RS Aero sailors descended on the club to compete for this year's RS Aero UK Spring Champs.

Our PRO for the day was Ian Bullock who did a fantastic job of keeping all the sailors hopes up in the briefing for the fog to clear and a breeze to fill across the lake. After a pleasantly lazy morning and early lunch the mist steadily disappeared and the breeze started to fill in, bringing on a hype of activity - BREEZE ON!

With light winds assured on Burghfield's sheltered lake and with everyone's agreement the five boat RS Aero 5 fleet were upsized to RS Aero 7s by the kind loan from other sailors who were using their RS Aero 9s. This produced better racing for all and some constructive variety for sailors with two equal 17 RS Aero Class races for RS Aero 7s and RS Aero 9s.

Ian set separate Inner and Outer loop courses and we were off with marginal hiking! The 9 rigs were up first and the line was all clear - just! It came down to tactics and intuitive risk management as gusts and shifts frequented the four races. Dave Lynall (Bowmoor SC) took pole position to lead all four races with great speed and to win the 9 class over all.

In the 7 rigs, Jonathan Bailey (Hunts SC) flew around the course with three 1sts to take the overall win from Ralph Nevile (Frensham Pond SC). The RS Aero Rooster UK Youth team certainly were reaping the rewards of their winter training with 1,2,4 and fifth the in the RS Aero 7 class and the fifth in the 9s!

Off the water there was a good vibe between all sailors with an interesting and challenging afternoon's sailing. The prize giving had a wonderful spread to include prizes for the RS Aero UK Winter Championships and ten stage UK Winter Series, in addition to the RS Aero UK Spring Championships. The prize draw for the '50% off' voucher for a new sail was won by Noah Rees of Torpoint Mosquito in Cornwall.

An enjoyable afternoon sailing in the warm sunshine was had by all and a big thank you to Ian Bullock, his team and Burghfield Sailing Club. Many thanks to SpeedSix for their support with a generous selection of prizes for the Spring Champs.

Next up for the RS Aeros in southern UK is the Broadwater SC Open this Saturday 21st of April followed by the mass RS Reunion Regatta on the 28/29th at Hayling. For full details of all UK events see the UK Events List here.

The RS Aero UK Spring Champs was supported by SpeedSix. This event was round one of the UK Southern Circuit supported by Rooster and Noble Marine and round two of the Thames Valley Regional Mini Series.

Category Winners:

1st Youth, RS Aero 7 - Jonathan Bailey, Hunts SC
1st Youth, RS Aero 9 - Tim Hire, Royal Lymington YC
1st Lady - Caroline Martin, Lee on Solent SC
1st Master - Chris Jones, Sutton Bingham SC

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
RS Aero 7
1st74XJonathan BaileyHunts SC1‑6113
2nd68XRalph NevileFrensham Pond SC‑64228
3rd1817Chris JonesSutton Bingham S C216‑89
4th2325Ned StattersfieldWells‑Next‑The‑Sea3‑75513
5th99XSammy Isaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SC‑983314
6th1589Chris HarrupBurghfield SC43‑141017
7th1562Toby SchofieldFelpham SC‑15212620
8th2293Caroline MartinLee on Solent SC598(DNC)22
9th2318Karl ThorneLymington Town SC10‑117724
10th1Roger BoneBurghfield SC1654(DNC)25
11th1009Emily WatsonBowmoor SC13‑169426
12th84XAlice LucyRutland SC7‑13101229
13th2392Phil Elford 11‑1211931
14th2141Stephen SharpSeafarers/Reading SC8‑14131334
15th1301Emily DavisGreat Moor SC1215‑161138
16th1773Rosemary DillworthBowmoor SC‑1710151439
17th2285Roger CowanBurghfield SC14‑17171546
RS Aero 9
1st2459Dave LynallBowmoor SC‑11113
2nd2549Peter BartonLymington Town SC‑53227
3rd2346Ben RolfeBurghfield SC3‑4339
4th1068Charlie SansomBowmoor SC2‑54410
5th1566Tim HireRoyal Lymington SC‑11210517
6th1637Greg BartlettStarcross YC46‑8717
7th2427Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC895‑1222
8th1739David CherrillBroadwater SC ‑1276922
9th2074Matt EvansGreat Moor SC6‑1471326
10th2502Peter ChaplinBurghfield SC‑13119626
11th1336Joe GallivanSpinnaker SC712‑17827
12th2204Alan MarkhamUpper Thames SC10‑16111031
13th7Jake BullockBurghfield SC‑178131435
14th2114Fernando GamboaLee Solent SC/ CDPA‑1610141135
15th1120Jae JonesSpinnaker SC9‑15151539
16th1298Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA151312(DNC)40
17th2223Mark FoxStokes Bay SC14‑17161646

Related Articles

RS Aeros at the Dutch RS Nationals
Great sailing conditions in Bruinisse, Holland On September 15/16 the Dutch RS Aero 7 class event was held in conjunction with the Open Dutch Championship for RS Feva and Open Class Championship for RS500 classes. Posted on 19 Sep
Langener Waldsee RS Aero Challenge
Frankfurt is seventh stage on German RS Aero circuit As last year, the event took place in glorious summer weather, even with light and testing wind. There were three races on Saturday and one on Sunday, thanks to the race director, who worked hard to bring his races together. Posted on 18 Sep
RS Aeros at the 69th Massapoag Regatta
Don't just follow the boat in front After several weeks of brutally hot weather in southern New England, the temperatures plummeted just in time for the 69th Annual Regatta at Masspaoag YC in Sharon, Massachusetts on the weekend of September 8th and 9th. 15 hardy RS Aero sailors joined in. Posted on 18 Sep
Triple open meeting at Salcombe
Solo, RS Aero and Salcombe Yawl fleets converge The weekend saw Salcombe Yacht Club host a triple header Open Meeting for Solos, single handed stalwart of the estuary, the Aero fleet, another single hander but a good degree sportier and the venerable clinker built Salcombe Yawls. Posted on 17 Sep
RS Aero Baltic Championship
14 races over 2 days in Tallinn, Estonia 15 sailors from the three different countries (Estonia, Finland & Russia) competed in the RS Aero Baltic Championship in Tallinn, Estonia. A total of 14 races were held in two days with sailors racing in turn in two flights. Posted on 14 Sep
Natural succession in the RS Sailing family
After celebrating 25 years in style with the spectacular RS Games In August RS Sailing celebrated 25 years in style with the spectacular RS Games at the WPNSA: the largest one-design event in the UK. An incredible 1300 sailors in 900 boats took part in this marathon of sailing and fun. Posted on 13 Sep
RS Aero Northerns at North Berwick
Nineteen sailors signed up for event in the seaside town The East Lothian coast was at its most benign for on Saturday morning, with a light to moderate westerly breeze and a relatively gentle swell. Posted on 10 Sep
RS Aero UK Youth Championship
The perfect weekend at Lymington! 39 young RS Aero sailors ventured to Lymington for the 2nd annual RS Aero UK Youth Champs with Class racing set over the three RS Aero Classes providing good sailing for all sizes of youngsters. Posted on 7 Sep
RS Games 2018 at WPNSA: Some stats and quotes
August 2018 will go down in dinghy sailing history! The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy smashed it for the RS Anniversary Games, celebrating '25 years of awesome'. 20 consecutive days of racing in 15 fleet championships saw 890 boats – 1,300 competitors – representing 30 nations Posted on 7 Sep
RS Games - the largest one-design event in the UK
1300 sailors in nearly 900 boats from 30 nations For three weeks in August WPNSA, the 2012 Olympic Sailing venue, played host to the largest one-design dinghy event the UK has ever seen. The RS Games celebrated almost 25 years of RS sailing and brought together all the RS racing fleets. Posted on 4 Sep