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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

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