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RS Aero Open at Felpham Sailing Club

by Caitie Atkin 10 Jun 2018 16:06 BST 9 June 2018
RS Aero Open at Felpham Sailing Club © Tony Lord

The RS Aero open in the south this weekend was at Felpham Sailing Club, 'the seaside mecca of the central south coast'. 20 RS Aeros arrived alongside the RS Teras to a decent breeze of around 6-11 knots and were greeted by the lovely team of members who were helping out at the club.

The first race was the windiest race of the day, and was won by Toby Schofield, RS Aero 7 rig, from Felpham Sailing Club. He was followed by Karl Thorne, also in a 7, and Chris Jones and Greg Bartlett who tied after the handicaps were applied.

The wind began to drop off in race two, and after a rapid first leg, the fleet was led by Peter, Charlie, Greg (all in 9 rigs) and Jack Miller, making his RS Aero debut in his RS Aero 7 rig. This front group continued to gain on the fleet throughout the race and proved uncatchable for the rest of the fleet. A high reach mark and a left shift made for an interesting second leg, forcing most people to tack off, and some to even fall out their boats;).

In the final race it was all to play for. As the gun went on the start, the port bias became even clearer than it had been in previous races, and the hotly contested pin end caused many people to tack out onto port to get into clearer wind. After the start the wind began to shift and fill more and more to the left, and Caitie Atkin, "with cunning and tenacity" (thanks Peter:))) decided to sail far out the left along with Greg Bartlett and Chris Jones. Greg therefore rounded the windward mark in first position, with Peter and Charlie a comfortable distance behind.

At the end of the second lap, the tables had turned as Greg appeared to stop in the middle of the course so Charlie and Peter sailed past. We later learn that this was as a result of him forgetting to tie a knot at the end of his mainsheet, and therefore having to re-thread it after it came out. The race ended with Charlie first in the nine fleet, and Chris first in the 7s.

In the final results, Charlie Sansom won overall, followed by Peter Barton and Greg Bartlett. Chris Jones was the first Master and RS Aero 7 rig in fourth place, Karl Thorne second 7 rig in fifth, Jack Miller was the first Youth in sixth place and Caitie Atkin first Lady in eighth.

Sunday sees coaching with the winner of the 7s, Chris Jones, and eight boats are currently signed up for what should be a fun day on the water!

We would like to thank everyone at Felpham SC who helped lay on a fantastic event, including everyone that helped with the launching and recovery of all the boats, those at registration and in the canteen, and the race committee for managing to get three good races done in tricky conditions.

This weekend has been a great warm up for the RS Aero World Championships at Weymouth, which currently has 145 entries! The early entry discount ends at the end of this month, so make sure you register and pay online asap for what will be a fantastic event!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoRigHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1068RS AERO 9Charlie SansomBowmoor SC‑7213
2nd2549RS AERO 9Peter BartonLymington Town SC‑6123
3rd2600RS AERO 9Greg BartlettStarcross YC3.5‑436.5
4th1817RS AERO 7Chris Jones (M)Sutton Bingham SC3.5‑547.5
5th2318RS AERO 7Karl ThorneLymington Town SC2‑1268
6th2415RS AERO 7Jack Miller (Y)Felpham SC53‑98
7th1562RS AERO 7Toby SchofieldFelpham SC18‑119
8th1568RS AERO 7Caitie Atkin (LY)Whitstable YC8‑10513
9th1009RS AERO 7Emily Watson (L)Bowmoor SC‑106713
10th1672RS AERO 7Richard BentleyFelpham SC97‑1016
11th2317RS AERO 7Tomaso MacchiWeston SC(OCS)9817
12th2133RS AERO 9James GerwatFelpham SC‑16111324
13th1413RS AERO 7Roshan VergheseFelpham SC‑13131225
14th1675RS AERO 7Chris WhitneyFelpham SC1115‑1926
15th1060RS AERO 7Mark Linney (M)Chichester YC1216‑1728
16th1181RS AERO 7Roger Belton (M)Felpham SC1514‑1829
17th1777RS AERO 7CatherineHemsley(LM)Felpham SC14‑171630
18th1RS AERO 7Toby LloydFelpham SC17(DNC)1431
19th2223RS AERO 9Mark Fox (M)Stokes Bay SC18‑191533
20th1582RS AERO 7Mark RolfeBartley SC(OCS)182038

Next up in the south is round three of the RS Aero UK Southern Circuit at Lee on Solent SC on 23/24th June.

Details of the full RS Aero UK events list can be found at
Also, keep in touch with class activity through the RS Aero Class Facebook group.

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