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RS Tera Inland Championships at Burton Sailing Club

by Emily Davis 3 Jul 2018 10:53 BST 30-1 July 2018
2018 RS Tera Inalnd Championships at Burton © Giles Smith Photography

Conditions could only be described as ultra glamorous as 61 sailors arrived at a leisurely hour at the stunning setting of Burton Sailing Club, for the RS Tera Rooster Inland Championships 2018. Glorious sunshine and a much awaited 15-18knt breeze was the order of the day. Tom Rusbridge PRO wasted no time in briefing the sailors and getting them on the water to try and make the most of the conditions.

In the Pro Fleet, race one saw Abby Hire(RLymYC) roar up the first beat and continue to lead the fleet down the run on the first lap; however the second beat saw it all change and Tom Ahlheid (Frensham) took over the lead after reading the very shifty conditions well. He maintained this to the end but it was a tight finish with Esme Baraclough (Yorkshire Dales) hot on his heels and Frensham Clubmate Luke Anstey taking third. In race two Burnham sailor Dylan McPherson took the win closely followed by Draycote's Fergus Pye, Oliver Rayner (Yorkshire Dales) in third. Conditions were proving very shifty and there were different faces at the front on all the laps. Race three saw Abby manage to keep her first place all the way to the end of the race, Windermere sailor Theo Stewart taking second and William Sunderland (Olton Mere) sailed brilliantly to third place. The last race of the day gave Beth Miller(YDSC) a fantastic first win with Luke Anstey (Frensham) taking second and Fergus in third, making Fergus overnight leader, though tied on points with Theo. With only five points separating places from first to eighth overnight everything could change!

The sport fleet's first race was led by Alice Davis all the way, though she was very closely followed by Max Steele (Datchet) in second and Max Sydenham (Dell Quay) in third. After a long delay from several postponements due to massive shifts on the course, they finally got away for the second race, with Max Steele successfully trying his luck on the opposite side of the course to the others taking the bullet from Max Sydenham, Tristan Ahlheid (Frensham) pushing into third. Race 3 saw Alice in a strong leading position until the final lap when she suffered from gear failure to her boom. She fell into second place from Tristan Ahlheid and amazingly managed to hold off the baying pack until the final mark where a scuffle with Max Steele ended in some penalty turns. Max snuck past and managed to take second and Olly Peters (HISC) roared through to take third.

The final race of the day began; shifts were frequent and massive causing the Race officer to make a black flag start, a couple of sailors falling foul. Those on the right side of the course made massive gains and Toby Hatsell (Middle Nene SC) managed to be there to sail away into the distance from everyone and record his first race win of a major championship. Max, consistent as ever, took second and Teddy Dunn (IoMYC) showed what he was made of taking third. This left Max in a strong position overnight with only five points, Toby second and Alice third.

The Regatta Fleet, a couple sporting the mini sail, enjoyed a morning of many capsizes in the gusty conditions, expertly tutored by Ellen Morley and Dylan Collingbourne. With a break for lunch the smiling faces were keen to get out to complete as many races as they could. By the end of the day there was a clear sailor at the top of the leaderboard; Ella Harris from Weston SC in her first major Tera event! With a debrief onshore they got set to enjoy the evening's festivities.

Sailors and parents enjoyed a fantastic BBQ evening, continuing to enjoy the fabulous sunshine, though the wind did not abate for some time.

Sunday dawned with a slightly lighter breeze, though no less shifty. The sunshine continued to blaze and the morning soon heated up more than the day before.

The Pro Fleet got underway on time and Tom Ahlheid wasted no time repeating his placing for the first race the day before, taking the bullet from fellow clubmate Luke and Abby Hire taking third. Race 6 saw the clubmates reverse places, with Luke this time taking the win from Tom and William Sunderland once more taking third place. Theo Stewart (Windermere) wasn't going to let Frensham have it all their own way, however, taking the win and pushing Luke into second, Abby once more battling her way into third. In the final race, Luke and Tom both had to use their discard as another Frensham sailor, Tom Stratton Brown, roared away with the win, Joe Warwicker(Bough Beech) showing his face to take second and William Sunderland proving his consistency with yet another third. This gave the championship to Luke, with Tom Ahlheid in second and Theo Stewart taking third place overall.

In the Sports, Race 5 was led all the way by Felix Stewart (Windermere), shift expert Tristan Ahlheid (Frensham) taking second place and William Bailey (Ripon, YDSC) in third. Max Steele recovered some form to take the bullet in race 6, closely followed by Alice whose boom repair had unfortunately failed again and had been under jury rig all day, William Bailey very consistent in third again. With results all over the place the title was still up for grabs! Tristan once more used his shift management to take the win in race 7 from Felix, Adelicia Lavender (Felpham) sailing jolly well to take third place. Felix stormed his way through to take race 8, Max Sydenham (Dell Quay) in second and Tilda Brayshay (Ripon/ YDSC) sailing a blinder to third place. Max's consistency on day one however had given him the championship title, meanwhile Felix's Super Sailing Sunday meant that he roared into second place in front of Alice in third.

The Regatta Fleet made the most of the slightly lighter conditions with much more controlled sailing, showing off the skills they had learned the day before. After five more races the leaderboard was topped by Ella, Alex Sydenham (Dell Quay) taking second place and Archie Dunn in third.

Prize-giving swiftly ensued in the stunning scenery of Derbyshire; with Rooster sailing Vouchers and commemorative mugs there was plenty for all! Our thanks go to Burton Sailing Club for their amazing hospitality and brilliant galley service, Tom Rusbridge for his fantastic PRO skills once again, Rooster Sailing for prizes and all the sailors and their families who make these events.

Our next event is the World Championships at WPNSA; this is going to be AMAZING, for more details see

Pro Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st2391Luke AnsteyFrensham Pond SC3-882212-1318
2nd1880Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SC165-15126-1421
3rd2821Theo StewartWindermere School(OCS)5248-141727
4th1693Fergus PyeDraycote Water Sailing Club-1026364-8627
5th2764Tom Stratton-BrownFrensham Pond SC5-7-96467129
6th2025Abby HireRoyal Lymington YC8-13193-1631034
7th2305William SunderlandOlton Mere Sailing Club4-17310123-17335
8th2602Oliver RaynerYorkshire Dales Sailing Club93-11-127114438
9th3211Joe WarwickerBough Beech119-15-145510242
10th2442Dylan McPhersonBurnham Sailing Club-1217510-1812843
11th3257Esme BarracloughYorkshire Dales SC24-14-1791091145
12th2111Beth MillerYorkshire Dales Sailing Club13(DNC)4114813-1853
13th2171Carys AttwellRutland SC711137119-16-1758
14th3354Peter CopeIsle of Man Yacht Club61416-1915-175561
15th3262Imogen WadeNorthampton Sailing Club14121011-181211-1570
16th2950James JohnsonWindermere School-1615-2013131314977
17th2323Imogen PalmerCorinthian Otters151618-20-197151990
18th1769Caspar BartonBough Beech18-21178-2015201290
19th2936James KnightDraycote Water Sailing Club1710121817-20-191690
20th2402Jacob KnockPort Dinorwic Sailing Club201819-2116-211821112
21st2968Tom JohnsonWindermere School1920-2116-22192120115
22nd985Ollie WilliamsEmsworth Sailing Club2119-22-2221222222127
23rd1885Isabella HughesDraycote Water Sailing Club(DNF)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC144

Sport Fleet Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st2505Max SteeleDatchet Water2122-161-17917
2nd2969Felix StewartWindermere School-10-1278142123
3rd798Alice DavisGreat Moor SC145-9-1328525
4th1874Tristan AhlheidFPSC631(BFD)2-1911326
5th228Oliver PetersHayling Island Sailing Club-7534-1076429
6th2162Freddie SunderlandOlton Mere Sailing Club96-115454-1533
7th3159William BaileyRipon Sailing Club and Yorkshire Dales S589(DNC)337-1635
8th1906Toby HatsellMiddle Nene SC4-18411499-1741
9th2386Teddy DunnIsle of Man Yacht Club-17783-20812644
10th1901Max SydenhamDell Quay Sailing ClubSCP2-21117-2311245
11th3496Adelicia LavenderFelpham Sailing Club-15116-2115631253
12th2603Matthew RaynerYorkshire Dales Sailing Club89-15106-21151159
13th2941Akira BlackahWelsh Harp Sailing Club-141010138-1513761
14th822Olivia RawlinsonRIBC/Coniston12-1413791110-1962
15th2154Tilda BrayshayRipon SC / YDSC161614-1712-1714375
16th2597Oliver ThompsonHayling Island Sailing Club-20171712512-191477
17th2365Max RawlinsonRIBC/Coniston13-23-2316111418880
18th2611Freddie McLavertyLlandudno/Rhydal-231312(BFD)1713162293
19th2392Oliver Stratton-BrownFrensham Pond SC-2221221818105(OCS)94
20th1922Fflur PiercePDSC/Rydal Penrhos-24151614-23182220105
21st3253TOBY PEARSONBRIGHTLINGSEA-2519206-24162421106
22nd3250Kai BlackahWelsh Harp Sailing Club11(DNC)(DNC)DNC19222110114
23rd2157Sophie BlaydesHISC1822191521-26-2525120
24th2645Joseph HendersonWHSC2120-25(BFD)22202318124
25th3091Toby SmithRutland Sailing Club19-251820-26242024125
26th945Megan RhodesPaignton-26242419-28252623141
27th2456Lauren AttwellRutland SC27262722(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC164
29th1761Toby FieldEmsworth(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC2527DNCDNC176
30th2175Orla BarracloughYorkshire Dales SC(DNC)(DNC)26DNC2929DNCDNC177

Regatta Fleet Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11Pts
1stRegatta3009Ella HarrisWeston1-412211211-412
2ndRegatta190Alex SydenhamDell Quay Sailing Club-62-85122122219
3rdRegatta2092Archie DunnIsle of Man Yacht Club5-8.5-76634735140
5th 1761Toby FieldEmsworth91533(DNC)(DNC)DNC43341
6thRegatta2356Charlie WilliamsEmsworth Sailing Club-8641756366-844
7th 2392William Stratton BrownFrensham Pond3-76-9565554544
8thRegatta2387William AhlheidFPSC252-8-887688652
9thRegatta719Enzo goodsellBrightlingsea78.53797889(DNC)(DNC)66.5

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