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RS Aero UK Inland, Ladies, and Masters Championship at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club

by Andrew Frost 16 Oct 2018 15:29 BST 13-14 October 2018
RS Aero 7s during the RS Aero Inlands, Ladies & Masters Championship at Chew Valley Lake © Primrose Salt

Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club played host to the RS Aero UK Inland, Ladies, and Masters Championship on the 13/14 October which was also the fifth round of the RS Aero UK Southern Circuit series.


It looked like it was going to be a fresh Saturday thanks to Storm Callum. 53 RS Aero sailors arrived to patchy blue skies but a hefty breeze averaging above 30 knots. This was a great turnout considering the forecast, even after a further 9 pre-entered sailors had stayed home with the storm warning. A postponement was made before the proposed 12pm start. Unfortunately, the wind didn't moderate enough by the 2pm review and racing was cancelled for the day.

Thankfully, social secretary extraordinaire, Greg Bartlett, had organised dinner for 40 at the Bear and Swan, 5 minutes from the club, where the majority of the sailors went to fuel up for the next day.


The wind had now eased, and a nice 12 knot breeze greeted the sailors, but instead of bright blue skies, the rain fell. This didn't stop any sailor's enthusiasm to go out though. A triangle-sausage course was set, with 2 windward marks, the shorter one being used for the RS Aero 5 fleet. The 31 strong '7' fleet started first, and the '5' and '9' fleets followed together, 5 minutes later.

RS Aero 5

The first race saw a hugely impressive start by Lynn Billows of RS Sailing in her first RS Aero event by port tacking the entire RS Aero 5 and 9 fleets to slingshot herself into a good lead!

Sammy Isaacs-Johnson decided that being first to the 5's windward mark wasn't enough for him, so he decided to sail further to the 7 and 9's mark and give the rest of the fleet a head start. Sammy recovered to win (I don't know how!) with local Chew sailor Derian Scott and James Dowrick from Pothpean SC 2nd and 3rd. Sammy continued his fine form to win the other 3 races, and take the Inland crown with one race to spare. Following Sammy in the 2nd race was Lynn in 2nd and Derian in 3rd. James came back in races 3 and 4 where the wind increased to 18knots, finishing 2nd in both, to finish 2nd overall, one point in front of Derian, who finished 3rd and 5th in the last two races to also take the first Lady prize.

First Youth in the 5's went to Iona Willows from Dorchester SC. First Master was Julie Willis from Lymington Town and first Grand Master Maggie Dunn of Lyme Regis.

Sammy's top tip of the day was; 'It always helps to remember to read the course before starting'.

RS Aero 7

In race 1, Andrew Frost nailed a port tack flyer (if I say so myself) but was pegged back very quickly by race winner Noah Rees, who managed the wind shifts brilliantly up the beats, and right at the death by Tim Hire, who managed to round the final mark just in front of Frost.

The 2nd race finished the same, with the front 3 eking out a good distance in front of the rest of the fleet. As mentioned, race 3 brought a large increase in wind, which added a now very fast couple of reaches which brought large smiles to the sailors. Noah continued to dominate the fleet, holding off Mark Riddington from Emsworth Slipper and Chris Jenkins from Bowmoor to win, just like Sammy, the Inland Championships with a race to spare, plus the accolade of top Youth.. The final race was key to deciding the remaining podium spots, with Andrew and Tim holding 2nd and 3rd before the final race. However, it was Chris Jenkins who won race 4 to jump him up to 2nd overall, with Noah second in the race and local Chew sailor, Nick Martindale in 3rd. These results meant Tim held on to 3rd overall, with Andrew slipping to 4th.

First Lady was Caitie Atkin, who revelled the windier conditions. First Master was Peter Chaplin from Burghfield and first Grand Master was John McKeown of Lancing.

Noah's tip was; 'Make sure you really make use of the downhaul', as it was key to his success as a lightweight in the windier weather.

RS Aero 9

Peter Barton and Ben Rolfe battled out the first race, with some swapping around the course in the gusts and shifts. Greg Bartlett came through to take 3rd. Peter continued his winning ways in Race 2, with Ben finishing 2nd, and Matt Thursfield 3rd. Just like the 5's and 7's, Peter won the event with one race to spare, winning the third race ahead of Ben again, with Greg 3rd. Ben took Race 4, cementing his overall position of 2nd, with Greg 2nd and Matt 3rd, meaning Greg finished 3rd overall.

First Master went to Andy Warren from Avon SC.

Peter's top tip is; 'Remember to let the downhaul and kicker off again in the lulls to regain power'.

In the strong gusts several sailors wiped out and righting their boats would often find a great lump of weed hanging from the mast top! You had to see it to believe it, definitely a 'badge of bravery' rather than a 'stain of shame'!

A massive thank you to all of the volunteers from Chew who helped at the event. Without their dedication, the event wouldn't have been such a success with the weather we had.

Next up is the Chelmarsh RS Aero Open this Saturday 20th followed by the big all RS Classes 'End of Seasons' at Rutland on 3/4th November to close the season, the final event of both the RS Aero UK Northern and Southern Circuits!

The RS Aero UK Events List can be found here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubLadyAgeR1R2R3R4Pts
RS Aero 5 Class
1st2552SammyIsaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SC  ‑11113
2nd2416James DowrickPorthpean SC  3‑5227
3rd1506Derian ScottChew Valley LSCLady 233‑58
4th2435Lynn BillowesRS SailingLady ‑625310
5th1302Jenny BennettLymington Town SCLady ‑444412
6th1809Iona WillowsDorchester SCLadyYouth566‑917
7th2100Julie WillisLymington Town SCLadyMaster10‑117623
8th2615Cathy BartramChew Valley LSCLadyMaster‑888723
9th1Tilly GregsonStarcross YCLadyYouth9‑109826
10th1773Rosemary DillworthBowmoor SCLady 7911(DNC)27
11th1296Margaret DunnLyme Regis SCLadyGMaster11‑12101031
12th1777Catherine HemsleyFelpham SCLadyMaster127(DNF)DNC33
13th1454Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SC Youth131312(DNC)38
RS Aero 7 Class
1st2545Noah ReesTorpoint Mosquito SC Youth111‑23
2nd2028Chris JenkinsBowmoor SC  ‑74318
3rd2439Tim HireRoyal Lymington YC Youth22‑859
4th1312Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC Youth33‑4410
5th2553Mark RiddingtonEmsworth Slipper SC  552‑712
6th2147Nick MartindaleChew Valley LSC  4‑116313
7th2415Jack MillerFelpham SC Youth69‑11621
8th2502Peter ChaplinBurghfield SC Master‑17105823
9th2427Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC  ‑13791026
10th2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SC Master96‑151429
11th1568Caitlin AtkinWhitstable YCLadyYouth12‑2371231
12th1739David CherrillBroadwater SC  11‑1212932
13th2053Clive GoodwinBurghfield SC  168‑191337
14th1672Richard BentleyFelpham SC  151513‑1743
15th2168Tomaso MacchiWeston SC  ‑2014141543
16th1843Rachael JenkinsBowmoor SCLady 82016(DNC)44
17th2581Peter CraggsYork RI SC  ‑2116201147
18th1140Nick EdmondsChew Valley LSC  181317(DNS)48
19th2604Andy HarrisTamesis SC  101724(DNC)51
20th1921Charles ClaphamChew Valley LSC  231810(DNC)51
21st1490Graham PlattHighcliffe SC  ‑2822182060
22nd2225John McKeownLancing SC GMaster‑2724211863
23rd1637Lorrian WellsHighcliffe SCLadyMaster‑2625231664
24th2285Roger CowanBurghfield SC  2521(DNC)1965
25th2362Claire GeogheganBrightlingsea SCLady 24‑26222167
26th2609Steve RobertsTorpoint Mosquito SC  1919(DNC)DNC70
27th2148Gareth GriffithsIsland Barn RSC Master14(DNC)DNCDNC78
28th1120Jae JonesSpinnaker SC Master2227(DNC)DNC81
29th2535David CrawfordChew Valley LSC Master2928(DNS)DNC89
30th1566Julian HireRoyal Lymington YC  30(DNF)DNCDNC94
31st2571Sarah DesjonqueresHighcliffe SCLady (DNF)DNCDNCDNC96
RS Aero 9 Class
1st2549Peter BartonLymington Town SC  111(DNC)3
2nd2428Ben RolfePeligoniClub Zakynthos  ‑22215
3rd2600Greg BartlettStarcross YC  3‑4328
4th1744Matt ThursfieldRYA  ‑535311
5th1485Andy WarrenAvon SC Master4‑64412
6th1331Rory CohenFrampton on SevernSC  ‑957517
7th1135Phil WhiteFrampton on SevernSC  6‑76618
8th1656David PartridgeChelmarsh SC Master78‑9722
9th1654Mark LambdinBradford On Avon SC Master898(DNC)25

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