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RS Aero Sustainability Challenge at Burghfield Sailing Club

by Nigel Rolfe 15 May 09:42 BST 11 May 2019

The annual Sustainability Challenge in partnership with The Green Blue was hosted by Burghfield Sailing Club having been rescheduled from Broadwater due to light airs. The annual challenge is to remind class members of our sustainability commitments and in doing so to help protect the environment at the clubs we visit. The three trophies provided by The Green Blue were up for grabs and hotly contested throughout the day.

There was a warm welcome and it was excellent to see 32 RS Aeros with Class racing in 3 fleets. There were many new faces as well as a strong local representation.

Variety is everything and we were treated to light and shifty in the morning followed by a brisk afternoon to stretch the lightweights. Looking at the light/medium morning breeze there was the usual rig switching up - but was this the right decision? As I write this report my body is reminding me this wasn't an easy day and maybe I should have stuck with the RS Aero 7!

In the morning the wind was from the north so cool, variable and shifty. This presented a challenge for PRO Ellie Sharps, her race team and the sailors. Race 1 the wind gave the first beat a strong port bias and without moving anything Race 2 had strong starboard bias! Wind was variable going 0-10kn in a flash and 45 degree shifts. You had to be alert!

After a hearty lunch the afternoon wind had built into a good steady breeze with wind speeds of 12-18kn giving rise to the best racing of the day and a little challenging for some of those who had swapped up rig sizes!

In the RS Aero 7s Sammy Isaacs-Johnson was dominant with 4 straight bullets, coping admirably with the stronger breeze. Chris Jones secured 2nd. Ned Stattersfield needed a top result in the 4th race but the DNF resigned him to 3rd.

In the RS Aero 5s Josie Meredith and Leo Wilkinson were battling for pole position. Leo benefited from the morning's conditions securing two bullets but, cool-headed Josie secured two bullets in the afternoon to win on count back.

In the RS Aero 9s Bowmoor's Dave Lynall was consistent securing two bullets and two 2nds. The battle was on for 2nd place with Team Bowmoor in the hunt. #TeamLymo's Peter Barton didn't have the best morning's racing, Chris Hatton having won the first race had a disappointing second race and Charlie Samson had secured two 3rds. In the afternoon Dave Lynall held his nerve and secured the top spot. Peter Barton changed gear and as the breeze increased secured a 2nd and a bullet. Charlie Samson needed a good result in the final race but, having been pinned out to port on the first beat ended up rounding behind the leading group. The final order had been decided.

Well done to all the competitors who took part and to Burghfield SC for being such fabulous hosts.

Stay sustainable!

Next up is Round 2 of the RS Aero UK Southern Circuit this weekend at Lymington with two days racing enjoyoing the waves and tide of the western Solent. Details of all RS Aero UK Events can be found on the UK Events List.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
RS Aero 9
1st2459Dave LynallBowmoor SC‑21124
2nd2810Peter BartonLymington Town SC4‑10217
3rd1068Charlie SansomBowmoor SC333‑79
4th1590Chris HattonBowmoor SC1‑95511
5th2428Ben RolfeBurghfield SC544‑613
6th2188Mark AddisonUpper Thames SC7(DNC)6417
7th2836James RusdenHighcliffe SC828‑1018
8th2441Jeff DavisonIsland Barn SC6‑1412321
9th2427Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC‑1177923
10th2148Gareth GriffithsIsland Barn SC1059‑1124
11th1336Joe GallivanLymington Town SC‑14611825
12th2502Peter ChaplinBurghfield SC(DNF)813DNF38
13th2126Graham IlesBurghfield SC131510(DNC)38
14th1555Andrew WildeBurghfield SC913(DNF)DNS39
15th2114Richard VincentRYA151114(DNF)40
16th2162Marc SollarsBurghfield SC1212(DNC)DNC41
RS Aero 7
1st2552Sammy Isaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SC‑11113
2nd2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SC23‑527
3rd2325Ned StattersfieldWells‑Next‑The‑Sea423(DNF)9
4th2807Dan BullockBurghfield SC8‑92313
5th2053Clive GoodwinBurghfield SC36‑8413
6th1575Mark CarletonPapercourt SC54‑6514
7th2738Spike DanielsHayling Island SC6‑74616
8th1338Iona WillowsDorchester SC‑959721
9th2717Chris HarrupBurghfield SC787(DNF)22
10th2293Caroline MartinLee on Solent SC‑101010828
11th2806Stephen BarfootGrafham Water SC‑111111931
12th1295Jonathan FieldEmsworth SC‑1212121034
RS Aero 5
1st2724Josie MeredithPapercourt SC‑22114
2nd2808Leo WilkinsonMaidenhead SC11‑224
3rd1511Rebecca ReidQueen Mary SC3‑44310
4th1454Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SC‑433410

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