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RS Aero and RS Tera open meeting at Felpham Sailing Club

by Richard & Paula Bentley 3 Jun 21:37 BST 2 June 2019
RS Aero and RS Tera open meeting at Felpham © Chris Hatton

The Aeros

Beautiful sunshine and a light south Easterly breeze met the 19 Aero and 21 Tera sailors at Felpham Sailing Club. Three races were planned for the day starting at midday.

Peter Barton had brought down the new 6 rig for a few Aero sailors to try out. Peter had a nervous wait as everyone around him started launching, he had lent his boat to a local lad to try out before racing, eventually retrieving it back in time for a postponed first race.

The postponement was short and the Aero's got a clean start with Greg Bartlett leading the way around a trapezoid course. Peter Barton and Nigel Davies were not far behind in their 9's. But Chris Hatton was keeping the pressure on all the way round the course in his 7. After handicap had been applied: first Greg Bartlett, second Chris Hatton, third Peter Barton.

The wind increased a little for the start of the second race, but this time Greg, who looked like making another good start but had impeded another boat and so had to do his turns. This left Peter to lead the field around the course followed by Greg and Nigel in the 9's..... but again Chris was snapping at their heels all the way round with Peter finishing just 4 seconds ahead of Chris on handicap. There was some very close racing in the middle of the pack as well with just a few seconds between boats.

The final race got under way without incident, (no recalls all day). Again Peter lead us around the course but this time Chris was not far behind, must have been the weed slowing down the two 9's of Greg and Nigel. This time local lad Toby Schofield managed a brilliant third after not sailing for five months! with Sammy Isaccs-Johnson the best of the new 6 rig just six seconds behind after handicap had been applied.

Thanks to the Race Office Ross Fisher and his assistant James Gerwat for a laying a good course and no delays between races.

Aero results:

PosRigSail NoClubHelmPYR1R2R3Pts
1st71590BowmoorChris Hatton1065‑2213
2nd92813Lymington Town SCPeter Barton1014‑3123
3rd92600StarcrossGreg Bartlett101413‑74
4th92420DraycoteNigel Davies101444‑128
5th71562Felpham SCToby Schofield10657‑10310
6th72415Felpham SCJack Miller1065‑145510
7th72836HighcliffeJames Rusden10655‑7611
8th661Maidenhead SCSammy Isaacs‑Johnson1095‑88412
9th72293Lee‑On‑Solent SCCaroline Martin1065‑116915
10th91336Lymington Town SCJoe Gallivan10146‑121016
11th71672Felpham SCRichard Bentley106510‑11818
12th71413Felpham SCRoshan Verghese106599‑1318
13th71675Felpham SCCallum Aldous106512‑131123
14th92223Lee‑On‑Solent SCMark Fox10141317‑1830
15th72520EastbourneMark Smith106515‑161530
16th663Felpham SCCatherine Hemsley109517(DSQ)1431
17th91295Emsworth SCJonathan Field1014‑19151631
18th92153Whitstable YCFrancis Stileman10141814‑1932
19th662Felpham SCRoger Belton109516‑181733

The Teras

The Aeros start was the Tera five minute warning signal and all boats got away cleanly for all three races.

The first race saw a battle between Oliver Phillips (Pro), Finlay Southon (Sport), Tom Twist (Pro) and Paula Bentley (Pro). Oliver Phillips lead from the front with Bentley, Southon & Twist battling during the course of the race which finished Phillips (1st) Southon (2nd) Twist (3rd).

The wind had swung round more easterly for the second race and the race officer and support boats adjusted the course accordingly. There was slightly more wind for this race and Bentley lead from the start with Oliver Phillips (2nd) and Henry Patten (Pro 3rd).

The third race got away cleanly and in similar form, it was Phillips, Bentley and Patten.

When an open comes to your club, it is only right and proper that the youngsters are encouraged to participate and it proved that every Felpham RS Tera available for hire was booked for this event.

Congratulations to them for getting out on the water and giving it a go.

Tera results:

PosRigSail NoClubHelmPYR1R2R3Pts
1st PRO2040RLYCOliver Phillips13591‑212
2nd PRO5600Felpham SCPaula Bentley1359‑4123
3rd PRO3598RLYCHenry Patten1359‑9336
4th SPORT3606Bough BeechFinley Southon14382‑657
5th PRO3599Felpham SCThomas Twist135934‑77
6th PRO2105RLYCJack Stewart1359‑157411
7th SPORT3192RLYCHarry West143875‑8.512
8th SPORT846Langstone SCRuben Pogosia14386‑10612
9th SPORT3585 Toby Field143858‑8.513
10th SPORT2623RLYCMax Tait143889‑1417
11th SPORT9Felpham SCJosie Kelly143811‑151021
12th SPORT2793Emsworth Slipper SCAlex Coles143810‑161121
13th SPORT1269Felpham SCJohn Stokes14381411‑1525
14th SPORT2738RLYCDylan Phillips14381312(RET)25
15th SPORT5030Felpham SCMia Gray1438‑16131326
16th SPORT2356ESCCharlie Williams14381217(RET)29
17th SPORT5032Felpham SCRuby Richards1438‑19181230
18th SPORT5024Felpham SCMillie Towse1438‑171416.530.5
19th SPORT5029Felpham SCConstance Lloyd143818(DNF)16.534.5
20th SPORT5036Felpham SCSebastian Wattam1438‑20191837
21st SPORT5038Felpham SCAnnalise Towse1438(DNF)DSQDSQ42

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