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RS Aero UK Southern Championship at Warsash Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 25 Jun 2019 16:21 BST 22-23 June 2019

The RS Aero Class celebrated its fifth anniversary in style with 71 RS Aeros at their UK Southern Champs at Warsash, fittingly a new class record for a weekend event. Competitors enjoyed great racing, some excellent surfing, a wonderfully sunny Saturday, a few drinks and lots of cake!

As a part of a limited trial of the prototype RS Aero 6 rig four of them raced alongside and on an equal basis to the RS Aero 7s. Sailors enjoyed that option and provided interesting feedback over the range of conditions we experienced.

RS Aero 5 fleet by Sam Blaker

During the Saturday the wind was constant all day with the breeze around 12-18kn which meant boat speed was key to finish in a good result. Overall Jonathan Bailey (Grafham) topped the standings after Day 1 with two firsts and a third. Sam Blaker (Benfleet) and Ben Millard (Emsworth) were equal on 7 points, just behind in second and third.

Day 2 was much more challenging for the race team due to changing wind directions and wind strength. Overall they did a fantastic job when setting the courses in these conditions. Once again Jonathan Bailey adapted best to the conditions and came out with another two firsts which gave him the overall win to become 'RS Aero 5 UK Southern Champion'. Ben Millard had another fantastic day and which placed him in second position, ahead of Sam Blaker in third.

Melissa Meredith (Papercourt) finished in an excellent fourth overall and won the First Lady prize whilst Jenny Bennett (Lymington Town) finished just behind in fifth to win the Master prize.

RS Aero 7 fleet by Tim Norris

Saturday racing got under way in awesome sailing conditions, with 14-15kn of breeze from the SE and some cracking waves for the 47 RS Aero 7s and 4 RS Aero 6s. Race 1 got under way cleanly with Ben Rolfe (Burghfield) and Tim Hire (Lymington) swapping the lead, followed by a strong bunch of Warsash sailors led by Steve Norbury. Race 2 and 3 saw Alex Horlock (Warsash) come through and take the next two bullets, getting to grips with the RS Aero quickly.

Day Two saw a lighter breeze, 10-11kn from the SE again. Race 4 provided a race win for Chris Jones (Sutton Bingham) who sniffed out a large wind shift to the SW on the last leg, boosting him up the table overall. Big gains were also made for some of the mid pack with the leaders of Tim, Alex and Noah Rees (Torpoint) all being jumped at the finish. Race 5 saw a strong pin end bias, with the whole fleet tacking onto port at the pin end. The wind had reduced to 8kn, with a short sharp chop making tricky up wind conditions, Alex Horlock controlled the race well from Time and Noah. In Race 6 the wind reduced during the race to around 3kn, making it all to play for on the tricky down wind finish to the line against tide and Tim finally got the race win he had been chasing after all weekend.

Our most excellent host and Seldén sponsor Steve Norbury finished fourth, politely leaving the podium to his young guests with Noah Rees just pipping him for 3rd. Tim Hire took second overall and Top Youth, just one point behind the winner, Alex Horlock, who had a fantastic first event in his charter RS Aero. First RS Aero 6 and top Youth Lady was Lily Barrett (Island Barn).

RS Aero 9 fleet by Peter Barton

A competitive fleet of 9s assembled but for this 2 day event numbers were reduced due to forecast breeze on Day 2.

Many in the fleet had the potential to lead and ultimately there were 3 different race winners, Chris Larr (Northampton), Jeff Davison (Island Barn) and Peter Barton (Lymington Town). As the Solent chop picked up the RS Aero 9s revelled, veering their way downwind through large angles to catch waves and gain boats lengths.

The final scores after many close tussles saw Chris and Peter tied on points with Peter taking the tie break, Jeff secured third.

Many thanks to Seldén, Kingfisher Ropes and Rooster for supporting the event. A huge team of volunteers rallied from Warsash Sailing Club, the perfect hosts for what was an wonderful weekend!

The RS Aero Class is now entering a hectic Championship season starting this weekend at the Lago Maggiore International RS Aero Regatta with 10 nations represented. A run of National Championships follow in North American, Germany, the UK and then Sweden. The RS Aero UK Youth Champs at Rutland precedes the main UK Nationals in Scotland, on route for many southern sailors.

The big one this summer is the RS Aero Europeans on Lake Garda with approaching 80 RS Aeros already signed up. September sees the annual RS Aerocup visit Holland this year, doubling as the Dutch Nationals alongside the large Dutch RS500 fleet.

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5 Rig Results:

1st2442Jonathan BaileyGrafham SC311‑6117
2nd1819Ben MillardEmsworth SC223‑83212
3rd2071Sam BlakerBenfleet YC142‑94415
4th2724Melissa MeredithPapercourt SC634‑72318
5th2949Jenny BennettLymington Town SC5‑8527726
6th2293Caroline MartinLee on Solent SC411615(BFD)27
7th1566Abby HireRoyal Lymington YC977‑126534
8th1551William HomewoodLymington Town SC1058‑118839
9th2214Yana SkvortsovaIsland Barn RSC8121139(BFD)43
10th1231Maddie BilboroughHayling Island SC‑1210101011647
11th1402Jane HomewoodLymington Town SC‑131312410948
12th1888Abigail LarrNorthampton SC116‑1313131356
13th2462Alessandra TydemanLymington Town SC799(DNC)DNCDNC59
14th1215Cameron SwordPapercourt SC(DNC)DNCDNC5121061
15th2929Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SC14‑151514141168
16th1175Natasha SionLymington Town SC‑15141415151270

7 Rig Results:
As a part of a limited trial of the prototype 6 rig, four of them raced alongside and on an equal basis to the 7s - identified here as (6) after the name

1st27Alex HorlockWarsash SC‑61151210
2nd2439Tim HireRoyalLymYC/LymTownSC233‑62111
3rd2875Noah ReesTorpointMos/CawsandBaySC‑1642431023
4th2543Steve NorburyWarsash SC3773‑13424
5th2428Ben RolfeBurghfield SC1241210‑2829
6th1232Tim NorrisWarsash SC88877‑1238
7th2553Mark RiddingtonEmsworth Slipper SC11‑1910251442
8th1209David EllisLymington Town SC146‑17891148
9th2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SC12166114‑2549
10th2415Jack MillerFelpham SC4131214‑21649
11th2890Andrew RawsonWeston SC1555‑2119549
12th2836James RusdenHighcliffe SC1311149‑15350
13th2157Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC10916136‑2754
14th2811Andy Le GriceWarsash SC‑2114111681362
15th2053Clive GoodwinBurghfield SC912(DNF)1842063
16th2058Duncan De BoltzThorpe Bay YC19‑27151711769
17th2738Andrew DanielsHayling Island SC52092217‑2373
18th2922Andrew WishartBroadwater SC‑22172211122183
19th2318Karl ThorneLymington Town SC1818‑2419221693
20th2572Andy HillWarsash SC‑31152115271997
21st2502Peter ChaplinBurghfield SC2330251016(DNF)104
22nd2148Gareth GriffithsIsland Barn RSC‑33262329208106
23rd2222Malcolm JaquesWarsash SC172419‑282326109
24th2919Sarah GoslingKeyhaven YC‑34212925289112
25th1715Jane PeckhamGurnard SC2622202324‑31115
26th2392Simon RiddleStokes Bay SC2923182725(DNC)122
27th2464Tim HazelWarsash SC71013(DNC)DNCDNC126
28th2878Peter KnowldenWarsash SC2432‑37242922131
29th1038Nick ThorneWarsash SC25‑3831313217136
30th2204Alan MarkhamUpper Thames SC28‑3732332618137
31st2168Tomaso MacchiWeston SC20‑3930263924139
32nd61Lily Barrett (6)Island Barn RSC322927‑343029147
33rd2114Fernando GamboaLee on Solent SC(DNC)DNCDNC201815149
34th2320Andy BuchananWarsash SC36‑4034353530170
35th62Iona Willows (6)Dorchester SC353635‑403332171
36th2518Nick IrelandStokes Bay SC30342832(DNC)DNC172
37th2808Steve RobertsTorpoint Mosquito SC41253330(DNC)DNC177
38th1793Geoff HaversLymington Town SC272826(DNC)DNCDNC177
39th1490Graham PlattHighcliffe SC‑373536373435177
40th2520Mark SmithEastbourne SC‑403339363736181
41st1336Joe GallivanLymington Town SC38(DNF)DNCBFD3134199
42nd9Lynn Billowes (6)RS Sailing(DNC)DNCDNC393833206
43rd1120Jae JonesSpinnaker SC423138(DNC)DNCDNC207
44th1295Jonathan FieldEmsworth SC(DNC)DNCDNC383637207
45th2515Jonathan WilliamsSpinnaker SC444240(DNC)DNCDNC222
46th1637Lorrian WellsHighcliffe SC3941(DNC)DNCDNCDNC224
47th63Sarah Desjonqueres (6)Highcliffe SC4343(DNC)DNCDNCDNC230

9 Rig Results:

1st2813Peter BartonLymington Town SC21151(DNF)10
2nd2891Chris LarrNorthampton SC1‑4213310
3rd2441Jeff DavidsonIsland Barn RSC32‑542112
4th1485David RickardGurnard SC4‑6434217
5th2955Liam WillisLymington Town SC5336(DNC)DNC27
6th2727Keith WillisLymington Town SC6772(DNC)DNC32
7th2223Mark FoxLee on Solent SC‑88875432
8th2114Fernando GamboaLee on Solent SC756(DNC)DNCDNC38
9th1274Andy WarrenAvon SC Glos(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC50

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