Please select your home edition
Marine Resources 2019 - Leaderboard
Product Feature
Boat Whisperer Tactics Double DVD
Boat Whisperer Tactics Double DVD

RS Tera National Championships at Brightlingsea Sailing Club - Day 1

by Tom Mitchell 25 Aug 2019 11:14 BST 24-26 August 2019
Launching at the RS Tera Nationals © Nicola West

Over 130 sailors turned up to Brightlingsea Sailing Club for the largest ever UK RS Tera National event, greeted by stunning sunshine and a light forecast on the hottest August bank holiday on record. The championship course started under postponement allowing the sailors a chance to get out to the race course and racing got under way just after midday in a variable force 2-3 SE breeze.

With a fleet of 73 Sport rigs on one line, the start was certain to be key and with a fair tide pushing sailors back from the line there was opportunity to gain from a solid transit and getting right up on the line. Race one seemed to favour the right on the first beat with 2086 (Nathan Russell) first to the top mark and demonstrating some excellent sailing in chop and covering up the second beat to maintain his lead to win the first.

In the second race, 3575 (Freddie Sunderland) was first to the first windward mark but 2086 was able to capitalise on a big left hander for the second beat to come through for his second bullet in a row.

The third race saw another big shift to the left come through just before the start seeing boats start to venture to the pin for the first time. After a fight at the pin 2226 (Finlay Lomas-Clarke) managed to pull off a port tack start to take advantage and round mark 1 in second behind 2603 (Matthew Rayner). Despite spins at mark 1, 2603 held on to take the third race. With an unfavourable forecast for Monday, PRO Tom Rusbridge, managed to get through the racing efficiently to fit in an extra race today.

The fourth race saw the fleet push the line a lot more than previous races and a number of boats were caught OCS. 2156 (Jack Bailey) won the last race of the day to jump up to 2nd overnight behind Matthew Rayner in 2603 who leads.

The Pro rigs had a fleet of 39, with 798 (Alice Davis) taking the first and third races of the day. Races 2 and 4 were won by 282 (Felix Stewart), meaning that after 4 races on day 1 the overnight leader was Alice Davis, followed by Felix Stewart in 2nd and Beth Miller (2111) in third. The fleets are all looking forward to another glorious day on the water for day 2!

Visit the RS Tera Sailing Facebook page or check out the event website to keep update with all the action!

Related Articles

Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle Week 2
Turnout increases with 80 boats out on the water The number of competitors increased for the second Sunday of the Tipsy Icicle Series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club. The forecast of moderate winds down the flash must have got the 80 boats out of bed in the morning. Posted on 15 Jan
Leigh & Lowton Junior Winter Regatta 2020
40 entries from right across the North of England & Wales The ever-popular Junior Winter Regatta at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club drew in 40 entries from right across the North of England & Wales for a fabulous day of junior racing on January 11th 2020. Posted on 13 Jan
Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle Week 1
70 entries make for some great competition 70 entries for the first Sunday of the Tipsy Icicle Series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club made for some great competition across all the fleets. Posted on 8 Jan
Isle of Wight Tera Championship
Strong winds for the 18 young sailors 18 young Tera sailors from across the Isle of Wight gathered at Gurnard Sailing Club on Sunday 1st December for the inaugural Isle of Wight Tera Championship. Posted on 3 Dec 2019
RS Tera End Of Seasons Championships
Two days of very different conditions at Draycote Water The End of Seasons was a challenging event as each day had very different conditions - perfect to test the sailors! Posted on 2 Nov 2019
From Pirates to World Champions - Parents are Key
Great lessons to learn from Port Dinorwic SC Getting parents involved in sailing was the starting point for a journey which started as club recreation and ended with a world champion. RYA Cymru Wales is supporting the NSPCC Parents in Sport Week. Posted on 13 Oct 2019
RS Teras at Frensham Pond
47 children race in this ever popular event On the 22nd September the idyllic Frensham Pond Sailing club held its ever popular RS Tera Open event welcoming 47 children from 10 different clubs with 38 in the Sport fleet and 9 in the Pro fleet. Posted on 30 Sep 2019
HISC Youth Open Race Week
Almost 200 children take part at Hayling Island Running the same week as Cowes, the HISC Youth Race Week sailors did not shy away from a strong breeze, but instead embraced the excess of 20 knots winds and the exciting waves caused by wind against tide. Posted on 28 Sep 2019
RYA Midlands Youth Series Finale at Bartley
Day begins with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday Sunshine and force 3 winds greeted the competitors as they arrived at Bartley Sailing Club for the RYA Midlands Youth Series finale. Race Officers Aida Milvydaite and John Ling provided the briefing followed by a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday for John. Posted on 19 Sep 2019
RS Tera Nationals at Brightlingsea overall
Fabulous sunshine all the bank holiday weekend The RS Tera National Championships were hosted at Brightlingsea this year, bringing fabulous sun all weekend. Posted on 31 Aug 2019