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RS Aero Open at Papercourt Sailing Club

by Mark Carleton 1 Oct 2019 15:07 BST 29 September 2019
Papercourt RS Aero Open © Colin Bristow

A feisty forecast didn't put off 10 RS Aeros from competing at Papercourt's third RS Aero open, alongside a handful of RS200s. Thankfully, the wind hadn't read the forecast and whilst it was gusty at times, the promised 39 knots never quite appeared!

A short line with a definite committee boat bias kept things lively despite the small fleet. Peter Barton made the wise choice of starting in space with speed at the pin end leaving the rest of the fleet to fight it out at the "favoured" end and Peter remained in the front despite Noah Rees's best efforts to keep him under pressure. At the other end of the fleet, it was great to see two new-comers to the RS Aero scene, Johnny Woolgar and Chris Agace, jumping in at the deep-end both figuratively and literally!

The second race saw Noah in pole-position off the start with Mark Carleton in second; positions that held for three laps until Peter got in the tune with the shifts and shot through from third to first to take a second bullet.

The smaller than anticipated fleet had a big job to eat all the pasta that had been provisioned - but the task was risen to, and lunch for 36 was demolished in short order!

Back on the water there was a little too much enthusiasm for the start of the third race, with more boats over the line than behind it, leading to a general recall: an impressive achievement with a fleet of only 9! Once all had got away cleanly, the dual between Peter and Noah intensified. A mis-judged luffing match left Peter doing turns and allowed Mark a look-in on the action. At the final leeward mark it was Noah-Peter-Mark with less than a boat length between them. Noah and Peter continued their match race with Noah getting trapped below the lay line for the finish allowing Peter to secure the series with a third win and allowing Mark to sneak a second place for the home team.

The wind swung around a bit for the final race and some of the forecast gusts and shifts showed up to keep everyone on their toes. The RS Aero 9's came into contention with Gareth Griffiths leading on the water for most of the race. Noah led the way for the 7's, only to have victory snatched from him on the final beat for a second time as he and Gareth found a vicious gust-hole whilst Peter tacked away to come back on starboard and finish just a whisker ahead of Noah.

Finally ashore for trophies and cake! Congratulations to Peter Barton 1st RS Aero 7 and 1st overall, Gareth Griffiths 1st RS Aero 9 and Maisie Bristow with a trio of medals: 1st RS Aero 5, 1st Youth and 1st Lady.

Thanks to Fraser Hayden and his committee boat team for running such a slick event and to all at Papercourt Sailing Club for being such welcoming hosts.

Next up for the UK fleet is the RS Aero UK Inland Championships at Rutland on 12/13th October as abour 25 UK RS Aeros continue to prepare for their trip to the third RS Aero World Championship in Melbourne, Australia, this New Year.

Keep in touch with RS Aero activity via the Class website at and Facebook group here

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubRigRatingR1R2R3R4Pts
1st2813Peter BartonLymington Town SCRS Aero 71068‑11113
2nd2875Noah ReesTorpoint Mosquito SCRS Aero 7106822‑326
3rd1575Mark CarletonPapercourt SCRS Aero 71068‑43238
4th1533Richard BullockIchenor SCRS Aero 71068344(RET)11
5th2148Gareth GriffithsIBRSCRS Aero 910245‑66415
6th1739David CherrillBroadwater SCRS Aero 910246‑75516
7th2708Maisie BristowIsland BarnRS Aero 51120‑757719
8th2285Roger CowanBurghfield SCRS Aero 710688(RET)8622
9th1844Johnny WoolgarPapercourtRS Aero 51120‑989825
10th2963Chris AgacePapercourtRS Aero 71068(RET)DNCDNCDNC33

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