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RS Aero UK Inland, Ladies and Masters Championships at Rutland Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 28 Oct 16:55 GMT 12-13 October 2019
RS Aero UK Inland, Ladies and Masters Championships © Alan Hatton

79 RS Aeros made the RS Aero UK Inland Champs at Rutland SC the largest weekend RS Aero event yet as the Class continues to grow. Medium breezes prevailed over the weekend and the three RS Aero fleets raced off Class starts with inner and outer loop courses spreading competitors across the lake.

Ben Rolfe (Burghfield) was on top form on Day 1 in his RS Aero 9, winning all four races from Chris Larr (Northampton) and Alan Beaton (Notts County) taking the 2nds.

In the RS Aero 5s Jonathan Bailey (Grafham) and David Ellis (Lymington Town) were enjoying a tight tussle for supremacy whilst Sam Blaker (Benfleet), Fergus Pye (Draycote) and Theo Deverell (Hunts) also had a look in at the front during the day.

The RS Aero 7s had a whopping 57 boats on the start line with super tight racing throughout the fleet in the medium breeze. As ever, clear air and the canny knack of catching Rutland's gust lines and lifted tacks were super critical as the racetrack challenged all the sailors. Noah Rees proved to be a consistent fleet leader with a 1,2,1 before a blot on his series after leading the fleet into a navigational error in Race 4. The challenge in the large equally matched fleet was consistency and anyone with string of top 10 results was in the running for the top spots going into the second day.

Sunday's forecast was for new weather to arrive with a 180' wind change set to happen around midday. Under challengingly unstable conditions one race was possible before the fleet returned ashore.

Chris took the final RS Aero 9 race, however, Ben Rolfe had done enough on Saturday to take the RS Aero 9 Inland title from Chris in second and Richard Watsham (Starcross) in third. Jonathan continued his winning ways to take the final RS Aero 5 race and with it the Inland title from David in second and Sam in third.

With a packed out start line and flicking breeze it was all on in the RS Aero 7s - and ultimately the weekend was perhaps lost rather than won! Two boats were over early at the port end who happened to be the series leaders Noah and Mark Riddington (Emsworth) who would have needed just a 15th and eighth respectively to claim the title. Harry Joyce (Bowmoor) was looking good to pick up the pieces, comfortably within the top five that he needed until he lost a couple on the final approach to the finish.

Peter Barton led the fleet home in the tricky final race followed by Keith Escritt (Yorkshire Dales) and Chris Hatton (Bowmoor). With the regatta proving high scoring this was just enough for Peter to take the title on a tie break from Harry. Mark was third and Keith fourth, with the top four split by only two points! All the lead contenders were left musing the 'what if...' of where they could have saved a few points over the weekend to take the title that had proven to be wide open!

The Champs doubled as the UK Ladies and Masters titles too. Abby Hire was top Lady in the RS Aero 5s whilst Ellie Craig finished top Lady in the RS Aero 7s. A larger Masters turnout in the RS Aero 7s saw Harry Joyce win from Keith Escritt 2nd and Jeff Davison in third, all in the top five overall. Whilst last year the Aero Youth dominated the front of the fleet at this event, this year it was the Masters!

Thanks to Class sponsors Rooster and Noble Marine for their continued generous support and the excellent spread of prizes for both the Inlands and also the UK Northern Series of 2019 that was also awarded at Rutland. Thanks to Rutland SC for being wonderful hosts as ever, providing some great racing on a testing weekend.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubCat.R1R2R3R4R5Pts
RS Aero 5 Class
1st3042Jonathan BaileyGrafham Water SCY21‑4115
2nd1209David EllisLymington Town SC 12‑5328
3rd2071Sam BlakerBenfleetYC/Thorpe BayYCY‑4414413
4th1096Fergus PyeDraycote WSCY5‑725618
5th1819Ben MillardEmsworth SCY‑8366318
6th2325Ned StattersfieldWells‑Next‑The‑SeaY35‑87520
7th2317Theo DeverellHunts SCY7892‑1026
8th1566Abby HireRoyal Lymington YCY L667‑9827
9th2708Maisie BristowIsland Barn RSCY L9‑12310729
10th2748Oliver HicklingWembley SCY‑1210108937
11th1888Abigail LarrNorthampton SCY L10111112‑1344
12th2929Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SCY‑14913111245
13th1773Rosemary DillworthBowmoor SCL11‑1312131147
14th1135James SmaggasgaleHillingdon OACY13‑1414141455
RS Aero 7 Class
1st2813Peter BartonLymington Town SC 1512(BFD)119
2nd2532Harry JoyceBowmoor SCM535‑12619
3rd2553Mark RiddingtonEmsworth Slipper SC 6941(BFD)20
4th1415Keith EscrittYorkshire Dales SCM96‑154221
5th2441Jeff DavisonIsland Barn SCM2‑18133523
6th3052Marshall KingQueen Mary SC ‑185821025
7th2922Andrew WishartBroadwater SC 11‑21310428
8th2439Tim HireRoyal Lym YC / Lym Town SCY3‑33781331
9th1590Chris HattonBowmoor SCY12711(DNC)333
10th3005Nigel RolfeBurghfield SCM‑208611934
11th2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SCM8179‑19741
12th3000Steve NorburyWarsash SC 104‑19141442
13th2603Ellie CraigDraycote WSCL1310‑1613844
14th3050Sean CraigRoyal St George YCM‑19121271950
15th2672Will GiffordWhitefriars SC 7‑3810211553
16th2527Robbie LawsonEast Lothian YC 41518‑342461
17th2060Luke McGillSunderland YC ‑30191452361
18th2875Noah ReesTorpointMosquito/CawsandBaySC 121(DNC)BFD62
19th2648Ben PowellOrwell YCM16161717‑2266
20th2318Karl ThorneLymington Town SC 1420306(DNC)70
21st2649Kent MartinOgston SC 17‑3723201171
22nd2502Peter ChaplinBurghfield SCM‑312421181780
23rd2890Andrew RawsonWeston SC ‑252320221681
24th3043Philip BaileyGrafham Water SC ‑271422262789
25th1739David CherrillBroadwater SCM21‑3226232999
26th1062Dan PhillipsRipon SC ‑4128252425102
27th1584Richard WoodsTorpoint Mosquito SCM24‑46412812105
28th2415Jack MillerFelpham SCY3841249(DNC)112
29th2543Edward NorburyWarsash SC 222631‑4133112
30th2146Nick CravenScammonden SC 2825‑383326112
31st2870Cathy PartingtonLeigh and Lowton SCL34133432(DNC)113
32nd2808Steve RobertsTorpoint Mosquito SC 3622‑373621115
33rd1345Tom CroomeAlton WaterY‑3939321530116
34th2717Chris HarrupBurghfield SC 42293316(DNC)120
35th2738Andrew DanielsHayling Island SC (RET)112829DNC126
36th1261Martin RootsTata Steel SC 263039‑4234129
37th3032Thomas PentyBeaver SC 43‑54274518133
38th2605Mark FowlerHunts SCM3227‑493836133
39th2581Peter CraggsYork RI SC 29‑42293541134
40th1653Richard ButlerCovenham SC / Rutland SCM23‑45424328136
41st2147Bill KnightsHunts SC (DNC)34462538143
42nd2195David BlakerThorpe Bay YC 33364430(DNC)143
43rd3051Philip KilburnNotts County SCM‑4644353137147
44th2952Catherine HemsleyFelpham SCL M4047‑512740154
45th1400Gary FowlerHunts SCM4531‑505032158
46th2319Ben EelesBrightlingsea SC 4840‑554031159
47th3053Andy BakerHollowell SCM37434739(DNC)166
48th2125Julie ArcherUllswater YCL M44354048(DNC)167
49th2285Roger CowanBurghfield SC 47‑51365135169
50th3031Paul HemingwayCarsington SCM‑5048453739169
51st3011Lawrence HaywardStaunton Harold SCM35524349(DNC)179
52nd2362Claire GeogheganBrightlingsea SCL5149‑524443187
53rd3027Andy McKeeRutland SC (DNC)DNCDNCDNC20194
54th2986Mark SmithEastbourne Sovereign SC 49‑53535242196
55th3025Michael AireyRutland SCM52504846(DNC)196
56th1365Steven AngellDraycote WSC (DNF)55544744200
57th2628David WigginsRutland SCM53(DNC)DNCDNCDNC227
RS Aero 9 Class
1st3003Ben RolfeBurghfield SC 1111(DNC)4
2nd2891Chris LarrNorthampton SC 2‑82217
3rd3023Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA ‑7433212
4th1744Matt ThursfieldChelmarsh SC 334‑6414
5th2186Alan BeatonNotts County SCM427‑8316
6th2832Clive HarriesYorkshire Dales SCM5‑764520
7th3054Tim GarvinQueen Mary SC 6557(DNC)23
8th1218Chris AbbottNottingham SC 8685(DNC)27

Next up for the RS Aeros in the UK is the End of Season Championship were the fleet visits the growing RS Aero fleet at Draycoye Water SC on the 9/10th November. The Class is fortunate to have National Juror, David Battye, in attendance at Draycote who will assist the Class and especially those preparing for the upcoming World Championships in Australia over New Year. The RS Aero Winter Series then starts at the Bowmoor Bubble 30th November.

Find full details of all UK RS Aero events here

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