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RS Aero UK Inland Championship at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Tim & Abby Hire 12 Oct 20:03 BST 10-11 October 2020

The RS Aero Inland Championships at Draycote Water, also incorporating the Ladies, Masters and RS Aero 9 National Championships on 10/11th October 2020, provided a pleasant escape from the disruption caused by COVID-19.

The 87 RS Aero entries over three fleets saw a range of conditions, from strong gusts on Saturday to lighter patchier airs on Sunday, generating good racing in every fleet.

The 26 boat RS Aero 5 fleet saw close racing throughout the weekend, with varying gusts and shifts, meaning that nine boats got top three results over the weekend which created a very close event.

A very windy Saturday was dominated by RS Aero 5 National Champion Mike Wood (Draycote Water SC), closely followed by Andrew Frost (Sutton Bingham SC). Mike took two bullets, alongside an impressive win from each of Andrew Frost and Tom Ahlheid (Frensham Pond SC).

Sunday saw very different conditions, with only around 12 knots of wind, allowing the lighter members of the RS Aero 5 fleet to show their colours. Jonathan Bailey (Grafham Water SC) had the best day, taking two wins including a monstrous lead in the third race and two thirds. The other two races of the day were taken by Andrew Frost and David Peaty (Draycote Water SC).

The final results were very close, with just four points separating the top three - consistency was key with only one discard form the 8-race series. Jonathan Bailey took the overall win in the RS Aero 5 ahead of Andrew Frost and Mike Wood. First three Ladies in the fleet were Abby Hire (RLymSC/LTSC), Alice Lucy (Rutland SC) and Caitlin Atkin (Maidenhead SC) and first Masters were Tim Rush (Notts Country SC) and Gary Walton (Draycote Water SC).

The RS Aero 7 fleet was largest of the weekend with 34 boats competing for the Inland Championships. The windy Saturday was dominated by Noah Rees (Lymington Town) who recorded 3 bullets and second to lead overnight. However, in the light fluky conditions of Sunday, there was much more mixing of the fleet as different sailors got on the right side of some of the large shifts.

Notable personal performances included Steph Harding (Hollowell SC) taking a third and Pete Blakey (Draycote Water SC) taking a 12th in the fifth race and Robin Caiger (Bough Beech SC) with an 11th in the final race of the series. Craig Williamson had a consistent Sunday taking 2, 1, 1, 4, taking the overall event win ahead of Noah Rees and Richard Pye (Draycote Water SC). Top Ladies in the seven fleet were Eleanor Craig (Draycote Water SC), Cathy Partington (Leigh and Lowton SC) in a prototype RS Aero 6 and Steph Harding. Top Masters were John Derbyshire (Emsworth SC), Edward Tuite-Dalton (Draycote Water SC) and David Blaker (Thorpe Bay SC).

The Inlands also doubled as the RS Aero 9 National Championships, with 20 boats contesting for the Nationals title. The windy day one saw the big 9 rig being heavily depowered with large amounts of kicker and downhaul to cope with the pulsating gusts. The flat water of Draycote allowed the 9 rig to fly when off the wind, making the downwinds both fast and fruity!

The top four of Peter Barton (Lymington Town), Tim Hire (RLymYC/LTSC), Greg Bartlett (Starcross YC) and Liam Willis (Lymington Town) finished overnight just four points apart after a close day of racing. The lighter winds of Sunday allowed for bigger losses and gains to be made and more sailors in the mix at the front, resulting in increased volatility on the scoreboard. One shift on the upwind or gust on the downwind could cost more than five places. Perhaps the most consistent were Dominic Hall (Hayling), Chris Larr (Northampton SC) and Chris Hatton (Bowmoor SC).

In the final race Dominic took a bullet while notably Phil White (Bowmoor SC) had a blistering race recording a 5th place result, as well as Christopher Abbott (Nottingham SC) sealing a 10th also in the final race, which were best results of the event.

Peter Barton took the overall win and RS Aero 9 National Championship, sealed by a magnificent final race in which he managed to claw his way up to second after a disastrous start. He was followed by Tim Hire and Greg Bartlett. Top 3 Masters were David Cherrill (Broadwater SC), Neil Crosby (Bowmoor SC) and Sandy Day (all the way from Loch Lomond SC).

Many thanks must go to the team at Draycote Water SC who organised and ran the amazing COVID-friendly event. Thanks to Rooster for their generous support and a special mention to Inge and Richard Pye for organising the prizes.

We look forward to similar great racing at Spinnaker SC on 24th October and the RS Aero End of Season Champs hosted by Datchet Water SC on the 7th November.

Full details on the RS Aero UK Events List

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
RS Aero 5
1st3042Jonathan BaileyGrafham WSC4‑844331120
2nd1312Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC341515‑14221
3rd2697Mike WoodRAF SA/ Draycote WSC61‑81283324
4th3303SammyIsaacs‑JnsonMaidenhead SC237854‑17433
5th2966David PeatyDraycote WSC5739‑1317840
6th2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SC19679‑1281252
7th1533Ted BallDraycote WSC1252215‑1921856
8th2071Sam BlakerBenfleet/Thorpe BayYC1061068‑1541458
9th2356David CalderBurghfield SC72153‑1911131061
10th1566Abby HireRoyalLymYC/LymTownSC9125154219‑2566
11th3351Tim RushNotts County SC‑1510131110961372
12th3073Alice LucyRutland SC11‑1891371311973
13th1672Fergus PyeDraycote WSC8111210‑211718581
14th1568Caitlin AtkinMaidenhead SC17131414176‑241697
15th2214Yana SkvortsovaIsland Barn RSC(DNC)152418147517100
16th3330Iona WillowsDorchester/LymTownSC1317161211‑23922100
17th1893Alice DavisGreatMoor/DraycoteWSC‑211919206141211101
18th1301Oskar ShepherdGreat Moor SC1816‑252112161515113
19th2141Antony ClayDraycote WSC16212119‑2310217115
20th1181Mark RipleyPaignton SC20‑24111618201621122
21st2195Joseph BlakerBenfleet YC231420(OCS)16241024131
22nd3019Jake FaithfullSouthCaernarvonshireYC25232317‑2622266142
23rd1888Abigail LarrNorthampton SC19221822‑24212319144
24th3301Emily DavisGreatMoor/DraycoteWSC1425222420‑272023148
25th2841Nath PritchardJonesLeigh and Lowton SC24‑26172525262520162
26th1999Gary WaltonDraycote WSC22202623‑27252226164
27th2442Helen BaileyGrafham WSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC22182727184
28th2929Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC210
28th3297Esme BarracloughYorkshire Dales SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC210
RS Aero 7
1st2719Craig WilliamsonStaunton Harold SC1(DNC)22211413
2nd73Noah ReesLymington Town SC2111‑952618
3rd136Richard PyeDraycote WSC5‑867523230
4th3000Steve NorburyWarsash SC66441037(UFD)40
5th2738Spike DanielsHayling Island SC92361375(UFD)45
6th3047Andy KilburnLymington Town SC13(RET)1081109354
7th2553Mark RiddingtonEmsworth Slipper SC1455‑171546554
8th2922Andrew WishartBroadwater SC73(OCS)34UFD4159
9th3286John DerbyshireEmsworth SC31071161114‑1862
10th3342Jack MillerFelpham SC12485‑229121262
11th3127Fred BarryWarsash SC109992113(DSQ)980
12th3043Philip BaileyGrafham WSC8111212246(UFD)1487
13th1742Edward Tuite‑DaltonDraycote WSC201416‑268188892
14th3032Thomas PentyBeaver SC1515‑25217141517104
15th1603Rob AhlheidFrensham Pond SC111618151619‑2110105
16th2746David BlakerThorpe Bay YC1918201611‑231115110
17th1400Gary FowlerGrafham WSC16121413231518‑26111
18th1135James SmaggasgaleHillingdon OAC2523‑2724208107117
19th1747Andrew CooneyBroadwater SC241919‑2718121313118
20th2603Eleanor CraigDraycote WSC47111014(UFD)UFDDNC120
21st3341Bill KnightsHunts/BrancasterStaithe221313192626(UFD)16135
22nd61*Cathy Partington (6)Leigh and Lowton SC18202120‑25201621136
23rd2039Karl MorleyBurton SC‑2624151819222320141
24th3018Robin CaigerBough Beech SC30262323‑32242211159
25th1832Adam SmithDraycote WSC‑3222262217291924159
26th2515Iain SoarsFrensham Pond SC23212425‑29172822160
27th2726Dominic SmithRipon SC21271714313025(DNC)165
28th3196Steph HardingHollowell SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC3161719166
29th2932Pete BlakeyDraycote WSC17(RET)DNCDNC12212023167
30th1926Sarah Tuite‑DaltonDraycote WSC292822(RET)27272628187
31st3020Daniel KembleGrafham WSC27252828‑33282927192
32nd2731Andrew GreenDraycote WSC2817(DNC)DNC282524RET196
33rd1365Steven AngellDraycote WSC31(DNF)DNCDNC30UFD2729228
34th1308Ellen CampbellDraycote WSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC34313025231
35th1415Keith EscrittYorkshire Dales SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC259
35th1551Paul EtheridgeLymington Town SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC259
RS Aero 9
1st3193Peter BartonLymington Town SC52111‑112214
2nd1586Tim HireRoyalLymYC/LymTownSC1423711‑819
3rd3174Greg BartlettStarcross YC3134‑1124320
4th2955Liam WillisLymington Town SC234244‑11928
5th3183Dominic HallHayling Island SC8‑956335131
6th2891Chris LarrNorthampton SC45‑98566438
7th3023Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA7887‑1259751
8th1590Chris HattonBowmoor SC610(RET)DNC273657
9th3144Matt ThursfieldChelmarsh SC‑1161096971158
10th3198David CherrillBroadwater SC1012111310108‑1674
11th2001Simon GeymanDatchet / Lym Town SC181775812(UFD)1279
12th3130Rorden CohenFrampton‑on‑Severn SC(OCS)76101815101581
13th2935Phil WhiteBowmoor SC12111515‑191412584
14th1306Jack FraserDraycote WSC1614141116‑18131498
15th2581Peter CraggsYork Railway Institute SC1413121415‑19171398
16th3294Neil CrosbyBowmoor SC1518181214815(DNC)100
17th3397Matt PerkinsLymington Town SC131613(DNC)13161417102
18th2362Sandy DayLoch Lomond SC91516(DNC)91718DNC107
19th1218Christopher AbbottNottingham SC1920(RET)DNC17131610118
20th1031Stuart PhilbeyDatchet WSC171917(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC145
21st1402Sean WardLymington Town SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC161
21st3170Steve WilsonRS Sailing(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC161

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