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RS Aero UK Nationals & International Open at Paignton Sailing Club - Overall

by RS Aero UK Class Association 1 Jun 13:35 BST 28-31 May 2022

On Day 4 of the 2022 RS Aero UK Nationals at Paignton the stage was set for a nail-biting climax to the end of the championship with points still close in each of the four fleets and all to play for.

After paella night in the marquee at the club those still with energy hit Torquay's late night scene and a few of the revellers were looking somewhat Frosty as they arrived at the dinghy park in the morning!

Unfortunately the light and changeable wind proved testing and just one shortened race for the RS Aero 9s and non for the other RS Aero Classes were possible. Once again James Ripley's race team made every effort achieve good racing and again the heroes were the mark layers moving the marks back and forth to be ready to seize an opportunity.

Overall in the Championship the race team's endeavours were rewarded with nine or ten good races for each fleet with a good variety in both wind strength and wave type to provide something for everyone.

The only change to the Day 3 results was Chris Larr (Draycote) stepping up to second overall with his third place in the final RS Aero 9 race. Steve Norbury (Warsash) took third overall with Peter Barton (Lymington Town) retaining his lead for the title. It was however all a lot closer than the results look with Steve loosing seven places and Peter gaining seven places on the final beat as the wind faded, which otherwise could have led to a final race decider!

The RS Aero 7s were the largest class with 53 boats and it was great to see many new RS Aero sailors at the front of the fleet. Jack Lewis (RYA) took the title with a steady series. Just two points behind was Jack Miller (Felpham SC/Paignton). Rupert Stock (Royal Lymington) and Dominic Hall (Hayling) were just a few points back in third and fourth.

Ireland's Paul McMahon (Howth) came to form towards the end of the series with two wins to step up to fifth overall. First Youth (U19) was William Homewood (Lymington Town), first Master (O55) Chris Jones (Sutton Bingham) and first Grand Master (O65) Michael Baldwin (Leigh & Lowton).

Ellie Craig (Draycote) became the inaugural RS Aero 6 UK Champion after a close tussle all week with Sam Mettam (Papercourt) and just one point in it at the end. Graham Tribbeck (Lee on Solent) finished strong with a 2,2,2,1 to take a solid third overall. First Youth (U19) was Zak Mitchell (Paignton), first Master (O55) Rob Beaton (Paignton) and first Great Grand Master (O75) was John McKeown (Lancing).

In the RS Aero 5s a solid finish with 3,4,2,2 on to Day 3 saw Jonathan Bailey (Hunts) clinch the lead and the title by just two points from Chloe George (Lymington Town). Two firsts on Day 3 gave Tom Ahlheid (Frensham Pond) jump to third and top Youth (U19) just edging our Axel Almersson (Vasteras) of Sweden into fourth on a tie break.

Rounding out the top five and with an impressive win in Race 5 was Yana Skvortsova (Island Barn). First Junior (U16) was Aimi Cole (GWV Vrijbuiter) of the Netherlands in 18th.

The Club Challenge is the top three sailors for each club and saw Lymington Town SC defend their title again and the strong team from Paignton SC taking second. The Family Challenge needs two family members and last years runners up Dominic and James Hall stepped up to take the win from the Bailey family in second.

Top local Paignton SC sailors were Mark Ripley eighth in the RS Aero 5s and Dan Bullock tenth in the RS Aero 7s.

Many thanks to Rooster, Noble Marine and RS Sailing for their support of the RS Aero UK National Championship which has allowed sociable daily awards spread through the fleet.

The presence of our Class Juror David Battye and his instructive briefings and debriefings helped sailors understand where the line of the rules are drawn, promoting fairer and hence more enjoyable racing for all.

Phil Jackson of Digital Sailing was on the water to catch the action with and awesome gallery of photos, check them out at

Thanks to everyone at Paignton Sailing Club for a fantastic championship. Their large team of volunteers showed both passion and expertise to deliver an awesome championship and the class looks forward to returning.

Next up for the UK RS Aeros is the Southern Championship at Felpham on 11/12th June before the UK team leaves for the 4th RS Aero World Championship at the Columbia Gorge in Oregon, USA, later this month. See the Events List at

5 Rig Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st3929Jonathan BaileyHunts SC1‑7‑612342215
2nd3870Chloe GeorgeLymington Town SC23‑4‑73231317
3rd2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SC7‑112‑147716131
4th3164Axel AlmerssonJollekappseglarna Vasteras SWE3132135‑17‑15431
5th2214Yana SkvortsovaIsland Barn RSC6‑10781925‑2138
6th3303Sammy Isaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SC42‑1631212‑184643
7th1312Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC8‑16512915‑16545
8th1181Mark RipleyPaignton SC11‑1514511‑20111356
9th3853Edward DayReading SC‑19610116‑1898858
10th3019Jake FaithfullSouth Caernarvonshire YC1214‑15684143‑1861
11th2071Sam BlakerBenfleet YC/Thorpe Bay YC55145‑1913109‑1561
12th2966David PeatyDraycote WSC17‑208‑19101077766
13th1566Abby HireLymingtonTownSC/RLymYC‑169910148814‑1772
14th2462Alessandra TydemanLymington Town SC101211‑1841415‑171480
15th3381Robyn StockRoyal Lymington YC‑238121621‑23610982
16th1020Fergus PyeDraycote WSC15413‑1715‑2113131083
17th1927Jack HardieFrensham Pond SC9‑24211320‑2412121198
18th4269Aimi ColeGWV de Vrijbuiter NED20‑211791120‑221912108
19th2418Miles RipleyPaignton SC21‑22‑2221166112016111
20th2105Ben OsborneMaidenhead SC181319‑23‑2316211820125
21st1705Kate WharmbyLymingtonTownSC/RLymYC131923151817‑25‑2523128
22nd2841Nathaniel Pritchard JonesLeigh and Lowton SC‑251720202215‑232119134
23rd3931Helen BaileyHunts SC22‑26182217‑25242322148
24th1006Sophie StocktonMaidenhead SC2418‑25‑262419192224150
25th3049Harry ThomasRoyal Navy SA‑27‑2524242522162425160
26th3673Ben ThroupBurghfield SC1423272526DNCDNCDNCDNC171
27th3888Marcus PakesHaversham SC26‑27262727UFD262626184

6 Rig Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st3866Ellie CraigStarcross YC2‑311113‑4211
2nd3437Sam MettamPapercourt SC11222‑31‑3312
3rd3661Graham TribbeckLee‑On‑Solent SC‑5245‑6222118
4th68James DowrickPorthpean SC/RFYC4‑63‑63551526
5th67Rob BeatonPaignton SC3‑5545445‑630
6th69Zak MitchellPaignton SC‑64‑634666433
7th4183Catherine HemsleyFelpham SC77‑87777‑8850
8th4092John McKeownLancing SC‑8‑8788887753

7 Rig Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st1964Jack LewisRYA125‑10UFD613927
2nd3926Jack MillerFelpham SC/Paignton SC3325‑16‑1766429
3rd3391Rupert StockRoyal Lymington YC‑8874244‑28231
4th3183Dominic HallHayling Island SC‑1864‑81852733
5th2524Paul McMahonHowth YC IRL6‑18102111121‑1343
6th3850Chris HattonLymington Town SC‑1413BFD683312651
7th3669Chris RustPortsmouth SC‑21912UFD615115159
8th2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SC11562179‑2716‑2775
9th1109James HallHayling Island SC‑3111623‑282742578
10th1455Dan BullockPaignton SC9RET189‑2251719380
11th3199Chris JenkinsBowmoor SC7‑353‑3225212101785
12th4270Dan VenablesSutton SC13DSQ9UFD327218586
13th2890Andrew RawsonWeston SC5201431711‑26‑272494
14th1415Sam WallerBeaver SC1919‑2320‑34710111298
15th3930Philip BaileyHunts SC16‑3813710328‑4415101
16th2738Andrew DanielsHayling Island SC24‑40BFD11122316710103
17th4000Andy KilburnLymington Town SC41611UFD20UFD28188105
18th3688Paul GardnerStokes Bay SCDNC26816142899‑37110
19th3198David CherrillBroadwater SC2521171751413‑30‑29112
20th2808Giles BradfordDittisham SC‑35342214151018‑4218131
21st4273Matt VenablesSutton SC‑29‑3920191313252120131
22nd3875Noah ReesTorpoint211119DNCDNCDNCDNC132
23rd3170Nigel DakinSeafarers SC12122924‑42162317‑45133
24th2936William HomewoodLymington Town SC207‑33282626‑391521143
25th1551Euan EtheridgeLymington Town SC3617‑3815‑3812292019148
26th2543Robin RussellWarsash SC34RET251219‑45153314152
27th2150Luca MitchellPaignton SC272415‑332424‑322222158
28th2572Andy HillWarsash SC1022‑41‑392134342416161
29th1888Abigail LarrDraycote WSC1525261831‑4036‑4311162
30th2388Charlie GillmoreStokeGabrielBA/PaigntonSC2633‑36224313514‑42165
31st2004Richard AdamsOgston SC2231‑372523202025‑41166
32nd1782Chris CardenLymington Town SC1727211330‑41UFD3426168
33rd2727Sacha NiceWarsash SC3015242929‑35‑312628181
34th3942David CronkHunts SC‑40DNC34263318193123184
35th2324Michael BaldwinLeigh and Lowton SC‑382332361829‑431335186
36th3127Adam ThompsonShoreham SC23430‑4135224041DNC195
37th3676Kent MartinUnattached‑421040‑442737143838204
38th2929Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SC28‑372730361933‑3932205
39th3032Thomas PentyBeaver SC‑4641284032SCP223230225
40th3700Beth MilledgeLymington Town SC‑4842‑45424033242936246
41st2870Cathy LunnLeigh and Lowton SC32‑43423839‑44302343247
42nd2101Chris HobdayGurnard SC‑49323135‑4339383740252
43rd3677Peter CraggsYork SC37‑443537‑4136374031253
44th3042Paul HalliwellRed Wharf Bay SWC41284643‑4830DNC3534257
45th3298Claire GeogheganGrafham SC3929‑48‑464442423633265
46th3527Mark ColeGWV de Vrijbuiter NED43‑484434‑5125414639272
47th2679Fiona StevensShoreham SC‑5114‑50474538474746284
48th1750Alan GoulePaignton SC4530BFD3147‑49464947295
49th2737Kingsley BrownGurnard SC4436434546‑484445‑48303
50th3003Andy HicksFrensham Pond SC334539UFD375049DNCDNC307
51st1568Caitlin AtkinRYADNCDNC1927RETDNCDNCDNCDNC316
52nd2505Neil WharmbyLymingtonTownSC/RLymYC‑50474749‑5047454844327
53rd2927Peter FusseyLancing SC47464948494648DNCDNC333

9 Rig Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1st3597Peter BartonLymington Town SC1‑10114‑7111212
2nd4231Chris LarrDraycote WSC51‑7‑764222325
3rd1232Steve NorburyWarsash SC222216‑838‑926
4th234Ben RolfeBurghfield SC‑10333‑71647128
5th3438Paul BartlettStarcross YC344‑52‑8453530
6th3675Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC6558‑113‑975645
7th3023Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA78868‑123‑114852
8th2620Simon GeymanDatchet/LymingtonTownSC‑127‑9952599753
9th4027Robbie LawsonEast Lothian YC99‑114357610‑1153
10th3326Peter ChaplinBurghfield SC466101010‑128‑12458
11th1603Rob AhlheidFrensham Pond SC‑13‑121011911101061077
12th2125Michael UptonExe SC8111212129DNCDNCDNCDNC92
13th3890David AngwinLymington Town SC11‑13RET1313131112111296

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