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RS Aero UK Southern Championship at Felpham Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 15 Jun 11:17 BST 11-12 June 2022
RS Aero UK Southern Championship at Felpham © Jonathan Hind

The annual RS Aero UK Southern Championship was hosted by Felpham Sailing Club this year. The 39 entries were treated to an exciting weekend at the coast with the breeze peaking at over 20kts each day, awesome waves and lovely sunshine.

The cross shore direction allowed the fleet to launch without drama. As is usual at beach clubs with a shore break the RS Aeros were easily lifted in with three people carrying the gunwales in each corner.

A two lap outer loop windward-leeward course was set with the graft to the top mark more than rewarded by a screaming reach across the wave tops and a thrilling runs catching some great waves downwind.

Ben Flower (Paignton) joined the RS Aero 7s for the weekend and showed us all what hiking should look like! He took the win with good leads and a string of firsts.

Peter Barton (Lymington), Jack Miller (Felpham) and Dom Hall (Hayling) had closer tussles with Jack winning Race 5 but Peter ultimately taking second overall. Dom won Race 6 to take fourth overall.

First Master was Spike Daniels (Hayling) in fifth and First Youth was Sam Brackeley (Felpham) in tenth.

The RS Aero 5s had a close family battle with Tom Ahlheid's (Frensham Pond) 1,1,2,1,2,1 narrowly beating brother Tristan Ahlheid's (Frensham Pond) 2,2,1,2,1,2 in some very tightly fought races, pushing their balance to the limit as they slalomed through the waves downwind.

Abby Hire (Lymington) took a hard earned third overall with Gareth Griffiths (Island Barn) First Master in fourth.

On Saturday night the fleet enjoyed a sociable curry in the clubhouse with local band Michael Noyce smashing out some popular favourites.

Many thanks to all the volunteers at Felpham Sailing Club for all their effort putting on such an excellent weekend and looking after us so well. Thanks to Rooster for their support with the excellent array of prizes.

Next up for the RS Aeros we enter championship season with the fourth RS Aero World Championship at the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA, at the end of the month and the consecutive RS Aero Youth Worlds and RS Aero Europeans a month later at Weymouth, UK.

Full details of RS Aero worldwide events can be found at

7 Rig Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st2188Ben FlowerTobermory and Paignton11112(DNC)6
2nd3597Peter BartonLymington Town SC222‑33211
3rd3342Jack MillerFelpham SC‑63321312
4th3183Dominic HallHayling Island SC3444‑7116
5th2738Andrew DanielsHayling Island SC7695‑11633
6th2836James RusdenHighclifef SC5‑151066835
7th3877Paul HaswellHayling Island SC95‑14118437
8th2553David GambleHayling Island SC497(OCS)51338
9th4189Jeff DavisonIsland Barn RSC‑13813134543
10th1891Sam BrackleyFelpham SC(DNF)761091143
11th4185John DerbyshireEmsworth SC121287‑19746
12th3850Chris HattonLymington Town SC81351512(DNC)53
13th1109James HallHayling Island SC‑1814151210960
14th1562Toby SchofieldFelpham SC1110208‑221463
15th1457Charlie RoomeDatchet SC101611‑18151264
16th2890Andrew RawsonWeston SC15‑181214171573
17th2839Richard BentleyFelpham SC141917‑20141074
18th3669Chris RustPortsmouth SC1611169(RET)DNC81
19th1603Rob AhlheidFrensham Pond SC171718‑19181686
20th2811Tim BlackmoreChichester YC‑21202117131788
21st3148Callum AldousLee on Solent SC19‑211916161989
22nd2581Richard GanleyFelpham SC20‑2222212118102
23rd3390Mark AldousFelpham SC(DNF)2423232520115
24th1675David MaltbyFelpham SC(DNF)23DNF2220DNC123
25th1302Tobias LloydFelpham SC22(DNF)DNF2424DNC128
26th3811Andrew WilkinsSouth Caernarvonshire(DNF)DNC242626DNC134
27th2515Iain SoarsFrensham Pond SC(DNC)DNCDNC2523DNC135
28th3535Andrew MartinFelpham SC(DNC)DNCDNC27RETDNC143

5 Rig Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SC11‑21216
2nd1070Tristan AhlheidFrensham Pond SC‑2212128
3rd1566Abby HireLymington Town SC‑43344317
4th3175Gareth GriffithsIsland Barn SC35553‑621
5th2708Lilly BarrettIsland Barn SC(DNF)4436421
6th4275Zak SmithFelpham SC(DNF)DNF665534
7th1413Roshan VergheseFelpham SC5(DNC)DNC7DNCDNC48
8th3803Paula BentleyFelpham SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC60
8th3180Roger BeltonFelpham SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC60
8th2462Alessandra TydemanLymington Town SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC60
8th1672Catherine HemsleyFelpham SC(RET)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC60

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