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by Simon Lomas-Clarke 21 Jun 12:59 BST 3-5 June 2022

Over the Platinum Jubilee weekend, the UK RS Tera fleet headed to the western most corner of West Wales for their 2022 National Championships. 114 sailors and support crews arrived in the small rural hamlet of Dale and pretty much took over the village.

Dale Yacht Club, along with event partners Celtic Sea Watersports, had done a mammoth amount of work to prepare for the arrival of the competitors and their families and, with the help of local sponsors, the stage was set for what would hopefully be a memorable Championships, set in the breathtaking scenery of the Pembrokeshire National Park.

Some families had taken the advantage of the half term break to make a holiday in this beautiful corner of the Wales and had experienced glorious weather on the day leading up to the event. With the vast majority of sailors in Dale early, registration was completed in record time on the Thursday afternoon, allowing families to enjoy the sunshine and feast on the pizzas supplied by CoCos Brasserie at Dale Yacht Club, a great start to the weekend.

On the first day of racing tropical weather, clear waters and beautiful scenery made the visitors feel like they were in the Greek Islands rather than the UK. Assisted by an army of local volunteers manning the route form the boat park, the tally board and the slipway the fleet of Teras were launched into a light northerly wind. The course was set a long way off the beach to give the best opportunity for a championship course between the cliffs and the shipping lane. The deep water, ebbing tide and high cliffs all challenged PRO Mike Butterfield and his race management team who set the course for the first race.

Shifty conditions with the wind around 10 knots favoured the inland sailors. In the Pro fleet Oliver Stratton-Brown from Frensham Pond SC and Jac Bailey from Port Dinorwic SC traded top 5 scores and ended the day tied on points. Ruby Sunderland from Brading Haven on the Isle of Wight did a great job in unfamiliar conditions to occupy third. In the Sport fleet a special mention goes to Henry Reed for winning the first race at his first Nationals in the Tera. In a similar battle to the Pros, Ben Greenhalgh (Port Dinorwic) and Luke Rowlands from Rutland posted a string of good results with Ben leading overnight by one point. Thomas Whitehead pinned his name to two firsts on the score sheet but got bogged down in the scrum at the pin end in race two and would be looking to benefit from the discards later in the regatta to continue the form he showed at the Start of Seasons. In view of the unfavourable forecast for the following day the race officer took advantage of the conditions to get in an extra race. Managing hydration and nutrition were essential to maintain the concentration needed for all four races in the challenging conditions.

Once again, looking to develop the future fleet sailors, the Class Association had underwritten the coaching costs for the Train & Race Regatta fleet at this event, and the 24 young sailors had their first training course set just off the beach. Led by the UK Tera Class Association coaches, the sailors set about the challenges of managing the conditions, staying upright and avoiding each other all at the same time. Everyone returned to shore tired but happy with the day's coached racing. The Boathouse Cafe did a roaring trade in chips and ice-creams to help revive the sailors. Later in the evening tables and chairs were brought out into the streets for the evening's curry provided by the same café, while a large portion of the fleet took to the jetty for a marathon crabbing session.

When there are multiple forecasts all quite ominous one of them is usually correct, and a strong onshore wind funnelling through the village confirmed this was going to feel like a long day on the water, no matter how long sailors were on the water. Parents helped launch the fleet into the incoming wind and waves and set the sailors off to the racecourse sent just outside the moorings where the 12-18 knot wind was manageable with a reasonable chop to contend with. Some spectators found an onshore vantage point just downwind of the start line while others ventured out on the spectator boat, kindly provided by John Reynolds of Dale Sailing, to get even closer to the action.

The Pro fleet was dominated by Jac Bailey who posted an almost perfect three bullets and a second. Oliver Stratton-Brown worked hard to end the day second, two points ahead of Ben Sinfield from Port Dinorwic, In the Sport fleet the Port Dinorwic boys continued the club trend with the ever-consistent Ben Greenhalgh posting three seconds and a fourth. A win each for Luke Rowlands (Roa Island) and William Stratton-Brown (Frensham Pond) left them second and third respectively at the end of the second day.

The Regatta fleet took the wise decision to stay ashore and headed to a series of shore-based training activities and games managed by the Class coaches. The exhausted Sport and Pro fleets returned to shore and devoured an amazing barbeque laid on by CoCos Brasserie which, as expected meant arrival of the rain. The torrential downpours didn't deter entertainment continuing in The Boathouse Café and Coronation Hall. Due to the dubious music selection from the Northern Teras the Coronation Hall was probably the best place to be! Thanks must go to Dale Yacht Club who provided the facilities of the Coronation Hall to the fleet for the duration of the event.

For the final day of racing the wind abated to a fairly steady 12 knots in a trademark Welsh drizzle (it doesn't rain much in Dale we were told!). Something miraculous needed to happen for either Oliver Stratton-Brown or Ben Sinfield to overcome Jac Bailey in the Pro fleet but with a second and a first in the last two races Jac sealed the championship. In a similar fashion Ben Greenhalgh grabbed a first and therefore overall victory in the Sport fleet in race one. Places were still being closely fought over in the rest of the fleet with late charges and "what could have been" results throughout.

The Regatta fleet were busy making up for the day's sailing they missed the day before. A series of quick races were set to test the skills learnt over the previous days. Parents found great spectating was available from the jetty, right next to the racecourse. The Regatta fleet were still racing when the main fleet sailors came ashore and started the soggy boat packing routine.

Jac Bailey dominated the whole event to become UK RS Tera Pro National Champion for the second year in a row. Ben Greenhalgh won the UK RS Tera Sport National Championships and, in a near North Wales clean sweep, Port Dinorwic SC won the team prize. The one exception to this being Molly Wilson from Filey SC who won the under 10 trophy.

Generous event prizes from Class sponsor Rooster, spot prizes throughout the weekend from event sponsor Allen, a massive effort from Max Barber and Rhys Bromhall of Celtic Sea Watersports, Dale Yacht Club, Association parents afloat and ashore, and Dale village provided one of the best National Championships for the class.

A busy couple of months for the UK RS Tera fleet beckons, with the Southern Championships at Royal Lymington on 25/26 June, the Eastern Championships at Burnham the following weekend, and the Northern Championships at Bassenthwaite on 16/17 July, before attention turns to the RS Tera World Championships 2022, being held as part of the RS Games at WPNSA in the first week of August. The next National event in the calendar for the UK Class is the Inland Championships at Rutland on the weekend of 10/11 September.

For all Tera related activity in the UK, check out the UK RS Tera Class Association website at

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
Pro Fleet
1st4112Jac BaileyPort Dinorwic SC2‑141‑411122111
2nd2611Ben SinfieldPort Dinorwic SC‑22‑119187211433
3rd2392Oliver Stratton‑BrownFrensham Pond SC13123253‑2611‑1340
4th2156Ffion BaileyPort Dinorwic SC107224‑198‑143844
5th822Max RawlinsonRoa Island BC5113‑16‑196575345
6th2575Ruby SunderlandBrading Haven YC42‑18758‑18918255
7th2661Charlotte WhiteWilsonian SC‑2344‑19111061541771
8th2372Jack BewDocklands Watersports SC‑24‑34RDG15622048777
9th2837Matthew KnowlesBolton SC1755‑2112157614‑2081
10th2442Nina MarshNeyland YC1613‑28‑2014341013982
11th1922Fflur PiercePort Dinorwic SC13187109414‑247‑2282
12th3608Will BradleyGurnard SC14‑21111431393‑201885
13th4200Ben AndersonGurnard SC1117‑225‑189168121189
14th3163Sirene Le PetitPPSA7‑2281313141211‑221593
15th984Joanna MacAlisterRoyal Lymington YC121515.59‑2011‑24189695.5
16th4280Imogen GreenDraycote Water SC983111526‑281315(DNC)100
17th1693Felicity AngellDraycote Water SC159‑2312(DNC)161016616100
18th2214Andrew SoarsFrensham Pond SC66108‑37241119‑2923107
19th3766Macsen BarberDale YC8(DNF)(DNC)63912275105112
20th1797Jack WilsonSutton Bingham SC3196‑29‑282519212512130
21st1316Morgan RogersPort Dinorwic SC‑31121417162117‑281719133
22nd3656Annabelle HackerRutland SC1828‑35251020‑30122110144
23rd2637Henry BullenBassenthwaite SC‑351021‑38172321251626159
24th4219Alice PopeRoyal Victoria YC2826‑3332717133019‑35172
25th2987Annabel CaldecottRutland SC‑361626222127222730‑34191
26th2391Tom YatesGurnard SC25‑3629‑36341825173214194
27th9Oscar BartlettHayling Island SC29‑31‑3427292215222828200
28th1452Tom WebbPort Dinorwic SC27202023‑3231‑38312625203
29th2478Jasmine Pillon‑SimpsonHayling Island SC202317(DSQ)31‑3423293427204
30th3230Amelia NuttallTenby SC‑38292531223226‑372321209
31st4118Olly MayoYarmouth YC1930273023293920(DNC)(DNC)217
32nd3856Mhairi MacDonaldDocklands Watersports SC‑37‑411928243329322430219
33rd3579Aimee BulkesDale YC‑393830183030342331‑39234
34th2664William JohnsonBrightlingsea SC2125323425‑37313636(DNC)240
35th3421Alice EdwardsAbersoch SC262731243536(DNC)(DNC)4232253
36th1654Merry LewisHayling Island SC3233243533‑39353427‑36253
37th3662Catrin OwensPembrokeshire YC‑4337‑4033263532353529262
38th3810Leo RiversGuernsey YC3032363736‑4136‑393331271
39th2842Howard FinnGreat Moor SC4040‑4126402840‑433824276
40th4291Max DevonportEmsworth SC333538‑4127383338‑4337279
41st3922James CaterallDerwent Water SC‑4224373938‑4237333940287
42nd2377Grace StockdaleBassenthwaite SC3443‑44‑44414043424141325
43rd2050Francis HardingThorpe Bay YC‑44‑444340424341404038327
44th1975Keira EdwardsNeyland YC45393943(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC3733330
45th3037Holly ColeThorpe Bay YC41424242(DNF)(DNF)4241DNCDNC344
46th3427Hannah CaseyBurton SC46(DNF)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC4442367
Sport Fleet
1st4133Ben GreenhalghPort Dinorwic SC‑1012422421‑1118
2nd3585Luke RowlandsRutland SC233‑10617‑125532
3rd2348William Stratton‑BrownFrensham Pond SC‑198‑10244816134
4th4199Samuel LeatherGurnard SC‑1225813249‑1734
5th3580Tristan HardingFrensham Pond SC‑176‑12656162234
6th4401Thomas WhiteheadFiley SC11‑2311‑14105310647
7th2383Will HainesGurnard SC‑2641311353‑2115458
8th3476Tom SinfieldPort Dinorwic SC‑2911(DSQ)131371153366
9th4070Raffy SedddonRoyal Lymington YC‑3310159781377‑2976
10th3496Zoe Lomas‑ClarkeFrensham Pond SC8‑1841491510‑1781078
11th2218Ethan HillHayling Island SC‑227111210‑13121341382
12th2387Will AhlheidFrensham Pond SC‑201795819‑20814989
13th4402Daniel WhiteheadFiley SC181216711126(RDG)‑20789
14th2739Lewis GordonScaling Dam SC91317‑2316991611‑23100
15th309Oliver SmithGurnard SC‑28218171211141013‑24106
16th2511Henry ReedStarcross YC11618151714‑22‑191714112
17th2459Mark SoarsFrensham Pond SC7196‑21‑24161692118112
18th2209Isla HillHayling Island SC15‑2271615181911‑2215116
19th3917Matthew BoatmanSunderland YC314‑283222115‑232316117
20th112Cassius DayGurnard SC169141819‑20‑21181912125
21st4168Noah SuttonNeyland YC‑27‑302327181718141820155
22nd2352Alex DaviesBowmoor SC5‑38202225‑2624251622159
23rd2111Ollie WilsonSutton Bingham SC2424‑252021242320‑258164
24th2259Jude BeattyRutland SC23527262022‑28(DNC)2719169
25th2827Amelia HutchinsonRoyal Lymington YC‑362524192725172912‑31178
26th596Jago MooreFrensham Pond SC62626‑282827(DNC)242427188
27th4343Molly WilsonFiley SC‑341522303231262728‑37211
28th4185Megan GowersPort Dinorwic SC31‑3229‑34302325222625211
29th2311Rafe BradleyGurnard SC4201924(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC3328214
30th2642Lauren MecklenburghRoyal Lymington YC1328302926(DNF)(DNC)DNC2935233
31st1885Ben AngellDraycote Water SC35‑39343236292726(NSC)21240
32nd2927Hannah YatesGurnard SC2129353334(DNC)30(DNC)3132245
33rd2067Florence OsborneThorpe Bay YC32‑37‑3636232831283436248
34th2302Luke MarkeyThorpe Bay YC2533323133(DNC)(DNC)DNC3026253
35th2749Millie GreenhalghPort Dinorwic SC‑373431‑38293029303634253
36th2874Jasper JenkinsonGurnard SC(NSC)272125(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC288
37th2224James BulkesDale YC(NSC)31333535(DNC)DNCDNC3733290
38th1921Archie DenleyBolton SC(NSC)35373731(DNC)DNCDNC32DNC301
39th3428Alistair CaseyBurton SC1436(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC308
40th2162Phoebe GreenhalghPort Dinorwic SC30(DNF)(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC3530310

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