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RS Aero "Pop Up" Open at Burton Sailing Club

by Ian Merryfield 22 Oct 2022 06:48 BST 16 October 2022
RS Aero “Pop Up” Open at Burton © Grant Pollard

15 RS Aero sailors attended the Pop Up open meeting hosted at Burton Sailing club to replace an event cancelled due to low water levels across the UK. Although the water levels at Foremark Reservoir, were down further than they had been for several years, the sailing area has been retained but launching is a bit trickier and more messy than usual.

Sunday started bright and sunny with a south westerly breeze giving a true beat into the main body of the reservoir. This was followed by a tricky broad reach back down the lake to a short second beat and two reaches back to the leeward mark. Joe Scurrah from Carsington lead Race 1 at the end of the first lap chased by Grahame Newton from Staunton Harold. At the end of the next beat Grahame had passed Joe and held on to the lead until the end of the race.

Race 2 was held back to back with race 1 in slightly reduced and shifting breeze, but with some fine reaches set. Graham Newton lead the way around closely followed by his club mate from Staunton Harold, Paul Williamson. These two managed to stay clear of the wind hole that appeared at the leeward mark at the end of the first lap that bunched the main body of the fleet up. From the ensuing chase Gareth Williams from Leigh and Lowton caught up to 3rd with Newton taking 1st and Williamson 2nd.

Race 3 was held after lunch with fickle breeze that brought a short postponement whilst the course was reset. The race officer managed to set a true first beat, but for the shifty conditions caused by the interaction with the headland and the converging wind stream. The lessening wind played into Grahame Newton's hands again and he stayed clear of the fleet, Joe Scurrah had to settle for second and David Cronk from Hunts SC in third.

Congratulations to Grahame Newton (Staunton Harold SC) on his win with three bullets. Gareth Williams (Leigh & Lowton SC) took 2nd with Joe Scurrah (Carsington SC) in 3rd. There were really good battles between those at the front, middle and back of the fleet.

Thanks to Burton SC and all their volunteers who stepped up at short notice to save this open and made the day run so smoothly. Thanks to Rooster for supporting with prizes.

Next up for the UK RS Aeros is the autumn's big one - the UK Inlands - and with over 50 RS Aeros already signed up we are set for some great racing at Draycote this weekend. Check out the evolving UK winter calendar for off season opportunities on the RS Aero UK Events List.

Overall Results:

PosSailHelmClubRigRatingR1R2R3Pts
1st3799Grahame NewtonStaunton Harold SCRS Aero 710651113
2nd1118Gareth WilliamsLeigh & Lowton SCRS Aero 7106533410
3rd4307Joe ScurrahCarsington SCRS Aero 7106527211
4th3942David CronkHunts SCRS Aero 7106574314
5th3687John BlundellStaunton Harold SCRS Aero 7106555616
6th3439Paul WilliamsonStaunton Harold SCRS Aero 71065102517
7th1062Dan PhillipsRipon SCRS Aero 71065661325
8th2902Kevin PayneBartley SCRS Aero 71065910726
9th2125David MooreSwarkstone SCRS Aero 71065118928
10th3032Thoma PentyBeaver SCRS Aero 71065891229
11th3676Kent Martin RS Aero 710654111631
12th2039Karl MorleyBurton SCRS Aero 710651312833
13th3031Paul HemingwayCarsington SCRS Aero 7106514131037
14th2870Cathy LunnLeigh & Lowton SCRS Aero 6110012141137
15th2989Rebecca GoodallBurton SCRS Aero 5113615151444

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