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RS Aero Open at Burghfield Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 28 Mar 15:49 BST 25 March 2023

As per forecast, 20kn gusting 30kn bombarded a breezy Burghfield for an exciting opening event of the UK's RS Aero season. 29 single handers in total joined for the combined RS Aero and Blaze open meeting.

Greeted by a strong wind whistling through the rigging, a few tactical rig entry changes were made from those who had entered with the larger sails leaving a fleet of RS Aero 5 and 7s. The format led by our race officer Mark Cooper was for four races with a discard, back to back with a (very welcome) lunch break in between where lovely hot food was served by the club caterers. The wind did not let down, the sun came out to match and we had some full on sailing with high speed thrills and spills.

Mark Cooper made the very most of the peachy day with a mammoth beat the length of the lake followed by a downwind slalom. Five reaches and runs with two gybes was what the RS Aero sailors had been dreaming of all winter. Now it was coming true at Burghfield. We rely on our race officers for good race management, humour is a bonus. The line of the day was 'The worst shallows are marked with grass' (referring to Burghfield's islands).

The RS Aeros started together as one fleet and were clean off the line on every start. Tristan Ahlheid (Frensham) demonstrated the potency of the RS Aero 5 in a breeze, when well sailed. He led the fleet, both 5s and 7s, at the first mark with flat power hiking and tacks on the right shifts to take 3 counting PY wins in the first 3 races. Peter Barton (Lymington Town) found form late in the day to eek out enough distance for the PY win in Race 4. Completing the podium was Joe Jones (Burghfield). Staying upright as well as fast was the name of the game!

Once most had gladly made it back to the shore, the three youths with the 5 rigs stayed out for a bit more fun, chasing each other around the lake! With this attitude we can expect to see these names featuring in the upcoming summer championships.

If there were winter cobwebs in our boats before racing there were certainly not after! Those brown mud stains on the heads of sails are not 'Stains of Shame', they are 'Badges of Bravery' for the heroes who turned out - well done to everyone!

Thank you to Burghfield SC for hosting another great event and to Rooster and Recycled Sail Bags for their excellent prizes.

Next up for the UK RS Aeros is the Spring Championship at Island Barn on Saturday 22nd April. April also sees regional RS Aero Class coaching (to help adults keep up with the Youth Team!) in the Midlands (Notts County SC, 8th April), the South (Sutton Bingham SC, 15th April) and Scotland (Dalgety Bay SC, 22/23nd April).

Full details are on the RS Aero UK Events Calendar.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubRigPYR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1070Tristan AhlheidFrensham Pond SCRS Aero 5113611123
2nd4396Peter BartonLymington Town SCRS Aero 7106322315
3rd3185Joseph JonesBurghfield SCRS Aero 5113633.5248.5
4th3669Chris RustBrightlingsea SCRS Aero 7106343.55DNC12.5
5th3674Tom JonesBurghfield SCRS Aero 71063644614
6th3815Richard MayoLymington Town SCRS Aero 5113685DNC316
7th2162Christopher RowlandBurghfield SCRS Aero 71063967518
8th4228Andrew BarnettIsland Barn SCRS Aero 71063776820
9th4310Andrew SoarsFrensham Pond SCRS Aero 511361098724
10th1603Rob AhlheidFrensham Pond SCRS Aero 710635DNFDNCDNC34
11th3811Andy WilkinsSouth Carnarvonshire YCRS Aero 71063DNF10DNCDNC42
12th1205Penny LukeFelpham SCRS Aero 71063DNFDNCDNCDNC49
12th2427John CooperBurghfield SCRS Aero 71063DNFDNCDNCDNC49
12th3890David AngwinLymington Town SCRS Aero 71063DNFDNCDNCDNC49
15th3023Richard WatshamStarcross YCRS Aero 91010DNCDNCDNCDNC51
15th3675Nigel RolfeBurghfield SCRS Aero 71063DNCDNCDNCDNC51

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