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RS Aero 6 & 9 UK National Championships at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy

by RS Aero International Class Association 30 May 17:20 BST 27-29 May 2023

The first split RS Aero UK 6 & 9 Nationals took place over the Bank Holiday weekend with the two classes competing at a sun drenched Weymouth enjoying a wonderful variety of conditions.

The RS Aero 6 saw their largest fleet to date with 43 boats showing incredible popularity and growth after just one year in production, a testament to the identified demand for the rig size. The RS Aero 9 fleet of 22 was the largest in recent years, with the abundant power/weight ratio for an exciting ride proving popular with the larger sailors.

Competition was red hot in both fleets with Olympic campaigners and past RS Aero National, European and World Champions taking part. The UK Championship saw good support from international visitors, helped by charter RS Aeros from RS Sailing, with 7 nations in total represented including Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, France, Iceland, Norway and Great Britain.

Over the three days and eight races the championship saw a variety of 6 distinctly different conditions in wind strength from 5-20kn and varying direction as the breeze changed through the course of each day. This kept the racing interesting and gave all sailors, heavy or light, an opportunity to shine with the most consistent performers ultimately coming out on top.

Race Officer Bob (Arky) Wainwright did an excellent job chasing the breeze and whilst two races needed to be abandoned on the first beat we were ultimately pleased to achieve 8 of the 9 race series before close of play on Monday. Juror, Sian Reynolds, kept a close eye on the action to help keep the racing fair and fun with her yellow flag ever ready to correct anyone stepping over the line. Sian gave pre-race briefings and post-race debriefs which will help everyone's better understanding of the limitations of the rules going forwards.

In the RS Aero 9s Ben Flower (Paignton) dominated with a sting of 1sts showing excellent speed and race craft. Peter Barton (Lymington) and Magne Klann (Soon, Norway) went into the last day near equal with Peter going on to take 2nd with Magne 3rd. A month sailing the length of Norway's west coast unsupported and camping out of his RS Aero has helped to make Magne a very fast and competent RS Aero sailor!

There was a real tussle for the RS Aero 6 title. Chloe George (Lymington) won two races on Day 1 and Noah Rees (Lymington) was overnight leader with a 3,1,7. After two more challenging races on Day 2 Andrew Frost (Sutton Bingham) had taken the lead with a consistent set of top 5 results. Day 3 started out with 20kn dropping to 8kn over three races and Ben Whaley took control smashing in three 1st places to be a clear winner from Jon Emmett (Weir Wood) in 2nd, Noah in 3rd and Andrew slipping to 4th.

For the category prizes the first International Visitor in the RS Aero 9s was Magne Klann (Soon, Norway) and in the RS Aero 6s it was Roy Van Maanen (Greystones, Ireland). Chloe was first Female in 5th. Ian Escritt (Yorkshire Dales) was first Master (O55) and Grand Master (O65) in 10th. First Youth (U22) was Sam Blaker (Thorpe Bay) and first Youth Female was Abigail Larr (Draycote).

Many thanks to Weymouth and Portland NSA and all their volunteers for hosting another excellent RS Aero championship. Thanks to Rooster for their generous support of the prizes and to RS Sailing for the day prizes.

Focus now turns to the upcoming RS Aero World Championship in two months time in Sardinia 26-30th July and a month after that is the RS Aero 5 & 7 UK Championship in Tenby, Wales from 20-25th August.

RS Aero UK Events Calendar:
Championship photo gallery thanks to Oli King:

RS Aero 6 Results:

14272Ben WhaleySwanage SC ‑9431‑1111111
24434Jon EmmettWeir Wood SC 4(DSQ)‑144153219
34295Noah ReesLymington Town SC 317(OCS)‑2624522
43875Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC 5243‑94‑9725
53870Chloe GeorgeLymington Town SCF1101‑12‑1986329
64397Jack MillerFelpham/Paignton SC 77‑205595‑1438
74321Chris HattonLymington Town SC ‑106‑197778439
867Craig WilliamsonStaunton Harold SC 1514‑1721532‑3051
93046Steve JacksonHardway SC 12321616‑28‑21857
104374Ian EscrittYorkshire Dales SCM895111411(OCS)‑1558
114351Andrew KilburnLymington Town SC 14‑15‑27666141359
122071Sam BlakerThorpe Bay YCY‑168913‑2313111266
133866Ellie CraigBlackpool & FleetwoodF17513‑262‑19161669
144355Sammy Isaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SC 6161115331(DNC)(DNC)82
154326Chris CattNetley SC 2118(OCS)2520(RET)1884
162738Andrew DanielsHayling Island SCM19‑27218‑341271784
173000Steve NorburyWarsash SCM22‑321021‑331513687
183661Graham TribbeckLee‑on‑Solent SC 211961417‑2612‑2489
193669Christopher RustPortsmouth SC 1813‑2892717(OCS)1094
204430Roy Van MaanenGreystones SC IRLM‑23121819201423‑31106
2169Chris JonesSutton Bingham SCM1318‑3027‑31161519108
2268Ed RollestoneHayling Island SCY112116‑354‑363227111
232686Guy RivingtonStokes Bay SC 281729(OCS)‑3518109111
244431Noel ButlerNational YC IRL 27(OCS)2510‑32101821111
253391Rupert StockRoyal Lymington YC 202315(OCS)8(RET)DNS11121
262572Andy HillWarsash SCM‑32221224‑36292520132
273942David CronkHunts SCM‑31‑30222313271928132
283815Richard MayoLymington Town SC ‑30202420242426‑35138
291455David StocktonWimbleball SCM‑29‑31262810212826139
302150Luca MitchellPaignton SCY2424‑37252123‑2725142
311006Sophie StocktonMaidenhead SCF2625232228‑3022‑32146
321447Floris StapelBraassemermeer NED ‑35343517(RET)221723148
331888Abigail LarrDraycote Water SCF Y‑3426‑401822252434149
344352Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SCY‑3333‑383029322033177
352870Cathy LunnLeigh and Lowton SCF2529362937(DNS)(DNS)22178
362677Jeff JacksonLee‑on‑Solent SCM‑3628‑343430332929183
374346Kingsley BrownGurnard SCM‑37373136123533‑38184
383328Klaus HarrisSwanage SC ‑40‑39323139343136203
391909Jorn DomresSV Harlebucht GERM‑3836333238(NSC)3037206
401788Nick ScullyPoole YCM(NSC)38413818(DNS)DNS40219
411308Sian ClarkDraycote Water SCF39‑41‑423740373439226
421750Alan GoulePaignton SCM4235393341(DNC)(DNC)DNC234
431570Robert HoldwayPoole YCM4140(RET)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC257

RS Aero 9 Results:

12550Ben FlowerPaignton SC CAN ‑11‑2111116
24396Peter BartonLymington Town SCM231‑4‑522212
33746Magne KlannSoon Seilforening NOR 42‑732‑55420
44231Chris LarrDraycote Water SC ‑8552‑634625
53023Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA ‑763‑9443525
64027Robbie LawsonEast Lothian YCM34‑176‑2069937
73130Rory CohenSouth Cerney SC 68‑127‑1396339
81457Chris JenkinsBowmoor SC ‑101045‑1477740
93438Paul BartlettStarcross YCM5(RET)6108810845
102384Simon GeymanLymington Town SC ‑16788910‑111153
113397Matt PerkinsLymington Town SC 9‑131311‑161181264
123677Peter CraggsYork SC 14‑1514‑15313121369
132659Jon MillsSouth CaernarvonshireM12910167‑2015‑1969
143042Paul HalliwellRed Wharf Bay/IBRSCM1114‑1614‑1712131074
152832Clive HarriesYorkshire Dales SCM(NSC)17151210(DNS)141583
163890David AngwinLymington Town SCM13119‑19(OCS)17161884
174091Phil WhiteBowmoor SC (NSC)(NSC)11131515171485
184428Adalsteinn LoftssonSiglingafelagio Ymir ISLM171818181216‑19‑2099
192460Barry SmithThornbury SCM1919‑21171118‑2117101
203852Nick AllenPapercourt SC 1816‑20‑2018141816103
213811Andy WilkinsSouth Caernarvonshire 151219‑211919‑20‑21104
224429Victor OjedaRS Aero Class Assoc 2020(DNS)22(RET)DNCDNCDNC131

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