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RS Tera Nationals at Burnham SC

by Jonathan Lewis – RS Tera Head Coach on 3 Jul 2012
RS Tera Nationals 2012 at Burnham Sailing Club RS Tera http://www.rstera.org/
The 2012 Zhik RS Tera National Championships took place over the weekend of 30th June – 1st of July at Burnham Sailing Club. This was no mean feat with two fleets, the Sports and the Pro’s totalling 98 competitors. With outstanding preparation and fore-sight, together with a band of talented and friendly volunteers, everything went without a hitch from launching and recovery to excellent race management in challenging conditions.

Saturday dawned bright and breezy. After a long sail out to the race course set in the mouth of the Roach, the sailors were met with 20 to 25 knots and choppy waters. With four races planned it was going to be a long day on the water.

John Hardy (PRO) ably assisted by Nick Hutton-Penman (Chief Mark layer) wasted no time in getting proceedings underway.

In the Pro’s, James Hutton-Penman dominated with three straight wins. This however, does not tell the full story as behind him, his fellow competitors were swapping places (and war stories) and keeping him honest.

With a 27 knot squall covering the race area, the PRO decided that the battle weary sailors had done enough and sent both fleets back up the river and home.

In the Sports, Sam Doble Thomson stormed out of the blocks winning the first race, with Alex Butler taking the second race. It was Henry Jameson however, who showed his intentions with two seconds and winning the third to take the day.

It wasn’t until later that we learnt that regattas around the country had been cancelled due to too much wind (Including the RS500’s at Stone and classes in The Round the Island Race) which only confirmed how the Tera Class is progressing.

The sailors were re-freshed with a hearty hog-roast and entertained by coaches, parents and fellow competitors belting out songs from well before their era at the Karaoke. It was evident from the lack of football and rugby playing that the legs were sore after an epic first day.


Sunday gave the PRO a slightly different problem. The wind had abated a little (Still 18 knots gusting 22!) and swung. This allowed the racing to be held off the clubhouse, much to the delight of the parents who didn’t have to endure the five mile walk from the day before.

The Pros were again led around the first race by James Hutton-Penman, however, with the bite taken out of the wind, it was clear that he was not going to have it all his own way. To complete the series, five races were planned and James had to ensure consistency to take the title. With race wins from, Tom Johnson, Will Taylor and Flynn Davies, James’s win in race 7 together with never being outside the top two gave him the crown.

The Sports showed how the depth of the fleet had improved with some of the closest racing ever seen. Henry Jameson started where he left off with a win but with all of his closest competitors hot on his heels. Race 5 told of how the Tera is now becoming established in the North and the talent now coming through. Ana Paterson battled throughout to get an impressive race win. However, Henry was still lurking with a third. Race 6 saw yet another race winner in Billy Vennis Ozane. Things were now getting serious and Henry stepped up to the mark and stamped his authority on the fleet with another race win. In the last race of the day, Alex proved his resilience to win and take the runner-up spot ahead of Billy in third.

Other prize winners were Freddie Peters who took the Selden Under 10 trophy and Hayling Island Sailing Club who secured the Champion Club trophy for the first RS Tera website

Overall Results:

Pro Fleet Entries: 41 Races Sailed: 8 Discard: 2

Pos

Sail No

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

Pts

1

2323

James Hutton - Penman

Burnham SC

1

1

1

1

2

2

1

2

7

2

657

Flynn Davies

Burnham SC

5

7

3

3

5

8

4

1

21

3

1747

Will Taylor

Alton water Sports Ctr

13

8

7

4

8

1

7

3

30

4

2211

Greg Kelly

Isle of Man YC

4

4

6

7

3

9

11

7

31

5

2167

Kathryn Hutton-Penman

Burnham SC

2

10

10

2

4

10

15

4

32

6

11

Chay Taylor

Burnham SC

8

11

5

6

7

7

3

6

34

7

5

Thomas Johnson

Black Water SC / Otters

20

17

14

9

1

4

2

5

35

8

2130

Fiona Mulcahy

Aldeburgh SC

7

9

4

13

14

3

6

DNC

42

9

2125

Rebecca Lewis

RYA

3

12

9

5

9

23

8

11

45

10

2170

Tristan Bracegirdle

CCSS

12

16

2

10

10

12

5

8

47

11

4

Stirling Taylor

Burnham SC

6

3

11

15

11

11

14

10

52

12

2165

Anya Green

Hayling Island SC

21

5

16

8

6

21

13

12

60

13

2169

Luke Bailey

RHS

16

6

8

12

15

20

16

9

66

14

2092

Ffinlo Wright

Isle of Man YC

9

13

21

17

12

16

9

13

72

15

2080

Amie Shute

Isle of Man YC

DNC

2

23

23

16

14

12

16

83

16

1668

Zoe Beyerman

Hayling Island SC

10

15

15

11

17

29

18

17

85

17

3

Arthur Brown

Burnham SC & RBYC

15

19

12

19

23

13

10

18

87

18

1

Lucy Terkelsen

Stone SC / Burnham SC

30

32

26

18

20

6

17

14

101

19

2171

Yann Bracegirdle

CCSC

17

26

DNC

16

19

5

22

25

104

20

2234

Zoe King

Hayling Island SC

14

20

13

20

21

17

29

27

105

21

2012

George Catchpole

Wveney & Oulton

18

18

18

24

26

31

19

15

112

22

1744

Liam Willis

Lymington Town SC

19

21

17

28

24

18

24

19

118

23

2028

Rupert Watkins

Dabchicks

DNC

DNC

DNC

14

13

15

21

20

125

24

2152

Sydney Pettitt

Alton Water SC

25

23

19

22

22

19

20

26

125

25

1461

Robert Green

Dabchicks

23

30

DNC

26

18

25

28

22

142

26

1442

Tai Thomas-Day

Sutton Bingham

26

22

DNC

31

25

22

26

21

142

27

461

Louis Giron

Lymington Town SC & RLYC

11

33

24

33

DNC

32

27

29

156

28

798

Charlotte Bassett

Royal Limington YC

27

27

22

30

30

26

31

24

156

29

1210

Nikolas Koch

 

29

25

DNC

29

29

24

25

28

160

30

1662

Grace Summers

Emsworth SC

24

24

20

21

31

DNC

DNC

DNC

162

31

1550

Jamie Aldridge

Burnham SC

32

31

DNC

27

DNC

28

23

23

164

32

1549

Alistair Scott

Ripon

31

29

DNC

25

27

30

30

DNC

172

33

2

Tom Jayasekara

Burnham SC

28

14

25

DNC

32

DNC

DNC

DNC

183

34

1593

Tony Pitt

Isle of Man YC

22

28

DNC

35

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

211

35

1597

Matthew Petts

Isle of Man YC

DNC

DNC

DNC

32

28

27

DNC

DNC

213

36

2259

Edward Holroyd

Dabchicks

DNC

DNC

DNC

36

33

DNC

DNC

DNC

237

37

2109

Elliott Marshall

 

DNC

DNC

DNC

34

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

244

38

478

Ben Bellchambers

Burnham SC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

252

38

1987

Ronnie Green

Hayling Island SC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

252

38

2074

Eleanor Whittaker

Ripon

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

252

38

2273

Flynn Luxton

Hill Head & Royal Lym

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

252

Sport Fleet - Entries 57. Raced 8, discards 2

Pos

Sail No

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

Pts

1

2233

Henry Jameson

Hayling Island SC

2

2

1

1

3

5

1

2

9

2

1985

Alex Butler

Hayling Island SC

5

1

3

4

5

10

DNC

1

19