RS Tera Inlands – Draycote Water SC

The RS Tera Inlands at Draycote Water was the last event of the season but proved to be very popular with 30 young sailors from all over the UK up for the challenge. Twelve-year-old James Hutton-Penman of Corinthian Otters, Burnham sailed consistently well to take the title just one point ahead of Robert Dyer of Sutton Bingham SC, both achieving all results in the top three.

The event started on Saturday morning with an on-the-water training session which was fairly short lived as the wind increased rapidly to the point that sensible training was not viable, although the more experienced Tera sailors thoroughly enjoyed the blast. The wind forecast suggested more to come so a decision was taken to cancel racing for the rest of the day, but the sailors enjoyed an onshore coaching session with past GBR Olympic sailor Debbie Darling passing on some top tips.

Sunday provided far more gentle conditions for the morning races. Greg Kelly from the Isle of Man YC opened with a win from Robert Dyer and James Hutton-Penman, with James winning the second from Robert Dyer and Alex Talbot, both of Sutton Bingham Sailing Club.

The wind steadily increased as the racing continued and the Teras were soon enjoying some exciting sailing with fast planing on the reaches. Despite the extra wind the racing remained close and the quality of starts impressed those watching. Robert Dyer won the third race ahead of James Hutton-Penman with Jonny Watkins of Dabchicks in third place. This meant that Robert went into the final race with a one point advantage over James, but he finished third with James taking the gun to win the championship.

Sutton Bingham SC was the top club team of three with Robert Dyer, Alex Talbot and Lucy Anne Pratt finishing 2nd, 3rd and 12th overall, and Lucy also won the a prize for most improved. The Isle of Man YC was the second best team headed by Greg and James Kelly and Isabel Sharpe, and also made off with a large tin of sweets for furthest travelled. Rebecca Lewis in seventh overall won the prize for the top local boat from Draycote Water.

The event was a great way to end a successful season of racing for the RS Teras and our thanks go to Draycote Water Sailing Club, the Principle Race Officer Andrew Weeden and Debbie Darling for coaching. Several dates for opens next season have already been set and are on the class website www.terasailing.com with more to come soon.

The class will also be establishing an RS Tera Race Squad for next season in response to demand for more racing coaching and expects to have several regional training squads operating as well. With the RS Tera Europeans taking place at Lake Garda in August and the Nationals at Dabchicks in September there is plenty to look forward to for Tera sailors next season.

RS Tera Inland Championship - Final overall results

1st 475 James Hutton-Penman Corinthian Otters 3 1 2 1 4
2nd 538 Robert Dyer Sutton Bingham SC 2 2 1 3 5
3rd 539 Alex Talbot Sutton Bingham SC 7 3 17 2 12
4th 131 Greg Kelly Isle of Man YC 1 5 6 6 12
5th 700 Jonny Watkins Dabchicks SC 5 4 3 7 12
6th 478 Josh Aldridge Burnham SC 4 22 4 5 13
7th 220 Crispin Beaumont Bartley Green SC 8 7 9 4 19
8th 7 Rebecca lewis Draycote Water SC 6 17 5 8 19
9th 958 Thomas Darling Hayling Island SC 13 6 8 9 23
10th 128 James Kelly Isle of Man YC 10 10 20 10 30
11th 681 Patrick Thompson Mudeford SC 9 15 10 12 31
12th 540 Lucy Anne Pratt Sutton Bingham SC 23 19 7 11 37
13th 331 Jeremy Leggett Bough Beech SC 14 11 12 25 37
14th 43 Isabel Sharpe 7th Wave I of M 17 14 14 13 41
15th 980 Oskar Bisset Dover Water Sports 11 20 11 23 42
16th 3 Hannah Howitt Isle of Man YC 15 13 15 14 42
17th 100 James Roe Bartley Green SC 20 8 19 16 43
18th 2 Nicholas Parkes Isle of Man YC 18 9 16 21 43
19th 701 Ned Woodcraft Dabchicks SC 19 12 13 22 44
20th 536 Charlie Rideout Sutton Bingham SC 12 18 18 15 45
21st 959 Elliot Spensley-Corfield Hayling Island SC 16 16 21 17 49
22nd 431 Rupert Watkins Dabchicks SC 25 27 22 18 65
23rd 1 Amie Shute Manx Youth SC 22 25 23 20 65
24th 745 Tristan Bracegirdle Castle Cove SC 27 21 26 19 66
25th 6 Dominic Hall Draycote Water SC 21 23 25 24 68
26th 4 Duncan Thorley Draycote Water SC 26 24 24 27 74
27th 960 Yann Bracegirdle Castle Cove SC 24 28 27 28 79
28th 5 Owen Jones Draycote Water SC 28 26 28 26 80
29th 46 Paddy Woodcraft Dabchicks SC 29 DNC DNC DNC 91
30th 460 Ryan Parker Horseshoe Lake DNF DNC DNC DNC 93
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