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RS Aero UK Youth Championships at Rutland Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 24 Jul 03:16 PDT 20-21 July 2019

50 young RS Aero sailors came to Rutland for the UK Youth Champs. The RS Aero 5 fleet was the second biggest ever with 40 after last year's Worlds. The smaller RS Aero 7 fleet was equally stacked with talent.

A day's initiation and refresher training on the Friday allowed new young RS Aero owners and the 12 strong Charter fleet provided by RS Sailing to get up to speed quickly. A fresh breeze and the occasional squall gave an exciting day on Saturday. On Sunday conditions were lighter providing a good mix over the weekend and a few new faces near the front.

Day One

Big Saturday! Today we had four fantastic races with a fabulous breeze of 11-25 knots throughout the day.

The huge 40 boat RS Aero 5 fleet got under way first with an "All Clear" start. First to the windward mark was William Caiger (Sevenoaks School). Closely behind was Coco Barrett (Island Barn) and Iona Willows (Dorchester SC) who also made the most of the huge shifts up the beat. As the race progressed William extended his lead further securing first and Coco held on to second place while Matthew Taylor (Brightingsea) took third.

Meanwhile the smaller RS Aero 7 fleet had a very close race one with Tim Hire (Lymington) leading the race throughout, but Jack Miller (Felpham) was close behind battling it out with Noah Rees (Torpoint/Cawsand) and Ned Stattersfield (Wells) for second position. With overtakes occurring on the last run down to the finish Tim Hire held on and Jack Miller was able to secure 2nd place with Noah Rees in third.

After a very quick turnaround race 2 was under way. The chop had picked up and the spray on the press boat was intense! An extra lap was added for both fleets. The first beat was very shifty and played well by Coco Barrett and William Caiger. After two laps the 5s headed for the finish line not realising the change to three laps during the break! Iona Willows held her own and secured 1st position with Jonathan Bailey and Ben Millard (Emsworth) not far behind.

The RS Aero 7s got off to another intense race with boats switching places the whole way up the 1st beat. Noah Rees was off to a good start but Tim Hire was close on his tail. As the race progressed. Noah let speedy Tim ahead to give him another bullet. Chris Hatton (Bowmoor) pulled through and secured a third.

Race 3 for the RS Aero 5 class was led again by William Caiger. Second and third were secured by two new sailors Ewan McAnally (Rutland) and Harrison Pye (Draycote). For the RS Aero 7 it was the same story as race 2 with Tim Hire first, Noah Rees second and Chris Hatton third.

After a 30 degree wind shift, the course was quickly adjusted in time for the final race for the 5 rigs which again was won by William Caiger, with Coco Barrett in second and new sailor to the top three Curtis McKay (Queensmead)! In the RS Aero 7s Tim Hire secured his fourth bullet, Noah Rees second and Roscoe Martin (Ogston) third.

Day Two

After a windy Saturday we had many tired Youth RS Aero Sailors. Everyone was certainly looking forward to the lighter conditions ahead of them. Despite the tired legs we had a fantastic evening with a great BBQ social.

Many sailors were nervous due to the one discard from the eight races series making consistency the key to success. Saturday's leader William Caiger gained an unfortunate U Flag penalty leaving him counting a bad score.

Sunday's wind speeds of a lighter 7-15 knots made it challenging for some. The RS Aero 7s saw new race winners Noah Rees and Chris Hatton. With a close few races it looked like Noah Rees was going to overtake Tim overall but Tim was able to hold his own and win the UK Youth National Championships. A delighted Tim commented; "It was a game of two halves! The strong winds of Saturday provided fruity racing when compared to the seemingly docile but shifty Sunday. Great to see so many new faces enjoying our boat!"

With the challenging conditions big gains and losses were apparent across both fleets highlighting the benefit of consistency. In the lighter breeze really Jonathan Bailey excelled after a consistent Saturday and was able to add two bullets moving him into 1st overall to win the RS Aero 5 UK Youth Nationals. Coco Barrett also had a consistent day moving up into 2nd overall and first female sailor!

Overall it was a fantastic weekend with the 50 young sailors enjoying a challenging and fun weekend. We look forward to next year! Thanks to Rutland for being excellent hosts, to Harken & Rooster for the generous prize haul, RS Sailing for supporting the event with the charter fleet and Team Rolfe for providing the trophies.

Next up for the British fleet is the RS Aero UK Nationals starting this week at East Lothian YC, Scotland followed by the journey south to Lake Garda in August for the RS Aero Europeans.

5 Rig Results:

1st2442Jonathan BaileyGrafham SC828851‑18133
2nd2964Coco BarrettIsland Barn RSC2(DNF)626138239
3rd2976Jamie TylecoteRutland SC6575712‑141456
4th1844William CaigerSevenoaks School1(DNF)1135UFD557
5th2582Ewan McAnallyRutland SC5(DNF)2981612860
6th1819Ben MillardEmsworth SC10356‑251971363
7th1809Iona WillowsDorchester SC1514723‑24111778
8th2990Curtis McKayQueensmeadSC/HOAC9(DNF)143211117378
9th2974Samantha EdwardsPapercourt SC11(DNF)1112147161182
10th2988Nathan LumbardWeir Wood SC2079171715‑31792
11th1096Harrison PyeDraycote WSC7(DNF)3152224UFD94
12th2724Josie MeredithPapercourt SC136252210‑2651596
13th2980Issy LeetchRutland SC‑21818211110102199
14th2105Lily BarrettIsland Barn RSC4(OCS)RET13184219101
15th1551William HomewoodLymington Town SC1812191119323(UFD)105
16th1164Matthew TaylorBrightlingsea SC3(DNC)DNC416UFD10106
17th1685Lucy GreenwoodOxfordSC/Uni of Oxford124(DNC)DNC917122106
18th2214Yana SkvortsovaIsland Barn RSC‑30182829161894122
19th2966David PeatyUpton Warren SC14(DNF)231413146UFD125
20th2975Euan EtheridgeLymington Town SC1991523152025(UFD)126
21st2723Thomas WhitePapercourt SC27131218‑3622269127
22nd2979Nancy RickmanPapercourt/HISC16251316(UFD)351312130
23rd2989Ben TylecoteRutland SC36101010(UFD)283UFD138
24th2739Lou BoormanDale YC23(DNF)RET2432946139
25th2953Giles BakerRoyal Thames YC341521201221(DSQ)18141
26th2978Maggie RickmanPapercourt/HISC24232619431‑3525152
27th1215Cameron SwordPapercourt SC‑3216162722272124153
28th1135James SmaggasgaleQueensmeadSC/HOAC1714173230‑391529154
29th2949Maxi TustainIsland Barn RSC3120(RET)312082720157
30th1222Sophie DorringtonWeir Wood SC281722‑3528232027165
31st1231Maddie BilbroughHayling Island SC2222242627‑303016167
32nd1888Abigail LarrNorthampton SC2611202531‑383228173
33rd1705Kate WharmbyRoyal Lymington YC29212928‑34332823191
34th1964Alice LucyRutland SC‑3524303335322226202
35th2462Alessandra TydemanLymington Town SC25(RET)2734292919UFD204
36th2061Freya PemberyRutland SC3319313026(DNC)DNCDNC221
37th1183Phoebe WillcocksAlton Water SC38(RET)DNCDNC24253430233
38th1175Natasha SionLymington Town SC(DNC)DNC32DNC33343331245
39th2929Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SC37(RET)DNCDNC373629UFD262
40th1710Emma BloeseGuernsey YC(RET)DNCDNCDNC383736DNC275

7 Rig Results:

1st2439Tim HireRLYC/LymTownSC1111‑541312
2nd2875Noah ReesTorpointMosq/CawsandBay‑3222132214
3rd1590Chris HattonBowmoor SC433‑6414120
4th2106Roscoe MartinOgston SC‑9563323426
5th2415Jack MillerFelpham SC27452‑85530
6th1108Charlie PearceDabchicks SC68546‑98744
7th2325Ned StattersfieldWells‑Next‑The‑Sea54(DNC)DNC777647
8th2603Ellie CraigDraycote WSC8677856(DNC)47
9th2060Oscar MorleyRutland SC7988910(DNC)DNC62
10th2708Maisie BristowIsland Barn RSC1010(RET)DNC1069864

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