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RS Aero UK Open and National Championship at Eastbourne Sovereign SC - Overall

by RS Aero UK Class Association 3 Sep 21:52 PDT 28-31 August 2020

The RS Aero UK Nationals was the Class' first event in a racing deprived 2020 and over 100 RS Aero sailors were ready for it with many more disappointed to not be able to join the championship this year.

Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club is not a large club but they had mobilised a small army of enthusiastic volunteers, passionate to support racing activity and create a wonderfully welcoming environment to their guests in difficult circumstances. An incredible amount of thought and planning had gone in to the creation of a socially distanced and hygienic environment from which a 100+ RS Aero championship was able to take place. No stone was left unturned in their efforts with detailed risk assessments, split meal & launch groupings, face coverings, regular sanitisation, portaloos cleaned after every visit, one way systems, generously proportioned boat berths, an online notice board, pre recorded briefing and a 'hands off' tally system!

Over the 4 days Eastbourne's open water venue provided a variety of racing conditions to suit everyone at some point. Strong & light breezes, wonderful Eastbourne waves and flat water, both clear cross-shore winds and a challenging off-shore breeze too. There were opportunities for all weight ranges, coastal wave specialists and inland shift sniffers too!

With a stiff breeze forecast from the outset the small RS Aero 9 fleet opted to join the RS Aero 7s which made two good near equal fleets of 57 and 47 competitors, much to the race officers pleasure. The RS Aero 9 fleet is set to make its comeback whenever conditions suit.

RS Aero 5s

Good consistency across the varied conditions saw Mike Wood (RAF & Draycote) take the series with a race to spare. Past RS Aero 5 World Champion Andrew Frost (Sutton Bingham) took 2nd just ahead of Top Youth, Leo Wilkinson (Maidenhead & Datchet) in 3rd. Rounding out the top 6 were the upcoming David Peaty (Draycote) in 4th and Worlds Silver Medallist David Ellis (Lymington Town) in 5th and Harrison Pye (Draycote) finishing strongly for 6th.

RS Aero 7s

Sam Whaley (Swanage) asserted an early dominance in the RS Aero 7s whilst the breeze was up, rarely challenged for speed. A few safe counters in the trickier conditions enabled a safe closing out of his series. Steady improvement saw Peter Barton (Lymington Town) win Day 3 in the shifty offshore breeze to claim 2nd overall with a race win. A titanic tussle for 3rd ended with Tim Hire (Lymington Town & Royal) retaining his 3rd from the 2019 champs and Top Youth with some safe discards to rely on. Dominic Hall (Hayling) did one better than his 5th in last year's Europeans to take 4th. Noah Rees (Lymington Town & Torpoint) grafted out a steady series for 5th. Greg Bartlett (Starcross) held 6th, showing incredible pace in the stronger breezes after many hours out training in the most ridiculous of conditions!

This year saw an interesting boost in the Youth category with a whopping 34 under 19s in total, proportionally a large increase. Following previous feedback the Masters category was decided over only the first two races each day, allowing an early finish if they were not also gunning for the overall result. Round Britain dinghy adventurer, Neil Peters (Pevensey) took the RS Aero 7 masters title and Tim Rush (Notts County) took to RS Aero 5s. Top Lady in the RS Aero 5s was Caitie Atkin (Whitstable) and Ellie Craig (Draycote) took the RS Aero 7s.

The Top Family title is decided with two family members combined results, with the Hall brothers of Hayling pipping the Pye brothers of Draycote (after they discarded Daddy Pye!). The large turnout of Lymington Town SC took the Top Club award (top 3 members to count), just ahead of the strong Draycote team.

Eastbourne Sovereign SC have the advantage of plentiful outdoor space and shore side activity managed to include the annual Class AGM and customary daily prize-givings with Top Tips from the day's leaders, all held outside one fleet at a time to enable social distancing on RS' famous pink carpet. For what was always set to be an 'outdoorsey' championship we were graced by some lovely sunshine, confirming Eastbourne's reputation as the UKs sunniest town according to the Met, increasing everyone's Vitamin D count before the autumn sets in!

A huge thank you to all our supporters in a difficult year, Rooster, Selden Mast, Noble Marine, Harken, RS Sailing and Eastbourne Borough Council, assisting with the creation of an excellent event and helping provide a generous spread of gifts and awards. Class Juror, David Battye, was afloat helping keep the fleet honest and racing high quality, assisted by David Tydeman who generously provided his rib and expertise. Most of all, thank you to Eastbourne Sovereign SC members for making our championships possible!

Next up for the UK RS Aero Class are events at Lymington, Burton (Derby) and Salcombe in September before the Inland & Masters champs ant Draycote in October. Keep in touch with RS Aero events and activity via the RS Aero Class Facebook Group and the Class Website

Overall Results:

PosSail HelmClubCat.R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
RS Aero 5
1st2697Mike WoodRAF SA/DraycoteWaterSC 24221‑7125(DNC)19
2nd1312Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC 123‑12522‑99529
3rd2105Leo WilkinsonMaidenhead/DatchetSCY336541‑774‑833
4th2966David PeatyDraycote Water SCY4‑154323414(RET)1347
5th1209David EllisLymington Town SC 51‑114‑22410107748
6th1096Harrison PyeDraycote Water SC 11510107‑1881‑40456
7th3303Sammy Isaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SC ‑121176‑15835101161
8th3042Jonathan BaileyGrafham Water SCY10‑1615‑331669151173
9th1164Matthew TaylorBrightlingsea SC 1713511911‑18415(DNC)85
10th3342Jack MillerFelpham SC (DNC)(DNC)1131956203388
11th1551Euan EtheridgeLymington Town SCY761214851622‑29‑3190
12th2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SCY1614‑21(DSQ)1010121614294
13th1672Fergus PyeDraycote Water SCY(UFD)188‑21612191132198
14th2071Sam BlakerBenfleet/Thorpe Bay YCY610‑1881814131317‑2499
15th2057Curtis McKayQueensmead SC/HOACY8121715‑21131418‑3610107
16th1568Caitlin AtkinWhitstable YCL97142212‑281712‑3923116
17th2356David CalderBurghfield SCY(UFD)17131317241128‑306129
18th1047Tim RushNotts County SCM‑252123720921825‑32134
19th3351Ellie RushNotts County SCY L2020‑2816132315‑371918144
20th1566Abby HireRLymYC/LymTownSCJ L1519241811‑27‑35201625148
21st2936William HomewoodLymington Town SCY1881927‑2917222118‑28150
22nd3330Iona WillowsDorchester/StokesBaySCL199161723‑3527(DNC)1230153
23rd3305Richard BullockItchenor SC (DNC)(DNC)99142063DNCDNC157
24th2214Yana SkvortsovaIsland Barn RSCY L282334‑38(DNC)16292629167
25th1502Elinor O'LearyIsland Barn RSCY L‑31‑35291931252017820169
26th3297Esme BarracloughYorkshire Dales SCJ L2225‑2726242223‑352114177
27th2429Becky CaigerSevenoaks SchoolY L21‑28‑3028252624251319181
28th3002Jane PeckhamGurnard SCM L1424252026‑39‑34312422186
29th2875Sarah AllanRoyal Thames YCL1322312519‑342529‑4129193
30th2870Cathy PartingtonLeigh and Lowton SCL3029‑33242831‑3223627198
31st3073Alice LucyRutland SCL2731‑373132‑4026301112200
32nd1533Ted BallDraycote Water SCY293022292729‑3624‑3316206
33rd2708Maisie BristowIsland Barn RSCY L242726373015‑391937(DNC)215
34th1893Alice DavisGreat Moor SCY L‑3434‑383234303133223219
35th2505Tom WharmbyRoyal Lymington YCJ32263230333630‑39‑3835254
36th2195Joseph BlakerBenfleet YCY3637‑403438333327(RET)17255
37th2929Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SCY2632‑4136(DNC)2138343237256
38th1705Kate WharmbyRoyal Lymington YCY L2333353535‑3837‑382638262
39th3301Emily DavisGreat Moor SCL3739‑433937‑4140322815267
40th1301Oskar ShepherdGreat Moor SCJ3536362336422836(RET)(UFD)272
41st1175Natasha SionLymington Town SCY L33(DNC)(DNC)403937RET422734300
42nd2952Catherine HemsleyFelpham SCM L(DNC)(DNC)39DNCDNC3241402340311
43rd2147Ollie LeesonSilver Wing SCY3838‑4441(DNC)4343413139314
44th2442Helen BaileyGrafham Water SCL(DNC)(DNC)4242DNC4442433526322
45th1108Charlie PearceDabchicks (DNC)(DNC)20DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC356
46th1178Alex SimmondsEastbourne Sovereign SCJ(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC3436358
RS Aero 7
1st1224Sam WhaleySwanage SC 11111‑413‑4413
2nd3193Peter BartonLymington Town SC 64335221(UFD)(DNC)26
3rd2439Tim HireRLymYC/LymTownSCY107262187‑13‑1543
4th3183Dominic HallHayling Island SC 72544‑9(UFD)59743
5th73Noah ReesLymington Town SC 3862‑1383‑147946
6th3174Greg BartlettStarcross YC 254(DNC)33‑1310101148
7th3306Neil PetersPevensey Bay SCM53161861917‑245‑2389
8th3023Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA ‑231112717510820‑3090
9th3200Ben Hutton‑PenmanHayling Island SCY(RET)209‑2519244162195
10th1415Keith EscrittYorkshire Dales SCM1619‑21915‑269961396
11th2836James RusdenHighcliffe SC 151823814117‑318(UFD)104
12th3187Daragh SheridanHowth YC ‑351510101210‑23201221110
13th2922Andrew WishartBroadwater SC 13232917‑34(UFD)61338112
14th3000Steve NorburyWarsash SC 2091411723(RET)18‑3510112
15th1109James HallHayling Island SC ‑3621172811181561(UFD)117
16th3003Ben RolfeBurghfield SC 12‑24221297142223‑31121
17th1331Rory CohenSouth Cerney SC 1116(DNC)1410625‑282219123
18th2865Ben CharnleySnettisham Beach SC 21147518222423(DNC)(DNC)134
19th3047Andrew KilburnLymington Town S C 14252015821(UFD)15‑4024142
20th2325Ned StattersfieldWells‑Next‑The‑SeaY182628222220(DNC)11‑333150
21st2738Andrew (Spike) DanielsHayling Island SC ‑31‑292520211211212420154
22nd2541Neville HerbertLymington Town SC 91213232635(DNC)(DNC)2914161
23rd3144Matt ThursfieldChelmarsh SC 1917111923132930(DNC)(DNC)161
24th2603Eleanor CraigDraycote Water SCL2928‑3830‑36321619152171
25th2060Luke McGillSunderland YC 30‑33‑3124241518251425175
26th3175Gareth GriffithsIsland Barn RSCGM342224262029(DNC)(DNC)165176
27th3005Nigel RolfeBurghfield SCM17‑322716‑333019262122178
28th2001Simon GeymanDatchet/LymTown SC 332782125(UFD)3012‑3932188
29th2719Craig WilliamsonStaunton Harold SC 46(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC5217DNC208
30th3326Peter ChaplinBurghfield SCM‑39303533312532‑361117214
31st2839Richard BentleyFelpham SCM‑38‑393632321428371916214
32nd1590Chris HattonBowmoor SC 221315(DNC)(DNC)DNC22428DNC220
33rd2470Tom LoveseyRYA 25313029(DNC)271217(DNC)DNC229
34th1365Richard PyeDraycote Water SC 810181316(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC239
35th3043Philip BaileyGrafham Water SC 2643(DNC)3129(DNC)21293429242
36th1972Ted WardLymington Town SCY2742(DNC)2739332035(DNC)28251
37th2581Peter CraggsYork RI SC ‑40‑383234273433343027251
38th3072Charlie WarhurstPennine SC 44‑5241393716342737(UFD)275
39th3198David CherrillBroadwater SCM‑473539373836263926(UFD)276
40th2572Andy HillWarsash SC 243437352817(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC291
41st1024Jason HardmanHayling Island SC 4144344230283142(DNC)(DNC)292
42nd3018Robin CaigerBough Beech SC (RET)‑534346443740433218303
43rd3390James GerwatFelpham SC ‑4545403641(DNC)37403634309
44th2808Steve RobertsTorpoint Mosquito SC 4946(DNC)414031353831(DNC)311
45th1747Andrew CooneyBroadwater SCM5350(DNC)434239(DNC)DNC256316
46th2987Nick HartEastbourne Sovereign SCM4347(DNC)3835(DNC)273338DNC319
47th3305Richard BullockItchenor SC 4240(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC1812344
48th2737Kingsley BrownGurnard SCM51(DNC)42454338394543(UFD)346
49th1400Gary FowlerGrafham Water SCM5051(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC38412726349
50th1261Martin RootsCardiff Bay YC 5248(DNC)44(DNC)DNC3632DNC35363
51st3342Jack MillerFelpham SC 373719(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC383
52nd3170Phil KilburnLymington Town SCM4649(DNC)40(DNC)DNCDNCDNC4133383
53rd1108Charlie PearceDabchicks 283633(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC387
54th3127Fred BarryWarsash SCY324126(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC389
55th3021James LeesonSilver Wing SC 54(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC414442DNC413
56th1302Tobias LloydFelpham SC 4854(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC450
57th2168Tomaso MacchiWeston SC (DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC464
RS Aero 5 Masters (only including the first two races each day)
11047Tim RushNotts County SCM‑2521237 921 25‑32106
23002Jane PeckhamGurnard SCM L14242520 ‑39‑34 2422129
32952Catherine HemsleyFelpham SCM L(DNC)(DNC)3948 3241 2340223
42225Johnny McKeownLancing SCGM(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC DNCDNC DNCDNC288
RS Aero 7 Masters (only including the first two races each day)
13306Neil PetersPevensey Bay SCM53186 17‑24 5‑2354
21415Keith EscrittYorkshire Dales SCM‑16‑19915 99 61361
33005Nigel RolfeBurghfield SCM17‑3216‑33 1926 2122121
43175Gareth GriffithsIsland Barn RSCGM34222620 (DNC)(DNC) 165123
53326Peter ChaplinBurghfield SCM‑39303331 32‑36 1117154
62839Richard BentleyFelpham SCM‑38‑393232 2837 1916164
73198David CherrillBroadwater SCM‑47353738 2639 26(UFD)201
82987Nick HartEastbourne Sovereign SCM43‑473835 2733 38DNC214
91747Andrew CooneyBroadwater SCM53504342 (DNC)DNC 256219
101400Gary FowlerGrafham Water SCM5051(DNC)DNC 3841 2726233
112737Kingsley BrownGurnard SCM51(DNC)4543 3945 43(UFD)266
123170Phil KilburnLymington Town SCM464940(DNC) DNCDNC 4133267

L = Lady
J = Junior (under 16)
Y = Youth (under 19)
M = Master (55 and over)
GM = Grand Master (65 and over)

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