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RS Aero Sustainability Challenge at Burghfield Sailing Club

by Nigel Rolfe 14 Jun 2021 21:17 PDT 12 June 2021
RS Aero Sustainability Challenge © Burghfield Sailing Club

As we looked ahead to the RS Aero Sustainability Open the forecast was looking very marginal. Fortunately the forecast improved which gave us the confidence push ahead and the day didn't disappoint. It was a day to keep your head out of the boat and a real test of nerves. You never felt safe!

To catch the breeze and keep momentum was critical. This was demonstrated in the first race by Ben Rolfe in the RS Aero 9 fleet planing around the windward mark, whilst the rest of us gracefully approached the mark. But what end of the line to start? Well that was also a key decision to be made as the wind swung back and forth. Get it wrong at your peril.

In the RS Aero 9 fleet Ben was consistent with four wins and two second places. Dad had to concede in all but one race and that win was inspired by Rob Ahlheid making a move around the island into what was a lift and pressure. It was a great move catapulting Nigel back into contention. If only Rob had stuck with Nigel.

Third place in the RS Aero 9s was down to locals Chris Harrup and Peter Chaplin to fight it out. Chris securing the win in the last race having overtaken Ben on the final leg and in doing so secured his place on the podium.

In the RS Aero 7's Sammy Isaacs-Johnson looked confident. I would say cool, but it was hot! By lunch Sammy had secured two bullets, but was far from safe with locals Clive Goodwin and John Copper adding the pressure. Tom Ahlheid kept himself in contention with two 3rds.

After lunch, and a chance to rehydrate it was game on again. Sammy in the 4th race secured another win, but this his last for the day. Tom upped his game and Dan Bullock finally remembered he was back in an RS Aero! The day had its frustrations, but required a cool and confident head to win through.

After racing there was smiles all round and Dan sulking over a beer wishing he could afford an RS Aero! With everyone up sizing their rig at this event it was decided that the RS Aero 5 Sustainability Challenge Trophy would be awarded to the first junior - Well done, Tom Ahlheid.

Big thanks to all our volunteers and to our Race Officer James Anderson who made some bold calls and ensured, good racing and a good time was had by all. Thanks also to The Green Blue for their support with the Trophies and helping us raise awareness of the Sustainability issues within our sport.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
RS Aero 9
1st3003Ben RolfeBurghfield SC1st1st2nd1st1st2nd6
2nd2346Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC3rd2nd1st2nd2nd3rd10
3rd2717Chris HarrupBurghfield SC2nd4th5th4th4th1st15
4th3326Peter ChaplinBurghfield SC4th3rd3rd3rd3rd4th16
5th1603Rob AhleidFrensham Pond SC8th6th8th5th5th5th29
6th2515Ian SoarsFrensham Pond SC6th7th7th6th6th6th31
7th3434Rob StarlingBurghfield SC5th5th4thDNCDNCDNC32
8th2162Marc SollarsBurghfield SC7th8th6thDNCDNCDNC40
RS Aero 7
1st3303Sammy Isaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SC1st3rd1st1st2nd3rd8
2nd2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SC3rd5th3rd2nd1st4th13
3rd3674Dan BullockBurghfield SC4th9th6th3rd3rd1st17
4th2054Clive GoodwinBurghfield SC2nd2nd5th5th4th5th18
5th3669Chris RustPortsmouth SC5th4th4th4th5th2nd19
6th2427John CooperBurghfield SC6th1st2nd8th7th6th22
7th1603Tristan AhlheidFrensham Pond SC7th6th7th6th8th9th34
8th3170Nigel DakinSeafarers SC8th7th9th7th6th7th35
9th1173Dominic JacobsAlton9th11th8th9th10th8th44
10th3673Ben ThroupBurghfield SC10th10th11th10th9th10th49
11th2724Justin MeredithPapercourt SC11th8th10th11th11th11th51

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