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RS Aero Open at Felpham Sailing Club

by Jack Miller 8 Sep 00:51 PDT 4 September 2021
2021 Felpham RS Aero Open © Felpham Sailing Club

18 RS Aeros and 16 RS Teras turned up on a sunny morning at Felpham looking forward to some classic Felpham sea breeze wave sailing. However the fleet was met with a relatively light and unsettled North Easterly which turned out to be a challenging race day for the sailors and race committee although a fantastic sunny day on the seaside for all!

Halfway up the first beat it was clear the day was going to be all about playing the shifts. Dom Hall got an early lead and stayed in front until the finish with Sam Brackley close behind him.

Race 2 saw Sam Brackley leading the fleet with a comfortable lead, however, a big left shift saw Jack Miller and Spike Daniels sneak past getting the one and two, while Sam slipped back to third.

For the start of Race 3 the wind came in from the North and picked up to about 11 knots, however, before the fleet reached the windward mark the wind had died again and gone round to the East, with Toby Schofield leading the fleet home with an impressive lead.

A bit of delay ensued before Race 4 started as the sailors waited for the wind to settle. Race 4 saw a relatively settled 6 knot South Easterly, first to the windward mark was Dom Hall closely followed by Jack Miller. With a comfortable lead on the rest of the fleet both Dom and Jack each knew they needed to win this race to win overall, so the match racing started! Dom led most of the race however over cooked his final roll gybe at the end allowing Jack to sneak past for the overall win.

The top three were Jack Miller (Felpham), Dom Hall (Hayling Island), and Toby Schofield (Felpham). Top Youth was Sam Brackley (Felpham). Top Lady was Catherine Hemsley (Felpham) just ahead of Sarah Green (Llanderfedd) as they prepare for the RS Aero UK Ladies Champs on the 18/19th at Bowmoor SC.

Many thanks to all at Felpham SC for putting on another excellent event.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubRigR1R2R3R4Pts
1st3342Jack MillerFelpham SCRS AERO 7‑81214
2nd3183Dominic HallHayling Island SCRS AERO 71‑4326
3rd1562Toby SchofieldFelpham SCRS AERO 73‑5137
4th1891Sam BrackleyFelpham SCRS AERO 7234(RET)9
5th2738Spike DanielsHayling Island SCRS AERO 7‑525512
6th2999Toby WincerHayling Island SCRS AERO 76‑147417
7th3148Callum AldousFelpham SCRS AERO 746‑11717
8th2188Ollie LewisFelpham SCRS AERO 713‑186827
9th2952Catherine HemsleyFelpham SCRS AERO 799(RET)927
10th1333Sarah GreenLlanderfeddRS AERO 71012‑14628
11th1413Roshan VergheseFelpham SCRS AERO 77139(RET)29
12th2649Jonathan DrakeMinnis Bay SCRS AERO 7127‑171130
13th1675Chris WhitneyFelpham SCRS AERO 9111010‑1531
14th3503Luke RobertsFelpham SCRS AERO 5‑178151033
15th3180Josie KellyFelpham SCRS AERO 5‑1411121235
16th2986Mark SmithEastbourne SSCRS AERO 716‑1781438
17th2420David GreenLlanderfeddRS AERO 7‑1815161344
18th1302Tobias LloydFelpham SCRS AERO 7151613(RET)44

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