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RS Aero Open at Papercourt Sailing Club

by Mark Carleton 4 Oct 2021 21:16 PDT 26 September 2021
2021 Papercourt RS Aero Open © Peter Snow

Mirror-calm conditions and bacon butties welcomed 22 RS Aeros on arrival at Papercourt's fourth RS Aero open and there was much rig-swapping as competitors up-sized to suit the conditions for the best day's racing. Thankfully, the breeze lived up to the forecast and filled in just in time for the first start.

Race 1 saw Sam Mettam sailing an RS Aero 7 demonstrate his local knowledge and how readily he has taken to his first season in RS Aeros staying with the RS Aero 9s all the way to the finish and winning with a comfortable margin on handicap.

In Race 2, Gareth Griffiths was first over the finish line in an RS Aero 9, but the locals looked to have it sewn up again on handicap with Mark Carleton and Sam Mettam rounding the last mark only seconds behind. However, Sam tried a little too hard to get passed Mark and ended up doing two(!) lots of turns giving Abby Hire an opportunity to sneak through into third.

Time for a refuelling stop and the combination of the ever-friendly RS Aero fleet, Papercourt's warm hospitality and generous provisions made for a very convivial lunch.

Back on the water for Race 3 and everyone remained very friendly and relaxed and most of the fleet were miles behind the line on the gun! The fleet was incredibly close for a lap and a half before Tim Hire showed why he is national champion, put his foot down and gained a full two minutes on the rest of the fleet.

In the final race of the day, the breeze picked up significantly making things a bit tougher for the RS Aero 9s. But nothing could stop Tim from claiming a second bullet and first place overall. Claire Power got her best result of the day with a 10th to take the prize for first RS Aero 5.

Finally ashore for trophies and copious quantities of cake! Congratulations to Tim Hire, 1st RS Aero 9 and 1st overall, Sam Mettam 1st RS Aero 7, Claire Power 1st RS Aero 5, Tom Ahlheid 1st Youth, Gareth Griffiths 1st Master and Abby Hire 1st Lady.

Thanks to Fraser Hayden and team for running a slick event on the water and to Jill Hamment and the galley crew for the fabulous spread.

Next up for the UK's RS Aeros is the Royal Lymington Open on Saturday 9th Oct followed by the RS Aero Inland Championship at Draycote on 16/17th Oct.

RS Aero UK events list available here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubRigR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1586Tim HireLymington Town SCRS Aero 93‑8115
2nd3437Sam MettamPapercourt SCRS Aero 71‑4236
3rd1575Mark CarletonPapercourt SCRS Aero 7614‑811
4th2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SCRS Aero 7255‑712
5th3175Gareth GriffithsIsland Barn RSCRS Aero 9427‑1113
6th2439Abby HireLymington Town SCRS Aero 753‑9614
7th3877Paul HaswellHayling Island SCRS Aero 710‑153215
8th2071Sam BlakerThorpe Bay YCRS Aero 786‑12418
9th3305Richard BullockItchenor SCRS Aero 7‑976518
10th603Tristan AhlheidFrensham Pond SCRS Aero 7‑191181231
11th3127Adam ThomsonShoreham SCRS Aero 7‑171015934
12th3003Andy HicksFrensham Pond SCRS Aero 714913(DNC)36
13th1574Richard GuyPapercourt SCRS Aero 77‑16161538
14th1566Joe BlakerThorpe Bay YCRS Aero 713‑14111438
15th1230Paul HalliwellRed Wharf Bay SCRS Aero 91213‑141338
16th1603Rob AhlheidFrensham Pond SCRS Aero 91112‑171740
17th1705Tom WharmbyLymington Town SCRS Aero 716‑17101642
18th2321Claire PowerEmsworth Slipper SCRS Aero 51518‑211043
19th2286Evelyn TinkerPapercourt SCRS Aero 5(RET)20181957
20th2505Neil WharmbyLymington Town SCRS Aero 918‑22192057
21st1583David RosePapercourt SCRS Aero 9201920(DNC)59
22nd2724Justin MeredithPapercourt SCRS Aero 72121‑221860

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