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2021 RS Aero UK Inland Championships at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 22 Oct 2021 23:54 PDT 16-17 October 2021
RS Aero UK Inland Championships 2021 © Draycote Water SC

74 RS Aeros ventured to Draycote for the RS Aero UK Inland Championships to enjoy a weekend of close racing in light to medium breezes.

Saturday proved light as per forecast but with lovely warm sunshine the race officer's perseverance was rewarded as a breeze filled in to allow three pleasant but challenging races after a short postponement. As ever the intriguing racing quest of seeking out the best wind and angles played out. Particularly challenged were the RS Aero 7s with a 50 boat start line long enough for quite different wind at each end in the unstable conditions. That is what discards are for and this weekend was generous in allowing two. The Draycote Water SC apres sail bar was full of the tales of snakes and ladders, 'how many discards?' and all the wonders of hindsight!

Sunday morning provided a good medium breeze and the opportunity for heavier sailors to stretch their legs and recoup any deficit from the day before. Four races allowed the potential for comebacks in the overall ranking and with some fiesty gusts sailors needed to be alert to capitalise good racing gains and avoid potential mishaps.

In the RS Aero 5s Teddy Dunn (Isle of Man) sailed a solid series to take the win from Joe Slipper (Queen Mary), Tristan Ahlheid (Frensham Pond) and William Bailey (Yorkshire Dales). It was fantastic to see three Irish RS Aeros, in addition to three Isle of Man RS Aeros, joining the event with Roy Van Maanen (Greystones) travelling from Ireland to take 5th.

The RS Aero 7s had the largest fleet with 49 entries and the biggest challenge to remain consistent enough for a good score line. After a couple of shockers on Saturday Chris Hatton (Lymington Town) had a word with himself and came back all guns blazing on Sunday for four good counters and the overall title. Narrowly missing out after the last race decider saw Craig Williamson (Staunton Harold) second just two points behind and another two points back was Ellie Craig (Starcross) in 3rd, top lady and winner of race 4. Grahame Newton (Staunton Harold) was top Master in 5th and Tom Ahlheid stepped up to the RS Aero 7 to be top youth in 10th. Special mention to Abby Hire (Lymington) who was overnight leader and winner of race 1, demonstrating that the lightweights can have their day when sailing cleverly in moderate conditions.

The RS Aero 9s enjoyed the lighter breezes and then the extra exhilaration when Sunday's gusts hit. After a careless initial UFD with a minute to go in race 1 Peter Barton (Lymington Town) kept it clean to rebuild a series for the title from super speedy Chris Larr (Draycote Water) in 2nd and Nigel Rolfe (Burghfield) top Master in 3rd.

On the water was Class Juror, David Battye, checking in with the fleet to help promote fair and enjoyable racing whilst also assisting to educate the Class as to the limits of the rules with good feedback and debriefs after racing. He explained his observations, decisions and how to best avoid risking penalties in the future!

Many thanks to Draycote Water SC for being as welcoming and well organised as ever. Everybody loved the Aero chocolate bars that the Draycote fairies popped on their RS Aeros overnight and the additional treats at the prize-giving helped weary sailors on their drives home! Race officer Matt Rowley certainly made the most of the conditions available for 7 good races. Thanks to Rooster and Noble Marine for their continued support and the fantastic spread of prizes for the three fleets with many categories awarded at the prize-giving.

The winter months see no let up in RS Aero activity with RS Aero events coming up at Spinnaker, Broadwater and Bowmoor, the RS Aero UK Youth Champs at Torquay, a six weekend winter training programme and the well supported annual SailJuice Winter Series. Check out the all season RS Aero UK Events List.

Overall Results:

RS Aero 5 results
1st3204Teddy DunnIsle of Man YC1121‑32‑57
2nd1930Joe SlipperQueen Mary SC22‑3‑423110
3rd1070Tristan AhlheidFrensham Pond SC‑431214‑811
4th3532William BaileyYorkshire Dales SC‑8‑74661320
5th3822Roy Van MaanenGreystones SC IRL54‑103‑107726
6th2141Antony ClayDraycote Water SC36‑7‑1176426
7th3019Jake FaithfullSouthCaernarvonYC655‑85‑9627
8th3330Iona WillowsLymTown/Dorch SC(DNC)(DNC)8985232
9th1566Emily DavisDraycote Water SC109654‑11‑1134
10th3433Sarah DwyerRoyalStGeorgeYC IRL78‑137‑98939
11th2321Claire PowerEmsworth Slipper SC910‑1110‑11101049
12th3868Archie DunnIsle of Man YC11129‑13‑13131358
13th2442Helen BaileyHunts SC‑1211‑121212121259
RS Aero 7 results
1st3850Chris HattonLymington Town SC‑19‑181714417
2nd2719Craig WilliamsonStaunton Harold SC‑74427‑12219
3rd3866Ellie CraigStarcross YC4‑11514‑9721
4th73Noah ReesRS Sailing‑299711‑132130
5th3799Grahame NewtonStaunton Harold SC5638‑15‑14931
6th1312Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC‑321‑185167332
7th3669Chris RustPortsmouth SC37‑1165‑181132
8th136Richard PyeDraycote Water SC10817‑2331(DNC)39
9th2738Andrew DanielsHayling Island SC112‑19‑2410101245
10th2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SC‑183‑29101116545
11th873David PeatyDraycote Water SC15‑202192‑20846
12th3342Jack MillerFelpham SC‑28‑221636151050
13th3687John BlundellStaunton Harold SC13108168‑17‑1755
14th2439Abby HireRoyalLym/LymTownSC117617‑30‑241556
15th2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SC‑265‑37122051658
16th2890Andrew RawsonWeston SC12‑241015‑1781459
17th3877Paul HaswellHayling Island SC‑39339(UFD)93660
18th3043Philip BaileyHunts SC815‑3613‑2262264
19th3535Andrew KilburnLymington Town SC2114‑3141413(DNC)66
20th3289Noel ButlerNational YC IRL14‑31‑22919111366
21st2150Luca MitchellPaignton SC2‑26232121‑312087
22nd3326Peter ChaplinBurghfield SC9191225‑26‑272388
23rd3303SammyIsaacs‑JnsnMaidenhead SC2223151418(UFD)‑2692
24th2131Peter CopeIsle of Man YC‑38‑38262012191895
25th1181Mark RipleyPaignton SC‑44211318‑332919100
26th3862Nick CravenPaignton SC‑31122422‑322221101
27th3286John DerbyshireEmsworth SC201620‑262323(DNC)102
28th3439Paul WilliamsonStanton Harold SC61330‑37(RET)3633118
29th1846Zak MitchellPaignton SC‑362525272526‑35128
30th1603Rob AhlheidFrensham Pond SC27‑35‑3934272125134
31st2418Miles RipleyPaignton SC253021‑33‑413030136
32nd2870Cathy PartingtonLeigh and Lowton SC3027‑38‑31282827140
33rd3032Thomas PentyBeaver SC‑433227283525(UFD)147
34th1999Gary WaltonDraycote Water SC16283438‑40‑4032148
35th2717Chris HarrupBurghfield SC233432‑35‑363531155
36th1888Abigail LarrDraycote Water SC242935‑3934‑3736158
37th3003Andy HicksFrensham Pond SC37‑39‑4229313428159
38th3127Adam ThompsonShoreham SC35‑4240302433(DNC)162
39th2100Keith SmaggasgaleBroadwater SC33‑41‑4136293829165
40th1230Paul HalliwellRed Wharf Bay SWC‑413633‑40383924170
41st1135JamesSmaggasgaleBroadwater SC42‑44‑4432373234177
42nd2902Kevin PayneBartley SC403714(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC191
43rd3022David JestySouth Cerney SC34402842(RET)(DNC)DNC194
44th2986Mark SmithEastbourneSovSC‑454345413941(DNC)209
45th3330Iona WillowsLymTown/DorchSC17(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC217
46th1742Sergio PagliariniDraycote Water SC464543(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC234
47th1566Julian HireRoyal Lymington YC(DNC)(DNC)DNC43DNCDNCDNC243
48th2628David WigginsRutland SC47(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC247
49th1832Adam SmithDraycote Water SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC250
RS Aero 9 results
1st3597Peter BartonLymington Town SC(UFD)11121‑36
2nd2891Chris LarrDraycote Water SC‑4‑33213211
3rd3675Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC1‑5443‑7113
4th3201Nigel DaviesDraycote Water SC3‑1123‑72414
5th3023Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA5‑65‑645524
6th3198David CherrillBroadwater SC226‑8‑88826
7th1164Harry MoffattHunts SC‑84‑9754626
8th1306Jack FraserDraycote Water SC(DNC)‑77566731
9th3528Andrew GreenDraycote Water SC68810‑11‑111042
10th3341Bill KnightsBrancaster Staithe SC7‑9‑10999943
11th3020Dan KembleGrafham Water SC910‑11‑1110101150
12th2428Neville High‑StephsnDraycote Water SC10‑12‑121212121258

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