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RS Aero UK Youth Championships & Coaching at Royal Torbay Yacht Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 1 Nov 2021 22:13 PDT 29-31 October 2021

28 Youth Sailors ventured to the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in sunny Devon for the annual RS Aero UK Youth Championships competed for in two fleets, the RS Aero 5 and the RS Aero 7.

Charter RS Aeros provided by RS Sailing enabled both new sailors to try out the RS Aero and international visitors from Italy and the Channel Islands to fly in to compete and check out the UK fleet prior to next summer's first RS Aero World Youth Championship at Weymouth.

A training afternoon on Friday enabled the fleet to get settled with Class coaches Sammy Isaacs-Johnson and Andrew Frost revving them up and bringing them back into the groove at the end of the half term week. By Saturday morning it was all on with 5 races planned due to the incoming gales expected on Sunday.

In the RS Aero 5s Tom Ahlheid (Frensham Pond) took a narrow lead against David Peaty (Draycote), both were consistent with top 4 results. Mark Ripley (Paignton) sailed a blinder to hold 3rd position overnight to be ready to make his move on day two as the breeze came in. Tristan Ahleid (Frensham Pond) showed his brother he can also win races with his 1st in race 4 which the leaders were all left having to discard!

In the RS Aero 7s Jack Miller (Felpham) demonstrated his steadily improving form again and after a slow start knocked home 3 bullets in races 3, 4 and 5 to top the overnight ranking. Matt Banbrook (Bowmoor) held a very respectable 2nd position with Leopoldo Sirolli (Toganzzi MV, Italy) close behind in 3rd!

On Saturday evening the weary sailors enjoyed a hearty three-course dinner in the Yacht Club's lovely dinning room, providing an opportunity to recover and meet their fellow competitors from other regions around the UK.

As feared the gales came in with a vengeance on Sunday morning and soon after 09:00 it was an obvious call to abandon racing for the day, leaving Saturday's five races to produce the final result. It was a credit to RTYC's starting lines, the fleet's discipline and their staying power over five windy races there were no letter scores on the score sheet at all! That is 140 race finishes with no OCSs or DNFs, well done everyone!

Many thanks to Royal Torbay YC for being welcoming hosts again and to Rooster for their continued support with a fine spread of prizes.

Next up for the UK's young RS Aero sailors is the last open meeting of the season, the Bowmoor Bubble on 27th November. The RS Aero UK Youth Training programme enables the young sailors to check in with their friends and coaches once a month through the winter and the excitement of the large Selden SailJuice Winter Series events puts it all to the test! Check out the RS Aero UK Events List here.

Overall Results:

RS Aero 5
1st2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SCYouth321‑417
2nd2966David PeatyDraycote WSCApprentice212‑327
3rd1181Mark RipleyPaignton SCYouth134‑5311
4th1070Tristan AhlheidFrensham Pond SCJunior5‑931413
5th2936William HomewoodLymington Town SCYouth‑9662519
6th1551Euan EtheridgeLymington Town SCApprentice655‑9723
7th1566Abby HireLymTownSC/RLymYCYouth Female4876‑1025
8th3330Iona WillowsLymTownSC/DorchesterApprentice Female8487‑927
9th3019Jake FaithfullSouthCaernarvonshireYCYouth779‑10629
10th3065William JamesPaignton SCJunior‑12101181241
11th3042Jonathan BaileyHunts SCApprentice‑15151011844
12th2418Miles RipleyPaignton SCYouth‑181313121149
13th1810Teresa DoranBowmoor SCYouth Female1112‑14131349
14th2841Nathaniel Pritchard JonesAbersoch SCYouth Female13111215‑1751
15th2442Yana SkvortsovaIsland Barn RSCApprentice101416‑181858
16th3811Ben ThroupBurghfield SCYouth1416‑17141458
17th2050Sam FewingsBowmoor SCJunior‑171715161563
18th3851Will DengateSt Catherine's SC JerseyJunior16‑1818171667
RS Aero 7
1st3342Jack MillerFelpham SCApprentice‑431116
2nd1293Matt BanbrookBowmoor SCYouth12‑3238
3rd3853Leopoldo SirolliTognazzi MV ItalyYouth2124‑59
4th1891Samuel BrackleyFelpham SCYouth3‑643212
5th2150Luca MitchellPaignton SCYouth‑9455418
6th1136Will MorrisBowmoor SCYouth55‑76622
7th1846Zak MitchellPaignton SCYouth6‑767726
8th2748Oliver HicklingWembley SCYouth‑8888832
9th2929Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SCYouth7999‑1034
10th1806Jamie FewingsBowmoor SCYouth‑10101010939

Apprentice = Under 22 on 31st December
Youth = Under 19 on 31st December
Junior = Under 16 on 31st December

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