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RS Tera Battle of the Regions 2022 at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Simon Lomas-Clarke 15 Apr 22:25 PDT

50 RS Tera sailors from across the UK met at Draycote Water Sailing Club for a new format of national level training and racing to conclude a busy winter training programme across our UK regions. The combination of training and racing provided an opportunity for sailors to test themselves against the best in the country and to decide which region would take home the inaugural Battle of the Regions trophy.

Led by our talented and dedicated team of Class Association coaches, there was the opportunity to train with sailors from different regions in the morning and put their learnings into use in the practice races in the afternoon. Competition was tight. There were great performances throughout both the Pro and Sport fleets and with no discards consistency was key in the breezy, shifty and chilly conditions. Based on average points only 0.15 separated Wales from the South by the end of the day.

After a mammoth fish and chips order and a testing quiz set by our Class Secretary everyone retired for the evening, excited for the next chapter of the battle. Lessons from Saturday's racing were taken into Sunday morning's training schedule and after a quick turnaround at lunch, battle commenced. Conditions were light and shifty and concentration was key. Again, the no discards rule meant that consistency counted. Light wind specialists were able to use their experience to get to the front of the fleet but with the average scoring system all sailors' results were critical, not just those at the front of the fleet. The light wind dropped further towards the end of the afternoon and the race team did well to get in three races concluding a long day on the water.

The RS Tera Class Association has commissioned a new trophy, on its way from Australia, in memory of Abi Davies, who was instrumental in promoting the class in its early days, arranging the first Tera events and the very first National Championships. The sailor with the lowest score from the winning region was presented with a framed poster on behalf of the Regional Squad. After an intense battle on the water the Southern region were announced the winners, followed by the Midlands and Wales very close behind each other. With three top three results Ben Anderson from the Southern region was presented with the prize on behalf of his teammates and he kindly thanked the organisers and the club.

This event format, new for 2022 combined national level training, racing, meeting new friends and having fun. All were in agreement that it was a big success and will now become a permanent fixture on the UK RS Tera calendar.

UKRSTCA Class Development Manager, Marcus Collingbourne commented:
"After a 2 year programme of developing our Regional Training Squads, embracing the RYA ethos of regional activity, it was so rewarding to see so many of our sailors coming together for this new event. From the front runners in the Pro fleet to those just starting out in the Tera, every sailor helped their region, and it was great to see the friendly rivalry between the regions throughout the weekend - even at the Quiz Nite - PS: won by the Midlands!

The regional training has been well received this winter and we are continually building on this year on year. Our Class Association Vice Chair - Racing, Simon, did a superb job of taking the original concept for this new event and making it work so well. We hope to announce our winter 22/23 training programmes across our regions in the next couple of months."

Next stop for the UK fleet is Burton Sailing Club for the Rooster RS Tera Start of Season Championships 2022 on 14 / 15 May.

For all Tera related activity in the UK, check out the UK RS Tera Class Association website at www.rstera.org.uk

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmRegionR1R2R3Pts
Pro Fleet
1st4200Ben AndersonSouth2136
2nd2392Oliver Stratton‑BrownSouth1427
3rd2575Ruby SunderlandSouth52411
4th3464Will BradleySouth66113
5th3766Macsen barberWales97521
6th2842Howard FinnMidlands113822
7th4280Imogen GreenMidlands391022
8th2391Tom YatesSouth105722
9th2661Charlotte WhiteEast88622
10th2442Nina MarshWales416929
11th1693Felicity AngellMidlands7151133
12th2Olly MayoSouth15101439
13th3922James CatterallNorth13141239
14th3421Alice EdwardsMidlands14111742
15th2362Maeve HallSouth17131343
16th3656Annabelle HackerMidlands12181545
17th3566Gabriel TierneyEast21122053
18th4291Max DevonportSouth16191853
19th2170Willow OsbornEast18201654
20th2050Francis HardingEast20171956
21st3856Mhairi MacDonaldEast19OCS2162
Sport Fleet
1st3829Thomas WhiteheadNorth11810
2nd2348William Stratton‑BrownSouth22711
3rd3580Tristan HardingSouth68216
4th3163Sirene Le PetitWales531119
5th1885Ben AngellMidlands76619
6th2111Ollie WilsonSouth1110425
7th3830Daniel WhiteheadNorth941326
8th3585Luke RowlandsMidlands4111227
9th3216Jasmine Pillon‑SimpsonSouth1213328
10th3496Zoe Lomas‑ClarkeSouth871530
11th1610Frederick WoodNorth1014933
12th676Finlay AppletonEast1420135
13th112Cassius DaySouth3161837
14th4168Noah SuttonWales1691439
15th2739Lewis GordonNorth1817540
16th3428Alistair CaseyMidlands2051742
17th2259Jude BeattyMidlands13121944
18th3917Matthew BoatmanNorth15211046
19th3918Jacob WebsdaleEast22221660
20th4224Keira EdwardsWales25182063
21st2302Luke MarkeyEast23152664
22nd3854Elizabeth MacDonaldEast19252165
23rd4343Molly WilsonNorth21192565
24th3479Monty MawdittEast24242270
25th2645George PanosEast1728OCS76
26th1789Maeve JenkinsNorth29232476
27th365Sophia HillerEast26262779
28th1921Archie DenleyNorth27DNC2381
29th3654Daisy FloydEast28292885
30th3025Harry WilsonNorth30272986

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