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September 2022

RS Aero Open at Papercourt Sailing Club

by Evelyn Tinker 29 Sep 05:38 PDT 25 September 2022
Papercourt RS Aero Open © Mark Carleton

A fleet of 12 RS Aero sailors were met with glorious sunshine, hot drinks and warm bacon butties for the annual open meeting at Papercourt Sailing Club. Whilst the lake seemed glassy a first, a gentle northerly breeze of 5-9 knots filled in by the time of launch, welcomed by all.

On the start line there was a relatively even split of RS Aero 7s and 9s, supplemented by one RS Aero 6, all racing together on PY. Papercourt Class Captain Mark Carleton was unable to take part in the racing owing to injury, but was not to be stopped from joining the fleet on the water! Swapping his cockpit for his camera, he captured the action of the morning races from a safety boat.

The first race saw Sam Mettam and Sammy Isaacs-Johnson (both sailing RS Aero 7s) take an early lead, tussling closely for the majority of the race alongside James Rusden and David Cronk (both in RS Aero 9s). Nick Allen and Chris Angell chased hard. On handicap, Isaacs-Johnson and Cronk tied for first place, followed closely by Rusden and Mettam.

Following a general recall, the second race saw Isaacs-Johnson and Mettam lead to the windward mark, with Rusden and Keith Smaggasdale (7) in hot pursuit. Down the run, Mettam lost his balance and gave the fleet an unexpected and unbidden display of six consecutive capsizes! On righting his boat and learning that he was, in fact, OCS! Isaacs-Johnson, having pulled ahead considerably, secured his second win, followed by Angell in second place and Andrew Cooney in third.

After a delicious lunch, the wind dropped to 2-4 knots and moved round to the north-west. This sparked an incredibly shifty afternoon in some of Papercourt's trickiest conditions.

The penultimate race saw Issacs-Johnson, Mettam and Rusden leading again at the first mark, with Mettam and Rusden pulling ahead with an elegant demonstration of light-wind boat handling. As the wind dropped further in the last lap, Rusden pulled away from Mettam just enough to take the win - by 3 seconds - on handicap!

Mettam pulled away from the fleet early in the last race and stayed ahead until the final lap, when overtaken by Rusden. Whilst Rusden crossed the finish line first, followed a mere two seconds later by Cronk, neither had been able to gain a sufficient lead so Mettam took a clear win on handicap.

Frustrated somewhat by the lack of wind, the fleet were glad to go ashore to enjoy hot tea and copious amounts of freshly-baked cake.

Congratulations to Sammy Isaacs-Johnson - overall winner and first RS Aero7, James Rusden - overall second place and first RS Aero 9, and Sam Mettam - overall third. Evelyn Tinker, 9th overall, took first female and first RS Aero 6 (unchallenged on this occasion!) Huge thanks to the expertise of Fraser Hayden and his race team and to Sasha Pearce, Jill Hamment and their galley team for such superb provisions throughout the day!

Next up for the UK RS Aeros Is the RS Aero Eastern Champs at Hunts this Saturday 1st October.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubRigR1R2R3R4Pts
1st3875Sammy Isaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SCRS Aero 71.513‑45.5
2nd2836James RusdenHighcliffe SCRS Aero 93(OCS)126
3rd3437Sam MettamPapercourt SCRS Aero 74(RET)217
4th3942David CronkHunts SCRS Aero 91.5‑77311.5
5th1747Ansdrew CooneyBroadwater SCRS Aero 7‑634512
6th2100Keith SmaggasdaleBroadwater SCRS Aero 7‑855616
7th1230Paul HalliwellRed Wharf BayRS Aero 9‑966719
8th2157Chris AngellPapercourt SCRS Aero 752(DNC)DNC20
9th3437Evelyn TinkerPapercourt SCRS Aero 678‑10924
10th2515Iain SoarsFrensham Pond SCRS Aero 9‑1298825
11th1457Charlie RoomeDatchet Water SCRS Aero 7114RET(DNC)27
12th3852Nick AllenPapercourt SCRS Aero 9‑101091029

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