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RS Aero UK Inland Championships at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 26 Oct 2022 02:38 PDT 22-23 October 2022

Sixty RS Aeros enjoyed good close racing in medium breezes for the 2022 RS Aero UK Inland Championships at Draycote.

The movers and shakers of the weekend were those who could start consistently well, recognise the lifts and headers and latch onto the narrow gust lines downwind. The larger rigs or smaller sailors were able to step the light weigh RS Aero up onto the plane on the runs when you caught them well, providing amble opportunity to gain back distance lost if overpowered upwind. Seven good races were held with efficient turn-arounds and with 3 lap courses there was always opportunity though the races.

In the RS Aero 5s Tom Ahlheid (Frensham Pond SC) took a convincing win and was also top Youth after a dominant Saturday. 2nd was Harrison Pye (Draycote Water SC) and 3rd Sam Blaker (Thorpe Bay YC). Alice Lucy (Rutland SC) finished top female in 5th.

The RS Aero 6s perhaps had the closest racing within the front group, often appearing locked together and they raced around the course. Chris Rust (Portsmouth SC) took the win followed by top Youth Luca Mitchell (Paignton SC) in 2nd and Dan Bullock (Paignton SC) in 3rd. Cathy Lunn (Leigh and Lowton SC) finished top female in 5th.

The RS Aero 7s had the largest fleet and consistency proved key with Craig Williamson (Staunton Harold SC) winning with a string of five 2nds without winning a race. New RS Aero sailor Joe Scurrah (Carsington SC) is straight up to speed to take 2nd and Noah Rees (RS Sailing) took 3rd. Peter Matthews (Lancing SC) finished top Master, Lucy Haydon (Bowmoor SC) top female and Elliot Toms (Fowey Gallants SC) top Youth.

RS Aero 9s revelled on the gusty runs with opportunity to really dance downwind, weaving to best engage the pulsating breeze. It was close for the overall win with Peter Barton (Lymington Town SC) taking one more win than Chris Larr (Draycote Water SC) for the title and another new RS Aero convert Chris Brown (Draycote Water SC) took 3rd. David Cherrill (Broadwater SC) was first Master in 6th.

Of course its not just about catching shifts and planing fast - you also have to look your best! The best presented RS Aero sailor award went to Sian Clark (Draycote Water SC) whose lilac sailing kit looked absolutely fantastic alongside the purple colour flash of her RS Aero 6 rig!

Thank you to Draycote Water SC for being excellent hosts together with the expertise provided by their staff and volunteers to put on another fantastic weekend. Thanks to Rooster and Noble Marine for their support with a splendid awards spread.

Next up for the UK RS Aeros is the RS Aero UK End of Seasons at the annual Bowmoor Bubble RS Aero Open on Saturday 26th November. Find the RS Aero UK Events List here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubCat.R1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
RS Aero 5
1st2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SCY16112‑7617
2nd1020Harrison PyeDraycote Water SC 77231‑9222
3rd2071Sam BlakerThorpe Bay YC ‑1325471827
4th1070Tristan AhlheidFrensham Pond SCY446‑1384430
5th3073Alice LucyRutland SCF1111025‑14736
6th1069Ben OsborneMaidenhead SC 81085‑152538
7th1672Fergus PyeDraycote Water SC 31111663‑1240
8th1181Mark RipleyPaignton SCY‑141449411143
9th3019Jake FaithfullSouth Caernarvonshire YCY533‑121212944
10th3301Alice DavisGreat Moor SC/Draycote WSCY F10‑1212838344
11th1566Abby HireLymington Town SCY F25910‑14101147
12th2195Joseph BlakerBenfleet YCY6‑13711961352
13th2057Curtis McKayQueen Mary SC 15914‑161151064
14th1006Sophie StocktonMaidenhead SCF12151571013(DNC)72
15th1846Zak MitchellPaignton SCY9813‑1513151573
16th3888Marcus PakesHaversham SCY161616‑1716171495
17th3965Francesca MurphyPembrokeshire PSAF17171714(DNC)DNCDNC107
18th2891Adam LarrDraycote Water SCY(DNC)DNCDNCDNC171616112
19th3803Paula BentleyFelpham SCF18(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC123
20th3330Iona WillowsLymington Town SC/DorchSCF(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC126
RS Aero 6
1st3669Chris RustPortsmouth SC 114221(RET)11
2nd2150Luca MitchellPaignton SCY2213‑54113
3rd67Dan BullockPaignton SC (DNF)42132214
4th3303Sammy Isaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SC 333(RET)15520
5th2870Cathy LunnLeigh and Lowton SCF5‑65443324
6th1888Abigail LarrDraycote Water SCY F45‑6566430
7th1308Sian ClarkDraycote Water SCF6‑77677639
RS Aero 7
1st2719Craig WilliamsonStaunton Harold SC 22224‑5214
2nd4307Joe ScurrahCarsington SC ‑811317316
3rd1312Noah Rees 1351(OCS)6117
4th4321Chris HattonLymington Town SC 3444‑71420
5th3877Paul HaswellHayling Island SC 5‑63632625
6th3700Guy RivingtonStokes Bay SC 75‑11724732
7th3199Chris JenkinsBowmoor SC 476593‑1134
8th3743Peter MatthewsLancing SCM68‑1581191254
9th4228Andrew BarnettIsland Barn RSC 9‑13109810854
10th3032Thomas PentyBeaver SC 1497‑175111056
11th4197Lucy HaydonBowmoor SCF12‑14810148557
12th2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SCM1111913(OCS)13966
13th2929Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SCY1010131210‑151570
14th1585James EberleinHythe and Saltwood SC 13(DSQ)12146121673
15th2839Richard BentleyFelpham SCM‑1612141113161480
16th3890David AngwinLymington Town SCM1515‑191512141384
17th3811Andy WilkinsSouth Caernarvonshire YCM2016181615(NSC)DNC108
18th2891Adam LarrDraycote Water SCY17171718(DNC)DNCDNC115
19th1999Gary WaltonDraycote Water SCM18181619(DNC)DNCDNC117
20th1926Brian CooperDraycote Water SC 19192020(DNC)DNCDNC124
21st3963Ellen CampbellDraycote Water SCF21(RET)212116NSCDNC125
22nd4185John DerbyshireEmsworth SCM(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC138
RS Aero 9
1st3597Peter BartonLymington Town SC 112‑31128
2nd4231Chris LarrDraycote Water SC ‑22112219
3rd4310Chris BrownDraycote Water SC (DSQ)33554424
4th3023Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA ‑555235525
5th1164Harry MoffattHunts SC 37476‑8330
6th3198David CherrillBroadwater SCM6‑87643733
7th1603Rob AhlheidFrensham Pond SC 446‑877634
8th3042Paul HalliwellRed Wharf Bay SWC / IBRSCM‑868486840
9th3856James HaydonBowmoor SCM7(RET)999101054
10th4348Neville High‑StephensonDraycote Water SC 99‑1010109956
11th1742Sergio PagliariniDraycote Water SCM1010(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC68

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