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RS Aero UK Women's Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 27 Sep 2023 05:51 PDT 23-24 September 2023
RS Aero UK Womens Championship at Hayling Island © Emma Toman

45 RS Aero Ladies made their way to Hayling Island, excited for the 3rd RS Aero UK Women's Championships. Visitors travelled from as far away as Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands with the huge home ladies fleet at Hayling well represented.

The weekend started with some excellent pre-event training ashore from Sammy I-J, giving excellent tips surrounding rigging, controls and depowering.

Saturday

Saturday was looking light, however by launch time the wind had built to a good 10-12 knots, and all were delighted by the beautiful conditions. 37 Ladies chose to race in the RS Aero 5 fleet, making for a highly competitive fleet throughout. A small but perfectly formed fleet of RS Aero 6's was accompanied by Amanda in her RS Aero 7.

Race 1 provided some division in the RS Aero 5s, with the majority of the fleet heading right to avoid the tide and a few choosing the left hand side. The lead was taken by Kate Morrison (Emsworth) heading up the left side on the second beat.

Lots of place changes took place in the RS Aero 6 fleet due to the shifty conditions. Sarah Mitchell (Hayling) lead the 1st lap, until later realising the need for a compass as she over confidently sailed down a header and lost a number of places on lap 2. Sarah Smith (Hayling) pulled through to 1st place on second beat, as did Amanda (Hayling) , who unfortunately had not studied the course and commenced a 3rd lap, letting Sarah M back into 2nd.

The wind increased for race 2, and similarly to race 1 the RS Aero 5 fleet split up the beat, with Kate, Iona Willows (Lymingtom) and Tracey Covell (Hayling) battling it out for 1st place. Kate took her second win of the weekend.

In the RS Aero 6s, Sarah S finished by a strong margin followed by the other Hayling ladies all of which possibly used a little local knowledge of waves as both downwinds offered beautiful surfing opportunities.

Race 3 started with a large lead for the RS Aero 5 sailors who chose the left side, however a combination of wind shifts and decreasing pressure meant that by the top of the second place things were looking tight. Iona pulled through from the left, just taking the win from Tracey and Kate.

There was more place changing at the front of the RS Aero 6 fleet with Christina Cunningham (Ballyholme) moving into the lead but doing penalty turns at the last windward mark, losing the lead to Sarah S. Almost a photo finish with Carol Fiddaman (Hayling) just sneaking in 3rd ahead of Anne Marie Wood (Hayling).

The sail home was a long one, but a lovely welcome of gin provided by RS at the tally board was much appreciated, as well as a lovely meal and evening awaiting us!

Sunday

Sunday looked challenging, a strong breeze combined with low tide for some exciting racing inside the harbour. Many sailors had already committed to not leaving the shore, however peer pressure and guts (mainly peer pressure) did get some of us out! Racing took place up the channel on a turning tide, resulting in the days tactics being much simpler than those from Saturday - keep the boat flat and go fast!

Race 4 for the RS Aero 5s started with a general recall, with the second start getting away with only one casualty! Kate and Iona fought it out, despite Iona doing penalty turns off the start line! They were keenly chased by Georgia Booth (Hayling) and Fiona Pyke (Hayling).

Only the 4 Hayling RS Aero 6's ventured out, and we said goodbye to all our visitors. Sarah S led for the first lap, and Carol was lost temporarily to a capsize on the first run - coming down the run on port tack approaching the leeward gate, faced with a wall of RS Aero 5s on starboard who had just started after a general recall. The 6s just managed to hook round the gate and head up wind a few boat lengths ahead of the leading 5s. Anne-Marie led at end of second beat but capsized gybing around the mark and lost her lead to Sarah S who was hot on her heels with Sarah M close behind.

Everyone was getting rather tired by Race 5, our final race of the event due to the 1 hour postponement that morning. Again, the 5s forced a general recall, being dragged over by Kate at the committee boat! The second start was all clear, and Iona took a massive lead from the get-go, resulting in claps from the safety fleet upon finish! This was enough to tie the RS Aero 5 result overall between Kate and Iona, with the title going to Kate by virtue of her three 1st places.

Sarah S left us to it for the last race in the RS Aero 6s, and again Anne Marie almost saw victory and was 1st to the windward mark, only to see it ripped away again with a specular capsize allowing a terrified Sarah M to slip through and have her moment of victory, closely followed by Carol.

It was an absolute pleasure to see so many ladies out at HISC this weekend. Both visitors and locals enjoyed some amazing racing and a fabulously friendly weekend bringing RS Aero females together from across the UK. Big thank you to the gents, who provided services by trolley dolly-ing or support on the water - they were very encouraging! Thank you to Hayling Island SC for hosting this event and the fantastic Saturday meal, as well as Rooster for the amazing prizes!

Next up for the UK RS Aeros are Opens at Notts County on the 30th Sept and the RS Aero Sustainability Challenge at Spinnaker on 7th Oct, together with two Championships; the RS Aero Scottish Champs at Dalgety Bay on 7/8th Oct and the RS Aero UK Inland Champs at Draycote on 14/15th Oct. Find the RS Aero UK Events List here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubCategoryR1R2R3R4R5Pts
RS Aero 5
1st4465Kate MorrisonEmsworth SC 11‑3136
2nd3330Iona WillowsLymington Town SC ‑1021216
3rd2904Tracey CovellHayling Island SCGrand Master236(OCS)213
4th3854Georgia BoothHayling Island SC 3‑853415
5th3747Hilary BakerHayling Island SCMaster‑8426517
6th3815Fiona MayoLymington Town SCMaster69‑175626
7th3182Jody WincerHayling Island SCMaster‑195412930
8th2736Fiona PykeHayling Island SCGrand Master‑1471041132
9th3896Kato ChildsHayling Island SC 126‑217833
10th1397Lizzie JudsonHayling Island SCMaster‑131298736
11th4274Emma WarnerGuernsey YCMaster11‑138111040
12th2811Anka StaiteHayling Island SCMaster41115‑171343
13th2321Claire PowerEmsworth Slipper SCMaster‑18147141247
14th1182Christina AlisonBembridge SC 7161313(DNC)49
15th3767Jo HewitonHayling Island SCGrand Master‑201014101549
16th1109Debbie CaldwellHayling Island SCGrand Master‑21151691454
17th2322Linda StokesHayling Island SCMaster‑271711191966
18th2725Christine HarperHayling Island SCGrand Master1520‑26202075
19th3931Helen BaileyHunts SCMaster2324‑27161679
20th1575Liz Hill‑SmithPapercourt SCGrand Master‑312323181781
21st1849Nicci KilpatrickHayling Island SCGrand Master2822‑30151883
22nd1149Rosie BerryHayling Island SCMaster51824(RET)DNC85
23rd2530Clare GambleHayling Island SCMaster25‑2918212185
24th3534Carina RickardsHayling Island SCMaster222112(RET)DNC93
25th4285Isabelle MartinDalgety Bay SCGrand Master161925(DNC)DNC98
26th3899Anna WhiteHayling Island SC ‑3328312222103
27th3196Emily BrayHayling Island SCMaster242622(DNC)DNC110
28th2470Katherine EdgecombeHayling Island SCMaster302519(DNC)DNC112
29th2286Evelyn TinkerPapercourt SC 292720(DNC)DNC114
30th1006Sophie StocktonMaidenhead SC 9(RET)DNCDNCDNC123
31st3806Suzie HammettHayling Island SCGrand Master17(RET)DNCDNCDNC131
32nd1030Jane ThompsonHayling Island SCGrand Master353328(DNC)DNC134
33rd3043Emma TomanHayling Island SCMaster363229(DNC)DNC135
34th4293Sue WingroveHayling Island SCGrand Master343132(DNC)DNC135
35th3803Paula BentleyFelpham SCMaster3230(RET)DNCDNC138
36th2288Clare JonesHayling Island SCMaster26(RET)DNCDNCDNC140
37th1Lottie SparkesChichester YC 37(DNC)DNCDNCDNC151
RS Aero 6
1st2570Sarah SmithHayling Island SCGrand Master1111(DNC)4
2nd3193Sarah MitchellHayling Island SCMaster22‑5318
3rd2287Anne Marie WoodHayling Island SCMaster‑4342312
4th4286Carol FiddamanHayling Island SCGrand Master‑6634215
5th4427Christina CunninghamBallyholme YCMaster342(DNC)8DNC17
6th4183Catherine HemsleyFelpham SCGrand Master556(DNC)8DNC24
7th2883Hilary SparkesChichester YCMaster7(RET)8DNC8DNC8DNC31
RS Aero 7
1st2747Amanda SimpsonHayling Island SC 111  3

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