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RS Aero UK Inland Championships at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 30 Oct 2023 23:48 PDT 14-15 October 2023

50 RS Aeros enjoyed a sunny but chilly weekend at Draycote to race their UK Inland Championships. A medium breeze blowing across the lake provided opportunities for everyone with the large and plentiful gusts and shifts being much more important than small differences in boat speed.

In the RS Aero 5s several key contenders made their series hard from the start by scoring a UFD in Race 1. Sammy Isaacs- Johnson (Maidenhead) capitalised on this and went on to win 3 races and take the series in a close finish by just 1 point from Jonathan Bailey (Hunts), also with 3 firsts and 1st Youth. Zak Mitchell (Paignton) took 3rd overall, just ahead of Sam Blaker (Thorpe Bay) in 4th.

Joe Scurrah (Carsington) won the RS Aero 7s winning three races in a hard-fought contest in the 28 boat fleet. 2nd overall was Craig Williamson (Staunton Harold) with Andrew Frost (Sutton Bingham) in 3rd and Chris Hatton (Bowmoor) in 4th. Top youth was Mark Ripley (Paignton) in 6th.

The RS Aero 9s enjoyed the medium breezes and flat water, with just enough wind in the gusts to get planning downwind. UK National Champion Ben Flower (Paington) took the series comfortably with four 1sts from Peter Barton (Lymington) in 2nd and Chris Larr (Draycote) in 3rd.

Class Juror David Battye was on the water all weekend helping keep our racing fair and fun whilst also helping educate the UK fleet as to the limits of RRS42. Race Officer Matt Rowley did an excellent job of trying to align the course with the flicking breeze. Many thanks to Draycote Water SC for being excellent hosts again and to Rooster for assisting with the wonderful array of prizes.

Next up for the UK RS Aeros is the Bowmoor Bubble and 2023 UK Youth Championships at Burghfield late November. For those looking to keep their form up and enjoy some tight racing through the winter there is the SailJuice Winter Series.

RS Aero UK Events List.

Overall Results:

RS Aero 5
1st4428Sammy Isaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SC 12‑312129
2nd3929Jonathan BaileyHunts SCY(UFD)31212110
3rd1846Zak MitchellPaignton SCY342343‑819
4th2071Sam BlakerThorpe Bay YCY(UFD)16434321
5th2141Antony ClayDraycote Water SC (UFD)55555429
6th3301Emily DavisDraycote Water SCF M267610(UFD)738
7th1672Fergus PyeDraycote Water SCY474779(RET)38
8th3303Luke MarkeyThorpe Bay YCY68‑10986643
9th3931Helen BaileyHunts SCF M5‑109898544
10th3888Marcus PakesHaversham SCY798‑1067946
11th1717Gwyneth LanyonNotts County SCF Y(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC72
RS Aero 6
1st3866Ellie CraigBlackpool & Fleetwood YCF‑11111116
RS Aero 7
1st4307Joe ScurrahCarsington SC 1231‑52110
2nd2719Craig WilliamsonStaunton Harold SC 411‑524315
3rd3875Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC ‑652231417
4th4321Chris HattonBowmoor SC 2353‑63521
5th4295Noah ReesTorpoint Mosquito SC 566415(RET)27
6th1181Mark RipleyPaignton SCY3748107(UFD)39
7th1020Harrison PyeDraycote Water SC ‑12810746641
8th2150Luca MitchellPaignton SCY710‑12978243
9th3201Nigel DaviesDraycote Water SCM10‑11811910856
10th3199Chris JenkinsBowmoor SC 134710(UFD)131057
11th3930Philip BaileyHunts SC ‑15139121391369
12th2549Andy SharpBowmoor SC 1819‑20131212781
13th1585James EberleinHythe and Saltwood SC 91513141515‑1781
14th2004Richard AdamsCombs SCM19‑2014168111482
15th3926Jack MillerFelpham / Paignton SC 81217611(RET)DNC85
16th3666Peter BlakeyDraycote Water SCM171411‑1918161995
17th1156Hayden MooreNotts County SCY1616191716(UFD)1296
18th1888Abigail LarrDraycoteWSC/ Plymouth UniF Y21‑221520191816109
19th3942David CronkHunts SCM1191618(DNC)RETUFD116
20th3032Thomas PentyBeaver SC 1418211521(DNC)DNC120
21st4481Robin WilliamsDraycote Water SCM2321‑2421201718120
22nd1999Gary WaltonDraycote Water SCM222423241414(DNC)121
23rd4398Jon MillsCNV Aix‑les‑Bains FRAM24‑25252323209124
24th1926Brian CooperDraycote Water SC 2623222217(UFD)15125
25th4346Kingsley BrownGurnard SCM25‑262625222111130
26th1832Adam SmithDraycote Water SC 20171826(DNC)DNCDNC143
27th2557Declan MckennaArmy SA 2727(DNC)DNC2419RET159
28th2811Tim BlackmoreChichester YC (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC186
28th4352Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SCY(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC186
28th3669Chris RustPortsmouth SC (RET)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC186
RS Aero 9
1st1031Ben FlowerPaignton SC CAN 1121‑4218
2nd4396Peter BartonLymington Town SC 421313(DNC)14
3rd4430Chris LarrDraycote Water SC 2‑54231315
4th4310Chris BrownDraycote Water SCM33(UFD)454221
5th3198David CherrillBroadwater SCM‑545525425
6th1306Jack FraserDraycote Water SC 663666(DNC)33
7th3130Rory CohenSouth Cerney SC (DNC)8DNC8DNC8DNC8DNC8DNC8DNC48

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