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Magic Marine UK Inland Championships - Chelmarsh SC, Kidderminster
15/10/2016 - 15/10/2016

Write-Up

Magic Marine UK Inland Championships 2016
Chelmarsh Sailing Club, 15th October

by Clive Wright, Chelmarsh SC


Chelmarsh Sailing Club set in the south of Shropshire is one of the most rural regions in the UK, with beautiful countryside and not too many features to disturb the wind. It has a modern club house and a strong RS Aero fleet. This year's RS Aero Inland Champs were held here following last year’s very successful event.

With an impressive 41 entries and a forecast of ten, gusting twenty, knots the 2016 Inland Championships promised to be a fantastic event. Competitors travelled from as far North as York, Lymington in the South and Alton Water in the East. It is clear that the RS Aero class continues to grow and has become a strong and competitive fleet with a number of younger sailors now coming in to push the more experienced. RS were also on hand, delivering new boats and making charter boats available.

The event started in lighter winds than forecast with even the Aero 9s struggling to get on the plane. This made for some close racing and determined pushing of the line at the start. The PRO, Gareth Wilkinson, quickly established his authority with a few individual recalls, a general recall and even giving the black flag an airing. Looking for pressure and playing the shifts soon began to pay off.

Peter Barton was consistent in the Aero 9’s and established a hat-trick of bullets. Chris Larr and Anthony York, both from Northampton SC took a close 2nd and 3rd place respectively with Chris winning race 4.

In the Aero 7’s, there was everything to play for after two races at the break for lunch. John Harvey of Thornbury SC won the first and Mark Carleton of Papercourt SC took the second race. However, Caroline Whitehouse from Bartley SC had posted two good results alongside two youth sailors, Drew Wright from Chelmarsh a former optimist sailor and Chris Hatton from Severn SC, a top Comet sailor. Drew Wright took bullets in each of the last two races to win overall, closely followed by Caroline Whitehouse and Mark Carleton.

Archie Hainsworth of Alton Water and Cathy Bartram from Chew Valley battled it out in the Aero 5’s. It was impressive to see them keeping pace with the Aero 7’s and some of the 9’s at times, despite the light winds. Eventually, Archie Hainsworth won the tie break, showing just how tight the racing had been.

In all, the RS Aero Inland Champs at Chelmarsh proved to be an outstanding event enjoyed by all. It was exciting for sailors and a great spectacle for those watching, helped by a gorgeous sunny autumn day, spectacular countryside, close tactical racing and great food from the galley.

Many thanks to Chelmarsh Sailing Club for hosting such a successful event, RS Sailing for supporting and making charter boats available, Magic Marine for sponsoring the generous prizes and competitors for travelling.
 
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Next up for the RS Aeros in the UK is the Chew Valley open on Saturday 22nd October and then the Southern and Northern Circuit grande finale ‘End of Seasons’ at Rutland on 5/6th November, together with the rest of the RS Classes.
Full details on the UK Event Page here; http://www.rsaerosailing.org/index.asp?p=events&rg=UK
 
Movie
Massive thanks to Des Seal of www.dessealtv.com for producing this brilliant drone movie. Des really captures the pleasant day at Chelmarsh nicely, showing the closeness of the racing in Chelmarsh's lovely surrounds.
The drone view, providing a 3D viewpoint, is very useful for watching sailing races and especially for the start lines as it enables the viewer better judgement of distance and angles. 


Results

4 races, 1 discard
 
RS Aero 9                    
Rank Sail No Helm Club Category R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2093 Peter Barton Lymington Town SC   1 1 1 -4 7 3
2nd 1888 Chris Larr Northampton SC   2 -3 2 1 8 5
3rd 1676 Anthony York Northampton SC   -8 4 3 2 17 9
4th 1581 Ben Rolfe Burghfield SC   5 2 -9 3 19 10
5th 1551 Nigel Rolfe Burghfield SC   3 -8 5 6 22 14
6th 1071 Peter Chaplin Burghfield SC Master 9 5 4 -17 35 18
7th 1744 Matt Thursfield Chelmarsh SC   7 6 7 -17 37 20
8th 1298 Richard Watsham Starcross YC / RNSA   4 13 6 -17 40 23
9th 1135 Phil White Frampton on Severn   -13 9 8 7 37 24
10th 1404 Jeremy Higson Bartley SC   10 7 (DNC) 9 43 26
11th 1007 Antony Lynall Avon SC   6 -12 12 10 40 28
12th 1207 Mark Tissiman Chelmarsh SC Master -11 11 10 8 40 29
13th 1062 Martin Barrett Ripon SC Master -14 14 11 5 44 30
14th 1095 Tony Jukes Chelmarsh SC Master 12 10 13 -17 52 35
15th 1092 Richard Woods Chelmarsh SC   -16 16 14 11 57 41
16th 1656 David Partridge Chelmarsh SC Master -15 15 15 12 57 42
                     
RS Aero 7                    
Rank Sail No Helm Club Category R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 1700 Drew Wright Chelmarsh SC Youth -9 2 1 1 13 4
2nd 2135 Caroline Whitehouse Bartley SC Lady 3 3 2 -24 32 8
3rd 1575 Mark Carleton Papercourt SC   -11 1 4 4 20 9
4th 1744 Adam Rowlatt Chelmarsh SC Youth 7 -20 3 2 32 12
5th 1002 David Cherrill Broadwater SC   5 4 -8 3 20 12
6th 2001 Chris Hatton Severn SC Youth 2 -8 7 7 24 16
7th 1792 Andy Hill Hayling Island SC   4 9 -14 8 35 21
8th 1927 Jack Hardie Frensham Pond SC   8 7 -9 6 30 21
9th 1598 John Harvey Thornbury SC   1 -12 10 12 35 23
10th 1509 Peter Craggs York RI SC   13 5 5 -16 39 23
11th 1508 Robert England Chelmarsh SC Master 6 -15 15 5 41 26
12th 1573 Adrian Stell Papercourt SC   -14 10 6 11 41 27
13th 1302 Karl Thorne Lymington Town SC   10 11 -12 9 42 30
14th 1618 Dave Harris Severn SC Master 16 6 13 -17 52 35
15th 1413 Adrian Speke Chelmarsh SC   -17 14 16 10 57 40
16th 1258 Nick Craven Yorkshire Dales SC   -18 18 11 13 60 42
17th 1264 Jackie Craven Yorkshire Dales SC Lady 12 17 -18 15 62 44
18th 1214 Harry Binns Bassenthwaite SC Youth -19 13 19 14 65 46
19th 1594 Julie Archer Ullswater YC Lady 15 16 17 -21 69 48
20th 2133 John Tanner Chelmarsh SC Master -20 19 20 20 79 59
21st 1211 Nick Eales Lymington Town SC   21 -23 21 18 83 60
22nd 1655 Quentin Leiper Chelmarsh SC Master -22 21 22 19 84 62
23rd 1412 Peter Wilson Chelmarsh SC   23 22 23 -24 92 68
                     
RS Aero 5                    
Rank Sail No Helm Club Category R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 1173 Archie Hainsworth Alton Water / RHS Youth -2 2 1 1 6 4
2nd 1178 Cathy Bartram Chew Valley SC Lady 1 1 -2 2 6 4




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