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RS Aeros at the RS Classes End of Season Champs, Rutland, UK
05/11/2016 - 06/11/2016

Write-Up

RS Aeros at the RS Classes End of Seasons Championships
by Anthony ‘Chunky’ York


The RS Aeros joined the rest of the RS family for the season closer, the End of Seasons at Rutland, which doubled up as the grande finale for the 2016 UK Southern and Northern Circuits. In a true test of ‘North meets South’ 39 RS Aeros convened from the length and breadth of the country. Greeted by lovely sunshine but chilly 30kn gusts from the north a large portion of the fleet were very pleased to have the option and flexibility to swap down a rig size increasing participation, enjoyment and ultimately safety.

Race 1
With a stiff northerly breeze and wind chills to match, the regular RS Aero 9 sailors sensibly ventured out with their 7 rigs, myself and Chris Larr included, making the 7 fleet swell to 24 and the RS Aero 5s up to 15.
Waiting as long as I could on the shore before braving the conditions, I ventured out. The first start got underway without any issues with everyone jostling for that clear air. The further up the beat we went, the shiftier and gustier it became. A small group of 4 or 5 boats pulled out a small gap on the rest of the pack when rounding the windward mark and shot off down the perfectly set reach, then off on to the run with a few wobbles as the waves started to stand up a bit, gybes were always a bit of a spin the barrel and hope there wasn’t a bullet gust coming at you.
At the rounding of the leeward mark Chris Larr led Anthony York by about a boat length and they went on to finish in that position.

Race 2
With the breeze set in for the day and the clouds moving in the going got yet tougher. We set off fighting the chop and the gusts to try and get the nose out in front for some clear air. 3/4 of the way up the beat and the RS Aero 5 was looking like he was leading the 7’s, showing some impressive speed upwind. In fact it wasn’t until the last lap that they dropped behind. I managed to just overhaul Chris Larr on the top reach only for both of us to do a formation gybe / capsize down the run, not looking good for that race for us as young Liam Willis had pulled out quite a lead on the group in front of us, Chris managed to fight his way back to a win and I was just behind Jasper and Finlay Barnham in 4th.

Race 3

Having now felt that we’d worked very hard in race 2, race 3 was always going to be a punisher and I can’t remember much about it, so it must have been! All pretty close at the top with Chunky in a Jasper and Finlay Barnham sandwich. Jasper went on to win the race with Chris ending the day at the top, it was all on for Sunday, if our bodies would take it!

Pursuit Race
Sunday dawned with glorious sunshine and the prospect of a 2 hour endurance Pursuit race around Rutland against all the RS fleets. The big race was to be double points and non discardable leaving the result sheet wide open with it all to play for.
The Aero 5’s set off first with the 7’s 4 minutes behind. The 7’s set off on a drag race fetch-reach to mark 1 & 2 and then on to the first beat. This was going to be tough as the top reaches were quite tight and gusty with lots of playing the main.
For the first lap and a half the 7’s leader changed quite a bit in the shifty, gusty conditions, with Chris Larr gradually getting into the lead and pulling out a comfortable one at that. After around 40 minutes of racing Chris was leading the pursuit after overtaking the lead RS Aero 5, Andrew Frost. Chris followed by Chunky and then Ben Rolfe had just to hold off the faster fleets coming through.
As we flew down the bottom reach at a similar pace to the 2 sailed RS800’s we thought this may be closer than we originally thought and with 10 minutes to go (as we were starting to catch up with lapping the RS400 and RS200 back markers) the first RS800 eventually managed to get past Chunky and then Chris, then near the end one more got past Chris and a 3rd split Chris from Chunky, leaving a good show of RS Aero 7’s in the top 10 of the race. 
It was a good opportunity for the RS Aeros with 4 legs of the 7 leg course being planing reaches and too tight for the other classes to fly their kites. Ultimately however the power of the RS800s trapezes clinched it on a windy day with long legs.
Weary but elated we returned to shore. There is no other sport that gives you a work out like sailing!

Thanks to top RS800 sailor Emma McEwen for designing and producing the lovely coaster trophies, Circuit sponsors Magic Marine, RS Sailing, Volvo and Speed Six. Thanks to Rutland Water SC for hosting a great event in tough conditions and to the amazing Clare Sargent for all her hard work, there is a gigantic amount going into an event like this. 
Awesome to have Volvo Team GBR ambassadors John Pink and Niki Birrell attend to pass on their top tips and present the awards too.

An epic and fitting end to a fantastic season in the UK. 
Roll on the Winter Training, the soon to be announced Winter Series and all 2017....

1st RS Aero 7 & Overall - Chris Larr, Northampton SC
1st RS Aero 5 - Andrew Frost, Sutton Bingham SC
1st Youth - Liam Willis, Lymington Town SC
1st Lady - Emily Watson Bowmoor SC
1st Master - Gareth Griffiths, Island Barn Reservoir SC
Top Club - Northampton SC
Top Family - Jasper & Finlay Barnham

Results

3 races,  1 discard - plus a double points non discardable Pursuit race
 
Rank Sail Helm Club Class PY R1 R2 R3 Pursuit Nett
1st 1888 Chris Larr Northampton SC RS Aero 7 1066 1 1 -2 2 4
2nd 1676 Anthony York Northampton SC RS Aero 7 1066 2 -4 3 4 9
3rd 1534 Jasper Barnham Snettisham Beach SC RS Aero 7 1066 -5 2 1 8 11
4th 1533 Finlay Barnham Snettisham Beach SC RS Aero 7 1066 3 3 -4 10 16
5th 2093 Liam Willis Lymington Town SC RS Aero 7 1066 4 -7 5 12 21
6th 1298 Richard Watsham Starcross YC RS Aero 7 1066 -9 6 6 14 26
7th 2148 Gareth Griffiths Island Barn Res SC RS Aero 7 1066 -16 9 7 16 32
8th 1312 Andrew Frost Sutton Bingham SC RS Aero 5 1107 7 8 -40 18 33
9th 1566 Tim Hire Royal Lymington YC RS Aero 5 1107 -12 10 8 20 38
10th 1927 Jack Hardie Frensham Pond SC RS Aero 5 1107 -13 11 12 22 45
11th 1817 Chris Jones Sutton Bingham SC RS Aero 7 1066 6 -19 14 28 48
12th 1 Andrew Wilde Burghfield SC RS Aero 5 1107 -17 12 15 24 51
13th 1264 Nick Craven Ripon SC RS Aero 5 1107 10.5 -13 11 32 53.5
14th 2152 Ben Rolfe RS Sailing/Burghfield RS Aero 7 1066 8 -40 40 6 54
15th 1509 Peter Craggs York RI Sailing Club RS Aero 7 1066 18 -20 16 34 68
16th 1582 Mark Rolfe Upton Warren SC RS Aero 5 1107 26 17 -40 40 81
17th 2001 Keith Willis Lymington Town SC RS Aero 7 1066 14 -40 40 30 84
18th 2074 Matt Evans Great Moor SC RS Aero 5 1107 23 -40 40 26 89
19th 1551 Nigel Rolfe Burghfield SC RS Aero 7 1066 -15 5 9 80 94
20th 1694 Nick Neve Rutland SC RS Aero 5 1107 22 -40 40 36 98
21st 1214 Harry Binns Bassenthwaite SC RS Aero 5 1107 25 -40 40 38 103
22nd 1854 Emily Watson Bowmoor SC RS Aero 5 1107 10.5 -15 13 80 103.5
23rd 1071 Peter Chaplin Burghfield SC RS Aero 7 1066 -21 14 10 80 104
24th 1792 Andy Hill Hayling Island SC RS Aero 7 1066 -19 16 19 80 115
25th 1594 Julie Archer Ullswater YC RS Aero 5 1107 -20 18 18 80 116
26th 2100 Julie Willis Lymington Town SC RS Aero 5 1107 -24 21 17 80 118
27th 1076 Martin Hewitt Nottingham SC RS Aero 7 1066 -40 22 40 80 142
28th 2135 Neil Hardie Frensham Pond SC RS Aero 7 1066 -40 40 40 80 160
28th 2133 Ant Chapman Rutland SC RS Aero 7 1066 -40 40 40 80 160
28th 2060 David Bradbury Rickmansworth SC RS Aero 7 1066 -40 40 40 80 160
28th 2113 Christopher Smith Island Barn Res SC RS Aero 7 1066 -40 40 40 80 160
28th 1159 Martin Barrett Ripon SC RS Aero 7 1066 -40 40 40 80 160
28th 1207 Mark Tissiman Chelmarsh/Saundersfoot RS Aero 7 1066 -40 40 40 80 160
28th 1583 Anthony Evill Rutland SC RS Aero 7 1066 -40 40 40 80 160
28th 1141 Jonathan Rickels Grafham Water SC RS Aero 5 1107 -40 40 40 80 160
28th 1589 Chris Harrup Burghfield SC RS Aero 7 1066 -40 40 40 80 160
28th 2061 Claire Maclean Rickmansworth SC RS Aero 5 1107 -40 40 40 80 160
28th 2134 Alice Lucy Rutland SC RS Aero 5 1107 -40 40 40 80 160
28th 1020 Malcolm Mellor Hickling Broad SC RS Aero 7 1066 -40 40 40 80 160
 
 
Pursuit Race Overall - Top 10, 113 entries
 
Rank Sail Helm Crew Class Club
1st 1220 Luke McEwen Emma McEwen RS800 Royal Lymington YC
2nd 1219 Peter Barton Chris Feibusch RS800 Lymington Town SC
3rd 1888 Chris Larr   RS Aero 7 Northampton SC
4th 1166 Ralph Singleton Sophie Singleton RS800 Datchet Water SC
5th 1676 Anthony York   RS Aero 7 Northampton SC
6th 2152 Ben Rolfe   RS Aero 7 RS Sailing/Burghfield
7th 1534 Jasper Barnham   RS Aero 7 Snettisham Beach SC
8th 1628 Ben Palmer Joanna Wright RS200 Hayling Island SC
9th 1533 Finlay Barnham   RS Aero 7 Snettisham Beach SC
10th 2093 Liam Willis   RS Aero 7 Lymington Town SC




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