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UK Winter Championships at The Oxford Blue, UK
17/02/2018 - 17/02/2018

Write-Up

RS Aero UK Winter Championships at The Oxford Blue
Saturday 17th February
 
What a fantastic Winter day's sailing! Winds were light to medium, plenty of opportunity to stretch the legs and glorious sunshine hinted at the first signs of spring!
 
41 RS Aero were entered and 38 made the start line. Such a massive gathering of RS Aeros again in February was over a third of the overall fleet and the RS Aeros had a start line for themselves providing the best of both worlds - and dedicated RS Aero race within the larger 115 boat mixed class Oxford Blue average lap PY timings.
 
Starts were tight and several bad boys (but no bad girls) got caught OCS in Race 1. The beats proved incredibly hard to read and tacking on an obvious shift could often send you off into a poor direction! As Lady Luck flittered through the fleet, hopefully averaging out her charms a little, those who could get it 'about right, more often than not', where well rewarded.
 
12 Youths (U19) from the 38 starters is a record proportion and a testament to the emergence of good second hand 2-3 year old RS Aero stock coming onto the market to satisfy a pent up demand to buy pre-loved RS Aeros from the younger generation. That influx of fresh young talent is already making its mark with all three races won by young sailors!
 
Charlie Sansom (RS Aero 9, Bowmoor) pulled away from the fleet in Race 1 to score 1st RS Aero and a fabulous 3rd overall from 115 starters on PY. In Race 2 with a good hiking breeze, defending Champ, Liam Willis (RS Aero 9, Lymington Town), lent back to share a tie break win with RS Aero 7 World Champion, Steve Cockerill (RS Aero 7, Stokes Bay), unsplittable on average lap PY timing. In Race 3 Roscoe Martin (RS Aero 7, Ogston) read the start and first beat to perfection (but paid little attention to rig size!) to jump ahead and lead the whole fleet, all RS Aero 9s included, around the first two laps to take the RS Aero win and a splendid 4th overall!
 
On a tricky day in a huge fleet constancy proved key. With 2 out of 3 results required for a series the experience in the old guard of Barton & Cockerill succeeded over the charge from the Aero Youth. Peter Barton (RS Aero 9, Lymington Town) took the RS Aero UK Winter Championship win with two 2nds and 4 pts, just half a point ahead of Steve Cockerill in 2nd with 4.5 pts and Roscoe Martin 3rd and top Youth with 5 pts. 
 
Top Lady was Sarah Cockerill (RS Aero 7, Stokes Bay) in 10th, a few points up on Top Youth Lady, Caitlin Atkin (RS Aero 7, Whitstable). Steve Cockerill took the Masters title with Gareth Griffiths (RS Aero 9, Island Barn) runner up.
 
Overal the RS Aeros gave a good showing with the top five RS Aeros packing out 11th-18th in the overall results from 115 starters. The RS Aeros were spread quite evenly through the overall fleet and it was noticeable that on the day the mix of RS Aero 7s and 9s in the results was pretty even on PY. 
 
A celebration came in the launching of RS Aero 2502, the 1502nd production RS Aero to hit the water in 3 years!
It was nice to see her racing alongside 1001 and 1002, the first two production RS Aeros from 2014!
 
The prize giving of the RS Aero UK Winter Championship will take place at the RS Aero UK Spring Champs at Burghfield SC on 14th April.  The Oxford Blue was round 6 of the RS Aero UK Winter Series and all sailors completing 3 of the 10 events will be entered into the Prize Draw for a 50% discount voucher on a new RS Aero sail to get set for the new season!
 
Larger Photos thanks to Tim Olin and James Walters


Results

RS Aero UK Winter Champs Result - RS Aeros are extracted from the overall fleet in each race for a purer result
RS Aero UK Winter Series Result - The RS Aero order in the overalls in The Oxford Blue counts to the UK Winter Series
3 races, 1 discard. 
RS Aero W.C. Oxford Blue Rank Sail Helm Club Class Cat R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st 11th 2093 Peter BARTON Lymington Town SC RS Aero 9   2 -3 2 7 4
2nd 12th 2319 Stephen COCKERILL Stokes Bay SC RS Aero 7 M -6 1.5 3 10.5 4.5
3rd 16th 2106 Roscoe MARTIN Ogston SC RS Aero 7 Y 4 -13 1 18 5
4th 13th 1068 Charlie SANSOM Bowmoor SC RS Aero 9   1 -9 5 15 6
5th 18th 2147 John WARBURTON Chew Valley Lake SC RS Aero 9   -8 4 4 16 8
6th 25th 2148 Gareth GRIFFITHS Island Barn Res SC RS Aero 9 M 5 5 -11 21 10
7th 40th 1817 Chris JONES Sutton Bingham SC RS Aero 7 M 9 8 (42RET) 59 17
8th 32nd 1551 Liam WILLIS Lymington Town SC RS Aero 9 Y -18 1.5 17 36.5 18.5
9th 50th 1009 Chris HATTON Bowmoor SC RS Aero 9 Y 7 -25.5 12 44.5 19
10th 36th 2320 Sarah COCKERILL Stokes Bay SC RS Aero 7 L 13 7 -16 36 20
11th 34th 2427 Nigel ROLFE Lymington Town SC RS Aero 9   -23 6 14.5 43.5 20.5
12th 38th 1888 Chris LARR Northampton SC RS Aero 9   3 -19 19 41 22
13th 49th 2098 Pierce SEWARD Broadstairs SC RS Aero 7 Y 17 -22.5 6 45.5 23
14th 37th 1089 Kent MARTIN Ogston SC RS Aero 7   -16 16 7 39 23
15th 53rd 2190 Alistair BARKER Queen Mary SC RS Aero 9   11 14.5 -27 52.5 25.5
16th 44th 1230 Noah REES Torpoint Mosquito SC RS Aero 7 Y 15 11 -18 44 26
17th 52nd 1566 Tim HIRE Royal Lymington YC RS Aero 9 Y 14 12 -31.5 57.5 26
18th 48th 1568 Caitlin ATKIN Whitstable YC RS Aero 7 Y L -34 17 10 61 27
19th 59th 2134 Chris WARBURTON South Staffordshire SC RS Aero 7   19 -29 9 57 28
20th 47th 1002 David CHERRILL Broadwater SC RS Aero 7   (42OCS) 10 20 72 30
21st 51st 2318 Karl THORNE Lymington Town SC RS Aero 7   (42OCS) 22.5 8 72.5 30.5
22nd 60th 1298 Richard WATSHAM Starcross YC / RNSA RS Aero 9   -22 21 13 56 34
23rd 63rd 2193 Ben CHARNLEY Snettisham Beach SC RS Aero 9 Y 12 (42DNC) 22.5 76.5 34.5
24th 61st 2502 Peter CHAPLIN Burghfield SC RS Aero 9 M 10 -33 25 68 35
25th 56th 2074 Matt EVANS Great Moor SC RS Aero 9 Y 21 14.5 -22.5 58 35.5
26th 62nd 1795 Sammy I-JOHNSON Maidenhead SC RS Aero 5   -29 18 21 68 39
27th 67th 2204 Alan MARKHAM Upper Thames SC RS Aero 7 M 27 -30 14.5 71.5 41.5
28th 70th 1586 Chris CONLAN Bowmoor SC RS Aero 7 Y 20 (42DNC) 26 88 46
29th 82nd 8 Nick IRELAND Stokes Bay SC RS Aero 7 M 26 25.5 -29 80.5 51.5
30th 73rd 1694 Nick NEVE Rutland SC RS Aero 7   -31 28 24 83 52
31st 78th 2001 Keith WILLIS Lymington Town SC RS Aero 9 M (42OCS) 24 28 94 52
32nd 87th 2100 Julie WILLIS Lymington Town SC RS Aero 7 L M 33 20 -34.5 87.5 53
33rd 91st 2073 Tim SEWARD Broadstairs SC RS Aero 9   24 32 -33 89 56
34th 93rd 1301 Emily DAVIS Great Moor SC RS Aero 7 L 25 -34 31.5 90.5 56.5
35th 85th 2224 Richard PAYNE Oxford SC RS Aero 7   (42OCS) 27 30 99 57
36th 99th 1964 Alice LUCY Rutland SC RS Aero 5 Y L 28 31 -34.5 93.5 59
37th 108th 1001 Mark LEWIS Oxford SC RS Aero 9   30 35 -36 101 65
38th 113th 1175 Natasha SION Warsash SC RS Aero 5 Y L 32 36 -37 105 68
39th 116th 1685 Lucy GREENWOOD Oxford SC RS Aero 7 L (42DNC) 42DNC 42DNC 126 84
39th 116th 1336 Joe GALLIVAN Spinnaker SC RS Aero 7   (42DNC) 42DNC 42DNC 126 84
39th 116th 1637 Greg BARTLETT Starcross YC RS Aero 9   (42DNC) 42DNC 42DNC 126 84
 
PY: RS Aero 9 = 1024, RS Aero 7 = 1071, RS Aero 5 = 1120
Y = Youth
L = Lady
M = Master 




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