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UK Spring Championships - Burghfield, Berkshire, UK
14/04/2018 - 14/04/2018

Write-Up

RS Aero UK Spring Championships - Burghfield Sailing Club, 14th April
By Joe Gallivan

A foggy morning engulfed Burghfield as 34 RS Aero sailors descended on the club to compete for this year’s RS Aero UK Spring Champs. Our PRO for the day was Ian Bullock who did a fantastic job of keeping all the sailors hopes up in the briefing for the fog to clear and a breeze to fill across the lake. After a pleasantly lazy morning and early lunch the mist steadily disappeared and the breeze started to fill in, bringing on a hype of activity - BREEZE ON!

With light winds assured on Burghfield’s sheltered lake and with everyone’s agreement the four boat RS Aero 5 fleet were upsized to RS Aero 7s by the kind loan from other sailors who were using their RS Aero 9s. This produced better racing for all and some constructive variety for sailors with two equal 17 RS Aero Class races for RS Aero 7s and RS Aero 9s. *

Ian set separate Inner and Outer loop courses and we were off with marginal hiking! The 9 rigs were up first and the line was all clear - just! It came down to tactics and intuitive risk management as gusts and shifts frequented the 4 races. Dave Lynall (Bowmoor SC) took pole position to lead all 4 races with great speed and to win the 9 class over all. In the 7 rigs, Jonathan Bailey (Hunts SC) flew around the course with three 1sts to take the overall win from Ralph Nevile (Frensham Pond SC). The RS Aero Rooster UK Youth team certainly were reaping the rewards of their winter training with 1,2,4 & 5th in the RS Aero 7 class and a 5th in the 9s!

Off the water there was a good vibe between all sailors with an interesting and challenging afternoon’s sailing. The prize giving had a wonderful spread to include prizes for the RS Aero UK Winter Championships and ten stage UK Winter Series, in addition to the RS Aero UK Spring Championships. The prize draw for the ‘50% off’ voucher for a new sail, kindly donated by RS Sailing, was won by Noah Rees of Torpoint Mosquito in Cornwall.

An enjoyable afternoon sailing in the warm sunshine was had by all and a big thank you to Ian Bullock, his team and Burghfield Sailing Club. Many thanks to SpeedSix for their support with a generous selection of prizes for the Spring Champs.

Next up for the RS Aero in southern UK is the Broadwater SC Open this Saturday 21st of April followed by the mass RS Reunion Regatta on the 28/29th at Hayling. For full details of all UK events see the UK Events List; https://www.rsaerosailing.org/index.asp?p=events&rg=UK

The RS Aero UK Spring Champs was supported by SpeedSix. This event was round 1 of the UK Southern Circuit supported by Rooster and Noble Marine and round 2 of the Thames Valley Regional Mini Series.
 
 
*Ultimately it is not about supporting a rig size but supporting 'The Sailors', and the RS Aero 5 fleet will always have its day when the wind blows or when we are at a more exposed location (we have 23 entered for the Worlds already!).
Sure, light wind training in the right rig when preparing for a champs is important too, but there are plenty of other opportunities for that and this initiative allowed the good opportunity of learning a new rig and racing a larger fleet. 


Results

4 races, 1 discard, 34 entries
 
Category Winners
1st Youth, RS Aero 7 - Jonathan Bailey, Hunts SC
1st Youth, RS Aero 9 - Tim Hire, Royal Lymington YC
1st Lady - Caroline Martin, Lee on Solent SC
1st Master - Chris Jones, Sutton Bingham SC
 
RS AERO 7                  
Rank Sail Helm Club Cat R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2874x Jonathan Bailey Hunts SC Y 1 -6 1 1 9 3
2nd 1568x Ralph Nevile Frensham Pond SC Y -6 4 2 2 14 8
3rd 1817 Chris Jones Sutton Bingham S C M 2 1 6 -8 17 9
4th 2325 Ned Stattersfield Wells-Next-The-Sea Y 3 -7 5 5 20 13
5th 2599x Sammy Isaacs-Johnson Maidenhead SC   -9 8 3 3 23 14
6th 1589 Chris Harrup Burghfield SC   4 3 -14 10 31 17
7th 1562 Toby Schofield Felpham SC   -15 2 12 6 35 20
8th 2293 Caroline Martin Lee on Solent SC L/M 5 9 8 (18DNC) 40 22
9th 2318 Karl Thorne Lymington Town SC   10 -11 7 7 35 24
10th 1 Roger Bone Burghfield SC M 16 5 4 (18DNC) 43 25
11th 1009 Emily Watson Bowmoor SC L 13 -16 9 4 42 26
12th 2284x Alice Lucy Rutland SC Y/L 7 -13 10 12 42 29
13th 2392 Phil Elford
  11 -12 11 9 43 31
14th 2141 Stephen Sharp Seafarers/Reading SC   8 -14 13 13 48 34
15th 1301 Emily Davis Great Moor SC L 12 15 -16 11 54 38
16th 1773 Rosemary Dillworth Bowmoor SC L -17 10 15 14 56 39
17th 2285 Roger Cowan Burghfield SC   14 -17 17 15 63 46
                     
RS AERO 9                  
Rank Sail Helm Club Cat R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2459 Dave Lynall Bowmoor SC   -1 1 1 1 4 3
2nd 2549 Peter Barton Lymington Town SC   -5 3 2 2 12 7
3rd 2346 Ben Rolfe Burghfield SC   3 -4 3 3 13 9
4th 1068 Charlie Sansom Bowmoor SC   2 -5 4 4 15 10
5th 1566 Tim Hire Royal Lymington SC Y -11 2 10 5 28 17
6th 1637 Greg Bartlett Starcross YC   4 6 -8 7 25 17
7th 2427 Nigel Rolfe Burghfield SC   8 9 5 -12 34 22
8th 1739 David Cherrill Broadwater SC   -12 7 6 9 34 22
9th 2074 Matt Evans Great Moor SC Y 6 -14 7 13 40 26
10th 2502 Peter Chaplin Burghfield SC M -13 11 9 6 39 26
11th 1336 Joe Gallivan Spinnaker SC   7 12 -17 8 44 27
12th 2204 Alan Markham Upper Thames SC M 10 -16 11 10 47 31
13th 7 Jake Bullock Burghfield SC   -17 8 13 14 52 35
14th 2114 Fernando Gamboa Lee Solent SC/ CDPA   -16 10 14 11 51 35
15th 1120 Jae Jones Spinnaker SC M 9 -15 15 15 54 39
16th 1298 Richard Watsham Starcross YC / RNSA   15 13 12 (18DNC) 58 40
17th 2223 Mark Fox Stokes Bay SC M 14 -17 16 16 63 46
 
 
 
 
 




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