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Reports & Results


Covenham, Lincolnshire , UK
14/04/2018 - 14/04/2018


RS Aero Open Meeting - Covenham Sailing Club, 14th April
By Richard Butler

An excellent turn out of 12 sailors assembled for the first event in the RS Aero UK Northern Circuit at Covenham Sailing Club in Lincolnshire. They were greeted by a light but constant south westerly breeze but with the promise of a gentle increase during the day and a steady change in direction. However, the plan of six short races was looking optimistic! After due deliberation, the fleet divided into three RS Aero 9s and nine RS Aero 7s.
PRO Alan Tasker set the fleet a ‘P’ shaped course with a light breeze fluctuating, creating some challenging decision making on the course for the first two races before lunch. Although muttering could be heard in the back half of the fleet about luck, the results showed that those at the front were consistently at the front with Steve Stewart (3,5), Paul Spiers (2,3) and Andrew Molyneux (1,1) reading the wind and tricky conditions better than most.
After a nice extended lunch a light southerly breeze returned and we were off again. After a light race 3 the wind was now strengthening and from the south east but with no time to reset the course a decision was taken to get on with sailing a skewed course in the force 2-3 now blowing. The fleet started on a reach, the reach became a beat and the dead run was a fetch, but it was the best sail of the day. Two of those who were consistent in the morning were consistent in the afternoon, Andrew (1,4) and Steve (1,5) - and they were joined by Dan Phillips (3,2) and Alan Brooks (2,4).
As usual the racing was close with everyone crossing the finish together and a single mistake causing many places to be lost or gained. In typical RS Aero sportsmanship in the post sailing analysis Dan and Steve noticed they had been recorded as finishing in the wrong order so swopped places to Steve’s advantage!
Many thanks to the team at Covenham Sailing Club for laying on a great day’s racing in tricky conditions and for their first RS Aero Open.
Next up for the RS Aeros in the North and Midlands is the RS Sprints at Rutland this Saturday 21st of April followed by joining the large home fleet at Yorkshire Dales on Sunday 6th May. For full details of all UK events see the UK Events List.
Covenham Open Photos by Oliver's Dad.


4 races, no discard
Rank Sail Name Club Class R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 2298 Andrew Molyneux Huddersfield RS Aero 7 1 1 4 1 7
2 1581 Steve Stewart Yorkshire Dales RS Aero 7 3 5 1 5 14
3 1062 Dan Phillips Ripon RS Aero 7 4 6 3 2 15
4 2297 Alan Brooks Huddersfield RS Aero 7 7 4 2 4 17
5 2421 Paul Spiers Notts County RS Aero 9 2 3 8 7 20
6 1653 Richard Butler Covenham RS Aero 7 6 7 7 6 26
7 2186 Alan Beaton Notts County RS Aero 9 10 2 6 9 27
8 2155 Iain McGonigal East Lothian RS Aero 9 8 12 10 3 33
9 1264 Jackie Craven Yorkshire Dales RS Aero 7 5 11 5 12 33
10 2146 Nick Craven Yorkshire Dales RS Aero 7 9 8 9 10 36
11 1208 Keith Mansfield Covenham RS Aero 7 12 9 12 8 41
12 1509 Peter Crags York RI RS Aero 7 11 10 11 11 43

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