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Felpham Open, West Sussex, UK
09/06/2018 - 09/06/2018


Felpham Sailing Club RS Aero Open - West Sussex, 9th June
by Caitie Atkin

The RS Aero open in the south this weekend was at Felpham Sailing Club, ‘the seaside mecca of the central south coast’. 20 RS Aeros arrived alongside the RS Teras to a decent breeze of around 6-11 knots and were greeted by the lovely team of members who were helping out at the club.

The first race was the windiest race of the day, and was won by Toby Schofield, RS Aero 7 rig, from Felpham Sailing Club. He was followed by Karl Thorne, also in a 7, and Chris Jones and Greg Bartlett who tied after the handicaps were applied.

The wind began to drop off in Race 2, and after a rapid first leg, the fleet was led by Peter, Charlie, Greg (all in 9 rigs) and Jack Miller, making his RS Aero debut in his RS Aero 7 rig. This front group continued to gain on the fleet throughout the race and proved uncatchable for the rest of the fleet. A high reach mark and a left shift made for an interesting second leg, forcing most people to tack off, and some to even fall out their boats;).

In the final race it was all to play for. As the gun went on the start, the port bias became even clearer than it had been in previous races, and the hotly contested pin end caused many people to tack out onto port to get into clearer wind. After the start the wind began to shift and fill more and more to the left, and Caitie Atkin, “with cunning and tenacity” (thanks Peter:))) decided to sail far out the left along with Greg Bartlett and Chris Jones. Greg therefore rounded the windward mark in 1st position, with Peter and Charlie a comfortable distance behind. At the end of the second lap, the tables had turned as Greg appeared to stop in the middle of the course so Charlie and Peter sailed past. We later learn that this was as a result of him forgetting to tie a knot at the end of his mainsheet, and therefore having to re-thread it after it came out. The race ended with Charlie 1st in the 9 fleet, and Chris 1st in the 7s.

In the final results, Charlie Sansom won overall, followed by Peter Barton and Greg Bartlett. Chris Jones was the 1st Master and RS Aero 7 rig in 4th place, Karl Thorne 2nd 7 rig in 5th, Jack Miller was the 1st Youth in 6th place and Caitie Atkin 1st Lady in 8th.

Tomorrow there is coaching with the winner of the 7s, Chris Jones, and 8 boats are currently signed up for what should be a fun day on the water!

We would like to thank everyone at Felpham SC who helped lay on a fantastic event, including everyone that helped with the launching and recovery of all the boats, the ladies at registration and in the canteen, and the race committee for managing to get three good races done in tricky conditions.

This weekend has been a great coastal warm up for the RS Aero World Championships at Weymouth, which currently has 145 entries! The early entry discount ends at the end of this month, so make sure you register and pay online asap for what will be a great event!

Next up in the south is Round 3 of the RS Aero UK Southern Circuit at Lee on Solent SC on 23/24th June.
Details are on the RS Aero UK Event List
Also, keep in touch with class activity through the RS Aero Class facebook group 
Photos thanks to Tony Lord


3 races, 1 drop
Rank Sail Class Helm Club R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st 1068 RS AERO 9 Charlie Sansom Bowmoor SC -7 2 1 10 3
2nd 2549 RS AERO 9 Peter Barton Lymington Town SC -6 1 2 9 3
3rd 2600 RS AERO 9 Greg Bartlett Starcross YC 3.5 -4 3 10.5 6.5
4th 1817 RS AERO 7 Chris Jones (M) Sutton Bingham SC 3.5 -5 4 12.5 7.5
5th 2318 RS AERO 7 Karl Thorne Lymington Town SC 2 -12 6 20 8
6th 2415 RS AERO 7 Jack Miller (Y) Felpham SC 5 3 -9 17 8
7th 1562 RS AERO 7 Toby Schofield Felpham SC 1 8 -11 20 9
8th 1568 RS AERO 7 Caitie Atkin (LY) Whitstable YC 8 -10 5 23 13
9th 1009 RS AERO 7 Emily Watson (L) Bowmoor SC -10 6 7 23 13
10th 1672 RS AERO 7 Richard Bentley Felpham SC 9 7 -10 26 16
11th 2317 RS AERO 7 Tomaso Macchi Weston SC (21OCS) 9 8 38 17
12th 2133 RS AERO 9 James Gerwat Felpham SC -16 11 13 40 24
13th 1413 RS AERO 7 Roshan Verghese Felpham SC -13 13 12 38 25
14th 1675 RS AERO 7 Chris Whitney Felpham SC 11 15 -19 45 26
15th 1060 RS AERO 7 Mark Linney (M) Chichester YC 12 16 -17 45 28
16th 1181 RS AERO 7 Roger Belton (M) Felpham SC 15 14 -18 47 29
17th 1777 RS AERO 7 CatherineHemsley(LM) Felpham SC 14 -17 16 47 30
18th 1 RS AERO 7 Toby Lloyd Felpham SC 17 (21DNC) 14 52 31
19th 2223 RS AERO 9 Mark Fox (M) Stokes Bay SC 18 -19 15 52 33
20th 1582 RS AERO 7 Mark Rolfe Bartley SC (21OCS) 18 20 59 38
Y=Youth, L=Lady,  M=Master

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