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Reports & Results


Papercourt Open, Surrey, UK
23/09/2018 - 23/09/2018


Papercourt RS Aero Open - Surrey, UK, Sunday 23 Sept
Thanks to Mark Carleton for his report... 

12 intrepid RS Aero sailors braved the tail end of storm Ali to compete in the Papercourt Sailing Club Open. By the morning of the event, the forecast had dropped to 'only' 10 knots, gusting 28, but things looked much calmer on arrival leading to much rig indecision. Eventually most of the fleet settled on a RS Aero 7 rig and were greeted on the water by a very indecisive breeze with 90 degree wind-shifts and some very hairy gusts.

Lightening reactions were needed to deal with the shifting winds with several capsizes on the first beat separating the fleet. Thankfully things settled down and the first race was won by Steve Cockerill, with Tim Hire in second place.

The conditions took a surprising turn in the second race with the wind dropping to practically nothing as a front came through. Steve again took the bullet, with Sarah Cockerill coming in second.

A hearty lunch clearly refreshed Sammy Isaacs-Johnson who built an unassailable lead from the first beat of the third race and finished minutes ahead of the rest of the fleet. Mark Carleton made the most of home advantage, coming in second and ensuring it would all come down to the last race.

With everything to play for, there was plenty of place swapping in the final race of the day. A couple of 720s kept it interesting right up to the last lap before Sammy I-J finally pulled away for a well-deserved win of both the race and the event. Mark took 2nd with Tim Hire top Youth in 3rd. Caitie Atkin sailed consistently through the day to be top Lady.

Thanks to Papercourt SC for another successful open and all the volunteers who braved the weather. Next up in the UK is the RS Aero UK River Champs at Bourne End, Bucks, on Saturday 6th and Ogston SC, Derbyshire on Sunday 7th.
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4 races, 1 discard
Rank Sail Name Club Class PY Cat R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2552 Sammy Isaacs-Johnson Maidenhead/DWSC RS Aero 7 1068   -5 3 1 1 10 5
2nd 1575 Mark Carleton Papercourt SC RS Aero 7 1068   3 -4 2 2 11 7
3rd 2439 Tim Hire Royal Lymington YC RS Aero 7 1068 Y 2 -7 4 3 16 9
4th 2148 Gareth Griffiths Island Barn RSC RS Aero 7 1068 M 4 -5 3 4 16 11
5th 2553 Mark Riddington Emsworth Slipper SC RS Aero 7 1068   -8 6 5 5 24 16
6th 2319 Steve Cockerill Stokes Bay SC RS Aero 7 1068 M 1 1 (15DNC) 15DNC 32 17
7th 1568 Caitie Atkin Whitstable SC RS Aero 7 1068 Y L 7 -8 6 7 28 20
8th 1574 Richard Guy Papercourt SC RS Aero 7 1068   9 -10 7 6 32 22
9th 1705 Kate Wharmby Royal Lymington YC RS Aero 5 1120 Y L 10 -11 8 8 37 26
10th 1544 James Witts Queen Mary SC RS Aero 7 1068   6 9 (15DNC) 15DNC 45 30
11th 2320 Sarah Cockerill Stokes Bay SC RS Aero 7 1068 L (15DNC) 2 15DNC 15DNC 47 32
12th 2505 Neil Wharmby Papercourt SC RS Aero 9 1024   (15DNC) 15DNC 9 9 48 33
13th 2505 Neil Wharmby Papercourt SC RS Aero 7 1068   13RET 13DNS (15DNC) 15DNC 56 41
14th 2320 Sarah Cockerill Stokes Bay SC RS Aero 5 1120 L 13RET (15DNC) 15DNC 15DNC 58 43
L = Lady, Y = Youth (U19), M = Master (55+), ages as of 31st Dec 2018

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