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UK Winter Championships at The Oxford Blue, UK
16/02/2019 - 16/02/2019

Write-Up

RS Aero UK Winter Championships at The Oxford Blue - 16th Feb
Wow, what a day!
 
Thanks to Tim Hire for summing up an excellent day's racing at Oxford;

Whilst pleasantly mild the weather for the 2019 edition of The Oxford Blue was challenging, with lightish winds for the 6th edition. The Oxford Blue played host to both the finale of the Selden SailJuice series, but also to the RS Aero UK Winter Championship. With a whopping 48 of the 153 boats taking part being RS Aeros, a third of the entries, we were given a start for the three RS Aero Classes.

Race 1 set the precedent, with inconsistent gusts and shifts being the challenge of the day. As the first race started, the wind was very light. First to the windward mark was Mark Addison in an RS Aero 9 followed the RS Aero 7 of Charlie Roome in his first RS Aero race! The first RS Aero 5, a little way behind, was Jonathan Bailey. The lead RS Aero 9 of Gareth Griffiths was first to cross the line. It was Chris Hatton in a RS Aero 7, who had a great first race taking the RS Aero win on handicap and an impressive 3rd overall after not the best of starts. Jonathan Bailey was the first RS Aero 5.

By Race 2 the wind had picked up a bit, although it was no less shifty! Richard Pye led around the windward mark followed by Tim Hire and Chris Larr (who went on to cross the line first) in his RS Aero 9, with the rest of the pack chasing closely. In the RS Aero 5 race Emily Davis was first around the windward mark followed by Lucy Greenwood and Ben Poe. Peter Barton made huge gains over on the right on the last beat, making up several places to catch the leaders who were now Charlie Sansom and Tim Hire, before effecting the overtaking manoeuvre on the final downwind to take a well-deserved win on handicap. Charlie and Tim were declared a dead heat as they crossed the line. Lucy Greenwood had an excellent race finishing 1st RS Aero 5 and 8th equal RS Aero on handicap.

Race 3 was delayed slightly while the race committee speedily rotated the course. First to the windward mark was Mark Addison in the RS Aero 9 followed by Charlie Roome and Nick Neve in their RS Aero 7s, all charging in from the left. In the RS Aero 5 race, Josie Meredith was first to the windward mark followed by Theodore Deverell and Maisie Bristow. The wind picked up right at the end of the race, allowing those behind to make gains on the leaders on the downwind, producing a tense finale right up to the gun. Gareth Griffiths crossed the line first in the RS Aero 9. Tim Hire managed to hold off Peter Barton for the RS Aero 7 and RS Aero handicap win, with Mark Riddington right behind. Theodore Deverell finished 1st RS Aero 5 and 21st on handicap.

It was great to see so many RS Aero 5s out, the second largest fleet at the event after the RS Aero 7s! It made for great racing for the fleet, with a variety of people showing their faces at the front of the fleet including Alice Lucy who took 3rd RS Aero 5 in Race 1, which was her first ever championship top 3 finish. Lucy Greenwood showed us that consistency was key and took the RS Aero 5 win and Top RS Aero Lady when the results were extracted from the rest of the fleet.

The RS Aeros, in general, placed very well in the overall results for the whole event, with five RS Aeros squeezing into the top 12, the first time we have achieved this in five years - we must be getting faster! After three races, Peter Barton came out on top in the RS Aero7s in 6th overall by half a point to Tim Hire (Top Youth). Chris Hatton was 3rd RS Aero in the Oxford Blue in 9th overall but after the RS Aero results were extracted from the rest of the fleet, Mark Riddington managed to slip past Chris to take 3rd. First RS Aero 9 and Top Master was Gareth Griffiths in 15th overall. Top Youth Lady was Caitlin Atkin from Whitstable SC in her RS Aero 7.
 
Thanks to SailJuice, SailRacer and Selden for an excellent Selden SailJuice Series and to Oxford SC for being wonderful hosts and running a fantastic day's racing. 
 
 
Larger Photos by Tim Olin
Facebook Album by Tim Oin 
 
The Prize Giving for the RS Aero UK Winter Series, the UK Winter Champs and the Sail Voucher Prize Draw will take place at the RS Aero UK Spring Champs at Island Barn RSC on Saturday 27th April.

Next up - The last two events on the RS Aero UK Winter Series are the Frensham Frenzy on Sunday 10th March and the Starcross Steamer on Saturday 16th March.
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Results

 
RS Aero UK Winter Championships
RS Aero results are extracted from each race of the Oxford Blue (Notice of Series 4.i.)
*This may produce small changes in overall positions from the OB results (notably Chaplin bouncing ahead of Rolfe!)
3 races, 1 discard
 
Rank Sail Helm Club Class GL PY Cat R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st 2810 Peter BARTON Lymington Town SC RS Aero 7 1073   -16 1 2 19 3
2nd 2439 Tim HIRE Royal Lymington YC RS Aero 7 1073 Y -8 2.5 1 11.5 3.5
3rd 2553 Mark RIDDINGTON Emsworth Slipper SC RS Aero 7 1073   3 -5 3 11 6
4th 1590 Chris HATTON Bowmoor SC RS Aero 7 1073 Y 1 -6 6 13 7
5th 1068 Charlie SANSOM Bowmoor SC/UPSPC RS Aero 7 1073   -6 2.5 5 13.5 7.5
6th 2148 Gareth GRIFFITHS Island Barn Res SC RS Aero 9 1024 M 2 -11 10 23 12
7th 2098 Pierce SEWARD Broadstairs SC RS Aero 7 1073   4 8.5 -13 25.5 12.5
8th 2502 Peter CHAPLIN Burghfield SC RS Aero 7 1073 M 13 -25 4 42 17
9th 2572 Andy HILL Warsash SC RS Aero 7 1073   7 10 -22 39 17
10th 1020 Richard PYE Draycote Water SC RS Aero 7 1073   -19 4 14 37 18
11th 1888 Chris LARR Northampton SC RS Aero 9 1024   -14 7 12 33 19
12th 2792 John WARBURTON ChewValley Lake SC RS Aero 7 1073   11 -17 8 36 19
13th 2427 Nigel ROLFE Burghfield SC RS Aero 7 1073   -20 13 7 40 20
14th 2188 Mark ADDISON Upper Thames SC RS Aero 9 1024   5 -24 16 45 21
15th 2543 Steve NORBURY Warsash SC RS Aero 7 1073   9 12 -18 39 21
16th 2806 Charlie ROOME RYA RS Aero 7 1073   10 -16 15 41 25
17th 1232 Tim NORRIS Warsash SC RS Aero 7 1073   -15 14 11 40 25
18th 2582 Nick NEVE Rutland SC RS Aero 7 1073 M -21 20 9 50 29
19th 2126 Graham ILES Burghfield SC RS Aero 7 1073   12 21 -25 58 33
20th 2420 Nigel DAVIES Draycote Water SC RS Aero 7 1073   -28 18 17 63 35
21st 1685 Lucy GREENWOOD Oxford SC RS Aero 5 1129 L 29 8.5 -36 73.5 37.5
22nd 2550 Chris JONES Sutton Bingham SC RS Aero 7 1073 M 18 -23 19.5 60.5 37.5
23rd 2808 Richard KENNEDY Emsworth Slipper SC RS Aero 7 1073   -23 15 23 61 38
24th 1739 David CHERRILL Broadwater SC RS Aero 7 1073   22 19 -24 65 41
25th 1568 Caitlin ATKIN Whitstable SC RS Aero 7 1073 Y L -31 22 19.5 72.5 41.5
26th 2672 Will GIFFORD Whitefriars SC RS Aero 7 1073   17 -32 29 78 46
27th 2717 Chris HARRUP Burghfield SC RS Aero 7 1073   24 -29 27 80 51
28th 2442 Jonathan BAILEY Grafham SC RS Aero 5 1129 Y 25 27 -28 80 52
29th 1336 Joe GALLIVAN Lymington Town SC RS Aero 7 1073   26 26 -31 83 52
30th 2317 Theodore DEVERELL Hunts SC RS Aero 5 1129 Y 32 -42 21 95 53
31st 2643 John BANBROOK Bowmoor SC RS Aero 7 1073   27 -28 26 81 53
32nd 2204 Alan MARKHAM Upper Thames SC RS Aero 7 1073   -33 31 32 96 63
33rd 1964 Alice LUCY Rutland SC RS Aero 5 1129 Y L 30 34 -38 102 64
34th 2141 Steve SHARP Seafarers SC RS Aero 7 1073 M -36 33 33 102 66
35th 2552 SammyISAACS-JNSN Maidenhead SC RS Aero 5 1129   38 -43 30 111 68
36th 2073 Tim SEWARD Broadstairs SC RS Aero 9 1024   35 -37 34 106 69
37th 2724 Josie MEREDITH Papercourt SC RS Aero 5 1107 Y L 34 35 -41 110 69
38th 1107 Ben POE Oxford SC RS Aero 5 1129   (DNC) 30 40 119 70
39th 1702 Bruce MACDONALD Dorchester SC RS Aero 7 1073   37 36 -44 117 73
40th 2429 Robin CAIGER Bough Beech SC RS Aero 7 1073   39 -41 37 117 76
41st 2708 Maisie BRISTOW Island Barn Res SC RS Aero 5 1129 Y L 40.5 -44 39 123.5 79.5
42nd 1809 Iona WILLOWS Dorchester SC RS Aero 5 1129 Y L 45 -46 35 126 80
43rd 2039 Karl MORLEY Burton SC RS Aero 7 1073   -43 39 42 124 81
44th 1301 Emily DAVIS Great Moor SC RS Aero 5 1129 L 44 38 -45 127 82
45th 2223 Mark FOX Stokes Bay SC RS Aero 9 1024 M 42 40 -43 125 82
46th 2807 Michael SEALEY Butte SC, CA, USA RS Aero 7 1073   40.5 45 -46 131.5 85.5
47th 1773 RosemaryDILLWORTH Bowmoor SC RS Aero 5 1129 L (DNC) DNC DNC 147 98
47th 1298 Richard WATSHAM Starcross YC / RNSA RS Aero 9 1024   (DNC) DNC DNC 147
98
L = Lady
Y = Youth (under 19 on 31st December)
M = Master (55 or over on 31st December)




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