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RS Aero UK National Champs & International Open - East Lothian YC, North Berwick, Scotland, UK
24/07/2019 - 28/07/2019

Write-Up

RS Aero UK National Championship & International Open
East Lothian YC, North Berwick, Scotland, 24-28 July


Wow what a week! A Scottish heat wave, a full mix of wind and sea states, a beautiful seaside beach location, a friendly club, Scottish hospitality and intense RS Aero racing taken to all the way to the wire in all three fleets!

RS Aero Challenge Cup
The event started on the Wednesday with a warm up day. Pre-event coaching in the morning on the green allowed those new to the RS Aero, whether charterers, borrowers or new owners to quickly gain some of the technique and specifics learned in the RS Aero over the past five years.

The ‘RS Aero Challenge Cup’ followed in the afternoon. This is an ‘all RS Aeros’ race with the whole fleet starting together on a PY basis. Three RS Aero 9s sailed off into the lead with Greg Bartlett taking line honours from Ben Charnley and Ffinlo Wright. A bubble of RS Aero 7s followed with Richard Pye holding a slender lead from Peter Barton, Craig Williamson and Tim Hire all hot on his tail.

Ultimately the 7s prevailed after corrected PY with Richard taking the win and a bottle of NB Gin from Peter, with William Caiger in his RS Aero 5 taking 3rd. Tim Hire was 4th with Greg Bartlett 5th. Sixty RS Aeros finished the race held in medium winds with a good mix of each rig spread through the fleet.
 
MOVIE
RS Aero's launch for the RS Aero Challenge Cup at the RS Aero UK Nationals at East Lothian Yacht Club, with eighty RS Aeros enjoying the late July heatwave in Scotland. 
 
 
 
Day 1
Exciting conditions with winds of up to 20kn from the more exposed east and some big waves on the outer loop provided some excellent surfing down the run! By the end of the day there were waves upon waves to climb over going upwind. Downwind big gains were to be made by pushing hard around the waves although some balance of playing safe was wise! At the end of a big day and 3 races Liina Kolk (Estonia), Peter Barton (Lymington) and Greg Bartlett (Starcross) each had two wins in their fleets.

Juror, David Battye, was on hand to oversee racing and the fleet had the benefit of his expertise with a pre-racing clinic to explain his processes and guidelines for making rulings on the water, when necessary, with some explanation of the limits of Rule 42.

Day 2
After a couple of hours chilling on the beachside basking under the hot Scottish sun the fleet launched to the prospect of an increasing breeze. However, it remained patchy with large shifts and the fleet were eventually sent back ashore. Well done to the race team for trying to get a race in - and for not trying so hard that they started a bad one!

Friday night was the legendary Greek Night meal at ELYC with the Class Chairman's Annual RS Aero Awards presented during the evening to those of either noteworthy high and low achievement for various right and wrong reasons through the season!

Day 3
The breeze was back in the west with flatter water and softening from medium to light through the day making this a day for the lighter wind specialists. Local boats prospered with Ben Wilcox of East Lothian winning the RS Aero 7s and several new faces near the front of their fleets.

Day 4
In each fleet the title chase remained wide open going into the final day. The wind started fresh and again softened during the day. The north easterly produced some exciting surfing waves which were slightly skewed to the wind direction providing an interesting challenge.

In the RS Aero 5s Ned Stattersfield (Wells) held a small lead over Will Caiger (Sevenoaks School) with Liina Kolk (Estonia) close behind. Ultimately Will did enough with a race win to close out the series ahead of Ned and Liina who was 1st Lady. 1st Youth Lady was Lily Barrett in 9th.

The RS Aero 7s had Tim Hire (Lymington) just two points behind Peter Barton (Lymington) with Craig Williamson (Staunton Harold) just another couple of points back. A race win saw Peter extend his lead and a 4th in the Race 7 clinched the title. Craig Williamson won the day with a 3, 1,1 to take 2nd overall on tie break whilst Tim sailed consistently with a string of top 4 results to take 3rd overall and 1st Youth. First Lady was Ellie Craig (Draycote) in 14th and 1st Master was UK Class Chairman Nigel Rolfe (Burghfield) in 12th.

In the RS Aero 9 fleet saw Liam Willis (Lymington), Greg Bartlett (Starcross) and Ben Charnley (Snettisham Beach) all very close going into the final day. After Ben won the first race with Greg 2nd it was all near equal with 2 races to go! Ultimately the title went to Liam with Greg 2nd and Ben in 3rd also top Youth.

The RS Aero 9 had no less then 5 race winners over their 8 race series. However the RS Aero 5s must have been the friendliest fleet ever taking it in turns for the top spot with an incredible 7 different winners and a different leader after each day! The RS Aero 7s achieved their dubious notoriety with four general recalls in Race 8 as the tide set to carry the fleet over the start. PRO, Jim Sinclair, kept order and with about five RS Aero 7s pulled out on each attempt the fleet eventually got away with just 30 starters as the bad boys and girls sailed home to early showers!

Thanks to the all the event supporters - Rooster and Harken for their generous prize haul allowing daily prizes through the fleet. Airshed and Edinburgh Orthodontics for providing ‘FREE PUDDIN’ ’ at the Class dinner and local Gin producer, NB Gin, for the winners’ bottles! RS Sailing provided a huge fleet of charter RS Aeros allowing international visitors the ability to fly in and enabling local sailors to try out an RS Aero in a championship environment. David Battye’s presence as Juror added great value to the event.
 
Huge thanks to East Lothian Yacht Club of North Berwick and their small army of volunteers who made us all feel so very welcome and made everything happen like clockwork. Their shore team delivering trollies into the water is perhaps the best in the world! Derek Braid's excellent photographs will provide wonderful memories of our week's racing from North Berwick!

Next up for the RS Aeros is this summer’s big one - The RS Aero Europeans at Malcesine on Lake Garda, Italy! Over 100 RS Aeros are already registered and excitement increases as the trip to the Italian Lakes draws closer! Keep in touch with Everything Aero via the Class website at https://www.rsaerosailing.org/index.asp
and Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rsaeroclass/

Photos by Derek Braid
Larger Photos in Gallery
 
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Results

RS Aero Challenge Cup - 1 race, all RS Aeros together on PY 
 
Championship Series - 8 races, 2 discards
 
RS AERO 5                          
Rank Sail Helm Club Cat. R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett
1st 1844 William Caiger Sevenoaks School Y 2 2 2RDG 5 2 -8 1 -7 29 14
2nd 2325 Ned Stattersfield Wells-Next-The-Sea Y 3 1 2 2 6 5 -7 -13 39 19
3rd 2948 Liina Kolk Saaremaa/Pirita, EST L 1 3 1 6 5 -9 6 -8 39 22
4th 1096 Harrison Pye Draycote WSC Y 4 4 -8 1 8 4 2 -11 42 23
5th 2966 David Peaty Upton Warren SC Y 6 -20 6 -7 4 6 5 2 56 29
6th 2531 Jamie Rastrick Yorkshire Dales SC Y 5 7 5 -8 7 3 -9 5 49 32
7th 1596 Henry Rastrick Yorkshire Dales SC   8 -10 10 9 1 2 4 (BFD) 68 34
8th 2442 Jonathan Bailey Grafham SC Y -12 11 -13 3 3 10 11 1 64 39
9th 2105 Lily Barrett Island Barn RSC L Y -9 6 7 -12 9 7 3 9 62 41
10th 2552 Sammy Isaacs-Jnsn Maidenhead SC   11 -14 9 11 13 1 -14 14 87 59
11th 1581 Steve Stewart RYA   7 5 4 16 15 19 -20 (DNC) 110 66
12th 2708 Maisie Bristow Island Barn RSC L Y 10 9 12 -15 -20 13 12 10 101 66
13th 2724 Melissa Meredith Tata Steel SC L -15 8 11 10 11 -15 13 15 98 68
14th 2386 Fiona Rigg East Lothian YC L -17 13 -16 4 12 14 10 16 102 69
15th 2739 Lou Boorman Dale YC L Y 14 12 15 (DNF) 10 16 -17 3 111 70
16th 2953 Giles Baker Royal Thames YC Y 16 17 14 (DNF) -19 11 8 4 113 70
17th 2980 Josie Meredith Papercourt SC L Y 13 16 -18 14 16 12 15 -17 121 86
18th 1705 Kate Wharmby Royal Lymington YC L Y -19 18 19 18 14 -20 16 6 130 91
19th 1964 Alice Lucy Rutland SC L Y 20 -22 -21 13 18 18 18 12 142 99
20th 2929 Elliott Toms Fowey Gallants SC J -21 15 17 17 17 17 -19 18 141 101
21st 1594 Julie Archer Ullswater YC L M 18 19 20 19 21 (BFD) (DNC) DNC 169 121
22nd 2150 Jackie Craven Scammonden SC L M 22 21 22 (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC DNC 185 137
23rd 2146 Nick Craven Scammonden SC   (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 192 144
(DNC, DNF, BFD = 24)                        
                             
RS AERO 7
                         
Rank Sail Helm Club Cat. R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett
1st 2813 Peter Barton Lymington Town SC   2 1 1 4 -19 1 4 (DNF) 81 13
2nd 2719 Craig Williamson Staunton Harold SC   1 3 4 -9 -8 3 1 1 30 13
3rd 2439 Tim Hire RoyalLym/LymTown Y 3 2 3 2 -10 4 2 -6 32 16
4th 2964 Ben Wilcox East Lothian YC   -7 7 2 1 -23 6 5 2 53 23
5th 1020 Richard Pye Draycote WSC   4 5 8 -13 6 2 3 -9 50 28
6th 2875 Noah Rees TorpointMos/Cawsand 8 4 7 5 1 (BFD) 6 (BFD) 129 31
7th 2976 Ants Haavel Pirita SPK, EST   5 -9 9 7 3 -11 7 8 59 39
8th 3003 Ben Rolfe Burghfield SC   -11 8 5 -11 9 5 8 11 68 46
9th 2553 Mark Riddington Emsworth Slipper SC   9 6 (DNF) 3 (BFD) 16 12 5 149 51
10th 2738 Spike Daniels Hayling Island SC   10 14 10 -22 -25 12 9 7 109 62
11th 2543 Steve Norbury Warsash SC   13 11 6 15 11 9 -16 (BFD) 130 65
12th 3005 Nigel Rolfe Burghfield SC M 14 -23 -17 8 13 8 10 14 107 67
13th 2106 Roscoe Martin Ogston SC Y -23 -24 21 16 4 10 14 4 116 69
14th 2603 Ellie Craig Draycote WSC L 16 21 -22 6 7 17 11 (BFD) 149 78
15th 2811 Richard Kennedy Emsworth Slipper SC   12 10 14 10 -32 14 22 (BFD) 163 82
16th 2550 Chris Jones Sutton Bingham SC M -20 -22 20 14 18 7 13 12 126 84
17th 2318 Karl Thorne Lymington Town SC   15 16 16 17 14 21 -31 (BFD) 179 99
18th 2975 Ian Fitzgerald Port Edgar YC   -31 -35 27 20 21 15 19 3 171 105
19th 2907 Ed Storey Yorkshire Dales SC   18 -28 18 -36 24 18 18 15 175 111
20th 1118 Gareth Williams Leigh and Lowton SC   -29 25 -29 19 5 29 24 10 170 112
21st 2288 Paul Gardner Stokes Bay SC   (DNC) (DNC) DNC 18 2 23 15 19 224 126
22nd 2581 Peter Craggs York RI SC   21 15 25 -33 20 -26 26 23 189 130
23rd 2572 Andy Hill Warsash SC   25 20 -34 25 16 22 23 (DNC) 214 131
24th 1739 David Cherrill Broadwater SC M 26 26 -28 21 -28 13 25 21 188 132
25th 1265 Angus Boyd East Lothian YC M -34 13 23 28 34 24 (BFD) 13 218 135
26th 2979 Bruce Millar East Lothian YC   30 30 19 -35 -35 20 29 18 216 146
27th 2155 Iain McGonigal East Lothian YC M 17 17 26 24 -30 DNE -28 17 208 150
28th 1568 Caitlin Atkin Whitstable YC L Y 24 29 -33 32 17 19 30 (BFD) 233 151
29th 1544 James Witts Queen Mary SC   22 27 12 29 15 (BFD) (DNC) DNC 252 154
30th 2502 Peter Chaplin Burghfield SC M -38 32 31 27 31 (BFD) 17 16 241 154
31st 1747 Andrew Cooney Broadwater SC M -39 37 -40 31 22 30 20 20 239 160
32nd 2922 Andrew Wishart Broadwater SC   27 18 30 12 (BFD) 25 (BFD) DNC 259 161
33rd 2299 John Wilcox East Lothian YC M 19 19 15 34 40 (BFD) 36 (BFD) 261 163
34th 1336 Joe Gallivan Lymington Town SC   35 31 13 23 37 28 (BFD) (BFD) 265 167
35th 1415 Keith Escritt Yorkshire Dales SC M 6 12 11 (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC DNC 274 176
36th 3002 Jane Peckham Gurnard SC L M 28 33 35 -39 36 27 21 (BFD) 268 180
37th 2582 Nick Neve Rutland SC M 37 (DNC) (DNC) 30 12 31 27 BFD 284 186
38th 1909 Jorn Domres SV Harlebucht, GER M 32 34 24 -45 41 (BFD) 33 25 283 189
39th 2429 Robin Caiger Bough Beech SC   -43 41 41 -42 27 37 34 24 289 204
40th 2649 Kent Martin Ogston SC   33 36 (RET) 26 29 32 (BFD) BFD 303 205
41st 2974 Mark Cole GW de Vrijbuiter, NED -41 40 37 -41 38 34 37 28 296 214
42nd 2978 Kingsley Brown Gurnard SC M 42 38 38 (DNF) -43 35 35 27 307 215
43rd 2990 Martin Roots Tata Steel SC   (DNF) -42 39 38 42 33 38 26 307 216
44th 2146 Nick Craven Scammonden SC   (DNC) (DNC) DNC 43 39 36 32 22 319 221
45th 2505 Neil Wharmby Royal Lymington YC   40 43 36 -44 -44 38 39 29 313 225
46th 1846 Steve Fraser East Lothian YC M 36 39 32 (DNC) (DNC) DNC DNC DNC 352 254
47th 2503 Dan Bird Lymington Town SC   (DNF) (DNC) DNC 40 26 DNC DNC DNC 360 262
48th 2150 Jackie Craven Scammonden SC L M (DNC) (DNC) DNC 37 33 DNF DNC DNC 364 266
(DNC, DNF, DNE, BFD = 49)                        
                             
RS AERO 9
                         
Rank Sail Helm Club Cat. R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total Nett
1st 2955 Liam Willis Lymington Town SC   2 2 2 1 1 3 -4 -6 21 11
2nd 2600 Greg Bartlett Starcross YC   1 1 (DNF) 4 3 2 -6 2 30 13
3rd 2865 Ben Charnley Snettisham Beach SC Y 3 3 1 -10 -5 1 2 4 29 14
4th 1171 Ffinlo Wright Isle of Man YC   -5 -5 4 3 4 4 3 1 29 19
5th 1331 Rory Cohen Frampton-on-Severn   4 (DNF) (DNC) 8 2 6 1 3 46 24
6th 2527 Robbie Lawson East Lothian YC   -6 4 3 6 -10 5 5 5 44 28
7th 1810 Jeremy Higson Bartley SC M 7 -8 -8 2 6 8 8 7 54 38
8th 1926 Jon Shaw East Lothian YC   -10 6 5 7 -9 7 7 8 59 40
9th 2369 Tom Ehler Lym Town SC, GER   9 7 6 5 7 (DNC) (DNC) DNC 67 45
10th 2832 Clive Harries Yorkshire Dales SC M 8 9 7 9 8 (DNC) (DNC) DNC 74 52
(DNC, DNF = 11)                        


                 
L= Lady, Y = Youth (U19), J = Junior (U16), M = Master (55+), dates taken on 31st Dec2019 
 
For the Family & Club Champs to balance the numbers in the different fleets positions are multiplied by;
RS Aero 5 x2,  RS Aero 7 x1  and  RS Aero 9 x4.
 
Family Champs (best 2)
1st - Harrison & Richard Pye (Draycote WSC)  (8+5=13)
2nd - Ben & Nigel Rolfe (Burghfield SC)        (8+12=20)
3rd -  Henry & Jamie Rastrick (Yorkshire Dales SC)   (14+12=26)
 
Club Champs (best 3)
1st - Lymington Town SC (1+3+4=8)
2nd - Draycote WSC (8+5+14=27)
3rd - Yorkshire Dales SC (19+12+14=45)
 
1st Master - Nigel Rolfe, 12th in the RS Aero 7s 
1st Youth Lady - Lily Barrett, 9th in the RS Aero 5s 
1st Junior - Elliot Toms 
1st International Visitor - Liina Kolk, Estonia, 3rd in the RS Aero 5s




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