Write-UpKing George Gallop (SailJuice) - King George SC, North London, UK, Saturday 22nd Jan
The 4th event of the Selden SailJuice Winter Series took place at King George SC, London, with a large mixed fleet of 71 enties including 8 RS Aeros.
A light breeze of around 4-9kn with plenty of shifts and pressure variance kept both the race officer and competitors on their toes all day for 3 challenging and enjoyable races.RS Aero 7
Race 1 - Abby Hire came through to lead the RS Aeros home, taking 5th overall just ahead of Peter Barton in 6th and Ellie Craig in 8th. David Peaty unfortunately lost a good placing with an OCS.
Race 2 - David was fast out of the blocks again and this time it was legit! With a good lead at mark 1 he steadily extended to be 1st RS Aero and 7th overall with Peter in 11th.
Race 3 - Especially tricky as the breeze started to fade. This time it was Ellie's turn to lead the RS Aeros home, scoring a hard earned 10th.RS Aero 6
Three new RS Aeros 6s were entered to make their public debut and they looked awesome on the racecourse with their PURPLE identification colour flashes! They raced off an initial 'Great Lakes Handicap' number of 1100 and results were spread around the mid fleet. The highlights were Sam Mettam's 14th in Race 1 and his keeping pace with the RS Aero 7s for periods. RS Aero 5
It is always nice to see new enthusiastic owners join the RS Aero Class and Francesca Murphy had travelled all the way from Pembrokeshire with her brand new RS Aero. The final fittout and check was hastily finished pre-race at King George! Attending events allows new sailors to learn from the experienced fleet both onshore and afloat. Francesca gained good experience, answers and ideas to take home to South Wales.
63 Classes are entered in the Series and the RS Aero 7s made a small gain towards the top of the podium and are set to make the step up over the final two events. The top 3 from each Class in each race count towards this, so please do sign up and try to make your contribution count!
Congratulations and thank you to all the RS Aero 7s who have played a part so far.TOP CLASS Top Female
Ellie Craig continues to extend at the top of the ladies' leader board. TOP FEMALESeries Overall
With over 300 entries in the series now Peter Barton and Ellie Craig hold 4th and 5th respectively going into the final two events. SERIES OVERALLNext Up
The final two events in the SailJuice Series are the Tiger Trophy at Rutland on 5/6th Feb and the Oxford Blue, our RS Aero UK Winter Champs,
on Saturday 19th Feb.
Join the fun and don't get left out in the cold!ENTER HERE
Winter 2021-22 Gallery
for larger photos by Tim Olin
|3 races, 1 discard, 71 entries|
1st 505 Roger GILBERT Ben MCGRANE Netley SC
2nd RS Vareo Luke FISHER Emberton Park SC
3rd Merlin Rocket Thomas GILLARD Rachael GRAY Staunton Harold SC
9th RS Aero 7 3597 Peter BARTON Lymington Town SC
11th RS Aero 7 2603 Ellie CRAIG Starcross YC
19th RS Aero 7 2439 Abby HIRE Lymington Town SC
26th RS Aero 6 67 Sam METTAM Papercourt SC
35th RS Aero 7 2966 David PEATY Draycote SC
46th RS Aero 6 69 Sam BLAKER Thorpe Bay YC
61st RS Aero 5 3042 Francesca MURPHY Pembrokeshire Performance SA
DNC RS Aero 6 68 Chris RUST Portsmouth SC