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RS Aero UK Winter Championships - Burghfield SC, Berkshire, UK
19/03/2022 - 19/03/2022


RS Aero UK Winter Championships - Burghfield SC, Berkshire, UK, 19th March

Thanks to Nigel Rolfe for his report;

Another great event at Burghfield Sailing Club and we were favoured with a good breeze, sunshine and a wonderful atmosphere, well we are in the tropics after all! This year Burghfield had the privilege of hosting the rescheduled RS Aero UK Winter Championships.

Race Officer James Anderson set a P shaped course with a fantastic long beat down the lake, two fast reaching legs and a downwind with plenty of gybing opportunities to test the nerve. The wind, well it did not disappoint at a steady 18 – 24 knots picking up to 20 – 28 knots at times! As such we ended up with two fleets – RS Aero 7 and RS Aero 5.

Down to the racing. There were three dominating individuals over the 4 races. Ben Rolfe not only won the RS Aero 7’s but cruised comfortably from mark 1 to the finish in all races he sailed with a commanding lead. In the RS Aero 5’s it was Frensham’s Ahlheid brothers, Tom and Tristan who simply dominated.

There was plenty of action behind this leading trio and calamities galore. It has to be mentioned that our esteemed Chairman, Richard Watsham, won the “Detour Pale Ale” prize. In what would have been a championship winning defensive manoeuver if he was leading. But it all went horribly wrong as the gust came in causing the aggressive bear away forcing him well away from the competing field.

In the RS Aero 5, it was great to see Chloe George on the water and after a disappointing first race she managed to secure three 3rd places to finish 3rd overall.

Back to the RS Aero 7’s, Papercourt’s Sam Mettam secured consistent results ahead of the chasing pack to secure 2nd place with Chris Rust in 3rd

All in all a fantastic blast of a day with a real sense of achievement for all who sailed and big smiles. Well done everyone and a huge thanks to our race and safety teams for making this event a huge success.

PHOTOS thanks to Stephen Day
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4 races, 1 discard

RS Aero 5

Rank Sail Name Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Nett
1 2077 Tom Ahlheid Frensham 1st 1st 1st 1st 3
2 1070 Tristan Ahlheid Frensham 3rd 2nd 2nd   7
3 3870 Chloe George Lymington Town 5th 3rd 3rd 3rd 9
4 1846 Zak Mitchell Paignton 6th 9th 5th 2nd 13
5 3175 Gareth Griffiths Island Barn 4th 4th 6th 6th 14
6 1181 Mark Ripley Paignton 8th 6th 4th 5th 15
7 1566 Abby Hire Lymington Town 10th 5th 7th 4th 16
8 3303 Sammy Isaacs-Johnson Maidenhead 2nd 8th 9th 8th 18
9 2150 Luca Mitchell Paignton 7th 7th   10th 24
10 1930 Joe Slipper Queen Mary 9th 10th   7th 26
11 3673 Ben Throup Burghfield 11th 11th 10th 9th 30
12 3853 Edward Day Reading 12th 12th 8th 11th 31
13 2105 Sophie Stockton   14th 13th 11th 12th 36
14 3888 Marcus Pakes Haversham 13th 14th 12th 13th 38

RS Aero 7

Rank Sail Name Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Nett
1 3674 Ben Rolfe Burghfield 1st 1st 1st   3
2 3437 Sam Mettam Papercourt 2nd 2nd 2nd 5th 6
3 3669 Chris Rust Portsmouth 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 9
4 2427 John Cooper Burghfield 6th 4th 6th 1st 11
5 3023 Richard Watsham Starcross 3rd 6th 4th 4th 11
6 3042 Paul Halliwell Island Barn 7th 9th 7th 2nd 16
7 1603 Rob Ahlheid Frensham 5th 8th 5th   18
8 2161 Paul Robson Reading 10th 7th RET 6th 23
9 2126 Graham Iles Burghfield 9th 10th 8th   27
10 2053 Clive Goodwin Burghfield 8th 5th RET   28
11 2929 Elliot Toms Fowey Gallants 11th 12th 9th   32
DNC 3675 Nigel Rolfe Burghfield     DNS    
DNC 2717 Chris Harrup Burghfield     DNS    
DNC 3835 Andy Wilkins South Caernarvonshire   11th DNS    

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