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RS Aero UK Spring Championship - Island Barn Reservoir SC, Surrey, UK
23/04/2022 - 23/04/2022


RS Aero UK Spring Championship - Island Barn Reservoir SC, Surrey, UK, 23rd April

The annual Island Barn RS Aero event would appear to be the most reliably windy over the years and this season's RS Aero UK Spring Championship was no exception for the 27 RS Aeros competing!

Beautiful blue skies and a strong breeze gusting up to 30kts provided a wonderfully exciting day's racing. Whilst the flat water helped, the challenge was in dealing with the ferocity of the gusts, especially when usually accompanied by a shift too. Four races, each 3 laps and a nice lunch break proved an excellent formula with sailors able to recuperate and refuel over lunch whilst swapping some tips on the best techniques to manage the extreme conditions.

The RS Aero 5s saw Tom Ahlheid (Frensham) continued his winning streak from Burghfield in March to take 1st with a 3,1,2,1 whilst Abby Hire (Lymington Town) took 2nd matching Tom in the afternoon with a 1,2 to add to her 4,4 from the morning. 3rd went to Jonathan Bailey (Hunts) and local RS Aero Gareth Griffiths (Island Barn) took 4th after winning Race 1. Iona Willows    (LymingtonTown/Dorchester) completed the top 5 showing potential wih a 2,4 in her score line.

The RS Aero 7s were incredibly close with Tim Hire (Lymington Town) and Peter Barton (Lymington Town) finishing every race within a couple of boat lengths of each other. They scored a 1,2 each before lunch and after Tim took Race 3 it was all down to the final race - if Peter could win he would win a tie break. A better start saw Peter with a comfortable lead over Tim at mark 1. However local sailor Jeff Davison (Island Barn) had not read the script and had a large lead from a righty on the beat. Peter would now also need to catch Jeff as well as keep Speedy Tim behind him! Over three laps Peter caught Jeff and Tim steadily caught Peter, leading to a very close final lap. With huge gusts down the final run there was always a chance of an overtake but Peter had just enough to defend a narrow lead. Peter took the event with Tim tied to be the closest of 2nds, scoring 1,2,2,1 and 2,1,1,2 respectively. Jeff took a solid 3rd with 2,9,3,3. Andrew Rawson (Weston) finished 4th and Paul Halliwell (Island Barn) took 5th showing good form in the strong breeze for his preparations for the RS Aero World Championship in the USA in just two months time.

Thank you to everyone involved at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club for an excellent day and to Rooster in supporting the prizes. We look forward to returning!

Race Officer, Mike Jones, did an awesome job all day and eventually forgave the RS Aero 7 fleet for a General Recall in the very first start! He wrote these kind words to share;
' Dear RS Aero competitors
 This is just a short note to say what a pleasure it was to officiate this fabulous dinghy class's Spring Championship in a very brisk breeze, with gusts of up to 30 knots.
 The RS Aero is such a great fun boat for good sailors. It is light, fast, easy to rig, responsive to tuning, and most importantly has a choice of three rig sizes to suit all sizes, abilities and ages.
 The class has attracted an extremely friendly bunch of skilled sailors of all ages. It was a particular pleasure to the writer to see so many teenagers and women enjoying the racing so much. Particular congratulations to Abby Hire from Lymington in coming second in the RS Aero 5s.
 The Open was blessed with a great breeze, blue skies, challenging shifts, a brilliant lunch (thanks Karen and Rebecca) and lots of friendly banter on and off the water.
  A really great advert for dinghy racing. Thank you sailors, mark layers, safety boats, results administrator, photographer, caterers and barmen for giving us the pleasure of hosting a perfect Open Meeting.
 Thank you for making such a pleasurable day possible. Do all come again please!
Mike Jones, Race Officer '
Thank you to Nick@IBRSC and Stephen Day for their great photos.
Special congratulations to Helen Bailey (Hunts) for perhaps the most extreme photo of the day!
Spring Gallery for larger photos
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Next events in the UK RS Aero calendar are the RS Aero UK River Champs at Avon SC, Glos, on 7 May, Paignton's POSH on 7/8 May (with Friday training) and in the north the Leigh and Lowton RS Aero Open on 7 May. Check out the RS Aero UK Events List.


4 races, 1 discard

RS Aero 5                
Rank Sail Name Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2077 Tom Ahlheid Frensham Pond SC -3 1 2 1 7 4
2nd 1566 Abby Hire Lymington Town SC -4 4 1 2 11 7
3rd 3929 Jonathan Bailey Hunts SC 2 3 4 -5 14 9
4th 3175 Gareth Griffiths Island Barn SC 1 7 3 -8 19 11
5th 3330 Iona Willows LymingtonTownSC/DorchesterSC -6 2 6 4 18 12
6th 3661 Graham Tribbeck Lee-On-Solent SC -9 6 5 3 23 14
7th 2214 Yana Skvortsova Island Barn SC -7 5 7 6 25 18
8th 3853 Edward Day ReadingSC/HaylingIslandSC 5 -9 8 7 29 20
9th 1502 Elinor O'Leary Island Barn SC 8 8 9 (13DNC) 38 25
10th 1589 Brendan O'Leary Island Barn SC 12 10 (13DNC) 13DNC 48 35
11th 2113 Chris Smith Island Barn SC 10 (13DNC) 13DNC 13DNC 49 36
12th 3931 Helen Bailey Hunts SC 11 (13DNF) 13DNC 13DNC 50 37
RS Aero 7                
Rank Sail Name Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 3597 Peter Barton Lymington Town SC 1 -2 2 1 6 4
2nd 2439 Tim Hire Lymington Town SC -2 1 1 2 6 4
3rd 4189 Jeff Davison Island Barn SC 3 -9 3 3 18 9
4th 2890 Andrew Rawson Weston SC -9 3 5 4 21 12
5th 3042 Paul Halliwell Island Barn SC 4 5 6 -8 23 15
6th 1457 Charlie Roome Datchet Water SC 7 6 7 (17RET) 37 20
7th 3170 Nigel Dakin Seafarers SC 8 4 9 (17RET) 38 21
8th 3669 Chris Rust Portsmouth SC 6 8 (17RET) 7 38 21
9th 2786 Andy Norman Island Barn SC 12 7 4 (17RET) 40 23
10th 1603 Rob Ahlheid Frensham Pond SC 10 -12 8 6 36 24
11th 3286 John Derbyshire Emsworth SC -11 10 10 5 36 25
12th 3930 Phil Bailey Hunts SC 5 11 (17DNC) 17DNC 50 33
13th 2785 John Kewley Island Barn SC -14 14 11 9 48 34
14th 3127 Adam Thompson Shoreham SC 13 13 (17DNC) 17DNC 60 43
15th 2126 Graham Iles Army SA (17DNC) 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 68 51
15th 1490 Graham Platt Highcliffe SC (17DNF) 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 68 51

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