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Burghfield SC RS Aero Open - Berkshire, UK
25/03/2023 - 25/03/2023


Burghfield SC RS Aero Open - Berkshire, 25th March
As per forecast, 20kn gusting 30kn bombarded a breezy Burghfield for an exciting opening event of the UK's RS Aero season.

29 single handers in total joined for the combined RS Aero and Blaze open meeting. Greeted by a strong wind whistling through the rigging, a few tactical rig entry changes were made from those who had entered with the larger sails leaving a fleet of RS Aero 5 and 7s and Blaze and Blaze Fires. The format led by our race officer Mark Cooper was for four races with a discard, back to back with a (very welcome) lunch break in between where lovely hot food was served by the club caterers. The wind did not let down, the sun came out to match and we had some full on sailing with high speed thrills and spills.

Mark Cooper made the very most of the peachy day with a mammoth beat the length of the lake followed by a downwind slalom. Five reaches and runs with two gybes was what the RS Aero sailors had been dreaming of all winter. Now it was coming true at Burghfield. We rely on our race officers for good race management, humour is a bonus. The line of the day was ‘The worst shallows are marked with grass’ (referring to Burghfield’s islands).

The RS Aeros started together as one fleet and were clean off the line on every start. Tristan Ahlheid (Frensham) demonstrated the potency of the RS Aero 5 in a breeze, when well sailed. He led the fleet, both 5s and 7s, at the first mark with flat power hiking and tacks on the right shifts to take 3 counting PY wins in the first 3 races. Peter Barton (Lymington Town) found form late in the day to eek out enough distance for the PY win in Race 4. Completing the podium was Joe Jones (Burghfield). Staying upright as well as fast was the name of the game!

Once most had gladly made it back to the shore, the three youths with the 5 rigs stayed out for a bit more fun, chasing each other around the lake! With this attitude we can expect to see these names featuring in the upcoming summer championships.

If there were winter cobwebs in our boats before racing there were certainly not after! Those brown mud stains on the heads of sails are not ‘Stains of Shame’, they are ‘Badges of Bravery’ for the heroes who turned out - well done to everyone! 

Thank you to Burghfield SC for hosting another great event and to Rooster and Recycled Sail Bags for their excellent prizes. 

Next up for the UK RS Aeros is the Spring Championship at Island Barn on Saturday 22nd April.
April also sees regional Class coaching (to help adults keep up with the Youth Team!) in the Midlands (Notts County SC, 8th April), the South (Sutton Bingham SC, 15th April) and Scotland (Dalgety Bay SC, 22/23nd April).
Full details on the RS Aero UK Events Calendar

Spring 2023 Gallery for larger photos thanks to Mark Cooper
Photo 1 above - RS Aeros blast their way through the upturned Blaze fleet!


4 races, 3 to count

Rank Sail Name Club Class PY R1 R2 R3 R4 Nett
1st 1070 Tristan Ahlheid Frensham Pond SC RS Aero 5 1136 1 1 1 2 3
2nd 4396 Peter Barton Lymington Town SC RS Aero 7 1063 2 2 3 1 5
3rd 3185 Joseph Jones Burghfield SC RS Aero 5 1136 3 3.5 2 4 8.5
4th 3669 Chris Rust Brightlingsea SC RS Aero 7 1063 4 3.5 5 17DNC 12.5
5th 3674 Tom Jones Burghfield SC RS Aero 7 1063 6 4 4 6 14
6th 3815 Richard Mayo Lymington Town SC RS Aero 5 1136 8 5 17DNC 3 16
7th 2162 Christopher Rowland Burghfield SC RS Aero 7 1063 9 6 7 5 18
8th 4228 Andrew Barnett Island Barn SC RS Aero 7 1063 7 7 6 8 20
9th 4310 Andrew Soars Frensham Pond SC RS Aero 5 1136 10 9 8 7 24
10th 1603 Rob Ahlheid Frensham Pond SC RS Aero 7 1063 5 12DNF 17DNC 17DNC 34
11th 3811 Andy Wilkins South Carnarvonshire YC RS Aero 7 1063 15DNF 10 17DNC 17DNC 42
12th 1205 Penny Luke Felpham SC RS Aero 7 1063 15DNF 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 49
12th 2427 John Cooper Burghfield SC RS Aero 7 1063 15DNF 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 49
12th 3890 David Angwin Lymington Town SC RS Aero 7 1063 15DNF 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 49
15th 3023 Richard Watsham Starcross YC RS Aero 9 1010 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 51
15th 3675 Nigel Rolfe Burghfield SC RS Aero 7 1063 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 17DNC 51

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