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RS Aero UK Youth Championships 2023 - Burghfield SC, Reading, UK
25/11/2023 - 26/11/2023


RS Aero UK Youth Championships 2023 - Burghfield SC, Reading, UK, 25/26 Nov
Thanks to all at Burghfield SC for putting on an excellent weekend despite testing conditions.

Thanks to Tom Jones for his summary;
Burghfield Sailing Club welcomed twenty lively, up and coming young RS Aero youth sailors to compete for the UK National Youth Champion titles. Joining them was American Dylan Williams, flying over for the camaraderie and lake sailing practice.
The weekend did not deliver the winds of the last few weeks but Day 1 had sunshine and enough wind to allow the Race Officer, David Baddeley, and his team to get 5 short races in over a trapezoid course.
The sailors chose their rig of choice pre-registration, to make a fleet of 10 RS Aero 7s and 10 RS Aero 5s.
Race one in the RS Aero 7 fleet saw local sailor Joe Jones get a good start from the pin end and then read the shifts and get ahead followed by Ed Rollestone and Charlie Howard.  In the RS Aero 5 fleet Oscar Fry, sailing his new boat for the first time, took the lead followed by George Lenney and Noa Moskavitch.

Race two saw a little more breeze picking up allowing Joe to take another win, this time followed by Marcus Pakes and Ethan Sparkes. In the RS Aero 5 fleet Luke Markey took the line honours, followed by Oscar and Noa.

Being a civilised venue, competitors were sent ashore for a quick re-fuel at the galley before getting straight back on the water for more sunny but lighter races.

Race 3 saw Ed win the RS Aero 7s with Charlie Gatehouse in 2nd and Marcus Pakes taking 3rd.  Local sailor Adam Craig won the 5 fleet race, with Sebby Bailey in 2nd and Oscar 3rd.  The wind was starting to drop now introducing more shifts and patches of wind that Burghfield is well known for and that breeds some of the countries best sailors.  Race 4 saw William Bailey work these well to take a bullet in the RS Aero 7 fleet followed by Marcus and then Joe.  In the RS Aero 5's Sebby took the win followed by Andrew Soars and then Noa. Race 5 in the 7 fleet saw another win for Joe, followed by Marcus and then Ed. In the 5 fleet Noa took the win, with Adam in 2nd and Andrew in 3rd.

Overall consistency paid as usual; Noa Moskavitch was crowned the RS Aero 5 UK National Youth Champion and first female, and Joe Jones was crowned the RS Aero 7 UK National Youth Champion and first Junior.
Class coach Sammy IJ, who had been laying marks and observing on the water, held a debrief in the club for the sailors sharing the winning tactics of the day - which focused on keeping your head out of the boat and changing gears from the light to stronger puffs of wind.  This was followed by an excellent early curry dinner put on by the new Burghfield Caterer, Keith Burwood, allowing the youths to socialise before getting off early to dry kit.
Sunday started with no wind. The gang were not in the mood to sit around, so the table tennis table was soon out and then the, Plan B, a Tug of War, got underway, with the first to five pulls fought hard on the beach and saw the youngsters reaching for their sailing gloves!  The Plan C was light wind slalom racing across the wind to a single mark and then back to the finish with no rule 42.  Pumping and rocking was the order of the day with the winners picking up Burghfield T-shirts for their physical efforts.
Prize giving was well attended with the beautiful RS Aero trophies (courtesy Team Rolfe) awarded along with quality sailing kit generously supported by Rooster.



5 races, 1 discard

RS Aero 5 Class
Rank Sail Name Club Category R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st 1215 Noa Moskovitch Lymington Town SC Female - 3 3 -4 3 1 14 10
2nd 2891 Oscar Fry Royal Southern YC   1 2 3 4.5 (11OCS) 21.5 10.5
3rd 1587 Sebastian Bailey Burghfield SC Junior - -4 4 2 1 4 15 11
4th 1964 Adam Craig Burghfield SC Junior - -7 6 1 6 2 22 15
5th 2204 Andrew Soars Frensham Pond SC Junior - -5 5 5 2 3 20 15
6th 3303 Luke Markey Thorpe Bay YC Junior - 6 1 6 4.5 -7 24.5 17.5
7th 4310 George Lenney Restronguet SC Junior - 2 7 -8 7 5 29 21
8th 3434 Holly Starling Burghfield SC Female - -8 8 7 8 6 37 29
9th 1304 Lottie Sparkes Dell Quay SC Female Junior 9 9 (11DNC) 11DNC 11DNC 51 40
10th 4090 Edward Day Reading SC   (11DNC) 11DNC 11DNC 11DNC 11DNC 55 44
RS Aero 7 Class
Rank Sail Name Club Category R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st 3674 Joseph Jones Burghfield SC Junior 1 1 -5 3 1 11 6
2nd 3888 Marcus Pakes Haversham SC Junior -6 2 3 2 2 15 9
3rd 1561 Ed Rollestone Hayling Island SC   2 -6 1 6 3 18 12
4th 1336 Charlie Gatehouse Hayling Island SC Junior 4 -9 2 4 4 23 14
5th 2213 Charlie Howard Burghfield SC Junior 3 4 6 -8 6 27 19
6th 3532 William Bailey Yorkshire Dales SC   -8 5 7 1 7 28 20
7th 2883 Ethan Sparkes Dell Quay SC Junior -10 3 4 7 9 33 23
8th 1414 Torquil Morrison Emsworth Slipper SC Junior 5 -8 8 5 5 31 23
9th 3665 Dylan Williams Bellport Bay YC, USA Junior 7 7 9 -10 10 43 33
10th 1301 Max Devonport Emsworth SC Junior 9 -10 10 9 8 46 36

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