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RS Aero UK Winter Championships at The Oxford Blue (SailJuice) - Oxford, UK
17/02/2024 - 17/02/2024


RS Aero UK Winter Championship at The Oxford Blue (SailJuice) - Oxford, UK, Sat 17th Feb

102 mixed class entries turned out to the Oxford Blue, the final event of the UK's Selden SailJuice Winter Series.  9 RS Aeros took on the challenge making the RS Aeros (combined) the largest Class with all rig sizes represented and the event doubled as the RS Aero UK Winter Championship.

A gusty and shifty 10-15kn blew which created an excellent racing challenge to attempt to tie together the gusts and good shifts whilst also navigating the mixed traffic. Temperatures we very mild - a reminder that spring is just around the corner!

Sam Blaker (Thorpe Bay) sailed his RS Aero 6 well, mixing it at the top of the scoresheet to record 3,5,9 results and taking 6th overall. Ellie Craig (Bassenthwaite) was close behind Sam in her RS Aero 6 recording 8,8,13 results to take 9th overall and 1st Female. Peter Barton's (Lymington Town) RS Aero 9 took 12th with Harrison Pye (Draycote) just behind in 13th in his RS Aero 7. Both Harrison and Peter were wishing they had a smaller rig upwind as the gusts came through, although they both enjoyed the power downwind!  Great to have 4 RS Aeros in the top 13 in a 102 boat mixed class event!

With SailJuice GPS trackers on each boat Sam Blaker's RS Aero 6 recorded the top 'PY corrected' speed of the day at a convincing 9.72kn. Must have been an RS Aero planing reach in one of those pokey gusts!

For the RS Aero UK Winter Championship the RS Aero results are extracted for each race for a purer RS Aero result, as below. This did not change the overall order with Sam Blaker crowned the 2024 RS Aero UK Winter Champion - one to watch out for at this summer's champs!

Photos thanks to Tim Olin

The Awards Ceremony for the SailJuice Winter Series takes place at the Dinghy Show this Saturday 24th at 10:15. Ellie Craig took an impressive 8th overall from about 500 starters - come along and give her a cheer!


RS Aero UK Winter Championship (extracted race results)
RS Aero UK Winter Champs Oxford Blue  Sail Name Club Class GL R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st 6th 2071 Sam BLAKER Thorpe Bay YC RS Aero 6 1105 -1 1 1 3 2
2nd 9th 3866 Ellie CRAIG Bassenthwaite SC RS Aero 6 1105 -2 2 2 6 4
3rd 12th 4396 Peter BARTON Lymington Town SC RS Aero 9 1024 3 3 -4 10 6
4th 13th 1020 Harrison PYE Draycote Water SC RS Aero 7 1069 -4 4 3 11 7
5th 38th 2550 Chris JONES Sutton Bingham SC RS Aero 7 1069 -5 5 5 15 10
6th 44th 2204 Andrew SOARS Frensham Pond SC RS Aero 5 1142 -6 6 6 18 12
7th 53rd 2549 Andy SHARP Bowmoor SC RS Aero 7 1069 7 7 -8.5 22.5 14
8th 57th 1585 James EBERLEIN Hythe & Saltwood SC RS Aero 7 1069 -8 8 7 23 15
9th 66th 3811 Andy WILKINS South Caernarvonshire YC RS Aero 7 1069 9 (10DNS) 8.5 27.5 17.5


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