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RS Aero Magic Marine UK National Championships - Roundup review
Nearly 30 RS Aeros at the pre Nationals coaching day - 2015 RS Aero Magic Marine UK National Championships© Paul Robson

RS Aero Magic Marine UK National Championships

What an awesome event! From 75 pre-entries the RS Aero Magic Marine UK National Championships at WPNSA finally ended up with a whopping 73 RS Aeros. That bubble of 73 puts the RS Aeros right at the top of the UK Nationals attendance leader board for any single handed predominantly adult Class – incredible when just 14 months ago none of these boats were built! After four sailors swapped rigs there were a final total of 77 entries.

The Champs provided a great opportunity to meet fellow RS Aero sailors from around the UK with many sailors travelling long distances including Scotland, Isle of Man, Yorkshire and the East Coast. Already, in the UK alone, there are over 360 RS Aeros at approximately 130 locations. Everyone had plenty to discuss with the RS Aero just at the end of its first year. International sailors visited from Estonia, Holland and Antigua and all placed well in the overall points, boding well for the future International circuit.

Sailors ranged from 11 to 67 in age, weights were from 40kg to over 100kg and they came from a variety of sea, estuary and lakes nationwide. A good few of the 73 competitors were returning to sailing/competition due to their enjoyment of the RS Aero and all had a great time with great racing and the buzz of new fleet camaraderie.

Wind wise there was something for everyone over the three days of racing. We enjoyed two days out in Weymouth Bay and one in the Harbour with winds varying from a dosile 4kn right up to 18kn of excitement.

The format was intentionally experimental. Racing and scoring was in three separate fleets (five,seven and nine rigs) for the Champs, with a planned mass start for the first race of each day producing an additional PY series for the he RS Aero Challenge Cup. With predominantly light breezes at the start of each day the larger rigs dominated this series.

RS Aero Magic Marine UK National Championships - Roundup review

Weymouth produced a new record with as many as 60 RS Aeros identifiable in one photo – 2015 RS Aero Magic Marine UK National Championships© Tim Robathan

In such a controlled environment and now that we have a large amount of data it would be an interesting idea as a Class to contemplate a conditions based PY adjustment for similar races in the future. Courses varied between trapezium and triangle/sausage, each with good reaches when planing conditions existed.

Many thanks to WPNSA for their impeccable management, our PRO, Arky, and his team for great racing and sponsors, Magic Marine, for their support and fantastic array of prizes. RS provided awesome event support and the RS Aero Class made a great job of pitching up and having fun!

Prize Winners
RS Aero five
First – Will Taylor, Brightlingsea
Second – Henry Jameson, Hayling Island
Third – Matthew Caiger, Sevenoaks School

RS Aero seven
First – Glen Truswell, Castle Cove
Second – Peter Barton, Lymington Town
Third – Jack Holden, Arun

RS Aero nine
First – Luke Deegan, Gurnard/Antigua
Second – David Rickard, Gurnard
Third – Simon Hiscocks, WPNSA

The RS Aero Challenge Cup – Three race PY Series from the first race each day
First – Luke Deegan, Gurnard/Antigua (9)
Second – Glen Truswell, Castle Cove (7)
Third – David Rickard, Gurnard (9)
Fourth – Simon Hiscocks, WPNSA (9)
Fifth – Ian Swann, Hayling (9)
Sixth – Fergus Barnham, Snettisham (7)

Junior – Under 15 (not 15 this year), based on the PY series
First – Henry Jameson, Hayling Island (5)
Second – Archie Hainsworth, Alton Water (5)
Third – Caitlin Atkin, Bewl Valley (5)

Youth – Under 19 (not 19 this year), based on the PY series
First – Toby Freeland, Downs (9)
Second – Ffinlo Wright, Isle of Man (7)
Third – Peter Freeland, Downs (7)

Lady – based on PY series
First – Debbie Degge, Bartley (5)
Second – Emily Davis, Great Moor (5)
Third – Caitlin Atkin, Bewl Valley (5)

Master – 55 or over this year, based on PY series
First – David Rickard, Gurnard (9)
Second – Gareth Griffiths, Island Barn (9)
Third – Ade White, Notts County (9)

Family – Best two family members overall
We have three ‘All Aero’ families and a whopping 11 Aero/Tera families that we will include;
First – Will and Matt Taylor, Brightlingsea, Aero/Tera, 5pts
=Second – Fergus and Finlay Barnham, Snettisham, first Aero/Aero, 10pts
=Second – Mathew and Will Caiger, Sevenoaks School, Aero/Tera, 10pts
Fourth – Henry and Rupert Jameson, Hayling Island, Aero/Tera, 11pts
[All brothers, no parents managed to make the top four!]

Club – best three club results in each of the three PY races (nine results)
First – Gurnard

Furthest Travelled – Ants Haavel, Tallinn, ESTONIA

Endurance – finishing all 11 races
RS Aero 5 – Emily Davis, Great Moor
RS Aero 7 – Paul Harwood, Wimbleball, Exmoor
RS Aero 9 – Chris Smith, Poole and Chris James, Exe

Outstanding Services to the RS Aero Class
Robert Fisk-Moore, Chelmarsh Fleet Captain – Robert has led and nurtured the Shropshire based Chelmarsh Fleet making it now the largest inland RS Aero club in the world with 15 RS Aeros. Two brand new RS Aeros have just been delivered to the club following Robert’s successful grant application to Sport England for RS Aeros to not only help people into sailing but to also keep existing sailors interested in sailing.

Outstanding Services to RS Aero Events
Ian Jameson – Our PRO at the Dutch Eurocup in July and the Start-of-Seasons Champs in April
Lucy Jameson – Assistance organising the Winter Training venues, the Dutch Eurocup and the Start-of-Seasons

Gross Under Achievement – to properly be able to recognise achievements we must first be able to recognise gross under achievement!
Ian Swann – Wobbling in on a light wind run when near the front of the fleet and failing to recover quickly.
Simon Hiscocks – Starting on the one minute gun then turning around after 30 seconds to start just in time!
Jack Holden and Tom Partington – For contemplating fitting a compass to a rotating mast!
Giovanni Belgrano – for inviting his wife to name his new RS Aero!

Rank Rig Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st 9 1485 Luke Deegan Gurnard SC/Antigua SC 1 1 3 5 5
2nd 7 1457 Glen Truswell Castle Cove SC 2 6 1 9 9
3rd 9 1018 David Rickard Gurnard SC 8 3 2 13 13
4th 9 1205 Simon Hiscocks WPNSA 9 2 5 16 16
5th 9 1036 Ian Swann Hayling Island SC 3 5 10 18 18
6th 7 1534 Fergus Barnham Snettisham Beach SC 4 9 15 28 28
7th 9 1298 Richard Watsham Starcross YC 14 10 11 35 35
8th 9 1489 Toby Freeland Downs SC 11.5 20 6 37.5 37.5
9th 7 EST 10 Ants Haavel Tallinn Kalev YC 15 15.5 8 38.5 38.5
10th 7 88 Jack Holden Arun YC 27 8 7 42 42
11th 9 1669 Giovanni Belgrano Gurnard SC 18 23 4 45 45
12th 7 1 Tim Peters Hayling Island SC 10 21 14 45 45
13th 7 8 Nev Herbert Royal Lymington YC 20 14 12 46 46
14th 9 1023 Gareth Griffiths Island Barn Reservoir SC 13 15.5 19.5 48 48
15th 9 1172 David Batchelor Isle of Man YC 32 4 22 58 58
16th 9 1208 Matt Thursfield Chelmarsh SC 7 25 26 58 58
17th 7 1575 Mark Carleton Papercourt SC 21 18.5 21 60.5 60.5
18th 7 1222 Luke Mapley Felpham SC 30 11 24 65 65
19th 7 1120 Tom Partington Hayling Island SC 40 13 16 69 69
20th 9 1184 Robert Freeland Downs SC 16 26 36 78 78
21st 7 1142 Rob Beaton Royal Plymouth Corinthian 41.5 12 28 81.5 81.5
22nd 7 NED 13 Michiel Geerling Braassemermeer 39 35 9 83 83
23rd 7 1608 Robbie Wilson Wormit BC 34 31 18 83 83
24th 7 1171 Ffinlo Wright Isle of Man YC 23 24 40 87 87
25th 7 1305 Ed Storey Yorkshire Dales/Ripon 29 34 33 96 96
26th 9 999 Ben Wallis Spinnaker SC 24 32 43 99 99
27th 7 1209 David Ellis Lymington Town SC 5 17 DNC 100 100
28th 7 1653 Peter Freeland Downs SC 22 47 32 101 101
29th 7 1216 Mike Saul Yorkshire Dales SC 31 41.5 29 101.5 101.5
30th 7 1175 Peter Barton Lymington Town SC BFD 7 17 102 102
31st 5 1463 Henry Jameson Hayling Island SC 28 40 34 102 102
32nd 9 1581 Ben Rolfe Burghfield SC 6 18.5 DNC 102.5 102.5
33rd 7 1079 Paul Robson Reading SC 11.5 54 39 104.5 104.5
34th 7 1551 Nigel Rolfe Burghfield SC 44 37 27 108 108
35th 7 1089 Kent Martin Ogston SC 25 50.5 37 112.5 112.5
36th 7 1302 Karl Thorne Royal Lymington/Keyhaven 43 43 30 116 116
37th 9 1404 Ade White Notts County SC BFD 27 13 118 118
38th 9 1689 Andrew Snell Army SA 19 22 DNC 119 119
39th 9 1637 Adrian Neal Sutton Bingham SC 35 44 41.5 120.5 120.5
40th 7 1206 John Hobson Notts County SC 17 29 DNC 124 124
41st 9 1135 Phil White Frampton on Severn SC 61 28 35 124 124
42nd 7 1533 Finlay Barnham Snettisham Beach SC BFD 30 19.5 127.5 127.5
43rd 9 1157 Chris Smith Poole YC 26 48 54 128 128
44th 5 1562 Matthew Caiger Sevenoaks School 37 50.5 44 131.5 131.5
45th 5 11 Will Taylor Brightlingsea SC 38 45 49 132 132
46th 7 1211 Nicholas Eales Lymington Town SC 48 46 38 132 132
47th 7 1694 Nick Neve Rutland SC 57 52 25 134 134
48th 7 1428 Peter Townend Chelmarsh SC DNC 36 23 137 137
49th 9 1132 Chris James Exe SC 33 55 53 141 141
50th 5 1173 Archie Hainsworth Alton Water SC 47 53 41.5 141.5 141.5
51st 5 1543 Debbie Degge Bartley SC 41.5 58 50 149.5 149.5
52nd 7 1509 Peter Craggs York RI SC 49.5 56 46 151.5 151.5
53rd 9 1490 Martin Clarke Hykeham SC 36 38 DNC 152 152
54th 9 1207 Mark Tissiman Chelmarsh/Saundersfoot 54 49 52 155 155
55th 5 1183 George Catchpole Waveney and Oulton 49.5 59 47 155.5 155.5
56th 7 1015 Chris Hobday Gurnard SC 45.5 39 DNC 162.5 162.5
57th 9 1370 Jim Hood Lymington Town SC 55 33 DNC 166 166
58th 7 1601 Paul Harwood Wimbleball SC 59 62 45 166 166
59th 5 1107 Ben Poe Sutton Bingham SC 45.5 64 59 168.5 168.5
60th 7 1618 Dave Harris Severn SC 53 41.5 DNC 172.5 172.5
61st 5 1301 Emily Davis Great Moor SC 51 72 57 180 180
62nd 5 1108 Charlie Pearce Dabchicks SC 58 68 55 181 181
63rd 5 1568 Caitlin Atkin Bewl Valley SC 62 61 58 181 181
64th 5 1109 Louis Wright Hayling Island SC 56 71 56 183 183
65th 9 1097 Chris Jones Chelmarsh SC 64 57 65 186 186
66th 5 1178 Cathy Bartram Chew Valley LSC 65 60 61 186 186
67th 7 1689 Andrew Snell Army SA DNC DNC 31 187 187
68th 7 1500 Christopher Cope Isle of Man YC 60 67 63 190 190
69th 5 888 Harry Jones Draycote Water SC DNC 65 48 191 191
70th 7 1705 Neil Wharmby Royal Lymington YC 63 66 64 193 193
71st 5 1029 Judith French Gurnard SC DNC 70 51 199 199
72nd 5 1296 Maggie Dunn Lyme Regis SC DNC 69 60 207 207
73rd 7 1570 Robert Holdway Poole YC 66 63 DNC 207 207
74th 7 1029 Judith French Gurnard SC 52 DNC DNC 208 208
75th 9 1206 John Hobson Notts County SC DNC DNC 62 218 218
76th 7 1367 Harry Jones Draycote Water SC BFD DNC DNC 234 234
76th 5 1103 Hugo Robathan Oxford SC BFD DNC DNC 234 234

 

by Peter Barton

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