RS Aero UK Youth Championships – Burghfield SC, Berkshire, 30 Oct – 1 Nov 2020
By Nigel Rolfe
The forecast was very windy and many events across the country were cancelled. With a suggested peak in the wind around midday we looked to get racing in early on Saturday and review at lunchtime. The new balcony, modelled on the Yacht Club in Monaco, was in place and this created optimism on the weather which did not disappoint. The gusts were far lower than forecast topping out at a modest 26knts. The sun came out and if you closed your eyes you could easily imagine yourself overlooking the Mediterranean in the south of France!
Saturday was epic. Four races were completed before lunch with a further three in the afternoon. With 36 sailors the RS Aero 5 fleet was the popular rig choice due to a number of RS Aero 7 sailors downsizing due to the gales. We already had four separate winners including Oliver Meadowcroft, Jonathan Bailey, Cameron Sword and Ben Hutton-Penman. By the afternoon Ben had put his stake in the ground with two more bullets. Former world champion, Andrew Frost, got off to a slow start to the championship adding pressure to his later races.
On Sunday Ben had mixed results with some new names on the podium including Tom Ahleid and Ralph Neville. After twelve races Ben had done enough to secure the gold medal position and Frosty had pulled himself into silver. David Peaty, with probably the most consistent results, secured the bronze.
In the Juniors honours went to Tom Ahlheid with Abby Hire second and first Junior Female. Burghfield’s Joseph Jones was 3rd Junior.
Ladies 2020 honours goes to Iona Willows with Abby Hire in second and Maisie Bristow third.
In the RS Aero 7 fleet, only two sailors remained to duke it out in the fresh breeze, so the match racing series was set and what a series! It was a race to the end as Tim Hire’s upwind speed was more than matched by Chris Hatton’s downwinds. In the final three Tim dominated to com back from behind to take the crown. It was like the Americas Cup in RS Aeros!
Overall it was a fantastic weekend and a pleasure to see such friendly, happy competitors at Burghfield. Well done to the race, safety and shore teams who did a fantastic job to get all 12 races in and the competitors all fed between and after races!
Many thanks to event supporters Rooster and Harken for the generous prize awards. GPS tracking was provided by Simon Lovesey of SailRacer which provided entertainment for the onshore support crews as well as the many online observers.
The 2021 RS Aero UK Youth Nationals is set for Torbay, Devon, hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club on 16-18th April 2021. Save the date!
|RS Aero 5|
|1st||3200||Ben Hutton-Penman||Hayling Island SC (Youth)|
|2nd||1312||Andrew Frost||Sutton Bingham SC (Apprentice)|
|3rd||2966||David Peaty||Draycote WSC (Youth)|
|4th||1047||Oliver Meadowcroft||Upper Thames SC (Youth)|
|5th||3042||Jonathan Bailey||Grafham WSC (Youth)|
|6th||1164||Matthew Taylor||Royal Mersey YC (Apprentice)|
|7th||2105||Leo Wilkinson||Maidenhead SC (Youth)|
|8th||2077||Tom Ahlheid||Frensham Pond SC (Junior)|
|9th||1099||Ralph Nevile||Frensham Pond SC (Youth)|
|10th||1672||Fergus Pye||Draycote WSC (Youth)|
|11th||2356||David Calder||Burghfield SC (Youth)|
|12th||2057||Curtis McKay||Queensmead SC/HOAC (Youth)|
|13th||2071||Sam Blaker||Benfleet/Thorpe Bay YC (Youth)|
|14th||3127||Fred Barry||Warsash SC (Youth)|
|15th||3330||Iona Willows||Dorchester SC (Apprentice/Lady)|
|16th||1533||Ted Ball||Draycote WSC (Youth)|
|17th||1566||Abby Hire||Lymington Town SC (Junior/Lady)|
|18th||2708||Maisie Bristow||Island Barn RSC (Youth/Lady)|
|19th||2214||Yana Skvortsova||Island Barn RSC (Youth/Lady)|
|20th||1215||Cameron Sword||Queen Mary SC (Youth)|
|21st||8||Joseph Jones||Burghfield SC (Junior)|
|22nd||1065||Arthur Bailey||Burghfield SC (Youth)|
|23rd||1181||Mark Ripley||Paignton SC (Junior)|
|24th||2195||Joseph Blaker||Benfleet/Thorpe Bay YC (Youth)|
|25th||1502||Elinor O’Leary||Island Barn RSC (Youth/Lady)|
|26th||3019||Jake Faithfull||South Caernarvonshire YC (Junior)|
|27th||2841||Nat Jones||Leigh & Lowton SC (Youth)|
|28th||2505||Tom Wharmby||Lymington Town SC (Junior)|
|29th||2929||Elliot Toms||Fowley Gallants SC (Youth)|
|30th||1705||Kate Wharmby||Lymington Town SC (Youth/Lady)|
|31st||1175||Natasha Sion||Lymington Town SC (Youth/Lady)|
|32nd||3021||Ollie Leeson||Queen Mary SC (Junior)|
|33rd||1135||James Smaggasgale||Queensmead SC/HOAC (Youth)|
|34th||3409||Ben Throup||Burghfield SC (Junior)|
|35th||1587||Charlie Howard||Burghfield SC (Junior)|
|36th||2147||Harry Leeson||Queen Mary SC (Junior)|
|37th||3065||William James||Royal Torbay YC (Junior)|
|37th||3073||Alice Lucy||Rutland SC (Apprentice/Lady)|
|37th||1846||Megan Rhodes||Paignton SC (Junior/Lady)|
|37th||2418||Miles Ripley||Paignton SC (Junior)|
|37th||3297||Esme Barraclough||Yorkshire Dales SC (Junior/Lady)|
|37th||1685||Lucy Greenwood||Farmoor RSC (Apprentice/Lady)|
|37th||2317||Theodore Deverell||Hunts SC (Youth)|
|37th||1077||Sarah Probert||Babbacombe SC (Youth/Lady)|
|37th||3301||Alice Davis||Great Moor SC (Youth/Lady)|
|37th||1301||Oskar Shepherd||Great Moor SC (Junior)|
|37th||2323||James Cutter||Carsington SC (Youth)|
|37th||2472||Sam Cole||Hayling Island SC (Youth)|
|37th||1178||Alex Simmonds||Eastbourne Sovereign SC (Junior)|
|RS Aero 7|
|1st||2439||Tim Hire||Lymington Town SC (Youth)|
|2nd||1590||Chris Hatton||Bowmoor SC (Apprentice)|
|3rd||2147||Harry Leeson||Queen Mary SC (Junior)|
|4th||3127||Fred Barry||Warsash SC (Youth)|
|4th||1312||Andrew Frost||Sutton Bingham SC (Apprentice)|
|4th||2325||Ned Stattersfield||Wells Next-To-Sea (Youth)|
|4th||3021||Ollie Leeson||Queen Mary SC (Junior)|
|4th||TBC||Ollie Jenkins||Hayling Island SC (Youth)|
|4th||3342||Jack Miller||Felpham SC (Apprentice)|
|4th||3200||Ben Hutton-Penman||Hayling Island SC (Youth)|
|4th||1135||James Smaggasgale||Broadwater SC (Youth)|