RS Tera Nationals – Final Round Up

Sport Fleet report by Matthew Rayner (Sport Fleet National Champion 2019)

The RS Tera Sport National Championships were hosted at Brightlingsea this year, bringing fabulous sun all weekend. We had three full days of racing on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday with a Sport fleet of 73 boats making it the largest ever RS Tera Sport Nationals.

Saturday was the windiest day, making the Brightlingsea tide less important than on the other two days. With slightly lighter winds in the first two races, they were both won by Nathan Russell. However, as the wind increased for the third race, I managed to win this one with Finlay Lomas-Clarke not far behind. The wind started to die off for the final race of the day and we began to see more of the current World Champion (Jac Bailey), who went on to win the final race.

Sunday was lighter, meaning the tide made a big difference and getting this right was important. The first race was won by Nathan Russell again. However, it was a different story in the other races where Oliver Stratton-Brown, who hadn’t had the best first day, won the next two races. The last race on Sunday was won by Jac Bailey.

The final day was even lighter than the day before, but we still managed to get the two outstanding races in. Again, understanding the tide was the important factor of the day and the first race went again to Oliver Stratton-Brown and the second to Freddie Sunderland. Having sailed a more consistent regatta than others I was able to beat the boats I needed to in the final race to win the Championships over all.

I learnt to sail in a Tera five years ago and to now win the Nationals is a massive achievement. Something I will never forget!

Pro Fleet report by Alice Davis (Pro Fleet National Champion 2019)

The Nationals this year at Brightlingsea were amazing. It was such a fun social event as well as a really good sailing venue and the organisation by the club was outstanding. On day one I started very solidly and continued that through the event. On the last day we only needed to do 2 races as the race officer had banked most of them already due to the forecast looking light, but we had some lovely wind and I rounded off the series with two firsts.

The tide was a strong factor in the races though the shifts played their part too! I was very pleased to win my last event in the Tera, especially at such a great event which reminded me of my first ever nationals at Derwent reservoir. I will miss the boat and the class a lot, it has been fantastic to make so many friends and has developed my sailing but I am looking forward to moving into bigger boats where I am sure to see those friends again.

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Day 2 Report

Blue skies and wall to wall sunshine greeted the sailors for the start of day 2.

A slight postponement was in place whilst we waited for the wind to build. Race 1 for the Pros kicked off with a general recall. The second start was under the U flag with only one boat caught out. Blake Tudor (2897 – Brightlingsea Sailing Club) took the win for the Pros and the Sport fleet race was won by Nathan Russell (2086 – RHYC).

The subsequent races followed in timely succession, with a good spread of boats across the line. The line was square leaving little opportunity for quick gains. The Pro fleet saw 3 different winners with local sailor Blake Tudor win the second race, Alice Davis (798 – Great Moor SC), current leader win the third and Oliver Rayner (2602 – Yorkshire Dales SC) take the final race of the day.

In the Sport fleet, Oliver Stratton-Brown (2393 – Frensham Pond SC) emerged from the pack to take the second and third races and Jac Bailey (2156 – Port Dinorwic SC) took race 4.

Going into the third and final day, the leaders are Alice Davis (Pro) and Nathan Russell (Sport). Nathan currently has a 2 point lead on the boat in second place, so it is still all to play for.

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Day 1 Report (by Tom Mitchell)

Over 130 sailors turned up to Brightlingsea Sailing Club for the largest ever UK RS Tera National event, greeted by stunning sunshine and a light forecast on the hottest August bank holiday on record. The championship course started under postponement allowing the sailors a chance to get out to the race course and racing got under way just after midday in a variable force 2-3 SE breeze.

With a fleet of 73 Sport rigs on one line, the start was certain to be key and with a fair tide pushing sailors back from the line there was opportunity to gain from a solid transit and getting right up on the line. Race one seemed to favour the right on the first beat with 2086 (Nathan Russell) first to the top mark and demonstrating some excellent sailing in chop and covering up the second beat to maintain his lead to win the first.

In the second race, 3575 (Freddie Sunderland) was first to the first windward mark but 2086 was able to capitalise on a big left hander for the second beat to come through for his second bullet in a row.

The third race saw another big shift to the left come through just before the start seeing boats start to venture to the pin for the first time. After a fight at the pin 2226 (Finlay Lomas-Clarke) managed to pull off a port tack start to take advantage and round mark 1 in second behind 2603 (Matthew Rayner). Despite spins at mark 1, 2603 held on to take the third race. With an unfavourable forecast for Monday, PRO Tom Rusbridge, managed to get through the racing efficiently to fit in an extra race today.

The fourth race saw the fleet push the line a lot more than previous races and a number of boats were caught OCS. 2156 (Jack Bailey) won the last race of the day to jump up to 2nd overnight behind Matthew Rayner in 2603 who leads. 

The Pro rigs had a fleet of 39, with 798 (Alice Davis) taking the first and third races of the day. Races 2 and 4 were won by 282 (Felix Stewart), meaning that after 4 races on day 1 the overnight leader was Alice Davis, followed by Felix Stewart in 2nd and Beth Miller (2111) in third. The fleets are all looking forward to another glorious day on the water for day 2!

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