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RS Aeros at the Bowmoor Bubble

by Peter Barton 18 Nov 2014 16:15 GMT 15-16 November 2014
RS Aeros at the Bowmoor Bubble © Peter Barton

23 sailors pitched up to be enlightened on 'Everything Aero' on the class association organised Bowmoor Fleet 'Lift-Off' weekend. The fourteen-boat fleet consisted of twelve owned boats and eleven eager demo sailors took it in turns over the weekend in the two demo boats provided by RS. Fleet Captain, Dave Lynall, generously lent his boat also.

Two brand spanking new boats were conveniently delivered that morning to their excited new owners for use that day. With a few Bowmoor 'old hands' ready to assist, the two boats were quickly rigged and readied for action. It was a foggy windless start to the day but that was no issue as we had plenty to talk about!

Alex Southon of RS started the proceedings with an informative run through the boat; rigging, launching, boat care and design. Whilst the ethos of the Aero is simplicity it remains packed full of small design features that are all there for good reason!

Peter Barton then took over the sailing side of things; sail controls, technique and boat handling – describing many Aero specifics where the lightweight 30kg hull and responsive carbon rig may vary from previous classes sailed.

Still no wind, so inside we went for an early lunch. A quick chat on Class plans; Winter Series, 2015 Nationals, 2015 UK Series, Aero5 Squad, the Class Association and general Aero Admin!

Only a slight sign of breeze now, so enough time for a run through of the three main forms of capsize; 'dry, wet and turtle'. Like most things in life; if it is hard you are likely going about it the wrong way! Some simple instruction of each method followed and a description of how conventional techniques need small variations due to the super light 30kg hull and carbon rig. As they would when you change between any two boats.

By now, bang on cue, a gentle force 1-2 was spreading across the lake and a quick change and rig had all the boats on the start line ready for some coached short series racing. We were incredibly fortunate to squeeze in four two-lap races with simple 30 second delay pursuit style starts between the different rig sizes. The approximate ratings worked well over an 18-20 minute race, with a mixture of rigs through the results. Prizes and Birthday cake followed!

8 Aeros joined in the fast fleet's two club races on the Sunday with more new faces enjoying the force 2-3. The RS Aeros took out both race wins; Dave Lynall in the first and Harry Joyce in the 2nd.

All in all, it was a most enjoyable weekend with some very positive feedback. We certainly made the very most of the conditions that we were dealt.

Overall Results:

Posn.HelmClubRigSail noR1R2R3R4Net
1Al KeckBowmoor SC9106842114
2Paul RobsonReading SC7107923226
3Phil WrightFrampton SC91135784314
4Doug RobertsBowmoor SC71006875517
5Antony LynallAvon SC9100711DNSDNS21
6Peter LewisAvon SC9101010128624
7Kate TustinBowmoor SC7100811107724
8Robin HarwoodBowmoor SC7101212116825
9Derrick PageBowmoor SC71009DNSDNS3426
10Shaun CurtisBowmoor SC9102335.5DNSDNS27.5
11Fi LucasBowmoor SC7100954DNSDNS28
12Bryan SmithBowmoor SC7100065.5DNSDNS30.5
13Richard MillerAvon SC9113499DNSDNS37
14Maggie DunnLyme Regis71000DNSDNSDNS947
15Primrose SaltChew Valley Lake SC51023DNSDNSDNS1048
16Harry JoyceBowmoor SC91064DNSDNSDNSDNS57
17Andy WarrenAvon SC91011DNSDNSDNSDNS57
18Cathy BatramChew Valley Lake SC51023DNSDNSDNSDNS57

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