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RS Aero Winter Series Round 5 at Bowmoor Sailing Club

by Peter Barton 19 Feb 2015 08:26 GMT 15 February 2015

RAF Brize Norton grant the Aeros their Aerospace!

The wind may have been light but the racing was intense at Bowmoor for Round 5 of the RS Aero UK Winter Series. The entry of 22 was impressive, close to the record set at our Oxford Winter Championship last month. All Aero classes started together and raced using the local PY numbers with 1 discard after the 3 races.

As a late boost to the event LPB Aerial Imagery and SailRacer were in attendance, joining their expertise to produce a promotional reel combining aerial video with a GPS generated graphic overlaid to demonstrate their capabilities of bringing spectators closer to the game in an interestingly viewable format.

As is necessary, LPB Aerial Imagery sought permission from nearby RAF Brize Norton to fly their drones and the RAF were very helpful agreeing to fly their training flights away from Bowmoor that day, granting the Aeros their Aerospace!

Another star guest was the RS Aero designer, Jo Richards, who came to spectate and passed on many helpful top-tips during the lunch break.

A short first beat and a long downwind slalom in each race ensured a closely packed fleet and tight mark roundings making tactical positioning critical. Zig-zag-ing across Bowmoor proved to be something of a navigational exercise initially in race 1. Local knowledge counted for little with 3 local boats relinquishing top places by sailing the wrong way. However, those local boats then went on to make their comeback in time to take 1st and 2nd places.

Selecting the right end of the long start line was tricky in the conditions as it was a pretty even call, all credit to the race officer Steve Harvey. Quickly finding the right 'mode' to sail in on the different points of sail was a challenge and something Dave Lynall, who won all 3 races, was doing very effectively.

There were tight battles for the overall standings throughout the fleet with no less than 5 sets of tie breaks in the results sheet!

Next up is the RS Aero Training at Northampton both days this weekend in conjunction with the RS Tera class. So far we have a fairly even mix with the Aeronauts in their 5 rigs being joined by both parents and locals. Also this Sunday 22nd is the final round of the RS Aero Winter Series, the Grafham Grand Prix which is showing a good turnout of RS Aeros and the last chance to shave some points off the final series result.

Many thanks to:

  • Bowmoor Sailing Club for making us very welcome and accommodating us within their club racing.
  • LPB Aerial Imagery and SailRacer for their involvement and enthusiasm.
  • RS Sailing for providing prizes.
  • Race Officer Steve Harvey and his team for a great job on a tricky day.

Overall Results:

PosHelmClubSail NoRigPYR1R2R3Pts
1David LynallBowmoor SC1009RS Aero 910251112
2Peter BartonLymington Town SC1175RS Aero 910253625
3Harry JoyceBowmoor SC1064RS Aero 910252345
4Peter TownendChelmarsh SC1093RS Aero 910256437
5Gareth GriffithsIsland Barn SC1023RS Aero 910258279
6Tony JukesChelmarsh SC1095RS Aero 91025127512
7Al KeckBowmoor SC1068RS Aero 91025751112
8Dave CherrillBroadwater SC1002RS Aero 91025411913
9Antony LynallAvon SC1007RS Aero 91025581413
10Paul RobsonReading SC1079RS Aero 710601012616
11Matt ThursfieldChelmarsh SC1208RS Aero 9102599DNS18
12Archie HainsworthAlton Water SC1173RS Aero 7106013101020
13Francis PetersHayling Island SC1205RS Aero 710601514822
14Philip WhiteFrampton on Severn SC1135RS Aero 9102511131324
15Cathy BartramChew Valley SC1178RS Aero 7106018191230
16Mark TissimanChelmarsh SC1207RS Aero 9102521161531
17Doug RobertsBowmoor SC1006RS Aero 7106016151631
18Jim Junior HoodLymington Town SC1209RS Aero 910251420DNS34
19Chris Jones Chelmarsh SC1097RS Aero 9102522181735
20Kyle LankfordLymington Town SC1206RS Aero 9102517211835
21Primrose SaltChew Valley SC1136RS Aero 710601917DNS36
22Nick EalesLymington Town SC1211RS Aero 710602022DNS42

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