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RS Aerocup Barcelona Edition - Day 1

by Frances Peters 30 Oct 2015 21:29 GMT 29 October - 1 November 2015
RS Aerocup Barcelona day 1 © Frances Peters

A beautiful sunny morning in Barcelona to greet sailors on their first day of racing at the RS Aerocup made for a relaxed start made even more relaxed by the obvious absence of wind. For many, the resulting rest ashore while the race committee waited for wind was welcome after an evening of socialising, eating and drinking at the opening ceremony last night.

Right on queue just after lunch time, the wind arrived and racing was able to get underway in a 6 knot breeze. It was a family affair at the front of the 9 fleet as the Lynall brothers of Great Britain split tacks up the beat and popped out 1st and 2nd with David in the lead. A fickle breeze on the run with pressure on the inside meant an early gybe was strong and Anthony Lynall slipped down the fleet while his brother extended his lead to the finish.

It was Sweden's Julie Lamarre that led to the first mark in the 7 fleet, chased by Richards Zvilna of Latvia, who quickly snuck into the lead. Meanwhile David Axen of Sweden put pressure on and stole the gun for the race.

A strong current running across the course made the windward mark a pinch point and in the 5 fleet Silvia Haavel of Estonia misjudged the layline allowing Latvia's Anna Vernere and Ben Poe of GBR to break into the lead and extend. Light and tactical racing saw Haavel claw her way back into second place behind Vernere.

A slight pressure build before race 2 meant some of the sailors started to find their hiking legs. Pulling off a perfect port end start in the 9 rigs with a quick tack to cross the fleet, Aero class manager Peter Barton led easily to the top mark. Even Barton's head start wasn't enough to defend against Lynall's lightning pace and after a brief tacking duel into the second windward mark, Barton was forced to resign himself to second place, while Ben Rolfe (GBR) took 3rd.

After frustrations of missing a critical shift in race 1, Per Christian Bordal of Norway found his way into the top spot early in the 7 fleet and extended his lead by the finish. Meanwhile Axen and Zvilna chased. Haavel took an early lead in the 5 fleet and sailed a confident and solid race to leave Atkin and Vernere in her wake.

The final race of the day saw the usual suspects fighting at the top. It was Barton's turn to get in the way of Lynall's perfect score in the 9s and he narrowly took the win. Meanwhile British father and son, Nigel and Ben Rolfe battled for 3rd, with youth eventually overcoming wisdom! It's a day for the Brits on the 9 rig leaderboard. 'Lightnight Lynall' sits in the lead overnight with Barton hot on his heels and 'Team Rolfe' filling the next 2 spots.

Bordal had found his groove and posted a convincing win in the 7 class while Ants Haavel, father of Estonian 5 rig hotshot, Silvia, took 2nd. 4 nations fill the top 4 spots on the 7 rig leaderboard with Norway's Bordal on top. Zvilna of Latvia and Axen of Sweden are separated by just a point in 2nd and 3rd respectively, while Estonia's Haavel sits in 4th.

The girls showed the boys away around the track for the third race of the day in the 5 fleet, with Vernere of Lativia taking the win ahead of Estonia's Silvia Haavel and securing themselves the same positions on the overnight results. Caitlin Atkin (GBR) is hot on their heels in bronze.

We are lucky to have logistics specialists, Euronox and Ocean Roads supporting our first RS Aerocup. They have made it possible for nations from around the world to come together and compete against each other and socialise together in a fabulous setting. We were proud to have the opportunity to showcase our sport and our class to Mark Czerwinski of Ocean Roads first hand as he joined us on the water today. Admittedly spectating in the sport of sailing is often compared to watching paint dry especially in light airs like today and as someone with no experience of the sport, Mark was quick to observe that 'none of the boats are doing any tricks'! Eager to defend what we are all so passionate about, we put Mark in a boat and handed him the tiller after a quick issuing of instruction, at which point his face lit up! After we'd managed to extricate the tiller from his grasp, he conceded 'OK – NOW I understand what you guys love!' What a way to end the day.

Results after Day 1:

PosNatSail NoHelmClubCatR1R2R3Pts
5 Class
1stLAT1677Anna VernereStirm Raga YCYouth1315
2ndEST1258Silvia Johanna HaavelTallinna Jahtklubi 2125
3rdGBR1568Caitlin AtkinBewl ValleyYouth3238
4thGBR1107Ben PoeSutton BinghamYouth44412
5thGBR1214Harry BinnsBassenthwaiteYouth55515
6thESP1112Jose BuadesCMV Barcelona 66618
7 Class
1stGBR1205Per Christian BordalMoss Seilforening 3115
2ndLAT1234Richards ZvilnaStirm Raga YCYouth2338
3rdSWE3David AxenSSKkaparen 1269
4thEST1781Ants HaavelTallinn Kalev 66214
5thGBR1428Peter TownendChelmarshMaster85417
6thGBR1045Richard WillowsRoadford LakeMaster74920
7thSWE5Otto WalkerKSSS STOCKHOLM 59822
8thSWE1002Kevin OlssonTjuvkils KK 471324
9thGBR1302Karl ThorneRoyal Lymington/Keyhaven 911525
10thGBR16Finlo WrightIsle of ManYouth1110728
11thSWE1Julie LamarreKKKK GOTHENBURG 10131134
12thNED1061Hilde Geerling ‑ Van SusanteBraassemermeer 12121034
13thESP1113Hector ManauClub Nautic l'Escala 1381435
14thGBR1464Marcia LynallAvon 14151241
15thGBR1141Jonathan RickelsGrafham WaterMaster16141646
16thESP1114Pablo TorrasRCN Barcelona 17161548
17thEST1653Oliver VesiTallinna Jahtklubi 15171749
18thGBR1463Matt DrayseySpinnaker 18181854
19thITA1005Michele Giorgini  DNCDNCDNC63
19thITA Aldo Rinaldi  DNCDNCDNC63
9 Class
1stGBR1009David LynallBowmoor 1124
2ndGBR1175Peter BartonLymington Town 2215
3rdGBR1581Ben RolfeBurghfield 63312
4thGBR1551Nigel RolfeBurghfield 36413
5thGBR1007Antony LynallAvon 45817
6thSWE4Christer BathGKSS GOTHENBURGMaster84618
7thNED234Michiel Geerling‑Van SusanteBraassemermeer 57719
8thGBR1071Peter ChaplinBurghfieldMaster78520
9thUSA1264Eric AkerBOSTON MAMaster9101029
10thGBR1370Jim HoodLymington Town 1091130
11thSWE21Rutger SmithGKSS GOTHENBURG 1212933
12thGBR1207Mark TissimanChelmarsh/Saundersfoot 11111234

Be sure to stay in touch with the action as it happens on the RS Aero facebook group; and online at It's set to be an excellent few days!

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