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RS Aero Magic Marine Southern Championship at Lymington Town SC

by Karl Thorne 23 Jun 2016 17:32 BST 18-19 June 2016

The RS Aeros formed part of the hugely popular RS Classes Southerns extravaganza event which maxed out at its 160 boat capacity a month in advance! There were a total of 27 RS Aero entries across the three RS Aero rig sizes, with the largest being the '7' fleet with 15 boats. The fleet was grouped into two starts, with the 5 & 9 rigs going together shortly followed by the 7 rigs.

In the '5' fleet, the racing was a close battle between recently crowned National Champion Archie Hainsworth and Matthew Caiger representing Sevenoaks School. In the end Matthew came out on top by a point. Both of these youth sailors showed excellent skill especially on the Sunday in testing wind over tide conditions and pushed each other hard in every race.

The '7' fleet was dominated by local sailor Chloe Martin who counted four 1st places and discarded a 1st. Pretty convincing really, and hardly surprising given the level of results in Laser Radials that Chloe has previously achieved. It certainly set a high benchmark and everybody enjoyed getting a momentarily look at "how to do it properly". Another young local sailor and Scorpion fleet legend Alex Hayman was 2nd overall counting only podium results. In 3rd place was Isle of Wight based Jane Peckham showing blistering upwind speed in Sunday's breeze. Special mention needs to be made of Ffinlo Wright travelling from the Isle of Man for the event achieving 4th place, taking a long break from sailing whilst he studied for his GCSEs.

In the '9' fleet regular class travellers Richard Watsham, Nigel Rolfe and Matt Thursfield slugged it out for the Top 3 positions, with Class met expert and jolly nice bloke Richard coming out on top with 3 wins. A mention in dispatches is required for Burghfield sailor Peter Chaplin taking a win on Saturday and then backing it up with two OCS to celebrate on Sunday!

It was very encouraging to see such a broad range of ages and sizes sailing the boats, and also the female near domination in the 7 fleet. Proving once again that the flexibility of the sail choice and excellent control of the carbon rig makes the boat manageable and enjoyable for everyone.

Well done to all at Lymington Town Sailing Club for pulling off this gigantic sailing extravaganza in their 70th anniversary year and a whopping great Saturday night party too! Thanks to Magic Marine and Harken for their great support.

The next biggie in the European calendar is the first RS Aero European Championship [Link;] at Travemunde Woche, Germany, next month on 25-29 July. With the high summer now upon us Regatta Season is here too with an abundance of local regatta gems to choose from.

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Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
RS Aero 5
1st1562Matthew Caiger ‑ YouthSevenoaks School1(DSQ)1215
2nd1173Archie Hainsworth ‑ YouthAlton Water SC‑212126
3rd1889Julia Bailey ‑ LadyRoyal Yacht Squadron(DNC)2OCSDNCRET14
RS Aero 7
1st1175Chloe Martin ‑ LadyLymington Town SC‑111114
2nd1209Alex HaymanLymington Town SC232‑5310
3rd1715Jane Peckham ‑ LadyGurnard SC‑5542213
4th1171Ffinlo Wright ‑ YouthIsle of Man YC34(DNF)4415
5th1302Karl ThorneLymington Town SC425‑7718
6th7Ben GeorgeLymington Town SC‑8833519
7th1568Caitlin Atkin‑Lady/YouthWhitstable YC‑6666624
8th1502Jon HarveyKeyhaven YC7778(RET)29
9th1396Nick IngramLymington Town SC9‑1099835
10th1586Nic FreestonLymington Town SC109812(DNC)39
11th1844Robin CaigerBough Beech SC1111(DNC)10DNC48
12th1402Jane Homewood ‑ LadyLymington Town SC(DNC)DNC1011RET53
13th1370Nev HerbertRoyal Lymington YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC64
13th10Matthew PodgerRoyal Lymington YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC64
13th1889Julia Bailey ‑ LadyRoyal Yacht Squadron(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC64
RS Aero 9
1st1298Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA2‑41115
2nd1551Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC1222‑37
3rd1208Matt ThursfieldChelmarsh SC‑3333211
4th1071Peter ChaplinBurghfield SC41(OCS)OCS419
5th1207Mark TissimanChelmarsh SC774(OCS)RET28
6th1176Andrew WilliamsLymington Town SC65(DNC)DNCDNC31
7th1972Jim HoodLymington Town SC56(DNC)DNCDNC31
8th1335David OsborneLymington Town SC8(DNC)DNCDNCDNC38
9th1212Simon WhiteLymington Town SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC40

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