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RS Aero open meeting at Bradford On Avon Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 11 Jul 2017 17:47 BST 1 July 2017

Eight intrepid RS Aero sailors ventured inland to revel in the challenges of sailing on a narrow river at Bradford on Avon for Round 6 of the Magic Marine UK Southern Circuit. The river is just 30m wide and narrower at places, banked by open fields. Perhaps rural Wiltshire's best kept sailing secret!

The day proved a fantastic opportunity to hone boat handling and versatility skills with the Class' first World Championship looming later in the month. The morning was light, about following gusts and good roll tacks. The afternoon was blessed with fine sunshine and plenty of hiking excitement.

A split start provided space on the line and the key decision was to identifying the fastest reaching angle off the line. Gareth led from the windward berths in the afternoon and Peter popped out from to leeward in the morning races. Mark L had a cracking start in race 3 when he fired it off the line like a bullet!

Mark roundings were inevitably 180 degree turns, without much room to be had on the outside! A warm breeze fluctuated its way down the valley. Steering for a gust, best acceleration angle and catching the shifts all played a part on the pretty river. Bounded by reed beds most sailors found themselves stuck at some stage, having ventured too far.

Cathy became caught up first, Peter got stuck ducking Cathy when a gap never materialized. Then Cathy got stuck again whilst describing how she had got stuck! Avoiding floating vegetation became more of an issue after we had mashed it all up a bit! Mark L had a little swim in a gust on the run. Mark F had his windex snatched off him by a tree – fortunately there was one for him in the prize pot!

Even with a modest turnout, the confined river provided an immense novelty value with so much more going on in short spaces of time.

Cathy took the RS Aero 7 title and first Lady whilst Peter edged out Gareth and Greg in the RS Aero 9s. Many thanks to Bradford on Avon for being wonderful hosts and facilitating a great day out.

Next up in the UK is the Lymington Dinghy Regatta this weekend. 19 RS Aeros are already signed up making a great last minute training opportunity for the Class' first World Championships at Carnac, France, at the end of the month.

Charter RS Aeros are still available for the UK Nationals at Hayling at the end of the August if you fancy getting involved!

Overall Results:

PlaceSailNameClubClassPYR1R2R3R4Pts
12093Peter BartonLymington TownRS Aero 9102411113
22148Gareth GriffithsIsland BarnRS Aero 9102432226
31637Greg BartlettStarcrossRS Aero 9102423338
41654Mark LambdinBradford on AvonRS Aero 91024456413
51171Cathy BartranChew ValleyRS Aero 71071545814
61746Dave PowleyThornburyRS Aero 71071664515
72223Mark FoxStokes BayRS Aero 91024877620
81012Marion LoweBradford on AvonRS Aero 71071788923

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