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RS Aero Southwest Mini Series round 2 at Sutton Bingham Sailing Club

by Joe Gallivan 3 Jul 18:05 BST 30 June 2018
Sutton Bingham Open Meeting – Round 2 of RS Aero Southwest Mini Series © Sutton Bingham Sailing Club

Sutton Bingham Sailing Club gave a lovely warm welcome - literally, to 17 RS Aeros from across the south of England from as far afield as Whitstable and Falmouth.

Glorious sunshine and a light to medium breeze greeted the sailors and it was looking like a fantastic day to be out on the water. With the briefing completed and the boats rigged all was set for the action to begin just after 11 o'clock.

Five races were schedules with the RS Aero 9 rigs starting first, followed by the RS Aero 7 rigs. The fleets were well behaved, with clean starts throughout the day, so no recalls or black flags were required.

The first two races were very shifty and kept everyone on their toes! Charlie Sansom and Chris Hatton, both from Bowmoor SC flew around the course with a first and second in both races before lunch. Meanwhile in the 7 fleet Andrew Frost from Sutton Bingham and Noah Rees From Torpoint Mosquito SC battled it out in the first two races. With three more races after lunch it was definitely all to play!

A course change and a change of wind direction made for an interesting afternoon. It felt as if the reservoir had split in two halves! There was a lovely 10 knots at the windward mark and then five knots at the leeward mark making it a challenge for everyone. With the first start underway, it was a maze to find the best way up and down the lake. Sansom and Hatton in the 9 rigs held on to their first and second positions for the rest of the afternoon with Peter Barton hot on their heels!

In the 7 rigs, Frost and Rees were all square on points going into the final race and it was local knowledge that helped Frost prevail to take the win. Behind the leaders it was a hard fought battle for third place with close racing between Chris Jones, Sam Isaacs-Johnson and and Catie Atkin. Isaacs-Johnson finished on a high with a second in the final race but it was Jones with two good early results that clinched third overall.

It was an interesting day, with sweltering temperatures, beautiful sunshine and very pleasant all round. A special well done to our first time RS Aero sailors James Harcourt and Kelsey Green who sailed boats chartered from RS Sailing and thoroughly enjoyed their experience. We hope to see you out in Aero's again soon!

At the prizegiving Coast Water Sports were thanked for their generous sponsorship of the event, the team at Sutton Bingham for organising the event; with special thanks to Race Officer David Thomson who did well to set good courses as the wind swung and to all the sailors that turned up to support the event! Coast Water Sports vouchers were awarded the top three in each rig, top Youths, Lady and Master in addition to lovely Sutton Bingham glassware.

Excitement for the RS Aero World Championships in August was high during the event. This was the last day of the early entry rate and as the overall number accelerated hourly towards an incredible 200 entries the RS Aero 7 fleet alone cracked 100 entries! As it is over 80 the RS Aero 7 fleet will be spilt into two flights, racing a qualification and a finals series over the five day Champs.

Next up for RS Aeros in southern UK is the Lymington Regatta 7/8th July followed by the Class' first visit to Eastbourne on 21st July. See the RS Aero UK Events List

7 Rig Results:

PosSailHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st1312Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC1‑21215
2nd2530Noah ReesTorpoint Mosquito SC21‑3137
3rd1817Chris JonesSutton bingham SC‑5323513
4th1795Sammy Isaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SC44‑54214
5th1568Catie AtkinWhitstable SC‑6545418
6th2415Jack MillerFelpham SC3‑777623
7th5Kelsey GreenSutton Bingham SC‑7666725
8th1335Mike RileySutton bingham SC‑8888832

9 Rig Results:

PosSailHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st1068Charlie SansomBowmoor SC111‑214
2nd1590Chris HattonBowmoor SC‑222127
3rd2549Peter BartonLymington Town SC3333‑412
4th2600Greg BartlettStarcross YC‑5444315
5th1336Joe GallivanSpinnaker SC‑7655521
6th2570Stuart SlyRestronguet SC457(DNF)DNS26
7th1637James HarcourtSutton Bingham SC‑8886628
8th2515Richard BarrettSpinnaker SC676(DNF)DNS29
9th1654Mark LambdinBradford On Avon SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC40

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