Please select your home edition
Edition
Spinlock - Deckvest - 728x90

RS Aerocup at La Baule, France

by RS Aero International Class Association 10 Oct 2018 05:56 BST 28 September - 1 October 2018
2018 RS Aerocup © Keith Willis

"Wind, sun, a great organization and a friendly atmosphere: the RS Aerocup 2018 at La Baule was a real success!" was the summing up quote of first time RS Aero competitor, Benoit of France.

The 2018 RS Aerocup International Regatta was graced with four days of blue skies and medium breezes; "c'est toujours comme ça ici, monsieur!" Add to that the beautiful French seaside resort of La Baule just after the busy holiday season we were on for a gem of a long weekend! The offshore winds gave flat conditions and what we missed in Atlantic rollers we gained in the challenge of frequent shifts and well defined gust lines. These gifted continual opportunities to progress both upwards or downwards throughout the 24 boat fleet, with manageable racing for all.

The provision of seven Charter RS Aeros brought from the UK and a few more provided by RS France allowed Estonian and Australian sailors to join the regatta and several new faces to try out the Class at an enjoyable international regatta.

Day 1

A mid afternoon start allowed time for late travellers, including Brits who had caught the overnight ferry. In the tricky offshore breeze Liina Kolk EST led the fleet with a 1,4 - the only competitor able to take two top results. The winner of Race 2 was RS Aero newbee, Keri Harris GBR, from Paris. Karl Thorne GBR rounded out the top three with a safe 6,2.

After a pleasant Opening Ceremony at the club the fleet adjourned to the harbour side for dinner.

Day 2

The breeze was up providing a fresh start with 12-18kn gusting off La Baule's plage. Once again glorious blue skies graced the beautiful bay and the day warmed up quickly. An adverse tide held the fleet back on the start line for clean starts all day.

Liina Kolk EST hung onto 3rd overall with three solid results. Gilles Peeters FRA powered out a string of three 3rds and Ants Haavel EST showed incredible down-wind pace for three 2nds and popped up to 2nd overall. Peter Barton GBR lent on his straps to graft out three 1sts to put his series back on track.

Top RS Aero 5 in the breeze was Julie Willis GBR and top RS Aero 9 Aleksei Zigadlo EST.

The Club laid on yummy Galettes and Crepes for the hungry sailors.

Day 3

Another blue sky day, this time with mixed wine strength, something for everyone puffing and panting off le promenade de La Baule. The compass was invaluable to both identify and quantify the shifts whilst trying to also stitch together the gusts where possible. The battle of the RS Aero 5s was heating up with Benoit Cailleux FRA having leapfrogged Julie Willis GBR to leave it all tight going into the final day. Top RS Aero 9 was still Aleksei Zigadlo EST holding off Andy Wilkins GBR. The strong arm of the Jury got stuck in ashore, keeping us all honest in raising both a mark and a propulsion incident.

Another fine restaurant on the harbour front, followed by an impromptu rum tasting...

Day 4

A light to medium breeze for two morning races enabling an early finish on the final day. Quentin Milleret FRA was quickly becoming familiar with the RS Aero and took the first win from Liina Kolk EST. Peter Barton GBR took the second from Ants Haavel EST and they finished overall in that order with Liina Kolk EST in 3rd overall.

Benoit Cailleux FRA retained the RS Aero 5 lead and the fast improving Aleksei Zigadlo EST held on to the big boys RS Aero 9 crown.

Thanks to the CNBPP for splendid racing and being wonderful hosts in their comfortable club. It was wonderful to see such a variety of sailing activity on their beautiful Bay all week. Thanks to Rooster, Brittany Ferries, Volvo Cars, RS Sailing (UK) and RS France for their support, helping make excellent sailing events possible.

Keep in touch with Everything Aero via; the Class website and Facebook group.

Overall Results:

PosHelmClubNatRigR12R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
BARTON PETER LYMINGTON TOWN SCGBR773111111310 
HAAVEL ANTS PIRITA SVERTPAADIKLU EST735222DSQ28523 
KOLK LIINA PIRITA SVERTPAADIKLU EST7144751383231 
HARRIS KERI ROYAL YACHT SQUADRONGBR7515611DPI37839 
WOODCOCK TIMOTHY CV MULHOUSE FRA7268593513441 
PEETERS GILLES SN LARMOR PLAGE FRA7DNCDNC3332612743 
THORNE KARL LYMINGTON TOWN SCGBR76291086461014 51 
STEPHINSON PETER MIDDLE HARBOUR SYDNEYAUS74764491191110 53 
MILLERET QUENTIN CN VIRY CHATILLON FRA79121517124102156 
10 MAGUIRE SIMON LYMINGTON TOWN SCGBR7897868911958 
11 WILLOWS Richard ROADFORD LAKE SCGBR71011101410774663 
12 BOUCHEZ ARNAUD CN WIMEREUX FRA7UFD1314971112141511 91 
13 MARKHAM ALAN UPPER THAMES SCGBR71214131314101451312 92 
14 ALEKSEI ZIGADLO PIRITA SVERTPAADIKLU EST914102216161817101913 114 
15 CAILLEUX BENOIT AMIENS VOILEFRA511161615151213162216 114 
16 WILLIS Julie LYMINGTON TOWN SCGBR516191212131615212019 122 
17 ERWANN CADICLA MOUETTE SINAGOTE FRA71882022201516151418 124 
18 LEBLIC OLIVIER CV ST AUBIN ELBEUF FRA515181718DSQ1419191822 138 
19 WILKINS ANDY SCYC/OXFORD SCGBR91317DNFDNFDNF1718181615 139
20 ROBIN GAELLE LA MOUETTE SINAGOTE FRA519152121181920201217 140
21 MILLS JON SOUTH CAENARVONSHIREGBR917211919172121171721 148 
22 CLERGEAU LEON PHILIPPE NPB FRA5RETRET1820192022222120 162 
23 HOOD JIM LYMINGTON TOWN SCGBR9DNF201111OCSDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC 167 
24BRISARD TRISTAN CNBPP FRA9DNFDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC 200

Related Articles

RS Aeros and RS Teras at Felpham
Peter Barton brings out the new '6' rig to try Beautiful sunshine and a light south Easterly breeze met the 19 Aero and 21 Tera sailors at Felpham Sailing Club. Three races were planned for the day starting at midday. Posted on 3 Jun
RS Aeros at Yorkshire Dales
Ballistic reaches and tea tasting at Grimwith! Sixteen RS Aeros were greeted by a blustery spring morning at Yorkshire Dales SC for round 3 of the RS Aero UK Northern Circuit. Posted on 29 May
RS Aeros at Orthodocks YC Prague Regatta
Along with RS Teras and RS Vareos in the Czech Republic The venue is famous more for its beautiful views of Prague than perfect conditions for racing! They took care of us even on the shore outside the racing time with snacks and the wonderful grill. Posted on 24 May
RS Aero Gulf Coast Championships
Great conditions for the 7 rig Saturday's racing showed who was in hiking shape as four great races were held in 15kn gusting to well over 20kn at times – great conditions for the RS Aero 7 rig to revel in! Posted on 23 May
RS Aeros at the Aalsmeer Spring Regatta
A great start for the beautiful season in the Netherlands Our first Dutch RS Aero regatta of the season took place on the Westeinderplassen. This year we shared the event with the Mustos and the FDs with a nice triangle-loop course. Posted on 23 May
Royal Lymington RS Aero Open
43 sail despite a dire forecast of very light winds Great to have 43 RS Aeros out at Lymington from 48 overall entries, after a dire forecast of very light winds beforehand. With a fair amount of 'going large' occurring we had good sized RS Aero 7 & RS Aero 9 fleets and a smaller RS Aero 5 fleet this time. Posted on 22 May
RS Sailing reflect on 2024 Equipment Selection
For the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy The World Sailing Mid-Year conference, which gripped the attention of so many passionate sailors and followers, came to a close Sunday in London. Posted on 21 May
Paris 2024 Equipment top of the agenda
World Sailing Mid-Year Meeting starts Friday in London Chelsea Football Club, London, Great Britain will host World Sailing delegates from 17-19 May for the 2019 edition of World Sailing's Mid-Year Meeting. Posted on 16 May
RS Sailing's Open Letter to World Sailing
Sent to the President, Council, Committees and MNAs RS Sailing have sent an open letter to the World Sailing President, Council, Committees and MNAs in regard to the Men's & Women's One-Person Olympic Equipment. Posted on 15 May
RS Aero Sustainability Challenge at Burghfield
Reminding class members of sustainability commitments The annual Sustainability Challenge in partnership with The Green Blue was hosted by Burghfield Sailing Club having been rescheduled from Broadwater due to light airs. Posted on 15 May