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RS Aero Open at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 22 May 06:17 BST 18-19 May 2019
2019 Royal Lymington RS Aero Open © Royal Lymington Yacht Club

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.

As the wind picked up on the Solent on Saturday the fleet launched with the promise of a strong ebb tide pushing against a further increase in the wind. The sailors were rewarded by peachy western Solent conditions with wind against tide seeing us fully stretched at times - especially those who had upsized! "Many a good day's sailing is lost due to a forecast!" was never more true! Three good races were held and only one recall over the nine starts which was incredible considering the spring ebb washing everyone towards the start line.

Sunday morning looked very light. As PRO Malcolm McKeag had said in his briefing; "it can be as important to be lucky as it is to be good". By starting Race 4 at slack high water he gave himself the opportunity to get lucky with a good race whilst the breeze held. It proved successful with one light but fair race held just before the increasing ebb overcame the light breeze. As the tide kicked in we then were all swept home for an early lunch!

Ralph Nevile won the RS Aero 5s closely followed by Giles Baker in 2nd. New recruit Tom Ahlheid won his first RS Aero race. Good to see Tom joining the fleet after he gave us all a good beating in his RS Feva at the Frensham Frenzy two months ago! If you can't beat them...get them to join you!

Chris Jones took Race 1 in the RS Aero 7s before Noah Rees had recovered from his 4am start from Cornwall to take all the remaining races and the event. Relatively new RS Aero sailor Andrew (Spike) Daniels took 2nd with Sammy Isaacs-Johnson in 3rd.

In the RS Aero 9s racing was incredibly close amongst the top 5, especially with Peter Barton and Greg Bartlett locked a couple of boat lengths apart for most of the weekend! Greg snuck by Peter on the final hitch to the finish in Race 4 snatch the win and end Peter's sweep. Never give up hope, just as you think it may all be over hurdles in the final straight can trip up a leader to open up opportunity for a worthy runner up to clinch the win. Ben Rolfe took 3rd overall.

Many thanks to the Royal Lymington YC for hosting an excellent event and to Harken UK for supporting with some excellent prizes.

Next up in the south is the Felpham Open on Saturday 1st June followed by the RS Aero UK Southern Champs at Warsash on 22/23rd June.

RS Aero UK Events List available here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
RS Aero 5
1st1099Ralph NevileFrensham Pond SC‑22114
2nd2555Giles BakerDatchet Water SC‑51225
3rd8Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SC13‑437
4th1705Kate WharmbyRoyal Lymington YC443‑511
5th1296Margaret DunnLyme Regis SC3‑55412
RS Aero 7
1st2875Noah ReesTorpoint Mosquito SC‑21113
2nd2738Andrew DanielsHayling Island SC‑52428
3rd2552SammyIsaacs‑JohnsonMaidenhead SC432‑59
4th2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SC15‑6612
5th2318Karl ThorneLymington Town SC365‑1114
6th1927Jack HardieFrensham Pond SC‑1248416
7th1793Geoff HaversLymington Town SC77‑10317
8th2725Henry ChandlerEmsworth SC6173(DNC)26
9th2647Lee TimothyLymington Town SC1187‑1726
10th1302Jenny BennettLymington Town SC911‑12929
11th2503Dan BirdLymington Town SC10‑1491029
12th2919Sarah GoslingKeyhaven YC8(DNC)111332
13th2168Tomaso MacchiWeston SC(DSQ)1613736
14th2551Julie WillisLymington Town SC‑151514837
15th1551William HomewoodLymington Town SC14917‑1840
16th1231Madelaine BilbroughHayling Island SC‑1812161240
17th1402Jane HomewoodLymington Town SC1313‑201440
18th1637Lorrian WellsHighcliffe SC‑1910151944
19th2571Sarah DesjonqueresHighcliffe SC16‑20181650
20th2581Peter CraggsYork RI SC171819‑2154
21st1776Dan FoxLymington Town SC(DSQ)19212060
22nd2225Johnny McKeownLancing SC(DNC)DNCDNC1565
23rd2153Francis StilemanWhitstable YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC75
23rd1715Jane PeckhamGurnard SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC75
RS Aero 9
1st2813Peter BartonLymington Town SC111‑23
2nd2600Greg BartlettStarcross YC‑32215
3rd2428Ben RolfeBurghfield SC2‑83510
4th2441Jeff DavisonIsland Barn RSC4‑125413
5th2427Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC934‑1016
6th9Andrew HarrisTamesis Club6‑109318
7th1298Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA75‑8719
8th2806Griff TannerTamesis Club1046(DNC)20
9th2502Peter ChaplinBurghfield SC8‑97621
10th1336Joe GallivanLymington Town SC57‑121224
11th2001Ben LyonsLymington Town SC11611(RET)28
12th1211Nick EalesLymington Town SC‑121110930
13th1490Graham PlattHighcliffe SC‑1413131137
14th22Johnny McKeownLancing SC131417(DNC)44
15th2505Neil WharmbyRoyal Lymington YC15‑16141544
16th1295Jonathan FieldEmsworth SC‑1615161445
17th2786Andy NormanIsland Barn RSC(DNC)DNCDNC850
18th1654Mark LambdinBradford On Avon SC(DSQ)1715DNC53
19th2785John KewleyIsland Barn RSC(DNC)DNCDNC1355
20th2727Liam WillisLymington Town SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC63

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