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2019 RS Aerocup and Dutch National Championships at Bruinisse, Holland

by Tine Karlson 23 Sep 2019 05:21 BST 14-15 September 2019
2019 RS Aerocup and Dutch National Championships © RS Aero International Class Association

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September was a weekend of firsts for the RS Aero fleet in the Netherlands. The RS Aerocup visited the Netherlands for the first time, which helped ensure the first ever official RS Aero 7 Dutch National Championship.

With a good number of charter boats available for distant travellers and future owners there were 39 RS Aeros from eight different European countries on the starting line. The regatta was a huge success leaving smiling faces all around. The race committee arranged the races in the best possible manners, while Aquavitesse provided excellent hospitality. The sun was also shining with clear blue skies all weekend long!

The eager ones kicked off the weekend early on Friday, with a training day held by Peter Barton. It was a good way to get familiar with the boat for those who were new to it. For the rest of us it was refresher training with a record number of manoeuvres during eight short races on an even shorter course, and sometimes also having to tack or gybe whenever Peter blew the whistle - was he trying to tire us out before racing? All in all a good warm up.

Saturday was raced in light winds, but three races were completed before the wind dropped. The second race was shortened to finish second time passing the top offset mark. However, there was still wind for a third race, which also ended up being shortened to finishing on the second passing of the top mark, as the wind dropped. The course remained challenging throughout the day, with shifts providing the decisive factor for which side was favourable.

Back on land again, the whole fleet was invited to join the local village festival celebrating the mussel season. The mussels proved a true delicacy, while the very Dutch live music might be more of an acquired taste;-)

Sunday brought with it more wind. While the first races were in light to medium winds, it kept on building to full on hiking conditions through the last three races. The top of the fleet continued to challenge each other, while the rest of the fleet also stayed close together with everyone finishing within a couple of minutes. So there were no givens, except from that you had to stay sharp the whole time! Again the shifts and gust lines played a role in which side of the course was favourable.

In the end the Dutchie Shivam Ramdas won the first Dutch RS Aero 7 National Champion title. Only one point behind was the Irishman Paul McMahon, followed closely by Ben Rolfe from the UK who made third. With an overall 10th place Karlijn van den Boogaard (NED) was the highest ranking lady in the 7 fleet, and Justin Rot (NED) was the highest ranking youth.

In the RS Aero 5 fleet British sailor Jon Harvey won, followed by the youths George Black and Mette Mooij of the Netherlands.

Again, a great regatta at Lake Grevelingen hosted by Aquavitesse and professionally directed by the race committee of Zeilclub Kurenpolder. Thank you to all the volunteers! Thanks to Rooster for their fantastic support of the awards and to RS Sailing for bolstering the event with their support on the charter fleet.

The next major international regatta for the RS Aero Class is the 3rd RS Aero World Championship held in Melbourne, Australia, over New Year. A few charter RS Aeros are still available but you need to book now! For more information visit event page.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
RS Aero 7
1NED 2988Shivam Ramdas23‑6213112
2IRL 2977Paul McMahon11313‑5413
3GBR 3003Ben Rolfe4‑121322315
4GBR 2989Peter Barton3254(UFD)1217
5GBR 3005Nigel Rolfe‑979644535
6GBR 2502Peter Chaplin597856‑1240
7GER 1885Eric Rieve851071011‑1751
8BEL 2976Matthew Morgan61314577(UFD)52
9NED 2979Pieter Nijsse13811106‑14755
10NED 2349Karlijn van den Boogaard7621313‑181556
11GBR 1336Joe Gallivan10415‑27128857
12IRL 2980Roy VanMaanen11108‑201691367
13GBR 2204Alan Markham‑20111799131069
14GBR 3002Jane Peckham1216‑211114101477
15NOR 1431Cathrine Karlson14‑2641217122382
16NED 2981Sander de Jong152016‑21815983
17GBR 2659Jon Mills‑252113181517690
18GER 1909Joern Domres‑2119121911161996
19NED 1058Jan van den Brink1615‑3117212116106
20NED 2373Arwin Bos23‑312415201911112
21NED 2920Mark Cole1714‑2714222322112
22NED 1013Maarten Oelering182423192020124
23GER 2652Martin Gebauer19‑292822182521133
24GER 2978Michael Heber261720‑28252724139
25GER 2743Steve Taylor‑32282625242218143
26NED 2975Justin Rot28231924‑292926149
27GER 2036Christian Lemmer2225‑3326272425149
28GER 2037Stephan Moller3527231623(DNS)DNS160
29ITA 2948Carlo Pettinato24‑302530302628163
30BEL 2080Johan Guillemyn311818(DNS)DNSDNSDNS175
31NED 2959Vincent Viool34‑353229282827178
32NED 1257Hans van Dijk272230(RET)DNSDNSDNS187
33NED 1841Rob Jessurun333229(RET)26DNSDNS192
34NED 2575Pieter Veenendaal303322(DNS)DNSDNSDNS193
35SUI 0815Tom Holwerda2934(DNS)DNSDNSDNSDNS207
RS Aero 5
1GBR 2673Jon Harvey11‑211116
2NED 2576George Black221232(UFD)12
3NED 2953Mette Mooij333323(UFD)17
4NED 1777Jente Mooij44(DNS)444222

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