Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 2019 - Leaderboard

RS Aero Australian Championships at the Black Rock Yacht Club Go for Gold Regatta

by RS Aero Australian Class Association 2 Dec 20:36 GMT 30 November - 1 December 2019

This past weekend the RS Aero Nationals were conducted at Black Rock as a warm up regatta for the Worlds. The 35 RS Aeros that entered were given a classic taste of conditions at Black Rock that saw our new National Champions emerge from a variety of testing sailing conditions.

Congratulations to Simon Reffold from Balmoral SC who took out the RS Aero 9 title, Rhett Gowans and Sophie Jackson, both from Mornington Yacht Club, took out the RS Aero 7 and RS Aero 5 titles respectively.

Rhett Gowans won the RS Aero 7 title for the second time and summed up the weekend; "If you ordered a Pre-Worlds regatta that offered up all types of conditions: light air, medium breeze, gusty Northerly and waves then it certainly delivered.

On Saturday it was great to race in a mixture of conditions as the dying breeze quickly turned into a steady South Westerly, giving everyone the opportunity to make big gains and losses on a snakes and ladders type of day. Glistening sunshine and 10 knots proved to be the perfect combo as all sailors enjoyed a perfect Melbourne Summers day. It was great to see a number of old and new faces in the fleet, most will take to the water again in less than a months time for the Worlds.

Sunday proved how ruthless nature can be as only one race was sailed in a testing 20-25 knot breeze, with sustained gusts of 30+ knots. Big waves meant surfing... and lots of it. That's if you could keep your boat upright as just one boat in the fleet remained upright throughout the race. It emphasised how rapidly Melbourne weather systems can roll through.

It was great to see the high level of care and companionship shown both during and after the race from competitors, race officials and volunteeers as the tired sailors came ashore.

Cobwebs were well and truly blown off as the buzz and excitement grows for the 2019 RS Aero Worlds in just under four weeks time. We can't wait!"

Next Up for the Aussie Aeros as the heat builds in the run up to the World Champs over New Year is the George Mac Regatta at Royal Brighton, VIC, 7/8th Dec and Sail Sydney which is the NSW State Champs over 14/15th Dec.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoatNameHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
RS Aero 5
12675Sophie JacksonMornington YC1[3]1114
22825JackpotChris BrainSugarloaf SC222[3]28
33006Carrie on SailingMegan RidgwaySandringham YC[4]134311
42694White MustangLachie HartnettBlack Rock YC3[5]52414
52781Dont have oneTabitha StevensonLargs Bay SC6447[11F]21
63091Sul SeaIngrid VinotHampton SC5665[11F]22
78Jack ReacherJack WilsonRoyal Melbourne YC10776[11F]30
82048Love in the First DegreeAaron FlavellBlack Rock YC7988[11F]32
92501GigiFiona EkinsBlack Rock YC98910[11F]36
102914MuesliChristian HerrBlack Rock YC8[11C]11C911F39
RS Aero 7
12827Rhett's RigRhett GowansMornington Yacht Clu1111[3]4
23096SwooshMichael ParksRoyal Geelong YC2332[21C]10
32822TBCPeter EllisSugarloaf SC3289[13F]22
41189KelpieRon FergussonAlbert SC10544[13F]23
52695AerotyneDavid KentishBlack Rock YC7477[21C]25
63095RATirementGary RatcliffeGeorges River SC[14]6128127
73007Racer XSimon WilkinsMordialloc/RestronguetSC11853[13F]27
82495FaceyStuart FaceyMount Martha YC9995[13F]32
92818YouPeter MilneBlack Rock YC[13]76613F32
102913RosieDaen DorazioBlack Rock YC81120F[21C]241
112497AernoughtTim DeenMount Martha YC612[13]1113F42
122730SuizenDavid ParryMount Martha YC5101414[21C]43
132779BobTim BardonSafety Beach SC12131110[21C]46
142937SlickBrian CaseRoyal Geelong YC4[21C]221C21C48
152819Ship LookoutJason WilsonRoyal Melbourne YC[16]161615451
161074None the WiserBrendan ChaplinBlack Rock YC[15]14151313F55
172824NIXNik WallisBlack Rock YC18171012[21C]57
181697ShiJiFred DavisMount Martha YC[19]15171613F61
192826ScootDavid DroverBlack Rock YC17181817[21C]70
2017044DJohn FordyceBlack Rock YC[21C]21C21C21C21C84
RS Aero 9
11188Camp FreddySimon ReffoldBalmoral SC1111[3F]4
22049RetrenchedDavid AndrewMount Martha YC[4]2423F11
31194TijuanaTaxiAndrew GilesLake Cullulleraine YC2424[5C]12
41196Crosseyed & PainlessGlenn AttrillAvalon SC3333[5C]12

Related Articles

Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series Datchet Flyer
Barton races Aero 7 to victory Pete Barton wins round 2 of the Seldén Sailjuice Winter Series against a maximum capacity fleet of 100 at Datchet Water... Posted on 9 Dec
RS Aero Thames Valley Mini Series overall
Another successful Thames Valley Mini Series 2019 with 100 RS Aero sailors 2019 saw another successful Thames Valley Mini Series 2019 with exactly 100 RS Aero sailors taking part in at least one of the five events stretching from London to Swindon. Posted on 5 Dec
Bowmoor Bubble RS Aero Open
Enough wind to hike hard without getting too splashed A crisp winter's morning greeted 37 RS Aero sailors at this year's Bowmoor Bubble. By race time the morning fog had dispersed leaving a sunny day with a fresh medium breeze. This was enough to hike hard but without getting too splashed! Posted on 4 Dec
RS Aero Czech Cup overall
18 sailors competed in at least one of the six regattas The Czech Republic's RS Aero fleet has been as active as ever this year and their six main RS Aero events are grouped together to form The Czech Cup 2019, a National Circuit for RS Aeros. Posted on 26 Nov
RS Aero UK Southern Circuit 2019 overall
A huge entry of 232 boats taking part in at least one event Wow, what a season! The RS Aero UK Southern Circuit continued to go from strength to strength in its fifth season with a huge entry of 232 RS Aeros taking part in at least one event. Posted on 26 Nov
RS Aero N. Rhein Westfalia Regional Championships
Force 8 forecast doesn't deter sailors visiting Sorpesee in Germany Right at the end of the season, the first regional championship for North Rhein Westfalia took place for the RS Aero class at the Kanu Segel Club Hemer. Posted on 20 Nov
RS Aero UK End of Seasons at Draycote Water
Sixty helms celebrate the end of a successful year for the class Sixty RS Aeros turned up for the UK Class' End of Seasons Champs at Draycote supported by Rooster, to celebrate the end of a successful year and to mark the start of the new winter season. Posted on 14 Nov
RS Aero UK Inland, Ladies & Masters at Rutland
79 helms made this the largest weekend RS Aero event yet Ben Rolfe (Burghfield) was on top form on Day 1 in his RS Aero 9, winning all four races from Chris Larr (Northampton) and Alan Beaton (Notts County) taking the 2nds. Posted on 28 Oct
RS Aeros at the Puget Sound Sailing Championships
24 RS Aeros took to the water in Seattle 24 RS Aeros took to the water in Seattle for the Puget Sound Sailing Championships. This is the local championship regatta for small sail boats and this year included RS Aeros, J24s and Tasars. Posted on 17 Oct
RS Aeros at Ergebnisse Sorpe
A great regatta with some really difficult conditions Kanu-Segel-Club Hemer hosted the German RS Aero fleet with 20 RS Aeros out competing! It was a great regatta with some really difficult conditions, but still 4 fair races. Posted on 17 Oct