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RS Aero New South Wales State Championships at Georges River Sailing Club

by GRSC RS Aero fleet 20 Nov 2020 05:27 GMT 14-15 November 2020

The RS Aero NSW State Championships 2020 were held for the first time at Georges River Sailing Club over the weekend of 14/15th November, on the beautiful waters of Botany Bay.

There were 19 entries consisting of sailors from Balmoral, Georges River, Royal Prince Alfred and Avalon Sailing Clubs, with one joining us all the way from Largs Bay in South Australia too.

For many new sailors joining the fleet this was their first regatta in the RS Aero and we hope it was one to remember. To help keep those memories fresh, we were lucky enough to have Jon West Photography covering the event. There are some great photos available online here.

The excellent race officer set challenging but fun courses with the 6 scheduled races easily achieved over the weekend. The fleets had a great first day of racing with a light-medium 12-15 ESE breeze on the Saturday with plenty of fuel left in the tank for the following day. The breeze was much softer on Sunday, although the waves caused by the run out tide meant that a few competitors decided it would be a great day to have a swim!

Gary Ratcliffe from GRSC set the scene on the first day with a trio of first places in his RS Aero 7. Mark Hooper from GRSC was also on top form in his RS Aero 9.

Overnight, as is the RS Aero way, Gary provided tips to the other sailors which made day two closer through the fleet. The first five places in the RS Aero 7 fleet were a fiercely competed affair with the points tight. A general consistency in results was seen across all the fleets, with the feedback from the competitors saying they had a great time, with some excellent close racing.

Finally, a big thanks to the Race Officer, Andrew McLachlan, GRSC for hosting and to all the volunteers that made this event such a fun, memorable, and competitive regatta.

Next up for the New South Wales RS Aeros is the next leg of the NSW Travellers Series hosted by Balmoral SC in Sydney Harbour on Saturday 5th December. Australian RS Aero events list available here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
RS Aero 7
13095Gary RatcliffeGeorges River SC1112126
23051Rob BrewerRoyal Prince Alfred YC32519112
32693Justin BakkerBalmoral SC53342416
43054James MaslinGeorges River SC64433317
53094Mark ConryLargs Bay SC SA25255519
62496Andrew RobertsonBalmoral SC77666631
73052Malcolm PhillipBalmoral SC109894939
82042Michael SaveryBalmoral SC88788839
91286Barry HigginsGeorges River SC9101077740
102Robert CondonBalmoral SC1312910101152
113066Nick Collis‑GeorgeBalmoral SC46DNSDNCDNCDNC54
1230Robyn RatcliffeGeorges River SC11111111121256
132916William HooperBalmoral SC12131212111057
143100Kylie SymondsGeorges River SCDNSDNCDNC13131369
RS Aero 9
1188Mark HooperGeorges River SC1141115
21196Glenn AttrillAvalon SC2DNF132513
32490Simon ReffoldRoyal Prince Alfred YC32DNF25214
43086Richard ShawBalmoral SCDNSDNS243318
51386Cameron ShawGeorges River SC43354418

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