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RS Aero Open at Lymington Town Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 16 May 15:11 BST 14 May 2022

41 RS Aeros enjoyed a sunny early summer's day on the western Solent at Lymington with 25 visitors joining 16 local competitors.

The light south westerly breeze was boosted by the ebb tide against it, providing extra pressure and with it challenging start lines and long runs into the tide. Three races were set and all were to count so competitors needed to race hard to the end and carefully manage their risks and opportunities!

In the RS Aero 5s after two races David Ellis (Lymington Town) and Chloe George (Lymington Town) were tied with a 1,2 each and went into a final race showdown with Tom Ahlheid (Frensham Pond) just three points adrift. David did just enough with a 3rd to take the event win, Tom took the final race win to leapfrog up to 2nd overall with Chloe in 5th to take 3rd overall.

The RS Aero 7s saw the largest fleet with 22 entries and plenty of tight racing and opportunity as the fleet repeatedly compressed and extended with the tide. Chris Hatton (Lymington Town) showed great speed with two race wins, however a dropped mainsheet and swim in race two gave him a 10th which kept him down to 3rd overall. A steady 7,1,3 brought Andrew Frost (Sutton Bingham) through to 2nd overall. With no discard consistency was key and Jack Miller (Felpham) scored an impressive 2,2,2 to win the day.

The RS Aero 9s saw several late entries with sailors opting for the benefit of the extra power in the light breeze. They were joined by the new fledgling RS Aero 6 fleet to raceon a corrected time PY basis. Sam Mettam (Papercourt) was first RS Aero 6 from Graham Tribbeck (Lee-On-Solent) to take the overall fleet win. Nev Herbert (Lymington Town) was first RS Aero 9 from James Rusden (Highcliffe) in 2nd and Simon Geyman (Lymington Town) in 3rd.

Many thanks to all the volunteers at Lymington Town SC for a great day's racing and to Rooster and Selden for supporting the prizes.

At the end of the month the RS Aero UK Nationals take place at Paignton from 28-31st May and with 92 entries it is set to be a fantastic championship. For those who would like a warm up day on the English Riviera a coaching day is planned at Paignton SC this Saturday 21st May.

RS Aero UK Events List

Overall Results:

RS Aero 5

PosSail NoNameClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1209David EllisLymington Town SC1236
2nd2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SC3317
3rd3870Chloe GeorgeLymington Town SC2158
4th1566Abby HireLymington Town SC56415
5th1070Tristan AhlheidFrensham Pond SC87217
6th2966David PeatyDraycote Water SC441018
7th1927Jack HardieFrensham Pond SC69621
8th3330Iona WillowsLymington Town SC105722
9th2462Alessandra TydemanLymington Town SC98825
10th2620Emma McEwenRoyal Lymington YC710926
11th3700Beth MilledgeLymington Town SC1111DNS34

RS Aero 7

PosSail NoNameClubR1R2R3Pts
1st3926Jack MillerFelpham SC2226
2nd1312Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC71311
3rd3850Chris HattonLymington Town SC110112
4th3597Peter BartonLymington Town SC33814
5th3000Steve NorburyWarsash SC69419
6th2936William HomewoodLymington Town SC561021
7th3669Chris RustPortsmouth SC97622
8th4185John DerbyshireEmsworth SC105924
9th3391Rupert StockRoyal Lymington YC1114530
10th3873Noah ReesTorpoint Mosquito SC44DNS31
11th2890Andrew RawsonWeston SC1281131
12th1551Euan EtheridgeLymington Town SC15121239
13th2619Simon ToppingPoole YC14111540
14th3170Nigel DakinSeafarers SC2016743
15th2572Andy HillWarsash SC17151345
16th2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SC1313RET49
17th1603Rob AhlheidFrensham Pond SC18181450
18th4000Andy KilburnLymington Town SC8RETDNC54
19th2955Mark HawkinsHighcliffe SC19191654
20th1095Tony JukesChelmarsh SC1617DNS56
21st3811Andy WilkinsSouth Caernarvonshire YCDNF201760
22nd1570Robert HoldwayPoole YCDNFRETDNC69

RS Aero 9 and RS Aero 6

PosSail NoNameClubRigPYR1R2R3Pts
1st3437Sam MettamPapercourt SCRS Aero 611002114
2nd2368Nev HerbertLymington Town SCRS Aero 910141258
3rd3661Graham TribbeckLee-On-Solent SCRS Aero 611003339
4th2836James RusdenHighcliffe SCRS Aero 9101444210
5th2001Simon GeymanLymington Town SCRS Aero 9101455414
6th3397Matt PerkinsLymington Town SCRS Aero 9101466618
7th3328Klaus HarrisSwanage SCRS Aero 9101477721
8th3502Mark LambdinBradford Upon Avon SCRS Aero 9101488824

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