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RS Aero open meeting at Lymington Town Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 15 May 2023 11:34 BST 13 May 2023
RS Aeros at Lymington Town © LTSC

31 RS Aeros turned out to the Lymington Open to enjoy the western Solent at its best. Blue skies and a medium breeze were complimented by an upwind tide which turboed the breeze and provided a nice free ride back upwind.

Judging the priority between start line bias, tide and shifts with the cross-offshore NNE breeze was critical. Picking the tide assisted starboard lay line well was an opportunity to gain good distance. Then the technique challenge on the long downwind into the tide with small waves to catch and weave through. Dreamy!

3 races were scheduled with no discard, to avoid wasting a third of such a pleasant day's racing with a thow-out. Having all three races counting kept the results sheet fully live right up to the end of the final race. RS Aeros are reliable and un-complicated enough to not need a discard for breakdowns and if sailors have racing incidents they have the option to exonerate or return to start.

The largest fleet was the RS Aero 7s where Craig Williamson (Staunton Harold SC) won the first two races. However, with Stuart Hudson (Royal Lymington YC) winning the last race after two 2nds Craig then needed a top three to take the win. Craig made a come back to 2nd in the last race for the overall win from Stuart in 2nd and Chris Carden (Lymington Town SC) in 3rd.

Eight RS Aero 9s enjoyed the gusts which were just enough to promote planing when turning on the waves down the run. Rory Cohen (South Cerney SC) took 3rd with 3,3,4, with Richard Watsham (Starcross YC) taking 2nd on tie break with 2,2,6. With just a little more speed and consistency Peter Barton (Lymington Town SC) took 1st with a straight 1,1,1.

Consistency upset the RS Aero 6 rankings with both some course confusion and OCSs not returning to start. It was Richard Mayo (Lymington Town SC) with three top 3 results of 1,3,2 that secured the win from Graham Tribbeck (Lee on Solent) in 2nd with 3,4,1 and Chloe George (Lymington Town SC) 3rd. First place in the RS Aero 5s went to James McStay (Royal Lymington YC).

Thanks to all the volunteers at Lymington Town SC who made the great day's racing possible and to Rooster and Recycled Sail Bags for the awards at the prize-giving.

Next up for the UK RS Aeros is POSH at Paignton 20/21st May followed by the RS Aero 6 & 7 Nationals at Weymouth & Portland NSA on 27-29th May.

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Aero 9 Results:

1st4396Peter BartonLymington Town SC 1113
2nd3023Richard WatshamStarcross YC / RNSA 22610
3rd3130Rory CohenSouth Cerney SC 33410
4th3397Matt PerkinsLymington Town SC 56213
5th2001Simon GeymanLymington Town SC 64313
6th1603Rob AhlheidFrensham Pond SC 45514
7th4089Steven BroomfieldLymington Town SC 77721
8th3502Mark LambdinBradford On Avon SCM88824

Aero 7 Results:

1st2719Craig WilliamsonStaunton Harold SC 1124
2nd2318Stuart HudsonRoyal Lymington YCM2215
3rd1782Chris CardenLymington Town SC 33713
4th2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SC 104317
5th3199Chris JenkinsBowmoor SC 58619
6th3688Paul GardnerStokes Bay SC 611522
7th2619Simon ToppingPoole YC 851023
8th3170Nigel Dakinnone OCS6426
9th3811Andrew WilkinsSouth Caernarvonshire YCM99826
10th2724Alex CherryLymington Town SC 771428
11th1570Robert HoldwayPoole YCM11131236
12th4351Andrew KilburnLymington Town SC 4RETDNC37
13th2665Paul McStayLymington Town SC OCS12937
14th3744Graham CooperBradford On Avon SCMOCS101137
15th2505Neil WharmbyLymTown/RoyalLym/ SalternsM12141339
16th2541Neville HerbertLymington Town SC DNCDNCDNC51

Aero 6 Results:

1st3815Richard MayoLymington Town SC 1326
2nd3661Graham TribbeckLee‑On‑Solent SC 3418
3rd3870Chloe GeorgeLymington Town SCF216OCS9
4th3674Joe JonesBurghfield SCY526OCS13
5th1455David StocktonWimbleball SCM456OCS15

Aero 5 Results:

1st1705James McStayRoyal Lymington YCY1113
2nd1793Emily McStayRoyal Lymington YCY F3RET3DNC3DNC9

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