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RS Aero Open at Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 22 Jun 16:47 BST 17-18 June 2023

Twenty RS Aeros ventured to the seaside to enjoy two days of close fought racing from Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club. With the wind set to be predominantly light to medium, the fleet gravitated towards a good sized 17 boat RS Aero 7 fleet, with 3 RS Aero 9s off the same start line to help set the pace.

10-12kn South Easterly over the course provided a great match with the front of the RS Aero 7 fleet with a range of competitive sailor weights from mid-60s kg to 80 kg The heavier sailors generally edged forwards upwind and the lighter sailors were able to come back at them again downwind. At the end of Day 1 Chloe George (Lymington) had a 1 point lead over Peter Barton (Lymington) who in turn had a 1 point lead over Jack Lewis. Rory Cohen (South Cerney) led the RS Aero 9s and was well challenged to keep ahead of the lead 7s.

Day 2 saw a good variety in the breeze. Initially there was another well matched 10-12kn race. Then for Race 5 a nice 15kn came in and sailors got to stretch their legs and enjoy some fast planing reaches - and the Race Officer generously gave us a 3rd lap to have an hour long race to enjoy it!!!

By Race 6 the wind had swung south and the RO quickly set a new course. The new set of conditions with a challenging wave chop and cross current tested competitors. Jack needed a 1st and Peter needed a 1st or 2nd to win. However, with Graham Tribbeck (Lee-on-Solent) coming in hot from the left on the run to take the race win it was Chloe George, already enjoying her afternoon tea and cake ashore, who took the RS Aero 7 event win overall! The RS Aero 7s saw 4 race winners from the 6 races. Rory Cohen won the RS Aero 9s.

Thanks to Lee-on-Solent SC for being excellent hosts and for their generous portions of cake. Thanks to Rooster for supporting the prizes.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
RS Aero 7
1st3870Chole GEORGELymington Town SC13122(DNC)9
2nd4396Peter BARTONLymington Town SC21‑331310
3rd4398Jack LEWIS ‑42214211
4th2890Andrew RAWSONWeston SC34443‑518
5th3661Graham TRIBBECKLee‑on‑Solent SC‑128658128
6th4314Richard BENTLEYFelpham SC5‑9869432
7th2811Tim BLACKMOREChichester YC115775(DNC)35
8th3170Nigel DAKIN 8610‑116636
9th3148Callum ALDOUSLee‑on‑Solent SC97‑1187738
10th2677Jeff JACKSONLee‑on‑Solent SC712‑141311952
11th3665Paul OAKEYPorcherster SC101091013(DNC)52
12th3046Steve JACKSONLee‑on‑Solent SC6(RET)59DNCDNC56
13th4309Mark ALDOUSFelpham SC‑15111314101159
14th3328Klaus HARRISSwanage SC14(DNF)1212141062
15th2171Paul CHANDLERLee‑on‑Solent SC1613‑171512864
16th2293Caroline MARTINLee‑on‑Solent SC131415(DNC)DNCDNC78
17th2740Claire DARCHLee‑on‑Solent SC171516(DNC)DNCDNC84
RS Aero 9
1st3130Rory COHENSouth Cerney SC‑1111115
2nd1904Benjamin CLARKLee‑on‑Solent SC22322(DNC)11
3rd3811Andy WILKINSSouth Caerarvoshire YC3323(DNC)4DNC15
RS Aero 5
1st2293Caroline MARTINLee‑on‑Solent SC(DNC)2DNC2DNC12DNC2DNC7

Next up for the is the RS Aero UK Southern Championship just along the coast at Warsash on 1/2 July as the UK fleet ramp up in preparation for the RS Aero World Championship in Sardinia in July and RS Aero 5 & 7 UK Nationals in Tenby in August.

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