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RS Aeros Northern Tour at Notts County Sailing Club

by Ian Masson and Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith 2 Oct 2023 12:40 BST 30 September 2023

Fourteen RS Aeros, arrived at Notts County Sailing Club including visitors from three other clubs and four club female sailors were entered. The prizes were sponsored by Silverhook and Rooster.

Competitors were greeted by mild conditions and the forecast light WSW wind, with the promise of more in the afternoon. The club organises a single handed open for 3 classes, Aero, RS600 and Solo.

The 3-race event got off to a prompt start following a briefing by the Race Officer, Ross Ryan and saw local U19 sailor Hayden Moore (Notts County) take the win with Joe Scurrah (Carsington) second and Craig Williamson (Staunton Harold) third.

Following lunch and more wind forecast the format for the afternoon was two back-to-back races and as promised a little more wind came in from a slightly more southerly direction. The increase in wind saw close racing at the front of the field with the day's second race going to Joe Scurrah with Craig Williamson second and Paul Williamson (Staunton Harold) third. Very tight racing occurred across all the fleet with all on a 7 rig except a new junior (Cillian Dyne, Notts County) on a 5.

For the final race, dark clouds appeared and rain which brought more gusts and the windward mark and course changed to reflect the changing wind directions. A reasonable breeze followed allowing the front runners to break away as the rain appeared and for a while providing some wind which unfortunately petered out for those further down the course to absolutely nothing, some getting towed home after finishing. Joe Scurrah again led the field home with close racing seeing Rebecca Ogden (Notts County) second and Hayden Moore third.

Overall, it was a great day of combining the open, with 18 RS600's and a small fleet of Solo's. The mixture of three fleets was no concern to the experienced RO and all competitors agreed it was a perfect combination with good banter and racing had by all, providing local sailors to test out their skills in a very competitive fleet.

Prizes were awarded for 1st youth Gwyneth Lanyon (Notts County), 1st Lady Rebecca Ogden (Notts County) and 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall.

More photos at www.ncsc.org.uk/single-handed-open-23

Notts County looks forward to hosting the event, as part of the Rooster sponsored RS AERO Northern circuit in 2024 (date to be agreed).

Overall Results:

PosHelmClassSail NoClubUnder 19PYR1R2R3Pts
1stJoe ScurrahRS Aero 74307Carsington Water SC 1063‑2112
2ndHayden MooreRS Aero 71156Notts County Sailing ClubUnder 1910631‑534
3rdCraig WilliamsonRS Aero 72719Staunton Harold SC 106332‑45
4thPaul WilliamsonRS Aero 73439Staunton Harold SC 106343‑57
5thRebecca OgdenRS Aero 74373Notts County Sailing Club 1063‑7628
6thNigel DaviesRS Aero 73201Draycoe Water SC 106354‑79
7thGwyneth LanyonRS Aero 71717Notts County Sailing ClubUnder 1910636‑7612
8thIan MassonRS Aero 73496Notts County Sailing Club 1063‑88816
9thMartin HewittRS Aero 72184Notts County Sailing Club 1063‑139918
10thAlison GoodallRS Aero 72981Notts County Sailing Club 1063‑11101020
11thPaul HemingwayRS Aero 73031Carsington Water SC 10639‑121221
12thCillian DyneRS Aero 50Notts County Sailing ClubUnder 191136‑12111122
13thKathryn Hinsliff‑SmithRS Aero 71214Notts County Sailing Club 10631014(DNF)24
14thAndy WilkinsRS Aero 73811South Caernarvonshire YC 1063(DNC)13RET28
15thKevin SpencerRS Aero 72346Notts County Sailing Club 1063(DNC)DNCDNC32

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