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RS Aero Victorian State Championships 2019 at Mount Martha Yacht Club

by David Andrew 25 Mar 2019 08:41 PDT 9-11 March 2019

The RS Aero Victorian State Championships 2019 were held at Mount Martha Yacht Club over March 9-11th. The series had a total of twenty-five entries with 20 sailors from Victoria, four from NSW and one from SA competing in the RS Aero 5, 7 and 9 rigs.

The fleet contained a broad range of age and experience with Tabitha Stevenson and Michelle de Blaquiere and Tim Bardon bringing their experience from other classes and jumping into the RS Aero for the first time.

Seven of the 10 programmed races were sailed in light, moderate and heavy conditions. The first day started with a slight breeze and a smoke covered Port Phillip Bay. Everyone was keen to get out and get the sailing under way. By the time they reached the starting area the wind began to fade, and the race committee made the wise decision to send us back to shore to wait for the smoke to lift and the breeze to fill in.

The afternoon brought champagne conditions with two races sailed in 8-12 knot south westerly breeze. Michelle de Blaquiere and Lachlan Hartnett traded first and second places in the RS Aero 5s. Rhett Gowans and Michael O'Brien signalled their clear intention with two firsts in the RS Aero 7s and RS Aero 9s respectively.

Day 2 started where day one left off and built to a solid 18-22 knot south-westerly and 3 races completed. (EDITOR's note: I think it was much windier than that!). With triangular courses set, there were spectacular reaches and plenty of surfing. Lachie and Michelle continued to trade places in the RS Aero 5s; Rhett notched up another bullet in the RS Aero 7s. In the RS Aero 9s Simon Reffold had two great races to get home ahead of Michael O'Brien, with Michael taking the last race.

The last day was light and lumpy with left over sea from the night before, about 8-12 knots of breeze and a mix of overcast sky, heavy rain and bright sunshine. The RS Aero 5 fleet mixed things up with Tabitha Stevenson winning a race. Rhett reclaimed his place at the front of the RS Aero 7s and Michael gave the RS Aero 9s a master class taking out both races.

Mount Martha YC, a volunteer only club, put on an excellent regatta, with Simon Reffold saying, "I attend regattas all over the world, every year - and... this one was a little bit special."

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Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
RS Aero 5
12694White MustangL Hartnett21121[4]18
22681LovettM de Blaquiere12212[3]210
32045Little WhippetV Stefani[4]33332317
42729tbaT Stevenson34[6F]6C6C1424
51682Yes!B Or55[6F]6C6C5532
RS Aero 7
11393JackC Brain222[5]12211
21284B2N Collis‑George[7]33125317
31200Rhett's RigR Gowans111[16F]16C1121
42730SuizenD Parry565[8]53731
52042AxeM Savery8[11]6267635
62495 S Facey1088336[11]38
72497AernoughtT Deen[11]1044481040
82676 G Burkhalter9576[16F]9440
92680 F Scrivens69107[16F]4844
102587The GrombleA Howard349[16C]16C16C16C64
112695AerotyneD Kentish413[16C]16C16C10968
122498ThaeroputicR Debenham147[16F]16F16C16O574
132779BobT Bardon1212[16F]16C16C111279
141074None the WiserB Chaplin1314[16F]16C16C121384
152501GigiF Ekins15[16O]16F16C16C16C16C95
RS Aero 9
12500Feats of StengthM O'Brien11[2]21117
21188Camp FreddyS Reffold3211[7F]3212
31196CrossEyed&PainlessG Attrill5533[7F]2422
42049RetrenchedD Andrew234[7F]7C4323
51194Tijuana TaxiA Giles44542[7C]7C26
71195IcepickL Mairs[7C]7C7C7C7C7C7C42

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