Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad 728x90px_Superyacht

RS Aero Sustainability Open at Broadwater Sailing Club

by Andrew Cooney 2 Apr 13:29 PDT 30 March 2019
RS Aero Sustainability Open at Broadwater Sailing Club © Broadwater Sailing Club

Glorious sunshine but barely a breath of wind greeted the RS Aero sailors at Broadwater for their fourth annual open meeting, in conjunction with the The Green Blue and our focus on the RS Aero Sustainability Charter.

Coffee, chatting, tweaking RS Aeros and some seriously impressive drone flying (by Fernando Gamboa from Portugal) pleasantly passed the time as competitors surveyed a glassy looking lake. However, after taking an early lunch, a light breeze appeared and twelve RS Aeros, evenly split into RS Aero 7s and RS Aero 9s, started the first of three quick-fire half hour pursuit races.

In Race 1 the 7s only managed to get a short distance away when the 9s were sent off a minute later to hunt them down. Home boats, Peter Joseph and Andrew Wishart, were the early leaders on a course which took the fleet right round the lake. However, they couldn't hold off the 9s for long and Andy Cooney, Dave Cherrill and Tim Hire finally took the top spots at the 26 minute finishing hooter.

The wind for Race 2 was much kinder to the 7s and Joseph took best advantage by stretching out a good lead after a fast start. Abby Hire was hard on his heels for some time (definitely enjoying being ahead of brother Tim) whilst the leading 9, Gareth Griffiths, was also benefitting from a fast start. However, the long beat from mark 4 in one corner to mark 1 in another, saw a few changes with Cooney overhauling Griffiths, and Wishart sneaking through Abby. Joseph hung on doggedly to win the race after a tense finish, as the fleet came together on the final run with Cooney just holding off Griffiths for second.

Race 3 was again a bit light for the 7s start and once everyone had rounded the first mark the fleet had all come together. Leading RS Aero 9, Griffiths, entertained the troops with an over enthusiastic roll gybe and a subsequent swim. Then, as the fickle wind deserted many on a long run down the lake, a few luckier boats got a breeze from the righthand side of the course and came round onto the short reach with a small lead.

Cooney, Wishart and Fernando were the beneficiaries of the phantom breeze and so they led down the final beat. Then the other RS Aero 9s started to revel in the steadier wind and gradually reeled in Wishart (who was enjoying his debut in a borrowed 7). Cooney hung on to the lead for another win and overall victory, after carefully covering Fernando, who had certainly started to get the measure of the conditions. Meanwhile, the in-form Youth, Tim Hire, worked his way through to 3rd, although was perhaps a little off his normal blistering pace due to the light airs and the distraction of GCSE revision which he was admirably doing in the windless morning.

The Broadwater Sailing Club RS Aero Open trophy was awarded to a delighted Peter Joseph in second place overall, the highest placed sailor who has not already won it.

Embracing the RS Aero Sustainability Charter to reduce the impact of our sport RS Aeros were encouraged to share travel where possible. As always, a good hosing of boats, trolleys and wheels limits the chances of spread of invasive species between our inland waters. The three RS Aero Sustainability Trophies will be re-awarded at an event later this year where a full schedule and another refocus on the Charter can be applied.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubRigR1R2R3Pts
11747Andrew CooneyBroadwater SCRS Aero 91213
21063Peter JosephBroadwater SCRS Aero 751106
32114Fernando GamboaLee on Solent SCRS Aero 941026
41739David CherrillBroadwater SCRS Aero 92646
51566Tim HireRoyal Lymington YCRS Aero 93736
62148Gareth GriffithsIsland Barn RSCRS Aero 98358
71750Andrew WishartBroadwater SCRS Aero 764710
82439Abby HireRoyal Lymington YCRS Aero 795813
92204Alan MarkhamUpper Thames SCRS Aero 978614
102070Caroline WebbRickmansworth SCRS Aero 7109918
112002Tim AldenBroadwater SCRS Aero 712111122
122518Nick IrelandStokes Bay SCRS Aero 711DNFDNS23

Next up for the RS Aeros in the UK is the final of this winter's Youth Team training this weekend at Poole. The 2019 Northern circuit kicks off on the 13th at Covenham followed on the 20/21st at Ullswater in beautiful Lakeland. The month ends with a big one on the 27th, the UK Spring Championship at Island Barn, Surrey.

Check out all UK RS Aero events on the UK Events List

Related Articles

RS Aero European Championship day 3
Starting with a blast of 30 knots descending from the mountains on Lake Garda Day 3 started with a blast of 30 knots descending from the mountains producing large waves at the 08:30 start time. Racing was postponed in the hope of an ease in the conditions. Posted on 22 Aug
RS Aero European Championship day 2
A slightly lighter wind day for racing on Lake Garda Day 2 provided a slightly lighter day for racing at the 2019 RS Aero European Championship with the afternoon's Ora arriving late and a little softer than the previous day. Posted on 21 Aug
RS Aero European Championship day 1
Garda turned it on for some splendid racing in paradise The racing has started at the 2019 RS Aero European Championship! On Sunday morning a coaching session ashore provided a great opportunity for those new to RS Aero racing and those sailors who are more isolated to develop their RS Aero skills. Posted on 20 Aug
RS Aero Europeans at FV Malcesine, Italy preview
Heading for one of Europe's prime meccas of sailing The RS Aero Europeans Champs kicks off this weekend at FV Malcesine, Italy, one of Europe's prime meccas of sail sports on the wonderful Italian Lakes. Posted on 13 Aug
Swedish RS Aero Open Class Championships
Held at Ljungskile, a beautifiul nature area one hour north of Gothenburg The RS Aero Swedish Open Class Championships was held at Ljungskile, Sweden, a beautifiul nature area one hour north of Gothenburg on 5/6th August alongside the RS Tera World Championship. Posted on 8 Aug
RS Aero UK Nationals at East Lothian overall
A Scottish heat wave with a full mix of wind and sea states Wow what a week! A Scottish heat wave, a full mix of wind and sea states, a beautiful seaside beach location, a friendly club, Scottish hospitality and intense RS Aero racing taken to all the way to the wire in all three fleets! Posted on 31 Jul
RS Aero UK Nationals at East Lothian day 2
Winds up to 20kn and big waves for surfing downwind Winds up to 20kn and big waves for surfing downwind on the outer loop provided an exciting opening day to the RS Aero UK Nationals. Posted on 26 Jul
RS Aero Challenge Cup
'All Aeros' contest is a warm-up for the Championships tomorrow The warm up day to the RS Aero UK Nationals is the RS Aero Challenge Cup 'All Aeros' contest with the whole fleet starting together on a PY basis. Posted on 25 Jul
Lago Maggiore International RS Aero Regatta
Enjoying the scenery, weather and fine cuisine found on the Italian lakes The second year of the hosting of the Lago Maggiore International RS Aero Regatta by Unione Velica Maccagno saw a nice increase in numbers to nearly 30 RS Aeros representing a total of ten nations. Posted on 25 Jul
RS Aero UK Youth Championships at Rutland
50 young sailors enjoy 'Big Saturday' and a quiter Sunday 50 young RS Aero sailors came to Rutland for the UK Youth Champs. The RS Aero 5 fleet was the second biggest ever with 40 after last year's Worlds. The smaller RS Aero 7 fleet was equally stacked with talent. Posted on 24 Jul
SOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 BottomMelges IC37 2019 FooterGul 2019 CODEZERO EVO Footer