Please select your home edition
Edition
Selden 2020 - LEADERBOARD

RS Aero UK National Championships and International Open at East Lothian YC - Preview

by RS Aero UK Class Association 22 Jul 2019 21:03 PDT 24-28 July 2019
RS Aero UK National Championships & International Open 2019 © East Lothian Yacht Club

Over eighty RS Aeros are now registered for this week's RS Aero UK National Championships & International Open. This is the Class' 5th Nationals and the first visit of the Champs to Scotland. With so many making the trip north to join the Scottish fleet a big week of good racing and sociable fun ashore is in stock.

The early arrivals are already unloaded on the green during an afternoon of clear blue skies, incredibly warm temperatures and a lovely fresh breeze. "It's aye lake thes haur", stated the locals confidently.

The RS Aero 5s are straight off the back of their whopping 40 boat fleet at the UK Youth Champs, with a fleet of 20 in Scotland this week. Jonathan Bailey heads the rankings with a trio of victories already this season in the Spring, Southern and UK Youth Champs. Will Caiger scored some top results at the Youth Champs and is fired up to make a result stick in Scotland. The Young Brits will be pushed hard by Liina Kolk from Estonia, runner up at last year's 60 boat RS Aero 5 Worlds. Sammy I-J remains a consistent performer near the front whilst Class newcomers, David Peaty and Lou Boorman, are ones to watch as they quickly learn the finesse of the RS Aero.

The RS Aero 7s are the largest fleet with nearly 50 boats. Top seeds include Craig Williamson 4th at last year's Worlds and speedy Tim Hire who comes fresh from his win in the UK Youth Champs over the weekend. Noah Rees claimed a dominant win at the 2018 Inland champs, whilst the other top Youths Ned Stattersfield and Roscoe Martin are likely contenders if the wind goes light, with Roscoe looking to go one up on his 2nd place from last year. Peter Barton was 2nd in the 2015 champs and returns this year to the RS Aero 7.

The RS Aero 9s sees a clash of the titans with the 2017 Worlds medallists Liam Willis and Greg Bartlett going head to head for the big boys title. Our UK Youth Co-ordinator Ben Rolfe, will make sure they don't have it all their own way, as will Ben Charnley who is a past race winner.

International visitors represent Germany, Estonia and Holland aided by the large charter fleet supplied in support by RS Sailing. Eleven family teams of partners, parents and siblings will chase the Family Team prize. So far seven Clubs qualify with at least 3 sailors for the Club challenge with large teams from the host club of East Lothian YC, Lymington Town SC and Yorkshire Dales SC all looking strong.

Pre-event coaching is set on the green at 11:00 Wednesday to help bring those sailors who are new to the fleet or more isolated up to speed. The RS Aero Challenge Cup follows in the afternoon - an all RS Aeros PY race to warm up for the championship series proper.

The Championship series runs Thursday-Sunday with 10 races scheduled to decide our new UK Champions. National Judge David Battye will be out on the water keeping a close eye on any misdemeanours to encourage fair racing and to assist in helping educating the fleet with his briefings and debriefs where possible.

Thank you to Rooster, Harken, NB Gin, Edinburgh Orthodontics and Airshed for their event support.

Keep up to date on the daily championship results via the at club website.

Related Articles

Inaugural RS Aero Ladies Championship at Bowmoor
"Point your boat at the dark blue bits" How to deliver the first ever RS Aero Ladies Training Day and RS Aero Ladies Championship in a few easy steps... Firstly, you will need the world's friendliest lakeside sailing club, some sleeping pods and a well-stocked bar. Posted on 23 Sep
RS Aero Irish Open Nationals at Dun Laoghaire
Hammy Baker of Strangford Lough wins inaugural event Hammy Baker of Strangford Lough has won the RS Aero Irish National Championships on a very impressive score of three first places with a discard of a sixth. Posted on 22 Sep
RS Aero Dutch Open and Championships
22 helms from The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and the UK take part 22 RS Aeros from The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and the UK competed in the RS Aero Dutch Open Championship at Bruinisse an all opted to sail the RS Aero 7 rig together for 8 hard fought races in light breezes and nice sunshine. Posted on 22 Sep
RS Aeros at the Massapoag YC 72nd Annual Regatta
Ten RS Aero sailors from every state in New England except Vermont Ten RS Aero sailors from every state in New England except Vermont descended on Lake Massapoag in Massachusetts on the weekend of Sep 11/12 for another dose of what the Massapoag YC Annual Regatta is famous for. Posted on 16 Sep
Lerum RS Aero Open, Sweden
19 RS Aeros raced alongside the RS Teras at Lerums Segelsallskap 19 RS Aeros raced alongside the RS Teras at Lerums Segelsallskap this weekend at Lake Aspen near Gothenburg. In fresh winds and occasional rain five races were carried out with closing food and awards. Posted on 16 Sep
Totally Dinghy Regatta at Richmond YC
An excellent weekend of racing for the RS Aeros An excellent weekend of racing at Richmond Yacht Club with eleven RS Aeros and breeze from 0 to 15kn providing tight racing. This is the largest fleet of RS Aeros on San Francisco Bay so far! Posted on 15 Sep
RS Aero Italian National Championship
Maria Vittoria Arseni and Filippo Vincis are the new Italian Champions Maria Vittoria Arseni and Filippo Vincis are the new Italian Champions of the RS Aero class, respectively in the RS Aero 5 and RS Aero 7 categories in the conclusion of the three day Championship at the Tognazzi Marine Village, off the coast of Rome. Posted on 15 Sep
RS Aero UK Easterns at Brightlingsea
Eight RS Aeros race in warm and sunny conditions The RS Aero Eastern Championships took place on the weekend of the 4/5th of September at a sunny and warm Brightlingsea Sailing Club. Eight RS Aeros entered for the event with three in the RS Aero 7 fleet and five in the RS Aero 5 fleet. Posted on 9 Sep
RS Aeros at Felpham
18 RS Aeros and 16 RS Teras turned up on a sunny morning 18 RS Aeros and 16 RS Teras turned up on a sunny morning at Felpham looking forward to some classic Felpham sea breeze wave sailing. Posted on 8 Sep
RS Aeros at Leigh & Lowton
Nine helms for Northern Tour event After a slow take up following the Class' large UK Nationals, 9 RS Aeros took part in the Leigh and Lowton RS Aero Open, part of the RS Aero Northern Tour 2021 that should have been but for Covid, on Saturday 4th September, alongside Streakers and Solos Posted on 7 Sep
Sea Sure 2020 - FOOTERSelden 2020 - FOOTERZhik 2021 Season 2 FOOTER