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RS Aero Australian Championships at the Black Rock Yacht Club Go for Gold Regatta

by RS Aero Australian Class Association 2 Dec 2019 12:36 PST 30 November - 1 December 2019

This past weekend the RS Aero Nationals were conducted at Black Rock as a warm up regatta for the Worlds. The 35 RS Aeros that entered were given a classic taste of conditions at Black Rock that saw our new National Champions emerge from a variety of testing sailing conditions.

Congratulations to Simon Reffold from Balmoral SC who took out the RS Aero 9 title, Rhett Gowans and Sophie Jackson, both from Mornington Yacht Club, took out the RS Aero 7 and RS Aero 5 titles respectively.

Rhett Gowans won the RS Aero 7 title for the second time and summed up the weekend; "If you ordered a Pre-Worlds regatta that offered up all types of conditions: light air, medium breeze, gusty Northerly and waves then it certainly delivered.

On Saturday it was great to race in a mixture of conditions as the dying breeze quickly turned into a steady South Westerly, giving everyone the opportunity to make big gains and losses on a snakes and ladders type of day. Glistening sunshine and 10 knots proved to be the perfect combo as all sailors enjoyed a perfect Melbourne Summers day. It was great to see a number of old and new faces in the fleet, most will take to the water again in less than a months time for the Worlds.

Sunday proved how ruthless nature can be as only one race was sailed in a testing 20-25 knot breeze, with sustained gusts of 30+ knots. Big waves meant surfing... and lots of it. That's if you could keep your boat upright as just one boat in the fleet remained upright throughout the race. It emphasised how rapidly Melbourne weather systems can roll through.

It was great to see the high level of care and companionship shown both during and after the race from competitors, race officials and volunteeers as the tired sailors came ashore.

Cobwebs were well and truly blown off as the buzz and excitement grows for the 2019 RS Aero Worlds in just under four weeks time. We can't wait!"

Next Up for the Aussie Aeros as the heat builds in the run up to the World Champs over New Year is the George Mac Regatta at Royal Brighton, VIC, 7/8th Dec and Sail Sydney which is the NSW State Champs over 14/15th Dec.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoatNameHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
RS Aero 5
12675Sophie JacksonMornington YC1[3]1114
22825JackpotChris BrainSugarloaf SC222[3]28
33006Carrie on SailingMegan RidgwaySandringham YC[4]134311
42694White MustangLachie HartnettBlack Rock YC3[5]52414
52781Dont have oneTabitha StevensonLargs Bay SC6447[11F]21
63091Sul SeaIngrid VinotHampton SC5665[11F]22
78Jack ReacherJack WilsonRoyal Melbourne YC10776[11F]30
82048Love in the First DegreeAaron FlavellBlack Rock YC7988[11F]32
92501GigiFiona EkinsBlack Rock YC98910[11F]36
102914MuesliChristian HerrBlack Rock YC8[11C]11C911F39
RS Aero 7
12827Rhett's RigRhett GowansMornington Yacht Clu1111[3]4
23096SwooshMichael ParksRoyal Geelong YC2332[21C]10
32822TBCPeter EllisSugarloaf SC3289[13F]22
41189KelpieRon FergussonAlbert SC10544[13F]23
52695AerotyneDavid KentishBlack Rock YC7477[21C]25
63095RATirementGary RatcliffeGeorges River SC[14]6128127
73007Racer XSimon WilkinsMordialloc/RestronguetSC11853[13F]27
82495FaceyStuart FaceyMount Martha YC9995[13F]32
92818YouPeter MilneBlack Rock YC[13]76613F32
102913RosieDaen DorazioBlack Rock YC81120F[21C]241
112497AernoughtTim DeenMount Martha YC612[13]1113F42
122730SuizenDavid ParryMount Martha YC5101414[21C]43
132779BobTim BardonSafety Beach SC12131110[21C]46
142937SlickBrian CaseRoyal Geelong YC4[21C]221C21C48
152819Ship LookoutJason WilsonRoyal Melbourne YC[16]161615451
161074None the WiserBrendan ChaplinBlack Rock YC[15]14151313F55
172824NIXNik WallisBlack Rock YC18171012[21C]57
181697ShiJiFred DavisMount Martha YC[19]15171613F61
192826ScootDavid DroverBlack Rock YC17181817[21C]70
2017044DJohn FordyceBlack Rock YC[21C]21C21C21C21C84
RS Aero 9
11188Camp FreddySimon ReffoldBalmoral SC1111[3F]4
22049RetrenchedDavid AndrewMount Martha YC[4]2423F11
31194TijuanaTaxiAndrew GilesLake Cullulleraine YC2424[5C]12
41196Crosseyed & PainlessGlenn AttrillAvalon SC3333[5C]12

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