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The Bowmoor Bubble RS Aero at Bowmoor Sailing Club

by RS Aero Class Association 4 Dec 2019 03:20 PST 30 November 2019

A crisp winter's morning greeted 37 RS Aero sailors at this year's Bowmoor Bubble. By race time the morning fog had dispersed leaving a sunny day with a fresh medium breeze. This was enough to hike hard but without getting too splashed - perfect for a chilly day!

A full schedule of four races split by a nice lunch break provided excellent late season racing and intense competition from the super on form Bowmoor fleet with the home club well represented. The Bubble also counted as the final event of this year's the RS Aero Thames Valley Mini Series and the first event of the RS Aero UK Winter Series.

RS Aero 9 report - by Tim Hire

A frigid November's morning brought close and competitive racing for the RS Aero 9 fleet for the Bowmoor Bubble. The cosy Cotswold club is home to the second largest RS Aero fleet in the country, and with 9 Bowmoor boats out of the 14 that made up the RS Aero 9 fleet, the local turnout did not disappoint.

The shifty and gusty conditions presented to all the competitors made good tactics on the course vital to achieve a good result. Race 1 saw Peter Barton (Lymington Town SC) take a quick lead ahead of Greg Bartlett (Starcross YC), however, the pair were unable to prevent the charging Dave Lynall (Bowmoor SC) from taking the win.

Race 2 brought similar conditions but a slightly different course for the competitors to work out - the lead boat proved to be very useful! Once again, after a less-than-perfect start and first beat, Dave Lynall pulled through the fleet to end the morning's racing with two bullets, followed by Chris Jenkins (Bowmoor SC).

After a short break for lovely warm lunch, it was time for the final two races of the day to commence. The wind picked up slightly during the lunch break, giving all the competitors an opportunity to do some hiking to stay warm! Al Keck (Bowmoor SC) led the first half of the race before Tim Hire (RLymYC) made a pass before the downwind of the penultimate lap. Once again Dave Lynall sailed a stellar second half of the race, ending up second ahead of Peter Barton and Al Keck.

The final race saw drama on the start as both Peter Barton and Greg Bartlett were over, giving more opportunities to the rest of the field. In the end, Dave Lynall proved that he was the man to beat taking the final race and the series. The final results were Dave Lynall followed by Tim Hire, Al Keck, Peter Barton and Chris Jenkins (top 5). A special mention must go to Phil White (Bowmoor SC) for a fantastic birthday cake!

RS Aero 7 report - by Charlie Sansom

In the 22 strong fleet of RS Aero 7's, there was close racing all day, with never more than 100m between the majority of the fleet, and 8 different sailors achieving a top 3 result! In the first of four races, local sailor Chris Hatton asserted himself over the fleet, pulling out a two leg lead while the rest of the fleet tussled behind, with less than 30 seconds between second and tenth place. It was eventually traveller Chris Jones who pulled into second, followed by local youth Matt Banbrook. The second race saw Chris H once again shoot off into the distance, while the rest of the fleet tried to work out who had been U flagged. Eventually Charlie Sansom pulled past Lily Barrett to take second and third respectively.

After a warming lunch and a quick turn around, Race 3 got under way. It was a similar story with Chris H leading from start to finish, but behind there were more new faces in the top 3, with local lady Rachael Jenkins pulling off a second just in front of Harry Joyce. By this point, Chris H had won the day and he took a relaxed approach to start four. This opened up the possibility of a first for one of the 5 boats in the running for a second place. After a very close two lap race, it was Charlie who pulled out in front of Will Gifford in second and Harry in third. Overall it was Chris H in first, Charlie in second, Harry in third, Chris J in fourth, and Noah Rees in fifth. The first lady was Lily Barrett, and first youth Chris Hatton followed by Matt Banbrook in second Youth.

The RS Aero 5 of Flo Hawker had a fun time through the day taking scalps, whilst racing with the RS Aero 7 fleet, giving some of them a good race at her first event..

Next up for UK RS Aeros is this weekend's Datchet Flyer with 10 RS Aeros competing whilst another 32 Young RS Aero sailors train at Rutland SC. Saturday 14th sees festive cheer at the Lymington RS Aero Christmas Stadium Racing followed by lunch and Carlos' seasonal historic tour of the smugglers and villains of Lymington's cobbles into the evening. Over New Year 25 British RS Aeros sailors will make the trip downunder for the 3rd RS Aero World Championship at Melbourne, Australia, and will be pleased to enjoy competing in the antipodean summer!

RS Aero UK Events List 2020:

9 Rig Results:

1st2459Dave LynallBowmoor SC 11‑213
2nd1566Tim HireRoyal Lymington YCY‑54138
3rd2468Al KeckBowmoor SC ‑63429
4th2813Peter BartonLymington Town SC 253(UFD)10
5th2028Chris JenkinsBowmoor SC 72(UFD)413
6th1655Ian PickardBowmoor SC 3‑76514
7th2600Greg BartlettStarcross YC 465(UFD)15
8th3130Rory CohenBowmoor SC 88‑11622
9th1810Neil CrosbyBowmoor SCM(DNC)98724
10th2935Phil WhiteBowmoor SC ‑10107825
11th1806David FewingsBowmoor SC 9‑1210928
12th2643John BanbrookBowmoor SC ‑111191030
13th2223Mark FoxLee on Solent SCM13‑14131137
14th2549Andy SharpBowmoor SC 121312(DNC)37

7 Rig Results:

1st1590Chris HattonBowmoor SCY111(DNC)3
2nd1068Charlie SansomBowmoor SC ‑62417
3rd2532Harry JoyceBowmoor SCM4(UFD)3310
4th2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SCM24‑8511
5th2875Noah ReesTorpoint Mosqito SC 555(DNC)15
6th1293Matt BanbrookBowmoor SCY377‑917
7th2105Lily BarrettIsland Barn RSCY L83‑9718
8th1586Chris ConlanBowmoor SCY‑1666618
9th2672Will GiffordWhitefriars SC 7(UFD)13222
10th1843Rachael JenkinsBowmoor SCL12‑1321125
11th2502Peter ChaplinBurghfield SCM‑171011425
12th2439Abby HireRoyal Lymington YCY L9‑1110827
13th1510Lucy HaydonBowmoor SCY L148‑161032
14th1457Katy JenkinsBowmoor SCY L109‑211938
15th1598John HarveyThornbury SCM1114‑181641
16th1751Fi LucasBowmoor/Avon SCL13(UFD)141441
17th2104Sarah DaviesBowmoor SCL15(UFD)151343
18th1773Rosemary DillworthBowmoor SCL‑2012171544
19th1135James SmaggasgaleHillingdon OACY‑2215121845
20th1336Joe GallivanLymington Town SC 1816‑191246
21st1006Douglas RobertsBowmoor SCM1918‑201754
22nd1136Will MorrisBowmoor SCY2117(DNC)DNC61

5 Rig Results:

1st - 1491 - Florence Hawker - South Cerney SC

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