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RS Aero Lymington Christmas Stadium Racing

by RS Aero Lymington Fleet 17 Dec 2019 22:56 PST
RS Aero Lymington Christmas Stadium Racing © Richard Russell

21 RS Aeros hammered it out around a tight course at the top of the Lymington River in a fresh gusty breeze for the annual festive edition of the showcase RS Aero Lymington Stadium Racing.

The fleet was quickly seeded into two divisions to fit onto the compact course and like a grid of Go-Karts headed off the start line on a planing reach and into the first corner. RS Aero 7s and RS Aero 5s raced the breezy qualifiers together 'off scratch' before splitting into separate finals. The crowd of onlookers were not disappointed as the fleet sped around the course, stretching and compressing as ferocious gusts rattled down with little warning across the river. A few crazy swims were inevitable but all in all great fun, excellent exercise and great training (especially for the 4 competitors who are off to the World Champs in Australia after Christmas!) and on what was a chilly but sunny day.

After 6 brutal sprints of 2 laps each, giving about 10 minutes races, scores were totted and the finalists announced. We all know deep down that you are only as good as your last race and ultimately it was the RS Aero 9 European Champion Greg Bartlett who stepped up to clinch the RS Aero 7s. Lily Barrett seized her opportunity to take early control of the RS Aero 5 final to cross the finish line in 1st as the crowd went wild!

Adjourning to the warmth of the Club for lunch focus turned to the important question of attire - who had 2019s best Christmas Jumper? One keen reveller out classed all others. Having raced all morning in one fine festive knit he then had his second favourite seasonal garment ready to slam dunk the title over lunch. The RS Aero Lymington Christmas Jumper 2019 title goes to... Will Taylor!

Thanks to Lymington Town SC and all the volunteers who made the exciting season closer possible.

Grand Final Results:

RS Aero 7
1st - Greg Bartlett, Starcross YC & Lymington Town SC
2nd - Chris Jones, Sutton Bingham SC
3rd - Peter Barton, Lymington Town SC

RS Aero 5
1st - Lily Barrett, Island Barn SC
2nd - William Homewood, Lymington Town SC
3rd - Andrew Frost, Sutton Bingham SC

Overall Results:

PosRigSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
Division 1
1stRS AERO 72813Peter BartonLymington Town SC11‑21115
2ndRS AERO 72818Rory CowenBowmoor SC42‑533214
3rdRS AERO 71068Charlie SansomBowmoor SC‑74342316
4thRS AERO 72028Chris JenkinsBowmoor SC3342‑5517
5thRS AERO 72727Will TaylorLymington Town SC2‑8154618
6thRS AERO 51312Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC‑85866429
7thRS AERO 52105Lily BarrettIsland Barn SC66677‑832
8thRS AERO 72204Alan MarkhamUpper Thames SC‑99788739
9thRS AERO 72427Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC57(DNC)DNCDNCDNC45
10thRS AERO 715517Alex HaymanLymington Town SC(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC55
Division 2
1stRS AERO 72875Noah ReesLymington Town SC1221(DNC)17
2ndRS AERO 72318Greg BartlettStarcross SC‑9112329
3rdRS AERO 72550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SC2‑7441314
4thRS AERO 72738Spike DanielsHayling Island SC‑74534622
5thRS AERO 515515William HomewoodLymington Town SC‑86365424
6thRS AERO 52673Karl ThorneLymington Town SC68(DNF)52526
7thRS AERO 72369Tom EhlerLymington Town SC53(DNC)DNCDNCDNC44
8thRS AERO 51793Geoff HaversLymington Town SC45(DNC)DNCDNCDNC45
9thRS AERO 72156Nigel KingLymington Town SC3(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC51
10thRS AERO 71332Tim KnightsRoyal Lymington YC10(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNC58
11thRS AERO 71336Joe GallivanLymington Town SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC60

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