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3rd RS Aero World Championship at Black Rock Yacht Club - Day 4

by RS Aero International Class Association 3 Jan 06:15 PST 28 December 2019 - 4 January 2020

A full schedule of four races were raced in a medium 7-12kn breeze on the penultimate day of the 3rd RS Aero World Championship in Melbourne Australia.

The sun was out but the Bay was engulfed in smoke from the bushfires around Victoria affecting visibility.

The RS Aero 5 fleet Sophie Jackson AUS won two races to hold the lead overall but a OCS in the final race leaves her having to work for it on the final day. David Ellis GBR won Race 9 and with four top three finishes moves up to second overall. The last race of the day was won by Kazuyoshi Nakao JPN, moving up to fourth overall, one behind Megan Ridgway AUS in third.

Rhett Gowans AUS continued his run of bullets from the day before, taking all the 1sts to clinch the champs a day early. Marc Jacobi USA also had excellent pace over the rest of the fleet to secure a string of 2nds. The Ever consistent Noah Rees GBR completes the podium with a solid run of 3rds and 4ths.

In the RS Aero 9s the day was drawn between Liam Willis GBR and Derek Bottles USA as they scored a 1,1,2,2 each. However this was enough for Liam to secure the champs with all to play for on the other podium spots.

At the daily Presso, Top-Tips were once again extracted from all the lead sailors to share for the good of RS Aero Class sailors globally. David emphasised the importance of the right vang setting through the waves in the lightish breeze. Noah recommended drinking loads (of water) in the hot weather to stay hydrated on the race course. Michael O'Brien AUS provided his insight into squeezing the mainsheet super tight to enable pointing whilst holding speed in the medium breeze.

Tomorrow the final two races are scheduled and it looks like a breezy one to conclude the champs!

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