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RS Aero Open at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 8 Sep 12:49 PDT 5 September 2020
Royal Lymington RS Aero Open © Royal Lymington YC

Straight after the UK Nationals a fleet of 16 RS Aeros convened at Lymington for the first RS Aero Open of the year (Eastbourne excluded) hosted by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

The Lymington Clubs are keen to get back to some open racing and the local RS Aero fleet is as strong as ever with an enthusiastic training posse meeting several times a week through the summer to prepare for their UK Nationals.

We certainly made the most of a good race day with a prompt start and 4 race back-to-back races scheduled. The challenge of a tide turn half way through and a steadily increasing shifty puffy offshore cross tide breeze provided many race-craft conundrums through what was a pleasantly sunny day.

In the RS Aeros 7s Tim Hire dominated the day, sailing cleverly and fast to three 1sts. Peter Barton pulled just 1 win back off him with a first beat left flyer coming good. Jack Miller of Felpham SC took 3rd with a 2,3,3 from new owner, Jonathan Burns of Spinnaker SC.

The RS Aero 5s proved to be a two way contest between the Youth sailors Tom Ahlheid of Frensham Pond SC and Abby Hire of Lymington with Tom taking three race wins for overall victory. Cathy Bartram of Chew Valley LSC took third and it was great to see possibly the worlds most senior RS Aero sailor 'Great Great Grand Master' (85+ years!), Peter Conway of Lymington, in amongst the action and finishing all four of the races as the breeze picked up.

Many thanks to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club for their enthusiasm to host and their setting up of the event and volunteers on short notice. After an unusual season it was great to have a day's open event with some good racing challenges and excellent sailing.

Overall Results:

RS Aero 5
1st2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SC11‑213
2nd1566Abby HireRoyal Lym & Lym Town‑32125
3rd2615Cathy BartramChew Valley LSC233‑58
4th2620Emma McEwenRoyal Lymington YC4‑54311
5th1402Peter ConwayLymington Town SC‑545413
RS Aero 7
1st2439Tim HireRoyal Lym & Lym Town1‑3113
2nd3193Peter BartonLymington Town SC‑21225
3rd3342Jack MillerFelpham SC‑52338
4th2673Jonathan BurnsSpinnaker SC3‑64411
5th2503Dan BirdLymington Town SC4‑87516
6th2318Karl ThorneLymington Town SC‑745716
7th3244Andrew WilliamsLymington Town SC858(RET)21
8th1332Nick RyleyRoyal Lymington YC‑996621
9th1603Rob AhlheidFrensham Pond SC67‑9821
10th2505Neil WharmbyRoyal Lymington YC‑101010929
11th...Adrian BatemanLymington Town SC11(RET)RETRET35

Next up is another one day event this Saturday 12th at Burton Sailing Club near Derby in the Midlands and a weekend event away on the pretty estuary at Salcombe, Devon follows on the 26/27th.

Full details on the RS Aero UK Events List here.

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