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RS Aeros at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta

by RS Aero UK Class Association 6 Jul 22:34 PDT 3-4 July 2021
RS Aeros at the 2021 Lymington Dinghy Regatta © Paul French

A total of 34 RS Aeros joined the Lymington Dinghy Regatta and this year with a fresh breeze forecast they Class raced in two good fleets of RS Aero 5s and RS Aero 7s.

Saturday was tough with a day of beating against the tide over the two lap trapezium course. Judging lay lines out into the tide was critical, as was a good set of hiking legs! Sailors were rewarded with fun downwind reaches and runs, catching some west Solent waves on the way.

Sunday morning saw the last of the ebb tide providing a helping free ride upwind - and also across the start line for the unwary! A flicking southerly breeze coming down from over the island provided an abundance of opportunity and for it not all to be about the tide. The breeze came in with a vengeance for the final race with some exciting running and gains to be made by weaving through the waves on the edge off control!

Both fleets were very close at the top with a point in each deciding the win. Sam Blaker (Thorpe Bay) and Tom Ahlheid (Frensham) went into the final RS Aero 5 race dead level. Unusually in this race neither made the top two but it was Sam's 3rd to Tom's 4th that won the event for him. In third place and top Lady was Abby Hire (Lymington) who won the 4th race, just beating Iona Willows (Lymington Town) overall by a point.

The RS Aero 7s were equally close with three RS Aeros out front trading blows in the fresh breeze. Going into the last race Tim Hire (Lymington) was a point behind Peter Barton (Lymington Town) with Greg Bartlett (Starcoss) a couple further back. Tim had to win the final race to secure the title. After chasing up the first beat Tim made some great gains on each of the two down winds with some decisive turning to pick a fast path through the building waves. In fourth place and all the way from Ireland was Daragh Sheridan (Howth) who ironed out a solid series as he prepares for next month's RS Aero European Championships at Lake Garda, Italy. Furthest travelled however were Duncan and Isabelle from Dalgety Bay, Scotland, who are enjoying the opportunity of fitting in a couple of RS Aero events around a holiday on the south coast.

Thanks to all the volunteers from both Lymington Town SC and Royal Lymington YC for another excellent regatta at Lymington. Thanks to the event sponsors Harken and Nick Cox Chandlers for the awesome prize haul.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
RS Aero 5
1st2071Sam BlakerThorpe Bay YC132‑61310
2nd2077Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond SC‑61132411
3rd1566Abby HireRLymYC/ Lymington Town SC2‑6414617
4th3330Iona WillowsLymington Town SC42‑555218
5th1551Euan EtheridgeLymington Town SC3534‑8520
6th2505Tom WharmbyRLymYC/ Lymington Town SC546‑1010732
7th1312Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC(DNC)DNCDNC23136
8th3037Alice LucyRutland Sailing Club88776‑1036
9th2929Elliot TomsFowey Gallants SC77‑887837
10th1175Natasha SionLymington Town SC11101199(DNC)50
11th1705Kate WharmbyLymington Town SC1011‑121112953
12th2225Johnny McKeownLancing SC‑12121012111156
13th1070Tristan AhlheidFrensham Pond SC999(DNC)DNCDNC57
14th2811Isabelle MartinDalgety Bay SC13(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNC73
RS Aero 7
1st2439Tim HireRLymYC/ Lymington Town SC2‑311318
2nd3597Peter BartonLymington Town SC11‑33139
3rd3174Greg BartlettStarcross YC322‑42211
4th3596Daragh SheridanHowth YC IRE554‑64523
5th1843Chris JenkinsBowmoor SC775‑1411434
6th2541Neville HerbertLymington Town SC44(DNC)27OCS38
7th2890Andrew RawsonWeston SC108‑1195840
8th3688Paul GardnerStokes Bay SC9107‑168640
9th2415Jack MillerFelpham SC1311856(OCS)43
10th2001Simon GeymanLymington Town SC6‑1768161046
11th3675Nigel RolfeBurghfield SC891210‑13746
12th2603Ellie CraigStarcross YC‑161314791154
13th3326Peter ChaplinBurghfield SC12121312‑14958
14th1603Rob AhlheidFrensham Pond SC‑1514915151265
15th2167Tomaso MacchiWeston SC‑18161511101365
16th1312Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC11610(DNC)DNCDNC69
17th2919Sarah GoslingRLymYC(DNC)DNCDNC1312RET88
18th2503Dan BirdLymington Town SC1415(DNC)DNCDNCDNC92
19th1143Duncan SmallDalgety Bay SC17(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNC101
20th3669Chris RustPortsmouth SC(RET)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC105

Next Up for the UK RS Aeros is the south coast weekender at Warsash on the central Solent on 17/18th July followed by the RS Aero Midland Championship at Staunton Harold on Saturday 24th July. The RS Aero UK Nationals at Hayling Island on 18-22th August is set to be a record breaker with 108 RS Aeros already entered!

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