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Lymington Festive Stadium Racing

by RS Aero UK Class Association 19 Dec 2022 01:05 PST 17 December 2022
Lymington Festive Stadium Racing © Richard Russell

15 RS Aeros pitched up for the annual Lymington Festive RS Aero Stadium Racing, all excited and with a spring in their step - like Christmas come early! We could not have been more fortunate with the conditions as the week's frost finally thawed that morning to give a balmy 7'C and sunshine! With a sheltered medium breeze everyone opted for RS Aero 7s enabling Class racing all together in one fleet.

The racing was situated at the top of the Lymington River opposite the pontoons and Clubhouse. Spectators could watch the quick-fire short course racing with plenty cheering & heckling whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine and mince pies!

The wind direction was perfect to enable a good start line from the pontoon across the width of the river and first upwind leg before a downwind slalom. PRO Keith Willis periodically raised and dropped the 'RRS42 Relaxation' flag to allow free propulsion, which proved a fine way to warm the fleet up and give them a thorough workout - it was interesting to see who the best 'legal cheaters' were and the variance in techniques! Those techniques were also evolving, for better and worse, after the between race mulled wine shots, served to passing RS Aeros from the pontoon.

Over five 15-minute races and no discards Andrew Frost (Sutton Bingham) came out on top winning 3 races, just ahead of Peter Barton (Lym Town) who won 2. 3rd place went to Will Taylor (Lym Town) with Iona Willows (Lym Town) top female in 8th. Random wrapped Christmas present prizes went to everyone at the award ceremony and in line with the Class' Sustainability goals two 'new' recycled 25-year-old trophies were awarded, initially presented at the 1997 Laser 4000 Europeans at Como.

The day's festivities continued onto a historical guided tour of Lymington's cobbles and refuges before a late evening curry for 18! Thanks to everyone for a fun day, especially to the volunteers running the racing!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st3875Andrew FrostSutton Bingham SC1411512
2nd3597Peter BartonLymington Town SC4125113
3rd1551Will TailorLymington Town SC2253416
4th1209David EllisLymington Town SC7634323
5th2936William HomewoodLymington Town SC3349726
6th2550Chris JonesSutton Bingham SC51067230
7th74Noah ReesLymington Town SC6588633
8th3330Iona WillowsLymington Town SC1171021040
9th2318Karl ThorneLymington Town SC811961145
10th2949Jenny BennettLymington Town SC129711948
11th3815Richard MayoLymington Town SC981310848
12th2204Alan MarkhamLymington Town SC101212121258
13th3397Matt PerkinsLymington Town SC131311131363
14th1316Robert WillowsLymington Town SC141414151572
15th2503Dan BirdLymington Town SCDNCDNCDNC141476

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