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RS Aero Victoria State Titles at the George Mac Regatta - Royal Brighton YC

by RS Aero International Class Association 28 Mar 14:56 PDT 25-26 March 2023
RS Aero Victoria State Titles at the George Mac Regatta - Royal Brighton YC © Royal Brighton Yacht Club

RS Aero Victorian State Titles was held in conjunction with the George Mac Regatta at Royal Brighton Yacht Club. Racing was held in breeze from 6kts to 22kts and from flat seas to typical Port Phillip big waves.

The regatta saw a great turnout with 32 RS Aeros competing! There was a huge effort from the NSW RS Aero contingent, with 8 keen sailors driving down to compete.

The fleet winners were Robyn Ratcliffe (Georges River SC, NSW) in the RS Aero 5s, Michael O'Brien (Royal Brighton YC) in the RS Aero 6s and Ian Johnson (Mount Martha YC) in the RS Aero 7s. Bronwyn Ridgway (Sandringham YC) took the RS Aero 5 State Title as first VIC boat. Well done to all the medal winners!

Michael O'Brien and Rhett Gowans were racing their RS Aero 6s for the first time, alongside the RS Aero 7 fleet, and enjoyed it.

Michael reported; "In short, I love it. The RS Aero 6 is very light on the helm, so you need to steer accurately. Relative to the RS Aero 7, the RS Aero 6 is much more controllable and easier to sail upwind and down. Downwind in 24kts, it is so manageable. You can push it hard and really have fun on the waves. Instead of struggling for control, I'm in control!

Please thank all the development team for me. They did an awesome job."

Big thanks to the club, volunteers, race committee, sponsors & Sailing Raceboats Pty Ltd for their on-site support.

Next up on the agenda for VIC sailors is Sail Bellarine at Geelong, which follows regattas at Lake Boga and Yarrawonga.

In NSW, there is the Port Stephens 'Intergalactics' in Mid-May with several VIC RS Aeros keen to make the trip up!

Check out the RS Aero Australian event page

RS Aero 5

13473Robyn RatcliffeGeorges River SC111122-441612
24001Laurie HoffmanBalmoral SC443(DNC)33312921
33006Bronwyn RidgwaySandringham YC22(DNC)DNC61233224
41186Grace Becker-ScottWilliamstown SC55(DNC)DNC14123426
53071Mike LawrenceWilliamstown SC-632246653428
63592Brian FentimanWilliamstown SC36(DNC)DNC55564638
73085Diane VukelicGeorges River SC(DNS)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC6456

RS Aero 6

13414Michael O'BrienRoyal Brighton YC-2211112108
220Rhett GowansMornington YC11-22221119
32822Pete EllisMcRae YC3443-5352722
43545Darryl BentleyGeorges River SC533(DNC)6443325
52049Sean CarlsonMount Martha YC45543-763427
63467Dave ParryMount Martha YC666545-73932
72495Stuart FaceyMount Martha YC777(DNC)7634537

RS Aero 7

14002Ian JohnsonMount Martha YC623112-82315
22915Ron FergussonAlbert SC24-653412519
34037Gary RatcliffeGeorges River SC11135-11113322
43546Matthew KielySouthGippslandYC5-8442373325
53052Phillip MalcolmBalmoral SC755-84543830
63086Richard ShawBalmoral SC311227-1294634
73120Paul RidgwaySandringham YC43(DNF)DNC9125738
83589Bruce MurphyGeorges River SC-12101168635644
93058Paul RogersBlairgowrie YS-1068769105646
102674Paul SmartBlairgowrie YS11999-12856351
113590David GintyJervis Bay SC131210(DNC)14768162
123103Sam O'ConnorSandringham YC9137(DNC)1110138263
134040Simon PluimBlairgowrie YS87(DNC)DNC1014128970
142914Christian HerrBlack Rock YC151412(DNC)13131410081
153092ChristianBoardmanMount Martha YC141513(DNC)15151510687
162730Marty MeldonPortMelbourneYC(DNF)16DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC130111
173415David AndrewMount Martha YC16(DNS)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC130111
181074Brendan ChaplinRoyal Brighton YC(RTD)DNSDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC133114

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