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Festive RS Aero Stadium Racing at Lymington Town Sailing Club

by RS Aero UK Class Association 20 Dec 2023 12:45 PST 16 December 2023
Lymington Town SC Festive RS Aero Stadium Racing in Hampshire, UK © Sue Markham

Great fun was had, even if the promised sunshine never arrived! This year the moon did bring us water for Christmas though, with a whopping spring high tide providing ample space and a clear breeze up the river.

A record turnout of 17 competitors fought their way around a zig zag course laid by RO Liam Willis, opposite the club pontoons in the river. Occasional puffs brought welcome moments of marginal planing! The RRS42 relaxation flag for 'free pumping and rocking' was deployed often, sometimes to audible groans from the water! For sure that kept everyone warm, especially alongside the mulled wine and mince pies served between races pitstop style from the pontoon!

Andrew Frost won the five race series from Tim Hire in 2nd and Luke McEwen 3rd before the top three went on to the winner takes all Grand Final. The three-boat final was closely contested in match racing style, with Luke taking the overall win. First Youth was Tim Hire in 3rd and first Female was Abby Hire in 6th. Gross underachievement on the day's fancy dress contest led to the judges declaring that title to be retained by Liam Willis for his splendid reindeer outfit from 2017. Must try harder next year!

A good audience of spectators and hecklers enjoyed the racing from the pontoon and clubhouse. Thanks to LTSC and volunteers for another excellent festive event as the year end approaches and we reflect on another memorable season.

View full results here

Drone Video thanks to Liam Willis, Race Officer:

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