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RS Aeros at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta

by RS Aero UK Class Association 4 Jun 01:50 PDT 1-2 June 2024
RS Aeros at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta © Adrian Chisnell

The 2024 edition of the Lymington Dinghy Regatta maxed out again at its limit of 120 dinghies. 16 RS Aeros took part - there could have been more if the late RS Aero sailors had tried to enter earlier!

The RS Aeros competed together on RYA PY corrected time scoring with all rig sizes represented. Both days saw excellent breezes from the N/NE with a mid 20s kns on Saturday against a strengthening flood tide and a softer shifty & gusty 8-14kn on Sunday with the ebb tide.

Saturday was exciting and physical. The effort of the beat (assisted by the tide!) was rewarded by fantastic rides downwind picking a safe passage around and through the western Solent chop. Sunday proved equally tiring, but mentally, in trying to piece together the challenging jigsaw of shifts, gusts, tide and other traffic on the course!

Notable achievements were Iona Willows leading the fleet in her RS Aero 5 at two first windward marks in Saturday's strong breeze and Neil Wharmby almost leading the first race on Sunday after perfectly navigating the shifty first beat. Overall the smaller rig sizes dominated the front of the results sheet all weekend, holding onto the larger rigs well.

Congratulations to Sammy Isaacs-Johnson (RS Aero 5, Maidenhead) on his win with a solid (4,2,1,2,4,1) by the narrowest of margins from Richard Mayo (RS Aero 5, Lymington Town) who was just 0.5 point behind having had a time tie in the last race! Chris Rust (RS Aero 6, Portsmouth) took third. Top Youth was Cameron Bignold-Kyles (RS Aero 5, Lym Town) in 4th, top RS Aero 7 was Rupert Stock (Royal Lym) in 5th and top RS Aero 9 was Peter Barton (Lym Town) in 6th.

Thanks to Lymington Town SC and Royal Lymington YC for another excellent Lymington Regatta and to Harken for their generous support with the prizes.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubRigRatingR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st4428Sammy I‑JMaidenhead SCRS Aero 51141‑42124110
2nd3815Richard MayoLymington Town SCRS Aero 511411151‑92.510.5
3rd3669Chris RustPortsmouth SCRS Aero 61102(DNF)3.5252719.5
4th2462Cameron Bignold‑KylesLymington Town SCRS Aero 511412‑8661520
5th3391Rupert StockRoyal Lymington YC RS Aero 7106165‑7352.521.5
6th4396Peter BartonLymington Town SCRS Aero 91008‑87443422
7th1006Sophie StocktonMaidenhead SCRS Aero 511413103(DNC)7629
8th3330Iona WillowsLymington Town SCRS Aero 5114153.587‑15831.5
9th2384Simon GeymanLymington Town SCRS Aero 910089‑111198946
10th1927Jack HardieFrensham SCRS Aero 5114176(DNF)13121149
11th3744Graham CooperBradford on Avon SCRS Aero 611021199‑14141356
12th4350Alex GibsonLymington Town SCRS Aero 51141(DNC)DNCDNC8101062
13th3397Matt PerkinsLymington Town SCRS Aero 91008(DNC)DNFDNC1161263
14th2748Oliver HicklingWelsh Harp SCRS Aero 71061101210(DNC)DNCDNC66
15th2505Neil WharmbyLymington Town SCRS Aero 7106112(DNC)DNC10131466
16th3502Mark LambdinBradford on Avon SCRS Aero 91008(DNF)DNCDNC1211DNC74

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