Write-UpAn International turnout over 12 venues
The International sailing community embraced the ethos of this inspiring world record attempt and took to the water in their droves. Clubs around the world reported turnouts higher than they have ever seen before in memory of the legendary ‘Bart’. So far nearly £300,000 has been raised for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation with RS Aeros playing their part at 12 venues from British coast, lakes and rivers to Swedish fjords!
A month has passed since the record-breaking worldwide race and the event computer is still, understandably, churning away on the 31,000 entries stating that the results are now 72% complete. However, it is high time to produce some interim RS Aero class results, although we may well have a final edit in due course with more RS Aeros to report on.
In total 17 RS Aeros (with 18 sailors!) are so far recorded as taking part. This included seven Aero9s, nine Aero7s and one Aero5 over a total of 12 venues. The largest RS Aero fleet was Gurnard with five and that RS Aero report can be found here
The official Barts Bash results are based on their own ‘Bart Number’ handicap. By knowing the length of each individual course a corrected average speed is calculated to produce the overall result. Some clubs also applied a conventional PN handicap, in order to produce a (additional) prompt local result.
The sole RSAero 5 entrant was James Hardiman who posted an impressive 6th/47 at North Devon YC, Bideford with a ‘Bart Speed’ of 2.40 (Barts per hour perhaps?)
In the largest RS Aero 7s class Richard Willows took the class honours at Roadford Lake, Devon finishing locally 8th/35 with a 2.54 speed. Alan Skitt was 2nd ‘7’ rig at Blithfield, Staffordshire and Phil Wright 3rd with an impressive 13th/95 at Gurnard.
Peter Barton won the RS Aero 9s, taking part at the Southampton Boat Show’s ‘Barts Bash’ at the Battle of the Classes, where he took 3rd/34 locally with 3.39 speed, 2 places up on his earlier PN based result of 5th. John Fifield was 2nd with an 8th/56 at Emsworth Slipper whist Brian Smith took 3rd at Thorney Island, Chichester Harbour.
We can suspect there was little wind in the Swedish archipelago that day as the two Swedish competitors, Christer Bath and Rustan Carlstrom in their ‘9’ rigs, suffered very slow Bart speeds at Skota Hem, Sweden.
Joining in the all inclusive sprit of the day where Olympian parents Teri and Mike McMillan from Gurnard who took full advantage of the RS Aero’s lightness by sailing two up in their ‘7’ .
Other venues represented where Hollowell SC at Northampton, Upper Thames SC at Marlow, Avon SC on the Severn and Reading SC.
Watch this space for an update in due course as more results come in…
**Update 28th Oct**
So the final results are out today. No changes or additions to the RS Aero positions.
Very pleased with my 210th/16,870 (big numbers!) in the RS Aero 9, which was also 10th/3751 out of the 'Light Wind' venue category.
Plenty of 'soon to be' RS Aero sailors sailing other classes into the top few hundred too.
Well done to everyone who took part, awesome participation!