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Reports & Results



RS Aerocup: Barcelona Edition - Overall
01/11/2015 - 01/11/2015

Write-Up

Full report by Frances Peters;
Barcelona International Sailing Centre has been home to the RS Aero class for the last 4 days, while 39* sailors from 9 countries enjoyed their first ever RS Aerocup. Spain has delivered hot sunshine, an excellent race team and fabulous tapas!

Activity began on Thursday with a coached 'Lift-Off' day run by RS Aero Class manager, Peter Barton. A quick hints and tips session on shore was followed by a series of coached sprint races on the water. It was a great opportunity for sailors from many different backgrounds to ask questions, shake away the cobwebs and boost their confidence before racing began.

Friday and Saturday brought hot sunshine, light winds and a building swell, which combined with a short course made for tight and challenging racing across the fleets. The RS Aero 5 fleet saw female domination as 21 year old, Silvia Haavel of Estonia and 15 year old Anna Vernere of Latvia took turns to show the others the way around the track. In the end it came down to a tie break and the victory was Estonia's, while Great Britain's Caitlin Atkin took bronze just one point behind.

The 7 class, being the biggest fleet with 20 sailors, often saw boats rounding marks 2 or 3 deep. David Axen of Sweden got off to a flying start but experienced sailor and coach, Per Christian Bordal of Norway soon found his feet, which after nearly 2 decades out of dinghy racing was great to see! It became a Scandinavian duel at the top of the fleet and one which was finally won by Bordal, followed very tightly by Axen. Meanwhile, single-handed specialist, Richards Zvilna of Latvia took bronze.

It was an event for the Brits in the 9 fleet. Light wind specialist and veteran of RS classes, Dave Lynall (GBR) was quick out of the blocks and began his event with a 'horizon job' leaving the rest of the fleet floundering in his wake! Luckily the fleet made it look more difficult for him after that but not enough to stop him taking the overall win. RS Aero Class manager, Peter Barton took silver, while Nigel Rolfe – the senior member of father and son duo 'Team Rolfe', was pleased to take bronze, but even more pleased to beat his son! It was easy to observe that the more youthful team member, Ben had taken his new role of RS Aero social secretary very seriously though leading the late night revellers into Barcelona!

On that note, the socials were exceptional. Sailors from each nation came together each evening to enjoy the local food and drink. Eric Aker, of Boston, USA, had travelled the furthest to compete and was quick to note the friendly and supportive nature of the fleet. He said it had been the highlight of the event for him and when presented with his bottle of wine at the end of the event, amidst the applause he shouted to his wife; 'See? Just one more reason why sailing is so great!'. We set a class record on Saturday night when we enjoyed tapas for 47 at a brewery in Barcelona centre.

The weather gods were not on side for Sunday's racing and with strong winds, huge waves and a rocky harbour entrance, racing had to be called off. The risky conditions didn't stop half a dozen confident sailors taking their Aeros out to the bay while spectators piled on to the RIBs to watch. In perhaps some of the most extreme conditions the RS Aero has ever been sailed, the boat came fully into its element. It was amazing to watch... and even better... we got it on camera! Watch this space.

We have been honoured, in our debut Aerocup year, to have excellent sponsors on board; Euronox and Ocean Roads are sister companies based in the UK and Germany respectively that specialise in logistics solutions. It was thanks to their highly efficient services and generous support that we were able to make boat transport simple and affordable. We were also privileged to have the opportunity to showcase our sport to Mark Czerwinski of Ocean Roads and have him join the fleet on their partying. 'We're doing standard transport all the time', explained Czerwinski, 'but normally we're just at our desk. Our job is all about helping and it's great to see the result of it. It really feels like a family despite all the different countries that the boats have come from.'

While the international calendar for the RS Aero class remains to be finalised for next year, we can confirm the class will be going with the other RS classes to the infamous Travemunde Woche in Germany for our first European Championships. Top level fleet racing alongside the festival on shore; it's set to be bigger than anything the class has seen before! Save the date: 25th – 29th July 2016.
 
Photo Galleries on the Class website HERE and Facebook HERE.
Watch out for more great photos by SBG Films coming soon from the mountainous mediterranean seas of Big Sunday. 
 
*there were 40 entries in total but poor Peter Craggs of York, UK, broke his toe - get well soon Peter! 


Results

RS Aero 5                        
Rank Sail No Helm Nation Club Category R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Net
1st 1258 Silvia Johanna Haavel EST Tallinna Jahtklubi Lady 2 1 2 4 (OCS) 1 17 10
2nd 1677 Anna Vernere LAT Stirm Raga YC, Jurmala Lady/Youth 1 3 1 3 (OCS) 2 17 10
3rd 1568 Caitlin Atkin GBR Bewl Valley Lady/Youth ‑3 2 3 2 1 3 14 11
4th 1107 Ben Poe GBR Sutton Bingham Youth 4 4 4 1 2 ‑5 20 15
5th 1214 Harry Binns GBR Bassenthwaite Youth 5 5 5 6 (OCS) 4 32 25
6th 1112 Jose Buades ESP CMV Barcelona   6 6 6 5 3 -7 33 26
                           
RS Aero 7                        
Rank Sail No Helm Nation Club Category R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Net
1st 1205 Per Christian Bordal NOR Moss Seilforening   2 1 1 2 ‑5 5 16 11
2nd 3 David Axen SWE SSK Kaparen   1 2 6 1 ‑7 3 20 13
3rd 1234 Richards Zvilna LAT Stirm Raga YC, Jurmala Youth 3 3 3 ‑4 4 1 18 14
4th 1002 Kevin Olsson SWE Tjuvkil KK   4 7 ‑13 3 2 2 31 18
5th 1781 Ants Haavel EST Tallinn Kalev   6 6 2 (OCS) 1 4 41 19
6th 1428 Peter Townend GBR Chelmarsh Master 8 5 4 ‑10 3 6 36 26
7th 1045 Richard Willows GBR Roadford Lake Master 7 4 9 9 (OCS) 8 59 37
8th 16 Finlo Wright GBR Isle of Man Youth 11 10 7 5 (OCS) 7 62 40
9th 1302 Karl Thorne GBR RoyalLymington/Keyhaven   9 11 5 7 (OCS) 9 63 41
10th 1464 Marcia Lynall GBR Avon Lady 14 ‑15 12 6 10 11 68 53
11th 1061 Hilde Geerling-VanSusante NED Braassemermeer Lady 12 13 10 11 9 (BFD) 72 55
12th 1113 Hector Manau ESP Club Nautic l'Escala   13 8 14 (DNC) 8 13 78 56
13th 5 Otto Walker SWE KSSS Stockholm   5 9 8 (DNC) DNC DNC 88 66
14th 1 Julie Lamarre SWE KKKK Gothenburg Lady 10 12 11 (OCS) DNF 12 89 67
15th 1123 Aldo Rinaldi ITA A.N. Sebina   (DNC) DNC DNC 8 6 10 90 68
16th 1141 Jonathan Rickels GBR Grafham Water Master ‑16 14 16 13 11 15 85 69
17th 1653 Oliver Vesi EST Tallinna Jahtklubi   15 ‑17 17 12 12 14 87 70
18th 1114 Pablo Torras ESP RCN Barcelona   ‑17 16 15 14 14 16 92 75
19th 1037 Romà Bertran ESP CMV Barcelona   (DNC) DNC DNC DNC 13 17 118 96
20th 1463 Matt Draysey GBR Spinnaker   18 18 18 -22 22 22 120 98
21st 1509 Peter Craggs GBR York R.I.   (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 132 110
                           
RS Aero 9                        
Rank Sail No Helm Nation Club Category R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Net
1st 1009 David Lynall GBR Bowmoor   1 1 ‑2 1 1 2 8 6
2nd 1175 Peter Barton GBR Lymington Town   2 2 1 ‑3 2 3 13 10
3rd 1551 Nigel Rolfe GBR Burghfield   3 ‑6 4 6 3 1 23 17
4th 1007 Antony Lynall GBR Avon   4 5 ‑8 2 4 5 28 20
5th 1581 Ben Rolfe GBR Burghfield   6 3 3 5 (OCS) 6 37 23
6th 4 Christer Bath SWE GKSS Gothenburg Master 8 4 6 7 -14 4 43 29
7th 1071 Peter Chaplin GBR Burghfield Master 7 ‑8 5 4 8 7 39 31
8th 1264 Eric Aker USA Boston MA Master 9 ‑10 10 9 6 9 53 43
9th 234 MichielGeerling-VanSusante NED Braassemermeer   5 7 7 (DNC) DNC DNC 61 47
10th 1370 Jim Hood GBR Lymington Town   ‑11 9 11 10 9 8 58 47
11th 1005 Michele Giorgini ITA C.D.V. Muggia   (DNC) DNC DNC 8 5 10 65 51
12th 1207 Mark Tissiman GBR Chelmarsh/Saundersfoot   10 11 12 (OCS) 7 11 65 51
13th 21 Rutger Smith SWE GKSS Gothenburg   12 12 9 (DNC) DNC DNC 75 61




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