What a day! After postponing from the week earlier when over 20knots rattled through the dinghy park we were graced with the hottest day of the year so far and a cloudless sky made sun cream vital for our delicate winter complexions. The wind increased by a couple of knots to 8-10kn and the tide turned and steadily accelerated against it – ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!
9 eager RS Aeros sailors showed and the plan was coaching & familiarisation ready for the new season around the fun and focus of a short ’n sharp series of coached races. An initial briefing for the RS Aero first timers was followed by a tuning and technique discussion applicable to the conditions of the day. A course was laid consisting of two short triangle/sausage laps and 5 races were held over a period of about 90 minutes!
This day was perhaps an event record for the Class in terms of the gender split with 4 Ladies in the fleet of 9. Are Ladies to take over the RS Aero Class? It would have been an impressive 50:50 if Karl hadn’t turned up at the last minute!
Starting at slack water broke everyone in gently with an easy start line, predictable lay lines and mark roundings. As the tide started to ebb the challenges increased, as did the wind pressure.
Karl was hot out of the blocks nailing the first two wins, demonstrating the benefits of a busy winter travelling. However, just when he looked to be having it all his own way RS Aero first timer and 29er helm, Sarah, won the third…and then the fourth! For the title it was all on for a fifth and final race showdown and it was evident that Karl was getting more aggressive at each start! A fluffed acceleration by Sarah handed the start to Karl and with it dominance up the short beat. However, just when it looked like it was all over Sarah cruised through on the broad reach against the tide to take the Gold!
Evie pushed hard taking a couple of 3rds, champing on the heels of the leaders. The girls were working their boats effectively downwind, perhaps too much so as they were seen experimenting with the balance point! They both stayed upright with a bit of agility, a balancing pump on the main and a timely push on the tiller.
Adrian was consistently right behind the lead group. The ‘5’ rigs of Jane and Fiona were often seen keeping pace nicely with the ‘7’s down the fleet.
Back at the club it proved to be the first opportunity of the year for a sundowner debrief on the lawn. We should do this every week! However, with Wednesday evening racing starting next week it will be need to be on a different day!
We will likely run a similar session the Friday afternoon 17th June, before the RS Aero Southern Championship at Lymington. Keep an eye out HERE
here for further details on that - and keep those event entries coming!