Write-UpRS Aeros at the Glyn Charles Pursuit Race, Hayling Island Sailing Club, Monday 2nd May
An overcast day and stiff breeze greeted 66 entries to Hayling’s annual Glyn Charles Pursuit Race, in aid of the John Merricks Sailing Trustpasting, with every penny raised going towards supporting youth sailing at a grass roots level in the UK.
As is customary, the PRO attempted to use every mark and creek for a grand tour of the Chichester Harbour. This provided an interesting but testing navigational challenge at low tide and with plenty of traffic!
All RS Aero rigs were represented with 5 Hayling RS Aeros making it out. Izzy Allerston and Brian Campbell-Bottoms opted for ‘5’s whilst Clive Everest braved his ‘9’ rig in the hope of extra planing on the long broad reaches against the tide down the harbour. Ross Harvey and Tim Bilbrough went for ‘7’s and this seemed to prove ample as the tide turned making for a mammoth beat back up the harbour.
Well done to Ross for hanging on to 7th overall and first RS Aero on a day that largely favoured trapeze boats and asymmetric spinnaker angles.
Several more RS Aero sailors had opted to go double handed and placed well. RS Aero sharers, Doug and Hilary Baker, finished 24th dusting off their Laser4000. Occasional RS Aeroers, Frances Peters and Tom Partington made 13th overall and 2nd out of a good fleet of RS200s. Peter Barton & Chris Feibusch made it up to 5th in the dying minutes of the race in their RS800.
Well done to everyone for finishing what was a long & challenging race!
The Hayling Island RS Aero fleet has now grown to a whopping 20 boats. Fleet captain, Tim Bilbrough, is looking to kick off some monthly sprint racing and we can expect a good fleet of RS Aeros supporting Chichester Harbour Race Week 15-19 August. In 2017 we look forward to descending on Hayling en-mass with a bumper turnout for our 3rd RS Aero UK National Championships from 31st Aug - 3rd Sept 2017.