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Reports & Results


Filey Regatta, Yorkshire, UK
16/07/2016 - 17/07/2016


Thanks to Nick Craven for his report on the RS Aeros at the Filey Regatta;
We arrived at the beautiful seaside town of Filey on the Saturday morning to be greeted by glorious sunshine. This was the 65th annual regatta for FSC which also included round 2 of the RS Aero Northern Championship.
There were 2 courses set by the club: a windward/leeward for the asymmetric boats and the P course to be contested by the other boats including 7 RS Aero’s. 4 races over the 2 days were planned with 3 to count.
At his briefing, commodore James Whitehead warned, that although the sea glistening behind us and appeared very inviting it was rather windy with some big gusts and advised sailors to enter at their own peril!. On getting out on the water the sailors soon found this to be true with massive gusts hitting you from all directions-in the region of Force 6.
2 Aero’s immediately retired, Jackie decided that sunbathing and enjoying observing the competition for the most spectacular capsize was a far safer bet. Whilst Julie sat race one out and sensibly changed to her 5 rig for race 2 (do I need a 5?).
The Enterprises had their start followed 3 minutes later by us. Mike Saul took the lead and a convincing victory (as he did in all the races). Mike was able to deal with the tricky conditions better than most. I found that the commodore was indeed correct. The water was very inviting, having had several opportunity’s to check this out I finally gave up after 2 laps as I didn’t feel I could drag myself back into the boat yet again!!
Filey arranged a great meal in the evening and a quiz. This was great fun and the Aero guys threw themselves into this wholeheartedly, Jackie & Julie enjoying heckling the quiz master.
Sunday morning saw an early 10.00am start. Richard Butler handed his boat over to his son Mathew, as he was exhausted after day 1 and Mathew’s Phantom was out of action. Julie got her 7 rig back on. The wind had dropped a little compared to Saturday and the gusts were significantly less and much easier to deal with. Great racing was had, once we let Mike get off out of the way! There were some fantastic battles between the other guys in the fleet. Jackie had a great time in race one but unfortunately had to miss the last race as her tiller broke, when she did a beautiful role over the line!
Congratulations to Mike for taking the victory and well done Harry and Julie for a well fought tie for 2nd place.
Thanks to Filey for hosting a very successful regatta that we all really enjoyed, hope to see more Aero’s there next year it really is worth the effort. 


4 races, 1 discard
Rank Sail No. Helm Club Class PY R1 R2 R3 R4 Nett
1st 1216 Mike Saul Yorkshire Dales RS AERO 7 1066 -1 1 1 1 3
2nd 1214 Harry Binns Bassenthwaite RS AERO 5 1107 2 (8.0 DNC) 2 8.0 RET 12
3rd 1594 Julie Archer Ullswater YC RS AERO 7 1066 (8.0 DNC) 3 5 4 12
4th 1653 Matthew Butler Covenham SC RS AERO 7 1066 (8.0 DNC) 8.0 DNC 3 2 13
5th 1653 Richard Butler Covenham SC RS AERO 7 1066 3 2 (8.0 RET) 8.0 DNC 13
6th 1258 Nick Craven Yorkshire Dales RS AERO 7 1066 (8.0 RET) 8.0 DNC 4 3 15
7th 1264 Jackie Craven Yorkshire Dales RS AERO 7 1066 (8.0 DNC) 8.0 DNC 6 8.0 DNC 21
*Results edited as Harry Binns was initially scored as a RS Aero 7.

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