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ROOSTER RS AEROCUP - MALCESINE, LAKE GARDA, ITALY
07/10/2017 - 10/10/2017

Write-Up

ROOSTER RS AEROCUP - MALCESINE, LAKE GARDA, ITALY, 7-10th October
by the RS Aero International Class Association

Event Preview

Day 0 - Pre-Event Coaching
On Saturday 7th the fleet enjoyed an onshore coaching briefing by Class Manager Peter Barton from the UK before going afloat for a series quick fire races to sharpen their skills before the racing began. These days allow for ideas and good technique to be shared with the more remote RS Aero sailors around the world.
We launched into a late northerly Peler at 14:00 but this soon dropped and after just 15 minutes of inversion we had a good fresh southerly Ora for the rest of the afternoon. Using Pusuit starts with a 1 minute separation each RS Aero fleet was able to enjoy a class start and the fun of the chase with the bigger rigs trying to catch the smaller ones over the short two lap course.
 
Day 1
The RS Aerocup kicked with 50 entries from 13 countries signed up providing an awesomely international fleet set for some intense but friendly racing, extending the season at Italy’s legendary venue. The 50 RS Aero entries allow for Class racing of the 3 RS Aero fleets with three separate starts.

Rooster Sailing are supporting the event, providing an exciting array of prizes. At today’s daily ‘Pasta Party’ provided by the hosts FVM the daily Rooster awards were presented through the fleet recognising achievement large and small. ‘Top Tips’ were coerced from the series leaders where the experts shared any winning gems of knowledge.

In the RS Aero 9s World Championship silver medallist, Liam ‘Lightening’ Willis GBR, knocked in two 1sts to lead overnight from Simon Maguire GBR who took the win in Race 3. Nederland’s Harmon De Lange is currently 3rd.

The RS Aero 7 fleet sees many new faces and it is great to see Italy top the leader board with Patrick Zeni winning two races. Ireland’s Paul McMahon took the win in Race 1 to finish the day 3rd overall to a consistent Peter Barton of Great Britain in 2nd. Quickly getting onto the pace in his new RS Aero and leading two races was Ben George of Great Britain, certainly on to watch for tomorrow. Top Lady in 4th overall is Juliane Barthel of Germany.

In the RS Aeros 5s Kate Sargent nailed three 1sts to take a comfortable lead. Ireland’s Roy Van Maanen and Italy’s Tiziano Arioli are set to pounce and a fresher breeze tomorrow could see Rooster Sailing’s pocket rocket challenged.

Day 2
A slight increase in breeze for Day 2. Like clockwork the southerly breeze came down the lake in time for the 13:00hrs start after the fresh morning northerly had dissipated. The 50 RS Aero entries allow for Class racing of the 3 RS Aero fleets with three separate starts.

At today’s daily ‘Pasta Party’ provided by the hosts FVM the daily Rooster awards were presented through the fleet recognising achievement large and small. ‘Top Tips’ were coerced from the main movers and shakers, Jon Harvey, Nev Herbert and Simon Maguire where those experts shared their winning gems of knowledge.

In the RS Aero 9s Liam Willis GBR, knocked in two more 1sts to maintain a health lead over lead Simon Maguire GBR. Thomas Sandstrom SWE took race 3 to step up to the podium.

The RS Aero 7 fleet saw Italy’s Patrick Zeni winning two more races. Albacore supremo, Nev Herbert, sailed away to take the first race of the day and jump to 4th overall. Ireland’s Paul McMahon had a solid day of top 3s to leapfrog Peter Barton GBR for 2nd overall.

In the RS Aeros 5s Rooster Sailing’s Kate Sargent carried on where she had left off with three more convincing bullets. Will anyone take a race off her? Ireland’s Roy Van Maanen took all the 2nds whilst Jon Harvey GBR took all the 3rds to step up to the podium.

After two days of light/medium racing tomorrow will see an interesting change with the final day’s racing set to start at 08:30hrs in the strong northerly breeze which creates good sized waves rolling down the western shore. The intention is to set the ‘Quad’ course in preference to the ‘P’. Bring it on!

Day 3
Big breeze and an early start for the final day!

The crisp morning ‘Peler’ mountain breeze from the North had been regularly stronger that the afternoon’s ‘Ora’ from the South and to ensure reliable racing, some good variety and a prompt finish on the final day the call had been made for an 08:30 start, as often is the case at Malcesine.

Early breakfasts were organised and speedy rig up with an air of anticipation as white horses could be spotted in the distance across the lake. At 08:30 the whole of the northern end of Garda was still in the shade, with the sun just rising over Mt Baldo and shining brightly on the cliffs on the western shore. During the course of the three races the bright sunshine moved across the whole lake, providing an incredible sparling surface when on port tack!

The breeze strengthened from about 18kn up to 25kn on race two. By the end of race 3 there was still good pressure but it was evident holes in the northerly wind were emerging, with potential race opportunities opening up, as the Peler prepared to close down for its lunch.

The evening before, at the Rooster Daily Awards and Pasta Party, the fleet had voted for the 4 sided ‘Quad’ course in preference to the ‘P’ option. The blast reach across the top was awesome. The run provided excellent opportunities to make up ground on the ample lake waves (‘harder than Carnac’ was the verdict on those) followed by a nice broad reach, wave surfing into the bottom mark.

In the RS Aero 5s Rooster Sailing’s Kate Sargent GBR had it all on if her petiteness was to maintain her clean sweep. This time she was pushed to the limit, just edging out wins by an overlapped half boat length on Roy Van Maanen IRE and Jon Harvey GBR, by making up downwind any deficit upwind. So with a clean score of nine 1sts Kate took the RS Aerocup 5 title – one for the featherweight Ladies and a nice change for her after all her near misses! Roy took the silver and Jon came through for the bronze. Read Pocket Rocket Kate’s own account of her RS Aerocup victory and Top-Tips HERE.

The RS Aero 7 fleet looked to be all tied up by Italy’s Patrick Zeni with all 1,2s over the first two days - but incredibly, it was not to be! Peter Barton GBR, Paul McMahon IRE and Marcus Walthur GER were fast out of the blocks upwind with Peter having an edge that ultimately gave him a healthy string of three 1sts on the final day. Even that should not have been enough with the youthful Italian needing just one 5th from the three races to secure the title. However a 7,6,12 failed to clinch it and by just one point Barton took the RS Aerocup 7 title from an overnight 7 point deficit (and in surprise, as he had done his maths wrong!), with Zeni 2nd and McMahon 3rd, just one more point adrift.

In the RS Aero 9s Liam Willis GBR left nothing to chance and hammered out three bullets, revelling in the brisk conditions, to take the overall RS Aerocup 9 title at the not so tender age of 17. Simon Maguire GBR and Harmon De Lange NED shared the 2nds. Simon took the silver overall with Harmon just edging out Thomas Sandstrom SWE for the bronze.

The fleet returned to shore just as the sun reached Fraglia Vela Malcesine over Mt Baldo. The International RS Team beavered to pack the multi trailers before the closing awards ceremony took place on the lake shore in front of the clubhouse with a final look at the incredible view across the lake to the cliffs opposite.

Many thanks to Rooster Sailing for their generous support of the 3rd RS Aerocup. A wonderful spread of prizes were enjoyed at the final awards ceremony and each daily ‘Pasta Party’ prize giving. RS Sailing assisted the RS Aero’s transport logistics and the provision of the large RS Aero charter fleet allowing far travelled sailors from USA, AUS, RUS, SWE and IRE to compete. Volvo Cars assisted with fantastic XC60s that made the drive a pleasure and the fully loaded trailers an easy tow. FV Malcesine were excellent hosts and we look forward to returning again soon! Marcus Cremer, Thomas Reuhl and Matt Draysey were out each day taking beautiful photos to capture a memorable RS Aerocup!

Overall
RS Aero 5
1st & 1st Lady- Kate Sargent GBR
2nd - Roy Van Maanen IRE
3rd & 1st Master - Jon Harvey GBR
 
RS Aero 7
1st - Peter Barton GBR
2nd & 1st Youth - Patrick Zeni ITA
3rd - Paul McMahon IRE
1st Lady - Juliane Barthel GER 
1st - Master & Grand Master - Peter Stephinson AUS
 
RS Aero 9
1st & 1st Youth - Liam Willis GBR
2nd - Simon Maguire GBR
3rd - Harmon De Lange NED
1st Master - Keith Willis GBR 

PHOTOS

Day 1 Photo Album - by Thomas Reuhl
Day 2 Photo Album - by Thomas Reuhl
Day 3 Photo Album - big breeze in the morning Northerly! by Marcus Cremer
All Photos by Marcus - All 3 days racing, the coaching day, onshore shots and RS Aero Foiling! Available in Hi-Res and for free download by Marcus Cremer

Results

Punteggi presi in considerazione 2 scarti  - 9 races, 2 discards

RS Aero 5                          
Pos Numero Nome Club Cat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Net
1 GBR 2130 SARGENT KATE LEE ON SOLENT L -1 -1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
2 IRL 2387 VAN MAANEN ROY GREYSTONES   2 -4 2 2 2 2 3 (dns) 2 15
3 GBR 1502 HARVEY JON KEYHAVEN M 3 -6 3 3 3 3 2 3 -5 20
4 NED 2349 VD BOOGAARD KARLIJN ZEILSCHOOL AALSMEER L -7 5 5 4 4 5 -9 6 3 32
5 ITA 11 ARIOLI TIZIANO CVCE LUGANO   4 2 4 5 (dsq) 6 6 -7 7 34
6 GBR 89 DHONAU LEZ WARSASH L 5 7 -8 6 6 -10 5 2 4 35
7 GBR 1594 ARCHER JULIE ULLSWATER L -12 9 -10 8 10 4 4 4 6 45
8 GBR 2100 WILLIS JULIE LYMINGTON TOWN L M 6 3 -9 7 5 9 -10 8 8 46
9 GBR 1264 CRAVEN JACKIE YORKSHIRE DALES L 8 8 6 -9 7 8 7 5 (dns) 49
10 SUI 1941 SCHEU ULLI CVCE LUGANO L M 11 11 7 10 9 7 (dns) (dns) dns 68
11 GBR 2225 MCKEOWN JOHN LANCING M 10 10 12 11 8 11 8 (dns) (dns) 70
12 GBR 1650 OLSON SHONA ABERDEEN & STONEHAVEN L 9 (dns) 11 (dns) dns dns 11 dns dns 83
                             
RS Aero 7                          
Pos Numero Nome Club Cat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Net
1 GBR 2093 BARTON PETER LYMINGTON TOWN   -3 3 2 -4 2 3 1 1 1 13
2 ITA 1005 ZENI PATRICK FRAGLIA VELA MALCESINE Y 2 1 1 2 1 1 -7 6 -12 14
3 IRL 2414 MCMAHON PAUL HOWTH   1 2 -10 -3 3 2 3 2 2 15
4 GBR 2415 HERBERT NEVILLE ROYAL LYMINGTON   -7 6 -18 1 5 6 4 4 4 30
5 GER 1723 WALTHER MARCUS DSCL FRANKFURT   8 12 9 5 9 -15 2 -16 3 48
6 GER 1903 BARTHEL JULIANE SC DUMMER L 4 7 7 -11 8 -12 9 7 6 48
7 FRA 2417 WOODCOCK TIMOTHY CV MULHOUSE   -13 -14 12 10 7 4 6 5 7 51
8 GBR 2420 GEORGE BEN LYMINGTON TOWN   -14 4 3 6 13 8 13 -14 9 56
9 ITA 1886 FOSCHINI GABRIELE VELA CLUB DESENZANO Y 10 10 4 13 6 7 (dsq) 8 -17 58
10 GBR 2157 ROLFE NIGEL BURGHFIELD   5 9 8 7 -10 10 10 9 -11 58
11 AUS 2386 STEPHINSON PETER MIDDLE HARBOUR SYDNEY M 12 -15 15 8 12 -16 5 3 5 60
12 POR 2114 GAMBOA FERNANDO LEE ON SOLENT / CDPA   6 -19 -16 15 4 9 12 12 10 68
13 RUS 1017 IVANOVSKIY VLADISLAV ST. PETERSBURG   15 5 5 -19 11 13 8 11 (dns) 68
14 GBR 2353 LOCKEY KEITH ULLSWATER M 9 13 -14 14 14 5 14 10 -15 79
15 GBR 2162 CHAPLIN PETER BURGHFIELD M 11 8 -17 9 -15 11 15 13 13 80
16 GBR 2318 THORNE KARL LYMINGTON TOWN   -17 11 6 -17 16 14 11 15 8 81
17 GBR 2146 CRAVEN NICK YORKSHIRE DALES   -20 16 11 -21 17 20 20 17 16 117
18 GBR 1071 MARKHAM ALAN UPPER THAMES M -27 21 13 22 20 19 18 19 19 129
19 GER 1524 TECHEN HOLGER DSCL FRANKFURT   18 17 19 16 19 17 (dns) (dns) dns 135
20 USA 2315 DUBOIS DOUGLAS US SAILING M 19 24 (ret) 23 23 -25 17 18 14 138
21 NED 2373 OLSON JOHN ABERDEEN & STONEHAVEN   25 20 20 12 26 24 16 (ret) (dns) 143
22 GBR 1370 SAQUI MIKE CARSINGTON   26 18 21 25 21 18 23 20 (dns) 146
23 USA 8 WENDT BUFF TRUCKEE MONTANE L 16 26 25 18 18 21 24 (dns) (dns) 148
24 GER 1909 DOMRES JORN SV HARLEBUCHT   21 22 23 20 22 26 19 (dns) (dns) 153
25 GBR 1332 RYLEY NICK ROYAL LYMINGTON M 24 23 22 27 25 22 (dns) (dns) dns 172
26 FRA 1840 FLECHET DAVID CV MULHOUSE M 23 25 24 24 24 23 (dns) (dns) dns 172
27 GER 1369 GAEHRKEN PETER SG MANCHING M -28 28 27 26 27 27 22 (ret) 18 175
28 AUS 2317 GILES ANDREW LAKE CULLULLERAINE   22 27 26 (dns) (dns) dns 21 dns dns 183
                             
RS Aero 9                          
Pos Numero Nome Club Cat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Net
1 GBR 1551 WILLIS LIAM LYMINGTON TOWN Y 1 1 -2 1 1 -4 1 1 1 7
2 GBR 1806 MAGUIRE SIMON LYMINGTON TOWN   2 -4 1 -3 2 2 2 2 3 14
3 NED 1833 DE LANGE HARMON WV NIEUWE MEER   4 -5 3 2 3 -6 4 3 2 21
4 SWE 2390 SANDSTROM THOMAS SS STOCKHOLM   (dns) 2 -5 5 4 1 3 5 4 24
5 GBR 40 DANIELS NICK WARSASH   5 -7 -6 4 5 3 6 4 5 32
6 GBR 2001 WILLIS KEITH LYMINGTON TOWN M -6 3 4 -6 6 5 5 6 6 35
7 GBR 44 WATSON GORDON WARSASH   7 8 8 8 7 7 (dns) (dns) dns 55
8 GBR 2368 HOOD JIM LYMINGTON TOWN   3 6 7 (dns) (dns) dns dns dns dns 56
9 AUS 9 GILES ANDREW LAKE CULLULLERAINE   (dnc) (dnc) dnc 7 8 8 dns dns dns 63




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