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RS Aero Victorian State Championships, Melbourne, Australia
21/04/2018 - 22/04/2018

Write-Up

RS Aero Victorian State Championships at the RS Classes Regatta
Melbourne, Australia - 21/22 April 2018
 
The RS Aero Victorian State Championships were held over the weekend of the 21st/22nd April at Black Rock Yacht Club, alongside other RS Classes, as part of their annual Skiff Regatta.

The event attracted twenty one entries that reflect the diversity of sailors that are sailing the three different rigs available in the Aero Class. The age range among the men and women competing was from 15 years of age to our oldest competitor at 74, who incidentally had just 'downgraded' to an Aero from his foiling Moth. Five boats made the trip down to Melbourne from Sydney and also in the fleet was an international sailor, hailing from the Isle of Man, UK.

On both days sailors were welcomed to a misty morning until the sun eventually burnt off the cloud cover, generating a light northerly breeze, in time for the first warning signal. On both days the winds tracked steadily from the north to the south, increasing in pressure as it rotated. This meant a lot of work for the Race Management teams but the courses were altered between races seamlessly.

Over the six race series the lead was hotly contested by numerous sailors. Ron Fergusson, Michael O'Brien, Steven Case, Chris Brain, Warwick Foy, Greg Kelly and Rhett Gowans all had their moments at the head of the fleet. However, it was the sailors that managed to stay in pressure on the lifting tack that moved through the fleet for better results overall.

The consensus from the sailors after the event was that it was great to be part of such an inclusive and hotly contested fleet and they all learnt a lot over the course of the regatta.

Greg Kelly (Aero 7), from the Isle of Man took the overall honours, sailing conservatively, while using his knowledge of the class to the best of his ability. In second place overall and Victorian State Champion was Rhett Gowans from Mornington YC/Royal Brighton YC (Aero 7) and rounding out the podium was Chris Brain (Aero 7) in third place overall from Sugarloaf SC, pipping Steven Case Royal Geelong YC on count back. Warwick Foy was the overall Aero 9 winner and Ryu Watanabe from Royal Geelong YC was the Aero 5 winner.

Competitors are now looking forward to the RS Aero Nationals that will be held at Port Stephens, NSW in early December so they can become familiar with the waters where the RS Aero World Championships will be held in December 2019.
 
Top Photo: Rhett Gowans, 1st Victorian and 2nd overall


Results

6 races, 1 prop
Yardsticks used: RS Aero 9 = 109.3, RS Aero 7 = 112.5, RS Aero 5 = 116.8
 
Place Sail Skipper Club Class R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total
1 20 Greg Kelly Isle of Man YC, UK RS Aero 7 1 1 1 [2] 1 1 5
2 1679 Rhett Gowans Royal Brighton YC, VIC RS Aero 7 3 [5] 2 5 4 2 16
3 1393 Chris Brain Sugarloaf SC, VIC RS Aero 7 [12] 2 6 1 6 4 19
4 10 Steven Case Royal Geelong YC, VIC RS Aero 7 2 3 3 4 7 [8] 19
5 2500 Michael O'Brien Royal Brighton YC, VIC RS Aero 7 4 4 5 [12] 2 5 20
6 188 Warwick Foy   RS Aero 9 [11] 6 4 6 3 3 22
7 7 Pedro Stephinson MiddleHarbourASC, NSW RS Aero 7 6 7 7 7 10 [12] 37
8 1189 Ron Fergusson Albert SC, VIC RS Aero 7 5 10 9 [13] 12 6 42
9 1188 Simon Reffold Royal Motor YC, NSW RS Aero 9 9 [14] 10 11 5 7 42
10 1284 Nick Collis-George Balmoral SC, VIC RS Aero 7 7 8 11 [16] 8 10 44
11 1194 Andrew Giles Cullulleraine, VIC RS Aero 9 [14] 9 13 3 13 11 49
12 2047 David Innes Sugarloaf SC, VIC RS Aero 9 8 [15] 12 10 11 9 50
13 2049 David Andrew Mount Martha, VIC RS Aero 7 13 13 8 8.5 9 [22] 51.5
14 1 Brian Case Royal Geelong YC, VIC RS Aero 7 10 11.5 14 8.5 [22] 22 66
15 1388 Ryu Watanabe Royal Geelong YC, VIC RS Aero 5 15 11.5 [16] 15 16 13 70.5
16 1074 Brendan Chaplin Black Rock YC, VIC RS Aero 7 [18] 16 15 14 14 14 73
17 2045 Victoria Land Mount Martha, VIC RS Aero 5 17 [18] 17 17 15 15 81
18 2492 David Adams Doroyd AC, NSW RS Aero 5 16 19 18 18 17 [22] 88
19 1683 Kendra Gallety   RS Aero 5 [19] 17 19 19 18 16 89
20 1704 John Fordyce Black Rock YC, VIC RS Aero 7 [22] 22 22 22 22 22 110
20 1697 John Sammons Black Rock YC, VIC RS Aero 7 [22] 22 22 22 22 22 110
 
Full Results with race timings and separate Class Results
 




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