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Highcliffe Icicle #2 - Christchurch Harbour, UK
20/01/2019 - 20/01/2019


Highcliffe Icicle #2 - Christchurch Harbour, Dorset, 20th January
Round 5 of the RS Aero UK Winter Series 
14 RS Aeros pitched up for Day 2 of the Highcliffe Icicle series on Christchurch Harbour, with 10 visitors joining 4 boats from the growing local fleet. A chilly breathless dawn came good as the skies cleared and a nice 8kn rolled in with the top of the tide.
With a total of 36 boats on the mixed class start line competition for pole position was super keen, leading to the first general recall. The tide waits for no sailor and water is a precious commodity in Christchurch Harbour, so the race officer did not hesitate in hoisting his Black Flag to enforce some discipline.
Two more recalls followed, driven by a combination of enthusiasm, poor judgement and a parched thirst for clear air. 7 boats fell foul of the Black Flag and were relegated to the sin bin, sitting out the first race in the sun. This included just one RS Aero, Nev Herbert - the Maverick!
Start attempt #4 got away cleanly and it was Ray New in his Finn who nailed it, showing the RS Aeros the way to the first mark. The RS Aero 9s of Nigel Rolfe, Tim Reid and Peter Barton got by and started to pull out time over the 3 lap course. Tim enjoyed his first competitive outing on an RS Aero coming through to take the line honours on the final beat, although not quite enough to take the overall win from the Finn on corrected time.
The second race started cleanly first time and the RS Aero 9s nailed the start and first leg, managing to pull ahead of the fleet enough to take the top 5 places on corrected time.
Overall Nigel won the day, pipping Peter and Tim. Nevlar came good with a 3rd in the second race having had a useful time chilling during the first race eying up the form and the gains!
Overall Report on Y&Y by Sarah Desjonqueres. 
Bubble of Aeros visit the Highcliffe Icicle an entertaining account from the humorous RS300 blogger, Chris
Larger Photos by Melanie Blackman
Facebook Photos by Melanie Blackman
Arial Video* (facebook) of the successful first race start by Adrian Dwyer
*An interesting challenge with a very long start line relative the the first leg length, due to the limitations in the Northerly. You could lay the windward mark from both ends of the start line and it is revealing to see how the fleet converges on mark 1. As it happened starboard tack remained predominantly lifted for the first beat with the leaders coming from the right. A small left shift could have seen the starters from the port end leading! The start is at about 1:03 and only the Finn is near the line with everyone being over cautious after 7 boats had been removed. 
Next up -
There is a keen run on our RS Aero UK Winter Series events, coming up quick fire; 
- Steve Nicholson Trophy - Northampton SC, Sat 26 Jan (limited entry - sign up now!)
- Tiger Trophy - Rutland SC, 2/3 Feb (SailJuice)
leading up to our big one...
- RS Aero UK Winter Championships at the Oxford Blue - Oxford SC, Sat 16 Feb (SailJuice)
at which we have seen 40-50 RS Aeros in the last two years and this year we will have international visitors!
Sign up now to come and enjoy the winter fun - just like summer, but with an extra layer!
Full details and online entry to all events can be found on the RS Aero UK Events List.
Remember -
Enter 3 out of the 10 events on the RS Aero UK Winter Series to be entered into the draw for the 50% discount voucher on a new sail!


RS Aeros at Day 2 of the Highcliffe Icicle Series (combined results from series races 3 & 4 overall).
RS Aero Rank Sail Helm Club Class PY R3 R4 Total
1 2427 Nigel Rolfe Burghfield SC RS Aero 9 1019 3 1 4
2 2549 Peter Barton Lymington Town SC RS Aero 9 1019 4.5 2 6.5
3 2647 Tim Reid Mudeford SC RS Aero 9 1019 2 5 7
4 2502 Peter Chaplin Burghfield SC RS Aero 9 1019 8 4 12
5 2318 Karl Thorne Lymington Town SC RS Aero 7 1068 7 12 19
6 1336 Joe Gallivan Lymington Town SC RS Aero 9 1019 9 10 19
7 2114 Fernando Gamboa Lee-on-Solent SC RS Aero 9 1019 15 8 23
8 1897 Ken Fowler Highcliffe SC RS Aero 7 1068 21 16 37
9 2369 Tom Ehler Lymington Town SC RS Aero 9 1019 16 21 37
10 2368 Nev Herbert Lymington Town SC RS Aero 9 1019 37 BFD 3 40
11 2571 Sarah Desjonqueres Highcliffe SC RS Aero 7 1068 18 23 41
12 1490 Graham Platt Highcliffe SC RS Aero 9 1019 22 20 42
13 2223 Mark Fox Stokes Bay SC RS Aero 9 1019 23 29 52
14 1637 Lorrian Wells Highcliffe SC RS Aero 7 1068 37 DNS 37 DNS 74

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