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Reports & Results



Victoria State Titles, Australia
09/03/2019 - 11/03/2019

Write-Up

RS Aero Victorian State Champs - Mount Martha, Port Phillip Bay, Australia, 9-11th March
Thanks to by David Andrew for his report on the racing;

The RS Aero Victorian State Championships 2019 were held at Mount Martha Yacht Club over March 9-11th. The series had a total of twenty-five entries with 20 sailors from Victoria, 4 from NSW and 1 from SA competing in the RS Aero 5, 7 and 9 rigs.

The fleet contained a broad range of age and experience with Tabitha Stevenson and Michelle de Blaquiere and Tim Bardon bringing their experience from other classes and jumping into the RS Aero for the first time.

Seven of the 10 programmed races were sailed in light, moderate and heavy conditions. The first day started with a slight breeze and a smoke covered Port Phillip Bay. Everyone was keen to get out and get the sailing underway. By the time they reached the starting area the wind began to fade, and the race committee made the wise decision to send us back to shore to wait for the smoke to lift and the breeze to fill in.

The afternoon brought champagne conditions with two races sailed in 8-12 knot south westerly breeze. Michelle de Blaquiere and Lachlan Hartnett traded first and second places in the RS Aero 5s. Rhett Gowans and Michael O’Brien signalled their clear intention with two firsts in the RS Aero 7s and RS Aero 9s respectively.
 
Day 2 started where day 1 left off and built to a solid 18-22 knot south-westerly and 3 races completed. (EDITOR's note: I think it was much windier than that!). With triangular courses set, there were spectacular reaches and plenty of surfing. Lachie and Michelle continued to trade places in the RS Aero 5s; Rhett notched up another bullet in the RS Aero 7s. In the RS Aero 9s Simon Reffold had two great races to get home ahead of Michael O’Brien, with Michael taking the last race.

The last day was light and lumpy with left over sea from the night before, about 8-12 knots of breeze and a mix of overcast sky, heavy rain and bright sunshine. The RS Aero 5 fleet mixed things up with Tabitha Stevenson winning a race. Rhett reclaimed his place at the front of the RS Aero 7s and Michael gave the RS Aero 9s a master class taking out both races.

Mount Martha YC, a volunteer only club, put on an excellent regatta, with Simon Reffold saying, “I attend regattas all over the world, every year - and…this one was a little bit special.”
 
Photo Galleries - Ian Gould, commodore of MMYC, took some awesome RS Aero photographs.


Results

7 races, 1 drop
 
RS Aero 5                      
Rank Sail Boat Name Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Nett
1 2694 White Mustang L Hartnett 2 1 1 2 1 [4] 1 8
2 2681 Lovett M de Blaquiere 1 2 2 1 2 [3] 2 10
3 2045 Little Whippet V Stefani [4] 3 3 3 3 2 3 17
4 2729 tba T Stevenson 3 4 [6F] 6C 6C 1 4 24
5 1682 Yes! B Or 5 5 [6F] 6C 6C 5 5 32
                       
RS Aero 7                      
Rank Sail Boat Name Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Nett
1 1393 Jack C Brain 2 2 2 [5] 1 2 2 11
2 1284 B2 N Collis-George [7] 3 3 1 2 5 3 17
3 1200 Rhett's Rig R Gowans 1 1 1 [16F] 16C 1 1 21
4 2730 Suizen D Parry 5 6 5 [8] 5 3 7 31
5 2042 Axe M Savery 8 [11] 6 2 6 7 6 35
6 2495   S Facey 10 8 8 3 3 6 [11] 38
7 2497 Aernought T Deen [11] 10 4 4 4 8 10 40
8 2676   G Burkhalter 9 5 7 6 [16F] 9 4 40
9 2680   F Scrivens 6 9 10 7 [16F] 4 8 44
10 2587 The Gromble A Howard 3 4 9 [16C] 16C 16C 16C 64
11 2695 Aerotyne D Kentish 4 13 [16C] 16C 16C 10 9 68
12 2498 Thaeroputic R Debenham 14 7 [16F] 16F 16C 16O 5 74
13 2779 Bob T Bardon 12 12 [16F] 16C 16C 11 12 79
14 1074 None the Wiser B Chaplin 13 14 [16F] 16C 16C 12 13 84
15 2501 Gigi F Ekins 15 [16O] 16F 16C 16C 16C 16C 95
                       
RS Aero 9                      
Rank Sail Boat Name Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Nett
1 2500 Feats of Stength M O'Brien 1 1 [2] 2 1 1 1 7
2 1188 Camp Freddy S Reffold 3 2 1 1 [7F] 3 2 12
3 1196 CrossEyed&Painless G Attrill 5 5 3 3 [7F] 2 4 22
4 2049 Retrenched D Andrew 2 3 4 [7F] 7C 4 3 23
5 1194 Tijuana Taxi A Giles 4 4 5 4 2 [7C] 7C 26
7 1195 Icepick L Mairs [7C] 7C 7C 7C 7C 7C 7C 42
 




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