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Reports & Results



Royal Lymington Open, Hampshire, UK
18/05/2019 - 19/05/2019

Write-Up

Royal Lymington RS Aero Open, Hampshire, UK, 18/19th May
 
Great to have 43 RS Aeros out at Lymington from 48 overall entries, even after a dire forecast of very light winds beforehand. With a fair amount of 'going large' occurring we had good sized RS Aero 7 & RS Aero 9 fleets and a smaller RS Aero 5 fleet this time.

As the wind picked up on the Solent on Saturday the fleet launched with the promise of a strong ebb tide pushing against a further increase in the wind. The sailors were rewarded by peachy western Solent conditions with wind against tide seeing us fully stretched at times - especially those who had upsized! "Many a good day's sailing is lost due to a forecast!" was never more true! Three good races were held and only one recall over the nine starts which was incredible considering the spring ebb washing everyone towards the start line.

Sunday morning looked very light. As PRO Malcolm McKeag had said in his briefing; "it can be as important to be lucky as it is to be good". By starting Race 4 at slack high water he gave himself the opportunity to get lucky with a good race whilst the breeze held. It proved successful with one light but fair race held just before the increasing ebb overcame the light breeze. As the tide kicked in we then were all swept home for an early lunch!
 
Ralph Nevile won the RS Aero 5s closely followed by Giles Baker in 2nd. New recruit Tom Ahlheid won his first RS Aero race. Good to see Tom joining the fleet after he gave us all a good beating in his RS Feva at the Frensham Frenzy two months ago! If you can't beat them...get them to join you!
 
Chris Jones took Race 1 in the RS Aero 7s before Noah Rees had recovered from his 4am start from Cornwall to take all the remaining races and the event. Relatively new RS Aero sailor Andrew (Spike) Daniels took 2nd with Sammy Isaacs-Johnson in 3rd.
 
In the RS Aero 9s  racing was incredibly close amongst the top 5, especially with Peter Barton and Greg Bartlett locked a couple of boat lengths apart for most of the weekend! Greg snuck by Peter on the final hitch to the finish in Race 4 snatch the win and end Peter's sweep. Never give up hope, just as you think it may all be over hurdles in the final straight can trip up a leader to open up opportunity for a worthy runner up to clinch the win. Ben Rolfe took 3rd overall.
 
Many thanks to the Royal Lymington YC for hosting an excellent event and to Harken UK for supporting with some excellent prizes.
 
Next up in the south is the Felpham Open on Saturday 1st June followed by the RS Aero UK Southern Champs at Warsash on 22/23rd June.
 
PHOTOS thanks to Paul French
 


Results

4 races, 1 drop
 
RS Aero 5                
Rank Sail Name Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 1099 Ralph Nevile Frensham Pond SC -2 2 1 1 6 4
2nd 2555 Giles Baker Datchet Water SC -5 1 2 2 10 5
3rd 8 Tom Ahlheid Frensham Pond SC 1 3 -4 3 11 7
4th 1705 Kate Wharmby Royal Lymington YC 4 4 3 -5 16 11
5th 1296 Margaret Dunn Lyme Regis SC 3 -5 5 4 17 12
                   
RS Aero 7
               
Rank Sail Name Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2875 Noah Rees Torpoint Mosquito SC -2 1 1 1 5 3
2nd 2738 Andrew Daniels Hayling Island SC -5 2 4 2 13 8
3rd 2552 SammyIsaacs-Johnson Maidenhead SC 4 3 2 -5 14 9
4th 2550 Chris Jones Sutton Bingham SC 1 5 -6 6 18 12
5th 2318 Karl Thorne Lymington Town SC 3 6 5 -11 25 14
6th 1927 Jack Hardie Frensham Pond SC -12 4 8 4 28 16
7th 1793 Geoff Havers Lymington Town SC 7 7 -10 3 27 17
8th 2725 Henry Chandler Emsworth SC 6 17 3 (25DNC) 51 26
9th 2647 Lee Timothy Lymington Town SC 11 8 7 -17 43 26
10th 1302 Jenny Bennett Lymington Town SC 9 11 -12 9 41 29
11th 2503 Dan Bird Lymington Town SC 10 -14 9 10 43 29
12th 2919 Sarah Gosling Keyhaven YC 8 (25DNC) 11 13 57 32
13th 2168 Tomaso Macchi Weston SC (25DSQ) 16 13 7 61 36
14th 2551 Julie Willis Lymington Town SC -15 15 14 8 52 37
15th 1551 William Homewood Lymington Town SC 14 9 17 -18 58 40
16th 1231 Madelaine Bilbrough Hayling Island SC -18 12 16 12 58 40
17th 1402 Jane Homewood Lymington Town SC 13 13 -20 14 60 40
18th 1637 Lorrian Wells Highcliffe SC -19 10 15 19 63 44
19th 2571 Sarah Desjonqueres Highcliffe SC 16 -20 18 16 70 50
20th 2581 Peter Craggs York RI SC 17 18 19 -21 75 54
21st 1776 Dan Fox Lymington Town SC (25DSQ) 19 21 20 85 60
22nd 2225 Johnny McKeown Lancing SC (25DNC) 25DNC 25DNC 15 90 65
23rd 2153 Francis Stileman Whitstable YC (25DNC) 25DNC 25DNC 25DNC 100 75
23rd 1715 Jane Peckham Gurnard SC (25DNC) 25DNC 25DNC 25DNC 100 75
                   
RS Aero 9
               
Rank Sail Name Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2813 Peter Barton Lymington Town SC 1 1 1 -2 5 3
2nd 2600 Greg Bartlett Starcross YC -3 2 2 1 8 5
3rd 2428 Ben Rolfe Burghfield SC 2 -8 3 5 18 10
4th 2441 Jeff Davison Island Barn RSC 4 -12 5 4 25 13
5th 2427 Nigel Rolfe Burghfield SC 9 3 4 -10 26 16
6th 9 Andrew Harris Tamesis Club 6 -10 9 3 28 18
7th 1298 Richard Watsham Starcross YC / RNSA 7 5 -8 7 27 19
8th 2806 Griff Tanner Tamesis Club 10 4 6 (21DNC) 41 20
9th 2502 Peter Chaplin Burghfield SC 8 -9 7 6 30 21
10th 1336 Joe Gallivan Lymington Town SC 5 7 -12 12 36 24
11th 2001 Ben Lyons Lymington Town SC 11 6 11 (21RET) 49 28
12th 1211 Nick Eales Lymington Town SC -12 11 10 9 42 30
13th 1490 Graham Platt Highcliffe SC -14 13 13 11 51 37
14th 22 Johnny McKeown Lancing SC 13 14 17 (21DNC) 65 44
15th 2505 Neil Wharmby Royal Lymington YC 15 -16 14 15 60 44
16th 1295 Jonathan Field Emsworth SC -16 15 16 14 61 45
17th 2786 Andy Norman Island Barn RSC (21DNC) 21DNC 21DNC 8 71 50
18th 1654 Mark Lambdin Bradford On Avon SC (21DSQ) 17 15 21DNC 74 53
19th 2785 John Kewley Island Barn RSC (21DNC) 21DNC 21DNC 13 76 55
20th 2727 Liam Willis Lymington Town SC (21DNC) 21DNC 21DNC 21DNC 84 63
 




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