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RS Aero Australian Champs - Black Rock YC Go For Gold Regatta, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
30/11/2019 - 01/12/2019

Write-Up

RS Aero Australian Championships
Black Rock YC Go For Gold Regatta, Melbourne, VIC, Australia,
30 Nov - 1 Dec
 
This past weekend the RS Aero Nationals were conducted at Black Rock as a warm up regatta for the Worlds. The 35 RS Aeros that entered were given a classic taste of conditions at Black Rock that saw our new National Champions emerge from a variety of testing sailing conditions.

Congratulations to Simon Reffold from Balmoral SC who took out the RS Aero 9 title, Rhett Gowans and Sophie Jackson, both from Mornington Yacht Club, took out the RS Aero 7 and RS Aero 5 titles respectively.
 
Thanks to Rhett Gowans who in winning the RS Aero 7 title for the second time, summed up the weekend thus;
"If you ordered a Pre-Worlds regatta that offered up all types of conditions: light air, medium breeze, gusty Northerly and waves then it certainly delivered.

On Saturday it was great to race in a mixture of conditions as the dying breeze quickly turned into a steady South Westerly, giving everyone the opportunity to make big gains and losses on a snakes and ladders type of day. Glistening sunshine and 10 knots proved to be the perfect combo as all sailors enjoyed a perfect Melbourne Summers day. It was great to see a number of old and new faces in the fleet, most will take to the water again in less than a months time for the Worlds.

Sunday proved how ruthless nature can be as only one race was sailed in a testing 20-25 knot breeze, with sustained gusts of 30+ knots. Big waves meant surfing... and lots of it. That's if you could keep your boat upright as just one boat in the fleet remained upright throughout the race. It emphasised how rapidly Melbourne weather systems can roll through.

It was great to see the high level of care and companionship shown both during and after the race from competitors, race officials and volunteeers as the tired sailors came ashore.

Cobwebs were well and truly blown off as the buzz and excitement grows for the 2019 RS Aero Worlds in just under four weeks time. We can't wait!"
 
Next Up for the Aussie Aeros as the heat builds in the run up to the World Champs over New Year is the George Mac Regatta at Royal Brighton, VIC, 7/8th Dec and Sail Sydney which is the NSW State Champs over 14/15th Dec.
 


Results

5 races, 1 drop
 
Rank Sail BoatName Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Nett
1 2675 - Sophie Jackson Mornington YC 1 [3] 1 1 1 4
2 2825 Jackpot Chris Brain Sugarloaf SC 2 2 2 [3] 2 8
3 3006 Carrie on Sailing Megan Ridgway Sandringham YC [4] 1 3 4 3 11
4 2694 White Mustang Lachie Hartnett Black Rock YC 3 [5] 5 2 4 14
5 2781 Dont have one Tabitha Stevenson Largs Bay SC 6 4 4 7 [11F] 21
6 3091 Sul Sea Ingrid Vinot Hampton SC 5 6 6 5 [11F] 22
7 8 Jack Reacher Jack Wilson Royal Melbourne YC 10 7 7 6 [11F] 30
8 2048 Love in the First Degree Aaron Flavell Black Rock YC 7 9 8 8 [11F] 32
9 2501 Gigi Fiona Ekins Black Rock YC 9 8 9 10 [11F] 36
10 2914 Muesli Christian Herr Black Rock YC 8 [11C] 11C 9 11F 39
                     
Rank Sail BoatName Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Nett
1 2827 Rhett's Rig Rhett Gowans Mornington Yacht Clu 1 1 1 1 [3] 4
2 3096 Swoosh Michael Parks Royal Geelong YC 2 3 3 2 [21C] 10
3 2822 TBC Peter Ellis Sugarloaf SC 3 2 8 9 [13F] 22
4 1189 Kelpie Ron Fergusson Albert SC 10 5 4 4 [13F] 23
5 2695 Aerotyne David Kentish Black Rock YC 7 4 7 7 [21C] 25
6 3095 RATirement Gary Ratcliffe Georges River SC [14] 6 12 8 1 27
7 3007 Racer X Simon Wilkins Mordialloc/RestronguetSC 11 8 5 3 [13F] 27
8 2495 facey Stuart Facey Mount Martha YC 9 9 9 5 [13F] 32
9 2818 You Peter Milne Black Rock YC [13] 7 6 6 13F 32
10 2913 Rosie Daen Dorazio Black Rock YC 8 11 20F [21C] 2 41
11 2497 Aernought Tim Deen Mount Martha YC 6 12 [13] 11 13F 42
12 2730 Suizen David Parry Mount Martha YC 5 10 14 14 [21C] 43
13 2779 Bob Tim Bardon Safety Beach SC 12 13 11 10 [21C] 46
14 2937 Slick Brian Case Royal Geelong YC 4 [21C] 2 21C 21C 48
15 2819 Ship Lookout Jason Wilson Royal Melbourne YC [16] 16 16 15 4 51
16 1074 None the Wiser Brendan Chaplin Black Rock YC [15] 14 15 13 13F 55
17 2824 NIX Nik Wallis Black Rock YC 18 17 10 12 [21C] 57
18 1697 ShiJi Fred Davis Mount Martha YC [19] 15 17 16 13F 61
19 2826 Scoot David Drover Black Rock YC 17 18 18 17 [21C] 70
20 1704 4D John Fordyce Black Rock YC [21C] 21C 21C 21C 21C 84
                     
Rank Sail BoatName Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Nett
1 1188 Camp Freddy Simon Reffold Balmoral SC 1 1 1 1 [3F] 4
2 2049 Retrenched David Andrew Mount Martha YC [4] 2 4 2 3F 11
3 1194 TijuanaTaxi Andrew Giles Lake Cullulleraine YC 2 4 2 4 [5C] 12
4 1196 Crosseyed & Painless Glenn Attrill Avalon SC 3 3 3 3 [5C] 12
                     
C=DNC, F=DNF                
 




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