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Royal Lymington Open - Hampshire, UK
05/09/2020 - 05/09/2020


Royal Lymington RS Aero Open - Hampshire, Sat 5th Sept
Straight after the UK Nationals a fleet of 16 RS Aeros convened at Lymington for the first RS Aero Open of the year (Eastbourne excluded) hosted by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.
The Lymington Clubs are keen to get back to some open racing and the local RS Aero fleet is as strong as ever with an enthusiastic training posse meeting several times a week through the summer to prepare for the Nationals.
We certainly made the most of a good race day with a prompt start and 4 race back-to-back races scheduled. The challenge of a tide turn half way through and a steadily increasing shifty puffy offshore cross tide breeze provided many race-craft conundrums through what was a pleasantly sunny day.
In the RS Aeros 7s Tim Hire dominated the day, sailing cleverly and fast to three 1sts. Peter Barton pulled just 1 win back off him with a first beat left flyer coming good. Jack Miller of Felpham SC took 3rd with a 2,3,3  from new owner, Jonathan Burns of Spinnaker SC.
The RS Aero 5s proved to be a two way contest between the Youth sailors Tom Ahlheid of Frensham Pond SC and Abby Hire of Lymington with Tom taking three race wins for overall victory. Cathy Bartram of Chew Valley LSC took third and it was great to see possibly the worlds most senior RS Aero sailor 'Great Great Grand Master' (85+ years!), Peter Conway of Lymington, in amongst the action and finishing all four of the races as the breeze picked up.
Many thanks to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club for their enthusiasm to host and their setting up of the event and volunteers on short notice. After an unusual season it was great to have a day's open event with some good racing challenges and excellent sailing.
Next up is another one day event this Saturday 12th at Burton Sailing Club near Derby in the Midlands and a weekend event away on the pretty estuary at Salcombe, Devon on 26/27th. Full details on the RS Aero UK Events List.


4 races, 1 discard
RS Aero 5                
Rank Sail Name Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2077 Tom Ahlheid Frensham Pond SC 1 1 -2 1 5 3
2nd 1566 Abby Hire Royal Lym & Lym Town -3 2 1 2 8 5
3rd 2615 Cathy Bartram Chew Valley LSC 2 3 3 -5 13 8
4th 2620 Emma McEwen Royal Lymington YC 4 -5 4 3 16 11
5th 1402 Peter Conway Lymington Town SC -5 4 5 4 18 13
RS Aero 7
Rank Sail Name   R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 2439 Tim Hire Royal Lym & Lym Town 1 -3 1 1 6 3
2nd 3193 Peter Barton Lymington Town SC -2 1 2 2 7 5
3rd 3342 Jack Miller Felpham SC -5 2 3 3 13 8
4th 2673 Jonathan Burns Spinnaker SC 3 -6 4 4 17 11
5th 2503 Dan Bird Lymington Town SC 4 -8 7 5 24 16
6th 2318 Karl Thorne Lymington Town SC -7 4 5 7 23 16
7th 3244 Andrew Williams Lymington Town SC 8 5 8 (12RET) 33 21
8th 1332 Nick Ryley Royal Lymington YC -9 9 6 6 30 21
9th 1603 Rob Ahlheid Frensham Pond SC 6 7 -9 8 30 21
10th 2505 Neil Wharmby Royal Lymington YC -10 10 10 9 39 29
11th 1563… Adrian Bateman Lymington Town SC 11 (12RET) 12RET 12RET 47 35

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