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Lee-on-Solent - Hampshire, UK
20/06/2021 - 20/06/2021


Lee-on-the-Solent - Hampshire, UK, 20 June
The draw of a day out RS Aero sailing at the seaside brought a fleet of 23 RS Aeros to Lee on Solent to enjoy their beach side location, mid solent race course and wonderful new club house.
The forecast could not make its mind up and with the likelihood of medium/light winds the fleet opted to upsize with two good fleets of RS Aero 7s and RS Aero 9s Class racing. A nice easterly breeze gave a great start to Race 1 but it did however drop through the race. A short refreshment break ashore was rewarded with the clouds clearing to reveal blue skies and the breeze returned to peak at an energetic 12kn against the ebb current for Races 2 and 3.
After a slow start with a 3rd in Race 1 Tim Hire came back with all guns blazing to clinch the RS Aero 9 fleet with two bullets. Peter Chaplin backed up a 2nd in race 1 with a last run comeback in Race 3 to take 2nd overall from Peter Barton in 3rd with local hot shot Fernando Gamboa in 4th. Race 1 winner, Nigel Rolfe rounded out the top 5.
The RS Aero 7s had some really close competition and similar to the 9s, there was plenty of place changing with opportunities available across the course. Chris Rust won his first RS Aero event with a 1,2,3,  just one point ahead of Andrew Rawson in 2nd. In 3rd place overall Abby Hire stepped up with a 4,6,2 to demonstrate that RS Aero 5 sailors can mix it at the front of the 7 fleet when not too overpowered. Winning the final race (and you are only as good as your last race!) was Tomas Macchi took 4th overall.
Many thanks to Lee on the Solent SC and all their volunteers for providing an excellent day of RS Aero racing. It was a wonderful treat to visit their newly refurbish main clubhouse on the promenade with its finely refurbished interior and splendid views of the central Solent. Thanks to Rooster and Selden for supporting the event with a nice spread of prizes!
Next up for the UK RS Aeros this weekend is the RS Aero Northern Championship at Yorkshire Dales in the north and a combined Class Training & Race weekend at Eastbourne Sovereign SC on the south coast.
Larger Photos in the Gallery, by Paul Millard (PRO)


3 races, no discard
RS Aero 7            
Rank Sail Name Club R1 R2 R3 Total
1st 3669 Chris Rust Portsmouth SC 1 2 3 6
2nd 2890 Andrew Rawson Weston SC 2 1 4 7
3rd 2439 Abby Hire Lymington Town SC 4 6 2 12
4th 2168 Tomaso Macchi Weston SC 3 10 1 14
5th 3047 Paul Reeve Lee on the Solent SC 5 4 8 17
6th 3170 Nigel Dakin Seafarers SC 8 3 9 20
7th 3330 Iona Willows Lymington Town SC/ Dorchester SC 6 9 6 21
8th 2318 Karl Thome Lymington Town SC 7 5 10 22
9th 3661 Graham Tribbeck Lee on the Solent SC 12 7 5 24
10th 2677 Jeff Jackson Lee on the Solent SC 9 8 11 28
11th 2293 Caroline Martin Lee on the Solent SC 10 13 7 30
12th 2171 Paul Chandler Lee on the Solent SC 13 12 12 37
13th 2149 Michael Yates Lee on the Solent SC 11 14 13 38
14th 3328 Klaus Harris Swanage SC 14 11 14 39
RS Aero 9            
Rank Sail Name Club R1 R2 R3 Total
1st 1566 Tim Hire RLymYC/ Lymington Town SC 3 1 1 5
2nd 3326 Peter Chaplin Burghfield SC 2 4 2 8
3rd 3597 Peter Barton Lymington Town SC 5 2 3 10
4th 2346 Nigel Rolfe Burghfield SC 1 5 5 11
5th 2114 Fernando Gamboa Lee on the Solent SC/ CDPA 4 3 4 11
6th 1490 Graham Platt Highcliffe SC 6 6 8 20
7th 2520 Paul Mew Lee on the Solent SC 8 7 6 21
8th 2223 Mark Fox Stokes Bay SC 7 8 7 22
9th 3667 Edward Parsons Emsworth SC 9 9 10 OCS 28

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