Write-UpRS Aero European Championship – Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy, 2-6 August
Racing got underway at the RS Aero Europeans after a weekend preparation including measuring in the fleet of 70 whilst groups went out training together. Then on Sunday the Class held general coaching with an hour ashore to run though tips, techniques and settings with an RS Aero - delivered in both English and Italian!
Afloat in the afternoon we held many starts and six short two lap coached races in a medium/light breeze. Thank you for the assistance from the team coaches from SWE, ITA, HUN and FRA/USA! At the end of the day was the Opening Ceremony with all the flags, welcome speeches and nice buffet snacks.
After a tough week for the Race Team a fabulous final day produced a ten race series with a good variety of winds giving a good mix for all the 70 competitors from 12 nations to shine.
At the end of Day 1 all RS Aero sailors at Malcesine remained in equal 1st place as no racing was possible! We waited ashore and relaxed! The strong morning northerly had been late to die and an adequate southerly never formed.DAY 2
Racing for Day 2 was scheduled for 08:30 with the hope of 4 races during the day. Three races were possible with a brisk 14kn that steadily dropped to about 8kn during the morning.
In the 26 boat RS Aero 5 fleet Attila Banyai (HUN) looked impressive with a large lead in race 1 to ultimately score a 1,3,1. Taking the win in race two was Francesca Ramazzotti (Veliamoci, Sardinia, ITA) with Stef De Clercq (BEL) taking 2nd. As no more racing was possible in the afternoon with the southerly not materialising that left Attila 1st, Francesca 2nd and Axel Almerson (SWE) 3rd. Anouck De Ripainsel (BEL) and Roy Van Maanen (Greystones, IRL) rounded out the top 5 overnight for a good mix of nationalities.
In the 44 boat RS Aero 7 fleet consistency was key with the variety of wind strength giving on opportunity for everyone to perform. Top of the leader board overnight is Daragh Sheridan (Howth, IRL) with an excellent 2,3,2 just ahead of Peter Barton (Lymington, GBR) with two race wins giving a 1,1,6. Winner of the final race was Leopoldo Sirolli (Tognazzi, ITA) to add to a 2nd in race two, Rounding out the top five was the consistent Javier Estarellas (Palma, ESP) and Erik Wahlberg (Gefle, SWE), again showing a good mix of nationalities.
Thanks to the support Rooster Sailing, Selden Mast, RS Sailing and Negri Nautica we have daily awards ceremonies with the leaders giving their top tip from the day to share knowledge for better racing - translated where necessary!
Another early breakfast is scheduled with racing set to start at 08:30 again on Day 3 to be sure to make the most of the good opportunities for racing.
One race was possible in the light morning northerly before it faded and failed to come back in the afternoon. The day belonged to Italy! Leopoldo Sirolli (Tognazzi, ITA), Giulio Sirolli (Tognazzi, ITA) and Davide Mulas (LNI Del Sulcis, Sardinia, ITA) took the top three in the RS Aero 7s, notably all three of them were past podium finishers for Italy at Open Skiff Worlds in the past demonstrating the successful new development pathway in Italy.
In the RS Aero 5s the two young Italian sailors, Sara Murru and Ludovica Cui (both LNI Del Sulcis, Sardinia, ITA), took 1st and 3rd, split by Emma Vanhooff (BEL) in 2nd.
The afternoon breeze produced a light southerly and sunshine for racing and 2 races were possible. Racing was tight in the RS Aero 7s with Leopoldo, Davide and Peter Barton (Lymington GBR) mixing it at the front and Guilio winning the last race.
In the RS Aero 5s Germany came to the front with Michelle Krull (Berlin, GER) winning the first race whilst Attilia Banyai (HUN) took the second. However a scoring penalty was later imposed on the Hungarian in both races for support boat infractions, which left the title wide-open going into the final day.
In the hope of achieving 4 races in two sessions another early start was set for 08:00! The wind did not disappoint and the fleets were delighted to have a good hiking breeze of about 12kn in the first race. The second was light and tricky, before the fleet returned ashore and in the afternoon and good southerly Ora wind arrived with sunshine and a 12-15kn breeze.
The RS Aero 7 title was close going into the day but a 1,2,1,1 from Peter sealed the Championship with Leopoldo’s strong series taking 2nd and Giulio 3rd just beating Javier Estarellas (Palma, ESP) and Daragh Sheridan (Howth, IRL) for the final podium spot with a solid final day. Eric Rieve (Berlin, GER) took the win in the 2nd race of the day, showing good form in the challenging lake breeze!
In the RS Aero 5s Attila did what he needed to with a strong 1,1,1,1 to secure the championship and blow away his troubles from the day before. Francesca Ramazzotti (Veliamoci, Sardinia, ITA) took second overall and Roy Van Maanen (Greystones, IRL) smashed in a good final day for 3rd just ahead of Vanja Ramm-Ericson (SWE).
Thanks to Fraglia Vela Malcesine, their race committee and the jury for producing an excellent event and race series during a difficult week of weather and in challenging times. Thanks to the support Rooster Sailing, Selden Mast, RS Sailing and Negri Nautica in providing an excellent spread of prizes.
Next Up in Europe for the RS Aero Class is a series of National Championships with the UK and Swedish nationals in August and the Italian, Irish Czech and Dutch championships in September.
RS Aero Events List
RS Aero 7
1st - Peter Barton (Lymington GBR)
2nd - Leopoldo Sirolli (Tognazzi, ITA)
3rd - Giulio Sirolli (Tognazzi, ITA)
1st Youth - Leopoldo Sirolli (Tognazzi, ITA)
1st Lady - Julie Lamarre (SWE)
1st Master - Javier Estarellas (Palma, ESP)
RS Aero 5
1st - Attila Banyai (HUN)
2nd - Francesca Ramazzotti (Veliamoci, Sardinia, ITA)
3rd - Roy Van Maanen (Greystones, IRL)
1st Youth - Attila Banyai (HUN)
1st Lady - Francesca Ramazzotti (Veliamoci, Sardinia, ITA)
1st Master - Roy Van Maanen (Greystones, IRL)