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Reports & Results


Sail Bellarine - Indented Head YC, Geelong, VIC, Australia
06/05/2023 - 07/05/2023


Sail Bellarine - Indented Head YC, Geelong, VIC, Australia, 6/7 May
A varied End of Season weekend in Victoria!

Thanks to Pete Ellis for his summary;
The RS Aeros were again an invited class for Sail Bellarine organised by Indented Head Yacht Club, supported by other clubs.
10 RS Aeros made the trip, all opting to use the 7 rig. As is usual for the event, there was camping next to the club for those claiming to be in touch with the common man, and those choosing accommodation under a roof facing accusations of losing touch with the common man.

Whilst the results sheet only show 2 races sailed, several others didn’t quite make it the full distance. The hardest job for the weekend had to be the Race Officer. Race 1 on Saturday was abandoned due to a big windshift on the 1st leg. Races 2 and 3 were sailed in winds ranging from almost nothing to 10 knots. Lots of close racing and place changes throughout.

The club provided great food and drink for dinner in the evening, giving everyone a chance to debrief on the day and decide that we were all winning at some point through the day.

Sunday promised a bit more wind. Heading out in 15 knots, the first attempt at a race was abandoned after the wind dropped to nothing at the start. When the wind filled from several directions at 20 knots, half of the fleet decided to head in. Those left found the wind increasing to a steady 20-25+ knots, with gusts recorded at nearby South Channel at 33knots. The leading boats crossed the finish line to find that racing had been abandoned at some point.

2 races “complete”, 3 abandoned. Really close racing. Lots of rain. Lots of fun. This weekend will be remembered for a while to come! There is lots of talk around the RS Aero Australian Nationals next year at Mount Martha YC in January and how big it will be. Someone even suggested doing some training in preparation for the event.

Thanks to event sponsor Ronstan for the prizes and Rooster Sailing for providing raffle prizes for the RS Aeros. Also a big thank you to Sail Bellarine 2023 for having us.

Australian RS Aero Class Website


Top three RS Aero 7s were:
🥇Pete Ellis (McCrae YC)
🥈Paul Rogers (Blairgowrie YS)
🥉Ron Fergusson (Albert SC)

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