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22 Jun 2017

According to Mark Rushall (June “Yachts and Yachting”) Hayling Island Sailing Club is a venue sailors seem to love or hate.  Probably loved by HISC members but the strong tides, sand banks, the waiting for the wind to arrive and the long queues getting off the island are aspects just about tolerated by visitors.   

But, Aristotle famously said after his visit to Hayling Island Sailing Club “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, and so it is.  The reason why over 200 boats...

21 Jun 2017
Magic Marine RS800 Grand Prix Event Number Four

The aptly named RS Summer Championships were held over the weekend of 17-18 June with extra water and sun screen being the order of the day as temperatures rose to 30 degrees .  With 200 boats across the RS classes present it was quite a spectacle and a very busy weekend. 

On Saturday racing started on time with the wind coming steadily from the south at 7-10kts.  As ever Luke and Emma McEwen, the reigning national champions, were hot out of the blocks and established a good lead...

14 Jun 2017

RS Vareo Magic Marine Grand Prix Event NumberThree


We had a new venue for this year’s circuit  in Milton Keynes Sailing Club.  The event took place this weekend and was generously sponsored by Illuminis Insight Software.  RS Vareo sailors travelled from sailing clubs as far away as Emberton Park, Pennine, South Cerney and Oulton Broad to compete with the local fleet.

The wind set in as forecast at 22 knots gusting 29 on Saturday blowing straight down the lake allowing...

10 Jun 2017
RS Vareos at South Cerney SC Asymmetric Open Sat 27 May 2017

It was a great event, very challenging for most with winds ranging between Force 4 to 6; nevertheless 12 RS Vareos were keen to take to the water.

The first race was held in strong winds with three retiring during the race and many more capsizes keeping the safety boat crews busy.  A close battle between Cheryl Wood of Pennine SC, Phil O’Nions of South Cerney SC and Luke Fisher of Emberton Park SC ensued over the first couple of laps before Luke established a lead over Cheryl and...

07 Jun 2017
Baltic Cup Estonia - Tallinn, Estonia, 27/28 May

The RS Aero Baltic Cup Estonia was held in collaboration with the Kalevi Yacht Club Championships with the Lasers from the Pirita Olympic Harbour in Tallinn. A concentrated group of sailors from three countries, Estonia, Russia and Austria, participated with the races were held in medium and light breezes.

RS Aero Europeans silver medalist Kristo Ounap won overall with three firsts. Whilst Ants Haavel and Oleg Egipte won a race each it was the consistency of Liina Kolk which took 2nd...

27 May 2017
RS Aero UK Eastern Areas - Downs Sailing Club, Kent, 20/21 May

As we woke from our slumber we had sunshine, blue skies, the view of the shingle beach rolling into the sea and the French on the horizon! Welcome to Down’s sailing club, famous for the landing of Julius Caesar and a pier the same length as the Titanic.

After a breezy Saturday and a few of the “Seaside” ales expectations were high for the RS Aero Eastern Area Championships. As we launched the breeze was there although considerably less than the day before.

The first race was...

24 May 2017
RS800 Coaching at Itchenor SC

12 RS800s gathered at the lovely Itchenor SC over the weekend for an action packed two days of coaching with skiff gurus Harvey Hilary and Stevie Wilson.  They were greeted with wall to wall sunshine and all-too-tempting cake.

On arrival, crews were given rig set-up advice as they rigged their boats followed by a classroom session on sail trim through the wind range.  Back in the sunshine the group split in two for land drill, breaking down tacking and gybing into bite sized steps. ...

20 May 2017
Haltern am See RS Aero Challenge

The second German RS Aero Regatta of 2017 was held in Haltern am See near Dortmund on 13/14 May. Thirteen RS Aeros entered with the organising club Segelclub Prinzensteg. 

In extremely good conditions, partly sunny, partly cloudy, at winds of around 10 knots, four of the overall six triangular route races were completed on the first day. Marcus Walther, sailing for DCSL Frankfurt, won the day. Julia Barthel from Seglerclub Dümmer and Thorsten Krug from Seglerclub Münster fought for...

12 May 2017

Olá o meu nome é Fernando Gamboa, sou de Lisboa em Portugal… ohh wait I need to write this in English not Portuguese and it needs to be funny! Oh dear, a recipe for disaster! 

So the race report for the open meeting in Reading Sailing Club… When I said that I was going to race in Reading Sailing Club everyone said it was going to be very shifty. Well I live in Portsmouth and when someone says to me “That place it’s shifty” I, with my language limitations, understand that I shouldn’t...

06 May 2017

RS Vareo Magic Marine Grand Prix Event Number One 

Race One:   The wind was building through the race.  Cheryl Wood started well but went too far left allowing Luke Fisher to take a small lead on the pack at the windward mark.  Nick Crickmore gybed off from the rear of the pack and caught a gust left downwind bringing him in to the bottom gate ahead.  In lap two Luke took the lead back to windward but then Nick gradually pulled away from the rest.  The race finished with...

21 Apr 2017
Bough Beech RS200 Open 2017

A shifty force 3 north westerly greeted the competitors at the Bough Beech open meeting on 15th April. The fleet got away at the first attempt and it was Dave & Emma Derby who got to the windward mark in front. Despite strong challenges from Mike Green & Lynn Ratcliffe and Tom Wright & Chris Coulcher the Derby’s held on to win.

The second race was led from start to finish by Dave Jessop & Sophie Mear. They got to the windward mark in front & the planed off into...

07 Apr 2017
Peter Barton of Lymingon, pictured with Kate Fortnam of The Green Blue, wins the RS Aero 9 class at the inaugural RS Aero Sustainability Challenge at Burghfield SC

Thanks to Richard Watsham who captures a great day's racing in his report perfectly;

27 RS Aeros traveled to Burghfield SC in order to compete in the inaugural sustainability challenge. With three fantastic trophies donated to the class by the Green Blue, warm spring sunshine and a light to moderate breeze the stage was set for a great first event on the UK Southern Circuit calendar 2017. 

17 entries for the 9 rig, 7 entries in the 7 rig, and 3 opting for the 5 rig provided...