A total of 19 competitors arrived at a grey and overcast Lymington Town Sailing Club on Saturday 7th June, having travelled through thunder, lightning and torrential rain.
As the competitors briefing took place, the sun appeared and didn't leave for the rest of the day.
PRO Keith Willis and his team set a windward leeward course in the Solent to the West of the Lymington River entrance, getting as close to the shore as possible to attempt to counteract the tide.
The breeze settled just West of South West at a relatively steady 10 knots for the afternoon, giving the sailors a great days sailing in bright sunshine.
The seven strong PRO fleet of three LTSC boats and four visitors sailed four races back to back with Henry Jameson of Hayling Island Sailing Club winning three of the four to take a strong overnight lead ahead of Liam Willis of LTSC and Jonny Tait of Royal Lymington Yacht Club tied for second.
In the SPORT Fleet also completing four races, it was Henry Collison of LTSC taking two race wins ahead of Rupert Jameson of Hayling Island Sailing Club also with two race wins, followed by a consistent Nathan Lomas of Oxford Sailing Club lying in third.
After sailing the fleet were treated to a magnificent display by the Red Arrows as part of the D-Day celebrations, and a BBQ at the club, not sure any venue is going to beat that this year.
Sunday dawned with beautiful sunshine with a more challenging, less consistent breeze, with the tide turning between races three and four.
In the PRO fleet Henry flew out of the blocks taking another three race wins in a row, followed home by Tom Goacher of LTSC in each of these races, as the tide turned the breeze dropped making it very tricky, Jonny took race eight from Liam to secure third overall on count back.
The SPORTS saw four different race winners over the day, Andrew Frost took race five, Rupert race six, Flo Peters of Hayling Island Sailing Club race seven and William Caiger of Bewl Valley Sailing Club race eight.
After all the results were in, there were three points separating the top three sailors, first was Henry Collison, second Andrew Frost and third Rupert Jameson.
A big thank you must go to the event organisers, race management team, safety boats and event sponsor Harken for some fantastic prizes.
Next stop for the RS Tera Fleet is the Virtual Rigger Southern Area Championships at Hayling Island Sailing Club on 14th and 15th June.
|Pos||Boat Name||Sail No||Helm||Club||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||R7||R8||Pts|
|1st||2623||Henry Jameson||Hayling Island SC||1||1||1||‑5||1||1||1||‑3||6|
|5th||Tera||2153||Ben Poe||Sutton Bingham SC||‑5||‑5||5||1||4||3||3||5||21|
|6th||1649||Freya Grant||Emsworth SC||‑6||2||2||‑6||3||4||6||DNF||23|
|2nd||2410||Andrew Frost||Sutton Bingham SC||3||‑4||‑4||3||1||2||2||3||14|
|3rd||2613||Rupert Jameson||Hayling Island SC||4||1||1||‑6||6||1||‑7||2||15|
|4th||2370||Flo Peters||Hayling Island SC||2||5||‑8||2||(OCS)||4||1||5||19|
|5th||1886||Nathan Lomas||Oxford SC||5||2||2||4||3||‑8||‑8||7||23|
|6th||2440||Willaim Caiger||Bewl Valley SC||‑6||‑6||5||5||4||5||4||1||24|
|7th||Crazt Duck||745||Tim Hire||RLymYC||7||7||7||8||5||‑9||‑10||8||42|
|8th||RS Tera||2369||Ralph Nevile||Fresham Pond SC||8||8||6||‑10||(OCS)||7||5||9||43|
|9th||1668||Andreas Purse||Bewl Valley SC||9||9||‑10||‑11||9||6||6||10||49|
|10th||2169||Marcos Purse||Bewl Valley SC||10||‑11||9||7||8||‑11||9||6||49|
|11th||2584||Becky Caiger||Bewl Valley SC||‑11||10||‑11||9||7||10||11||11||58|