RS Aero at HISC
The Aero has taken off around the world since its launch in 2016 and is now establishing itself at HISC.
Class Captain duties are shared between Linda Stokes and Spike Daniels. If you have any questions at all, please email: [email protected]
2020 saw a significant increase in racing activity amongst the many Aeros berthed at the club, with turnouts for club racing in its various forms very encouraging; from the long-distance races venturing to the furthest reaches of the harbour, to the Wednesday evening and weekend racing programs, and the popular short course “sprint” racing.
The boat’s popularity amongst women around the world is also being reflected at HISC with those racing having competed previously in other classes or progressing from the hugely popular Women on Water program. Depending on the day’s conditions, women and youths might swap between the 5 & 7 rigs, while most of the men use the 7, with the 9 making occasional appearances.
5 HISC boats travelled to the 2020 National Championships at Eastbourne, and the 2021 Nationals are coming to HISC in August which will further encourage participation amongst the locals; some might also make it to the Worlds in Garda, all being well. The season should start on March 14th, with the first Sprints on the 20th and then again on the 10th April.
But it’s not all about racing, and there often Aeros out cruising or going for blast. Because the boat is so light and easily driven, it’s just plain fun to go sailing, both for novices and the hardest-bitten racing veterans.