The Aero class has increased in Ireland to such an extent that there are now 17 boats regularly sailing and the solo class has been invited to participate in a number of RS events around the country hugely increasing racing opportunity, according to agent Kenny Rumball.
The RS200/400 fleets have welcomed the Aero to participate in the following events;
- RS Southerns – Baltimore – 16th and 17th May
- RS Westerns – Galway – 4th and 5th July
- RS Northerns – Carrickfergus – 15th and 16th August
This adds to the RS Aero Irish Open, taking place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May in Dun Laoghaire, where a charter fleet from RS Sailing is confirmed. The event is being supported by Irish National Marine Services, the RS dealer in Ireland, and hosted by the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School. Considerable UK interest is reported for the event, which will be used as a showcase for the Aero in Ireland.
The burgeoning Irish RS Aero Class Association welcomes the UK interest, and indeed commends the considerable support from well known UK based Aero sailors in supporting the event. The group is hoping to attract as many Irish entries as possible, and will help Irish sailors by directing them to the charter options available, and offer a few hints and tips.
Indeed, the Irish Class Association will be present at the upcoming “Try the RS Aero” Open Day at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School on Saturday the 7th of March from 10 am-1 pm. There will be three RS Aeros available for anyone with an interest in the boat to give it a go for free. The 5, 7 and 9 rigs will all be available, along with on the water support from members of the class association. Anyone interested is asked to contact the INSS office on 01 2844195 or [email protected] to aid with planning.
Describing the logistical support behind the push to expand the class this year, Kenneth Rumball says “ Irish National Marine Services is committed to supporting the growth of this class. In stock are two brand new boats, as well as two demo boats. We’re convinced of the potential for a lightweight, fun, comfortable single hander like the Aero, particularly suited to the weather conditions we experience here.”
Word from Aero sailors in Ireland echoes the “fun” element of the boat, with Dun Laoghaire sailors testing the Aero out in big breeze a couple of weekends ago in the harbour.