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Strong RS Aero Turnout for Super Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

21st February 2023
There was a strong turnout from the RS Aero fleet at the Super Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
There was a strong turnout from the RS Aero fleet at the Super Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

The team were out bright and early to set up for the Super Series last Saturday morning at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, with the course laid based on a westerly wind; however, with 15 minutes to the first start, there was one essential factor that had not made an appearance - the wind! The AP Flag went up, and racing was postponed to see what conditions would do; given the forecast was to build all day, all were hopeful.

As dark clouds rolled in, so did the breeze in a southwesterly direction, so up went the flags, and before long, we were racing. By race 2, the wind was pretty consistent with some larger gusts and flat water, resulting in the odd capsize but overall nice conditions. Unfortunately, the race team only got off three races due to the time delay initially.

The RS Feva fleet was also a welcome addition to the Super Series at Dun Laoghaire HarbourThe RS Feva fleet was also a welcome addition to the Super Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

There was a strong turnout from the RS Aero fleet, with the addition of three more boats joining in this weekend. The RS Feva fleet was also a welcome addition, joining for the first time this year with three INSS boats participating and a special mention to the Feva crew who travelled from Howth. Sprint racing is an optimal way to gain racing experience, especially when little training occurs this time of year.

INSS Junior Club members Joe Gaffney and Finn Byrne made the most of the building breeze and came home 1st in all three races in the RS Feva class. Speaking about the racing after the event, Joe was particularly happy to be back on the water “We had a great morning’s racing”. Eva and Norah also were racing for the first time this year, and together they’re all looking forward to the busy RS Feva racing calendar this year.

Results from the series so far can be found here.

New entries are very welcome and we’re looking forward to getting back on the water for the final instalment on Saturday the 25th of March.

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