Tel: 01590 672677

RS Aero Fleet

Royal Lymington Yacht Club RS Aero Fleet


The RS Aero is a single-handed built predominantly of fiberglass, the product of three years of design and development by RS Sailing. It has a cat rig, a raked stem, a vertical transom, a transom-hung rudder controlled by a tiller with a hiking stick extension and a retractable daggerboard. The RS Aero is a refined and durable boat that will suit any sailor between 35 and 95kg. It displaces 66 lb (30 kg) - less than the weight of an oppie! 

The Aero can be fitted with one of three different rig and sail sizes to accommodate a range of sailors of different weights. The Aero 5 is designed for children and small sailors (35-55kg), with 5m2 of sail. The Aero 7 is designed for medium weight sailors (55-75kg) and has a sail area of 7.2m2. The Aero 9 is designed for heavy weight sailors (75-95kg) with a sail area of 8.6m2.

 

Lymington Youth Aeros


Although a new fleet, the Lymington Youth Aeros have already achieved success on the national and international stage. 

In 2019 and 2020 Tim Hire from Royal Lymington Yacht Club became RS Aero 7 National Youth Champion and 1st Youth at the National Championships. In 2020, Abby Hire became Junior National Aero 5 Champion and Tom Wharmby 1st Junior Boy.

Our Aero Fleet welcomes sailors transitioning from Optimists and Teras. Our aim is to give knowledge and confidence to sail a technically challenging and rewarding single-handed dinghy, to sail it well, to make friends, to have fun and develop lifelong skills that are common to many aspects of sailing.
 
 

Aero Coaching


Our Youth Aero Fleet is active throughout the season with regular coached training and racing opportunities.

Parents are encouraged to volunteer helming or crewing the safety ribs. Rib helms are required to have RYA PB2 and the club runs courses throughout the year, enabling interested parents in gaining this qualification (subsidised for Full/Family Members).

We welcome visiting sailors to our Open Training, however there are many benefits to becoming a member of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. They are two ways that children can become members: 


1. Full Family Membership

We offer discounted family membership rates and children aged under 18 join FREE when parents take up family membership. This type of membership brings the most benefits, including subsidised coaching, full use of the club’s facilities including the Mosimann’s restaurant and bar (with members' rates for food and drink), access to our dinghy storage parks, access to club boats and SUPs to hire, discounted rates for training courses and inclusion in our adventure sailing and social programmes. Full members also enjoy full use of our waterfront facilities including overnight mooring on our pontoons with electricity and water, launch service to river moorings or tenders to borrow, boatmen services including our on-site crane at discounted members' rate. Find out more and join us!


2. Junior Membership

Children can join in their own right as Junior Members. The annual subscription is the only as much as the cost of a buoyancy aid and this brings slightly subsidised coaching (although the discount is not as great as Family Members). Find out more and join us!
 
 

Aero Racing


As well as informal racing within the club Aero fleet, there are other opportunities to race with the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.
 

Monday Evening Dinghy Racing

Aeros may join our Monday Evening Dinghies, every week at 18:00 from April to September. Click here for more information and here for the latest Results
   

Friday Evening Junior Racing

Our Friday Evening Racing is aimed at our junior and youth members and takes place every week with warning signal at 18:00 from April to September. 
Click here for more information and here for the latest Results
 
 

 

Join our Aero Fleet!


 

Please do get in touch with the Fleet Captain by email if you would like to find out more about Aero sailing in Lymington or to join the RLymYC Aero Fleet WhatsApp group, or call the club office on 01590 672677.

Aero Fleet Captain: Neil Wharmby
Head Coach: Hugh Styles  h2sailingteam@gmail.com

RS Aero Class Association: https://www.rsaerosailing.org/

  

Participants shall be guided by the RYA document Sailing & Racing in Mixed Households and by the control measures outlined in the Royal Lymington Yacht Club risk assessments for Dinghy Sailing and SUP, Pontoon and On The Water Activities and Clubhouse Operations.