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RS Aeros at the Wickford Regatta

by Marc Jacobi 12 Jun 2018 04:34 PDT 9-10 June 2018
RS Aeros at the Wickford Regatta © Wickford Yacht Club

I think people are still a bit traumatized by the 25-30+ knot breezes experienced in 2016, but this year's Wickford Regatta was quite light; we might have seen 8-10 knots at times on Saturday.

Five races were sailed in all: four Saturday (followed by an *amazing* apres-sailing dinner, including DIY ice cream sundaes - your scribe went back for seconds), then one very light air race on Sunday before the Northerly completely died.

15 RS Aeros contested this year's event. The size and quality of the fleet was definitely noticed! What was especially neat is that 11 owners were registered, indicating the building take rate of boats in the New England area. The level of competition continues to increase with sailors progressively learning the RS Aero and upping skills with a good ethos of sharing knowledge.

The charterers made their presences felt. Quentin Chafee, sailing an RS Aero for the first time, was impressively quick, and with great starts was often in the top two or three at the first weather marks; he ended up top RS Aero 7 rig and eighth overall. Phil Myerson sailed an RS Aero 9 for the first time and quickly figured it out, walking away from the fleet early in race five (and ending up 5th overall). Ben Chafee and Alan Harris, both Zim Sailing employees, rounded out the charterers, getting first-hand experience sailing boats they love to move around their shop and deliver - due to the RS Aero's 66 lb, (30kg) hull weight, no doubt.

The fleet is getting faster and faster upwind, as evinced by Timothy Desmond (second Overall), Eric Aker (third) and Jim Myers (fourth). These three were seen duking it out at the front of the fleet on the beats, often pointing higher than me while maintaining pace. I mostly made moves downwind, working little breeze variations and waves that little bit extra to eek out the boat lengths. At the clinic before the Newport Regatta (July 6, then racing on 7-8) we can focus on reaching and running set-up and technique. See you there!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelm R1  R2  R3  R4  R5 Pts
1  2121  Marc Jacobi  [1]  1  1  1  1  4  
2  1041  Tim Desmond  2  3  [5]  2  2  9  
3  1422  Eric Aker  [6]  2  4  4  4  14  
4  1987  Jim Myers  3  4  2  [12]  8  17  
5  6022  Philip Myerson  [7]  7  3  5  5  20  
6  2507  Derek Stow  5  6  [16/DNF]  7  3  21  
7  1282  Sam Sylvester  4  8  7  3  [10]  22  
8  2276  Quentin Chafee  8  [9]  6  6  7  27  
9  1042  Bill Shaw  [10]  5  8  10  6  29  
10  2209  Benjamin Chafee  [11]  11  9  9  9  38  
11  2249  Andrew McConnell  9  10  10  [11]  11  40  
12  1983  David Solnick  12  12  11  8  [16/DNF]  43  
13  1424  Melissa Solnick  13  14  12  13  [16/DNF]  52  
14  2122  Alan Harris  14  13  13  14  [16/DNC]  54  
15  1988  Michael Gavin  [16/DNC]  C  C  C  C  64  

Full details of the North American RS Aero events list for 2018 can be found here

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