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RS Aeros at the Wurstfest Regatta at Canyon Lake, Texas

by Ash Beatty 9 Nov 09:27 PST 3-4 November 2018
Canyon Lake, Texas © RS Aero North American Class Assoc

Well, Wurstfest is over! Lake Canyon YC hosted the 50th Annual Wurstfest Regatta this past weekend and Canyon Lake let us know who the real boss is. 15 RS Aeros signed up for a 50th annual blast, and I mean blast!

Saturday saw winds of 18 knots gusting to 35+. A 'refreshing' change from the run of light air regattas we've been having. Hank Saurage saw 14.7 knots on his speed puck, but I know we were hitting 15+ on the reach back home, although I couldn't see anything with all the spray coming off the boat. An excellent Ride!

We had several newbies to the fleet including Collegiate sailor Zack Marks, who was able to hike a little bit(!) harder than us, let's say, slightly older sailors, and it showed with a clean sweep of the regatta. Long Ta from Viridian Sailing Center in Dallas showed extreme improvement in his Aero skills with a strong 5th place showing. Fred Schroth showed he is going to be a fleet contender as he pushed me the entire weekend (not that that is a difficult task or anything, just sayin').

Looking forward to 2019: We will kick off the season with the inaugural RS Aero Gulf Coast Championships at Sea Star Base Galveston in March, which can then move up and down the Gulf Coast annually to generate Class interest through Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle.

After that we will have regattas in Austin and at the Viridian in April and May. Dates will be announced and on the international Class website ASAP. We plan is to have seven or eight events spread throughout Texas, taking each sailor's best five regatta finishes and to award a Circuit Champion at Wurstfest at the end of each year.

Thanks for a great 2018, RS Aero sailors! The fleet is really starting to grow. Lets all plan on an outstanding 2019!

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Overall Results:

PosSail  SkipperClub R1  R2  R3  R4  R5 Pts
1  2209  Zack Marks [Aero 7]  NA1  1  1  1  1  5
2  2278  Hank Saurage [Aero 7]  Pontchartrain YC 2  2  2  2  4  12
3  2122  Jon Larson [Aero 7]  HYC  3  3  4  3  3  16
4  2475  Jamie Gilman [Aero 7]  Conroe YC  4  5  3  5  5  22
5  2633  Long Ta [Aero 7]  Viridian SC5  6  6  6  6  29
6  1625  Ash Beatty [Aero 9]  MISA  6  7  7  8  8  36
7  2211  Mark Mcnamara [Aero 7]  Lakewood YC  7  8  5  7  10  37
8  2476  Pete Gregory [Aero 7]  Atlanta YCF  4  F  4  2  42
9  2409  Robert Kembel [Aero 9]  Viridian SC9  9  8  11  9  46
10  2276  Fred Schroth [Aero 9]  Austin YC8  Q  C  9  7  56
11  2631  Tracy McConnell [Aero 7]  Viridian SCC  C  C  14  11  73
12  45  William Griffith [Aero 9]  Viridian SCT  C  C  13  12  73
13  2209  David Powell [Aero 9]  Austin YCC  C  C  10  C  74
14  20  Andrew McConnell [Aero 7]  Viridian SCC  C  C  12  Q  76
15  1Keith Denebeim [Aero 9]  Austin YC  C  C  C  C  C  80

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