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RS Aero Florida State Championship at the US Sailing Center, Jensen Beach, Florida

by Marc Jacobi 18 Feb 04:34 PST February 1-2, 2020
RS Aero Florida State Championship © Mike Grant

The Florida weather was a bit chilly on Saturday but gorgeous Sunday and champagne sailing both days at the 2020 RS Aero Florida State Championship!

I was struck by the diversity of sailors racing in this event. We had a 14 year old and sailors in their 70s. Weights ranged from 93 to 250 lbs. Everyone had fun though, in breeze that ranged from 15 or so down to about 6 knots.

Racing was generally tight, with many places being decided by only seconds on handicap with the 3 RS Aero rigs racing together.

Phil Myerson (Cedar Point YC, CT), sailing his brand new boat, steadily chipped away, scoring three 3rd place finishes in the last 3 races to land in 4th Overall, ahead of Florida local Bob Patterson (Melbourne YC, FL). Eric Aker (MA) held off the hard-charging Phil by one point to claim third.

Hank Saurage (Pontchartrain YC, LA) came on strong in the lighter winds on Saturday to claim two first places, but couldn't quite overcome Marc Jacobi's (Cedar Point YC, CT) pace in the stronger breezes.

Check out the 2020 RS Aero North American events list here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelm [Rig]R1  R2 R3 R4R5  R6 R7  R8 Pts
1  2210  Marc Jacobi [RS Aero 7]  1  1  [2]  2  1  1  1  1  8  
2  2757  Hank Saurage [RS Aero 7]  [2]  2  1  1  2  2  2  2  12  
3  1422  Eric Aker [RS Aero 7]  3  7  3  3  4  4  4  [8]  28  
4  2896  Philip Myerson [RS Aero 7]  [12]  3  5  4  5  6  3  3  29  
5  2404  Bob Patterson [RS Aero 7]  [14]  8  4  10  3  3  6  6  40  
6  2639  Jim Myers [RS Aero 9]  6  4  8  8  8  7  [9]  4  45  
7  1378  Paul Gingras [RS Aero 7]  5  [10]  6  6  10  8  5  7  47  
8  1983  David Solnick [RS Aero 7]  10  6  [18/OCS]  7  9  11  8  9  60  
9  1041  Derek Stow [RS Aero 7]  [15]  15  11  12  7  5  7  5  62  
10  2732  Boris Mezhibovskiy [RS Aero 7]  8  [12]  9  9  6  10  11  10  63  
11  1738  Tony Corkell [RS Aero 7]  7  9  [14]  13  11  9  10  11  70  
12  2755  Julie Zahniser [RS Aero 7]  4  5  7  5  [18/DNS]  S  S  S  75  
13  2119  Melissa Solnick [RS Aero 7]  9  [13]  12  11  12  13  12  12  81  
14  2770  Don Winston [RS Aero 9]  [17]  16  13  15  13  12  13  13  95  
15  27551  Caroline Locke [RS Aero 5]  11  11  [18/OCS]  14  S  S  S  S  108  
16  1610  Greg Popp [RS Aero 7]  13  14  10  [18/DNF]  S  S  S  S  109  
17  2638  Darryl Rains [RS Aero 7]  16  [18/DNS]  S  S  S  S  S  S  124  

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