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RS Aeros at the Puget Sound Spring Regatta at Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle

by Dan Falk 28 Apr 14:08 PDT 24-25 April 2021
RS Aeros at the Puget Sound Spring Regatta © Corinthian YC

With a weekend of varying moderate southerlies, the RS Aero fleet reached an informal consensus that the 9 rigs were the way to go and it was another big RS Aero 9 weekend for the Seattle fleet.

The race course was fairly flat all weekend and the entire regatta was raced in strong flood tides, so there was a premium on downwind boat speed. I can speak from experience that reaching the weather mark in a good position did not guarantee a top result at the finish. This fleet is getting fast downwind!

CYC ran a good event. Southerlies come with strong shifts in Shilshole Bay, and the committee wisely set the starting line for the average wind angle so both ends of the starting line came into play at different starts.

The weather legs were sometimes port biased and, on Saturday, "A" mark was close enough to the Magnolia bluff to make the final third of the weather legs tricky sailing conditions. However, these were challenges to be embraced, after a regatta that was a refreshing start to the season for the Corinthian YC race committee, thanks to all those volunteers.

As this fleet ramps up to the World Championship being hosted in Cascade Locks in '22, the sailing level seems to be getting better and better. While Dalton Bergen had another standout performance, many sailors had strong finishes. Andy Mack continues on form and took second with this author rounding out the top three.

Thursday night racing is has now started and there are large RS Aero fleets showing up weekly. Looking ahead to the major summer RS Aero meeting in the region, the Columbia Gorge One Design regatta at the end of July, there's talk of some guys heading down to the gorge for some training on there splendid track.

See also the RS Aero North American events list

Overall Results:

PosSailNameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R 10Pts
1st2024Dalton BerganCYC1111‑2111119
2nd1514Andy MackSYC HRYC33‑6612234226
3rd2233Dan FalkCYC‑745433323431
4th1727John RenehanCYC2‑54555552336
5th3256Keith HammerSYC97‑112441075654
6th2483Mark Reed 598‑12107448964
7th2228Jim Barrett 8‑11910887610773
7th1643Dieter CreitzCYC SYC48108‑12121196573
9th1127Todd WillsieCYC610‑141191081091083
10th1977Jay LeonCYC1414129796812(DNC)91
11th3251Andrew LoeCYC SYC‑182236(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC95
12th1377Michael Johnson Jr.CYC(DNS)15713DNC691111898
13th1248Andrew SchmidtCYC SYC1363711(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC105
14th1726Jacques GarriguesCYC12121716(DNC)131412711114
15th1481Dan Herron 1013131413111314(DNC)DNC116
16th1480Alexander BaldwinSYC15‑181615151616151313134
17th122Jonah ZimmermanSTYC171618‑19161415131412135
18th2449Mathieu DemarneCYC11‑17151714(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC139
19th2209Matt Hemke 16‑191918171512161514142
20th1241Charles FulmerCYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC159
20th1974Randy ShumanCYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC159
20th2082Jonathan McKeeCYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC159

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