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4th RS Aero World Championship 2020 Columbia Gorge RA, Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA, 31July-7Aug
Sadly we are at the point of having to cancel the 2020 RS Aero World Championship in the USA. Many thanks to the Regatta Chair, Bill Symes, CGRA and all involved in both organising and supporting the USA Worlds so far. Thanks to everyone for their patience whilst we made a considered decision. We look forward in hope of an excellent North American Champs there instead. Here follows the announcement;
Bill Symes, Regatta Chairman, RS Aero Worlds 2020; 'Like all of you, the RS Aero Worlds 2020 organizing team has spent the past month tracking daily developments in the global coronavirus pandemic, looking for some light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, as of today that light has not appeared. Because of the continuing uncertainty that conditions will improve enough by August to ensure a safe and successful event, the organizing team is announcing today our decision to cancel the 2020 RS Aero World Championship. While we are deeply disappointed to abandon this project that so many of us have invested so much in, we recognize our obligation to provide you, the participants, volunteers, and sponsors, with certainty so that you can adjust your plans while there is still time. Concurrent with the decision to cancel the Worlds, the organizing team has stipulated that;
All paid entry fees will be refunded by CGRA (details in a separate email to follow)
All paid charter fees will be refunded by RS Sailing (details in a separate email to follow)
In place of the 2020 RS Aero Worlds, and assuming health and travel restrictions have been lifted, CGRA will host the RS Aero North American Championship, July 31-Aug 2. Registration and NOR will be posted shortly, and a limited number of charter boats will be available for visiting sailors.
The Columbia Gorge One-Design Regatta (CGOD) scheduled for the previous weekend, July 25-26, remains unaffected, and RS Aeros are invited to sail in this event as well.
The coaching clinic planned for July 27-29 is cancelled, although if the regattas go forward as scheduled, it is likely that a scaled down clinic will emerge. Stay tuned.
We will continue to monitor the crisis closely and hold out hope that we can be back on the water by mid-summer. If so, we hope you will consider joining us for one or both of these "consolation prize" events! On behalf of the Columbia Gorge Racing Association, the RS Aero Class Association, and RS Sailing, I want to express our sincere appreciation for your patience and support, and our fervent hope that we will have the opportunity to welcome you to the Gorge soon. In the meantime, take care, stay safe, and trust in brighter sailing days to come. Bill Symes, Regatta Chairman, RS Aero Worlds 2020 '
4th RS Aero World Championship - CGRA, Oregon, USA 31st July - 7th Aug 2020
Here is Yannick Gloster's follow up movie a year later at the 2016 RS Aero North American Champs with the help of footage by Michael O'Brien on the coach boat too - and blue skies too!
Nobody should be too misled by the light breeze easterly on the practice race day there. Whilst it can happen, the training day before was a peachy 12kn, whilst Day 1 of racing was 15kn increasing to 25kn and Day 2 of racing was 20kn gradually increasing to 30kn gusts!
In response to the global coronavirus outbreak the CGRA, RS Aero Class and RS Sailing have been evaluating the plans for the 4th RS Aero World Championship, 31 July - 7 August 2020.
We recognise the severity of the current crisis. Whilst there are challenges and uncertainty, at this time we are proceeding under the assumption that our World Championships may go ahead successfully. We have made the decision to extend the early bird entry fee discount to 30th April, with an update to the NoR confirming the details.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and expect to be able to make a more definitive statement in the next couple of weeks. You may anticipate a further announcement on or before Friday 17th April. At that time, if the decision is made to cancel the event, CGRA will fully refund all entry fees to those who have entered and RS Sailing will refund charter fees. In the meantime competitors are advised not to incur any non refundable expenses (travel, accommodation, etc.).
This is a very difficult time and the priority right now is to do what is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our families, friends and communities. We appreciate everyone’s patience and continued support.
4th RS Aero World Championship Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA) Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA 31st July - 7th August 2020
Entries hit 40!
The first 40 entries are now signed up 5 months before the first race!
Three good RS Aero fleets are emerging, with a good mix of international visitors and North Americans. Charter RS Aero's are booking out steadily, with the second container already half full.
There has been good support for both the Pre-Worlds and Coaching events at CGRA just before the Worlds (charters available for that too), for sailors to enjoy two weeks in the splendour of the Columbia Gorge, Oregon!
Be sure to save $40 and pop your entry in before the rate goes up after March 31st.
Pick one of the best places on the planet to host a world championship, feature one of the world’s best-performing single-handers, and you’ve got the 2020 RS Aero Worlds.
Sailing at the spectacular Gorge at Cascade Locks, Oregon, July 31 through August 7, the event is hosted by one of the biggest and strongest RS Aero fleets in the world, one that includes Olympic medalists as well as former World and North American Champions. Add in all of the top sailors from around the globe who will be joining them, and the fleet will clearly be among the most competitive in the class’s five-year history.
And the venue? The Gorge creates a wind tunnel between stunning mountains that rise from the water’s edge to nearly one mile high in places. Afternoon thermals pipe up against the Columbia River's current to provide some fantastic, long, downwind rides. The upwind current then provides a conveyor belt back to the windward mark—where you can enjoy yet another long, downwind run!
Local sailor and two-time Olympic Medalist Charlie McKee describes the town of Cascade Locks as having “a home-grown feel to it, sort of a low-key aspect which is different from sailing in San Francisco or someplace like that.” And, importantly, he adds, “It’s all about having a good time and enjoying the beautiful place that it is.”
The RS Aero class is making it as easy as possible to attend, providing a large fleet of charter boats that includes an “early-bird” incentive discount for bookings prior to the end of January as well as discounted housing. Visiting sailors can get a feel for sailing the Gorge and a chance to hone their skills through two events hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association—a Pre-Worlds event July 24-26 and a coaching clinic July 27-29. Charter boats are available for those events as well.
Quick facts: In its five-year existence, the number of RS Aeros has skyrocketed, with over 2,200 worldwide and close to 400 in North America alone. The RS Aero Class was the highest-scoring boat in the World Sailing-organised Olympic single-hander trials, held in March 2019. RS Aero World Championships have been held in France, the UK and Australia, with the UK Champs going off the charts with a record 205 competitors.
For more Information, Charter Bookings and Entry to the 2020 RS Aero Worlds at the Gorge go to:
4th RS Aero World Championship Columbia Gorge, Oregon, USA 31st July - 7th August, 2020
Here is Part 2 of Marc's excellent 360' movie of Race 2 at last year's RS Aero North American Champs at the Gorge. Check it out and toggle all around! There are lots of Top-Tips to be had there!
Who else is up for sampling some of this mouth watering racing at the RS Aero Class' 4th World Championship at The Gorge this August? We already have 25 entries signed up after just a month with 3 good fleets emerging - and there are still 6 months to go!
Be sure to book your Charter RS Aeros to catch the large early bird discount before the end of January!
Charter RS Aeros are at a discount rate only until 31st January and the
Entry Fee is at a discount rate until 31st March
The Social Programme of a Dinner, Banquet & BBQ is lined up at their exquisite shore front setting and is included for all competitors. Extra guests may buy tickets via the Online Storefront for the events individually or as a package
Charter RS Aeros will be available courtesy of RS Sailing and West Coast Sailing. These are available for everyone to book - 'first come first served'. Enjoy a simple 'fly in' solution
RS Aero Pre-Worlds - Come for the warm up event! Join the Columbia Gorge One-Design Regatta on 24-26th July
4th RS Aero World Championship Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA) Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA
31st July - 7th August, 2020
CHARTER RS AEROS A large fleet of charter RS Aeros will be available courtesy of RS Sailing and West Coast Sailing for the 4th Worlds at the Columbia Gorge, USA. These are available for everyone to book - 'first come first served'.
Charter RS Aeros will make for a simple easy FLY IN solution for a fun week at the Gorge!
40 are initially provisioned and this could be extended to 60 if booked in good time. It is vital to reserve your boat early and you can save a lot of money with the tiered early bird discount pricing before January 31st.
Early Bird discount price - $850 (£630) from 1st Dec to 31st Jan Standard price - $1,050 from 1st Feb to 30th April Late Booking surcharge - add $300 from 1st May onwards
STAND BY! ***Online Entry*** will go live in December 2019! ***Charter Bookings*** available at an early bird rate, from December 2019
***Notice of Race*** coming soon
***Accommodation Deal*** at the Best Western Hotel, Cascade Locks
A popular favourite with the North American RS Aero Class, the RS Aeros return to the world famous Columbia River Gorge for our 4th World Championship in 2020.
Take in the scenery to make the most of the fantastic wind and waves at the Gorge! After incredible downwind rides the upwind current then provides a conveyor belt back to the windward mark - ready to enjoy the long downwinds again!