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Reports & Results


Turkey Bowl Regatta, Seattle, USA
21/11/2015 - 22/11/2015


Celebrating thanks giving by going sailing!
Great to see nine RS Aeros out at Corinthian Yacht Club, Seattle for their Turkey Bowl Regatta on 21/22nd November with more new faces emerging. Winter is setting in but on the Pacific Northwest USA this can be great sailing with mild coastal temperatures and good winds.
Dan Falk, the 2016 RS Aero North American champion, took out the win;
'The conditions were perfect with breezes in the teens all weekend and clear but cold skies. This is my first regatta since the Cascade Locks event in July as I've been off sailing. I am still working at figuring out the ergonomics of downwind sailing in the boat but the RS Aero has definitely reignited my enthusiasm for sailing. Mike O'Brien and Doug Strumberger are exceptional promoter of the class and the growth of our NW fleet is pretty impressive thanks in no small part to their efforts.

Michael O'Brien has some interesting insights;
'Great conditions. Dan was again in a class of his own in his 9 rig. The other 7s and 9s were evenly mixed with the 9s having an edge when the wind got lighter. At 14-16kts, the 7s and 9s were very, very even.
On one downwind, Dan was able to heat it up a few degrees and plane away from the fleet while the rest did VMG downwind angles. Clearly, there are some opportunities in marginal planing conditions. We had a couple of boats sailing quite different angles upwind too. Some going high, some low, but surprisingly even at the end of the beat with the pointers loosing slightly to those footing the boat a bit more (in some conditions). We had some big gaps between the front and the back of the fleet and we are going to have to do a clinic or two to close the fleet up.
I was playing with settings and pulling the vang and cunningham hard such that the leach just collapses, hinging at the inner batten edge. What is interesting is that in 22 kts+, this may actually be faster. You sort of convert the 7 sail into a 5, which is very fast upwind. More test is required to see if backing off the tensions just a little is slower or not.
What was really cool is that with 5 of our fleet unable to come due to other commitments, we still got 9 boats out. The growth continues ….'


RS Aero

Place Boat Name Sail # Skipper Club R 1 R2 R 3 R4 R 5 R6 R7 Total Score
1st   1384 Dan Falk CYC 1 1 1 -3 1 1 1 9 6
2nd Feats of Strength 1250 Michael O'Brien CYC 2 2 2 5 -6 2 4 23 17
3rd SNR 1127 Todd Willsie CYC 4 3 3 4 2 5 -7 28 21
4th Boat Addiction 1251 Eric Becker CYC 5 5 4 2 3 -6 3 28 22
5th Ergo 1644 Scott Malone   6 4 8 1 4 (DNC) 2 35 25
6th   1643 Nate Creitz CYC 3 -6 5 6 5 3 5 33 27
7th   1129 Eric Arneson   7 7 -9 8 8 4 6 49 40
8th Zugzwang 1732 Graham Vaughan CYC 9 (DNC) 7 7 7 7 8 55 45
9th   1481 Dan Herron   8 8 6 -9 9 8 9 57 48
Sailed: 7, Discards: 1, To count: 6, Entries: 9, Scoring system: Appendix A

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