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RS Aero North American Midwinters, Florida, USA
26/01/2018 - 28/01/2018


RS Aero North American Midwinters - Palm Beach, FL, January 27-28, 2018
A most excellent report by Marc Jacobi 
  2018 was a “sporty” year for the RS Aero Midwinters, once again co-hosted by Sailfish Club of Florida and Palm Beach Sailing Club in Palm Beach, FL. It was WINDY. Like 40 knots on Friday (so no sailing during the clinic), and gusts into the mid-30s on Saturday (which laid down to a pleasant 12-20 as soon as the committee abandoned ashore for the day, natch).
  At least Sunday dawned sunny and warm, the breeze considerately moving a smidge south of East allowing easy launching into Lake Worth for 5 races in 10-20+ knot breeze tumbling over the barrier island just to windward of the racing area. It was a tough day to get used to an 85-lb speedster, but several class newbies joined seasoned owners, swelling the ranks to 26 entrants. This was truly an international competition, with sailors from Canada, UK and Tennessee plying the warm waters of Lake Worth.
  Several lighter folks put up 5 rigs (the smallest of three Aero rig choices, the others being 7 and 9). Several others wouldn’t have minded joining them but didn’t have 5s in their quivers. Podium finishers in the nine-boat fleet were Julie Willis in 3rd (Top Female overall), then a tie for first between local Paul Gingras and David Solnick of New York. The tie was broken in favor of Paul (no-doubt for his pull with the Sailfish Club that resulted in literally buckets of Rum Punch, plus trays of Beef Wellington and Shrimp Yummys. Your scribe regrets not having a better description of the latter—he went sailing on Saturday when the breeze laid down and was left NOTHING by the weenies who stayed ashore and gobbled up all the treats. But your scribe isn’t bitter...)
  Even the big boys who went out Saturday after race cancellation were impressed enough by the jagged breeze to switch down to 7s for Sunday’s racing, resulting in a robust seventeen-boat fleet. Class newcomer Bob Patterson, sailing in his first Aero regatta as an owner, placed a close 3rd to 2017 North American Champion Hank Saurage, who was heard saying he felt a bit “off” (wonder if it was the thirty-two-ounce Rum & Cokes he and Ash Beatty were witnessed downing on Saturday?). 2017 RS Aero 9 World Champion Marc Jacobi from Connecticut overcame a disastrous first race (replete with a foul, lost tiller extension, and embarrassing use of profanity, all on the first leg!) to top the podium.
 Farthest Travelled award: #TeamLymo UK dead heat. Julie won the arm wrestle tie break.
 Best Beard: This is, of course, a highly subjective award. Does one go for Wild-n-Wooly (Tim Desmond/Bruce Avery), One-Notch-Down-But-Dang-That’s-Thick (Jim Myers) or Carefully Coifed (Jesse Winterbottom)? In the end, Chris Schmitz wins for excellent symmetry, balance and fulfillment of mission (capture of energy bar crumbs and bringing ladies to the yard).
  Best Regatta-mobile: Hank Saurage, who raised property values from Baton Rouge to Palm Beach by driving his tasty Indus Silver Jaguar XF SportBrake to the event with boat on top. Honorable mention to Bob Patterson in his Porsche Cayenne S.
  Coolest Pic on a Bathroom Wall: Paul Gingras, former Commodore of Palm Beach SC, looking quite stylin’ at the helm of a Santa Cruz 50 in the middle of the Pacific aimed at Honolulu. 
  “Best” Expletives, Weather Mark Edition: Marc Jacobi and Ash Beatty (unbreakable tie). Sorry again, Ash!
With heartfelt, profuse thanks to Palm Beach Sailing Club and Sailfish Club of Florida, the RS Aero fleet moves its sights one hour north, where next weekend the class contests its 2nd Annual Florida State Championship at the US Sailing Center in Jensen Beach, FL. Will the fleet get blown away by honking Easterlies again? Will Hank shake off this weekend’s hangover? Can anything tame Tim Desmond’s beard? Stay tuned!
MOVIE #2 - Big breeze for the lead in day which featured a clinic and the Velocitek Speed Run


5 races, 1 drop
RS Aero 5                
Pos Sail Skipper Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 1378 Paul Gingras Sailfish Club of Florida [6] 1 2 2 1 6
2 1 David Solnick Sebago, NY 2 2 1 1 [5] 6
3 2475 Julie Willis Lymington Town SC, UK 1 3 [4] 3 2 9
4 1278 Jeffrey Leach Sailfish Club of Florida 3 5 [7] 4 3 15
5 0 John Brim Sailfish Club of Florida [DNC] 6 3 5 4 18
6 2119 Geoffrey Moehl Lake Eustis Sailing Club, FL 4 4 5 [DNC] DNC 23
7 2279 Larry Cole Seattle Yacht Club, WA 5 [7] 6 6 6 23
8 3 Kim Frisbie Sailfish Club of Florida [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC 40
9 1760 Tom J. Bowler Sailfish Club of Florida [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC 40
RS Aero 7                
Pos Sail Skipper Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 2218 Marc Jacobi Cedar Point YC, CT [6] 1 1 1 1 4
2 1626 Hank Saurage Pontchartrain YC, LA 1 3 [4] 2 4 10
3 2404 Robert Patterson Melbourne YC, FL 4 2 2 4 [6] 12
4 2122 Keith Willis Lymington Town SC, UK 3 4 3 3 [5] 13
5 2278 Karl Thorne Lymington Town SC, UK 2 5 [8] 5 7 19
6 41 Timothy Desmond Wadawanuck YC, CT 5 6 5 [7] 3 19
7 2212 Jim Myers Watch Hill YC, RI 7 [9] 7 6 2 22
8 2209 Jesse Winterbottom Melbourne YC, FL 8 [10] 6 8 8 30
9 2276 Bill McKenzie Palm Beach SC, FL [11] 7 9 10 9 35
10 1738 Tony Corkell Carolina SC, NC [DNC] 8 10 9 10 37
11  1 Bruce Avery Watch Hill YC, RI [12] 11 12 11 12 46
12 2275 Jeff DunmallCanada [13] 12 13 13 11 49
13 1423 Roy Cooley Piseco YC, NY 10 [DNC] 11 12 DNS 51
14 2277 Charles Delamater Palm Beach SC, FL 9 [DNC] DNC DNC DNC 63
15 2282 Chris Schmitz Concord YC, TN 14 [DNF] DNC DNC DNC 68
16 1610 Gregory Popp Halifax SA, FL [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC 72
17 5 Ash Beatty MISA, TX [DNC] DNC DNC DNC DNC 72

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