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Reports & Results



Wickford Regatta - Rhode Island, USA
09/06/2018 - 10/06/2018

Write-Up

RS Aeros at the Wickford Regatta - Rhode Island, USA, June 9/10
 
Thanks to Marc Jacobi for his report;

I think people are still a bit traumatized by the 25-30+ knot breezes experienced in 2016, but this year's Wickford Regatta was quite light; we might have seen 8-10 knots at times on Saturday. 5 races were sailed in all: 4 Saturday (followed by an *amazing* apres-sailing dinner, including DIY ice cream sundaes - your scribe went back for seconds), then one very light air race on Sunday before the Northerly completely died.

15 RS Aeros contested this year's event. The size and quality of the fleet was definitely noticed! What was especially neat is that 11 owners were registered, indicating the building take rate of boats in the New England area.

The charterers made their presences felt. Quentin Chafee, sailing an RS Aero for the first time, was impressively quick, and with great starts was often in the top 2 or 3 at the first weather marks; he ended up top RS Aero 7 rig and 8th overall. Phil Myerson sailed an RS Aero 9 for the first time and quickly figured it out, walking away from the fleet early in Race 5 (and ending up 5th overall). Ben Chafee and Alan Harris, both Zim Sailing employees, rounded out the charterers, getting first-hand experience sailing boats they love to move around their shop and deliver - due to the RS Aero's 66 lb, (30kg) hull weight, no doubt.

The fleet is getting faster and faster upwind, as evinced by Timothy Desmond (2nd Overall), Eric Aker (3rd) and Jim Myers (4th). These three were seen duking it out at the front of the fleet on the beats, often pointing higher than me while maintaining pace. I mostly made moves downwind, working little breeze variations and waves that little bit extra to eek out the boat lengths. At the clinic before the Newport Regatta (July 6, then racing on 7-8) we can focus on reaching and running set-up and technique. See you there!

Full details of the North American RS Aero events list for 2018 can be found HERE.


Results

5 races, 1 drop
 
Pos Sail Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 2121 Marc Jacobi [1] 1 1 1 1 4
2 1041 Tim Desmond 2 3 [5] 2 2 9
3 1422 Eric Aker [6] 2 4 4 4 14
4 1987 Jim Myers 3 4 2 [12] 8 17
5 6022 Philip Myerson [7] 7 3 5 5 20
6 2507 Derek Stow 5 6 [16/DNF] 7 3 21
7 1282 Sam Sylvester 4 8 7 3 [10] 22
8 2276 Quentin Chafee 8 [9] 6 6 7 27
9 1042 Bill Shaw [10] 5 8 10 6 29
10 2209 Benjamin Chafee [11] 11 9 9 9 38
11 2249 Andrew McConnell 9 10 10 [11] 11 40
12 1983 David Solnick 12 12 11 8 [16/DNF] 43
13 1424 Melissa Solnick 13 14 12 13 [16/DNF] 52
14 2122 Alan Harris 14 13 13 14 [16/DNC] 54
15 1988 Michael Gavin [16/DNC] 16/DNC 16/DNC 16/DNC 16/DNC 64




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