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RS Aero North American Midwinters - Palm Beach, Florida, USA
08/02/2019 - 10/02/2019

Write-Up

RS Aero North American Midwinters - Palm Beach, Florida, USA, Feb 8/10

Thanks to By Greg Popp and Marc Jacobi for their reports on a splendid weekend at Palm Beach and to Patrick Sullivan for his lovely photos;
Ideal sailing conditions greeted the 24 RS Aero Midwinter racers who converged on Palm Beach this past weekend. The fleet raced on the ocean on Saturday in 15-20 knot winds and building seas that ranged from 3 to 6 feet, mixed with considerable chop. The challenging conditions added to the competitive racing over the four races run on Saturday.

With a strong contingent of first timers in the RS Aero, the opportunity to sail on the ocean was a bonus. Returning after racing through the Palm Beach Inlet on a strong ebb tide and a swell made for exciting surfing into Lake Worth as well! Saturday evening a gourmet burger dinner was provided for the competitors by hosts, Palm Beach Sailing Club. co-hosts, Sailfish Club of Florida, provided an array of appetizers and the always popular rum punch. Smiles and laughs were evident amongst the old and new friends.

Sunday conditions were too rough to attempt offshore racing so the Harry Anderson course was set on Lake Worth with winds inside ranging from 12-18 knots. Four races were run on Sunday with lots of close quarters action at mark roundings, and tactics playing a significant role in how the competitors fared.

A number of newbies in the 24-boat fleet made auspicious entries into the class. Eugene Schmitt from New Orleans looked very strong hiking and won the twelve boat RS Aero 7 class, followed by North American Class President Hank Saurage from Baton Rouge. Bill Dickey, a last-minute charterer from CT turned on the afterburners in Sunday's last two races to finish 3rd, just ahead of Bob Patterson, with another newbie, Lee J. Montes from NY finishing 5th.

Jamie Gilman from RS Aero US Winter Series sponsor KO Sailing wasn't messing around, nabbing straight bullets in the nine boat RS Aero 5 class, including some very impressive port-tack starts. Regatta co-host Sailfish Club had three representatives in the top 5, with Paul Gingras in 2nd, Top Junior Nicholas Lorentzen in 3rd and John Brim in 4th. Top Female sailor Melissa Solnick from NY rounded out the top 5.

In the RS Aero 9s, Mark Schwegman, originally from South Africa but now living in Ft Lauderdale, placed 2nd. Mark hadn't sailed a dinghy in 20 years but quickly took to the RS Aero, duking it out for the lead on a number of upwind legs with great speed and astute tactical decision making. Add a year of practice and this guy'll be scary fast! Madhavan Thirumalai finished 3rd, and receives the Furthest Traveled award, coming to the regatta from Bangalore India via San Francisco(!).

Palm Beach is one of the few venues that provides the opportunity to sail both offshore on the Atlantic and on the Intracoastal Waterway giving sailors a full range of conditions in which to test their skills.

Next up on the RS Aero US Winter Series is another set of back to back weekends in March at Port Canaveral on 8-10th and then Sarasota on 14-17th, ideal for the long distance travellers looking for good racing and winter sun! Full event details and info on Charter RS Aeros are on the RS Aero North American Events List
and you can keep in touch with Everything Aero via the RS Aero North American Facebook Group .
 
Larger Photos by Patrick Sullivan


Results

8 races, 1 drop
 
RS Aero 5                        
Pos Sail Skipper Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total
1 2119 Jamie Gilman Conroe YC, TX [1] 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
2 1378 Paul Gingras Sailfish Club, FL 2 2 2 2 2 [3] 3 3 16
3 1759 Nicholas Lorentzen Sailfish Club, FL 3 3 [5] 5 3 2 2 2 20
4 1764 John Brim Sailfish Club, FL 6 4 4 [DNF] 4 6 5 5 34
5 1 Melissa Solnick Fraglia Vela Riva, ITA/NY 4 6 6 4 5 [7] 6 6 37
6 1278 Jeffrey Leach Sailfish Club, FL [DSQ] 5 3 3 6 8 DNF DNS 45
7 2279 Geoffrey Moehl Lake Eustis SC 7 [DNC] DNC DNC 8 5 7 4 51
8 1610 Gregory Popp Halifax SA, FL [DNF] DNC DNC DNC 7 4 4 7 52
9 1761 Matthew Lorentzen Sailfish Club, FL 5 7 7 6 [DNC] DNC DNC DNC 55
                       
RS Aero 7                        
Pos Sail Skipper Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total
1 2122 Eugene Schmitt Bay Waveland YC, MS 1 1 [2] 1 1 2 1 1 8
2 2757 Hank Saurage Pontchartrain YC, LA [DNF] 2 1 2 3 1 3 2 14
3 2276 William Dickey RYC, CT 2 3 4 4 4 [9] 2 3 22
4 2404 Bob Patterson Melbourne YC, FL 3 6 3 5 2 3 4 [11] 26
5 2 Lee Montes Menantic YC, NY 4 4 [7] 3 5 4 7 5 32
6 3 Josh Morrison SC Chesapeake, MD 5 5 5 6 [7] 7 5 4 37
7 2024 Jeff Dunmall Toronto, CAN 7 7 8 7 [10] 10 6 7 52
8 5 Bill McKenzie Pam Beach SC, FL 8 8 6 [OCS] 12 5 12 6 57
9 2278 John Savickas New Mexico, NM 9 [10] 9 9 6 6 8 10 57
10 1983 David Solnick Fraglia Vela Riva, ITA/NY 6 9 [10] 8 9 8 9 8 57
11 1738 Tony Corkell Carolina SC, SC [DNF] DNC DNC DNC 11 11 10 9 80
12 2282 Chris Schmitz Concord YC, TN [DNF] DNC DNC DNC 8 12 11 12 82
                       
RS Aero 9                        
Pos Sail Skipper Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Total
1 2210 Marc Jacobi Cedar Point YC, CT 1 1 [2] 1 1 1 1 1 7
2 2209 Mark Schwegman Point YC, Durban, RSA 2 2 1 2 2 2 [3] 2 13
3 1982 Madhavan Thirumalai Cedar Point YC, CT 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 [DNF] 20


 




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