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Big Dinghy Regatta - Richmond YC, San Francisco, California, USA
13/04/2019 - 14/04/2019


Big Dinghy Regatta - Richmond, San Francisco, California, USA, April 13/14th
Thanks to Craig Perez for his report of an excellent weekend on San Francisco Bay;

San Francisco Bay winds deliver! WOW!
What a perfect weekend of RS Aero sailing on San Francisco Bay out of Richmond Yacht Club!
On Saturday the breeze started off light (5-8kn), however, built to a solid 15kn by the day’s end. In fact, after the last race was completed, all four RS Aeros stayed out to play in the chop and the building breeze reaching back and forth amazing all who were watching. Saturday’s buoy racing was close and intense with James Baurley taking the top honours with three first place finishes. New comer Greg Palmer showed off his Kiwi Laser skills in a borrowed RS Aero 7 from Barbara Smith who could only sail Sunday (thank you Barbara). Michael Sealey finished third for the series, while Craig Perez had to fight off traffic from the other classes.

Sunday’s Pursuit Race brought out the typical San Francisco Bay breeze, convincing all the RS Aeros to switch out their rigs to RS Aero 7s. It turned out to be the correct call as the winds built to a solid 20kn providing eye-popping reaches and wild gybes. Once again James showed good up wind speed however Craig’s crazy downwind reaching almost picked him off by the end of the race; James nosed out Craig by 25 feet after a 10 mile race. In fact, at the bottom mark of the pursuit race, after a gybe in big chop, both James and Craig took off from a pack of four lasers leaving them behind like they were stuck in mud. In the end, the two Aeros finished fourth, fifth, out of fifteen, behind 2 International 14s and a Willey Wabbit. Make no mistake, the RS Aeros made a statement, they are VERY fast!


Saturday - 4 races , no drop
Pos Sail Skipper Club Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 2232 James Baurley Alamitos Bay YC 91.74 1 3 1 1 6
2 1979 Greg Palmer Richmond YC 92.6 3 4 2 2 11
3 1249 Michael Sealey Butte SC 91.74 2 2 3 4 11
4 1733 Craig Perez Richmond YC 91.74 4 1 4 3 12
5 1878 Ryan Marquess HMBYC 91.74 7 7 7 7 28
5 1124 Jim Muir Santa Barbara SC 91.74 7 7 7 7 28
Sunday - Mixed Class Pursuit Race (27 entries, 15 finishers)
RS Aeros;
4th      2232    James Baurley 
5th      1733    Craig Perez
11th    1249    Michael Sealey  

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