Whiskeytown Regatta - Redding, California, USA, May 27/28th
The Northern California RS Aeros enjoy some fantastic venues!
Thanks to Craig Perez for his report;
Wow, what a great weekend of racing at a great venue, Whiskeytown Lake and Sailing Club! During the day, the racing had something for everyone. Breezes from 8 to 10kts Saturday and 2 to 6kts Sunday. Short courses made for tight racing reflected in the tight scores for the weekend.
Mike Josselyn won his first race as an RS Aero sailor using his new to him RS Aero 9 rig purchased used from Michael Sealey. Randall Rasicot also won his fist RS Aero race to end up tied for first place with local Redding resident Steve Smith; a tie breaker was needed to award Steve the regatta for the weekend. Filling out the reminder of the results was Me solidly in third, Mike Josselyn in forth, Ilya Volkov in fifth, Patrick Gray in sixth, and Barabra Smith in seventh.
Most of the races were separated by less than three minutes from first to seventh place. Smart tactics, downwind speed and "liars' dice" luck were all in play each and every race. The most impressive aspect of the weekend was the RS Aero fleet, the largest fleet, and the most competitive. Remember when we started building our fleet in Northern California five years ago? Wow, good on us!
On Friday, the day before racing, four RS Aeros went out tuning and exchanged tips, matching boat speed on what can only be described as an "RS Aero Sales Boucher" day. 8-12kts of breeze on flat water under sunny skies and warm temperatures. Annnnnd, yes, pleasant water temperatures. What!!!! All this snowmelt pouring into the lake and it was not cold! The only thing I can attribute this too is "global snow warming" the temperature of snow is now 42 degrees. I am not kidding; the water was very nice!
Oh, did I mention that it rained some, and lightning, and the flying monkeys! Yes, it did! However, it never rained (or lightning) during the day or when we were exposed. It only rained in the evenings when we were all put away for the night and had plenty of shelter to keep us dry. The regatta dinner was a great bargain with all you could eat and drink plus tables and chairs under tents. Don't miss this next season, you won't be disappointed!
Next up for the Northern California RS Aeros is Huntington Lake for the The High Sierra Regatta July 7/8.
Again, great venue, great racing, great camping. However, reservations are tight. If you are having trouble getting a reservation, there is a good chance we can find you a spot. A few of us can share some space. If you are interested, please get in touch with me ASAP so I can match you up. Also, there are usually RV spaces available at China Peak Ski resort a short distance from the regatta site. Call them now to get a reservation; China Peak, 559 233-2500
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