Monday, June 01, 2015
And so the big day arrived.
The first RS Aero regatta on the east coast of the US. (The Seattle fleet beat us by a couple of weeks to stage the first ever RS Aero Regatta in North America.)
Saturday was a perfect day for racing on Lake Massapoag, sunny, 80 degrees, wind from the SW in the mid-teens gusting into the 20s. Champagne sailing conditions.
I think that counting my days in an Aero in Minorca last year, the days in the demo RS Aero in Newport and Bristol in March and April, and the days on Lake Massapoag more recently in my own boat, this would be my 12th day sailing an Aero.
But I had never raced it before.
The race committee gave us 6 races with windward-leeward courses, usually 2 laps with a downwind finish, except for the last races of the morning and the afternoon when we had upwind finishes near the windward mark - and nearer to the club for post-race refreshments. As well as the 3 RS Aeros, there were 18 Sunfish and 8 Lasers at the regatta too. The RS Aeros started with the Lasers, as we will for club racing. It seems to work out well and means less waiting around than if all the fleets had separate starts.
The short video gives you a good impression of what the sailing was like. But the caption "Tillerman Wins in an Aero" is totally wrong. The blog reader who posted this video to YouTube exaggerated slightly. One Aero had already crossed the line so I was actually second Aero in that race, which is where I finished in the regatta too.
Not that I was too much worried about the result. My objectives for the day were basically…
1. Have fun.
2. Don't break anything on the boat.
3. Don't break anything on me.
4. Finish every race.
5. Have fun.
With a couple of minor exceptions to objective #3 (more in another post perhaps) all objectives were achieved.
Especially #1 and #5.
I can't remember the last time I had so much fun at a regatta.
I think I'll watch the video again now.