1. New RS Aero World Speed Record
Is totally smashing the RS Aero world speed record newsworthy enough?
I included a video about this in my February news round-up but I didn't know then the full details of the new record. At Northampton SC in the UK with the club anemometer peaking at 37 knots, Anthony 'Chunky' York obliterated the old record with an amazing 23.9 knots (27.5 mph.)
Who can beat that?
2. Estonian RS Aero Sailors Looking Forward to End of Winter
The caption for this photo was in Estonian. But have no fear - thanks to Facebook, here is the English translation.
Let's take one last winter and we have been waiting since long eyes Tallinn Maritime Trade Fair (18-20. March), Where you can get from the rs sailing centre with boats (Rs Aero, Rs grain, Rs quest). Bye Sea Fair Rs sailing centre area!OK. I don't understand it either, but it's a nice shirt.
3. RS Aeros are Manufactured in Boston
Tillerman - why have you posted this photo of a very boring building? Please let's have more photos of that Estonian lady in her RS Aero T-shirt - CabinFeverWisconsin.
Sorry CabinFeverWisconsin but didn't your Mummy and Daddy tell you where baby RS Aeros come from?
I did know that RS Sailing contracted out the manufacture of RS Aeros (and all their other boats I believe) and that the factory that builds the RS Aeros is somewhere in the East Midlands of England. A couple of weeks ago, jeffers revealed on Dinghy Anarchy that the builder is Mtag Composites Ltd who are based near Boston, Lincolnshire in England.
Although I don't necessarily believe everything I read on Sailing Anarchy, this sounds plausible. Mtag Composites do list RS Sailing as one of their clients on their website and report that they do build the RS Venture. Check out their website. They build a lot of other cool stuff there as well as boats.
4. Demos. Demos. Demos.
In the northern hemisphere everyone is planning RS Aero demo days to help RS Sailing sell a gazillion RS Aeros and earn oodles of overtime pay for those hard-working guys building RS Aeros in Boston.
There was a demo day at Daytona Beach in Florida on March 12.
The Seattle fleet had a demo day on April 3.
The sailors at my old stomping ground, Rutland Sailing Club are having a "Taster Weekend" this weekend.
Mmm. Sounds yummy. With hors d'ouevres I assume?
Of course those balmy Brits have demo days four times a week and twice on Wednesdays.
And the Boston fleet (that's Boston USA) is planning an RS Aero Taster Weekend for Memorial Day weekend. Unless someone can come up with a better name. Any suggestions?
5. Aussies and Batman and Dented Head
Ron Fergusson, the current Australian RS Aero speed record holder has been racing at Portarlington Sailing Club.
One of the first European settlers at Portarlington according to Wikipedia (which is never wrong) was Batman...
No. Really. You can look it up
And, of course, Portarlingon is also famous for Indented Head.
I couldn't make this stuff up.
And apparently, according to Ron Fergusson's GPS, they also have very unusual race courses for RS Aeros.
Tillerman- have you been drinking? You seem to have forgotten my plea for more pictures from Estonia - CabinFeverWisconsin.
OK. OK. OK.
Never let it be said that I don't listen to feedback from my readers. Here is another nice photo of RS Aero T-shirts.
But let's get back to RS Aero sailing
Al Buzz Keck went to Nonsuch Bay in Antigua and it looks like he had a lot of fun blasting around there.
7. Easter in England
And some other crazy Brits went racing at Keyhaven on Easter weekend.
I think I'll take a nap now.