Video taken during the Wednesday night pursuit race at Massapoag YC this week.
I think I am right in saying that the RS Aero 7 started three and a half minutes after the Sunfish.
Sunfish hull weight - 120 lbs
RS Aero hull weight - 66 lbs
Thanks to Mark (the Sunfish sailor) for the video and for being a good sport by posting it on YouTube.
Comment in RS Aero Class Facebook group from Peter Barton - RS Aero International Class Manager.
The Aero with light weight and low drag will accelerate onto the plane much quicker and then plane faster than similar heavier boats, the difference in speed can then be dramatic - and this vid is on a run, not a reach. The Sunfish looks nice but the Aero is from a new era.
Comment in RS Aero Class North America Facebook group from Ash Beatty who placed in the top ten in the Sunfish World Championships in 1996 and 2001.
Sunfish sailors, especially the big guys, it's time to get an Aero. I've sailed Sunfish since 1972. I was lucky enough to have a fair amount of success. Now at 6'3" and 215 lbs, I have no chance in a Sunfish anymore. but in my Aero 9, I'm again competitive. The boat is way faster, way more comfortable, and at the end of the day, you are smiling regardless of the breeze. In light air, there is no more curling up in the cockpit and watching light weights sail away. This short video should be all the convincing you need. Go sail an Aero soon!!
I sailed a Sunfish too when I lived in New Jersey. I had a fair amount of fun but not as much success as Ash Beatty. I have even written blog posts about such topics as Why a Sunfish is Better than a Laser. So I hope my many Sunfish sailing friends won't think I am putting down the Sunfish. But I also hope that some of them will follow Ash's advice and and at least try the RS Aero.
And by the way if you want to keep up to date with what is happening in RS Aero world, then check out those two Facebook groups.
RS Aero Class North America Facebook group
RS Aero Class Facebook group