Enough of all the talk of RS Aeros and photos of RS Aeros and videos of RS Aeros.
Looking back in the Proper Course archives I see that it is 10 years ago this week that I sold my Sunfish and wrote about it at Sold.
It's hard to believe that I was such an enthusiastic Sunfish sailor for so long. I raced it on my local lake and in the North Jersey Series. I went to Sunfish North Americans and Sunfish Midwinters. I was even on the US team at the Sunfish Worlds a few times.
Me (in the middle) at the 1996 Sunfish Worlds
A better picture of me at the 2000 Sunfish Worlds
I eventually grew tired of the Sunfish after about 16 years and decided to focus on Laser sailing.
Just as I eventually decided to move on from Laser sailing and focus on the RS Aero.
Talking of my last Sunfish which I sold in 2006, strangely enough a sailor at the regatta at Massapoag YC last weekend brought me some news of it. It is now back on Spruce Run Reservoir in NJ being sailed by someone at Hunterdon Sailing Club.
That's good to know.
Better than ending up like this Sunfish.
Sailing is a small world.
At least two of the Sunfish sailors in that 1996 photo of the Sunfish Worlds in the Dominican Republic were sailing Sunfish in our regatta at Massapoag YC last weekend. Good for them. Some people are so dedicated to the Sunfish that I am convinced that they will eventually be buried in their Sunfish.
It's also true that two sailors who finished in the top 10 at that Sunfish Worlds, Ash Beatty and Hank Saurage are now RS Aero owners.
Hank Saurage (on left)
winner of RS Aero USA Speed Challenge 2016
Perhaps even more strange, of the ten or so sailors in that black and white photo at the top of this post which depicts Sunday morning racing on a little puddle in New Jersey in the 1990s, two of the sailors were racing RS Aeros at Massapoag YC last weekend and a third sailor in the photo is also an RS Aero owner.
Chris Stow (on right)
former Sunfish junior champion and now RS Aero sailor
I meant to write a post about Sunfish for a change and still ended up talking about RS Aeros.
I just can't help myself.