Please select your home edition
Edition
Lennon Thermalite 728x90 1

RS Aeros at the Santa Barbara Goblin Regatta

by Catherine and Yannick Gloster on 13 Nov 2016 29-30 October 2016
Santa Barbara Goblin Regatta prize winners © Yannick Gloster

Santa Barbara's annual Goblin Regatta was a multi fleet event of about 50 boats including RS Aeros, RS Fevas, J70s, J24s, Merles, Habro 20s and PHRFs. The end of October is usually sunny and windy in Santa Barbara. However, unseasonably, we got the passage of the only rain in month in California with the wind dropping off on Sunday!

Saturday was good in terms of wind, but challenging for racing which created opportunities. A total of 8 races were held, 5 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday, with 1 discard. Despite the light breeze the RS Aero racing was super competitive and there was a fair bit of jockeying of position throughout each race - even if at the end the results were the same! Positions changed and at the crossing of the finish line it was always close. Windward leeward courses were set and in the oscillating breeze choosing which side to go the on the course or just going into different zone made a difference.

Overall, Payne Donaldson took the win in his first RS Aero regatta. He was always very good on the downwind legs and is a good Laser sailor who is learning the RS aero quickly.

With fledgling RS Aero fleets setting up each side in San Francisco and Los Angles the Santa Barbara fleet hope to attract more Aeros next spring for their Cinco de Mayo regatta next May. The furthest travelled this year was Simeon Thomas all the way from Colorado! Several of the local fleet plan to make the trip to Europe next summer for the first RS Aero World Championship at Carnac in France late July and aim to get some good practice in California over the winter first.

There was a wonderful new trophy awarded, a perpetual trophy in memory of Declan Gloster: The Goblin Regatta Declan Gloster Memorial RS Aero Trophy, which Payne Donaldson shall keep for the year.

The final RS Aero regatta of the season on the West Coast of the USA is the Corinthian YC of Seattle's Turkey Bowl on the 19/20th November. Full details of RS Aero events in the USA can be found on the North America events page.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st1125Payne DonaldsonSBSSA21‑3111118
2nd1131Yannick GlosterSBSSA‑4223222215
3rd1124Jim MuirSBSC3‑512353421
4th1247Catherine GlosterSBSSA1‑444434323
5th1641Simeon ThomasDSA535554‑6633

Related Articles

RS Aero UK Winter Series after 3 events
28 helms on the scoreboard so far After the flurry of Christmas and New Year events the RS Aero UK Winter Series is now three events in, each of those part of the GJW SailJuice series. This winter the Aero series visits 10 locations, spread over the length and breadth of the UK. Posted on 14 Jan
Land's End to John O'Groats in an RS Aero
Highcliffe SC Vice Commodore set for epic journey 7th May 2017 will be a very big day for one brave dad and his 13ft dinghy. Ken Fowler, Vice Commodore of Highcliffe SC will be attempting to sail an RS Aero all the way from Land's End to John O'Groats. Posted on 12 Jan
International Invitation Regatta at Tallinn
Mild conditions in Estonia on New Year's Day Graced with unseasonably mild temperatures and perfect wind (for the 150+ spectators who enjoyed the show!) Estonia saw in the New Year in style with 16 top sailors at their invitational stadium RS Aero racing. Posted on 11 Jan
RS Aero UK Winter Training at Hayling Island
Chilly wind on Chichester Harbour puts sailors to the test A chilly north easterly piping across Chichester Harbour all weekend put the RS Aeros to the test and the reward was some great sailing and invigorating clear blue skies by Sunday. Posted on 8 Dec 2016
RS Aero UK Winter Series 2016/2017 preview
Kicks off after Christmas The RS Aero UK Winter Series will kick off straight after Christmas again at Yorkshire Dales' Brass Monkey and comprise a selection of 10 key events. Part of the RS Aero series shall be made up from events in the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series. Posted on 3 Dec 2016
RS Aero Winter Training at Oxford
The first of six monthly weekends The first of six monthly RS Aero Winter Training weekends kicked off at Oxford over the weekend. Twelve RS Aeros took to the water with a total of fifteen sailors taking part thanks to the opportunity from the RS provided charter/demo Aeros. Posted on 25 Nov 2016
RS Aeros at the Wurstfest Regatta
13 helms join the established classes Great to see 13 RS Aeros out joining the established classes at the Wurstfest Regatta at Canyon Lake, Texas, USA. Unfortunately whilst Texas had all the heat all the wind was in the UK that weekend at the UK's RS Classes End of Seasons event. Posted on 23 Nov 2016
RS Aeros at the Turkey Bowl Regatta
12 helms race from Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle Seattle's Corinthian Yacht Club's annual Turkey Bowl regatta was held over November 19th and 20th. 12 RS Aeros competed with a good mix of sailors new to the fleet and early adopters. Posted on 22 Nov 2016
RS Aero UK Class Winter Training Series
Kicks off this weekend at Oxford The new RS Aero Winter Training season kicks of this weekend at Oxford 19/20 Nov and then Hayling Island on 3/4 Dec alongside the RS Tera squad. Posted on 17 Nov 2016
Magic Marine RS Aero UK Southern Circuit 2016
What a year! 132 entries took part in the UK Southern Circuit. Together with 82 sailors taking part in the Northern Circuit this gave 149 sailors in total taking part in the UK Circuit events. Posted on 14 Nov 2016