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RS Aeros at the Wurstfest Regatta at Canyon Lake, Texas, USA

by Ash Beatty & Hank Saurage on 23 Nov 2016 5-6 November 2016
RS Aeros at the Wurstfest Regatta on Canyon Lake © Lake Canyon YC

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 (and perhaps too much) was in the UK that weekend at the UK's RS Classes End of Seasons event.

Many new faces are having a good time experiencing the RS Aero in Texas and looking to join the fleet. KO Sailing brought the USA's 8 RS Aero demo trailer along which was a sell-out well before the event.

On Saturday a light east wind dropped to a drifter by race 3. The fleet was bunched up from the top of the windward leg and downwind to the finish. The 7's drifted better than the 9's, taking the first three spots after ratings. On Sunday all racing was abandoned due to no wind and increasing thunder & lightning. Four races were completed to produce a no drop results sheet with USA Portsmouth ratings implemented to match the 7 and 9 rigs used.

Congratulations to Hank for winning the first RS Aero Class at Wurstfest. The competition up and down the fleet was close. Interesting to note that the heavier sailors (220lbs and 290lbs) were still competitive.

From the impetus at this event and the thirst for more breeze one more Texas RS Aero event has now been set up for later this year. As a final fling of the season KO Sailing and Conroe YC are hosting an informal RS Aero regatta at Lake Conroe, north of Houston, on December 10/11th.

The 2017 season will start back at Conroe YC again with the inaugural Texas State RS Aero Champs in April and end again at Wurstfest in November. Additional regattas will be at Rush Creek YC, Seabrook SC and Houston YC. With enough support additional regattas at Lake Canyon YC or maybe Austin YC can be scheduled.

Keep in touch with the increasing North American RS Aero activity via the North American Facebook Group and the class website's North American events page.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubRigRatingR1R2R3R4Pts
11626Hank Saurage Pelican YC RS Aero 987.5611619
21Jamie Gilman LYC RS Aero 790.8242412
31621Jeff Jones RS Aero 987.56324312
41625Ash BeattyMISA RS Aero 987.56635216
51622Steve FlunkerFort Worth BCRS Aero 790.8471921
66Joe SircelyGDI RS Aero 987.56759627
71766Mike LindstromConroe YCRS Aero 987.565117528
85Derek McKessonTexas CCRS Aero 790.81083829
99Steve LeMayHIYC RS Aero 987.56868729
101623Mike MashlSAYC RS Aero 987.56910121142
1145Larry SowleLake Canyon YC RS Aero 987.56119111243
1278David GillilandRush Creek YC RS Aero 987.561212101044
1388Dion AlanizTexas CCRS Aero 987.561313131453

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