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RS Aeros Fontelieu Fall One-Design Regatta at Cedar Point Yacht Club

by Marc Jacobi 1 Oct 2019 05:46 BST 28-29 September 2019
RS Aeros Fontelieu Fall One-Design Regatta © RS Aero North American Class

Sailors came from all over New England to participate in the 2019 Cedar Point YC Fontelieu Regatta, The 16 strong RS Aero fleet was the largest class in attendance. New owners came down from Vermont. Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut were all represented and a strong contingent came across from New York state. The entry was underpinned by a good local turnout from Cedar Point YC too.

Two wonderful days of racing, with winds ranging from 3-15+ knots tested sailors' abilities. Saturday was sailed in a sea breeze that started light, built promisingly, but then backed off again. Five races were sailed, then back to the club for a yummy BBQ dinner under the pagoda and a clear, starry sky. Sunday started with a brisk, shifty NWly that had us planing to the race area, but it eventually dropped, then built again for the sail home after three more races.

Once again the RS Aeros made favorable impressions, both in the boat park and on the water, with lots of sailors asking questions. I lent my boat out to a sailor for the last race and he had a big grin on his face afterward, despite the trying conditions and unfamiliarity with the boat. It was hard getting him to switch back afterwards!

Results were close throughout the fleet. After eight races, nine points separated fourth from sixth, 10 points between seventh and tenth, and second and third were decided by tie-breaker! Top three in RS Aero 9s were Madhavan in second overall, Jim in fifth and Andrew in 15th. The RS Aero 7s were often able to keep up in the variable conditions, with first-timer Amnon sailing a terrific regatta to place fourth overall (winning the last race!). Dave sailed smart and fast placed third, with your scribe taking the win.

Great sailing, great sailors, great conditions, great club and a great regatta! We look forward to returning next year!

Next up on the New England RS Aeros calendar is the American Yacht Club HP Regatta at Rye, NY on October 12/13.

Full details are here via the North American RS Aero events list.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoNameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
12210Marc JacobiCedar Point YC, CT1111111DNC7
21982Madhavan ThirumalaiCedar Point YC, CT2342224519
31822Dave PowlisonLake Champlain YC, VT5224332319
41126Amnon GitelsonCedar Point YC, CT81053756135
52639Jim MyersWatch Hill YC, RI45108688241
61988Michael GavinCedar Point YC, CT36715877644
72777John HarrisLake Champlain YC, VT108965113950
82771Anne KochendorferHempstead Harbour, NY6161694451054
91422Eric AkerMedfield, MA746514139DNS58
101980David SolnickFraglia Vela Riva, ITA1112879614760
112708Angela HickeyCottage Park YC, MA9111511101010465
121041Sam SylvesterBarrington YC, RI1573131112DNS1172
131Melissa SolnickFraglia Vela Riva, ITA12131110129151279
142732Boris MezhibovskiySebago SCC, NY149121413DNF12882
152249Andrew McConnellWestport, CT131414121514111492
162770Don WinstonHempstead Harbour, NY1615131616DNS1313102

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