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RS Aero Atlantic Coast Championships at Cedar Point Yacht Club

by RS Aero North American Class Association 6 Oct 20:50 BST 3-4 October 2020

The local RS Aero fleet at Cedar Point YC has been growing quickly this past year culminating in a great fleet of twenty RS Aero 9s for the Atlantic Coast Championships at Cedar Point YC, which formed part of their Fontelieu Fall OD Regatta. Five RS Aero visitors travelled from other parts of the USA's North East, although Covid kept many more away.

Light winds were forecast on Day 1 and so everyone agreed to sail RS Aero 9s creating the largest RS Aero 9 regatta to date in North America! Sailors enjoyed blue skies and winds out of the SE/S produced flat water but a shifty breeze for the seven races held on the triangle/sausage course.

Ralph Kinder from Rhode Island scored two bullets early on, however, the breeze increasing up towards 15kn by Race 4 allowed straight-line speed to help Marc Jacobi and Madhavan Thirumalai pull away.

Five more races on Day 2 with the wind from the East 8-13 knots created bigger seas to make surfing possible for some fun reaches with plenty of place changes!

Sailors found the racing competitive with places hard fought throughout the fleet. Local CPYC sailors Marc Jacobi and Madhavan Thirumalai ended the weekend atop the leaderboard with Ralph Kinder of Bristol YC nipping at their heels. Eric Aker took fourth sailing a strong and consistent series and a strong performance by Francisco Barreto with great starts and first beats saw him take 5th.

Anne Kochendorfer finished as first Lady in 12th, beating Sally Sharp.

We realised what a great venue Cedar Point is in the Fall with blue sky 'champagne sailing' in good breezes! Thanks to Cedar Point YC for hosting the event and their slick race committee work.

Overall Results:

1  3172Marc JacobiCedar Point YC15211121121215
2  1982Madhavan ThirumalaiCedar Point YC94482212212129
3  1282Ralph KinderBristol YC31156683335339
4  1041Eric Aker 5101523538866DNS71
5  3210Francisco BarretoCedar Point YC411114124454RET9573
6  1042John EckartMassapoag YC27511101314411144687
7  2639Jim MyersCedar Point YC1713612171066643487
8  2896Philip MyersonCedar Point YC797108171079581090
9  1126Boris MezhibovskiyCedar Point YC1816377971279159101
10  1424Gary OrkneyMascoma SC151914164851457128108
11  3222Michael GavinCedar Point YC6121735DNFDNS10DNF8107120
12  2771Anne KochendorferCedar Point YC166813131617913101114129
13  2623Andrew McConnellCedar Point YC192101411159DNS10151413132
14  3214Rich GordonCedar Point YC131816209312111516712132
15  2210Peter LibreCedar Point YC10141891912111317111311139
16  3219Stephen SchwartzCedar Point YC1289151514161512121616144
17  2249Ian RayCedar Point YC1117136141115161413SCP15145
18  3218Sally SharpMascoma SC83121718DNFDNS17161717DNS167
19  2770Don WinstonCedar Point YC1420201816713DNSDNSDNSDNSDNS192
20  1988Benjamin WhiteCedar Point YC20151919RETDNSDNSDNSDNSDNSDNSDNS220

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