Sunday, September 25, 2016

RS Aerocup Malcesine 2016 - Photos from Day 1

Photos from Day 1 of the RS Aerocup at Lake Garda - thanks to SBG Films.


Per Christian Bordal from Norway currently leading the 24 boat strong RS Aero 7 fleet with six bullets in seven races after two days of racing.




A start. Where is Tillerman?



Peter Barton GBR (orange visor) RS Aero International Class Manager - lying second in the RS Aero 7 fleet after two days of racing.







Peter Stephinson fron Australia - the guy who developed foils to make the Laser and the Aero fly like a Moth.




The sailor in 1831 looks a lot like Doug Dubois from Park City USA, but he told all the sailors at the dinner on Friday night that his name was Donald Trump and if they let him win a race he promised not to build walls round all their countries and make them pay for it.







Kate Sargent GBR, after two days only one point out of the lead in the RS Aero 5 fleet.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pastoso



The view from our hotel at breakfast time.

A light northerly breeze,  which will likely switch to the south around lunchtime and build during the early afternoon. Just like it has every other day. Perfect conditions for RS Aero sailing.


The regatta started yesterday (Friday.)

There was a skippers meeting at 11:30.

After the usual welcome speeches and one good question and several not so good questions from sailors, pizza and little hors d'oeuvres were served, along with some bubbly.

Bubbly at a skippers meeting - 90 minutes before the first race! I didn't have any. Honest!

But I do love Italy.



And so we raced on Lake Garda. The winds built up to about 16 knots during the racing.

I was passing boats upwind.

Boats were passing me downwind.

I tried out some of the things Peter Barton taught us at the clinic. How to set the sail controls to point well going upwind. Different ways to pump going downwind.



I was feeling very mellow.

Between races I just lounged in my Aero and soaked in the view.  This must be the most spectacular sailing location in the world.



After two races I was feeling so mellow - actually a bit tired - I decided to skip the third race and go back to the hotel to find TIllerwoman and have a beer. Or two.



We have bubbly - prosecco - at breakfast too.



Maybe that's why I feel so mellow?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sono andato a vela sul lago di Garda



Today I went sailing on Lake Garda.

It was the one day clinic before the RS Aerocup.

Winds started at around 12 knots and built up to 18 knots during the afternoon.

Lots of sailors capsized. I didn't capsize.

Lots of sailors were faster than me. A few sailors weren't.



At first I felt very clumsy and out of touch with how to sail in waves in medium-strong winds.

Then for a while I found my groove.



I learned something new at the clinic.

Bump bump.



Quiz question: What does the Rolling Stones song Back to Zero have to do with RS Aero sailing?



Castello Scaligero Malcesine - Quiz



Tillerwoman and I are currently staying in Malcesine on Lake Garda in Italy.

That's Malcesine in the foreground in the picture. The prominent castle is the Castello Scaligero. It's been there an awful long time.

I am sailing in a little RS Aero regatta on the lake later in the week, but on Wednesday I did some husbandly sightseeing things with Tillerwoman.

In the afternoon we climbed to the top of the tower at the castle.



We are staying in a hotel on the lakefront a little further up the lake.

Captain JP of the eponymous Captain JP's Log suggested that we have a quiz about what Tillerwoman had for dinner.

OK.



What did Tillerwoman have for dessert at dinner on Wednesday this week, and what did she have to drink with it?

Clue #1: The dessert was green.

Clue #2: The drink was clear.

Blame Captain JP.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Oggi in Figura, Domani in Sepoltura

Went for a bit of a stroll with Tillerwoman by the side of the lake this morning.


Saw a couple of these...




And a whole bunch of these...



Hmmm. What should I sail this week?


PS. I think the title of the post is the Italian way of saying, "Tick this off your bucket list while you still can."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

RS Aero Reviews




Where can you get information on-line about a new boat you are thinking of buying?

Well obviously the manufacturer's website is one place, but reviews by other people who have actually sailed the boat can also be a good source of helpful advice. 

So if you are considering buying an RS Aero, here are a number of reviews of the RS Aero published over the last couple of years that might be helpful to you...

May 2014 - Test sailing the RS Aero - the '21st Century Laser' a video review - by Matthew Sheahan of Yachting World

June 2014 - Singlehanded Sailing: The Next Level - by George Yioulos of West Coast Sailing

June 2014 - Musings on the RS Aero - by Mark Riddington (RS300 sailor)

October 2014 - RS Aero Boat Test - by Peter Barton and team in Yachts and Yachting


March 2015 - Testing the D Zero and RS Aero in 20 knots - by Steve Cockerill of Rooster Sailing

September 2016 - The Next Big Thing? - by Dave Reed in Sailing World. Actually this is not so much a review of the boat as a piece about the early adopters of the RS Aero and their motivations.




If you know of any other reviews of the RS Aero, let me know and I will add them the list.

And if you have any questions about the RS Aero that I can answer then please email me and I will do my best to help.


Friday, September 16, 2016

10 Wild, Wacky and Wise Things Said About the RS Aero This Week


Stuff found on the Internet this week...


1. I haven't had a demo. I just went for it because I got a good deal and everyone raves about the boat.


2. What is the cost per pound? About $100? Too pricey till a large used market develops, or you can pop one out of a 3D printer.


3. The boat is phenomenal and the people are great.....once you sail it, you will not want to go back to your Laser.


4. I know Melges is pushing a competing design but I like the look/weight of the Aero.


5. Somebody has to be the first RS Aero buyer in the area and it might as well be you.


6. When you compare the weight of an Aero hull with that of a Laser or Sunfish, all the Aero sailors were sailing half a boat.


7. I find the Aero’s early adopters inspiring. They saw a better boat and knew the soulful satisfaction it would bring.


8. Buy Aeros in threes.


9. Sometimes we just have to take a bigger leap of faith to see the light.


10. I, for one, welcome our new Aero overlords.





Thursday, September 15, 2016

Throwback Thursday - 10 Years Without a Sunfish in My Life



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

Oh sorry!

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.