It was a day of many “firsts.”
For my 43rd day of RS Aero sailing in 2018, on the last Saturday of July my son and I hit the road to sail in the Red Lobdell Regatta in Stonington, Connecticut.
After all the years in the 1980s and 90s when I drove him to Optimist regattas when he was a little kiddo, and then all the years I drove us both to Sunfish and Laser regattas when he was a teenager, for the first time Tillerson offered to drive me to a regatta. He has just acquired one of those monstrous people carriers, the size of a small school bus, that American families with 4+ kids seem to need these days. So I expect he wanted to show me how we could get all of our sailing gear in the extensive interior of this behemoth, and how the 700 (or whatever) horses under the hood could capably tow the massive load of two RS Aeros weighing all of 180 lbs.
Yes, dear reader, those are (tasteful lime green) swimming pool noodles between the two RS Aero hulls. In theory, RS Aero hulls are designed to stack but some padding is needed to prevent various protuberances on the deck of the bottom Aero from damaging the hull above it. I had noticed that both RS Aero class manager, Marc Jacobi, and master RS Aero fleet builder, Jim Myers, have lately been using pool noodles as separators between stacked Aero hulls. Who am I to disagree with such experts? So I went off to Ocean State Job Lot to buy me some noodles.
And yes, how smart of you to spot it, that is a Trailex Laser trailer – in fact a very old Trailex Laser trailer that has been in my family for generations. All we needed to do to convert it into being a (multi-stacking) 21st century RS Aero trailer was to buy a Trailex Bow Support for the RS Aero from Intensity Sails for the ridiculously low price of $16. “Sail with Intensity!”
Talking of “firsts,” this regatta was the first RS Aero regatta ever in Connecticut. Well, it’s the first Aero regatta in Connecticut I can remember. That’s somewhat surprising given that back in the day (meaning May 2015) when a few of us took delivery of the first RS Aeros in the north-east it was from a Connecticut dealer, Scott Hardy of the Boat Locker – at that time the only RS Sailing dealer in the region I believe. Since then we have sailed a bunch of regattas in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and even New York state, but never before in Connecticut. Weird?
Wait, where was I? Where am I? Oh yes this is supposed to be a regatta report. You want to hear about the weather and the sailing and all the brilliant tactical moves I pulled off and my top tips on how to sail fast in 3 knots of breeze.
OK. If you insist, here is the full regatta report I posted in the Facebook group for my home yacht club…
“8 Aeros sailed in sketchy southerly winds with copious chop on the course and a robust tide running east.”
Anyway, talking of “firsts” as we were, this is also the first regatta in New England that I can remember in the last three years when the aforementioned ubiquitous Marc Jacobi was not sailing. Where in the world is Marc Jacobi?
Here is a clue…
How strange. He seems to be on a plane with pink lighting and he is sipping champagne. But Marc doesn’t drink. Can this really be him? And where is he heading? What could be better than sailing in Stonington?
Oh dear. I got sidetracked again. You want more details about my brilliant performance in the regatta. Well I was OCS in the first race. (Another “first” for me, I think.) And things went downhill from there.
The regatta was won by some ringer sailing an RS Aero for the first time who just happened to be the current North American champion in a certain other single-handed class. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? But he was a super nice guy so we didn’t really mind. Maybe he will buy an RS Aero?
But I had my moments. I was first boat to round the windward mark in one race. And I was first boat back to the beach after racing, having discovered a previously unknown fast downwind in light airs mode. Can’t wait to try it out in a real race.
The photo at the top of the post shows me in 2507, Tillerson in 1421 and the sailor formerly known as Email Dude in 1422. We are about to round the leeward mark and I am clear ahead!!! O frabjous day!!! Callooh! Callay!!!
But seriously, where in the world is Marc Jacobi? Wait, here is another clue.
There he is enjoying a cup of tea in what appears to be an English country garden. I wonder if he will get to do a spot of yotting while he is in England?
Thank you to my sponsors for my Ocean State Job Lot and Intensity Sails 43rd day of RS Aero sailing in 2018. The 2018 campaign of Team Tillerman would not be possible without their generous support.
Did I forget anything?