2019 RS Tera North American Championships

2019 RS Tera North American Championships

Hosted by Dana Point Yacht Club & Dana Point Harbor Youth Foundation
September 21-22, 2019 Dana Point, California, USA  - Results on Clubspot
By Todd Riccardi & Berkeley Green  Photos: Bronny Daniels Joysailing.com

TeraNAs-Pro_fleetThe second annual RS Tera North American Championships was held in the waters off Dana Point, California. Dana Point is iconic, known for the birth of the Hobie Cat and now a significant starting point for the RS Tera in North America.

The inaugural 2018 Championships attracted 31 boats and were won by Emily Rychlik of Westlake Yacht Club. This year we attracted 44 RS Tera sailors from 15 programs with competitors traveling from Maine, Colorado, and all over California. 2019 also featured two divisions: the Sport Class with a 38 sq. ft. Dacron sail and the 50 sq. ft. Pro Class, which uses a full batten Mylar sail on the same mast. This versatility allowed sailors as young as 7 years all the way to sailors age 15 to compete in a wide range of conditions.

TeraNAs-Christopher1Day one of the championships was a qualifying series to determine the Championships fleet, 3 races were sailed in a seabreeze that built to 12 knots by the end of racing accompanied by a nice Pacific Ocean swell. In the Sport Division, the top three for the day were Henry Richter from Colorado, Christopher Daher, and Oliver Ernest both Dana Point locals. In the Pro Division, Tate Christopher from Alamitos Bay YC, William Gear from Maine, and Omar Alami from Sausalito YC took top honors for the day.

For Day two, four races were held in 4-7 knots with an incoming current forcing much of the fleet to choose the tactic of going right along the breakwater for current relief. In the Championship Sport Gold Fleet, Christopher Daher once again dominated the first three races, a poor start in race 4 nearly jeopardized his chances of taking the regatta win but he held on for the overall win. Last year’s defending Champion Emily Rychlik from Westlake Yacht Club put up an impressive performance good enough for Second Overall in the event and could have won if not for an inconsistent 9th place finish in the third race of the day. Carl Richter sailed a consistent day to take home third overall.


Congratulations in the Championship Sport Silver Fleet: Megan Farmer from Alamitos Bay YC, Jonah Barbee from Dana Point, and Vivian Ikeda from Lake Mission Viejo. Eight year old Delany Ernest from DWYC placed 5th in Silver and Miles Gordon from SMWYC, just turned 9, placed 4th in Gold Fleet.

Results posted on Clubspot.

TeraNAs-TateCIn the Championship Pro Class, Tate Christopher continued to sail consistently to take home the overall win, a late charge from fellow ABYC member Nicholas Mueller was enough to solidly put him in Second overall, followed by William Gear from Maine who had a tough day in the lighter conditions but held on for third overall.

  • Special Thanks for 18 loaned Teras from:
    American Legion Yacht Club
    Dana Point Harbor Youth Foundation
    Dana Point Aquatic Foundation
    Dana West Yacht Club

  • Tons of regatta photos in the Galleries!
    Courtesy Bronny Daniels! Joysailing.com
    Courtesy Colin Grey Voigt – Here

For more photos and video please visit “RS Tera Sailing USA” on Facebook.

Contact Todd Riccardi Todd@RSSailing.com

RS Tera 2019 North American Championships



Forty-two juniors will sail from the Orange County Sailing Events Center in Dana Point Harbor this weekend to race small boats with bright orange sails on the open ocean! Youth from Maine, Colorado, Sausalito, and twelve youth programs in LA, OC and San Diego will compete in Sport and Pro classes. We look forward to many new friendships and a great regatta. Entry list, race documents and results posted on ClubSpot.

2018 LIYC Holiday Cup Winners


Westlake Yacht Club Junior Emily Rychlik has done it again!


On Sunday December 16, WYC Junior Emily Rychlik (1st on left) bested 17 other Tera sailors to finish 1st in the Tera fleet at Lido Isle Yacht Club’s Holiday Cup Regatta in Newport Beach. Sailors in the 18-boat Tera fleet were from Dana Point, the Newport Sea Base, Huntington Harbour Yacht Club, and Santa Barbara Seashells. Emily finished 1-2-1-1 in the four races, garnering 5 points, 7 points ahead of the 2nd place sailor Christopher Daher from Dana Point Yacht Club ( Full results).

Congratulations Emily!



TERA-Scores-LIYC HC2018

Oliver Ernest wins at 2019 Oceanside Yacht Club Elizabeth Hospice Charity Regatta


Oceanside Yacht Club hosted its very first RS Tera regatta on July 27th 2019. It was a beautiful day for sailing in Oceanside’s outer Harbor with the wind clocking 225 and some south swell pumping through the harbor mouth making for some interesting starts and a few opportunities for downwind surfing. 9 skippers participated with 3 boats down from Dana Point and one from West Lake Yacht club. Emily Rychlik from WLYC got the first bullet with Alex Fisher from OYC in 2nd, but the rest of the day belonged to Oliver Ernest with 4 successive bullets to take the win with 7 points.
OYC TEra Regatta 2019OYC has recently added 6 Teras to its program and is looking forward to hosting more events. Ron Dreyer, OYCs Junior Director had this to say “Oceanside Yacht Club was delighted to have competitors from Dana Point and West Lake. We’d like to reciprocate. Visiting skippers showed great racing skills. They showed us that we need to sharpen our racing techniques.”

OYC Tera Awards 2019

From Left: Emily Rychlik (2nd), Tyler Olsen (4th), Xyler Yee (3rd), Oliver Ernest (1st)

OYC Tera Scores 2019

Big Breeze for SBSSA Memorial Day Regatta


A small but mighty turnout for the Santa Barbara Sea Shell Association annual Memorial Day Regatta & BBQ. With winds up to 20 knots, the sailing was great, just watch out for sandstorms on the beach. Great hospitality from the SBSSA volunteers !

DPHYF Teras at SBSSA-1


SBSSA-Memorial Day

Xyler Yee

Xandon Reid


Eoghan Gloster


Christopher Daher


Oliver Ernest


Life Lessons at LIYC Spring Dinghy



For eight year old Miles Gordon, Race #1 of the Koll Family Spring Dinghy Regatta turned out to be a “significant emotional experience.” A life changer, in the sense of lessons learned. For his age, Miles has advanced technique and a rare level determination. It was no surprise when he nailed the start, and at 48 pounds in 5 knots of breeze, pulled ahead to lead at every mark and on to what should have been a 1st place finish – so he thought. But no signal came from the R/C. Those nearby heard a cry and observed the rapidly increasing horror as he realized boats were finishing on the other side of the committee boat! Quick as he could, Miles ducked below the committee and crossed the line but the mistake put him in 5th place.


In the next few minutes, Miles confronted the question “to sail or not to sail” with all the intensity an extremely distraught eight year old can muster. Lucky for Miles, his coach Steve Potter was able to smooth over the rough spots, highlight the importance of close attention to the Sailing Instructions and offer up sage advice to “never look back, always focus on the next race.”

As it turned out, Miles rallied to place 1st in Race #2 and 3rd in Race #3, earning him 2nd overall. Close enough that if he hadn’t made the mistake in Race #1, he would have beat 2018 RS Tera North American Champion Emily Rychlik. It’s safe to say Miles Gordon is one to watch, and he’s now even better prepared for life’s next essential lessons.


Since 2014, Lido Isle Yacht Club has invited RS Teras to race in the Spring Dinghy Regatta. With the races held directly in front of the club, LIYC is not only a favorite for the kids, parents enjoy perfect viewing and a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Based on consistent growth in SoCal with new fleets at Oceanside, Westlake and Santa Monica, and turnouts of up to 30 Teras at regattas, it won’t be long before the class can support A and B fleets. Most important for the kids is the new friendships and an opportunity to reconnect junior sailors from across the region in traditional One-Design competition.



BAYS adds RS Teras for 2019 Summer Series


Bay Area Youth Sailing in San Francisco has included the RS Tera Class in their four regatta Summer Series. Tera fleets at Sausalito Yacht Club, St. Francis and South Beach now have an opportunity to compete state-wide for the 2019 California Series Trophy. The series started last year with eight regattas in Southern California. Sausalito YC Youth Sailing Director and BAYS President Renee Corpuz-Lahne says, “We’re excited to offer traditional One-Design competition in a boat that we can use for everyone from novices to after-work fun races with our coaches.”



Westlake Awarded PCYA Best Jr Program


Summer Sailing Academy - Best in the West !


In January 2019, the Pacific Coast Yachting Association awarded the Westlake Yacht Club the Garrett Horder Memorial Trophy for the finest Junior Sailing Program on the entire west coast in 2018.  This is an amazing accomplishment - to have the top program of any Yacht Club in California, Oregon and Washington!  A team of dedicated leaders and talented instructors earned this honor for an outstanding Junior Summer Sailing Academy at WYC.  Special recognition goes to Bob Amenta, Sailing Director and Gary Hughes, Vice Commodore for their tireless commitment to advancing youth sailing.

Westlake recently replaced their entire fleet of US Sabots with 15 RS Teras!


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