RS Tera North American Championships
Regatta Report by Keith Magnussen, courtesy of Sailing Anarchy
Richard Henry Dana considered Dana Point to be the most beautiful spot on the California Coast line. I tend to agree. It is also home to the first retail surf shop in the world (Hobie) and the first Surfer Magazine headquarters. Dana Point is now home to the first ever RS Tera North American Championships!
What is an RS Tera you ask? Well it is an option for youth sailors to get into a true one design class and not drain their parents wallet at the same time. For more information check out their website or the Wiki where they have a good page and description of the boat.
Since Dana Point is harbor is in my back yard, I made the ling ¾ mile trek down to see what it was all about. The Dana Point Yacht Club and Dana Point Youth Foundation worked hard to pull this event off and it looked like everyone was enjoying themselves.
31 boats signed up for the NA’s and Saturday consisted of 3 qualifiers to separate the sailors into a Gold and Silver Fleet. PRO, Jeremy “Sarge” Quinton, mentioned that they wanted to get off more races but a huge right shift forced the RC to make some massive changes to the course. Jeremy had this to say about the boats, “It is more consistent between the boats as far as One Design racing is concerned. It really puts the onus on the sailor to perform. It is a great training boat and good step out of the Sabot.”
I arrived Sunday morning as the sailors were arriving and asked around the docks how the racing went and what the impression of the boats were. There were a few early birds rigging their boats so I asked them some questions.
Miles Gordon (8 years old, Santa Monica Wind Jammers YC) said, “It’s like a Laser. I am not allowed to sail a Laser yet so this is a good option. The wind was not too strong yesterday so it made the racing comfortable.” His Dad chimed in to say, “The boats are great because they are easy to rig and virtually indestructible. Super friendly people and a great attitude amongst every one.”
So the next two young ladies I talked to were some of the first to their boats on Sunday… just remember that.
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Regatta results. click here.