One of America’s most inspiring Championship venues, The Gorge, Cascade Locks, Oregon, USA will be hosting the 2019 RS Aero North American Championships this weekend. With 31 sailors pre-registered with a few days to go, it’s tipped to be an awesome event. Competitors are travelling from as far away as Connecticut, Hawaii, Southern California, and the United Kingdom.
The fleet is shaping up to be the showdown of all the talent in the North American RS Aero fleet, with the most competitive RS Aero fleet ever assembled in North America.
The infamous Steve Cockerill of Rooster, who is the 2017 RS Aero 7 World Champion kicked off his two-day pre-event Coaching Clinic today. He will be sharing his RS Aero prowess with the sailors over the course of the clinic putting them in great stead for the racing ahead.
Marc Jacobi (2x Aero 9 World Champion), Dan Falk (2016 Aero 9 NA champ), Steve Cockerill, Jay Renehan (2nd at 2018 NAs), other RS Aero regulars like Dalton Bergan, Madhavan Thirumalai, Todd Willsie, Michael Johnson, Derek Bottles, and new sailors to the fleet like Charlie Buckingham will be lining up on the startline. Former US Sailing team member Jen Morgan Glass and one of the first US families to grow up sailing an RS Tera, RS Feva and RS Aero, The Glosters from Santa Barbara, will make it a complete family affair on the water
The Gorge is a unique sailing venue that creates a wind funnel between the beautiful mountains that rise to nearly one mile vertically high in places. In summer, westerlies are the prevailing wind direction that die down in the evening. The current at Cascade Locks generally runs at 1 to 2 knots.
True to its style, the RS Aero will be celebrating its fifth birthday with three bustling parties across the globe. One of which will be at the North Americans this weekend, a crowd of RS Aero sailors and followers will be raising a glass (or two) in awe of everything the boat has achieved so far.
With epic conditions practically guaranteed, a solid fleet of talented sailors and a party planned, this is not an event to be missed. Who will be the RS Aero 2019 North American Champion?