2021 has been a year like no other. RS faced challenges, successes, sad goodbyes and new beginnings. As we look back at the year 2021 and towards 2022, we want to take a moment to thank all of our amazing dealers, distributors and, especially, customers. Nothing that happened this past year would have been possible without the support of everyone in the RS community. So without further ado, here is a rundown of some of the most noteworthy things that happened this year…
- US Sailing Chubb Junior Championship – 12 teams from across the country competed for the 100th Anniversary Sears Trophy in RS21s at Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA
- The RS Tera North American Championships hosted by Richmond Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay were won by Akira Sophie Bratti from St. Francis Yacht Club in the Pro Rig and Wyatt Dalby from Dana West Yacht Club in the Sport Rig.
- Cedar Point Yacht Club hosted the RS Feva North American Championships on Long Island Sound won by Ike Schutz and Avery Peterson from Sachem’s Head Yacht Club
- The RS Aero winter series held multiple regattas in Florida as well as a successful RS Aero North Americans at Bay Waveland Yacht Club in Mississippi won by Marc Jacobi of Cedar Point Yacht Club.
- RS Zests proved to be the most popular boats for yacht clubs, sailing schools and camps across the country with fleets at Camp Robinhood, Camp Wohelo, Eastport Yacht Club, Newport Yacht Club Zests, Providence Community Boating, Mark Sorensen Youth Sailing, and many more.
- Lakewood Yacht Club hosted RS21 North Americans this past November with teams from as far as Canada coming to compete with locals Casey Lambert and Team taking the win.
- We lost Mark Macnamara, owner of our Texas Distributor KO Sailing– a dear friend and long-time RS Sailing supporter, his legacy will live on through his many years of supporting our sport as evident as having sold the largest RS21 and RS Aero fleets in the world; he will be dearly missed.
- While it was the only show we were able to the attend, the US Sailboat show in Annapolis held in October was fantastic, led by RS Dealer Backyard Boats with support from ZIM Sailing.
- Celebrated five years since the first RS Quest deliveries to UCI Marina Park and Courageous Sailing, and in those five years there are now over 600 RS Quests sailing in North America.
- A fleet of 6 new RS21s were delivered San Francisco Yacht Club who’s members have been thoroughly enjoying them and even brought in all sorts of new members into sailing.
All of this would not have been possible with our many distributors and dealers that supported events throughout North America including Zim Sailing, West Coast Sailing, Fogh Marine, Central Coast Sailing, and our many North American dealers who can be found at https://www.rssailing.com/dealers/northamerica/
Looking forward to 2022 there is a lot to be excited and hopeful about…
- The quick recovery of multiple time RS Aero World/National Champion and US Class secretary Marc Jacobi as he continues to face health challenges.
- RS Aero Winter Series in Florida
- US Sailing National Programs Symposium in Savannah, Georgia
- American Camp Conference National Show in Portland, Oregon
- Many smaller Camp and Boat shows our RS Sailing dealers participate in.
- Seeing RS Sailing regattas all around North America return to normal!
- RS Aero North Americans at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL
- RS Feva and RS Tera North Americans at TBD locations
- A strong fleet of RS21s at Charleston Race Week, charters are still available
- RS Aero World Championships in Hood River, Oregon
- The New York Yacht Club Resolute Cup with the RS21 as the featured championship round boat
- Following in Mark McNamara’s footsteps and setting up a new Texas distribution facility.