RS21 lights up Granaway Deep – the Royal Gazette
Created: Oct 07, 2021 7:56 AM
The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club hosted the first RHADC Anniversary RS21 regatta at Granaway Deep this weekend (photo by Neil Redburn)
The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club’s first RS21 anniversary regatta was hailed as a resounding success.
The five-race series was contested in windy conditions at Granaway Deep on Saturday, when the club’s fleet of six RS21 keelboats competed as a class for the first time.
“It was the first time that we could put the six on the starting line of a one-design regatta,” said Neil Redburn, commodore of RHADC. The Royal Gazette. âWe had a team from Colorado, the Lake Dillon Yacht Club, who came to join five RHADC crews.
âIt was very windy after Hurricane Sam so we ran five very short races at Granaway Deep in identical boats, which were very exciting and tight with quick rotations. “
Patrick Cooper dominated with two firsts and three seconds en route to win the regatta with a three point lead over Roger Beach. Scott Snyder of the United States was third with a further five points off the pace.
âWe have started slowly with our plans for this fleet with the challenges of the pandemic, but we are delighted with the response,â added Redburn, who was edged out by visiting skipper Snyder for the last place on the podium by just one. dot âWe are now looking to build a calendar of local and international events in different formats.
“One thing is for sure, is that several short races keep the crew engaged and are a lot of fun, and there are opportunities for team matches and races.”
RHADC took possession of a fleet of RS21 sailboats in March, which were purchased last year.
“The RS21 addresses the need for a progressive, simple and affordable solution for keelboat clubs who increasingly see the opportunity to own a fleet, compete and train in leagues and sail Ã la carte. “said Redburn.
âWith the new fleet of boats launching, it’s now easier than ever. Seasoned racers can get certified and charter a boat for racing or training, while the less experienced can take advantage of our adult or youth sailing programs tailored to this new fleet of boats.
âThe boat is designed with forgiving handling, low sheet loads, a mix of sail options and stability. So we now use them for youth sailing and adult sailing.