Canadians Compete in Aero 7 Miami

Apr 17, 2024

Canadian Jeff Dunmall – Sail No. 1638 / Photos: Hannah Lee Noll

RS Sailing is a British-founded company with lines of high tech dinghies and small keelboats that are quickly expanding around the world. 

RS Fest Miami celebrated the RS Sailing community in the United States over the Easter weekend, hosting the first ever multi-fleet RS regatta to take place in North America. A fledgling Canadian presence was felt as well.  Surrounded by the palm tree-clad everglades of Regatta Park and Coconut Grove Sailing Club, RS Fest embraced Miami’s party vibes with an exciting racing programme alongside a jam-packed social calendar.

Two Canadians, Jeff Dunmall – Sail No. 1638 of Toronto, ON and Morgan McGuire – Sail No. 4254 of Victoria took part. While they ultimately finished toward the lower half of the high-powered 25 boat fleet, their showing was very respectable. The regatta was supported by Toronto RS dealer, Fogh Marine.

Eight nations were represented with 50+ competitors racing in the warm winds and sunshine, with the glistening skyscrapers of Miami watching over from the glamourous shoreline. Alongside boats from the host nation there were also entries from Canada, Columbia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy and India – making this a truly international line-up.

Aeros in Miami

The Aero is the biggest class so far available four rig sizes enable youths, women and guys to enjoy the ride (not unlike ILCA in principle). Already an International Class and winner of the 2019 World Sailing Equipment Trails (but ultimately not selected)  for the 2024 Men’s and Women’s One Person Dinghy Event.

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