Weisleder wins RS21 North Americans
Published on June 21st, 2020
The inaugural RS21 North American Championships featured a competitive fleet of 17 teams, but it was the Lucky Dog Racing Team helmed by Travis Weisleder with crew John Bowden, Marcus Eagan, and Chandler Self which dominated the event, winning 11 of 15 races on June 19-21 in Seabrook, TX.
The final day was separated into Gold and Silver fleet sailing three races each. Despite a convincingly consistent regatta, winning with a race to spare, Weisleder continued to win the final two races.
John Lovell and Glenn Darden entered the last race tied for second place overall, leaving the prized podium spots up for grabs. Rounding the last mark on top of one another, Lovell pulled the bowsprit early resulting in a penalty from the umpires allowing Darden to comfortably sail to second place.
Host Lakewood Yacht Club was well represented with helm Danny Plestch in 4th and Casey Lambert winning a tiebreaker for 5th.
Sailed in 12 provided boats, the rotation schedule and format was designed to provide fast pace exhilarating racing while being able to fly in, press a button to launch the RS21, and go sailing. Daily lunches were even provided by the club. Competitor’s all praised the experience as a model for ensuring competitive sailboat racing without the complications with a normal regatta.