Sails will be full in 9th annual RC Regatta

Jim Kaighin of Marsh Harbour, in the Bahamas, returns to try for a third third straight title in the 9th Annual Marco Island RC Laser Mid-Winter Championship Regatta, at the lake at Mackle Park. Racing is March 2-4.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Jim Kaighin of Marsh Harbour, in the Bahamas, returns to try for a third third straight title in the 9th Annual Marco Island RC Laser Mid-Winter Championship Regatta, at the lake at Mackle Park. Racing is March 2-4.

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Roger LaLonde
Sailors take their RC Laser sailboats out of the water as other captains put them in at the RC Laser Regatta Mid Winter Championships at the lake at  Mackle Park in 2011. The 9th annual event is March 2-4 this year.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

120221me-laser2 Roger LaLonde Sailors take their RC Laser sailboats out of the water as other captains put them in at the RC Laser Regatta Mid Winter Championships at the lake at Mackle Park in 2011. The 9th annual event is March 2-4 this year.

Sails will be full in the lake at Mackle Park in the 9th Annual Marco Island RC Laser Mid-Winter Championship Regatta, March 2-4.

The Marco Island Model Yacht Club (MIMYC) will host the event, in conjunction with the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department.

Again it will be a strong turnout of skippers, with more than 30 expected.

“The winners the last years, Jim Kaighin of the Bahamas, is coming back to defend his title,” Domenech said.

This Regatta is considered the largest RC/Laser event in the U.S. Skippers from all over the U.S. and more will compete.

“It is considered the best RC/Sailing venue in the U.S. by all skippers that have participated, “Domenech said.

The regatta is organized under the overall authority of the MIMYC and the RC Laser Class Association-North America (RCLNA). David Brawner, RCLNA president will participate in the event.

The radio-controlled Laser is a one-fourth scale model of the most widely sailed sailboat in the world. It provides four to five hours of real sailing fun on one set of batteries. This is a rugged boat that kids can play with, or for dad to race to the international level. It will provide years of service to its owner.

Here is the three-day schedule:

Friday, March 2:

Registration at Mackle Park, 12 p.m. Skipper’s Meeting, 1 p.m. Seeding Races begin at 2 p.m. Those races will determine which class, A, B, or C, to have equal ability racing on Saturday and Sunday. Cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres will be at 6:30 p.m., along with a “Go Fast” clinic.

Saturday, March 3:

Skippers Meeting, 9:30 a.m. Racing begins, 10 a.m. Box lunch at Pavilion at mid-day. Final Race of the day starts no later than 4 p.m. Cocktails and dinner party at Marco Island Yacht Club, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 4:

Skippers Meeting, 9:30 a.m. Racing begins at 10 a.m. Box lunch provided at the Pavilion at mid-day. Final race of day starts no later than 3 p.m. Awards Presentation, 4 p.m.

For information about the MIMYC, go to http://www.orgsites.com/fl/marcoislanmodelyachtclub/, George Domenech, sjprmi@yahoo.com, or239-642-6274 and Rocky Cale, rockycale@hotmail.com, or 239-642-1825.

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