Rugged conditions don't sink KaighinWins 4th straight RC/Laser Championship

Roger LaLonde Staff
RC/Laser boats tighten up as they come around a marker and head for home in a heat race at the North American RC/Laser Regatta Championship over the weekend on the lake at Mackle Park. A total of 26 skippere vied for the championship.

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Roger LaLonde Staff RC/Laser boats tighten up as they come around a marker and head for home in a heat race at the North American RC/Laser Regatta Championship over the weekend on the lake at Mackle Park. A total of 26 skippere vied for the championship.

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Jim Kaighin from the Bahamas, right, grimaces as he has difficulty in controlling his RC/Laser  during a cold and overcast day in a heat race at the North American RC/Laser Regatta Championship over the weekend on the lake at Mackle Park. Kaighin rallied to win his fourth straight title.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Jim Kaighin from the Bahamas, right, grimaces as he has difficulty in controlling his RC/Laser during a cold and overcast day in a heat race at the North American RC/Laser Regatta Championship over the weekend on the lake at Mackle Park. Kaighin rallied to win his fourth straight title.

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 It was jacket weather at the North American RC/Laser Regatta Championship over the weekend on the lake at Mackle Park. Yancey Brame of Naples, right and Harry Henkel of Easton Md. concentrate on their boats on a brisk, windy day.

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Roger LaLonde Staff It was jacket weather at the North American RC/Laser Regatta Championship over the weekend on the lake at Mackle Park. Yancey Brame of Naples, right and Harry Henkel of Easton Md. concentrate on their boats on a brisk, windy day.

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The top finishers in the North American RC/Laser Regatta Championship on the lake at Mackle Park, with Bryan Milk, City Community Affairs director, left and George Domonech, Marco Island Model Yacht Club commodore, right. From left are Milk, Jim Kaighin, of the Bahamas, who won the  competiton for the fourth straight year, Barr Batzer, Lighthouse Point, second, Rob Seidelmann, Collingswood, N.J., third, Hank Buchanan, New York City, fourth, Mike Kaigin, Sarasota, fifth, Rocky Cale, Marco, sixth, Jack Ward, Puna Gorda, seventh and Domonech. In front, Lindsay Kaighin, 13, of Sarasota, the Rookie of the Year.

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Submitted Photo The top finishers in the North American RC/Laser Regatta Championship on the lake at Mackle Park, with Bryan Milk, City Community Affairs director, left and George Domonech, Marco Island Model Yacht Club commodore, right. From left are Milk, Jim Kaighin, of the Bahamas, who won the competiton for the fourth straight year, Barr Batzer, Lighthouse Point, second, Rob Seidelmann, Collingswood, N.J., third, Hank Buchanan, New York City, fourth, Mike Kaigin, Sarasota, fifth, Rocky Cale, Marco, sixth, Jack Ward, Puna Gorda, seventh and Domonech. In front, Lindsay Kaighin, 13, of Sarasota, the Rookie of the Year.

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Lindsay Kaighin, 13, of Sarasota, proudly wears the Rookie of the Year hat for the North American RC/Laser Regatta Championships, held on the lake at Mackle Park. With her, from left, George Domonech, Marco Island Model Yacht Club commodore, Bryan Milk, Marco Community Affairs director and Rock Cale, race coordinator.

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Submitted Photo Lindsay Kaighin, 13, of Sarasota, proudly wears the Rookie of the Year hat for the North American RC/Laser Regatta Championships, held on the lake at Mackle Park. With her, from left, George Domonech, Marco Island Model Yacht Club commodore, Bryan Milk, Marco Community Affairs director and Rock Cale, race coordinator.

Rugged conditions don’t sink Kaighin

Wins 4th straight RC/Laser Championship

Temperatures dipped and wind came up, making the North American RC/Laser Regatta Championship a real test over three days on the lake at Mackle Park on Marco Island last weekend.

It was 26 skippers battling more like warriors.

Even Jim Kaighin of the Bahamas had his problems early before he settled down, taking his fourth straight title.

“It was cold, windy, and overcast, just rugged conditions,” said George Domonech, Marco Island Model Yacht Club commodore, host of the event.

Sailing behind Kaighin in second place was Barr Batzer of Lighthouse Point, third, Rob Seidelmann, Collingswood, N.J., fourth, Hank Buchanan, New York City and fifth, Mike Kaighin of Sarasota.

In sixth was Rocky Cale of Marco Island, seventh, Jack Ward of Punta Gorda, eighth, Mike Loesel of Jersey Shores, NJ., ninth, Dave Branning, Oxford, Md. and 10th, Tom Lucke of Orlando.

Lindsay Kaighin, 13, Mike’s daughter, was selected Rookie of the Year in her first race, finishing 19th.

Other area finishers were Yancey Brame of Naples, 20th, and Marco Island’s Jim Craft, 22nd, Don Harthorn, 23rd and Rick Hellyar, 25th.

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