Jim Kaighin Wins His Fourth NA Title

September 30, 2014 in Race Reports by David.Branning

 

2014 Fleet Picture NA

Kaighin wins 2014 RC Laser North American Championship Regatta

22 RC Laser skippers converged on Lake Crabtree in Morrisville, NC from as far as NJ, FL and The Bahamas for the 2014 RC Laser North American Championship Regatta September 27-28, hosted by Triangle Model Yacht Club.

Weather system winds were 5-10mph from NE and temperatures were in the 70s under clear skies; it was a beautiful weekend for sailing.  NE winds at Lake Crabtree are affected by the local topography, where they curve around a point of land and tumble over trees near the shore, causing turbulence, unpredictable shifts and holes.  These conditions would prevail for the duration of the regatta, challenging every skipper to make the most of them.

Three pairs of seeding heats were sailed under the Odds & Evens format to establish the division of competitors into two fleets, the Championship Fleet and the Silver Fleet, which would sail in rotating order without intermingling.  Each skipper’s two best finishes in the seeding heats would transfer to the main score sheet (this is why ‘Race 1’ and ‘Race 2’ show more than one first, second, etc).  Following this, one throwout was allowed for each 7 races completed; in the end, each competitor would get only one.

A couple of skippers aired out their B rigs when A sails were briefly overpowered on Saturday, but A rigs were by far the dominant choice all weekend.  The races went to those who could sense the ephemeral winds and trim their sails to catch the cats paws and accelerate without stalling or luffing.  At the end of the day Saturday there was a tight group at the top of the Championship Fleet: three-time North American Champion Jim Kaighin and TMYC’s Bob Szczepanski, Gerry Cobley and Tom Rummage were all within three points.  Another group in the middle was very close too.

On Sunday the Silver Fleet got a good race in with SW winds, but the Race Committee knew this was a temporary
condition.  Winds went light to nonexistent and the RC decided to postpone the Championship Fleet start until the NE winds we knew were coming had established themselves.  Once the wind had settled into the NE, racing resumed with winds a little more consistent than Saturday’s – though there were still plenty of opportunities to gain or step in it, depending on your luck.  Once again, those who could put their boats where the wind would fill in, position their sails to catch it just so and play it best when they got it would win.  Many races had exciting moments or dramatic finishes when conditions shifted.

The new champion would be in question right up to the finish of the last race as first one, then the other would gain an advantage.  In the end, the top four competitors were separated by only five points but Jim Kaighin would rise to the top by one point – and you couldn’t ask for a better competitor.  Regatta chairman Rick Ferguson edged out Bill Coates of Charleston SC for the Silver Fleet win.  The regatta was characterized by good sportsmanship; there were no DNSs, few DNFs or delays; people did acknowledged fouls and did their turns, and no fouls went to protest committee.

No one went home hungry as TMYC laid on a slap-up local BBQ feed for Saturday lunch, and everyone enjoyed a good dinner and a drink at the Hibernian Irish Pub Saturday night.  Every TMYC member contributed to the success of this event, from drinks to food to signage, name tags, organization, you name it.  In addition TMYC and RCLNA would like to especially thank Tony Corkell (a full-size Laser sailor but not an RC Laser skipper – yet) who did a superb job as Race Director in challenging conditions, and Elaine Hepkin and Karen Szczepanski who handled the race scoring, without benefit of computers and without breaking a sweat.  Finally, we’d like to thank RC Laser North America Class Secretary Dave Branning for his help and advice.  We look forward to seeing all our new (and old) friends again at the next RC Laser regatta.

Regatta Report from Rick Ferguson

Top Six in the Championship:
Jim Kaighin           35     Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
Bob Szczepanski  36     Raleigh, NC
Gerry Cobley         39     Cary, NC
Tom Rummage      40    Garner, NC
Dave Branning       54    Tilghman, MD
Myles Loesel          57    Pompano Beach, FL

Top Six in the Silver Fleet:
Rick Ferguson        43     Raleigh, NC
Bill Coates              47     Charleston, SC
Geoffrey Cohen      55     Indian HIll, SC
Sam Harris             59     Raleigh, NC
Harry Henkel          61     Easton, MD
Jacques Rioux       69     Cary, NC

Pictures Here:
http://s177.photobucket.com/user/twotyred/library/RC%20Laser%20North%20Americans%202014?sort=3&page=1

You can click on them individually, or view as a slide show (the best way) here:
http://s177.photobucket.com/user/twotyred/slideshow/RC%20Laser%20North%20Americans%202014?sort=3

Full Results for the Championship Fleet: http://home.pipeline.com/~twotyred/RCLNA%20Championship%20Fleet.pdf

F
ull Results for the Silver
Fleet: http://home.pipeline.com/~twotyred/RCLNA%20Silver%20Fleet.pdf

Big thanks to Tony Cockrell our PRO and Karen Szczepanski & Elaine Hepkin our scorekeepers. A huge tip of the hat to Rick and the team at Triangle Model Yacht Club for a wonderful regatta experience.

NA Regatta WinnersPictured above is RC Laser NA Class Secretary, Dave Branning on left presenting the Bruce Kirby Trophy to Jim Kaighin with Silver Fleet Winner and Regatta Chairman, Rick Ferguson on the right.

 

 

 

Championship Regatta Season Approaches

August 12, 2014 in Notice of Race by David.Branning

Laser Championship Season Approaches

Well here we are in early August and the countdown to three major RC Laser Championships has begun. I’ll try to give you a quick update and links to further your interest. The key is to register early as there are incentives for some regattas and limits on the number of participants. Don’t miss out on being there.

September 27-28, 2014 is the North American Championship for the Bruce Kirby Trophy.

This championship will be at Lake Crabtree in Raleigh, NC.

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Here is the link to all you need to know about the North Americans: the NOR and Sailing Instructions:
http://home.pipeline.com/~twotyred/NOR%202014%20NA%20Champs.pdf

For on line registration go here:  http://form.jotform.us/form/40996938210159

and the first 25 who register receive a terrific quality hooded Sweatshirt pictured below.
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October 11-12, 2014 is the  Canadian National Championship

Will be held somewhere near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. The web site does not give the exact location as yet but it will be in the area of Nanaimo. Here is their website and they have a generic registration form for your use.

http://nanaimorclaser.com/index.html

When I hear from them next I will update all.

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Here’s a shot of the rough water action at Nanaimo, BC, Canada 

October 25-26, 2014 is the 2nd Annual AMYA RC Laser National Championship
Will be held at the Tred Avon YC in Oxford, MD, where it was held last year. The regatta has a great web site and has all the goodies you need to know from NOR, housing, registration as well as the schedule of events and attractions.
Here is the link:
http://rclaser.org/2014-AMYA-RC-Laser-National-Championship/


Roger Baldwin #99 rounds outside Jamie Betz #78 with Ryan Lippincott and Rob Lippincott in pursuit at last year’s National Championship


The Beautiful RC Laser National Championship Trophy

We would be glad to add your name to the list of champions but you have to show up to win. Hope to see you there.

North American Championship Awarded to Triangle Model YC

April 19, 2014 in Notice of Race by David.Branning

North Americans to Carolina

The 2014 RC Laser North American Championship has been awarded to the Triangle Model YC in Raleigh, NC, for September 27 and 28, 2014. The sailing venue is Lake Crabtree County Park, Morrisville, NC (near the RDU airport, I-40 exit 285 south).

See this group above? Tough bunch. They own Lake Crabtree or at least they are the hottest Laser sailors on Lake Crabtree.

So you think you are a pretty good RC Laser sailor?  Let’s see if you can beat the Carolina guys on their home lake.  Many have tried but no one outside of TMYC has won a Laser regatta on Lake Crabtree! So start practicing and note these additional incentives to give Lake Crabtree a try in September:

  • Two Fleets, Gold and Silver, plenty of prizes in each
  • Easy drive from PA, NJ, MD, VA, SC, GA, FL, WV, TN
  • Good competition…note above hot shots!
  • Choice of convenient hotels…all close and not too pricey!
  • Terrific sailing venue…it’s a big lake!
  • Smokey’s serious barbecue…big reason to show up!
  • It’s the North American Championship! Great Competition!
  • Free North American Championship hoody (top quality Hanes sweatshirt) to the first 25 skippers to register.

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The Notice of Race (NOR) below includes the schedule and entry form if you don’t want to register on line.

NOR: http://home.pipeline.com/~twotyred/NOR%202014%20NA%20Champs.pdf

For on line registration, go to the link below or the button down on the left that says “Register Online.”

http://form.jotform.us/form/40996938210159

Sailing Instructions:  http://home.pipeline.com/~twotyred/RCL%20NA%20Sailing%20Instructions.pdf


NOTICE OF RACE

RC LASER CLASS OF NORTH AMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA

SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2014

Hosted by Triangle Model YC

Location:

Lake Crabtree County Park
Morrisville, NC (near RDU airport, I-40 exit 285 south),

Date: SEPT 27-28, 2014

Rules: The regatta will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016, as amended by Appendix E for RC sailing, prescriptions of US Sailing, class rules of the RC Laser Class of North America and further Sailing Instructions as announced by the Race Director during the course of event by posting and/or announcing changes.

Eligibility:

Eligibility: The regatta is open to members of RC Laser Class Association of North America or
American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) with RC Lasers conforming to RC Laser Class
International Racing Rules dated June 7, 2011 (current RC Laser NA rules): http://rclaserna.com/

Launch and Hotels:  launch area at the end of the park road. There are plenty of hotels nearby: the Hilton Garden Inn RDU (recommended) is less than a mile from the regatta site.  Contact Rick Ferguson for information if needed:starboard@whither-bound.com.

Schedule:

Friday, September 26, 2014
Practice sailing at Lake Crabtree                 any time          (optional)
                        Note: no breakfast will be available at the lake – eat before you get there

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Late check-in, practice sailing                      8:30 am        At Lake Crabtree
Skippers Meeting                                         9:30 am       Group photo after
Racing begins following group photo
Lunch break – catered by Smokey’s BBQ    12:00 pm        Included in fee
Final race of the day starts no later than       4:00 pm
Dinner at Hibernian Pub, Cary                      6:30 pm        On your own

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Skippers Meeting                                          9:30 am
Racing begins  immediately following
Lunch break – sandwiches and chips           12:00 pm      Included in fee
Final race of the day starts no later than        3:00 pm
Awards presentation to follow as soon as final scores are tabulated

Format:  If in the judgment of the PRO too many boats are entered for single fleet racing we will organize into a two fleet (Gold/Silver) system with qualifying races on Saturday morning. The remainder of the regatta will be for prizes in both the Gold and Silver fleets.

Entry: Entries may be submitted online at: http://form.jotform.us/form/40996938210159 or by mailing the Entry Form below, with the entry fee. Entry fee includes Saturday and Sunday lunch, sodas and water.  Saturday dinner is not included.  Entries must be received by September 20 to guarantee lunch. 

Scoring:  The event will be scored under the Low Point System described in the Racing Rules of Sailing Appendix A. For each 7 races are sailed, a boat’s worst score will be excluded. For every increment of 7 additional races sailed, one additional worst score will be excluded from her overall score. Ties will be broken according to Appendix A section 8.1 and 8.2.

Prizes:  Trophies will be awarded to the top five skippers in both fleets.
You may wish to bring:
- High rubber boots (to launch from shore – dock is a long walk
- Folding chair and table for food and drink

 


 

ENTRY FORM
RC LASER N.A. CHAMPIONSHIP
SEPT 27-28

If not registering online (see link above), please mail completed entry form together with a check made payable to Sam Harris (TMYC treasurer) to the following address:

Rick Ferguson
3312 Cheswick Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609

  • Entries must be received no later than September 20 for lunches
  • For more information, directions or accommodations, call Rick Ferguson at 919-782-9309 or
  • Email  starboard@whither-bound.com
  • Club website with map:  www.trianglemyc.org

Name:
_______________________________________________________________________

Street Address:
_______________________________________________________________________

City: ________________________________  State: ___________  ZIP: ____________

Email Address:
_______________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ________________ Sail Number: ________ Radio channel: _________

____1____ Skipper @ $40.00. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $       40.00

_________ Non-sailing guests @ $20.00 (includes 2 lunches)  . . . . . . . . .  . . .$ ___________

TOTAL ENCLOSED  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  .   $ _________

In consideration of acceptance of this entry, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators, waive and release any and all rights to claim damages that I may have or acquire against the host, or its members, the sailing site owners, employees, agents, representatives or assigns, and the Triangle Model Yacht Club, or its members, from any claim for injury or other damages to me or my family during this regatta’s events.

Participant’s signature:
_______________________________________________________________________

Date: __________________________________________________________________

North American Championships Announce Early Entrants

August 26, 2014 in Notice of Race by David.Branning

 North American Championship Announces Early Entrants

image not displayedRegatta Chairman, Rick Ferguson, above, has staked out the lake with our new Championship banner. We are exactly a month away from the 2014 RC Laser North American Championship to be held at Lake Crabtree in Raleigh, NC in late September.At present the entry list has swelled to 22 as of August 28th. We have entries from the host Triangle Model YC in Raleigh, and all their top sailors have signed up as well as folks from New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, South Carolina and….your state needs to be represented, too. Remember we will have two fleets with prizes for both as well as a great hoodie for the first 25 entrants.Jim Kaighin, the defending champion from the Bahamas, has not yet checked in (trying to free up his schedule) and it is hoped that he and others from the South (i.e. Marco + Coconut Creek + South Carolina) will have the time to join us in Raleigh.Here’s the impressive Bruce Kirby Trophy….it has room for your name!Bruce Kirby trophy

For some pictures of the Lake Crabtree venue go to this link:
http://s177.photobucket.com/user/twotyred/embed/slideshow/Triangle%20Model%20Yacht%20Club

The individual link to the NOR and Sailing Instructions is here:
And the online registration is here:

Here’s the competitor list as of September 4th

Sail #      First             Last                       City                                   ST        
11 Jacques Rioux Cary NC
17 Richard Ferguson Raleigh NC
21 Victor Oberg Westmont NJ
33 John Tochko Oxford MD
38 Michael Roberson Raleigh NC
42 Bill Coates Charleston, SC
53 Geoffrey Cohen Indian Land SC
55 Brian Grunert Durham NC
57 Myles Loesel Pompano Beach FL
16 Daniel Stomka Raleigh NC
69 Mike Peart CARY NC
72 Tom Rummage Garner NC
75 Jim Kaighin Marsh Harbour BA
79 Harry Henkel Easton MD
80 Chase Thomas Cary NC
82 Gerry Cobley Cary NC
93 David Branning Tilghman MD
96 Neil Saunders Raleigh NC
99 Roger Baldwin Easton MD
188 Sam Harris Raleigh NC
657 Bob Szczepanski Raleigh NC
3746 Cothran Harris Wilmington NC
     

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Watch Hill, RI to Hold First Invitational Regatta

August 16, 2014 in Notice of Race by David.Branning

Notice of Race

While sailing in Connecticut in mid-August I had the pleasure of meeting Jim Myers of Intensity Sails. Jim has been sailing his RC Laser with a group in RI and Connecticut and decided to gather up the New England gang an anyone else who wants to participate in a one day RC Laser Invitational in Watch Hill, RI. Invitational means the first 15 who register are invited. If you only have a B sail, that’s good because a few of the new folks up there have B’s and some C sails. Maybe the Maine gang and the Woods Hole gang and the Mud Heads from Wickford will all come together for this one. Or just maybe….. Hank Buchanan from NYC or Jon Elmaleh from Brooklin will slide up Route 95 to join this one. Good luck to all and fair winds.

September
21

Watch Hill Yacht Club

1 Fort Rd
Westerly, RI 02891
401-596-4986
http://www.whyc.net/

Contact

Jim Myers
intensitysails@mac.com

See on line link in content to left
NOTICE OF RACE

Watch Hill Invitational RC Laser Regatta
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Hosted by Watch Hill Yacht Club

Rules: The regatta will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing 2013-2016, as amended by Appendix E for RC sailing, prescriptions of US Sailing, class rules of the RC Laser Class of North America and further Sailing Instructions as announced by the Race Director during the course of event.

Eligibility: Fleet size=15. The regatta is open to anyone with an RC Laser, and you are encouraged to be a member of AMYA or the RC Laser Class of NA. First come, first serve! There will be a waiting list if more than 15 attempt to register.

Location: Watch Hill Yacht Club, 1 Fort Rd, Westerly, RI 02891 (401) 596-4986

Contact: Jim Myers for information if needed: intensitysails@mac.com

Schedule:

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Skippers Meeting                                        9:30 am
Racing begins following Meeting
Lunch break                                               12:00 pm
Racing                                                           1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Lunch Included in fee
Awards presentation to follow as soon as final scores are tabulated
Format: A maximum of 15 boats will be registered.
Sailors may use Laser class B and C sails only

Entry: Entries may be submitted online at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/watch-hill-yacht-club-radio-control-laser-regatta-tickets-12600302845
or by mailing the Entry Form below, with the entry fee. Entry fee includes lunch.

Scoring: The event will be scored under the Low Point System described in the Racing Rules of Sailing Appendix A. For each 5 races are sailed, a boat’s worst score will be excluded.

Prizes: Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 skippers.
You may wish to bring: — Folding chair, food and drink for the barge

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ENTRY FORM –WHYC RC LASER Regatta– SEPT 21, 2014
If not registering online (see link above), please mail completed entry form together with a check made payable to WHYC to the following address:
Jim Myers
Intensity Sails
200 Bald Hill Rd
Warwick RI 02886
Entries must be received no later than September 5 for lunches

For more information, directions Email intensitysails@mac.com
Club website with map: www.whyc.net
Name: ________________________________________________________________________ Street address: _________________________________________________________________ City: _______________________________________ State: ___________ ZIP: ____________ Email Address: _________________________________________________________________ Phone Number: _______________________ Sail Number: ______________
____1____ Skipper @ $20.00
Guest lunch is $10

TOTAL ENCLOSED    $ ________
In consideration of acceptance of this entry, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators, waive and release any and all rights to claim damages that I may have or acquire against the host, or its members, the sailing site owners, employees, agents, representatives or assigns, and the Watch Hill Yacht Club, or its members, from any claim for injury or other damages to me or my family during this regatta’s events.
Participant’s signature: ____________________________________

Date: ________________

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