Elmaleh Wins His 8th North American RC Laser Title

September 19, 2011 in Race Reports

The 2011 RC Laser North American Championship is in the books and class manufacturer, Jon Elmaleh, once again, showed us how it’s done with his 8th North American victory since 2000.

The Rock Hall Yacht Club in Rock Hall, Maryland played co-host with the Cooper River RC Laser fleet to provide two wonderful days of competitive racing. There was plenty of social time to get to know the new competitors and see old friends.

Regatta chairman, Nick Mortgu, was able to garner a host of wonderful sponsors who not only provided products for door prizes but also added to the social excitement of the regatta.

The format for the regatta for the 29 competitors was a day of seeding races held Saturday to divide the racers into two fleets, Gold and Silver, each who would race to decide the two fleet champions on Sunday. Total points scored after one throw out race on Saturday were carried over and added to Sunday’s races where 6 races minus one additional throw out from Sunday were used to decide the championship for the top 15 in the Gold Fleet.

Mortgu, provided the two fleets beautiful glass bowls as awards for each fleet.

Two competitors who arrived feeling under the weather with strong colds were unable to compete the full chamionship. This weekend was the first in many months that we have seen sub 60 degrees in the early morning.

Jon Elmaleh defeated the most competitive RC Laser fleet in recent history with good starts, a nose for clear air and a calm steady thumb on the tiller.

Jon took a 2 point lead into Sunday and distanced himself from the fleet, throwing out only a 2nd on day two to win by 15 points over two time defending champion, Jim Kaighin, who came from 4th on Saturday to nail down 2nd overall.
Ryan Lippincott moved to third in the final standings with Jamie Betz and Rob Seidelmann rounding out the top five.

Cooper River’s RC fleet placed three in the top five.

Conditions called for use of the A sail along but there were some good puffs to keep it interesting. Very few B sails were used with success. Shifting winds from the east and north helped shake up the positions in almost every race. Everyone in the fleet (other than Jon Elmaleh) seemed to have a least one or two good races but the best skippers kept the double digit finishes to a minimum.

In the Silver Fleet, local skipper, Tom Lippincott, bested local newcomer, Chip Lieber, to win with Victor Oberg placing third. Tom and Chip represented the host Rock Hall YC which provided buffet breakfasts and lunches as well as a group dinner on Saturday night.

Links to race results and a few photos from the 2011 North Americans:

Marco Island Model Yacht Club, Marco Island, FL

January 29, 2010 in Where We Sail

Marco Island Model Yacht Club, in Marco Island, Florida, was founded in 2003 by series of Marco Island Racquet Center players. One day after playing tennis John Moulton, Tom Schwartzburg and George Domenech got into a discussion about Model Sailing and how much fun they were having sailing there Victoria’s on John’s canal. George did not know they were model sailors in Marco as a result he never had taken his Skandia model he had built while living in Boca Raton. So he decided to join them on a Saturday afternoon with his Skandia. Naturally the newer Victoria’s technology was too much for George’s old Skandia. Needless to say he could not win a race. George told the guys I will be back with a new boat.

Several weeks later I received the November issue of the AMYA (American Model Yachting Magazine) that featured the RC Laser. He decided this would be the boat that would run circles around Tom and John’s Victoria. So he joined them on a Saturday at the canal as expected the Laser was too much for the Victoria’s.

Shortly afterwards Tom ordered one then John and soon we had 6 Laser in our group fiercely competing with each other. George figure that the perfect place to sail the Laser was at the Mackle Park pond. He ordered three inflatable buoys and the group began meeting at the Tiki Hut of Balboa street on Sundays. The only problem was that these buoys had to be thrown out in the pond with a weight and they could only put 2 out and very close to the shoreline. So he met with the Dana Souza Director of Recreation for the –City of Marco Island and requested permission to place several fixed buoys, after several weeks Dana called George and told him he could go ahead and place the buoys he had built. After installing the buoys we also got permission build a small platform dock so we could launch our boats.

So that was the beginning of the MIMYC and we decided to start a club and we incorporated as a not for profit organization. We now have 15 members and growing fast. The original founders were, Tom Schwartzburg, John Moulten, Jim Karter, Nic Nicolson, John Gerig, and Mark Crooks.

Currently, in 2010, the MIMYC will have a new pavilion with electricity and water. The newly installed floating dock and cement steps will now accommodate more bodies launching and retrieving boats and the lake has multiple buoys allowing for a variety of choices for true upwind courses. This is a terrific venue for model boat racing.

This coming March 5-7, 2010 the MIMYC will be holding its Sixth Annual Marco Island Mid-Winter R/C Laser Championship Regatta at Mackle Park and expects skippers from all over the US/UK/Bahamas. This regatta could break the North American record for attendance.

Fleet Members

George Domenech, Rocky Cale, Norman Borgo, Jim Danbom, Dave Haggart, Nic Nicolson, Bill Cook, Steve Moyer, Bob Walker, Dan Harvey, Herb Glessman, Jim Schudel, Tom Volpe, Carl Hansen, Rick Hillyer, Tom Wald, Joe Civello, Jim Karter, Curt Hathaway, Russ Colombo, Linda Colombo, Bob MacNeil, Sandy MacNeil, Mike Willms, Chappy Thiel

Fleet Captain and SE Regional Secretary, George Domenech

 


 
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