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.


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


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

Sailing Instructions:



SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2014

Hosted by Triangle Model YC


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: 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):

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


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: 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



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
  • Club website with map:


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: __________________________________________________________________

Don Barker Wins Third Regional Championship at Tilghman Island

May 19, 2014 in Race Reports by David.Branning

Don Barker Three-Peats

2014 Tilghman R2 Championship

Chestertown, MD’s Don Barker won his third Jim Karr Trophy for the RC Laser R2 Championship yesterday, May 17, 2014. Weather on Tilghman Island, MD was beautiful as high clouds and warm sun graced the venue at the Tilghman On Chesapeake YC and Marina. Thirteen boats joined the contest with skippers from Raleigh, NC, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.The morning races were graced with C sail winds diminishing to B sail then to an A sail for the last race before the noon break and then it was A for the rest of the day. Regatta Chairman and host, Dave Branning led at the break with Don Barker and Bob Roe tied for second and Jim Flach two points behind them. After a lunch on the top deck of the YC, the RC had a difficult time re-positioning all six buoys and, after an entire placement they had to be moved again as the on and off northwesterly played with us the rest of the day. Skippers could be seen laughing or crying as short termed glee turned into pulling ones hair out in frustration with mother nature.The patient skills of Don Barker came into play for the rest of the day as he took a lemon of a start or poor positioning at the first windward mark and turned it into lemonade at the finish line. Don recorded two firsts, two seconds and two thirds for the afternoon to take the championship by 5 points over Dave Branning, with Jim Flach in third, Bob Roe in fourth and Jim Karr, fifth. Congratulations to Ryck Walbridge and Frank Steffens who were sailing in their first RC Laser regatta.Thanks for all who came to Tilghman and sharing in the day. Special appreciation go to Harry Henkel and Roger Baldwin who provided the chase boat and positioned all the buoys. PRO and scorekeeper, Dick and Bonnie Richards, did a great job running the start and finish lines and Elaine Hepkin laid out a nice lunch for all of us on the top deck and helped with the scoring and chase boat. Thanks also to Jim Thornton who gladly spent the day shooting a ton of pictures. A few presented here.

The Results:
Don Barker              27
Dave Branning         32
Jim Flach                 47
Bob Roe                   47
Jim Karr                   67
Harry Henkel            67
Victor Oberg             82

Rick Ferguson          83

Roger Baldwin          88
John Tochko             89
Ryck Waldbridge      90
Frank Steffens         100
Claude Maechling   121

Top 5 l to r: Don Barker, Dave Branning, Jim Flach, Bob Roe and Jim Karr

First Race Start: #93 Branning over the line

Last Race Start…..Little wind left in the day

left, Don Barker and Dave Branning start the march down the dock following their boats.
Skippers at Tilghman spread out on the dock as they follow their RC Lasers

Kaighin Wins Season Finale in Abaco

April 1, 2014 in Race Reports by David.Branning

Marsh Harbour Regatta Report

Last Stop on the Tour of the Abaco

If you note the picture above, you will recognize what family fun happens in the Abaco sailing RC Lasers.   A special thanks to Lenore Mulock and Ylva Ljungholm.  They do such a great job and make the racing so much easier.  We welcomed a few new sailors to the group and I hope they keep coming out.  I am always looking to expand our group and hope to get new people to buy new, or even used boats.  But also a special thanks to all of the sailors who made the effort to come out.  The more the merrier.

Our last stop on the RC Laser Tour of Abaco brought us back to Marsh Harbour.  We all gathered for lunch at the Jib Room.  We sailed off of Key’s Landing at the Great Abaco Club.  The wind was out of the south and our race course runs east/west.  So the wind was very shifty and light.  And there was a fair amount of weeds.

There was some talk of a summer get together in Cherokee and sail off the long dock at high tide.  It should be a good place to sail and we would be able to have a good course no matter the wind direction.  Stay tuned.

Article report from Jim Kaighin (slight edits from Dave Branning), and Picture from Ylva Ljungholm

Jim Kaighin 1 2 1 2 “3″ 1 1 8
Tim Sands 2 1 4 1 1 2 “5″ 11
Anders Ljungholm 4 4 2 3 “5″ 4 2 19
David Mulock “6″ 5 3 4 4 3 4 23
Victor Patterson 7 7 7 “9″ 2 5 3 31
Tim/Tom Parr 5 3 6 5 6 6 “9″ 31
Branden Sands 3 6 5 6 “7″ 7 6 33
Byron Kitchener 9 9 9 9 9 9 “9″ 54

Myles Loesel Wins Windsor Invitational

March 24, 2014 in Race Reports by David.Branning

Windsor Invitational Regatta

Miles Loesel Wins First Annual Regatta in SE Florida

The community of Windsor in Vero Beach tried it’s hand at regatta management last weekend and invited the teams from Sable Pines (near Ft. Lauderdale) and Orchid Island (also Vero Beach) to their first RC Laser regatta. The two Vero Beach fleets are building their skills in racing and started enjoying the RC Laser by ordering only B sails. Then they bought some A sails after needing them in the light air SE Florida Winter Regatta last month. The current 13 boat regatta needed the expanded inventory of C Sails in order to survive the strongest winds of the season.
The skilled and race-experienced Sable Pines team came with 4 full rigs and won the day. Miles Loesel took first overall with brother, Scott taking second with Jim DeSena in third.  All from Sable Pines.  Dave  really needed C sails to cope with the heavy winds but only the Sable Pines boys had them so we all worked with the B sails.
The wind was the highest of the season at 20 plus knots.  The good thing was that it was from the South and we had a long windward/leeward course starting at the north end and going up wind to the far south marker and back again to the north gate and repeat for four legs to the finish.  Going upwind, it was difficult to tack without going “in irons” and going down wind, the boats would nose dive and come to a stop facing up wind.  Very tough sailing.  ”The sailors from Sable Pines were just better than the rest of us and could cope with the conditions better.  We needed the heavy weather C sails which we don’t have at the moment, reported Dave Shelby of Windsor.

Michael Shaw took fourth place and Andy Kostanecki from Orchid Island took fifth.   No surprise, the Sable Pines team took honors in the team competition with Windsor second and Orchid Island third.
Noah and the club did Windsor proud with drinks and pizzas after the races.
Sounded like a great day all around and a region building experience. Thanks to Dave and Carole Shelby for the pics and reporting.

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