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.”



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 with RC Lasers conforming to RC Laser Class International Racing Rules dated June 7, 2011 (current RC Laser NA rules).  See To join:
Membership in AMYA is encouraged but not required.

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. You must be a member of the RC Laser Class of North America to be eligible.

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: __________________________________________________________________

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.

Tom Rummage Wins Carolina Classic

March 23, 2014 in Race Reports by David.Branning

2014 Carolina Classic

Tom Rummage Wins Close One

Sailing at Lake Crabtree, venue for the Triangle Model Yacht Club, in Raleigh, NC is often challenging.  This regatta would prove that.  Twelve skippers eagerly arrived early to sail in winds forecasted to be in the 15 mph range gusting up to 25.  Given that, with B and C rigs at the ready, the first race was sailed with A rigs.  The forecasted winds then switched on and the fleet went to B rigs.  Tom Rummage jumped to an early lead, but was passed by Bob Szczepanski by the end of race 4.  The two separated themselves from the fleet and at the lunch break, after nine races, Bob held a 5 point lead.  C rigs were necessary on several of the morning’s races and Tom’s ability to pick the correct rig kept the scores and finishes tight.

After enjoying “build it yourself “deli sandwiches with all the fixings, 10 more races were sailed.  The afternoon winds hit the full forecasted range and each race teetered between B and C rig choices.  Again, Tom’s ability to use the right rig at the right time and consistent sailing gradually diminished Bob’s lead.  By the end of 18 races Tom was only one point behind Bob.  In the last race Tom’s persistence paid off.  While Bob led the fleet closely followed by Tom, an entanglement with a non-course buoy sealed the deal and Tom finished first tying Bob with 44 points each.  After throw outs, Tom had a two point win to take home the Carolina Cup, known by TMYC members as the coveted “C” Cup.  Carl Olbrich won two races to take home the third place trophy, and Michael Roberson and Cothran Harris each won a race.

Thanks to Jim Bray for calling the line, Gerry Cobley and Karen Szczepanski for scoring and again to Karen Szczepanski for catering lunch.  A special salute to each skipper for participating.  A portion of each entry fee (a total of $100.00) will be donated on behalf of TMYC to the Alzheimers Association of North Carolina.

Editor’s note: I’d like to express our appreciation to Bob and Karen Szczepanski who pretty much organized and executed the regatta single-handedly.  Thanks for a grand day!

Link to Pictures are here:

The Results:

Pl      Skipper                          Pts
1        Tom  Rummage            32
2        Bob Szczepanski           34
3        Carl Olbrich                     63
4        Michael Roberson         72.6
5        Gerry Cobley                   77
6        Chase Thomas            101
7        Rick Ferguson              112
8        Cothran Harris              122
9        Brian Grunert                126
10      Sam Harris                    151
11      Dan Stomka                  167
12      Ken Coit                          201

Tom Rummage, left,  accepts Carolina Cup from RD, Bob Szczepanski
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