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11th Annual RC Laser Midwinter Regatta Championships
Radio-controlled Laser sailboats have gained in popularity. There are more than 6,000 Lasers in the US alone, and regatta’s like the one on Marco Island are held worldwide, even as far away as Durban, South Africa. SUBMITTED photo

11th Annual RC Laser Midwinter Regatta Championships

The Marco Island Model Yacht Club is gearing up its 11th Annual Midwinter Regatta Championships. Set for Feb. 28-March 2, the event has grown in size and popularity over time. In fact, the Marco Island event has become one of the biggest and best Radio-controlled Laser Regattas in the nation.

This year, the event will be hosted by the Marco Island Model Yacht Club and the city of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Department. Dave Brawner, president of the American Model Yachting Association, will be the principal Race official. The rules of the regatta follow the 2013 International Sailing Federation guidelines. This means the model sailboats and their controllers must follow the same rules as full-size racing sailboats. Participants’ boats may not touch the start or finish buoy just as in regular racing. Rules such as right-of-way also apply.

Participants come from all over the world to race in the Marco Island event. Past races have included contestants from New York, Minnesota, Maine, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and even the United Kingdom. The event has been won for the last three years by Jim Kaighin of the Bahamas.

Friday, Feb. 28 will include a cocktail party after registration and a Skipper’s meeting. Saturday the racing begins, with a provided box lunch and a dinner party in the evening. Sunday will be the final race day, with awards presented late that afternoon.

Viewing the races is free to the public, and promises to be an entertaining way to spend an afternoon or two. For more information about the Marco Island Model Yacht Club or the upcoming regatta, contact George Domenech at 239-227-9851 or by email at, or visit the Model Yacht Club’s website.


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