Radio-Controlled Sailboats to Compete in Wolfeboro, NH, Regatta
June 8, 2016
Top sailors from New England and Canada will rendezvous in Wolfeboro on June 18 when the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s Back Bay Skippers host this year’s AMYA Region 1 One-Meter Soling Championship Regatta.
This prestigious regional event will feature participants racing their radio-controlled sailboats. Racing can be viewed from the Bridge Falls Path on Back Bay in Wolfeboro. No admission is charged for the public to watch the races, which run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
A nonprofit organization, the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) promotes “the designing, building, racing and preservation of all model sailing yachts.” Not only does it prescribe rules for classification and competition, it also contributes to the advancement of local, national and international activities. Membership is open to anyone interested in these activities, and yacht classes range from one foot to 8 feet in length and from high-tech developmental boats to affordable one-designs.
The One-Meter Solings to be sailed in the Regatta are miniature versions of an Olympic-class Norwegian sailboat. Sailors can move their rudder and sails by remote control, but it is the wind that actually propels the boat. Skill at catching and using that wind, as well as tactical ability, mean the difference between first and last place.
Locally, yacht-building workshops are held every winter at the New Hampshire Boat Museum to allow completion before the upcoming sailing season. Since its formation in 2008, the club has grown to more than sixty.
The Back Bay Skippers are sponsored in 2016 by Eldridge and Gillespie, P.C. of Wolfeboro.
For information about the Regatta and the Back Bay Skippers CLICK HERE.