National regatta

The Stowe Yacht Club holds weekly radio-controlled model boat races on the Commodores Inn pond, Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Stowe Yacht Club will host the National Championship sailing regatta for East Coast 12-meter radio-controlled model boats on the pond at the Commodores Inn, 823 S. Main St., Stowe.

Races are run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept 12-14, with races from 10 a.m. until about 4 p.m. each day.

Spectators are welcome to watch the competitors, who come from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic States and South.

RC sailing comes very close to the feel of real sailing. Boats are controlled from the shore with radios for steering and sail set. No motors are involved.

Generally, courses are windward-leeward, twice around, finishing at the windward mark. Races take about 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the wind conditions. Competition can be very stiff.

The rules are the same as those for international racing, such as the America’s Cup.

The EC-12 model was developed as a test hull for development of the full-sized boats raced in the America’s Cup. The testing was so successful, an RC model became one of the most popular classes in the American Model Yacht Association. Boats are about 59 inches long, mast height 72 inches, sail area 1,200 square inches, and weigh about 24 pounds.

The Stowe Yacht Club holds weekly racing on the pond Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 6-ish. The club welcomes interested sailors to come down and watch, or to try their hand. Instructional assistance is available from club members. More info about RC sailing and Stowe Yacht Club can be found at stoweyachtclub.com.

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