Jim Kaighin (right) from Marsh Harbour, Bahamas won the 2016 RC Laser National Championship Regatta, held May 14-15 in Viginia Beach, VA. Sailing amongst some of the most talented competitors in all RC sailing, Kaighin beat Danny Thomas by one point and Dave Brawner (reigning national champion) by ten points.
This year’s regatta was sailed on beautiful Lake Christopher in Virginia Beach, VA, and was hosted by a new AMYA RC Laser fleet, Tidewater RC Laser Fleet. Fleet Captain and regatta host Duncan Bell and his wife Karin could not have been more hospitable in all aspects of the event. Lake Christopher is a 63 acre (former quarry) lake with reported depths of 90 feet, and is located within the Lake Christopher community. Friday’s practice and Saturday’s seeding races were held at the lake’s west side community park. It seemed like it was designed for RC racing, with convenient parking, great dock for launching, and plenty of room for skipper’s sailing. Added was a forty foot long tent to use as shade, with enough room to sail from if it rained.