BAR HARBOR — With the recent BMW Oracle racing team’s win of the America’s Cup, bringing the trophy back to the United States for the first time since 1992, many people are turning their eyes toward the sea in preparation for the upcoming sailing season.
One way to get into some sailboat racing while enjoying mild tropical weather is to get to the Mount Desert Island YMCA – Motto: It’s Always Summer in the Pool – on Friday, Feb. 26 for the Mount Desert Island Community Sailing Center’s (MDICSC) second annual indoor remote controlled (R/C) Laser regatta.
The Lenny DeMuro Pool will be the site of the event. Preceding the actual racing, a one-hour demo time from 7 to 8 p.m. is slated to give people who have never tried remote-controlled sailing a shot at manning the helm.
Toby Strong started organized sailing of R/C Lasers with a core group of local sailing enthusiasts w roughly five years ago. “There are about 25 of them on the island I think,” said Glenn Squires, executive director of the MDICSC. “This is something we can do inside.”
The boats being used, RC Lasers, are a 1/4-scale model of the popular full-size Laser with certain modifications for model performance.
A portion of the proceeds from the dinner will be donated to the MDICSC. Space for the dinner is limited. Reservations are highly recommended. Call Red Sky at 244-0476.
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