Charleston Model Yacht Club

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We are sure you are wondering what is happening here on the lake today at James Island County Park, and hope that the information below will help enhance your experience to what is happening.


Today's Event: 

Club Racing


The RC boat totally relies on the wind and the skill of the skipper to direct it and make it go as fast as possible. The skipper uses a handheld controller to sail the boat using only two controls, one for the rudder, to steer the boat and the other moves the Sails in and out to power it.



The Racing:

During the day we sail a series of races against each other as a fleet of similar RC boats. 


The Start:

To start the race, the boats congregate by the Start Line and a timer is used for a 1-minute count down. Listen out for the countdown...... 60 seconds..... 50 seconds..... 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, DING......


The boats must stay behind the start line, defined between two marks, and aim to cross it just as the countdown gets to zero. If they cross too early, they must go back behind the line to start the race. 


The Course:

The boats sail a course defined by a series of buoys. After they have started, the boats will then sail upwind, tacking in a zig zag pattern, as they cannot sail directly into the wind, to a windward buoy. Then there is usually a short leg to an offset mark before the boats sail downwind to a leeward buoy. The boats pass around the buoy and then head back up wind to the finish line which is usually between the same 2 buoys that defined the start line.


If it's windy and we are sailing very fast races, we may sail 2 laps before we finish. 


Scoring: The first boat to finish is given 1 point, second 2, the third 3 and so on. At the end of all the races, the scores are added together for each sailor. If enough races have been sailed, we subtract the highest scored races from the sailor's overall score. The Sailor with the lowest score is declared the winner.


Thank you for stopping by and spending some time watching the sailing and enjoying the event here at James Island County Park. We hope you enjoyed watching and learning a little bit about Radio Control Model Sailing​


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