Joint CBMYC and WSC Sailout Planned for Aug 1st, 2015

Fellow Sailors:

As you know, we will soon have a total of 6 RC Lasers in our CBMYC family. To celebrate the start of our new fleet and the growth of RC Laser sailing in Texas, all CBMYC members have been invited to come sail Sunday, August 2nd at 12pm at the Woodlawn Sailing Club. Mike, Jim and I have committed to make the trip and spend the day with the festive Woodlawn crew in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Woodlawn has at least 4 Lasers and I understand that there are more in the surrounding area so we should have a decent size fleet.

Woodlawn calls their First Sunday Sail outs “Run What Ya Brung” day. It’s a day not dedicated to any particular RC class so please feel free to bring your Victoria’s, Solings, DF’s or any other boat you may have a hankering to sail. I plan to bring out my Victoria’s and an OD39 and I’d be happy to let you guys take the helm.

Update: This evening I received very good news from our Commodore, Jim Smith. The road to Schaefer Lake in Aransas Pass, TX has finally dried and we may now resume sailing there. The lake shore is just feet from the road so we won’t have to walk very far from our vehicles to sail. I hope to go help Jim reposition the floating dock and reset our buoys soon.

Eric Gregory

Press Release: C.B.M.Y.C. Adopts A Second R.C. Class Boat

We are pleased to announce that beginning July 25th a new fleet of RC Lasers will begin having regular sail-outs under the CBMYC banner.  We’ve recently made a bulk purchase of 5 new boats and with Bob’s original our official total will now be 6. We understand that RC Lasers are already being sailed in the Rockport area and we hope that we can begin associating with our Laser brethren in the near future.

The RC Laser’s ability to sail in high winds and chop make it a natural for Corpus Christi, America’s second windiest city.   Being fairly inexpensive, readily available and requiring no building skills makes it a fantastic boat for new members and we anticipate a substantial increase in membership over the next year thanks to this boat.

As soon as possible we will begin posting photos and video of this new fleet.

Meanwhile, enjoy this video,

Sunday at the park, 12 July 2015.

What a sail out!  We hardly knew what boat to sail next or who was more excited, the skippers, guests, or Parks Patrol Officer.  We even forgot to eat our water melon.

We had 4 Vics, 3 Soling one meter boats and a Laser, and almost everybody sailed all 3.  Even the park officer (Todd) came over to see what all the school yard laughter was about, and to trade contact information so he could build a Vic.

Our location was West Guth Park within sight of I-37 at Up River Rd.  We had plenty of depth for every boat we sailed, and the whole event took place in the shade of a massive oak tree 15 feet from the pond.

Between noon and 2:30 the air went from light to moderate to heavy, with plenty of puffs, direction changes, and various surprises as the air played off the grassy slops and sharp banks at different parts of the large pond.  Wow.

Everybody agreed that this is an outstanding site for casual sailing and for giving our club and guest novices (Rudy and Lisa, Dick and Arlene Ward, Richard and Georgiana Bradshaw, John Gonzales, and John Bowie) a chance to spectate, get their rudders wet in a duck rich environment, or both.

The regular CBMYC skippers, Woodlawn skippers and their supporting casts (Eric Gregory, Bob and Sandra Thompson, Mike and Gloria Sechrist, plus myself and Lauren) all agreed that this day was an outstanding change of pace.

Fair winds and plunder,

Captain Chaos



After unboxing and sailing Bob’s Laser for about an hour and a half, then boxing and unboxing it and sailing it for another hour we have made some observations and conclusions:

All RC boats have flaws:  You have to lean over further to pick a Laser up out of the water, and the sail servo is not quick (possibly accounting for the long battery service).  All newly owned boats have “bugs”:  Bob did not correctly tie the sheet to the main boom on his first try.  That bug was corrected in about 90 seconds.

However, in 2 ½ hours of sailing and otherwise fooling around with the Laser, that was all we could find in the way of flaws and bugs.   As seasoned kit boat builders (Soling and Victoria) we are all very impressed.

It is a misconception that the best thing about a Laser is the fact that you can literally sail it 10 minutes after you take it out of the box for the first time, and 5 minutes after you take it out the second time. The best thing is the way that it sails: It’s mesmerizing.

During saltwater trials with winds at 14 mph gusting to 18 plus, she sailed smartly with just her B sail.  For 3 different skippers she proved that she can turn sharply around windward and off wind marks, point well, get out of irons faster than whatever you are used to sailing, remain very controllable going downhill, and for 30 minutes she stayed within 3 to 16 feet of a Soling which was sailed by her seasoned skipper, Salty Bob.

As a bonus the cockpit was totally dry after an hour in rough water, and had one drop inside (possibly from the hatch cover) after a couple of hours of ploughing through the chop.  We noticed that the servos responded perfectly using 4 AA alkaline batteries for the entire sail out.

Conclusions:  At well under $400 delivered to your door with all electronics and a B sail, this is a great club boat for our salt water and daily wind here on the Gulf.

While we will never stop sailing the Victoria Thunder Tiger, and will always be a proud part of the Region 5 Vic fleet, the Laser adds an entirely new dimension to RC sailing in the Coastal Bend.  Today we bought 2 more.  That makes 3.

Fair winds and plunder,

Captain Chaos