Congratulations to Al Ross for his 1st place victory at the Coastal Bend’s Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta.

Very special thanks to Sylvia Dimayuga for being our RD and Josephine Camarillo for assisting with Race Scoring, we were all in very competent hands this afternoon. We must also give special thanks to Lauren Causey for her efforts organizing our most excellent lunch and for handling registration. Yes, the ladies were in charge and we were all better off for it!

The morning began with winds out of the South at 10-15mph allowing us to run races parallel to the sea wall. This venue has two great concrete walk ways, one at water level and the second on top of the sea wall allowing plenty of room for us to pace up and down the race course.

A very satisfying lunch arrived at noon.  With at least 7 different sandwich and taco choices to choose from everyone could have something they liked.  During lunch Ray Seta entertained the crowd with a rollercoaster style skateboarding display on the upper walk way of the sea wall.  Thankfully for the AMYA he walked away unscathed.

After lunch the winds quickly clocked around from South to East forcing us to reset the course and run our races out away from the seawall toward the breakwater separating the marina from Corpus Christi Bay.  The winds steadily increased to 20mph allowing for a mix of B & C rigs during the last of our 14 total races.

In the final hours of the Regatta a wedding party arrived and took over the Gazebo which overlooks our venue.  RD Sylvia Dimayuga would not let us play our starter tape during the wedding. Fortunately, the ceremony was brief and we were back to sailing in no time at all.  The young couple will forever have the memory of getting married at the Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta.  And yes, we are in the back ground of all their wedding pictures. They even took one of our brochures as a keep sake.

Al Ross put on a fantastic sailing display truly dominating the rest of the fleet.  He seemed especially dominate the last few hours of the regatta as he easily pulled away from the other race leaders.  Filling out the top 3 were Ray Seta and Will Rottgering who never surrendered and pushed for ever more races in hopes of catching our leader.  From CBMYC our friend Eric Gregory pull-in a surprising 4th as he split his time between chase boat duty and racing.

We had divided our skippers in to Gold and Silver fleets based on experience at the skippers meeting.  Of the Silver Fleet captains our 1st Place winner was Tirza Dabdoub.  Tirza not only won the Silver Fleet trophy but she also won the Special Finisher award for having the most point awarded to a skipper without a DNF or DNS. Congratulations Tirza, from now on you are in the Gold Fleet. Finishing second in the Silver Fleet was newcomer to RC Laser sailing, Butch Willson of Austin, TX.  Butch gets to return home as top gun among the 5 strong Austin Team and we look forward to seeing his progression.  Finally rounding out our Silver Fleet winners was Mike Causey from CBMYC.  Mike has come a long way with his sailing and we at CBMYC are extremely proud of him and his performance at today’s event.

Finally, we must make note of that peculiar position called “Mid-Fleet Hacker” which some seem to prize so highly.  At this regatta the honor falls to everyone’s favorite sailor, John “JK” Kuc!  John blew a servo which cost him a few positions at the end of the regatta but it won him this beloved position in the fleet. Congratulations to him.

To all the fine racers who helped make this Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta such a roaring success, the members of the Coastal Bend Model Yacht Club extend their greatest gratitude.  Hope to see everyone next year.


Saturday Evening Dinner at Harrison’s Landing

Harrison’s Landing Restaurant- A Series of Boats and Floating Barges

JK and Eric – Crazy Don’t Describe This


The Austin Contingent

L to R: Tirza, Al, Mike, Lauren and Will

L to R: Robert, Vicky, Ben and Commodore Big Jim

Full Table

Another View

Big Winner #1


Big Winner #2

Maybe Not So Big A Winner….Stop Pouting Ray

View from Harrison’s Landing Floating Barge

Multiple Views of Harrison’s Landing



Great Friday practice with JK and Theresa joining Mike and I on the water.   Fred James came by and registered and hung out with the gang.   Later in the evening Al and Tirza from Mandeville arrived and joined us on the 11th floor of the host hotel lounge where we watched the sun set over the marina and sailing venue. This morning breakfast on the 11th floor host hotel diner with JK and Theresa overlooking the sailing venue.  Here are some views:


Inside The Lounge

View of The Sailing Site from the Host Hotel’s 11th Floor Lounge.

Nice Place to Sit with Friends and Enjoy the Evening Over Looking The Marina.


This is getting just too exciting!!!    Now just 2 days remaining on the count down to the Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta.  From here on out all updates will be directly from the Sailing Venue.  Keep watching for photos and updates on our 19 skippers and guests!

On Friday the 17th @ 3pm Mike will be at the official sailing site with a kayak in case anyone want to sail a bit and/or pre-register.   It should be a beautiful afternoon so come down and keep us company for a while and enjoy the magnificent waterfront.

As a reminder, the skippers meeting will start Saturday morning 18th @ 9:40am with our first race at 10am.  Stephen and I will be out early to set-up the race course and Mike and Lauren will be there for registration and to take lunch orders.  Please see them first!

Saturday night between 5:00 and 5:30pm we have planned and informal get together at Harrison’s Landing at 108 Peoples St T-Head, Corpus Christi, TX 78401.   Click this Link for a map to Harrison’s.  This will be a cool place to wind down and relax after a fun filled day.  Harrison’s is a floating barge in the middle of Corpus Christ Marina with great views of the colorfully lite high rises on the water front.  There may also be live music.  (Costs are not included in your entry fee)

Here is the final weather forecast for Saturday, February 18th:  Sunny, 83 degrees, Winds SSE @ 15 to 25mph.

See You Folks Soon!


Just 3 more days till the start of the Coastal Bend MYC’s Inaugural, Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta.

Special thanks to Lauren and Mike Causey for arranging the Saturday Lunch for the group.  During registration, you will have the opportunity to pick from our 5 sandwich choices and street tacos and every order will come with kettle chips.  Our caterer will have “no problem” delivering by 12 noon.  During lunch and the regatta various sodas, gatorade and water will be available from our ice chests. 

Here is a sneak peek at our Regatta Lunch Menu:

Chicken, steak, or pork with lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes. You can also add queso blanco, guac, and mango salsa.

Thinly sliced steak or chicken, sautéed peppers and onions, queso blanco, and homemade mac & Cheese served on a hoagie roll.

Roasted pork, black forest ham, swiss cheese, dill pickles, and our house made honey mustard on a hoagie roll will make you wish you were in Havana.

Savory chicken panin, applewood smoked bacon, provolone cheese, and house-made ranch dressing served on a toasted hoagie roll.

Sliced turkey, bacon, guacamole, cucumbers, shredded lettuce, provolone cheese, sprouts, and a basil pesto mayo served on a hoagie roll.

Chicken, pineapple & mango salsa, provolone, and pineapple ailoi served on a toasted hoagie roll.


6 Days and counting till the start of the Coastal Bend MYC’s Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta!  And HOLY SMOKES, the forecast is now for 20 to 30mph winds!   This will be fun!  If you still don’t have a C or D rig you have time to obtain what you need if you order now.  If you are in San Antonio call Ray Seta as I believe he still has some stock.  Otherwise contact Jim Myers over at Intensity Sails.  Here is a link to his webstore:  Intensity has a nice supply of RC Laser gear so take this time to obtain what you need. 

Here’s where to get those nifty RC Laser Class approved stick-on vinyl sail numbers. These are just too easy to apply and they look fantastic!

Now here is the official weather forecast for Saturday, February 18th, 2017: 81 degrees, SE @20mph, Sunny skies with gusty winds developing later in the day.

The Awesome Corpus Christ Sea Wall: Best View, Best Protection, Best Sailing!

10 days until the Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta in beautiful downtown Corpus Christi, TX! We are sitting at 17 confirmed registrations which is perfect as we plan to run a single fleet. A single fleet, WHAT???? No worries about room, the starting line will be long and the off-sets set wide. We normally stand some 25 ft. above the water on top of the sea wall and look down upon our boats so no worries about a blocked view! In fact, in 18 years of RC sailing I’ve yet to see a venue with a better view of the course. This joint simply Rocks!!!!!

So, is it too early to talk about weather? Yes and No. Right now the brilliant folks at the weather service are forecasting Partly Cloudy skies, 77 degrees, with Winds from the South at 9mph. Tomorrow they are liable to forecast Hurricane Force Freezing Winds, Pouring Rain, Ice, Snow, Massive Flooding, you name it. So what do we do then? Simple, we sail ! This venue is weather proof and so is the RC Laser! All weather reports from here on out are just to help our skippers pack the appropriate clothing.

 Top of the Sea Wall

Looking down

The Bottom

Hotel Suggestion & Map

There are now 17 registered skippers for the Inaugural Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta which is scheduled for February 18th, 2017 on the Sea Wall in Downtown Corpus Christi, TX.

Several us plan to stay at the Best Western at 300 N Shoreline Blvd.   The Best Western is roughly 550 yards to the north of the Sailing Venue.   Here are some photo’s of the Best Western.  What a cool place to hang out!

Hotel at Night

Literally watch the Race Committee deploy the buoys
 while you have breakfast in the Hotel.

The Section of S. Shoreline Blvd. which ran along the water between the Sailing Venue and the Best Western has been blocked off and turned into a park.  I’ve marked this on the map below in YELLOW.  Google Maps and Map Quest still do not show this properly and will try and guide you down a road which no longer exists.  To get to the Sailing Site stay on N. Shoreline Blvd as indicated by the RED LINE on the map.  Turn left on to Kenny St, cross the intersection and then turn right into the park.

Time to Prep Our RC Lasers for the Inaugural Salt Water Challenge!

Hey, our good friend Fred James from Dripping Springs is planning to join us on the 18th for the Inaugural, Salt Water Challenge – RC Laser Regatta to be held February 18th in downtown Corpus Christi, TX!  This brings the registered number to 14 and I bet we have 15 or more before the end of the weekend.  Here’s the link to the current Who’s Who list.

As the regatta name implies, Salt-Water can be a Challenge but there’s an easy solution: Fresh water baths and a light coating of Corrosion X on all metal parts and electronics.  See for yourself.  Here’s a link to a great video showing just how effective Corrosion X can be.          

CBMYC will provide fresh water and a sprayer during the regatta to help keep your RC Lasers clean and salt-free.  Corrosion X or another great product Speed X can be purchased from Amazon or the Corrosion X website.

Corrosion X is helping to keep my boats in tip-top shape and I have no fear of Salt Water.

Eric Gregory