Seaport hosts championship model yacht regatta

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East Coast 12-Meter class (EC-12) and J class model yachts will take part in championship racing Aug. 21-23 at the Model Yacht Regatta at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.

The races feature radio-controlled (R/C) models from five to nearly nine feet long in an event hosted in partnership with the Mystic River Radio Sailors and sanctioned by the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA).

More than 30 R/C models and their skippers will compete around race courses in the Mystic River laid out with marker buoys to facilitate highly-honed racing tactics. Skippers and some of the crew from the full-size Ranger and the full-size Velsheda are expected to join in the racing.

Mystic Seaport will serve as the location for the EC 12-Meter class' 2009 Region 1 Championship event. The top five skippers will earn a seat at the 2009 national championships which will be held in November in St. Augustine, Fla.

For information, visit www.mysticseaport.org.