Club Sailing History
LPRCC was actually created around the sailing group back in 2008, and it remains the largest segment of the RC Club.
All members have the identical sailboat that is designed for racing and is of exceptional durability and performance. Most of the sailors are new to the sport of model sailing and many were new to sailing, period. One of the founders of the club has a business in RC Sailing and supplies boats to owners at special club prices.
The sailing team is built on the reality that sailing, by itself, is not difficult, and most anyone can sail. However, it is racing, that builds sailing skills and what has kept this fleet viable from day one.
In 2010, the team produced a handicap system that allows even the newest sailor to get out racing and having fun. The handicap is recalculated each week for every skipper. As you sail better and better, your handicap recalculates to keep you striving for the top position.
Since all the boats in the fleet are identical, it is easy for the team mentors to teach the finer points of racing to all sailors. We hold short teaching sessions at our indoor meetings, and conduct on-the-course mentoring throughout the year. Also, one-on-one mentoring is available at no cost to members.
The team races twice a week, normally from 1 pm – 3 pm, Thursday and Sunday afternoons. The actual days may change, but the time of day seems best for our wind conditions.
To get involved, just come to “Flag Point” where the team races, and you will be welcomed and given a chance to get some hands-on with one of our boats. You cannot damage these boats by mishandling, so making a mistake is not something you need to worry about.
In past years, the team has hosted the Geezer ‘Gatta in the spring (usually the last weekend in April). For this regatta, we invite sailors from all over the country to come to our community and race both individually and as part of a team. This is a big event that blends the best of racing and camaraderie among all competitors. All are welcome to watch some of the best sailors in the country as they compete right here on Lake Providence.
We also race as a team against other clubs in the area a couple of times a year, and welcome outside sailors who own the same boat to come race with our fleet. Those outside guests are guests of our different team members.
If you are interested in finding out more about the club, please contact the current President. If you are interested in learning more about the boats, please feel free to contact Steve Lang, one of our community homeowners.