Published DateWOLFEBORO — Top sailors from the United States and Canada will rendezvous in Wolfeboro June 22-23 when the New Hampshire Boat Museum's Back Bay Skippers host this year's AMYA One-Meter Soling National Championship Regatta.
This national event will feature two days of radio-controlled sailing competition on Back Bay with contenders from as far away as Toronto, Michigan, California and Florida positioned along Bridge-Falls Path, transmitters in hand. No admission is charged for the public to watch the races, which run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, followed by awards to the top five finishers.
The One-Meter Solings to be sailed in this prestigious rivalry are miniature versions of an Olympic-class Norwegian sailboat. Sailors can move their rudder and sails by remote control, but it is the wind that actually propels the boat. Skill at catching and using that wind, as well as tactical ability, mean the difference between first and last place.
Locally, yacht-building workshops are held every winter at the NH Boat Museum's barn to allow completion before the upcoming sailing season. Since its formation in 2008, the club has grown from a membership of one -- Mark Whitehead of Ossipee, who serves as commodore -- to more than sixty. Whitehead is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the NH Boat Museum.