In the Summer of 1994, Joe Frasier was sailing a CR914 he had assembled and embellished to look like a scale twelve meter Americas cup boat. At one of the AMMA club sails he suggested that interested club members might acquire this relatively cheap and simple boat kit and begin "one class racing". The racing done previously in this group had been with boats from one meter "Peapods" and Star 36's down to 16" Rivieras, all sailing together, which wasn't much fun for the smaller boats. Three of us (Joe, Vic Rotolo and myself) committed to getting these CR914 kits and racing. At that time the kits MSRP was $350 ($175 from the distributor in Seattle), but Joe arranged a purchase of 6 kits for about $150 each. The other kits sold quickly once others saw us racing these easy to build boats. By August, nine CR914s were sailing or under construction.
We rigged buoys from plastic toilet floats (about six inches across) and fishing weights with string wrapped around pieces of wooden boards with a large nail inserted to hold the boards to the sandy shore.
At the time we were sailing at the lake at the South end of Tingley beach. Tingley Beach was a shadow of its former glory days. It consisted of a pond about 200' long and 80' across with a concrete dam at the North end. Overflow from the lake dropped about 4' into a long ditch extending about a mile North to Central Avenue. The lake was located about where the "catch and release" pond of the New Aquatic park is now located. The lake water level was maintained by pumped water and the fish were replenished by the State in the Winter months. This was the only fishing lake other than the irrigation ditch system in the metro area. When the ditches were running (March 1st to Oct 1st) they were stocked by the State Fisheries.
In general, the AMMA (Albuquerque Model Marine Association) consisted of older retired people interested primarily in scale R/C boat modeling. Mostly it was a social group. Each Saturday morning, weather permitting, they would set up folding tables and chairs in the shade along the NW corner of the lake and place their assortment of boats on the tables. In general these were scale tugs or high-speed racing boats, with rarely more than two in the water at one time. When the speed boats hit the water they were alone because they were not too controllable. The start times varied throughout the year such that the core group started at the most comfortable time, 9 A.M. in the summer and noon or 1 P.M. in the Winter
Once organized sail racing began, the scale people objected to the buoys in the water. Finally, a schedule was arranged whereby the non-sail group would have the water for 2 hours, then would clear out and the sail people would set up the race course. When the non-sail people would clear the water early, the sail guys wanted to set up earlier but were met with objections such as "I might want to put my boat back in". Another source of contention was the informality of AMMA, an informal core group would make policy at lakeside. In the early Spring of 1996, Bill Petynia, Jim Scheibner and Joe Frasier wrote up a set of bylaws for AMMA with the encouragement of the official president, Jerry Solenberger. The bylaws set up scale, high-speed and sailing fleets each with a fleet commander reporting to an overall commodore. These fleet commanders would control the operation of the club with all members voting on proposals. The proposed bylaws were submitted to the group at the March 1996 monthly meeting but were shouted down by one of the members, essentially, "this is a social group, we don't need no stinking bylaws". This was the last straw. Joe, Bill, Vic and Jim decided to remove themselves from AMMA and form a new sailing club. We named it Duke City MYC in April 1996.
The following Saturday we appeared at the lake at 10 A.M. and set up a race course in a wide spot in the ditch (Tingley Trench) below (North of) the dam. By this time, three others had bought CR914's and eventually joined DCMYC over the Summer from the other club. During 1996, bylaws were written, all four joined AMYA, and we received designation as AMYA club #213 in August. We wrote a "DCMYC Handbook" which included the purpose of the Club, sailing rules and our Bylaws, which was presented to all new members. In October Sergio D'Antoni moved to the area and joined us. Earl Boebert joined in December 1996. By years end we had eleven members.
Joe Frasier had been working with Budd Conner in Maine to get class sanction for the CR914 from AMYA. This was done. Our boats were among the initial 20 registered. In early 1996 Conner asked us to host the first ever CR914 ACCR (Annual Class Championship Race) in Albuquerque, which we had to decline since we couldn't guarantee a decent venue. The regatta was held instead at Marblehead, MA, attended by Joe Frasier. In 1995 or 1996, the CR914 distibutorship changed hands from the Seattle importer to Worth Marine in Marblehead, MA. Worths first action was to up the cost of the kit to $450, including electronics. About this same time, Worth bought the Pekabe fittngs company. Budd Conner became ill and relinquished the class secretary job to Chuck Winder in October 1996. In January 1997 we held our first awards dinner at the KAFB Officers club. Trophies presented were handmade by Sergio's wife Maya. Dues for 1997 were upped to $25.
In the Summer of 1997 we met with the curator of the Botanic Gardens, and negotiated rights to sail at the Botanic Garden pond. They requested we sail also on Thursday evenings at the "Summer Nights" musical events as a scenic backdrop. We attempted racing at this pond, but the size and shape discouraged us. The Zoo also requested we sail during the Summer concerts in the pond in front of the bandshell. This sailing was short lived at the Zoo since the pond was much to small, but continued for several years at the Botanical Gardens until the weeds drove us out. These excursions netted us much goodwill with the Park management and helped in our bid for a better place to sail than the crowded and polluted Tingley beach trench.
Some members thought the cost of the CR914 now excessive, and we debated and investigated other classes. Since Sergio and Vic had raced the Soling 1m in NY state, and both owned and touted the Soling, we added that inexpensive (cost $95 for the kit) boat to our fleet. Some members objected that we shouldn't dilute the fleet, and that the Soling was too difficult to build. The Victoria (a kit boat similar to the CR914) was also considered. It cost slightly over $100 for the kit, was easier to assemble than the Soling 1m, and was obtained by two members. Jim Scheibner built a construction jig for the Soling 1m from plans supplied by Jim Linville, and then assembled a Soling. The Soling sailed much better than the Victorias. We began Soling 1 meter racing unofficially in the Fall of 1997. Royal Blue Club caps were bought and made available to members.
Vic Rotolo arranged with the Zia Pueblo to sail at no cost on their lake this year. This lake is about 1/4 mile across and 1/2 mile long. Because of rocks, a dam, sandbars and weeds, the sailing areas were limited to three locations. Buoys had to be towed out by a boat (tug or soling). The longer courses were both cursed and heralded. Out-of-control boats were sometimes difficult to retrieve. This lake is 45 minutes from Albuquerque, West of Bernalillo on Highway US 550.
The City of Albuquerque finally managed to purchase the Tingley beach area from the MRGCD for $3.875 million. The press release stated the City would build "a fishing pond, model boat pond, a swimming pool and other amenities".
By the end of 1997, members were actively sailing eight CR914's and five Soling 1 meters. Club sanctioned racing of both boat classes began in January 1998 . The election of officers changed the Regatta Captain to Sergio D'Antoni.
In 1998, Avian Botulism was killing ducks and geese so the trench below the dam was partially drained. We were sailing primarily at Zia lake, but it was "iffy" because of higher winds than in Albuquerque, and unannounced closings of the Pueblo. Interest was being shown by some skippers for the EC12 class. Both Sergio and Bill Petynia had previously sailed this boat, and new member Eddie Sigman from the Socorro area was building one. The end of the year 1998 showed nine active CR914 skippers and seven Soling skippers.
There were no changes in officers or dues for 1999. The Club sailed at Zia exclusively until June, when we returned part time to Tingley. The first EC12 race was attempted on Sept 11, 1999. Sergio D'Antoni's boat suffered servo problems and Bill Petynia had a mainsail casualty; Eddie Sigmans new boat was flawless. On October 2nd, the EC12s sailed successfully at the brand-new Escondido park lake, North of Soccorro. A special event was held by the Club on Oct 30 at Escondido. Beginning in October, the race schedule was changed such that both CR914s and Solings would alternate heats on the same day. This proved tiring for those sailing both classes. At the time DCMYC was sailing only on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
Officers and dues remain unchanged for the year 2000. EC12 races are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, with Both CR914 and Solings alternating on the other Saturdays. In January, Jim Scheibner generated and brought the DCMYC web site on-line. Also in January, Escondido lake sailing was discontinued (for large groups) due to the increased popularity of fishing. Fishing at Tingley also precluded sailing, and our sailing was moved to a point further North at Tingley, nicknamed "Tingley Trench". This site was long and narrow, perhaps 70 feet wide as a maximum. The course length was limited by brush and trees along the shore, and should a boat be marooned on the opposite shore a very long walk was required for retrieval. This site along with Zia Lake were to be our venues for the foreseeable future. In May, the Zia Tribal Ccouncil decided sailors should pay the same entrance fee as fishermen--$5 per day. Steve Bailey joined the club sailing a CR914. The combining of races on one day for CR914 and Soling was beginning to crumble, as some members sailing both boats found it too tiring, and chose to sail only one boat. At year end there were five active CR914s and 12 Solings. The racing schedule for the following year was changed such that the two smaller classes, EC12 and CR914, would alternate races the same day and the Solings would have a day to themselves.
Joe Frasier desired to drop the Secretary Treasurer post while continuing as the newsletter editor. Steve Bailey was elected to Sec/Treas position. Dues were unchanged for 2001. Solings were divided into two classes (Gold and Silver) for scoring/trophy purposes but sailed together. The City erected a sign at the entrance to Tingley stating construction of the Aquatic Park would begin in the Spring of 2001 with completion Fall 2002. At the end of 2001 there were five active CR914s, thirteen Solings and five EC12s, and no pond construction had begun.
For 2002 the officers and dues were not changed. It was decided the participation of CR914 skippers was too low and the class wasl be dropped from club racing. In January the above mentioned Tingley entrance sign was altered with the new Mayors name, and the start and finish dates were painted out. The minimum number of heats needed per race day was reduced from 7 to 5, with the reasoning being to encourage longer, 2 lap heats. New member Pete Eschman arranged a special day on June 1st, for members of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society to meet us and sail our boats. They seemed to have a great time. The Aquarium began a permanent exhibit of model boats including four boats belonging to DCMYC members. The year ended with 5 active EC12 skippers sailing twelve races and the fifteen active Soling 1m skippers sailing twenty races.
For 2003, Jim Scheibner was elected Commodore, Sergio D'Antoni continued as Regatta Captain, and Bob Schoos was elected Treasurer. The By Laws were changed to make the Secretary an appointed position, which was passed to Joe Frasier, the newsletter editor. Dues remained at $25. The large number of Soling skippers increased the number of frequency and interference problems of those using AM radios. (Note: FM radios were immune due to double conversion receivers, and spread spectrum was not yet announced). Some skippers were not coordinating with the club before buying new radios or crystals. The city announced $22 million was made available through the Army Corps of Engineers for "Bosque Revitalization" which was to include fishing ponds and a separate model boating pond. Plans were to be completed by Fall 2003 with construction to begin early 2004. Blue Polo shirts with the club logo silk screened on the back were made available through the Treasurer. The first annual picnic was held at La Cueva lake (above Jemez Springs) with our families. A visitor to the the pond wrote an article about her impressions of the Club for her neighborhood newsletter "The Desert Boatmen of Tingley Beach". Our newsletter, "The Rudder", began publishing photos, thanks to computer advances. The year end showed 5 active EC12 skippers had sailed twelve of twenty-two scheduled races while the thirteen active soling skippers had sailed twenty-one of Twenty-two scheduled.
For 2004, there was no change in officers or dues. Beginning this year, non-sailing RDs will receive a 2 point score for their efforts. Tingley beach closed March 1 for construction of the new aquatic park, and racing was to be at Zia until the the new ponds are open, scheduled for Summer 2005. The second annual picnic at La Cueva was a success, except for Pete Eschman trying to eat a yellow jacket. Sergio D'Antoni became inactive due to health reasons. End of year statistics show six active EC12 skippers sailed only 6 of twenty-four scheduled races, while the thirteen active Soling skippers sailed fifteen of the twenty-three scheduled. All races after the Tingley closing were sailed at Zia.
For 2005, Jim Scheibner continued as Commodore, and Richard Dickhaut and Bruce Wagner were elected Regatta Captain and Treasurer, respectively. Dues were increased to $30. During the year it became obvious the Aquatic Park would open before the Model Boat Pond (MBP) was completed. In fact the opening was held October 15, but the MBP had not yet started. In October it was decided to forego our monthly meetings because of low attendance. The EC12 group sailed only one race of the twenty-four scheduled and no races were run after March. The Solings skippers were down to ten active, but managed to sail thirteen of the twenty-three scheduled--weather cancelled six and the pueblo was closed on four. Skippers had to pay the fee of $6 at Zia as well as drive the distance.
For 2006, officers were unchanged but dues were reduced back to $25. No EC12 races are on the schedule because the skippers would not commit to race regularly. The new MBP was opened, unofficially, on July 8th, with no fan fare. The Soling race scheduled for Zia on that day was moved "Back to Tingley". In October the pond was vandalized by a person or persons cutting long slits in the pond liner. The pond was temporarily closed (October thru January), and a layer of gunnite was sprayed over the upper three feet of the liner. Unfortunately, that made the sides of the pond slope instead of being vertical, which makes launching keel boats difficult. The new pond brought some skippers out of semi-retirement, with sixteen Solings active at season end. Sixteen of twenty-four scheduled races were sailed. Two EC12 races were held in August in an attempt to reinvigorate that class. Joe Frasier announced he was stepping down as newsletter editor effective the new year. He had performed the job for Ten years.
Officers elected for 2007 were Steve Bailey, Commodore; Vic Rotolo, Regatta Captain; and Bruce Wagner, Treasurer. Dues were reduced to $18 since the newsletter would be distributed by email, eliminating postage and printing costs. The EC12 class was again scheduled for alternate Saturdays, but no races were sailed. There were 12 active Solings at year end.
There were no changes in officers or dues for 2008. In February several skippers began building RG65 models using hulls supplied by Earl Boebert. Scheduled RG65 racing began in April, and we held the first Rio Grande Cup (RGC) invitational meet in October. This was the first RG65 invitational regatta in North America. At year end there were thirteen active Solings, and sixteen races had been held. Six RG65's were being sailed, 4 ABQ65 hulls and 2 JIF65, 6 races had been sailed, but no trophies were awarded in this new class.
For 2009 Earl Boebert was elected Commodore, with Jim Scheibner as Regatta Captain, while Bruce Wagner remained Treasurer. The RG65 class is gaining in popularity, with the AMYA recognizing the class, and our own Earl Boebert the class USA Secretary. The second RGC invitational brought skippers from California and Texas, with Texas entrant Eric Rosenbaum taking home the cup. Sixteen other RG65 races were held, With ten active skippers. Eleven Active Soling skippers sailed a total of nineteen races.
The 2010 officer slate was unchanged. Nine active Soling skippers were in fifteen races, and 8 active RG65 skippers raced in twenty races, plus the RGC. This year the third annual RGC was also the First National championship Race for the RG65 class. The fourteen entrants home states included Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Maryland, Texas, Colorado and California. Once again Texan Eric Rosenbaum won the Cup plus the National Championship.
For 2011 the dues were increased from $18 to $20. No changes in Officers for 2011 until Bruce Wagner moved to Florida and Peter Roupas assumed the Treasurer office mid year. Ten active Soling skippers sailed a total of nineteen races. Eight active RG65 skippers sailed nineteen races plus the Fourth Annual RGC. The RGC pulled in twelve entrants, including seven from four other states, with Eric Rosenbaum of Texas scoring his third cup trophy.
For the 2012 season, Mike Jiron assumed the Commodore position with Steve Bailey taking on the Regatta Captain position. One highlight was receiving permission to install permanent marks on the MBP. It turned out to be more difficult than we had thought to make a mark that would not deflate or be eaten by the ravenous geese, yet be visible. Our newest member sailing an RG65 is only 8 years old. The club had thirteen active solings at year end, at least twenty races were sailed and we hosted the first Soling One Meter Region 5 Championship Race, with 4 Colorado entrants. Coloradoan Richard Ball won the Championship. Nine active RG65 skippers sailed twenty-two races, and the Fifth Annual Rio Grande Cup race attracted twelve entrants, with Texas, Colorado, and California represented. Eric Rosenbaum took his fourth Cup trophy home to Texas.
For 2013 Pete Eschman took over the Commodore office. The permanent mark problem has not yet been solved, but is progressing. The "Dragon Force" RG65 became available, which should be a shot in the arm for the RG65 class. The DF is almost ready to sail and includes electronics for $175, is the first "Kit" version available. A Soling One Meter R5CR regatta was held in September with the sole out-of-stater, Richard Ball from Colorado, taking home the championship trophy. The Sixth Annual Rio Grande Cup Regatta, "Oldest RG65 Regatta in North America", drew 22 entrants including seven outside states with three former National Champions. This was our first experience sailing split fleets. Eric Rosenbaum took his fifth straight Cup championship. At year end, twelve were actively sailing Solings and fourteen actively sailing the RG65. Thirteen Soling races were held with eighteen RG65 races.
|-Year-||-Commodore-||-Regatta Capt.-||Treasurer||-Publicist-||-#Members paid-|
|1996||B. Petynia||J. Scheibner||J. Frasier||V. Rotolo||10|
|1997||B. Petynia||J. Scheibner||J. Frasier||V. Rotolo||10|
|1998||B. Petynia||S. D'Antoni||J. Frasier||V. Rotolo||12|
|1999||B. Petynia||S. D'Antoni||J. Frasier||V. Rotolo||15|
|2000||B. Petynia||S. D'Antoni||J. Frasier||V. Rotolo||25|
|2001||B. Petynia||S. D'Antoni||S. Bailey||V. Rotolo||24|
|2002||B. Petynia||S. D'Antoni||S. Bailey||V. Rotolo||21|
|2003||J. Scheibner||S. D'Antoni||B. Schoos||V. Rotolo||22|
|2004||J. Scheibner||S. D'Antoni||B. Schoos||V. Rotolo||23|
|2005||J. Scheibner||R. Dickhaut||B. Wagner||V. Rotolo||20|
|2006||J. Scheibner||R. Dickhaut||B. Wagner||V. Rotolo||16 by 3/06|
|2007||S. Bailey||V. Rotolo||B. Wagner||24|
|2008||S. Bailey||V. Rotolo||B. Wagner||25|
|2009||E. Boebert||J. Scheibner||B. Wagner||23|
|2010||E. Boebert||J. Scheibner||B. Wagner||19|
|2011||E. Boebert||J. Scheibner||B. Wagner/P. Roupas||19|
|2012||M. Jiron||S. Bailey||P. Roupas||22|
|2013||P. Eschman||S. Bailey||P. Roupas||21|
|2014||P. Eschman||P. Montalvo||P.Roupas|