HAGERSTOWN,Â Md.â€”Â More than 200 people gathered atÂ Hagerstownâ€™sÂ CityÂ ParkÂ Sunday to try model boat sailing.
“It was beautiful weather,â€ said Laurel Kahn, founder of Neighborhood First. â€œWe had wonderful wind. It was blue skies. Fluffy, cloudy, white skies. I mean it was just gorgeous.”
The city partnered with Neighborhood First and the American Model Yacht Association to host “Sail the Park,”
an event they hope to hold every year from now on.
Model boat sailors, or skippers, came fromÂ Maryland,Â Virginia, andÂ PennsylvaniaÂ to compete in several races throughout the day, using their special remote controlled boats.
“The boats have no propellers and they have no motors,â€ said Mike Cavanaugh of the White Rose Model Yacht Club. â€œThey operate strictly on sail power.”
The skippers say they want to start a local club inÂ Hagerstown.
“TheÂ CityÂ ParkÂ LakeÂ andÂ PangbornÂ LakeÂ are just absolutely perfect for remote controlled sail boats,â€ said Cavanaugh. â€œSo we’re trying to start local interest. We’re hoping that, as a result of this, some people will have caught the bug.”
The event also featured a boat building workshop for children.
“The kids just had a unique experience,â€ said Amy Riley ofÂ HagerstownÂ ParksÂ and Recreation. â€œThey really felt engaged with the park today. [Itâ€™s] just something different that was offered.”
Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood First say the regatta was organized as part of an effort to bring more special events to the city’s parks.