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RC Sailboat races in Lexington offer a weekly 'vacation' for sailors

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Posted at 8:10 AM, Sep 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-08 14:59:38-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Each Wednesday evening during the summer at Jacobson Park in Lexington, a group of people gathers to set sail.

They don’t get into any sailboat. Instead, they steer them from shore. The remote-controlled RC sailboats move forward directly thanks to the wind, as they lack propellers.

“It’s like a little bit of a vacation,” Bill Jones, who organizes the group, said.

Many years have passed since he captained a full-size sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay.

“If you are interested in sailing and you don’t want to invest a lot of money, this is a perfect introduction,” Jones said.

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins brought his newly-constructed RC sailboat to the park for the first time Wednesday. He was looking for a new hobby and says the activity is relaxing and fun.

The group has grown from nothing two years ago to about twelve sailors now.

Jones said it’s hard to make it out to larger lakes where they could go sailing in a full-size sailboat. The weekly races at Jacobson Park help them get their fill.