Selsey Model Boat Club

	 	 	
 	 	 	 

Covid - 19

Please stick to the current guidelines and take sensible precautions.

Competitions are now back on, see the events page for details.

 

October

Today we used the starting grid for the scamps, It has been modified by Richard, so it will now fit in a car.

It saved lots of time because the boats weren't being blown by the wind. Paul C had not charged his batteries the day before so only had the charge from this morning this gave Simon a chance and he won the first 3 races, Paul changed batteries and won the last one, Ian was 3rd overall and Cliff came 4th, the only collisions were between races!

For sailing the wind was SW and gusty, the average wind was not too strong. Control could be lost for a moment in the gusts but 7 skippers sailed well and no yachts needed rescuing. There were 3 different race winners, Simon, Paul and Peter. In order to do well today you had to be on the right tack for favourable wind shifts, the trouble was you couldn't tack when you wanted to when there were other boats around you.

We managed to complete 6 races and stopped in time to miss the 20mph stuff forecasted for 12:00

Simon 1st, Paul 2nd, Peter (with the same points as Paul) 3rd, Linda 4th, Chris 5th, Ian 6th and Cliff 7th

 

September

First the Scamp Racing. This was dominated by Paul C with his Grunge Boat. However, whilst on demonstration to a potential young member he hit the Swan Buoy and he flipped over. The engine continued to rev indicating that batteries and motor were OK. Eventually the transmitter was switched off and the motor stopped. Simon donned his waders and traversed the top of the pond to rescue the stricken boat. Amazingly, having connected the battery lead up the motor burst into life.

 

Subsequently at home I think the battery has had it, I charged it for about 4 hours and the battery was red hot. Watch this space.

 

The Victoria Yacht Racing was the equivalent the Lewis Hamilton second to last pit stop today, it was slow!! We managed two races before tea break when Grunge performed, and one race after tea. The last race was delayed because the fleet were spread far and wide, unable to get to the start line. When on yacht got to the line another drifted away and so it went on. In all three races one or two yachts managed to get away whilst the rest banded together to form intimate groups whilst rounding various marks. Weed was used as an excuse but on returning to the dock side the yachts were lifted out to find, no weed. (well, may be one or two yachts did have a little weed).

 

Three yachts finished on 6 points with Paul B finishing a credible 4th place. See  results page. I think some sort of count back decided the final places?

 

Poor Phil could not repeat his success of the club championship racing having had dire day and Colin was not up to his normal standard.

 

15th August

Well done to our new club champion Simon, who won by one point.

Linda was 2nd and Peter came 3rd.

Phil won the new Seal prize.

 

August

A good days racing, this kicked off with 3 scamps at 3 different speeds, Paul C won 3 races with his warp speed boat which was for once, controlled very well, Simon came 2nd with a high speed boat and cliff 3rd with a speed boat.

 

We tied black ribbons on our yachts to remember the lovely Harry Stead who died recently.

 

10 skippers raced from a control area near the launching steps, this worked well as we could see the course and hear any hails for "room at the mark" or starboard!

Linda was back in action and did well , she won 2 races, Simon won 3 and Peter, who was having problems with his radio gear won 1 race.

There were some good starts and in the first race Nigel did very well sailing in second and sometimes first place for the first lap, but lost out when he had to sail through one of the windless zones.

Paul B had an excellent second place in race 2 and came 5th overall, Peter came 4th, Paul C had a run of 3rds and came, obviously third overall!

Linda 2nd and Simon 1st

 

July

The Scamps were ready on the start line for their first race when a family of coots suddenly appeared with several young ones.  So no Scamp racing; maybe next month the babies will have grown or flown.

 

For the Victoria yacht racing there was plenty of wind about but, unfortunately,  our tree lined pond provided too much shelter and many parts of the water were totally calm, creating a doldrums effect.

 

8 skippers did well in the difficult conditions with some quite close racing.

 

Colin L had set his boat up well and was very quick downwind, he won the last race and came 3rd overall.

Ian had a couple of good races coming in 3rd on two occasions.

 

We got to coffee break to find Cliff's yacht caught up on the overhanging island vegetation, Paul C volunteered to use his scamp to push it back out.  However, his scamp seems to have a very coarse throttle and Paul lost control so you can guess what happened next!

I put on my waders and got to the stranded scamp, the rudder and prop were still attached but the prop looked like a cabbage, having been run onto the barrier at a high r.p.m. !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In one race Paul C was watching and 'sailing' the wrong yacht (well it looked like his yacht)!  He suddenly realised that his boat had been sailing itself and was aground, stuck on the island.  The trigger happy scamp was dispatched a second time and happily the yacht was successfully recovered with no cabbages in sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Paul doing a self rescue

 

 

Overall it was close at the front with Peter winning 2 and Simon winning 3 of the 6 races.  Most skippers sailed very well despite the flukey wind and many seem to be making positive progress.

 

Final Results:

Simon 1st, Peter 2nd and Colin 3rd

 

 

 

June Relay Races

With 8 skippers it seemed a good idea to have 2 teams of 4 yachts, Simon did the team picking and we were off. In race 1 Peter got a very good lead which made Paul C take some risks, this didn’t work as he hit the same buoy twice. The rest of team B did a great job catching up and it was a very close finish but team A kept their lead.  Actual finish is shown below with Ian, in team A, just crossing the line ahead of Linda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In race 2 Team A had the initial lead but Paul B managed to get ahead and the lead was then held giving an easy team B victory.

In the deciding race team A had the lead for 3 laps and on the last lap Ian’s yacht stalled slightly and Linda sailed to the nearest part of the line. After a photo finish Team B were declared the overall winners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil hiding behind Team B’s secret weapon, Dudley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to everyone; there was some good tuition and as always unhelpful banter!

 

June Racing

After over a year we were back on the water with both Scamps and Victorias

There were only 3 scamps so no crashes but a few marks were hit and Ken managed to miss-out a mark or two, this could be because his boat was so fast!

well done to Ken who finished 1st, Simon 2nd, Paul C 3rd.

For the Victoria yachts the wind was light but 9 skippers managed to keep going using the bits of pond that had some breeze.

There were some good starts so some of last weeks training must have sunk in!

Paul B had a brilliant race 3 which he led for a lap, eventually finishing in 2nd place

The racing was very close and you can see in the results there were only 2 points difference in the first 4 places.

Well done to Simon 1st, Peter 2nd, Paul C 3rd, and Linda 4th.

 

Thanks to Dick for helping with the results.

 

May 2021

On the 30th  the club held a practice racing session, this included tuition from Simon and Linda on making a good race start. The main points were :-

1) Importance of being on starboard tack during the final countdown.

Starboard boats must keep their course when a port boat approaches this is to avoid both boats turning the same way and crashing.

 

2) Realising that on the same tack the windward boat must keep clear.

 

3) Use the countdown time to measure where your boat should be with 10  or 15 seconds to go.

 

4) If you are going to be early recognise this as soon as possible and slow the boat down by heading up to wind, knowing from point 2 that  other boats have to keep away from yours, then when ready if possible bear away slightly to get speed up for crossing the line

 

5)If the wind is very light, stay close to the line at all times.

 

6) If there is a recall the skipper should let the sails out, slow down and allow the other boats to pass before turning back for the line.

 

Practice starts and a short race was run for groups of 4 yachts then 6 yachts and finally a race with all boats!

 

 

June 2020

On Sunday 7th Dudley 2 was launched for its maiden voyage , Simon was very pleased with his lockdown project, it has many 3D printed parts which help to keep the weight down. He reports that there are no leaks so far and it’s quite fast on the water !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March

We managed to do some scamp racing, Phil provided all the entertainment in his first race session, it all happened in race 3 where he rounded the island buoy a bit too fast jumped over the barrier and stopped, I was thinking I was going to have to get the waders when Phil just powered the boat back over the barrier, amazingly the rudder was still attached but then it slowed right down, it crawled back to the steps with smoke coming out and a very nasty smell.

Ashore Phil found the motor was burning up, the battery was quickly disconnected before any flames appeared welcome to scamp racing Phil!

Simon 1st Chris 2nd and Colin D 3rd

 

In the Victoria's 5 skippers had a battle against a strong gusty SW wind, we tried to use the island shelter for most of the course but after a couple of races we changed the course to avoid the devilish turbulence around the gorse buoy that Colin D didn't like!

The racing was extremely close for 1st and 2nd and also 3rd and 4th,

Linda 1st, Simon 2nd Colin L 3rd

 

February

At last we were able to do some racing and it was enjoyed by all (except Colin).

Scamps were looking promising with 5 boats at the pond, 3 actually got launched and started a race but only 1 finished the race, the others ran out of power for some reason. Lets hope more boats make it to the finish line for the next race day!

Victorias, 10 skippers came 9 yachts made it to the start line there was plenty of wind with some big gusts coming through to add to the excitement.

A good start was essential and a big lead could be obtained on the first lap if you got it right, problem was that the favoured end was sheltered by the Island so sometimes it didn’t work out.

We could see the gusts coming across the water and, fortunately the uncontrollable moment’s didn’t last for too long.

On Paul B's yacht the string on the jib boom broke, which for some reason caused a complete collapse of the rig, it ended up looking like a set of damp bagpipes!

Phil did well in the first races but had to stop after getting tangled with a couple of yachts then lost sail controls

Colin D had no luck, his transmitter problems meant no Scamp or Victoria racing.

Peter was every impressive and won 4 of the 6 races to win the day

Simon won the other 2 to come 2nd

Paul C's Yacht was struggling but eventually he got it tuned for the conditions, coming 3rd

Chris had a good 2nd place and came 4th

only one point separated the next 3 places for Colin Ian and Phil.

 

Modeller of the year 2019

The entries were again of a very high standard, Peter won with his lovely model of a bermudan ketch, Chris’s Waverley paddle steamer and Richard’s miniature Gambier Bay aircraft carrier were joint second, thanks to Paul for judging this year.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peters winning ketch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gambier Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waverley

 

Now is a good time to start  building something yourself and maybe enter it later in the year!

 

 

January 2020

We had a really good turnout for yacht racing with 12 yachts starting.  Unfortunately there were only 2 scamps.. so no scamp racing.

The weather was unkind as squalls and showers kept coming in, giving flukey wind for the yachts and a wet time for the racers.  It was so wet that Phil and Colin D went home during the half time coffee break.  Everyone else sheltered as best we could and ate the lovely gooey chocolate cake that Ian had baked specially.

The racing was close as usual with 3 different race winners.  Paul B had his best result in the race after coffee and cake, finishing 3rd   The start  was difficult as the wind usually dropped with 20 seconds to go, leaving most of us floundering.  There were a few lonesome reeds floating around to trap the unwary and also a few underwater obstacles got in the way.

 

Report was written by Linda as Simon has hurt both his wrists.  He did manage to win the racing though!  With Peter second and Linda third.

 

Boxing Day Medal Race

There was just enough wind but as usual there were some large zones with none.

10 skippers battled with the lack of wind plus the extra difficulty of a couple of very boggy bits of grass to walk over.

The racing was very close and a big lead could easily be lost trying to cross the dead zone.

Linda brought some quality streets for everyone, Chris said one of them tasted of sherry, he then had quite a few of these, maybe this is why he crashed into Linda  a couple of times! One of these collisions jolted Linda's yacht and all power was lost.  Luckily it was recovered during coffee and chocolate break and was just a bad connection.

George and Kevin came along to watch, give out advice and eat chocolates!

Phil kindly offered to do the starts and finishes, he got very cold but did a great job, no you don't get a medal for it!

As often as not it was down to the last race to decide the places, Peter already had 2 wins, Simon 1 win and Linda 1 win, Colin had been sailing consistently and was also in with a chance, Peter had a good start and got a big lead, Simon and Colin ate into that lead and were getting closer, Peter then caught a reed on his keel and was out of the running, Simon managed to get an overlap on Colin and water for the rounding the last buoy, all he had to do was cross the finish line but that meant  crossing the dead zone again to get there, they both headed for some wind by the island and Colin just pipped Simon on the line to win the last race.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well done to Colin D who won the Gold medal with some good sailing in the fluky wind

Simon and Linda both got 10pts, Simon won Silver on count-back and Linda received a Bronze.

Other places were: Peter a disappointed 4th, Paul a muddy trousered 5th, Chris with a bad foot 6th.

New member Nigel finished every race and came 7th, a great start to Victoria racing.

                                              Full Results Here

 

Xmas Prizegiving and buffet

Another great event this year, Simon used his P.A. System so he could be heard without shouting!

The prizes were very smart mostly black on glass trophies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The prizes were presented by Louis wife Pat, she later told us how much Louis used to enjoy his trips to the pond, whatever the weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a delicious buffet, thanks again to Gerry, afterwards Simon and Linda ended the evening with some ukulele songs from the 60’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December

There was a tie for first place in both the scamps and the victorias, each skipper had identical scores so it was all down to who won the last race.

Kevin's scamp has a new motor and was fast enough to win 2 races, but unfortunately not the last one!

In the last Victoria race at the finish, there were just inches between the first 3 yachts, Linda won it even though she was in 3rd at the last mark!

The overall results were very close indeed as there was also a tie for 3rd place and only 2 points separated 5th, 6th and 7th places.  Close racing from all.

Final yacht places, Linda 1st; Simon 2nd; Peter 3rd; Paul 4th

It was good to see Ian back at the pond, he managed to finish all of the races.

Tim did another good job scoring, there were quite a few close finishes to call.

 

November 3rd

Today was so different from gale force 9 Saturday, where had all the wind gone!

Scamp racing was close between Colin D and Chris they must have touched a few times, Kevin was puzzled as his boat sounded fast on the bench but had no go when on the water.

Cliff had a fast boat but it couldn't turn tight enough to get around the course!

Paul C got cross when his scamp refused to work properly, not even making the start line, maybe it was the new cooling fan causing interference?

Simon had a clean sweep, Colin and Chris ended up with exactly the same points so it was down to who won the last race, Colin 2nd Chris 3rd.

 

During Yacht racing we had a visit from David Campbell James, the Olympic sailor, he was a bit confused as all he saw was Linda's Victoria going round and round chased by a scamp and Paul's yacht, not the sort of racing he was expecting!

There was not much wind about and when we got some later in the morning it poured down with rain, that wind suddenly went and we had to shorten the course twice to get the end of the race over with.

We were lucky to get the 4 races done, Due to electrical problems Linda used Simon’s yacht for the last 2 races and managed to do well coming first, Peter despite picking up a reed came 2nd, Paul C was 3rd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           thanks to Paul C for this excellent photo.

 

 

Team Relay racing October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The teams were well balanced so we had quite a few close finishes, there was wind on most of the pond so a nice big course was set. We had 11 people and needed 4 teams of 3 so Colin D ended up doing lots of laps as he had to go round twice each time.

It was very close and the last race was crucial for the results, Paul B sailed well, with encourage ment from  team-mates Simon and Richard he came from 3rd to 1st and won the competition for the red team.  Team Linda, George and Kevin were just one point behind to come 2nd.

Once again  everyone enjoyed the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

A very windy one today with the gusts being the main problem.

4 scamps set off on race one only to find the outlet buoy was missing whoops, so we went round willow instead which was OK till Cliffs boat went wide and hit the row of posts, it was stuck going round and round

Simon managed to slowly push it back with his scamp but we noticed it was getting lower in the water, when we eventually got it out it had a big hole in the bow.

The Victoria's coped well with the conditions most of the time, a few giant gusts caused some submarine-ing and sometimes when you wanted some wind it disappeared.

Phil had a couple of good races coming 3rd in each, Colin D also got a 3rd place, It was very close between Linda and Simon, they held the top 2 slots in each race, Linda winning overall, Simon 2nd and well done to Colin L for coming 3rd closely followed by Colin D in 4th.

Paul's yacht had a problem so he kindly did the race officer duty.

 

September

Racing was very good, we had a great turnout too with 8 Scamps and 10 Victorias.

Scamp racing was chaotic with so many boats, we had to stop one race as the swans had come over to the island buoy to find out what all the noise was about.

There was a lot of floating debris which ended up wrapped around our props after each race, even feathers were found to cause problems!

After winning race 1, Kens boat had a loose prop-shaft and Colin's boat lost all motor drive, both boats retired from the rest of the session.

Paul C's grunge was fast but once again was almost uncontrollable, it acquired a hole in the side from one of the many collisions, luckily above the waterline.

John was very pleased to have a fast boat again

Somehow  Simon managed to win 2 races and Paul won one.

Overall Simon 1st, John 2nd, and Paul 3rd.

Victoria races had 3 different race winners and was all about getting from one windy bit to another through the dead zone where anything could happen!

Ian proved this by getting his yacht stuck near the island at the start of a race, it must have been there for a few minutes, once free he got some good wind managed to sail past everyone and come 2nd!

Poor Colin L, he was doing very well after coffee with a second and third place and was in with a chance for a win on the last race, he just had to cross the finish line, Simon was close behind and decided to take a big chance and sail to the end of the line coming very close to the island, He even had to get past the debris that stopped Ian earlier, and managed to just beat him to the win!

Colin came 4th overall, not many points away from Peter who came 3rd, Linda was 2nd and Simon 1st.

Paul C didn't get on very well with the swing rig today, if you want one it may still be in the hedge where he threw it!

Once again big thanks to Tim for recording the race finishes and watching the line, the scamps were finishing so fast that sometimes Tim couldn't write fast enough!

 

 

Rescue Tug

Here are some photos of Richards tug which has a special device fitted for rescues.

On the day these were taken, it was windy and a new members boat, an RG65, went fast aground at the shallow end of the pond. Diligent was launched and collected the boat without difficulty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August

In Scamp race 3 George's scamp had a coming together with Kens which resulted in 2 neatly cut slots in the side of George's scamp which quickly let in loads of water.

Ken's metal prop was very good at cutting through balsa but the force on the motor finally ripped out the mountings, no more racing for Ken!

George's boat was fixed up by Ken and the last race had only 3 boats due to Cliff's drive system failing.

In the last race, with Paul's scamp "Grunge" slowing, Simons boat thought It would cadge a lift on the back of it which worked very well, it looked like a tandem scamp until his boat was shrugged off when it was time to turn for the mark.  Even Grunge can be beaten with the help of some reeds round the prop!

Well done to Paul who won easily with 3 first places, Simon 2nd and Ken 3rd.

 

Victoria racing was very good, the south easterly breeze was providing a big stretch of steady wind across the pond, the only problem was the first mark was on the edge of this and sometimes there was no wind there.

In one race Linda was leading and stopped near that first mark and watched the whole fleet sail past her, Simon also had a similar experience arriving at the buoy in 2nd place and leaving in last!

As the morning went on we found that the only fast way to get round was to stay in the wind and come in with speed on port tack with momentum taking the yacht round and then back into the wind.

There were 4 different race winners, Bill, Paul, Simon and Linda and there was close racing across the fleet.

 

Paul raced his swing rig yacht which is very well made but unfortunately is not class legal as the boom diameter is greater than 9.5mm at the main bearing.

There were many reeds floating about that could ruin a race, Peter managed to find a lot of them and this is reflected in his score.

 

Final positions 1st Simon, 2nd Paul, 3rd Bill, 4th Linda.

 

Tim Kinross, who used to be a member and raced regularly, has rejoined the club and did an excellent job of watching the start line and recording the finishes, It was such a great help for us all

and we hope he can do it again next month.

 

July 22nd

Richard and Simon were on the water today in Richard’s dinghy to sort out the racing marks.

The 2 blue buoys were recovered and repositioned, one to the south to be called “Willow” and one near the island north face to be called “Gorse”

The cord to Island buoy was shortened to try to stop yachts getting caught-up on it.

Outlet was moved into more water so it can be seen easier.

A replacement Reeds buoy was deployed.

Swans nest buoy was stuck fast and was moved eventually after great effort.

Steps buoy was moved away from the encroaching reeds, again it was a big struggle to get this one free from years on the muddy bottom.

Richard did lots of rowing and the strong wind made it difficult to manoeuvre at times but it was worth it so that we can use the pond more effectively.

 

July 17th

The inter-club open meeting was originally going to include Phoenix M.B.C. but they had been having low turnouts for their Victoria races and couldn't get a team together.

The event carried on with Selsey and Dell Quay S.C. sailing with a total of 13 boats.

The wind was a light southwesterly which slowly increased as the morning went on. There was a big battle at the front between Peter, Bill ,Linda and Simon each sailor winning races, Race officer Paul kept the morning running smoothly, the only problem was the reeds were so high it was a job to see the start line! A couple of yachts got caught up between races and again the reeds were so dense it was hard to untangle them. Colin D had a very good day and sailed well to come 5th overall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         Simon, Bill, Linda and Peter at the front of the fleet.

 

At the end it was very close with only 2 points covering the top 4 places, Peter and Bill were tied for 1st place, but on count-back Peter won the day, Bill (DQSC) 2nd,  Simon 3rd,   Linda 4th  Colin Dean 5th  Peter Matthews (DQSC) 6th

 

The inter team results were Selsey  104 points and Dell Quay 169 points so well done to all the winning Selsey sailors.

 

Thanks to all the skippers who’s contributions raised £43 for the Selsey First Responders.

Full Results click here

 

July 14th

We had a great mornings racing with a light Northerly wind and lots of boats.

The scamp racing was good fun with the usual crashes and Cliffs boat in the reeds at the first mark!

I think as we hadn't had a race for a few months we were not so good at rounding the marks, Simon especially as he twice missed the mark that he had put out earlier and Kevin also had the same trouble!

There were 3 different winners, Kevin won his first race of this season, Ken won 2 and George won one.

Placing's were Kevin 3rd, George 2nd, and Ken 1st, well done Ken!

 

Victoria racing was intense with Bill, Simon and Linda battling at the front with Peter in the mix too, the points were so close that we couldn't  decide who had won till the numbers were computed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           See more photos of this event in the Gallery page on this website.

 

Paul B had a great result coming 5th overall just beating Michael who sailed consistently, Paul B was up near the front in a couple of races, also Kens Yacht was impressive with its new sails and set-up, its a shame he had to leave early to sort out a power-cut.

Linda and Simon's yachts had colourful soft jibs that looked like spinnakers down wind, they were useful today as the wind was very shifty and non-existent in some places.

 

Paul C did a brilliant job as race officer for the morning you wouldn't have known he was in hospital a week ago, well done and a great help.

 

Placing's  Peter 4th, Linda 3rd, Bill 2nd, Simon 1st, it was very close!

 

Love your parks 22 June

The club put on a display for the Saturday event Including scale power and sail craft plus some fun racing. We were there for the whole day which was very enjoyable.

Special thanks to Richard for bringing his fleet along plus Ian and Peter displayed some impressive craft as well.

We let Bill from men in sheds have a sail as he was getting bored!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June

A superb days racing was had by 10 skippers, there was plenty of wind blowing from left to right across a large part of the pond.

The diesel generator was not running and the pond level was up enough that no rescues were needed.

Unfortunately Chris did not complete many races due to a problem with the deck sagging and water leaking in. Chris showed that he can do well with a decent boat claiming a 2nd place using Georges yacht, lets hope this inspires Chris to get his Victoria spruced up!

Ian's yacht was slowly falling apart but was quickly repaired each time.

It was nice to see Kevin come out of hibernation and visit the pond!

Colin Lambert and Colin Dean did very well coming 4th and 5th respectively, only one point between them.

Linda's second and third places gave her third overall

Simon won 3 of the 7 races to come 2nd

Peter was unstoppable claiming first place with 4 wins in a row.

A big thank you to Phil who did the finishing for us.

 

May this race was postponed till the 12th as the pond level was too low

It was a nice surprise that the pond had filled up slightly and we could race around some of it.

7 skippers were ready to race on time but we had a small delay whilst Linda's yacht was rescued having run aground near the island buoy.

We decided to miss that one out and the swans nest buoy so we could steer clear of the island shallows.

The wind was easterly and there was the usual wind shadow from the trees and generators. We managed 4 races of 2 laps, it was hard going but good fun was had!

Thank you to George who helped out with the start line and scoring duties, He was going to put a row of number 20's at the top of the sheet until I pointed out that he didn't actually bring a yacht!

Well done to Richard who won the last 2 races and today's event, Simon second and Linda third

 

April

There is a problem with the water level of the pond, the monthly competition was postponed to 21st due to debris and un sailable parts of the pond. Our theory is that the water table has been lowered due to the pumping during the work in Beach Road and water has been leaking out of the pond into the surrounding ground.

With the debris cleared team relay racing went ahead on 14 April, this time we had 3 teams of 3; the results were very close, and everyone enjoyed the competition. The low water level played its part as the Blue team were about to win a race and a gust sent a yacht into the shallows by the island where it ran aground!  RESULTS Red team 1st ,Yellow 2nd and Blue 3rd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21st April

There were ducklings and baby coots about so we didn't run the scamp racing.

The light easterly breeze was difficult to sail in, It was very trying as there were patches of no wind and the starts today were tricky too! The lack of water meant some yachts ended up aground on the island, Kens rescue boat was used for a few recoveries until unfortunately Linda managed to get it locked onto one of the metal stakes so Simon had to wade out and get it back.

The results are Peter 1st , Simon 2nd and Chris with a very good 3rd place,

The next 3 skippers had the same points , Paul C 4th Colin 5th and Linda 6th on count back.

 

Hopefully for May's event we will have more water otherwise we will have to run a hosepipe overnight!

 

March

On the third attempt to run the March Sunday races it was still windy, but because it was sunny we thought we would have a go.

Scamp racing was different this week as we had to avoid an obstruction so we used the steps buoy as the first mark and went anticlockwise around the rest, John had fitted his old spec. motor and proceeded to win all 4 races, Simon's scamp however did not like it, there was a terrible noise as the cooling fan worked loose and rubbed on the universal joint. Then in race 3 It jumped over a mark and broke a propeller blade. It was raced with only one blade in the last race and was quite fast, maybe this is a new way to go faster! Cliff's scamp was fast but needed to be better controlled. George was looking forward to winning the scamp racing again but found out that he had left the transmitter on all night, Maybe he was too excited about the first Grand Prix to remember.

 

Nasty gusts were coming through but there was enough time gust free to do some yacht racing. Peter coped very well with this and shot off and won 2 races, Simon was close but only won one. Linda's yacht was determined not to race, it hit the post by the steps and broke the jibsheet, once repaired it then had another problem, going round in circles, somehow the rudder linkage had come off the tiller. After fixing this it was about to be launched again when the main sheet come untied, then we noticed that there was something big and heavy moving inside. The main servo mount had completely broken off from the hull, time for a major refit!

Chris enjoyed the conditions, and only had to repair the jib once to come 3rd

Ian was 4th and could have had a better score but just as he was rounding a mark a big gust came and sent him the wrong side of it, unlucky. Despite the sun it was very cold, George had the sensible idea to stop after the first race to go home and warm up.

Paul B was even more sensible and kept his boat in the car!

Thanks again to Caroline for doing the finishing for us, it was so gusty that the chair we put out for her kept blowing over!

 

 

January 2019

After the very sad news that Louis Phillips had passed away we decided to remember him and show our respects by tying black ribbons on our yachts during the mornings races. Louis won club member of the year in 2017 for the time and effort he gave to starting and recording club events which he had been doing for many years.

Louis will be sorely missed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis watching the start line at a club race back in April 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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