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
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
Hopefully for May's event we will have more water otherwise we will have to run a
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
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!
At the AGM It was agreed that we would replace the club Victoria rules with the AMYA
rules except for the sail marking requirements, of a “v” on the mainsail and numbers
on the jig.
The rules are almost the same see the link in the club rules page.
Also the use of fast electric craft is banned and will be emphasised on the application
form and club rules.
For once there was some wind, a light southerly which was warm too.
Scamp racing started well with 5 boats but after 2 races there were only 2 left,
not even enough for another race!
Cliff had radio range problems which meant instead of going round the course the
Scamp headed off at speed towards East beach shops, he was heard saying he would
have to join the 21st century and by a new transmitter! John's boat was very slow,
He blames his daughter who plugged in her hair straighteners but maybe John just
forgot to unplug them when he was using them. Finally Chris's boat just stopped during
race 2, I think something came un-soldered again maybe?
Simon and George both had first and seconds but as George won the last race he took
the days win.
12 skippers enjoyed the warm weather and 6 races were run. Simon didn't have much
luck in race one, he lost sail control but managed to get it in and realised it was
not a quick fix so he missed the tea-break to go and get a spare yacht called Dudley,
(it came from the west midlands). He just missed the start of the next race so he
literally had to throw Dudley in at the deep end!
In race 2 Richard had the bad luck, his back-stay got stuck on a post on the island,
George tried to free it with his boat but in the end it was only recoverable with
We were joined by a new member who is a sailing superstar Bill Dawber, Bill showed
us how its done by winning 3 races, Linda won 1 and Simon won 2 with Dudley.
Winner for the day was Bill then Linda, 2nd, Simon, 3rd, Peter 4th and Chris 5th.
Unfortunately the wind was blowing the exhaust fumes from the generators across the
pond which did spoil what would have been a really nice day, lets hope the works
on Beach road are on track and we can get our peaceful pond back!
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
On Boxing day we held the annual Christmas pudding race, the wind was very light
but slowly picked up as the morning went on, with light winds there was always the
chance of picking up debris. Linda won a race but unfortunately in races 1 and 6
she picked up some reeds, spoiling her chances of winning one of the 3 medals on
Mike A had a fast boat but kept getting into trouble, the penalty turns taking their
toll, he still finished 5th.
For some reason Colin D was trying to get closer and closer to the first mark, I've
done it again he shouted as he got stuck on it for the 2nd time!
The light wind was causing problems for George and Colin L, Colin finally got his
refurbished house-martin sail set-up and came 3rd in the last race. George was suffering
with a cold.
Chris lead a race for a bit but could not cope with the excitement!
Simon won a race but also picked up a tree branch which gave him an unfortunate last
place! his two 2nd places put him in the running for a medal but which one?
Richard and Paul C sailed very well and won 2 races each.
The Medal winners were Paul Gold, Richard Silver and Simon Bronze. You will see from
the results there was very close racing throughout.
The medal winners agreed that although inedible, the discs were much better than
a 3rd of a pudding! Full yacht results here
Happy medal winners
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Sunday 9 th December
Chris and Phil did a brilliant job repairing and putting back the barriers that had
floated off during the flooding last week, Peter also helped as much as possible.
Thanks on behalf of everyone in the club.
3 keen scamp skippers did 4 races, and for once no damage was done although George's
boat did collect a lot of water, the racing was close but Louis almost fell asleep
as the results were identical for each race Simon 1st George 2nd and Ken 3rd.
There was a strong westerly wind with large gusts that could be seen as expanding
dark patches on the disturbed water, the sun was out so we decided to do some sailing.
Only the bravest Victoria skippers launched for the race, Michael A. didn't like
the look of it and refused to put his boat in! Paul C started the race but decided
it was too much for him and one race was enough for Ken.
During race 3 the gusts were getting worse, the yachts were out of control too much
to start another so we decided to call it a day before any damage was done.
We noticed that the pond level had gone down a bit, but it was replenished when George
emptied both his boats at the end!
Well done to Richard who won 2 races and came 1st, Simon 2nd and Colin L 3rd.
Peter won a race but unfortunately got something stuck on his keel in race 1 .
On the 13th November we visited Dell Quay Sailing Club and joined in with their Victoria
The conditions were ideal with a steady wind and almost no weed . There was some
very competitive sailing from the 17 boats on the water. Following the races we had
a lovely spread of sandwiches and cake. Thanks to all for making it a very enjoyable
When the results were combined Selsey Model Boat Club won the day, well done to the
members that sailed there for the first time (Chris, George ,Peter , Ian and Paul),
it was also good to note that none of the boats went wrong in the salt water.
Simon 1st Linda 2nd Peter 3rd Paul 4th Richard 5th
Scamp racing does not get any better than this with three of the craft going out
in one race. This included George’s Red Terror sustaining a very bad hole above the
water line due to Kevin trying to sink him! Colin Dean decided to take the long route
home by going round the back of the island and had to be rescued by the tug. However,
George won the day with Kevin second and Simon third. Well done to all in providing
a few minutes of entertainment.
The Victoria yachts arrived en masse; fourteen in all and some close racing was seen.The
blank spot just off and to the left of the launching steps proved to be a big problem
to some skippers and great rafts of yachts were seen loitering in this patch of water.
Ken made a good start to the morning finishing third place in the first race after
Linda had tweaked his yacht. Simon had trouble with his rudder servo and had to retire
from the morning’s activities. By the time of the last race several skippers had
called it a day and departed leaving just five yachts on the water. Peter and Paul
enjoyed some close racing up front with Peter taking the win on count-back, Paul
second and Richard third.
Sunny with some decent wind for a change.
8 scamps seemed to have no problems starting even though they were blown around a
bit by the wind. Hang on Linda has just told me this is wrong and there was a large
jumpy crash on the first race! what do I know.
The hyper fast orange-ish boat was raced again but Paul had an excuse this time for
lack of control, he had been ill with bronchitis for 3 weeks.
I am not sure what happened to it in the first 2 races but there was a whiff of burning
wire in the air, All sorted it won race 3, but in race 4 a steering overshoot caused
it to be sideways in the path of Simon's boat, the crash creating a large hole in
the side, Paul carried on racing, only to realise he was watching the wrong orange
boat, His was parked on the island full of water!
Cliff's boat ended up on the far bank then after a rescue it motored across to park
on the island, maybe lack of steering was the problem.
Richard too had trouble in race 1 and spent the rest of the time trying to rescue
it from the outlet area reeds with 2 poles strapped together.
Kevin did very well and won 2 races with his re-motored boat coming first overall
Simon had one win and came 2nd overall, George was up with the leaders and had the
same points as Simon but came 3rd overall on count-back.
The Yacht racing was kindly run by Paul as his boat was in pieces, I think that's
what he said.
Despite the decent breeze there were still many patches of no wind which meant that
it was possible to catch up from a bad start sometimes.
Talking of bad starts there were still boats getting tangled up despite Paul and
Simon explaining which direction to sail to be on starboard!
There was a close battle at the front between Linda Simon and Peter, Simon just getting
the win ahead of Linda.
Richard did very well, his four 4ths and a second gave him 4th overall
Chris had a good day getting a 3rd place, coming 5th overall
George was in 2nd or 3rd in one race and was even ahead of Peter when bad luck struck
and his Victoria ran aground near the island.
Phil did well in race 4, coming 3rd, but then wanted to leave early to paint a shed!
we managed to persuade him that Victoria racing was much more important.
Sunday 2nd September
Scamp racing with 7 boats had lots of bumps and some jumping, John W finally bought
a new battery and won the first 2 races with it but then there was a burning smell
and the boat came 2nd then 7th; now he needs to buy a new motor!
One of the clashes in race 1 made a hole in the side of George's boat, this was quickly
patched up and if anything made it go faster!
George did very well with his boat getting 2 firsts, a 2nd and a 3rd, he had the
same points as John but George won overall on count-back.
Simon’s boat was on a go slow but managed 3rd overall.
The yachts had an easterly wind which meant we were starting halfway down the pond
The racing was difficult as there were zones of turbulent air between regions of
Colin Dean did very well and led a few races; his three 2nd places gave him 4rd place
overall. Peter Fisher won the day with some good sailing and some good recoveries
from bad starts. Simon was only one point away but was happy to get 2nd, Linda won
a race and came 3rd overall.
Richard was often up with the front of the fleet and consistent sailing gave him
lots of 5th places.
Louis thought he would have some fun again and made Colin L do an extra lap even
though he had actually won the second race; he was sailing so fast Louis missed him.