Nelson Radio Sailing Club

For all classes of rc yachts., welcome to the nelson radio sailing club website, 2024 ec 12 south island championship – report from nrsc sailors.

The Nelson Radio Sailing Club is a small incorporated club of approximately 45 members situated at the top of the South Island, New Zealand.

Our main home is Best Island Pond on which we hold local, provincial and South Island Championships for IOMs, DF65s and other classes, as required.

We also sail at Nile Road Pond near Mapua which gives us different and challenging conditions.

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The Club is a member of the NZ Radio Yacht Association (NZRYA) which in turn is affiliated with Yachting New Zealand and a member of the International Radio Sailing Association. (IRSA)

We sail predominantly IOMs and have a growing fleet of DF65s and EC12s. We welcome all classes of radio yachts to join us.

This website will give you more information such as contacts, the sailing program, and how to become a member.

New members welcome. Click here to download the Membership Form.

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Continuing our series on the yacht clubs of New Zealand, we thought we’d visit a couple in each island with the easiest access to an introduction to sailing.

Here’s how to go sailing, no worries, without getting your feet wet. No HR issues either with finding and retaining crew. And all for a lot less outlay than a boat and a mooring or a trailer or new marina berth. And, probably, more bang for your buck by way of uncomplicated fun.

Welcome to the world of radio-controlled yachting, via the Waiheke Island Radio Yacht Club or Nelson Radio Sailing Club Inc – the newest and perhaps the oldest clubs for radio-controlled yachts in the country.

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Here’s how to get into it.

STEP ONE: Mosey on down to their patches of sailing water, to chat with the yacht racers and to see if steering one of these slim sailing machines rings your bells. The skippers will be happy to talk while piloting their craft. Only don’t expect eye contact. That’s reserved exclusively for the diminutive sailboats out there.

STEP TWO: Buy a DragonForce 65 one-design model yacht. They are surprisingly cheap; only a coupla hundred bucks, and come complete with the radio, a display stand, and options for three rigs of differing mast height and sail area. There are other, often more complicated, classes of radio-control yachts – but these DragonForces appear to be the best/easiest place to start

STEP THREE: Personalise your boat with dazzle paint or groovy graphics, all the better to identify it in the fleet from a distance. Maybe fit an oversize burgee too.

STEP FOUR: Get sailing! Do a few private trial runs to avoid beginner bungles. Then enter the races. Though at first, you may be in the starters’ fleet. For among the model yacht sailors at every New Zealand club are some very experienced, very fast, big boat racing helms. These folk know their stuff!

Like Richard Potter, long-time giant-killer in the Waiheke Boating Club’s full-size fleet, aboard his radical converted Pied Piper Beep Beep. Or Dave Humpherson, a savvy, technical sailor of all boats from Jollyboats upwards, and a gifted amateur yacht designer too. Or Ross Barnett, he of trimaran cruising and kayak adventuring fame.

At Nelson a competitor in both the IOM class and DF65 class is gracious grandmother Linley Morten, née Atkinson. She’s yachting royalty, being the daughter of Keith Atkinson who built winning M Class boats along with Laurie Davidson, and a winning big-boat helm herself. Or her partner Peter Foster, long-time campaigner of an Alan Wright-designed Quarter Tonner. Or Bob Spearman, 92 years young – there’s experience for you! Other notable big and small boats sailors at Nelson include Basil Hart, Kendal Allcott, John Levy and Peter Jensen.

Expect to be humbled on the race course.

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STEP FIVE APPEARS A GIVEN: You’ll get hooked!


These yachts are small works of naval architecture art. They are quite beautiful. And radical too. If a DragonForce 65 were a 30-foot keelboat say, its draft would be… about 20 feet!

Despite its extreme draft and bulb keel, your Dragon Force 65 will heel alarmingly in responding to gusts on the water. On a real yacht this would have the crew sliding off the deck and into the water like hapless lemmings. But you’re firmly based on dry land so you can drive the boat as hard as you like, heeling be damned! The narrow hull of the DragonFroce 65 is obviously very easily-driven.

Waiheke’s Radio Yacht Club fleet is the newest addition to those of the 14 clubs affiliated to the New Zealand Radio Yachting Association. Nelson Club has been around for almost 30 years and membership has doubled in the last year.

Waiheke’s club was established in 2019 by Glenn Fowler, an experienced yachtie from way back. He initially bought a second-hand boat on Trade Me, but soon found “like everything in life, it was not a lot of fun on my own.”

So he bought another model boat, and invited a mate to join him. Then another old salt saw them at the Causeway, and also bought two boats – one for his wife. And the club was away from there.

It has rocketed to prominence, now being one of the most active clubs with among the biggest racing fleets in the country (the club’s Facebook group has 93 members!). Though, in the researching of this story, the good folk in Nelson contacted me to remind us that, hey, they have big racing fleets there too – and of different classes. On our summer circumnavigation of New Zealand, we popped in to visit.

This connection with other clubs means that model yacht sailors can enter regional and national championships, and even international regattas.

As the blurb has it, “The DragonForce 65 is one of the fastest growing classes of radio-controlled yachts worldwide… it is the boat for those who want an excellent performance boat at a fraction of the cost of other boats.”

Glenn fills me in with the detail of what you buy: “I sell at cost, $450 with a basic radio transmitter/receiver, and $550 with an upgraded trans/rec. Additional rigs complete with sails – $150 A+. Boat comes with A set, B rig and C rig.”

Linley reminds me that very fine second-hand boats can be found on Trade Me. In fact, her current race-winning yacht – a Frank Russell Ellipsis – was one of those. She also has the advantage of Peter working tirelessly to keep their boats ship-shape. He also does fine videos of the racing – Google them on Youtube. His Yacht Renovations During Lockdown has had over 9,000 views! https://youtu. be/32KC1JHr3z8

The copy on the DragonForce 65 website then gets a bit technical: “The new version 6 now comes with 50 micron Mylar film sails with a clean new style… the digital rudder servo has been given a 10% boost in torque and improved electronics.”

The mast of the DragonForce 65 is free-standing, but it does have a single backstay, adjustable to set up a bend in the mast to de-power the mainsail if required – a before-the-race tweaking made on shore.

While sailing, the controls at your fingertips are in-out on the mainsail and jib sheets, and steering via the rudder arm.

There’s one tiny wee piece of fine print: “Not recommended for use in salt water.” Richard Potter tells me cleaning up the boat after a session on the briny becomes a much-loved ritual.

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The New Zealand Radio Controlled Yachts Association races halfa-dozen different classes. The most popular has been the IOM (International One Metre), which is raced in over 30 countries. The hull cannot exceed one metre in length and the complete boat ready to sail must exceed 4kg. Two-channel radio equipment is required; one operates the winch, the other the rudder. The class was created in 1988 by Jan Dejmo, aided by Graham Bantock and the Technical Committee of the IMYRU (predecessor of IRSA).

Then there’s the RM International Marblehead. The modern ‘M’ class yacht is the high-tech option for radio-control sailors. The Marblehead class rules allow for up to six measured rigs, and plenty of additional room for individual boat experimentation, including profiled rotating masts, unstayed carbon rigs, pocket luff mainsails, pre-preg carbon hulls and fins, offering a wide scope for design freedom. These boats are 129cm overall length, and I read that “the restricted development class rules allow both the professional [there must be people who fit this appellation!] or amateur designers/builders/sailmakers an attractive avenue to test their knowledge and skills.”

And the Canterbury J Class which allows handy newcomers to the sport to get started quickly with a good handling model yacht that is easy to build and cost effective. I learn that 270 hulls have been sold and they are found throughout New Zealand, and some as far afield as the USA, Canada and the UK. It is a one-design yacht and all hulls come from official moulds approved by the Canterbury J Association, each with an identification number stamped into the hull.

Plus the bigger sister of the DragonForce 65, the DragonFlite 95 (DF95), noted for its light weight and long, narrow hull, which gives it outstanding light airs performance. The DragonFlite 95 approaches strong wind with alternative lower-aspect rigs. The sales clincher: “Even when the boat is overpowered it still remains easily controllable to windward and always has astonishing speed downwind with almost no tendency to nosedive.”

To make a statement on the water, there’s the East Coast 12 Metre, which at 1.5m in length and with a mast standing 1.8m above the deck, is a very impressive radio-controlled yacht.

The EC12 originated in the USA and eventually made its way to New Zealand in the 1980s, slowly but steadily growing from small beginnings to the class it is today, with more than 160 built, the majority within the last 20 years.

Just like their full-size inspirations, the old America’s Cup 12 Metre yachts, the EC12s carry a certain cachet – and a bunch of rules.

“All hulls are produced from the International One Design mould. New hulls must be purchased through the Owners Association which in turn passes this building instruction on to the Class-approved boat builder who will communicate with the prospective owner discussing as to what level of completion they wish. All boats when finished will be measured by the Class Measurer to ensure compliance with the all-important Class Rule. This ensures compliance to the principal of a one design class where all boats irrespective of age will remain competitive.”

And the class that looks quite charming to me, the ¼ Scale Zephyr, which replicates the legendary Des Townson’s also legendary dinghy design. It would appear these are for more traditional aficionados of boatbuilding.

All model hulls come from the same mould with the concept of continuing with the Des Townson wooden construction principles using light plywood and small timber stringers and keeping with the tradition of varnish work. “Moulds have been completed for a full hull and deck in fibreglass, as the full-size boat has. The idea of taking a scale model of a full size dinghy and making that into a radio-controlled keelboat took a considerable amount of research and development to arrive at what we have today.”

I reckon! But knowing Townson’s talent for drawing lovely boats, I imagine the model works well too.

“All the current owners are either current or past skippers of the full-size Zephyr who not only have a passion for the class but also a love of sailing the ¼ Scale without getting wet or crippled.” Enough said.

The fine website of the Radio-Controlled Yachts Association features some photos of interesting-looking multihulls. But no mention of a distinct class of these just yet.

Chris Heyward at Nelson has a radio-controlled model foiling cat. Top that!

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Yes, some of the Waiheke radio yacht sailors do have other models, but all their fleet racing is done with the DragonForce 65s. Nelson, by contrast, has a much more diverse fleet.

The DragonForce 65 is a strict one-design racing class, so you’re sailing against equal boats in every respect. Some accessories are allowed in the class rules, and it is possible to see boats with different rigs in the same race, as skippers may have opted for alternative sail plans depending on what they expected the breeze to do. The one-design ethos still applies, regardless of what rig you’ve chosen. No handicaps. First across the line is the winner.

All the standard yacht racing rules apply. Though when Lesley and I were photographing the boats in action, we noticed there didn’t appear to be any penalties for touching a mark on the course. Perhaps this is overlooked given the difficulties with long-distance vision and parallax in knowing exactly where your boat really is. Or even telling whether you really did brush the buoy.

Mostly, we observed fairly generous room given to mark roundings, and boats crossing tacks. Also, from our vantage on the water in our rubber dinghy, we noticed that the small yachts, though able to point really high into the wind, made tacks through unexpectedly wide angles – again, possibly a result of skippers playing safe given the longdistance view. Getting into irons is an embarrassment, no matter what size your sailboat, eh!

I also had the random thought about what the protocols are with regard to bumping into, or literally stepping on the toes of a fellow skipper. I know that would be a possibility with me – so fixated I’d be on controlling my yacht at a remove.

We noticed a variety of burgees, pennants and telltales to help guide the shore-based helmsperson (men and women the day we were there at Waiheke, including the competing couple Dot and Mike Hilburn) to figure out apparent wind on a boat from afar. I know this would be the biggest challenge for short-sighted ol’ me. On the dead downwind legs, the boats’ jibs naturally fly out goose-winged all by themselves, so this would be a help in understanding that wind direction.

But here I am applying thoughts from traditional, fullsize yachting to a whole new arena of this multi-faceted sport. Best I shut up right now, and just accept there are new adventures of learning to be had on the banks of radio-controlled yachting waters.

Just like the good folk of the Waiheke Island Radio Yacht Club, the Nelson Radio Yachts, and all the other New Zealand clubs do. Good on them! BNZ

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<strong>Seattle</strong> <strong>IOM</strong> <strong>Update</strong> <strong>Seattle</strong> Model Yacht Club<br />

Sailing Reports, Schedules, & More December 2012 – February 2013<br />

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Proud Papa with his first production hull (from Robot Yachts) at the 2011 US Nats in Florida. Brad Gibson handily won<br />

another Nationals then passed this well prepared yacht, now USA 70, to it’s lucky new owner; Roy Langbord in NY, NY.<br />

Roy commented,"It was totally worth the wait. The boat and the rigs are amazing." Jerry Brower Photo.

<strong>Seattle</strong> <strong>IOM</strong> <strong>Update</strong> December 2012 - February 2013<br />

Washington state radio sailing at <strong>Seattle</strong> Model Yacht Club is as vibrant as ever, and it has a great vane and radio<br />

sailing history. 2010 marks the addition of an active International One Metre (<strong>IOM</strong>) fleet, in addition to the wellestablished<br />

Victoria fleet on Greenlake. Locally we’re having fun sailing these thoroughbred <strong>IOM</strong>s cleanly and<br />

competitively in three special radio sailing venues. At each venue we’re on a walkway away from shore, every month<br />

March – October. Then in winter it is limited to Whidbey Island, where the ARCS just don’t know when to stop. We<br />

habitually comingle our <strong>IOM</strong>s like one big club at these venues:<br />

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park: 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton, WA:<br />

This exceptional Lake Washington park is our SMYC home for <strong>IOM</strong>s. We sail on big deep open<br />

freshwater. Often we are more of a “speed” course, but the occasional wind shifts, chop, and<br />

powerboat waves keep it all interesting enough.<br />

Surprise Lake – accessed via Surprise Lake Village, 2800 Queens Way, Milton, WA:<br />

Gig Harbor Model Yacht Club’s long-time home is a large pond with frequent “surprising” wind shifts.<br />

Twist the sails off a little and play those shifts. Joe Damico loves it here.<br />

Cranberry Lake – N. Whidbey Is. - 1 Mi. South of Deception Pass Bridge on SR 20:<br />

The ARCS (Anacortes RC Sailors) home is a good-sized lake off the Straits of Juan de Fuca in<br />

timeless Deception Pass State Park. Great sailing, great views, and a great WPA built head to boot.<br />

The views just driving here justify the trip.<br />

After every race we’re together laughing at ourselves in a pub, feeding our faces, and somehow helping each other<br />

sail better. It is a key part of the program. Find more SMYC information as well as copies of our previous newsletters<br />

at:<br />

2013 SMYC <strong>IOM</strong> & PacNW Regional Schedule: Go to the last pages of this newsletter for our<br />

comprehensive schedule with many regional regattas. Many are involved to coordinate all the weekend<br />

<strong>IOM</strong> sailing in Washington State, including Gig Harbor MYC and the Anacortes RC Sailors. We try to<br />

include the major events in Oregon, British Columbia, Idaho, and Alberta too. We publish our schedule at<br />

the beginning of the year and generally have a few changes through the year. If you sail with us, rest<br />

assured you won’t be stuck at the same old pond every time. Regattas that are more than 1-day are<br />

highlighted.<br />

For <strong>Seattle</strong> MYC see:<br />

For Oregon MYC see:<br />

For British Columbia see:<br />

For British Columbia also see: (You must join Yahoo.)<br /><br />

2012 COW CanAm Series Recap:<br />

2012 COW CanAm Series Review: (Formerly: Western CanAm Series)<br />

(Canada – Oregon – Washington)<br />

Bob Wells Reporting:<br />

As I write this it is mid-October with noticeably less daylight and a chill in the morning air. The<br />

winter gray wet damp has seemingly set in after something like 91 days of no measurable rain in <strong>Seattle</strong>,<br />

a record for sure. There was no gloom in our second year of this great series though, just sunny skies and<br />

mostly smiling faces. I say “mostly” because it is keen competition where there can be only one<br />

champion. At the last regatta the series lead was a tie with Jerry Brower and Gary Boell both way in front<br />

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of the fleet. They clearly both wanted it as they finished one – two at the Caper. After three regattas all<br />

hail our new Champion - Jerry Brower and his Widget, “Mr. Brightside”. Well played!<br />

2012 COW CanAm Series Champion Jerry Brower and his Widget, Mr. Brightside, on Salt Spring Island. Here Jerry<br />

expresses no idea how he pulled out a 2nd at Westerns from a tight pack, but he’ll take it. Photo Morgan Dewees.<br />

After two regattas our 2011 Champion looked to have the series wrapped up. But there are no<br />

throw-outs this year with only three regattas, so even though Graham Herbert couldn’t attend the last<br />

regatta he still achieved a very respectable third place. Congratulations to Chris Brundege from Portland<br />

for his best and most consistent finish yet with his fourth place. If Chris doesn’t set aside his familiar<br />

Widget to trial a friend’s unfamiliar Lintel for Hood River, I think he would have jumped ahead a spot.<br />

Right behind Chris is his nemesis Morgan Dewees sailing his Widget to another respectable finish.<br />

Overall the Widget’s dominated this series, which had the full range of conditions from light to heavy<br />

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winds and choppy to smooth water. Makes me wonder why Jerry, Chris, and Morgan all have plans in the<br />

works for an alternate <strong>IOM</strong> to campaign next year? Ian Vickers sailing his V8 schooled the fleet at blustery<br />

Hood River Carnage, but Ian didn’t make the longer treks to our other venues, as did Gary Boell for<br />

example.<br />

Thank you to our wonderfully dedicated PROs Lawrie Neish and Freddie Rocha that add so much<br />

professionalism to our events, and all the volunteers who are too numerous to list. Thank you also to our<br />

hard working organizers: Lawrie, Morgan, and Julian Lee. We like to think we have the friendliest skippers<br />

possible in a competitive environment. We know that we have beautiful and inviting venues that are well<br />

worth visiting. We hope to see you in 2013, which will be very similar to the previous years and include at<br />

least four events with CAN Nats coming to Salt Spring in June.<br />

2012 COW CanAm Series Results after three regattas and no throw-outs:<br />

Place Skipper/Boat (39 total) Club/City Total<br />

Score<br />

COW #1:<br />

Canadian<br />

Westerns<br />

(SISC)<br />

COW #2:<br />

Hood River<br />

Carnage<br />

(OMYC)<br />

COW #3:<br />

Cranberry<br />

Caper<br />

(AR/CS)<br />

1 Jerry Brower (Widget) <strong>Seattle</strong> MYC 10 2 7 1<br />

2 Gary Boell (Britpop!) Richmond, CA 11 6 3 2<br />

3 Graham Herbert (Coyote & Cobra) Hornby Is., BC 24 1 2 21<br />

4 Chris Brundege (Widget & Lintel) Portland, OR 27 7 16 4<br />

5 Morgan Dewees (Widget) Portland, OR 28 9 8 11<br />

6 Julian Laffin (Zoom) Hornby Is., BC 30 5 4 21<br />

7 Bob Wells (Topiko & Britpop!) <strong>Seattle</strong> MYC 33 10 13 10<br />

8 Bob Dunlap (Lintel & Topiko) San Jose, CA 35 26 6 3<br />

9 Joe Damico (V6) Sequim, WA 36 11 17 6<br />

10 Steve Young (Arrival & Lintel) Gig Harbor MYC 37 12 11 13<br />

11 Larry Stiles (Pikanto) AR/CS (Anacortes) 43 18 18 7<br />

12 Peter Sternberg (Arrival) <strong>Seattle</strong> MYC 46 26 14 6<br />

13 Tie Ian Vickers (V8) New Zealand & CA 48 26 1 21<br />

13 Tie Kelly Martin (Topiko) Gig Harbor MYC 48 26 9 13<br />

13 Tie Jan Schmidt (BTL) VMSS (Victoria, BC) 48 3 24 21<br />

14 Martin Herbert (Custom build) Salt Spring Is., BC 49 4 24 21<br />

15 Ron Blackledge (Britpop!) Portland, OR 50 26 19 5<br />

16 Craig Mackey (Britpop!) Oceanside, CA 52 26 5 21<br />

17 Andy Slow (Leo) Hornby Is., BC 53 8 24 21<br />

18 Bill Langjahr (Cheinz) AR/CS (Anacortes) 54 26 12 16<br />

19 George Georgiadis (Pinot Gris) Portland, OR 55 13 21 21<br />

20 David Cook (Ska) VMSS (Victoria, BC) 56 17 24 15<br />

21 Al Finley (Cockatoo) Brentwood, CA 57 26 10 21<br />

22 Barry Fox (Reggae) VMSS (Victoria, BC) 58 22 24 12<br />

23 Tie David Cloud (Zoom) Hornby Is., BC 59 14 24 21<br />

23 Tie Julian Lee (Ikon) AR/CS (Anacortes) 59 26 24 12<br />

24 Tie Ole Andersen (Zoom) Salt Spring Is., BC 60 15 24 21<br />

24 Tie Roger Kibble (Ikon) Salt Spring Is., BC 60 19 24 17<br />

25 Bob Lewis (Scorpio) Vancouver, BC 61 16 24 21<br />

26 Bruce Anderson (Widget) Boise, ID 62 26 15 21<br />

27 Dave Taylor (Trinity) Sydney, BC 65 20 24 21<br />

28 Tie Kurt Wells (Topiko) <strong>Seattle</strong> MYC 66 26 22 18<br />

28 Tie Adrian Harrison (Ska) VMSS (Victoria, BC) 66 21 24 21<br />

29 Andrew Baak (Widget) Calgary, AB 67 26 20 21<br />

30 Tie Craig Rantala (Azetone) Sequim, WA 68 24 23 21<br />

30 Tie Chris Lewis (Zoom) Vancouver, BC 68 23 24 21<br />

31 Steve Kibble (?) Calgary, AB 69 26 24 19<br />

32 Tie Colin Busanich (?) VMSS (Victoria, BC) 70 25 24 21<br />

32 Tie Bill Dye (TS2) <strong>Seattle</strong> MYC 70 26 24 20<br />

Note - Low point scoring system is the cumulative of regatta finish positions with no throw-outs. DNS scores the<br />

number of entries plus one. 39 total participants.<br />

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<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC Regatta Reports:<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC – Regatta #6 (Aug 25):<br />

Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park; Renton, WA<br />

Bob Wells reporting:<br />

This was a great day of sailing in mid-A-rig conditions and our infamous short chop driven by a<br />

solid NW wind. We also had lots of boat wave action to play in with summer boating full on. The best<br />

news - weed was modest all day. Unlike last month, this time the milfoil weed was mostly floating<br />

elsewhere on this big lake.<br />

Highlights included a first-timer regatta winner and a few first-timer bullets. Congratulations to<br />

Peter Sternberg on the win in his first year of sailing with us. Chris Brundege always shows speed on our<br />

big course, and I think this 2nd place is his best result here. Ron Blackledge scored his first ‘bullet’ after a<br />

few years of trying. I would say “well done”, but leaders are not supposed to ask, “Where’s the next<br />

mark?” Ron and his BritPOP finished first in race four to roars of approval from the crowd. Later Kurt<br />

Wells (no relation) finished with his first bullet on his second regatta here – also with roars of approval.<br />

Kurt’s radio sailing lessons are on a fast track with his leap-into-the-frying-pan approach to joining our<br />

class. He begins in Hood River Carnage, where he picks his TOPIKO up the day before the regatta from<br />

Craig Mackey. Then follows up at US Nats in San Diego.<br />

Ron Hornung missed a few races to take the dinghy out for photos from the marks. Ron noted that<br />

our roundings are ugly at those marks. We way over-stand and our routes to the offset and leeward marks<br />

are erratic. Next regatta I’ll pull them in a little closer and see how that goes? Thank you Ron for the<br />

photos and help with the buoys.<br />

Steve Young’s Lintel #87 wins this start this time at Coulon Park in our infamous short chop. The infrastucture is high<br />

quality at Coulon, an award-winning park that has only gotten better with 25 years of patina. Ron Hornung photo.<br />

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2012 <strong>Seattle</strong> Cup Regatta #6. Gene Coulon Memorial Park. Renton, WA.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> <strong>IOM</strong> <strong>Update</strong> 25 December 2012 - February 2013<br />

th August 2012<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> Model Yacht Club – <strong>IOM</strong> Fleet<br />

SMYC #6 Results:<br />

Pls Skipper Sail Home Port Hull-Designer Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12<br />

1 Peter Sternberg 43 Redmond, WA Arrival-Hollom 16.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 6.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 1.0<br />

2 Chris Brundege 19 Portland, OR Widget-Chris Dicks 30.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 3.0 9.0 3.0 7.0 7.0 3.0<br />

3 Steve Young 87 Tacoma, WA Lintel-Dave Creed 34.0 10.0 6.0 4.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 5.0 9.0 2.0 7.0<br />

4 Bob Wells 74 Mercer Is, WA Topiko-G Bantock 37.0 4.0 4.0 6.0 3.0 3.0 5.0 7.0 4.0 2.0 4.0 8.0 2.0<br />

5 Ron Blackledge 217 Portland, OR BritPOP-BG Astbury 41.0 6.0 5.0 3.0 1.0 6.0 4.0 8.0 3.0 9.0 2.0 6.0 5.0<br />

6 Joe D'Amico 86 Sequim, WA V6-SBA-Vickers 42.0 2.0 3.0 7.0 5.0 5.0 13.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 1.0 3.0 13.0<br />

7 Kurt Wells 25 <strong>Seattle</strong>, WA Topiko-G Bantock 59.0 8.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 7.0 8.0 4.0 6.0 1.0 8.0 5.0 4.0<br />

8 Ron Farrell 63 Shelter Bay, WA Victory-Firebrace 71.0 12.0 7.0 11.0 13.0 9.0 6.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 5.0 4.0 8.0<br />

9 Byron Pimms 47 <strong>Seattle</strong>, WA ISIS II-Barry Chisam 75.0 7.0 10.0 5.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 9.0 11.0 10.0 6.0 9.0 6.0<br />

10 Ron, Hornung 108 <strong>Seattle</strong>, WA Disco-Brad Gibson 88.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 8.0 7.0 9.0 9.0 9.0<br />

11 Bill Dye 44 <strong>Seattle</strong>, WA TS2-Gary Cameron 104.0 11.0 11.0 10.0 7.0 11.0 9.0 11.0 10.0 11.0 13.0 13.0 13.0<br />

12 Dave VanAmburg 71 Derndale, WA Ericca-Firebrace 122.0 5.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC – Regatta #7 (Sept 22):<br />

This was a pleasant mellow light-air competition, and I am pleased the weed had drifted away.<br />

With light winds our chop doesn’t appear. Kelly dominates again, and we take turns pushing him. Our fleet<br />

is getting better with more time sailing and improved equipment. Ron Blackledge in particular is sailing<br />

better with his BritPOP. SMYC Doug Taylor Coulon returned Park to <strong>IOM</strong> sail Steve’s Regatta Arrival again Number and found 7 Coulon much more<br />

wheel chair friendly. Steve Young continues to amaze 9/22/2012 with his Lintel’s light-air prowess. Byron Pimms’ Isis<br />

received the Kelly Martin tuning treatment, and a Hosted number by of things were tweaked for light air optimization.<br />

Sailing discussion continued at our favorite SMYC<br />

Irish pub afterwards.<br />

SMYC #7 Results:<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC – Regatta #8 (Oct 27):<br />

There’s a reason it is so green in <strong>Seattle</strong> – it rains a lot and particularly this time of year.<br />

Occasionally we have to sail in rain as we did this time all morning and then some. As predicted we had<br />

wind from the south, which means sailing generally parallel to our long dock with little chop. Everybody<br />

likes radio sailing conditions where your boat is in ready eyesight, but this day you needed breathable<br />

raingear keeping you dry and toasty to really enjoy it. For me the right raingear also includes plastic<br />

protecting; my dock gear, over the score sheets (note - need to improve this system), and over the<br />

starting radio. Everybody had a great day judging from the smiles. Even Peter Sternberg kept smiling,<br />

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even though his transmitter apparently flooded out and quit early. The back up is on order now!<br />

We welcomed new <strong>IOM</strong> skipper Bob Critchloe, who purchased Julian Lee’s (and formerly Fred<br />

Rocha’s) Cockatoo 2. Bob is a nice addition who clearly knows how to play this game, as his win in the<br />

last heat testified.<br />

Even though Joe Damico had towed his buoy boat for two hours in the deluge, he admitted on<br />

arrival part of him was hoping nobody showed so he could skip standing in the rain. Likewise Julian Lee<br />

said if the AR/CS had showed up at Cranberry Lake and saw rain like we had, they would pass on sailing.<br />

Both also acknowledged it was a great day of sailing and they were glad they sailed. So folks, if a regatta<br />

is scheduled at Coulon Park (or Surprise Lake) you can plan on the course being set and the starting tape<br />

squawking pretty much on time. We only stop for lack of wind or weed, and that is historically only for part<br />

of the regatta. See you next year.<br />

Skipper Sail Hull Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13<br />

1 Bob Wells 07 Britpop 34.0 3.0 6.0 5.0 4.0 10.0 14.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 1.0 2.0 5.0<br />

2 Joe D'Amico 86 V6 39.0 1.0 10.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 6.0 11.0 3.0 1.0 2.0 9.0 8.0<br />

3 Steve Young 73 Arrival 41.0 4.0 5.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 4.0 5.0 12.0 10.0 3.0 11.0 4.0 2.0<br />

5 Chris Brundege 19 Widget 43.0 8.0 2.0 4.0 9.0 7.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 10.0 6.0<br />

4 Larry Stiles 31 Pikanto 43.0 5.0 8.0 6.0 5.0 6.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 6.0 4.0 1.0 14.0<br />

6 Ron Blackledge 217 Britpop 64.0 14.0 1.0 10.0 10.0 5.0 6.0 11.0 4.0 5.0 7.0 7.0 5.0 4.0<br />

7 Byron Pimms 47 Isis II 70.0 6.0 3.0 3.0 8.0 4.0 14.0 14.0 5.0 12.0 4.0 8.0 7.0 10.0<br />

8 Bob Critchlow 85 Cockatoo 74.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 6.0 8.0 11.0 10.0 6.0 1.0<br />

9 Julian Lee 95 Ikon 82.0 2.0 11.0 11.0 6.0 8.0 5.0 4.0 9.0 11.0 10.0 5.0 14.0 14.0<br />

10 Kurt Wells 25 Topiko 88.0 14.0 13.0 13.0 11.0 11.0 10.0 9.0 8.0 6.0 8.0 6.0 3.0 3.0<br />

11 Scott Thomas 05 V6 95.0 9.0 4.0 9.0 12.0 12.0 7.0 10.0 7.0 7.0 14.0 12.0 11.0 7.0<br />

12 Ron Hornung 87 Disco 104.0 10.0 12.0 12.0 13.0 13.0 9.0 7.0 10.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 8.0 9.0<br />

13 Peter Sternberg 43 Arrival 118.0 14.0 9.0 8.0 1.0 2.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0<br />

2012 <strong>Seattle</strong> MYC <strong>IOM</strong> Championship Recap:<br />

We like our starting lines on the short side and congested, and we accomplished this in every<br />

regatta this year. Thanks to our dedicated core, we started 12 – 16 boats in each SMYC regatta. In this<br />

our third year sailing <strong>IOM</strong>s we are an active and thriving fleet with the emphasis decidedly in favor of<br />

friendly racing with a minimum of other baggage. We start pretty much on time per the schedule that<br />

includes eight SMYC regattas over eight months beginning in March, and we finish every regatta at a pub<br />

for a late lunch. When we don’t have a regatta scheduled we can travel north or south just about every<br />

weekend and find an <strong>IOM</strong> regatta at the AR/CS or Gig Harbor MYC.<br />

Congratulations to Bob Wells (the Editor!) for becoming the 2012 SMYC Champion, his third in a<br />

row. His edge is 100% attendance, something he shared with Steve Young, Byron Pimms, and Ron<br />

Hornung. Jan Schmidt from Victoria is notable in winning both regattas he entered here this year, and he<br />

remains unbeaten in Washington State by the way. Kelly Martin in his first year with <strong>IOM</strong>s finished 2nd<br />

with consistent high finishes, but he missed one too many regattas or he would be the champion.<br />

Our regatta gear improved greatly this year thanks to Joe Damico purchasing and hauling his buoy<br />

boat and big buoys. Joe has been a big contributor from the start of our <strong>IOM</strong> sailing. Ron Hornung<br />

continues to pitch in on buoy setting and provide great pictures. Our measurers Jerry Brower and Larry<br />

Stiles continue to also provide the regatta scores. No SMYC changes planned for next year, just more of<br />

the same fun.<br />

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Britpop! USA 7 (built by Pepe of Vinaixa yachts) was the latest of three boats that Bob Wells sailed this year (along with<br />

his V6 and Topiko) in becoming the SMYC <strong>IOM</strong> club champion for the third year in a row. Bob’s edge is 100%<br />

attendance, something a few of the superior skippers again lacked… Photo Ron Hornung.<br />

Place: Skipper: Home Port: Total<br />

Points:<br />

Coulon<br />

1<br />

3/24/12<br />

2<br />

4/28/12<br />

3<br />

5/16/12<br />

4<br />

6/23/12<br />

5<br />

7/28/12<br />

6<br />

8/25/12<br />

7<br />

9/22/12<br />

8<br />

10/27/12<br />

1 Bob Wells Mercer Island, WA 71 11 12 13 7 11 9 11 13<br />

2 Kelly Martin Gig Harbor, WA 66 - 15 12 11 16 - 12 -<br />

3 Steve Young Tacoma, WA 62 12 8 7 6 13 10 8 11<br />

4 Joe Damico Sequim, WA 61 6 14 11 10 - 7 7 12<br />

5 Jerry Brower Lk. Stevens, WA 53 13 13 - 12 15 - - -<br />

6 Peter Sternberg Redmond, WA 50 - 9 10 9 7 12 9 1<br />

7 Larry Stiles Sedro Wooley, WA 50 5 6 9 5 14 - 6 10<br />

8 Ron Blackledge Portland, OR 47 2 7 8 - 6 8 10 8<br />

9 Byron Pimms <strong>Seattle</strong>, WA 36 3 11 5 4 5 4 2 7<br />

10 Chris Brundege Portland, OR 31 9 2 - - - 11 - 9<br />

12 Ron Hornung <strong>Seattle</strong>, WA 30 4 4 6 2 6 3 3 2<br />

11 Jan Schmidt Victoria, BC 30 14 16 - - - - - -<br />

13 Bill Langjahr Anacortes, WA 26 8 10 - 8 - - - -<br />

14 Rich Murdy Renton, WA 20 7 - - 3 10 - - -<br />

15 Kurt Wells <strong>Seattle</strong>, WA 19 - - - - 4 6 5 4<br />

16 Ron Farrell Shelter Bay, WA 17 - - - - 12 5 - -<br />

17 Dave Glassow Portland, OR 10 10 - - - - - - -<br />

18 D. VanAmburg Ferndale, WA 10 - - - - 9 1 - -<br />

19 Craig Rantala Sequim, WA 10 1 3 2 1 3 - - -<br />

20 Scott Thomas Tacoma, WA 7 - - - - - - 4 3<br />

21 Bob Critchlow Anacortes, WA 6 - - - - - - - 6<br />

22 Julian Lee Anacortes, WA 5 5<br />

23 Roland Krona Tacoma, WA 5 - - 3 - 2 - - -<br />

24 Bill Dye <strong>Seattle</strong>, WA 4 - 1 2 - - 2 - -<br />

25 Drew Austin Sequim, WA 4 - - 4 - - - - -<br />

26T Doug Taylor Gig Harbor, WA 1 - - - - - - 1 -<br />

26T Peter Dunsforth Anacortes, WA 1 - - - - 1 - - -<br />

Scoring is one point for each boat you beat and one point for starting a race in a regatta. PRO/Scorekeeper scores 2 nd<br />

place points if he/she works the whole regatta (No 2012 takers). Regatta winners are highlighted in “yellow” and throwouts<br />

in “gray”.<br />

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Gig Harbor MYC Regatta Reports:<br />

Taking a break in the Surprise Lake #7 action for a Kelly Martin tuning review of Scott Thomas’ recently acquired V6.<br />

You can see Bob Wells assisting with his venerable “Larry Robinson Tensionometer” on the backstay. We all learn from<br />

this as Kelly combines a depth of tuning knowledge with a way of making it understandable. Ron Hornung photo.<br />

Gig Harbor MYC – Regatta #7 (Sept 8):<br />

Surprise Lake; Milton, WA<br />

The weatherman missed the wind direction, and we just enjoyed the end-of-summer mellow<br />

sailing conditions that Surprise Lake provides. Conditions were mellow, but competition was keen with<br />

congested starts, tight mark roundings, and friendly exonerations when needed. While Jerry Brower dealt<br />

with more extreme <strong>IOM</strong> sailing at CAN Nats, we had a nice a southwesterly with not too many dead<br />

periods and puffs getting close to mid-A range. The sun did shine a bit and our collegiality extended to a<br />

nice little lunch party to finish off the day.<br />

Scott Thomas sailed his new/used V6 for the first time in my presence, and during the break Kelly<br />

used his boat for the tuning example. So Scott had his boat retuned and the group got to again see Kelly<br />

explain how he tunes. Scott purchased the boat from Roland Krona, who purchased it from me some<br />

months ago. It speaks well for us that Roland can purchase a good used boat, try it for a while, and sell it<br />

for essentially what he has in it to get out unscathed financially. John Mann did the same thing with<br />

TOPIKO #21 last year, which Kelly Martin now sails. We can’t guarantee that will happen for everybody of<br />

course. For those wondering, Roland got out only because he was frustrated his performance wasn’t<br />

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improving, and competing ceased to be fun. We will certainly miss Roland’s good cheer and wish him<br />

well.<br />

One guy moves on and another shows up: Kelly’s Gig Harbor neighbor Doug Taylor gave us a try.<br />

Doug is stuck in a wheel chair and unfortunately the Surprise Lake dock board gaps are very unfriendly to<br />

maneuvers with narrow tires. That kept Doug pretty much in one spot where his view was too often<br />

blocked while the rest of us GHMYC moved up Surprise and down Lake the docks. <strong>IOM</strong> Regatta So it was Number a particularly 7 tough first day. If Doug<br />

comes back we need to proactively make some 9/8/2012 accommodations for him to see his boat. Doug, the<br />

Hosted by<br />

Coulon Park concrete docks are wheel chair friendly, including easy ramp access.<br />

GHMYC Regatta #7 Results:<br />

GHMYC<br />

Position Skipper Sail # Club/City Hull Freq Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14<br />

12 12 12 0 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13<br />

1 Kelly Martin 21 GHMYC Topiko 15.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 1.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0<br />

2 Bob Wells 74 SMYC Topiko 37.0 1.0 4.0 7.0 3.0 2.0 7.0 6.0 4.0 1.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 4.0<br />

3 Joe D'Amico 86 Sequim V6 38.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 7.0 3.0 5.0 1.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 6.0<br />

4 Larry Stiles 31 AR/CS Pikonto 51.0 4.0 8.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 8.0 7.0 2.0 2.0 6.0 3.0 5.0<br />

5 Peter Sternberg 43 SMYC Arrival 52.0 8.0 7.0 2.0 4.0 6.0 3.0 9.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 6.0 5.0 6.0 3.0<br />

6 Steve Young 87 GHMYC Lintel 54.0 13.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 10.0 9.0 3.0 7.0 8.0 6.0 5.0 2.0 5.0 1.0<br />

7 Ron Blackledge 217 OMYC Britpop 74.0 9.0 5.0 9.0 8.0 7.0 2.0 2.0 5.0 5.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 8.0 9.0<br />

8 Kurt Wells 25 SMYC Topiko 90.0 6.0 10.0 6.0 6.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 9.0 6.0 10.0 10.0 9.0 10.0 10.0<br />

9<br />

10<br />

11<br />

12<br />

Byron Pimms<br />

Scott Thomas<br />

Ron Horning<br />

Doug Taylor<br />

47 SMYC Isis II 94.0 7.0 6.0 8.0 10.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 6.0 9.0 11.0<br />

GHMYC 05 SMYC Surprise V6 107.0 Lake 10.0 <strong>IOM</strong> 9.0 10.0Regatta 9.0 8.0 10.0Number 10.0 11.0 10.0 8 9.0<br />

78 SMYC Disco 121.0 5.0 11.0 11.0 13.0 13.0 11.0 11.0 10.0 11.0 7.0<br />

73 GHMYC Arrival 141.0 10/13/2012<br />

11.0 12.0 12.0 11.0 11.0 12.0 12.0 12.0 12.0 12.0<br />

9.0<br />

7.0<br />

11.0<br />

12.0<br />

10.0<br />

8.0<br />

Gig Harbor Model Yacht Club<br />

Gig Harbor MYC – Regatta #8 (Oct 13):<br />

Gig Harbor MYC - 2012 <strong>IOM</strong> Championship Recap:<br />

No matter how you count it, our 2012 Champion is Jerry Brower and his Widget, Mt. Brightside.<br />

They had a great year and now another championship. It took us three years but we finally have some<br />

controversy though: Steve, Joe, Larry, and Ron looked at the results prepared by Jerry Brower, and<br />

unanimously and vehemently declared there are no throw-outs because two regattas were canceled –<br />

ignore the damn columns on the right! No way claimed Bob, Peter, and Kelly; we ‘always’ use two throwouts<br />

so those that travel to other regattas are not overly penalized. A melee ensued with salsa, chips,<br />

beer, and laughter everywhere at our favorite Melaque Restaurant. Fortunately we are all too old and slow<br />

to do any real damage, and our patron over-paid for the cleanup so we can return next year. Whatever on<br />

the scoring – use the results you prefer. (Official resolution is not possible as this newsletter’s Editor and<br />

Coordinator Steve Young recuse themselves due to conflicts of interest.)<br />

g v2.2t3 - 17 May 2009 - Promo = 4 9/23/2012 Mike Kemp/John Walter/Henry Farley/He<br />

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GHMYC’s venerable Surprise Lake venue treated us to wonderful weather and great pond sailing<br />

at every event this year – 2012 was special. There’s a reason that Ron Blackledge, our lone Oregon<br />

skipper with regular attendance, travels 6 hours for this one-day regatta. It is the persistent friendly<br />

competition and camaraderie. See you next year – first regatta here is in March so check the developing<br />

schedule.<br />

Thank you Jerry Brower for scoring the season points, there is no hint of controversy on the<br />

scores. You are a worthy champion.<br />

Anacortes R/C Sailors Regatta Reports:<br />

Cranberry Caper & Western CanAm Series #3 (Oct 5-7):<br />

Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park; Whidbey Island, WA<br />

Ron Blackledge reporting:<br />

The third and final leg of the popular Western CanAm <strong>IOM</strong> Series is complete and I thought the<br />

event, known as the Cranberry Caper, was one of the most enjoyable radio sailing regattas I have<br />

attended. The event was held on Cranberry Lake in the ever-scenic Deception Pass State Park on<br />

Whidbey Island near Anacortes and the San Juans. Absolutely beautiful. The locals treated us with<br />

uncompromising hospitality. And there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The Sun, which will soon hibernate for<br />

the next six months, kept our spirits high. This especially held true for we Northerners.<br />

The event was a five star organized and supported regatta. We had it all. We had Royalty: Barry<br />

Fox, Freddie Rocha, and Lawrie Neish. They make up our International Class Secretary and soon-to-be<br />

Chairman, our National Class Secretary, and our Western CanAm Director (Lawrie is the prime mover<br />

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getting <strong>IOM</strong>s jump started in he Pacific Northwest). The three of them were great. We also had two exworld<br />

championship boats. They were Brad Gibson's WIDGET “Mr. Brightside” (2007) and Graham<br />

Bantock's IKON (1999).<br />

We had the Yellow Jacket brigade. Freddie had almost as many volunteers as skippers thanks to<br />

the Anacortes R/C Sailors’ (AR/CS) large Soling1M fleet. We cannot begin to thank enough the AR/CS for<br />

their support and effort. Also a special thanks goes out to event organizer Julian Lee and his two trusted<br />

hands Bill Langjahr and Larry Stiles. We had prizes galore, including a DX6i transmitter with waterproof<br />

receiver from Performance R/C Hobbies the local hobby shop and taken home to Calgary by Steve<br />

Kibble. David Cook of Victoria, BC; was the lucky winner of a $50 Gift certificate from RMG Sailwinch in<br />

Australia to name just a few. We had banners and flags flying. We had great lunches and refreshments.<br />

We had wildlife. I saw several bald eagles and osprey. Early Sunday morning a curious otter swam out to<br />

check our windward marks. We had a post function at the Anacortes Yacht Club Friday night. Two-dollar<br />

pints guys! Rum drinks three dollars each! And Bill hosted us Saturday night at his lovely home<br />

overlooking Guemes Channel. It was great... almost too elegant and refined for a bunch of scrappy<br />

skippers.<br />

Another down speed Caper start in a beautiful natural setting. Jerry Brower in #42 Mr. Brightside is captured here<br />

following the strategy that helped him win this regatta: Power-up the sail trim with twist and start at the pin end in<br />

footing mode to allow tacking as needed for clear air or a header. Also cautiously over-stand the difficult to gauge<br />

weather mark and continue with speed in foot-mode and clear air while looking for the shifts. To view his boat starting<br />

at the pin end Jerry positioned himself well in font of the starting line. Photo Wayne Martin.<br />

As with most of our Northwest events we get to see many family members. This is a nice touch.<br />

For example Gary Boell brought his daughter and she was great with everyone. But like any eight year<br />

old daughter it was "Sweetheart would you pleas. "NO DAD". Gary could just have easily brought his wife.<br />

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More importantly we had a congenial group of skippers. This helped reduce Freddie's stress level. Only<br />

once did he have to settle us down. During one race the bickering got a little out of hand and he threaten<br />

to "I stoppa the race". This backfired of course. All of those back in the pack ramped up the volume and<br />

the leaders began screaming "Shut Up". Eventually Freddie got things under control and we finished the<br />

race.<br />

Kelly Martin’s 2007 Croatian-built Topiko won 5 of 6 races on Sunday at the Caper, but he missed Saturday for a bigboat<br />

commitment. Kelly’s secret is to sail faster and higher and smarter all the time, or so it appears. (Note Kelly has a<br />

V8 on order to help in the bigger winds. One would think Ian Vickers would want a V8 in his hands soon to start racking<br />

up wins for promotion, but Kelly expects a long wait – Editor.) Wayne Martin photo.<br />

The Cranberry Lake site is a comfortable and scenic delight. Unfortunately the prevailing wind<br />

blows directly in to the dock making the course set up difficult. The windward mark rounding was tough to<br />

judge and one of our skippers (Roger Kibble) rounded short, rounded short again, rounded short again<br />

and on the fourth try hit the mark. This and other issues caused him to be selected by the dock observers<br />

to receive the “CRASH” trophy. There were some weeds but nothing too serious although Bob Dunlap got<br />

the worst of it. I over heard him say, " This is no just reward for my sobriety, clean living and decency".<br />

Since we are talking on the lighter side, I have to mention one of our skippers (Bill Dye) brought<br />

his rigs, transmitter, receiver, batteries, boat stand, folding chair, extra gear and extra clothes. What was<br />

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missing?? HE FORGOT HIS BOAT. And there was a scoring controversy Saturday. Surprisingly, our<br />

organizer Julian Lee was leading at the end of the day all the while his wife was the official scorekeeper.<br />

The controversy ended however when he fell back in the standings Sunday.<br />

Jerry Brower’s “Mr. Brightside”, dressed in vintage pink-trimmed sails from “Glam Rock”, leads the fleet at the very<br />

successful Cranberry Caper on Cranberry Lake. Jerry sailed low and fast and aggressively sought clear air, and this<br />

‘keep it moving in light air” strategy worked for him as he ultimately carried the day. Ron Hornung photo.<br />

Presently the club is looking for a new site for future <strong>IOM</strong> events and they may have a winner. It is<br />

Bowman Bay close by in the park where the mouth opens to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific<br />

Ocean just 96 miles west. It has strong and steady wind, almost no weed, some serious wave potential,<br />

and a huge tall and 400 long dock extending into the bay. From the dock end you can set a course for any<br />

wind direction. This is a killer of a site that I can’t wait to try this winter. Speaking of which will Orcas<br />

attack the chase boat? If it doesn't work out Cranberry Lake will do just fine.<br />

And not to forget the racing, I am happy to report our very own intrepid and worldly traveler both in<br />

the physical and spiritual, J Warren Brower, took honors. Other top finishers included Gary Boell and Bob<br />

Dunlap from California, Chris Brundege from Portland and newcomer Peter Sternberg from <strong>Seattle</strong>. Kelly<br />

Martin missed Saturday for a big-boat commitment, but cleaned up on Sunday with five (5) bullets out of<br />

six (6) races – no surprise to those of us that sail with him regularly. Thank you. "Go Beavers".<br />

Summary of the Cranberry Caper & Western CanAm Series #1:<br />

Class: <strong>IOM</strong><br />

Date: October 5-7, 2012<br />

Location: Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park; Whidbey Island, WA<br />

Host Club: Anacortes R/C Sailors<br />

Entries: 20<br />

Winds: 1 – 4 knots<br />

Races Completed: 13<br />

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Scoring System: 2007 HMS, scoring version 2.0<br />

Regatta Committee & Valuable Assistants: Julian Lee - Organizer; Bill & Darith Langjahr - social evenings<br />

and food; Larry Stiles – measurements; Fred Rocha – PRO and Scoring; Lawrie Neish, George Way,<br />

Jack & Cathy Casey, Craig Uridil, Dennis Pittis, Jack Gibson, Bob Critchloe, and Jean Lee - Valuable<br />

Assistants.<br />

Sponsors: Performance RC – Spectrum transmitter and receiver; Steve Young – PG masts; RMG<br />

Sailwinch – gift certificate; Jean Lee – Custom embroidered name tags; Bill & Darith Langjahr – Burgees,<br />

T-shirts, and caps.<br />

Wayne Martin’s Caper photos are here:<br />

Cranberry Caper Results:<br />

Cranberry Caper <strong>IOM</strong> Regatta<br />

Saturday Oct. 6th to Sunday Oct. 7th<br />

Anacortes <strong>Radio</strong> Control Sailors<br />

Position Skipper Sail # Club/City Hull Freq Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13<br />

1 Jerry Brower 42 SMYC Widget 38.0 3.0 1.0 3.0 11.0 6.0 6.0 3.0 2.0 8.0 3.0 1.0 2.0 12.0<br />

2 Gary Boell 131 NBMYC Britpop 42.0 3.0 12.0 17.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 8.0 6.0 6.0 5.0 3.0 3.0 3.0<br />

3 Bob Dunlap 37 SBMYC Topiko 49.0 4.0 8.0 16.0 9.0 1.0 3.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 2.0 11.0 10.0 2.0<br />

4 Chris Brundage 19 OMYC Widget 65.0 5.0 3.0 1.0 5.0 4.0 8.0 12.0 15.0 20.0 8.0 4.0 7.0 8.0<br />

5 Ron Blackledge 217 OMYC Britpop 69.0 7.0 15.0 7.0 7.0 11.0 4.0 1.0 8.0 5.0 6.0 6.0 11.0 7.0<br />

6 Peter Sternberg 43 SMYC Arrival 69.0 7.0 2.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 7.0 10.0 13.0 16.0 4.0 10.0 6.0 9.0<br />

7 Larry Stiles 31 AR/CS Pikanto 74.0 2.0 7.0 6.0 10.0 14.0 18.0 7.0 7.0 9.0 12.0 2.0 8.0 4.0<br />

8 Joe D'Amico 86 Sequim, WA V6 80.0 1.0 6.0 9.0 15.0 7.0 1.0 6.0 5.0 7.0 11.0 12.0 15.0 16.0<br />

9 Julian Lee 95 AR/CS Ikon 85.0 1.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 10.0 17.0 10.0 10.0 16.0 19.0 14.0 10.0<br />

10 Bob Wells 07 SMYC Britpop 86.0 4.0 5.0 8.0 13.0 17.0 12.0 5.0 12.0 2.0 10.0 13.0 9.0 6.0<br />

11 Morgan Dewees 98 OMYC Widget 94.0 2.0 10.0 15.0 6.0 9.0 11.0 4.0 9.0 14.0 7.0 9.0 16.0 13.0<br />

12 Barry Fox 34 VMYC Reggae 104.0 8.0 9.0 2.0 8.0 12.0 15.0 15.0 17.0 11.0 18.0 8.0 5.0 11.0<br />

13 Kelly Martin 21 GHMYC Topiko 105.0 11.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 1.0 1.0<br />

14 Steve Young 87 GHMYC Lintel 106.0 5.0 11.0 11.0 13.0 13.0 5.0 9.0 14.0 3.0 9.0 20.0 13.0 20.0<br />

15 David Cook 80 Victoria, BC Ska 110.0 9.0 17.0 18.0 2.0 8.0 9.0 16.0 11.0 13.0 20.0 16.0 4.0 5.0<br />

16 Bill Langjahr 88 AR/CS Cheinz 130.0 6.0 13.0 12.0 16.0 10.0 17.0 13.0 3.0 12.0 13.0 17.0 18.0 15.0<br />

17 Roger Kibble 68 VMYC Ikon 149.0 6.0 16.0 10.0 18.0 16.0 14.0 18.0 19.0 18.0 19.0 7.0 12.0 14.0<br />

18 Kurt Wells 25 SMYC Topiko 151.0 8.0 14.0 13.0 17.0 15.0 13.0 11.0 16.0 15.0 14.0 15.0 17.0 17.0<br />

19 Steve Kibble 09 VMYC Salmon 168.0 10.0 18.0 14.0 14.0 18.0 16.0 14.0 18.0 17.0 15.0 14.0 19.0 18.0<br />

20 Bill Dye 44 AR/CS TS2 208.0 11.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 21.0 20.0 19.0 17.0 18.0 20.0 19.0<br />

Jerry Brower footing again to the weather mark as Gary Boell and others follow. This winter the AR/CS are trial sailing<br />

on the west side of Cranberry Lake as seen in the background. There is much stronger and consistent wind here at the<br />

edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but some logistics to sort and a wet launch currently required. Wayne Martin photo.<br />

coring v2.2t3 - 17 May 2009 - Promo = 4 11/8/2012 Mike Kemp/John Walter/Henry Farley/Herma<br />

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Of the many fun awards at the Caper, the best was the Park Ranger giving David Cook this safety vest for travelling the<br />

decidedly wheel chair unfriendly highway edge and narrow Deception Pass Bridge walkway to Cranberry Lake. It was a<br />

startling sight to see David bundled up and putting along solo in his wheel chair on a gravel edge while cars whiz<br />

nearby at 60mph on this scenic Park highway. The Caper organizers placed/removed needed plywood ramps as David<br />

accessed the bridge walkway dating from the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 30’s. Wayne Martin photo.<br />

The ARCS’s Winter Sailing Plans:<br />

By Julian Lee:<br />

We are trial sailing some exciting new venues this winter:<br />

Bowman Bay Caper (?): During the Caper regatta Bob Wells was looking at an aerial photo of<br />

our Fidalgo Island on my office wall and asked, “where is this”; pointing at a nearby pier on a bay that is a<br />

part of our daily walk. This is the pier at Bowman Bay, which I had not considered as a regatta venue. Bob<br />

thought it a potential world-class venue. Since then a number of us have visited and checked it out and<br />

we have sailed their as a part of our Sunday race activity. We think it is a terrific sailing site as long as the<br />

wind is coming in from the West as it often does in summer. Less so in winter where the prevailing<br />

southeasterly brings turbulence. The pier is 450 ft long x 8-18ft above the water (pending tide) and with a<br />

40ft float and ramp conveniently at its Western end. The elevated view is a great asset as is the concept<br />

of setting up a coarse parallel to the pier! We are still waiting for a westerly to arrive on a Sunday to give it<br />

a good trial. We may even use it as a venue for our Caper regatta, which is set for Sept 27 th - 29 th , 2013.<br />

“Deceptive” Winter Sailing: We continue to sail Wednesdays and Sundays every week through<br />

the winter and we continue to gather at our traditional dock at East Cranberry Lake. To fully take<br />

advantage of our wind we may move our Sunday sailing to West Cranberry or Bowman. For the last three<br />

Sundays we have test sailed West Cranberry and found great B-rig and C-rig sailing with sustained winds<br />

of 16 mph and above with waves. I launch my inflatable at the boat launch and set up a rectangular<br />

windward leeward coarse parallel to the access road. We have to wet launch so bring your waders, but<br />

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the sailing has been a treat. Our goal is to start sailing at Noon when the wind seems to build, so show up<br />

early and be prepared to move. If the wind is coming from the East quadrants we plan to move to West<br />

Cranberry. If from the west likely we’ll move to Bowman Bay, just 2 miles away in saltwater with a dry<br />

launch. Now we begin to understand how our sailing site lives up to its name! Hope to see you here.<br />

Winter Sunday sailing at West Cranberry is the new thing at the ARCS. Here the prevailing SE winds have been<br />

consistently strong with enough fetch for waves. Shown is Julian Lee’s beamy IKON, originally sailed by Graham<br />

Bantock to become the 1998 Euro and 1999 World Champion. She is still competitive in our light air. Larry Stiles photo.<br />

Larry Stiles’ PIKANTO at West Cranberry, and this one was also originally owned by Graham Bantock. Bob Wells photo.<br />

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Looking west on Bowman Bay pier and out to the Strait of Juan de Fuca beyond. This shows the quality the launch and<br />

control areas (aka pier) during our first trial. If not already familiar with this venue, go to Google Earth and search<br />

“Bowman Bay, WA” to see this big beautiful bay. Note a long fetch during a westerly. Peter Sternberg photo.<br />

Other Regatta Reports:<br />

Canadian Nats & R1 Championships (Sept 7 – 9):<br />

Lake Ontario at Kingston, Ontario<br />

Martin Van Wolfswinkel reporting:<br />

It is always a good sign when you see a wind farm at the venue. The 2012 edition of the Canadian<br />

Nationals at Kingston was a thrilling affair indeed. Wind ranged from nearly non-existent to too much even<br />

for <strong>IOM</strong>s over the three-day competition. So much they even shut down some of the windmills! Add in<br />

chop in excess of three feet, and you have the recipe for an awesome event! Did I mention the foreboding<br />

rocky shoreline?<br />

The regatta drew skippers from around the US and Canada, for a deep, competitive fleet.<br />

Canadian sailors joined folks from Michigan, Washington State, California, Texas, New York and even the<br />

Bahamas! The social highlight was Saturday night’s excellent barbeque at Lana Butler and Peter Van<br />

Rossem’s home. Peter also opened his shop to provide a “priceless” mast repair for a Left Coast traveler.<br />

The regatta began in benign conditions – light air with a bit of chop on the big waters of Lake Ontario. A<br />

rig was the choice for the day, but one prescient sailor missed a race or two during the Friday light air<br />

working on his C rig. A wise move for sure, and at the end of Day 1 multiple champion Peter Van Rossem<br />

was clearly established in the lead of the event.<br />

In stark contrast to the mellow Friday, Saturday dawned with a raging storm in full throat. Rain was<br />

accompanied by gusts in excess of 60 mph, and the sailors stayed inside and prepared their craft. Clouds<br />

broke and the wind backed down all the way to A rig conditions. At that point the wind continued to pick<br />

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up until it was full on C rig conditions, including huge gusts and bigger waves! It demanded a lot of skill<br />

and a little luck to make a nice mark rounding at the leeward mark given that the boat was often<br />

completely hidden by the waves! As a testament to the structural integrity of the <strong>IOM</strong>, no boats were lost<br />

in these brutal conditions!<br />

Day 3 saw more light air, and local Peter Van Rossem was again crowned Canadian Champion,<br />

finishing ahead of Jon Elmaleh and Peter Huttemeier from New York. This concluded a great event that<br />

required all three rigs in the <strong>IOM</strong>’s quiver, provided lots of good food and fun, and showed conditions that<br />

provide fodder for lots of good stories. Don’t miss a trip to Kingston! If you like to see little boats in big<br />

waves, Rob Crother’s pictures are here:<br /><br />

Summary of the SBMYC Championship Series - Race 4:<br />

Date: September 7-9, 2012<br />

Location: Kingston Yacht Club, Kingston Ontario, CAN<br />

Host Club: KYC <strong>Radio</strong> Control Fleet<br />

Entries: 18<br />

Winds: 3mph – 50mph with gusts to 60mph.<br />

Races Completed: 28<br />

Regatta Committee: Lana Butler<br />

2012 CAN Nationals on Lake Ontario: You know it is a good venue when wind turbines are present. We learned though<br />

that with +60mph winds they shut some down and they shut down the regatta too! Photo Rob Crothers.<br />

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This Kingston Yacht Club venue can be unforgiving, including the shoreline for this Cockatoo. Photo Rob Crothers.<br />

2012 CAN Nats Results after 28 races over three days.<br />

Canadian National - Region #1 Cham<br />

September 7-8-9, 2012<br />

Kingston Yacht Club<br />

Position Skipper Sail # Club/City Hull Freq Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9<br />

18 18 18 17 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 1<br />

1 Peter Van Rossem 66 Kingston-ON-CAN BritPop 2.4 69.7 2.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 6.0 1.0 10.0 4.0<br />

2 Jon Elmaleh 02 Brooklyn-NY IE3 2.4 85.3 4.0 3.0 2.0 7.0 2.0 1.0 5.0 12.0 11.<br />

3 Peter Huttemeier 14 New York-NY Cheinz 2.4 120.0 1.0 10.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 2.0 10.0 2.0 1.0<br />

4 Hugh Kidd 17 Toronto-ON KFIII 2.4 141.0 3.0 7.0 5.0 4.0 7.0 13.0 3.0 3.0 7.0<br />

5 Roy Langbord 70 New York-NY BritPop 2.4 153.0 5.0 1.0 11.0 8.0 17.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 3.0<br />

7 Gary Boell 31 Pt. Richmond-CA BritPop 2.4 164.0 19.0 9.0 9.0 11.0 12.0 9.0 6.0 15.0 5.0<br />

6 Stan Wallace 88 Bahamas BritPop 2.4 164.0 6.0 4.0 7.0 12.0 4.0 8.0 7.0 8.0 19.<br />

8 Jerry Brower 42 Lake Stevens-WA Widget 2.4 165.0 7.0 5.0 8.0 3.0 3.0 7.0 4.0 6.0 9.0<br />

9 Ted Flack 145 Detroit-MI BritPop 2.4 171.0 9.0 11.0 6.0 9.0 13.0 11.0 9.0 11.0 14.<br />

10 Greg van Rossem 166 Kingston-ON Topiko 2.4 184.0 11.0 6.0 15.0 1.0 8.0 4.0 19.0 1.0 8.0<br />

11 Julian Laffin 23 Hornby Island-BC Coyote 2.4 199.0 10.0 12.0 1.0 6.0 6.0 10.0 14.0 17.0 13.<br />

12 Martin Van Wolfswinkle 111 FL BritPop 200.0 13.0 14.0 10.0 15.0 11.0 16.0 8.0 16.0 10.<br />

13 Marko Majic 36 Toronto-ON Hoochie Koo 85 248.0 19.0 19.0 14.0 10.0 9.0 5.0 17.0 7.0 6.0<br />

14 Iain Dobson 115 Toronto-ON KFII 2.4 252.0 8.0 8.0 12.0 19.0 10.0 14.0 12.0 4.0 16.<br />

15 Roberto Mesnik 47 Detriot-MI Cockatoo 2.4 316.0 12.0 13.0 13.0 14.0 16.0 17.0 13.0 9.0 2.0<br />

16 Francisco Caamano 21 Toronto-ON TS3 2.4 372.0 19.0 17.0 16.0 16.0 15.0 12.0 15.0 13.0 12.<br />

17 Frank Vella 22 Detroit-MI Topiko 2.4 377.0 14.0 15.0 17.0 13.0 19.0 18.0 11.0 14.0 15.<br />

18 John Lowther 44 Kingston-ON TS2 2.4 399.0 15.0 16.0 19.0 19.0 14.0 15.0 16.0 19.0 19.<br />

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NorCal Day #1 - <strong>IOM</strong>s on Central Lake in Foster City (Sept 8):<br />

Pier 80, San Francisco, CA<br />

Bob Dunlap reporting:<br />

Attached are the results for SBMYC’s Championship Series Race 7 held at Foster City. SBMYC<br />

only counts ten heats. Non-members are scored for the day, but not in the Series recap for our club’s<br />

season championship. Ron Locke retained his first place in SBMYC’s run for the gold, followed by Steve<br />

Toschi in second and Al Finley in third. The second attachment is for the total thirteen heats raced.<br />

Conditions reported are from the closest reporting station and may vary from conditions<br />

encountered at the lake. Twenty-one boats made the starting line under scattered clouds with<br />

temperature ranging from 64˚ F (17.7˚ C) to 71˚ F (21.6˚C). Wind was NNW shifting to N, then a more<br />

westerly direction late in the day, ranging from 7 mph (6 knots) to 18 mph (16 knots). “A” rigs started the<br />

day. Gusty winds resulted in some change to “B” rigs early, but after four heats most competitors<br />

followed suit. The gusts encountered at Foster City Saturday were strong and of short duration. This was<br />

the first time, in four regattas at Central Lake, that this type of gust was encountered. The gusty conditions<br />

moderated later in the day. A long course and a total of thirteen heats took its toll on some.<br />

Tony Gonsalves and his number 51 Chienz had a worthwhile trip from Ft Lauderdale, FL. He<br />

never finished lower than a third, ending the day with 13 points after two throw outs in the 13-heat total,<br />

easily winning the day. Second place went to Jess Atkinson’s 56 Pikanto; third was John Ebey’s 93<br />

Pikanto; fourth, George Pedrick and his number 99 Pikanto; with Mark Kennedy dusting off his number 95<br />

TS-2 to finish in fifth.<br />

Speaking of TS-2s, first time <strong>IOM</strong>er Thor Larsen, sailing number 137 had a very respectable<br />

eleventh place. Thor hails from San Luis Obispo, part of the growing <strong>IOM</strong> fleet in that area. Thanks Thor<br />

and Steve Toschi for making the trip!<br />

This shows the outdoor carpet for skippers and the water level is just below shore edge. Photo<br />

Melodee Dunlap.<br />

SoCal travelers, Dennis Rogers and Craig Mackey, withdrew from the regatta after the fifth heat<br />

when Dennis’s Britpop developed a nasty leak in the mast trunk. Dennis and Craig went back to their<br />

room to try and fix the problem in time for Sunday’s regatta at Oracle’s Pier 80 facility. (They were<br />

successful with a temporary fix.)<br />

I would like to thank, Craig, Dennis, Mike Allen, Jim Atkinson and Dick Carver for making the long<br />

drive from SoCal. Super special thanks for SoCal’s Fred Rocha for setting the course, being rescue boat<br />

driver and being our RD the regatta. If you don’t think Fred works hard to make sure everyone has a good<br />

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time, take a look of the first photo, taken at the end of the day. Thanks Melodee for spending your day off<br />

photographing (and editing photos) the regatta. Here’s a link to the photos.<br /><strong>IOM</strong>sFosterCity9812<br />

Date: September 8, 2012<br />

Location: Central Lake in Foster City, CA<br />

Host Club: South Bay Model Yacht Club<br />

Entries: 21<br />

Winds: 5 – 10 knots<br />

Regatta Committee & Valuable Assistants: Bob Dunlap - Organizer; Freddy Rocha – PRO, Scorekeeper,<br />

Course Setting; Melodee Dunlap – RD Assistant.<br />

Foster City Results after 13 races with two throw-outs:<br />

Sail<br />

Name Boat No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13<br />

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Sub<br />

Total:<br />

TO<br />

2 Total:<br />

1 Tony Gonzalves Chienz 51 2 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 18 3 2 13<br />

2 Jess Atkinson Picanto 56 5 3 4 4 6 10 2 3 2 2 2 4 22 69 22 10 37<br />

3 John Ebey Picanto 93 4 2 5 2 22 22 22 2 3 5 3 3 4 99 22 22 55<br />

4 George Pedrick Picanto 99 22 7 6 5 5 9 22 4 8 4 10 6 1 109 22 22 65<br />

5 Mark Kennedy TS-2 95 6 6 12 6 13 2 14 7 4 7 4 5 9 95 14 13 68<br />

6 Steve Toschi Micro Brew II 96 8 12 7 11 11 12 5 8 6 3 11 1 3 98 12 12 74<br />

7 Al Finley Cockatoo 08 174 7 10 11 7 7 4 8 5 7 6 13 11 8 104 13 11 80<br />

8 Gene Harris Vapour 50 22 17 8 9 14 6 4 9 9 12 6 10 11 137 22 17 98<br />

9 Dick Carver Mad Max 22 9 13 22 22 22 13 3 6 5 11 7 12 5 150 22 22 106<br />

10 Bob Dunlap Lintel 37 10 5 10 22 10 22 22 10 10 8 5 7 22 163 22 22 119<br />

11 Thor Larsen TS-2 137 13 16 13 10 15 7 13 13 11 10 22 9 6 158 22 16 120<br />

12 Rick Schoos Cockatoo II 41 22 22 22 22 8 5 7 15 12 9 12 8 12 176 22 22 132<br />

13 Dennis Rogers BritPop 43 3 4 2 22 2 3 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 190 22 22 146<br />

14 Chris Sullivan Errica 62 12 15 22 22 4 22 9 16 10 14 9 14 22 191 22 22 147<br />

15 Bill Wright Cockatoo 9 22 22 22 22 12 8 6 14 13 15 8 15 13 192 22 22 148<br />

16 Mark Jurasin Cockatoo II 36 11 14 14 22 22 22 12 12 14 13 14 13 10 193 22 22 149<br />

17 Craig Mackey BritPop 29 1 11 3 1 3 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 195 22 22 151<br />

18 Ron Locke V-7 64 15 8 15 8 9 11 10 11 22 22 22 22 22 197 22 22 153<br />

19 Mike Allen Topico 7 14 9 9 22 22 22 11 17 15 22 22 22 22 229 22 22 185<br />

20 Jim Atkinson TS-2 17 22 22 22 22 22 10 22 22 22 22 22 22 7 259 22 22 215<br />

21 Ryan Schofield Pikanto 15 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 286 22 22 242<br />

NorCal Day #2 - <strong>IOM</strong>s on the Bay at Oracle Racing (Sept 9):<br />

What a way to end two days of great racing! Oracle’s second half of Super September weekend<br />

would be hard to beat. Twenty-three boats, some of the best sailors on the West Coast, top location, and

“B” rig sailing.<br />

Sunday you couldn’t have asked for better weather. A high of 68˚F (20˚C), partly cloudy sky and<br />

wind from the west blowing straight down the course 18 mph (15.6 knots), increasing later in the day to 24<br />

mph (20.8 knots) with sustained gusts to 30 mph (26 knots). This made some exciting downwind runs in<br />

the top of “B” rig.<br />

The day started with a brief practice while the tireless energizer bunny, RD Fred Rocha, set the<br />

course. With most boats in “B” rig, a few brave souls went with the “A”. The wind rapidly increased during<br />

the first heat. Tony Gonsalves sailing his 51 Chienz continued his winning ways from the previous day’s<br />

regatta at Foster City scoring a bullet closely followed by Craig Mackey 29, Bob Dunlap 37, and Ian<br />

Vickers 71.<br />

Oracle Racing’s Pier 80 is a nice high vantage point, but watch where you step. Photo Jeff DePew.<br />

<strong>IOM</strong>s are such great fun in B-rig. Here some usual suspects get the jump. Photo Jeff DePew.<br />

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Vickers and his V-8 won the second heat and never looked back. With a combination of a fast boat<br />

and sailing extremely well, Ian won the 12-heat regatta (two throw outs, a second and a fourth) with an<br />

amazing 11 points and nine first place finishes. Second place belonged to Craig Mackey and his Britpop<br />

with 23 points. Oracle’s Matty Mason had his number 38 Tempest II in the groove all day finishing third<br />

with 37 points. Dennis Rogers’ efforts to repair his leaking mast trunk were successful, finishing in forth<br />

with 44 points. Dennis was most happy not having to drain the water every heat. Making the top five was<br />

the 37 Lintel (Bob Dunlap) with 57 points.<br />

Tony’s 51 Chienz suffered a rudder servo problem after the second heat. After replacing the servo<br />

a deck patch started leaking, drowning the electronics and scoring a DNF and two DNSs in the last three<br />

heats, placing him in seventh for the regatta. Nine other <strong>IOM</strong>s were unable to complete the event due to a<br />

host of problems.<br />

A hosted BBQ and refreshments followed, with awards — bottles of New Zealand’s Man of War<br />

wine, given to the top ten finishers. The highlight of the day came after the awards when Matty Mason<br />

treated everyone to a guided tour of Oracle’s facility. It was awesome squared!<br />

A huge thank you goes to Matty and Oracle Team USA for allowing us to sail at their compound<br />

and special thanks to Grill Master Lloyd Gilmore for making sure no one walked away hungry. Thanks to<br />

Jeff Depew for photographing the regatta, nice work Jeff! Click this link to view the photos:<br /><strong>IOM</strong>sOraclePier80SanFrancisco9912 Thanks everyone for<br />

coming. Good sailing, good food, good camaraderie and a great tour — what more could one ask?<br />

SALUTE!<br />

Summary of the SBMYC Championship Series - Race 7:<br />

Date: September 9, 2012<br />

Location: Oracle Racing on Pier 80; San Francisco, CA<br />

Winds: 15 – 20 knots with gusts to 25<br />

Races Completed: 12<br />

Course Setting; Lloyd Gillmore, Grillmaster.<br />

Pier 80 Results after 12 races with two throw-outs:<br />

Name Boat No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 SubTotal:<br />

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1 Ian Vickers V-8 71 4 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 18 4 3 11<br />

2 Craig Mackey BritPop 29 2 3 3 2 2 3 4 3 6 2 2 1 33 6 4 23<br />

3 Matt Mason Tempest II 38 11 4 12 3 7 5 3 5 2 3 3 2 60 12 11 37<br />

4 Dennis Rogers BritPop 43 7 2 10 11 6 4 2 2 4 4 6 7 65 11 10 44<br />

5 Bob Dunlap Lintel 37 3 12 7 13 4 7 6 4 7 5 5 9 82 13 12 57<br />

6 John Ebey Pikanto 93 5 14 5 7 3 6 7 6 8 7 4 11 83 14 11 58<br />

7 Tony Gonzalves Chimes 51 1 9 1 5 5 2 5 9 3 24 24 24 112 24 24 64<br />

8 George Pedrick Pikanto 99 14 6 11 16 11 9 8 7 10 12 8 6 118 16 14 88<br />

9 Chris Sullivan Errica 62 10 7 13 18 10 11 10 13 12 8 7 5 124 18 13 93<br />

10 Bill Wright Cockatoo 09 12 10 6 15 14 8 13 10 9 11 11 4 123 15 14 94<br />

11 Dick Carver Mad Max 22 9 13 15 8 24 12 11 14 13 6 9 8 142 24 15 103<br />

12 Andrew Walker Lintel 1 8 11 17 6 13 24 16 8 5 9 24 24 165 24 24 117<br />

13 Steve Toschi Micro Brew II 96 16 16 14 10 15 10 14 12 11 10 12 10 150 16 16 118

14 Mike Allen Topico 07 13 15 20 17 24 24 15 11 14 13 10 12 188 24 24 140<br />

15 Aaron Hunter BV-5 75 6 17 9 4 12 13 9 24 24 24 24 24 190 24 24 142<br />

16 Gene Harris Vapour 50 24 5 8 12 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 241 24 24 193<br />

17 Jim Atkinson TS-2 17 17 8 16 9 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 242 24 24 194<br />

18 Thor Larsen TS-2 137 19 22 22 24 9 14 12 24 24 24 24 24 242 24 24 194<br />

19 Mark Jurasin Cockatoo II 36 15 20 19 24 16 15 24 24 24 24 24 24 253 24 24 205<br />

20 Jess Atkinson Pikanto 56 24 18 4 19 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 257 24 24 209<br />

21 Hans Wolff Two Dogs 73 18 21 21 14 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 266 24 24 218<br />

22 Ron Locke V-7 64 24 19 18 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 277 24 24 229<br />

23 Elizabeth Walker ? 21 20 24 24 20 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 280 24 24 232<br />

September Blender 2012 (Sept 22)<br />

Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary, AB - Calgary Model Sailing <strong>Association</strong><br />

Steve Kibble reporting:<br />

Earlier this year Andrew suggested to me that we should host a regatta. Little did we know what<br />

that germ of an idea would turn in to? At that time, our small group organized informal sailing and racing<br />

meets at various locations around Calgary. We'd get two, three and on a good day, four boats out. Our<br />

events weren't even scheduled; somebody would send an email out when they felt like sailing and others<br />

would respond. A few weeks later, somebody else would Reply All to suggest a new meeting time.<br />

In May this year I brought my <strong>IOM</strong> out from the coast. Around that time several Glenmore Sailing<br />

Club members had purchased Velas. Another bought a used <strong>IOM</strong>, also from the coast. Adding these<br />

boats to the existing fleet brought momentum to the radio sailing group. To build on this, we started<br />

meeting at South Glenmore, right beside the sailing club, on Friday evenings. This tied into the club's<br />

Family Fun Friday event, and gave some parents something to do while their kids were sailing<br />

Optimists. The weekly Friday gatherings also gave some exposure to other club members and passers<br />

by. When somebody stopped to ask about the boats, they usually ended up with a controller in their hand.<br />

Several of these people ended up with boats of their own. Soon it was common to have six or seven<br />

boats out every week.<br />

Five of us got together and officially formed the Calgary Model Sailing <strong>Association</strong>. The ink on the<br />

paperwork is not yet dry, even at time of writing this. When we announced the regatta in August, our<br />

target was to get a dozen boats. However, by the time regatta morning rolled around on September 22nd,<br />

we had an amazing 19 sailors with 20 boats show up. Further, we were honoured to have RC sailing<br />

expert, CRYA representative and PRO extraordinaire Lawrie Neish come all the way from Saltspring<br />

Island to run our races.<br />

The boats were divided into Red Fleet, consisting of <strong>IOM</strong>s and bigger, and Yellow Fleet, consisting<br />

of the remaining boats. Nine races were held, which is pretty good for just an afternoon of sailing. The<br />

course was set windward-leeward and either once or twice around. All races were sailed in light and shifty<br />

winds. As the afternoon wore on, the wind become even more fickle such that races that started to<br />

windward became reach-reach around the course and occasionally the downwind mark become the<br />

upwind mark. Those of us who sail 'big' boats on Glenmore Reservoir are generally used to this situation.<br />

The Red Fleet consisted of two ODOMs, two Velas and a Seawind. Hans Konig with his modified Vela<br />

emerged the winner with Terry Nichols only a few points back.<br />

In the Yellow Fleet, which consisted of twelve <strong>IOM</strong> sailors plus one, Gordon Stout switched back<br />

and forth between his very fast Marblehead and his even faster 10 Rater, winning most of his races. Had<br />

he not had to leave early he probably would have won the event. Nearly everybody had a top five finish at<br />

some point. In the end, it was Andrew Baak with his new home-built Goth <strong>IOM</strong> who was victorious. Yours<br />

truly had a bad batch of late races but still managed second, with Colin Silkstone and his 'Oink' <strong>IOM</strong> in<br />

third.<br />

Everybody had a good time and overall it was a successful event. We also learned a few things<br />

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about event logistics that we will take forward into next year. A huge round of thanks goes to Lawrie for<br />

coming all that way to support our event and also to Glenmore Sailing Club and Calgary Parks and<br />

Recreation for support and assistance. Mostly, however, thanks to all the sailors for demonstrating that<br />

Calgary's radio sailing scene is growing and flourishing. We are all looking forward to next season.<br />

There’s Lawrie Neish again (sitting in blue shirt) assisting a new sailing group with their 1st regatta. This time it is the<br />

newly formed Calgary Model Sailing <strong>Association</strong>’s inaugural September Blender. In 2010 it was <strong>Seattle</strong> Model Yacht<br />

Club’s Cow Cup, our first <strong>IOM</strong> promotional regatta. Photo © Glenmore Sailor.<br />

More info, event photos etc:<br /><strong>Association</strong><br /><strong>Association</strong><br /><br />

=directlink<br />

2012 EURO Championships (Nov. 17-24)<br />

Camp Kovacine in Cres, Croatia<br />

Brad Gibson dominates again with his personal performance and his BRITPOP design. And the<br />

most important <strong>IOM</strong> regatta of the year had a worldwide <strong>IOM</strong> audience daily following the excellent web<br />

coverage organized by the Sailing Club of Rijeka (SCOR) and others. Unfortunately I lost my insider<br />

comments because <strong>Seattle</strong> local, Jerry Brower, didn’t compete as planned. No we haven’t heard why as<br />

yet? If you haven’t followed this on the Internet, do yourself a favor and go to:<br />

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Be sure to check out the daily video highlights under “News”. Excellent video with commentary<br />

that is nicely edited to include views from above via a tethered balloon and below (yep – from submerged<br />

cameras). Dean Miculinic’s images under “Photo Gallery” are excellent too. There are individual videos on<br />

most of the heats without commentary under “Video”. The “Hall of Fame” column lists past <strong>IOM</strong> World and<br />

Euro Champions, a nice touch and informative too. Note how the same names resurface over the years.<br />

Habitually many of us compare the performance of the various designs and gear at these big<br />

regattas, while hopefully recognizing that the skipper is the key ingredient. My take from afar for a venue<br />

with lots of light wind with tide: BRITPOPs were the second most popular International here with 16 of the<br />

74 entries (compared with 17 PIKANTO/TOPIKO’s). BRITPOPs were very successful overall with 5<br />

finishing in the top 10, 10 in top 20, and winning 4 of 5 seeding races. Also the two Croatian KANTUN<br />

prototypes ( have to be happy about finishing 2nd and 6th in their first major<br />

outing. Yes they had excellent CRO skippers on the helm with local knowledge, but still impressive.<br />

Likewise SAILSetc’s FRACTAL design placed well with Marko Matic sailing CRO 85 to 4th, and Graham<br />

Bantock himself in 15th. The highest finishing of the pre-BRITPOP influenced designs is Mario Skrlj’s<br />

venerable TOPIKO (CRO 82) in 7th, the last of four Croatians in the top 10. Those new molded single<br />

panel Jelacic sails certainly scored well too.<br />

Our lone Team USA skipper, Craig Mackey, again represented us well with a very respectable<br />

16th. This is about where Craig typically places in major International events, and many of us vicariously<br />

followed his progress day by day.<br />

Kudos to Croatia for stepping forward to sponsor another Euro after Spain had to cancel at the last<br />

minute. Cres is obviously a beautiful island, and I’m looking forward to hearing first-hand more about<br />

Croatia this winter from my ski friends that toured there earlier this year. That would be in the evening<br />

after skiing with an adult beverage in hand of course.<br />

Action in the 2012 Euro’s with Rob Walsh’s Lintel MMX briefly engulfed by a wave on a day with wind. This is one of<br />

many excellent Dean Miculinic images on<br />

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<strong>IOM</strong> USA NCS - Fred’s Section:<br />

Hard working PRO Freddie Rocha finally has a proper buoy/chase boat off Pier 80 in San Francisco. Photo Jeff DePew.<br />

Class News<br />

By Fred Rocha, National Class Secretary<br />

[email protected] (This article will be in the Winter issue of Model <strong>Yachting</strong>)<br />

As I write this our 2012 summer sailing season is almost over, and we have two new (and<br />

previous) champions. Tony Gonsalves from Barbados is our 2012 USA National Champion, this for the<br />

second time. Tony sailed consistently well over four great days at RACE WEEK in San Diego in August,<br />

where we had skippers from six different countries participate. Peter Van Rossem is the 2012 Canadian<br />

National Champion, which he has held many times. Peter won this one in the huge and sometimes wild<br />

Lake Ontario waters sailing out of his Kingston Yacht Club. Both are class guys in addition to being<br />

talented and long-time skippers supporting our fleet. You can read about these events and others at our<br />

website, Just go to Resources\New Forum\View Active Topics, and chose the topic you<br />

want. Check our national schedule at Racing\Calendar 2012. Or check our up-to-date ranking status at<br />

Racing\Rankings 2012, where we also explain our ranking system as well.<br />

We have more class growth than last year with almost three months still to go. Ted Flack, our<br />

tireless Treasurer and Registrar, reports that so far our 2012 new registrations is 40 (36 in all of last year)<br />

and our 2012 total transactions (new and/or transfer) is 56 (46 in all of last year). We are growing more<br />

because we have a great team supporting our organization. This includes good national and local events,<br />

a good sailing program, a fair ranking system, publicity has cranked up, our web site is updated regularly<br />

with more content, and registration is timely. You are an amazing team and I am so happy for the support.<br />

Thank you, Brig and Bob, George and Jake, Ted and Stephan... you guys made a huge difference!!!<br />

It is no accident that our International One Metre class has a lot of travelers. Sweden’s Jan Dejmo<br />

with support from the UK’s Graham Bantock conceived the <strong>IOM</strong> in the late 1980’s as a solution to the M<br />

class that was losing international participation because the building and travel costs were becoming<br />

prohibitive. The goal was a “One Metre” sized class to reinvigorate international competition by providing<br />

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a similar experience with less cost and less difficult to travel with. We know now that the <strong>IOM</strong> has<br />

succeeded wildly. One of the keys is <strong>IOM</strong>s break down easily to travel reasonably well. Many skippers<br />

ship their boats in a hard (and very tough) SKA golf bag case and some flyers carry-on their precious<br />

hulls with the foils, bulb, and rigs in separate containers.<br />

Speaking of travelers, we have two skippers in 2012 that really stand out. Jerry Brower from the<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> area and Gary Boell from the San Francisco area are traveling to compete in all ‘ten’ of our 2012<br />

ranking regattas in the USA and CAN. To do this these left-coast guys have to do some crazy things like<br />

travel to Port Credit, Ontario for the Ray Davidson Memorial and just three weeks later go back to nearby<br />

Kingston, Ontario for CAN Nats/Region 1. Soon they will leave for Region 5 in Dallas, and on the next<br />

weekend sail in the Cranberry Caper in Anacortes, WA. Nobody needs to tell them that the Cranberry<br />

regatta in non-ranking, they obviously just love to travel and sail! (Full disclosure: they are tied for the lead<br />

going into this last regatta in the series – Editor.) See you at the pond and thank you again for all the<br />

support.<br />

Gary Boell on one of his two trips to BC this year is doing what travelers do – sleep when you can. Bob Wells photo.<br />

Other News & Reports:<br />

Man Caves - Martin’s Shop/Studio on Saltspring Island:<br />

Bob Wells Reporting,<br />

One of the joys of this travelling <strong>IOM</strong> class is mixing with the locals. When you are competing and<br />

socializing for a few days at a time it is a richer experience over being a casual tourist. In particular I like<br />

visiting others workshops. My favorite <strong>Seattle</strong> shop is in Larry Robinson’s basement, but alas Larry hasn’t<br />

taken up <strong>IOM</strong>s. Joe Damico in Sequim, WA has such a large and nice one I have trouble dreaming that<br />

big for myself. Likewise Bruce Anderson in Boise, ID has a large killer shop too with unbelievably good<br />

and big tools more typically found in a commercial shop. There’s a little more ah… things, clutter in<br />

Bruce’s cave, but it is highly functional. In 2005 I briefly toured SAILSetc’s production shop in England,<br />

but alas Graham Bantock was at World’s in Oz. It is amazing how efficient and organized the small<br />

workspaces are at SAILSetc, and it is reflected in their quality products.<br />

Each shop reflects the owner’s personality. But none I’ve been inside compare with Martin<br />

Herbert’s very personal shop/studio on Saltspring Island for combining craftsmanship with art. I’ll let the<br />

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pictures and captions do the talking. It will help to know that Martin’s profession was set designer/stage<br />

hand with a specialty in puppet stages. It was wonderful to share this experience with my wife and friends.<br />

And it is always fun to compete with Martin, as he is a charismatic force adding great humor and intensity<br />

to any regatta. He’s a decent skipper too.<br />

Martin Herbert displaying his 1st Place trophy from the recent Hornby Island regatta – a USA ranking event. This<br />

wonderful trophy was a creation of Gloria Herbert, who is married to Graham. Martin graciously noted that if Jerry<br />

Brower doesn’t snag weed on the last race, the trophy was likely his. We’re in the studio portion of his man cave, where<br />

he draws a nude model once a week. George Georgiadis (our <strong>IOM</strong> web manager) from Oregon is admiring in the<br />

background. Bob Wells photo.<br />

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Here we step back in the workshop with the camera towards the studio. The black on white mural above Martin depict<br />

various aspects of his life with boats - a very personal space indeed. And there is a similar more family oriented mural<br />

on the studio side. Bob Wells photo.<br />

“Liz” is one of my favorite <strong>IOM</strong>s – a Zoom design (by brother Graham Herbert) built by Martin Herbert. The hull is<br />

actually fiberglass, but Martin used his set designer skills to provide a very convincing faux wood plank appearance in<br />

acrylic. I just love to look at this boat even though I have never finished in front of her with Martin on the helm. An allaround<br />

fast custom boat well executed, and it is for sale here: Bob Wells photo.<br />

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Looking at the workshop portion where some studio art items encroach. Bob Wells photo.<br />

• The black ‘table’ in the foreground is really an old piano converted by Martin for story telling on his local waters.<br />

Operating the keys pops up various boats, people, waves – whatever is needed to embellish the story. You really<br />

have to see his performance to appreciate…<br />

• Hanging are some ‘political’ sculptures using bike components like sprockets, etc... Martin really needs to explain it<br />

all for you.<br />

• Right - his old sliding-seat canoe sailboat is being converted to a sliding “feet” rowboat. (Not a typo – Editor.)<br />

• Martin’s current <strong>IOM</strong> is sitting on his table saw on the left with hand tools well organized beyond.<br />

• The white hull in the center is a custom called “Scout” that is designed and built by Martin for the Great Ocean<br />

Race sponsored by a Nanaimo pub.<br />

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Martin in full storytelling mode recreating another race on local waters and his crowd-pleasing win. I don’t know how I<br />

captured the audience’s moment of deep concentration, because mostly we just roared with laughter. Bob Wells photo.<br />

Letters to the Editor:<br />

(8/16/12) Thanks Bob;<br />

Beautiful job on your newsletter as usual... great photos, excellent content and you even kept my<br />

spelling errors. Wish I could get out there to sail with you guys. Looks like productive fun. Cheers,<br />

Jake Leo<br />

Vector Sails, USA<br />

(8/16/12) Bob,<br />

Thanks for the Newsletter. Interesting comments by David Hollom. I think that basically what he is saying<br />

is right, but as I have said before, the hummingbird should not be able to fly! Also results on the water<br />

provide an insight into what works, taking into account the skippers abilities. Keep up the good work.<br />

Regards,<br />

Jeff Byerley<br />

Mirage <strong>Radio</strong> Yachts, AUS<br />

(8/16/12) Hi Bob<br />

While you might thank Mr. Anonymous for initially triggering this lively discussion, its continuation,<br />

and in particular its spectacular response from David, I think is entirely due to the content quality and<br />

editorial attitude of your newsletter. David's presentation of the course theorem, attributed to Lanchester,<br />

is absolutely central, and deserves to be more widely appreciated -- your ability to point is the sum of your<br />

hydrodynamic drag angle and your aerodynamic drag angle, where "drag angle" is the ratio of lift to drag.<br />

Nothing to do with the amount of lift or the amount of drag taken separately.<br />

David tried to explain all this to me when I was figuring out why my "A" class boat with a trim tab<br />

was giving me apparently inexplicable results, and I'm delighted to see he has written it up for us all,<br />

many thanks! If this had been commissioned from an America's Cup team as a consultancy summary, I'm<br />

fairly confident his fee would have run to five or six digits easily... (smile). Best regards,<br />

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Lester [Gilbert, UK]<br />

(Note Hollom’s article inspired Lester to write and add to his website his “Course Theorem” article, a<br />

largely diagrammatic explanation of the theory explaining pointing. I encourage you to check it out here:<br /><br />

(8/16/12) Hi Bob,<br />

Thanks for the newsletter, very well done as usual. If I ever have a moment to spare I might make<br />

some comments on the chine discussion! Keep up the good work,<br />

Dave [Creed, UK]<br />

(8/18/12) Hi Bob,<br />

Super to see you again in San Diego, as I'm sure you know FANTASTIC NEWSLETTER! We are willing<br />

to assist your efforts in anyway. Cheers old boy.<br />

John Ebey, USA<br />

(I think John’s offer to assist my efforts is about the nicely crafted rigs that he builds using 1mm stainless<br />

wire hooks that among other things allow him to easily remove/replace his sails without tying knots. My<br />

photos from San Diego below are a teaser, and in this future article John will hopefully explain his<br />

techniques. Making those tight little bends can’t be easy. Small is beautiful here – Editor.)<br />

(8/19/12) Hi Bob,<br />

I really appreciate you sending me your wonderful publication. I learn a lot from her, I believe that<br />

thanks to [David Hollom’s] work and his collaborators, many practicing RC are very grateful, worldwide,<br />

since the Internet has made us a big neighborhood. In the forum thread that you already know:<br /><br />

41874.html<br />

I was being very challenged by, intuitively, have reached the same conclusions as Dave Hollom<br />

and now, it seems, will start changing opinions. We need this, exchange information, only then the RC will<br />

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grow. The advent of the chine, I believe, will bring great credibility to the RC practice, because in reality<br />

we can be innovative for full-sized boats. Cheers,<br />

Fred [Schmidt, Brazil]<br />

<strong>IOM</strong>s for Sale:<br />

BTL from OZ: Asking $3,000US for complete turnkey package. Great shape, dry boat and with a<br />

winning history (2012 COW Cup Regatta Champ at SMYC for example – Editor). BG Sails - all three<br />

suits, rigged on skinny French mast with a Jackline, excellent condition. Vector Sails - all three suits, sails<br />

only, brand new never used (same sails that Tony G. used at the US Nats to win) jackline pocket. RMG<br />

Winch. Even includes the LiPo Batteries - for the Transmitter and the Boat. Includes Futaba 7C 2.4 <strong>Radio</strong>.<br />

Custom Sailbox, which is used but in excellent shape. Has all Canadian Certification. Or as seller Jan<br />

“Boat Trader” Schmidt said, “All you need is a skipper and this boat is ready to race and win”. Location is<br />

Victoria, BC. Contact: (Reason for sale is that Jan has a new/used Pikanto from<br />

CRO. Also Jan never holds on to any boat too long, and for the record the recipients at SMYC are all very<br />

glad to support his habit! – Editor.)<br />

Croatian FRACTAL for Sale here: Recently placed 4th 2012 Euros! And you can trust that Zvonko<br />

knows how to ship your boat overseas so it won’t get damaged:<br /><br />

PIKANTO from OZ (Now in Alameda, CA) here:<br /><br />

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WIDGET by Elliot Yachts: $1,200US with no rigs. Hull & deck white gelcoat. Carbon covered bulb (a<br />

beautiful clear coat – Editor), Creed fin and rudder, Hitec HS7950TH arm winch, Hitec HS7940TH rudder<br />

servo (OK with 7.2v batts.), and Jeff says the boat is very dry and in very good condition. (It looks in great<br />

condition in person. Note that three Widget’s in top 5 in our 2012 COW CanAm Series overall – Editor.)<br />

USA Certified. Located in California. Contact - Jeff Weiss: jweiss2229-at-aol-dot-com. (Reason for sale is<br />

Jeff has a new Britpop! – Editor.)<br />

Cockatoo II from OZ: Asking $1,500US with #1 and #2 rigs and extras. This is Bill Langjahr’s old boat<br />

and still maintained in good condition. USA Certified. Location is Anacortes, WA. Contact: Doop.Bob-atgmail-dot-com.<br />

Other Boats for Sale from British Columbia: The WCMYA Internet site has added a “for sale” section<br />

with many interesting offerings such as Zooms (2) by Martin Herbert, a Ska build by John Ball, etc. The<br />

listings are here:<br />

Note there is no fee for listing your boat here – it is free like the wind and this newsletter. You just have to<br />

have an <strong>IOM</strong> for sale that I’d like to see sailing in the Pacific NW – Editor.<br />

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Playmate of the Month… Brad Gibson’s BritPOP!:<br />

Brad Gibson (known as “BG” in radio sailing circles) is the Britpop! designer who needs no<br />

introduction to 98% of our readers. For the other 2% new to <strong>IOM</strong> radio sailing I’ll briefly summarize that<br />

BG’s results are at the very top of our game:<br />

• BG’s “sails” at recent <strong>IOM</strong> World Championships: 1 st 2007; 1 st & 2 nd 2009, and 1 st , 2 nd , & 3 rd 2011.<br />

• BG’s Britpop: 1 st , 2 nd , & 3 rd 2011 <strong>IOM</strong> World Championship. (These were the only prototypes in<br />

existence at the time – an unprecedented <strong>IOM</strong> clean sweep.)<br />

• BG’s personal finishes at recent <strong>IOM</strong> World Championships: 1 st 2007, 2 nd 2009, and 2 nd 2011 (where it<br />

was decided on the exciting last race, which he went into on equal points. This excellent video takes<br />

you there:<br />

• Since 2003 BG has personally never finished out of the top 6 in <strong>IOM</strong> International events, so he has<br />

been at the top level for a while.<br />

In the hotly contested <strong>IOM</strong> class BG is a favorite in any regatta that he enters, and just before<br />

publishing it is no surprise that BG was crowned 2012 Euro Champion. This extends to other radio sailing<br />

classes such as Marblehead, where he was crowned 2012 RM World Champion while writing this article,<br />

and this is more special as he sailed his own new GRUNGE design. There are many recent National <strong>IOM</strong><br />

Championships I could mention, but let’s skip over that long list. Brad is fully committed to radio sailing<br />

with his sailmaking and sailboat design business based in the UK: He<br />

is livin’ the radio sailing lifestyle that includes travel, the highs of competition, and plenty of hard work in<br />

between with pressing deadlines. My local buddies that have met Brad at US Nats in ’10 and ’11 both say<br />

he is a great guy personally too. Lots of fun and shares insights readily to the guys at the bottom of the<br />

fleet too.<br />

The Britpop! appears to be a breakthrough <strong>IOM</strong> design that can hold its own with the best in heavy,<br />

medium, and even light winds. This hull/rig/foil package appears to be easier to sail too, as results of our<br />

more average skippers seemingly improve when sailing a Britpop! Even more telling, the Britpop! has<br />

fostered a rethink in his competitor’s designs towards a similar narrower beam with long high chines and<br />

very high prismatic ends. Watching the dominant Britpops prototypes has this affect.<br />

For full disclosure I was completing my Britpop! assembly (USA 7 by Pepe’s Vinaixa Yachts) as I write<br />

this and it is now completed and sailing. Hopefully that will allow this article to be more insightful. On to<br />

the interview:<br />

The well-travelled BritPOP! prototype #1, which is now owned by Dennis Rogers of the San Diego Argonauts. Here she<br />

is handily winning the 2010 USA Nats in Texas with BG on the helm, and this dominate performance encouraged a<br />

number in attendance to pre-order one before production had formally been announced. This included Ted and Bobby<br />

Flack from Detroit, who remain very happy customers with Robot Yachts supplying theirs. Eric Rosenbaum photo.<br />

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BG shown checking the BritPOP! prototype #1 trim at 2010 Euros, where he finished 2nd. Beam is atypically narrow<br />

compared to existing designs at that time, the exception being Michael Scharmer’s series of ultra skinny designs. Sail<br />

trim shows an upper batten aligned with boom and the outhaul is pretty flat too. Hanneke Gillissen © photo.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: Tell us about your early sailing background and how an Aussie wound up in the UK.<br />

Brad Gibson: Sailing has always been the sport in my life from early childhood. After many years playing<br />

about in small dinghies, my racing career dates back to the early 1980's where I began in the Flying Ant<br />

dinghy class on Botany Bay in Sydney's south. Over the next decade and a half I skippered boats to<br />

considerable success in many classes including Cherubs, 14 and 18-foot skiffs. Early lessons learned<br />

through building boats with my grandfather Len Riley, then rigging/tuning sails and spars to them with my<br />

sailmaker father Kerry taught valuable lessons in rig/boat setup and sail design.<br />

Since the age of 12, I have also been actively involved in <strong>Radio</strong> Controlled <strong>Yachting</strong>. After owning<br />

an older RM, my first new RC yacht was an East Coast 12 Metre kit during the mid 80's. In late 1997 after<br />

much time taken up with 18 foot skiff sailing, I returned to RC yachting with a borrowed mould and built<br />

my first International One Metre. Not long after launching this boat, I knew with my skiff/dinghy racing<br />

background that I could design and build my own boats and sails to be competitive with anything on the<br />

market.<br />

Having met my fiancée Victoria during the 2006 RM Worlds in Fleetwood, I made the move to the<br />

UK to live and sail where we both remain to this day.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: Tell us about your business, BG Sails and Design.<br />

Brad Gibson: My business was started in 1998 after significant local interest was shown in my sails. From<br />

this hulls to my design were also offered in kit form where things have grown stronger ever since. Being<br />

permanently based in the UK since 2008 and with Victoria joining BG, our primary means of business is<br />

sailmaking where we presently average over 500 suits of sails per year to customers in over 40 countries.<br />

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We offer a range of spars and fittings that have been tried and tested by myself that are suited to our<br />

designs. Lines plans are also offered through our online store. We believe the strength of BG Sails &<br />

Design in the current marketplace is in being able to offer or recommend products that are suitable for<br />

winning races from club to world championship level based on our experience. We are not a ‘one stop<br />

shop’ selling multiple versions of items based on fashion without having proven themselves over time.<br />

2013 looks an exciting one with further expansion on lines plans to other classes and the news of<br />

our Grunge RM design going into production.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: What’s the current lead-time for some BG <strong>IOM</strong> sails? Will your recent move to a new space<br />

change anything?<br />

Brad Gibson: Currently our sail lead times are at 10+ months on new orders. We are now fully up and<br />

running in our new workshop/home and working hard to reduce these times.<br />

This is it folks - the Britpop foam plug as of 6/18/10 hand shaped by BG using shadows and closed cell foam. This plug<br />

was used for the three protos. All production boats are taken from CNC shapes true to this. Brad Gibson photo.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: On to Britpop! I’ve added below the link to your letter describing your SKA design<br />

development (<strong>Seattle</strong> <strong>IOM</strong> <strong>Update</strong>, MAR 2012 Issue, Pg. 35), which I recommend that everyone read if<br />

they haven’t already. With the SKA as a reference please tell us how the Britpop! design came about.<br />

What happened between the finalized SKA design and your BtitPOP! proto storming the <strong>IOM</strong> class<br />

beginning in October 2010.<br />

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%20MAR_2012.pdf<br />

Brad Gibson: With the SKA prototype we had run as far as we could and needed to thin out the mid<br />

section. In doing so and re-drawing the lines plan I decided to also look at continuing the chine line<br />

forward in the theme of the Lintel to tidy the heeled waterline sections, albeit on a much narrower hull. In<br />

the end a choice was made to go with the chined design “BritPOP” with a goal towards the West Kirby<br />

worlds being in open water. As things turned out it was the correct choice after some changes in rig rake,<br />

weight distribution and lead placement, the package is where it is today. Quite a fast boat in all conditions.<br />

This graphic image from Pepe at Vinaixa Yachts shows the interior where only a few items span from deck to hull - the<br />

rudder shaft, mainsheet post, keel trunk/mast well assembly, and jib swivel post (not shown here). These add structural<br />

support. Note that other items suspend from the deck above the hull including; sail winch, pot with receiver and battery,<br />

and rudder servo. It is good construction practice to have as little as possible glued to the hull to avoid potential hull<br />

distortion areas over time. This includes correctors that ideally are not hard-glued to the hull, but instead adhered with<br />

foam tape or other flexible adhesive. You need a strong tape though, ones intended for outdoors finally worked for me.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: The Britpop! prototypes finishing 1 st , 2 nd , & 3 rd at the 2011 <strong>IOM</strong> World Championships in<br />

West Kirby is ridiculously good. Please expand a little on that for those of us who enjoyed it vicariously<br />

through: Also did you trial/practice together beyond<br />

regattas in preparation for Worlds.<br />

Brad Gibson: Both Graham Elliott and Peter Stollery were supporters of the BritPOP project from day one<br />

and keen to sail one at West Kirby. Through the tough time of my father passing away suddenly following<br />

the AUS Nationals win in Jan 2011, being able to put my energies, thoughts, and spare time into building<br />

boats in the lead up to the worlds helped my headspace. Due to time constraints, the #39 boat Peter<br />

sailed at WK (West Kirby, the site of 2011 World Championship – Editor) was loaned by Victoria after<br />

having to return home for a couple of weeks. Both boats were launched 1 month before the worlds where<br />

they recorded 2,1 and 4,2 finishes respectively in the final UK ranking races on the WK site.<br />

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To share in the success of WK (West Kirby) with both Graham and Peter is something I will always<br />

remember after the work and lead up to the event.<br />

Graham and myself had a limited amount of tuning time prior to the event. Peter, living near 4<br />

hours away chose to work his boat up locally. As things turned out we were all quick using my basic rake<br />

settings despite our own slight differences in sail trim through the full range of conditions.<br />

Day 6 at 2011 Worlds in West Kirby with eventual winner Peter Stollery tweaking his vang just before an A Fleet heat.<br />

Notice how he protects the keel with his foot. Brad Gibson in the background finished second. Jerry Bower photo.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: I see familiar features in Britpop! from your earlier WIDGET “Mr. Brightside” (<strong>IOM</strong> World<br />

Champ ’07) and your GLAM ROCK. Both of which have both found their way to our area.<br />

For example:<br />

• The rigs appear very similar. Did you establish a static rake for those boats too?<br />

• The location of the sail winch in front of the mast accessed by a hatch and general sheeting<br />

configuration is the same.<br />

• All have Dave Creed designed/manufactured foils and bulbs.<br />

Brad Gibson:<br />

- With all boats I have sailed or set up since my skiff sailing days I have found it important to always<br />

determine and stick with a base static rake point<br />

- My own Disco <strong>IOM</strong> and Boogie/Anarchy RM designs used the RMG winch through the deck for<br />

ease of sheeting setup. As with the TS2 many years earlier, the Widget setup below deck gets the<br />

winch weight much lower in the boat without any of the concerns I held earlier about setup<br />

problems. A slight trade off but if your boat is dry then you rarely have to go down there!<br />

- With testing a hull design, so many make the mistake of throwing out the old for new. Sticking with<br />

a known component of what works is common sense. For instance: When I was first designing<br />

<strong>IOM</strong>s Gary Cameron’s TS2 design was the WC. It made sense to me to tick a simple box by using<br />

the TS2 fins so as to eliminate a variable in performance. As with Glam Rock/SKA/BritPOP, the<br />

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same logic was applied by using the same fins as my WC Widget to make better comparisons on<br />

hull design and rigs.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: A departure for you on Britpop! is to the flush aft deck with a well for the mast, although I<br />

note the sheet configuration changes little. Why the flush decks this time instead of the skiff deck type?<br />

Brad Gibson: In 2003 I noticed that the Disco skiff deck took on an amount of water in wave conditions. It<br />

always drained quickly but was an avenue I would look at further should another design ever be put into<br />

production. One of the last experiments made with the SKA prototype was to fit a deck skirt similar to the<br />

ones we used on the Disco in Vancouver 2003 to good effect to place 3 rd & 4th. From this and further<br />

photographic studies, the clean low windage deck/well was decided on. Maybe Graham Bantock knew<br />

something in 1999 with the IKON?? <br />

A late SKA proto that was part of the development of Britpop – photo date 3/24/10. This shows the flush deck skirt<br />

experiment similar to the ones BG used on the Disco at Vancouver 2003 Worlds. Brad Gibson photo.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: You have stated in the past a preference for sailing to weather with a slight lee helm. Could<br />

you expand on that and how you obtain the balance you like at the proto stage.<br />

Brad Gibson: I feel the aim is to have a boat that will sail itself through varying wind gusts with minimum<br />

rudder correction. To achieve this the whole rig/foil/hull package needs to work together. Using the same<br />

fin/rig and placement ratios helps to best narrow the design gap shortfalls at testing whilst ensuring a<br />

similar helm balance.<br />

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<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: OK, and I’m pleased to report in light air my Britpop! (Even with me on the helm!) from the<br />

first sail is not a dog. I find the helm so neutral and it tracks so straight that I have to hunt to confirm I’m<br />

not falling off. I think I detect you doing that too in the World’s videos. I take it this is normal for the<br />

Britpop?<br />

Brad Gibson: This sounds as though you are close. It is important to concentrate on heel angle and jib<br />

trim in these conditions as a guide to best course upwind. I find here also that understanding your tell<br />

tales is so important.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: One of the things that influenced me to purchase the Britpop! was it appeared that you had<br />

integrated the rig, foils, and bulb as a package design. And that your Rigging Guide specifically for this<br />

boat was available so skippers could replicate your rig concept. (I also used Britpop! rig photo details that<br />

I’ve been collecting as a further necessary reference to complete the rigs – Editor.) I wish all boat builders<br />

supplied Rigging Guides specific to their boat.<br />

Brad Gibson: Our BritPOP design is indeed a full package. Its excellent performance is a culmination of<br />

so many little things working in harmony to get the best from the boat. From fore and aft mast bend to<br />

lateral bend, to matching sail shape through a wide wind range on all three rigs, to correct mast rake, and<br />

rig height, it all needs to be in tune.<br />

To achieve this, offering a rig guide is common sense for us to allow skippers to get the best from<br />

our design. We are not the first to do so but are equally amazed by some that choose not to offer one.<br />

BG showing the technique to check his leach shapes at 2011 Worlds with Peter Stollery in the background. Base setting<br />

you want the leach twist parallel on both sails. Hanneke Gillissen © photo.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: What are the most common mistakes folks make when assembling the Britpop! rigs.<br />

Brad Gibson: Trying to re-invent the wheel!! When a skipper makes a commitment to purchase a boat<br />

over a long lead-time, they have done so surely because they believe in what they have seen on a<br />

performance level. To then not follow the setup guide when assembling their boat just makes no sense,<br />

no matter what the design. I hear too many stories of skippers bemoaning designs that had never been<br />

set up how the designer or manufacturer intended which is a little harsh.<br />

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My advice to anyone purchasing our BritPOP would be to set up as closely as possible to our<br />

guide to ensure its best possible performance. Once this has been achieved, then by all means try your<br />

own ideas if you wish with a known performance base to gauge from.<br />

We are always happy to answer questions on our rig guide should anyone have them.<br />

BG and his Britpop! obviously having a good time in the early days of 2011 Worlds. Photo Roger Stollery.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: A few Britpop! setup questions:<br />

• When you set the travel on your RMG sailwinch what angle is the limit for main and jib booms?<br />

• How much rudder throw do you recommend? Is this something where the more skilled get away<br />

with more throw because they know how to limit the use of this brake.<br />

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• Do you use exponential on your rudder? For me it is very helpful, but I’ve tested a few boats that<br />

had more than I prefer.<br />

• How heavy are your jib counterbalances. What is the dock test to know jib counterbalance is<br />

correct?<br />

• Do you recommend Travel Adjust for the mainsheet with the RMG?<br />

- I let the jib boom run out to fractionally inside 90 degrees on a run. Main boom will rest on the<br />

shrouds<br />

- Near 45 degrees for me. Line the trailing edge up with the corner of the chine.<br />

- No, I hate the dumbed-down feel of exponential. I like to drive my boat around the course.<br />

- Just heavy enough so that when the boat is laid on its side, the aft end of the jib boom starts to lift.<br />

- I just run with a standard winch setup on a RMG 32mm drum. I’ll leave the fancy stuff to the<br />

techies .<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: The Britpop! Rigging Guide implies a static rake measurement for all three rigs. Do you<br />

stick with this from top to bottom of the wind range, or do you say rake back for more weather helm in<br />

lighter winds? Also is there a suggested base shroud/backstay tension, and does this vary with<br />

conditions?<br />

Brad Gibson: Rake stays the same throughout the wind range. Backstay tension is set to bend the mast<br />

to suit the luff curve in the mainsail. At the top end of the range maybe 1-2mm is applied to blade out the<br />

mainsail. Helm is balanced, not lee helm with all rigs and achieved by mainsail leech twist to get this.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: For base main twist settings are you looking for the 2nd batten parallel with the boom or<br />

what?<br />

Brad Gibson: I usually start with the jib trim and then looking from behind make sure the twist in both sails<br />

is similar for a basic trim.<br />

SMYC: One of the many rig detail photos that I collected and studied in anticipation of building my rigs, and they proved<br />

essential along with BG’s Rig Guide. I followed this photo religiously, right down to the mysterious bend in the vang<br />

wire. This is Roy Langbord’s boat, which is also in the cover photo. Bob Wells photo.<br />

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<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: Is there a suggested base shroud/backstay tension, and does this vary with conditions? I<br />

have a tension gauge custom made for radio sailing BTW.<br />

Brad Gibson: Shroud tension should be firm enough so that when on its side the leeward shroud is not<br />

slack. Over tightening will force the mast to bend sideways out of column earlier than designed. Backstay<br />

will be sufficient to have the sail luff sitting evenly down the aft edge of the mast.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: In the tuning sequence I have been used to using the vang to set downwind twist first and<br />

then set main twist with backstay and mast ram – as outlined by Graham Bantock. Is you’re your Britpop!<br />

protocol too?<br />

Brad Gibson: It certainly is. Running trim is very important. Start with this method and then fine tune as<br />

Graham says with backstay and ram for perfect upwind helm balance.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: A mainsail jackstay is new to me. It appears from photos that you adjust the tension at the<br />

gooseneck with a bowsie, and I’ve seen others just tie this off snugly and leave it. What should I do and<br />

why.<br />

Brad Gibson: The jackline is tensioned independently to the luff tension at the base. It also must swivel at<br />

the head for correct light air running. Set tension no tighter than you would the sail luff tension, i.e in light<br />

winds just the smallest amount.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: I like your minimalist rig configuration a lot. One of your “lesson’s learned” in the past must<br />

have been to get rigs as low as possible. (This leads to some tight tolerances for those assembling per<br />

your Rig Guide. For example my SAILSetc gooseneck bodies had to be shortened and the SAILSetc<br />

“wheel” on the vang had to be ground down to clear in the mast well.) Also I am curious why the bend in<br />

the vang next to the boom? Why not just prescribe attaching to the boom at the bend?<br />

Brad Gibson: This does sound a little strange as our drawings incorporate the use of standard SAILSetc<br />

height goosenecks without the need for cutting down. We have offered low profile kicking straps to suit<br />

the goosenecks to date on demand, though I believe Graham has now further modified his gooseneck<br />

design to fit ours and “other” narrow well designs and we would recommend these for BritPOP rig builds.<br />

Yes, the little bend in the wire has kept a few thinking .<br />

The Britpop! invasion is well on it’s way in the US with a number of them in seemingly every regatta. Do<br />

you know the current lead times if somebody wants to purchase a Britpop!<br />

Brad Gibson: It is true that many Britpops have found their way to the US. After our 2010 US nationals<br />

win in Texas it would seem that collectively US skippers read the shift in design package quicker than<br />

most by getting in and ordering early. With further success worldwide the order lists are on the large side,<br />

but it would be best to check with our builders on this for more accurate lead times.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: Since the Britpops initial launch and subsequent successes that include World<br />

Championship domination, I am sure that you have noticed the growing number of new similar designs<br />

now appearing. Any views on what you have seen?<br />

Brad Gibson: Following on from our World’s success it was inevitable that some new designs would<br />

appear. This is of course no different to what people did all those years ago when the TS2 turned the<br />

class on its ear.<br />

It is good to see top shelf designers and skippers such as Graham Bantock, Ian Vickers and more<br />

recently the Croatian guys taking in what happened at West Kirby and looking to further develop a narrow<br />

waterline chine design theme incorporating their own thoughts. As with the TS2 though, unfortunately<br />

some have sought to commercially imitate the Britpop! with little knowledge or understanding as to why it<br />

works so well as a complete package. As in the TS2 example they will not achieve anything like the<br />

original design’s success.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: Like all sailmakers you have stated that more sails are damaged in storage than sailing and<br />

that you prefer wood sail boxes for storage. Do you prefer the mains and jibs be separated for storage or<br />

is folding the jib over and tying the booms together OK? Any suggestions in this regard?<br />

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Brad Gibson: I store my jibs separate away from my rigs in the lid of my sail box and tensioned with<br />

elastic to hold in place.<br />

BG and Britpop! prototype #1 at 2011 Worlds. What I would have given for a pair of “red” Chuck Taylor Converse All-<br />

Star tennis shoes back in High School in the 60’s. Unfortunately they only came in ‘white”, except the Boston Celtics<br />

had a special deal to get them in ‘green’. Jerry Brower photo.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: Sportsmanship is getting a lot of play on the <strong>IOM</strong> and other forums currently. I read recently<br />

on our USA website that the top UK skippers take the lead and set a high standard for sailing with<br />

sportsmanship per the rules. That is refreshing to hear if true?<br />

Brad Gibson: This is always a difficult one. Luckily I have sailed now in a few places and find the<br />

difference if any is through the respect that the UK skippers have for each other as competitors. The guys<br />

at the front end set a good example of conduct, which filters down through the fleets.<br />

The biggest problem I see is that in other countries like the USA, AUS, etc event organizers have<br />

been far too unwilling to use a proper skipper observer system which applies far too much pressure on an<br />

often inexperienced PRO to control those getting out of line. Let the observers watch the course and<br />

conduct while the PRO can concentrate on setting the best course, which can often be the reason for<br />

such unrest.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: Excuse my getting off topic here for a moment; but your sail #42 matches the famous<br />

Jackie Robinson’s, the first black man to play in the majors since the 1800s. He desegregated Major<br />

League Baseball in 1947 when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, an inevitable but still culturally shocking<br />

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event. His huge talent and character coupled with being the desegregation pioneer in the USA’s most<br />

popular pastime, all led to Jackie being a national hero for his era. He was the only player to have his<br />

jersey number retired by every Major League team. So why did you chose #42?<br />

Brad Gibson: Wow, another 42 story that’s new to me. I’ve heard the one about Hitchhikers guide…. and<br />

many others. No real reason other than it is my favourite number. I am big on superstitions so I do like to<br />

stay with what works best. <br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC: Brad, thank you for my wonderful Britpop and BG sails. And thank you for taking the time<br />

out of your crazy schedule for this interview. As one of the many riding the BG products bandwagon, I<br />

have looked forward to this with great anticipation and it has been well worth the wait.<br />

Hail 2011 World Champion, Peter Stollery, celebrating with his son, Oliver, and his loaner Britpop from Vicky McNulty of<br />

BG Sails and Design. Mom, nice touch with Oliver’s shirt color matching the boat. Hanneke Gillissen © photo.<br />

This email-newsletter is published quarterly at the editor’s whim and amusement solely to promote <strong>IOM</strong><br />

sailing at <strong>Seattle</strong> Model Yacht Club and in the Pacific NW in general. Why? I want more sailors to play<br />

with, and this is one way to generate interest and communicate. I’m also slowly getting an education<br />

about <strong>IOM</strong>s as we share ideas. Come and watch us sail and see if somebody offers you a transmitter?<br />

This issue and others can be found at:<br />

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2013 Regional <strong>IOM</strong> Regatta Schedule<br />

Anacortes R/C Sailors • Gig Harbor Model Yacht Club • <strong>Seattle</strong> Model Yacht Club<br />

(Other selected regattas listed for reference.)<br />

Date Time Club - Event Name Location Contact Phone<br />

1/6 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

1/13 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

1/20 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

1/27 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

2/3 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

2/10 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

2’17 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

2/24 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

3/3 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

3/9 10AM – 2PM GHMYC – Saturday Regatta #1 Surprise Lake Steve Young (253) 202-6840<br />

3/10 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

3/17 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

3/24 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

3/23-24 See NOR VMSS – Beaver Fever Beaver Lake Barry Fox<br />

3/30 10AM – 2PM SMYC – Saturday Regatta #1 Coulon Park Bob Wells (206) 232-9036<br />

3/31 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

4/6 10AM – 2PM GHMYC – Saturday Regatta #2 Surprise Lake Steve Young (253) 202-6840<br />

4/7 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

4/13-14 See NOR Boise – Famous Potatoes Regatta Boise, ID Bruce Anderson<br />

4/21 11PM – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

4/27 10AM – 2PM SMYC – Saturday Regatta #2 Coulon Park Bob Wells (206) 232-9036<br />

5/4-5 See NOR SMYC – COW Cup (CanAm Regatta #1) Coulon Park Bob Wells (206) 232-9036<br />

5/11 10AM – 2PM GHMYC – Saturday Regatta #3 Surprise Lake Steve Young (253) 202-6840<br />

5/12 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

5/18/19 See NOR GHMYC – Cowboy Up Regatta Ellensburg, WA Steve Young (253) 202-6840<br />

5/19 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

5/25 10AM – 2PM SMYC – Saturday Regatta #3 Coulon Park Bob Wells (206) 232-9036<br />

5/26 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

6/2 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

6/7-9 See NOR SISC – CAN Nats (COW CanAm #2) Salt Spring Is., BC Lawrie Neish<br />

6/15 10AM – 2PM GHMYC – Saturday Regatta #4 Surprise Lake Steve Young (253) 202-6840<br />

6/23 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

6/29 10AM – 2PM SMYC – Saturday Regatta #4 Coulon Park Bob Wells (206) 232-9036<br />

6/30 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

7/7 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

7/13 10AM – 2PM GHMYC – Saturday Regatta #5 Surprise Lake Steve Young (253) 202-6840<br />

7/14 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

7/21 Noon – 4PM ARCS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

7/19-21 See NOR OMYC – HR Carnage (COW CanAm #3) Hood River Marina Morgan Dewees (360) 608-4290<br />

7/27 10AM – 2PM SMYC – Saturday Regatta #5 Coulon Park Bob Wells (206) 232-9036<br />

7/28 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

8/4/12 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

8/10 10AM – 2PM GHMYC – Saturday Regatta #6 Surprise Lake Steve Young (253) 202-6840<br />

8/11 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

8/17 10AM – 2PM SMYC – Regatta #6 Coulon Park Bob Wells (206) 232-9036<br />

8/18 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

8/25 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

9/1 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

9/7 10AM – 2PM GHMYC – Saturday Regatta #7 Surprise Lake Steve Young (253) 202-6840<br />

9/8 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

9/15 1PM – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

9/21 10AM – 2PM SMYC – Saturday Regatta #7 Coulon Park Bob Wells (206) 232-9036<br />

9/22 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

9/23 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

9/27-29 See NOR ARCS – Cranberry Caper Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

10/6 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

10/12 10AM – 2PM GHMYC – Saturday Regatta #8 Surprise Lake Steve Young (253) 202-6840<br />

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10/13 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

10/18-20 See NOR CAN Westerns (COW CanAm #4) Hornby Is., BC Lawrie Neish<br />

10/20 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

10/26 10AM – 2PM SMYC – Saturday Regatta #8 Coulon Park Bob Wells (206) 232-9036<br />

10/27 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

11/3 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

11/10 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

11/17 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

11/24 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

12/1 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

12/8 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

12/15 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

12/22 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

12/29 Noon – 4PM AR/CS – Sunday Regatta Cranberry Lake Julian Lee (360) 299-2900<br />

Place markers in gray:<br />

??? See NOR US Nats at ??, ??? Freddy Rocha<br />

Please note: This schedule does change occasionally. Check every newsletter.<br />

<strong>Seattle</strong> MYC @ Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park: 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton, WA From I-405 take Exit 5 and head west on Park Ave. N.<br />

Take the 1 st right (at the bottom of a hill) to Lake Washington Blvd. Coulon Park is on the left.<br />

Gig Harbor MYC @ Surprise Lake – Surprise Lake Village, 2800 Queens Way, Milton, WA. From I-5 Exit 142B head west on SR 18 for 0.5 miles, and turn<br />

south on SR 161 for 3.3 miles, and turn right at Queens Way (at the Surprise Lake Village flags).<br />

Anacortes RC Sailors @ Cranberry Lake – N. Whidbey Is. - 1 Mi. South of Deception Pass Bridge on SR 20<br />

Saltspring Island Sailing Club @ Ganges Harbor – See Notice of Race.<br />

Victoria Model Shipbuilders Society @ Beaver Lake - West side of Highway 17, about 10 km north of Victoria, B.C.<br />

(COW CanAm #?) denotes events in our COW CanAm Series.<br />

11/25/12 – Multi-day events highlighted<br />

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