Report on racing on Sunday 20th March
1st 1 Simon
2nd. 368 Rob
3rd. 6 Geoff
Very competitive racing today with a change of wind direction from previous weeks giving us an opportunity to have a different course. The pressure at the start line began to show as all boat's jostled to be on the line for the gun creating quite a few collisions and even some daring boats giving it a go on port to varying degrees of success.
A bit more attention to the rules may be needed as we get more competitive.
The fluctuating wind strength delivered a mixed bag of results and it was great to see a variety of different winners for the 10 races.
Report on racing on Sunday 13th March
1st Rob Allison 10 points
2nd Simon Notley 15 points
3rd Adam Notley 21 points
Excellent conditions with 9 boats racing and a couple of Finn sailers having a go. Dan Belton Finn sailor GBR12 put his Finn sailing expertise to good use and as a first timer gave us all a run for our money. It was a day of maximising the wind shifts to get the advantage on the beats and with a short start line put added pressure to be in the right place at the right time.
The wind strength and direction was probably the best for pond sailing, making for great sailing even if the round the island race didn't go quite to plan with most boats running aground. Some shallow water marks may be something to think about going forward.
Next race day is Sunday 27th March 10:30 start
In the past MRSC was used by Saltners and therefore we are lucky enough to have a large yet shallow salt lake within our grounds. This has given us a perfect arena to host remote controlled boating! The most popular type of radio controlled boats with our keen members now include Challenge Power Boats as well as Dragon Force 65 Yachts.
DragonForce 65 racing takes place on the Club Pond on every other Sunday, meeting at 10:00 for a 10:30 start. The sessions are arranged so that they don't conflict with the dinghy racing and everybody is welcome to join in or come and watch. Apart from the organised racing the pond can be used at any time.
The DragonForce 65 model yachts is very suitable for the pond and is not too expensive to buy. You can buy your own boat from Mike Weston who has run the Junior Week radio yacht racing for the last few years and can be found at www.radiosailing.co.uk
The boats start at £150 almost ready to sail including the radio controller; they come in a box and just need to be rigged and there is lots of help available from current DF65 members! The DF65 has two keels the long which is the standard for the boat and the short keel which needs to be bought as an extra; the short keel is used on the pond which is quite shallow in places.
The format of the series racing is either 10 short races or two hours racing whichever is the shorter with 4 discards depending on the number of races achieved. The final positions for the day are entered for the series results. At the end of the series there is one discard day for 4 days racing and two days discard days for 6 days racing. Trophies will be awarded at Prize Giving for the Club Regatta and the Summer Series.
The Radio Controlled Yachts section organises its own racing including maintaining the level of the pond.
The Club site lies below the high tide level and is protected from sea flooding by the sea wall. The pond is vital in protecting the site from rainwater flooding and is linked to the sea and the marsh ditch by underground pipes and valves. If you are concerned about the height of pond water please DO NOT attempt to adjust the valves. PLEASE CALL a club Officer or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Flood protection will take priority over activities on the pond.