IOM Summer Series 1 No 1 13th April 2021
Thirteen members attended for the first round of the 2021 summer league series of races. Fortunately, a beautiful, mild spring day welcomed everyone. Unfortunately, there was nil – or very little wind!!
However, the thermal breezes soon appeared which enabled racing to go ahead after a delayed start of 45 minutes.
Of course with this type of variable breezes, sailing becomes very taxing, with the direction and speed constantly changing.
This kept todays OOD, Barry, very busy with, numerous course changes and alternating start directions. Being as experienced as he is, Barry did a sterling job and made the day a success considering the difficult circumstances.
The racing was completed, then all cleared up by approx. 3.30pm, thanks to the volunteers acting as a team, this was done in record time.
Radio Control Sailing 6th April 2021
Eight hardy IOM sailors braved the 12 to 20 mph bitter Northerly winds today.
The usual gang of Roger, John, Garry and Barry set out and cleared up the race course again. Can other regular racers step up and help with this task in the future please, racing cannot take place unless this duty is undertaken. If your’ not familiar with what to do please ask for help we will all be happy to oblige.
The weather was a medley involving sun, snow, strong gusts, causing large waves on the lake.
A simple triangular clockwise course was set out with a very long beat and two large reaching and running legs over two laps.
Over the ten races completed, Barry went well, particularly in the heavier wind, both Roger and Brian being polite, introduced their boats to the buoys several times.
Simon had glimpses of speed not always on the course sadly, but he is fast when he gets it right.
Unfortunately, John had a coming together, resulting in some damage to his boat, Brian seemed to have winch issues but this did not slow him down.
David had good starts, as usual and got his boat to the front several times, Rogers Boat seemed to revel on the reaches.
Garry’s Boat was shared with Paul and John for a couple of races and went well.
Due to the cold several sailors left before the end, but everybody seemed to enjoy the days sailing.
Please note formal IOM racing starts Tuesday 13th so charge your batteries and come along.
Today’s Course 2 laps
Radio Control Sailing March 2021
Inaugural sailing sessions, more of a general report than description of racing to help sailors understand what’s been going on.
Monday 29 March saw the first sailing day for 2021 in blustery conditions enjoyed by about twelve 65 and 95 boats. Several new faces appeared to join the informal racing, generally several breakdowns occurred after the winter layup but there was an abundance of help, advice and banter accompanying the sailing.
We’ve managed at long last Brian, Paul, Garry, Roger and Barry to sort out Simons 95 winch problems … it turned out to be a corrupt Model entry on his flysky transmitter… mainly spotted by Roger after changing winch, receiver etc, a new model was created in the transmitter and problem was resolved
Brian Tanner is the new DF65 / 95 class captain and will, with others, help any new comers.
Most important is that Brian was awarded the club trophy on Monday for all his generosity and hard work over the last year .
We are personally aware of all the good work being undertaken by Garry in the background, he’s very modest about his achievements for us within the club building a very strong positive bond thank you Garry.
Tuesday 30 March saw the first gathering of IOMs enjoying summer weather with several new boats appearing and showing very good speed, in particular Richard, with his boat Panacea was very fast and he was mixing it at the front, Paul is building one as well so watch out regulars.
Today’s gathering saw nine boats race, in the light wind which gradually increased in strength allowing an increase from one lap to two laps. New faces won races, Simon and Richard, Barry and John wanted the same water for most the day resulting in tangles and enforced disqualification of both. The standard of racing is now a bit tighter allowing new faces and boats opportunity to show what can be done with practice and commitment.
Rule observance was lax and due to the slight informal nature was overlooked, but hopefully this will be better next time and I ask that rules be observed to ensure a better standard and safer racing avoiding damage and upsets please. The course was challenging with buoys difficult to see which did not help matters. May we remind you that Roger is IOM class captain and always willing to help.
Note for your diary:
We normally run a number of championships throughout the year. However in 2020/2021 season all activities were cancelled due to Covid. We have great pleasure to announce that the IOM championship for Spring/Summer 2021 will start on Tuesday 13 April and the DF65/DF95 championship for Spring/Summer 2021 will start on Monday 19 April. Further details to follow shortly.
Roger Prout Class Captain IOM
Brain Tanner Class Captain DF65/DF95
Barry Truman RC Steering Group
Today’s Course 1 / 2 laps depending on wind strength