MODEL YACHTS AT THE FRENSHM POND SAILING CLUB OPEN DAY 13TH MAY 2017
by Keith Parrot
The Model Yacht Group jumped at the chance of increasing our profile and exposure to the Sailing Club members and any visitors who might be interested in our activities.
From the programme of events planned for all the dinghy classes it was clear that putting model yachts on the water was not a sensible option. In any case the bank would be used for a display of dinghies. So we set up a gazebo with a comprehensive static display of all the types of model yachts sailed by the MYG members. Arriving at the pond at 08:30am, yes we can get up early sometimes, we were fortunate to meet Stefan Bennett who was the club organiser for the event, with Stefan’s help it was agreed that we could set up our gazebo and display on a patch of grass close to the club house and clear of the dinghy activities. This proved to ideal as we were in a very visible location and close to the BBQ.
Nick Royse bought along his own design IOM for display but apart from occasional visits to make sure we were behaving ourselves, was committed to instructing dinghy sailing on the day. The other MYG members, Pat Reed, Peter Wallis and Graham Whitehead all bought along the models that had been requested so we had everything from a Footy up to Graham’s “Slim 10” 10 Rater on display. Other interest was covered with Peter W’s Trimaran and Adam Craft. Bryan Stitchbury gave us all great support with the practical tasks of setting up and clearing away.
The day started bright and dry with lots of activity members everywhere setting up dinghies
Frensham Pond 10 Rater Open - April 19th 2017
report by Nick Royse
This is the first time Frensham Pond Sailing Club have run a 10 Rater Open Meeting. It was therefore very rewarding to have an entry of nine sailors making the journey to Frensham to take part in the event at our beautiful location. A beautiful tankard had been donated by Paul Brook as the prize for the event. The whole day was sunny with a light, predominately easterly breeze and everyone had a great deal of fun sailing the 13 races that were completed in the four hours of racing time.
Nick Royse, as RO ably assisted by Peter Martin and Bryan Stitchbury set a simple windward leeward course with separate start and finish lines. Nick set an array of buoys at the windward end of the course to enable the windward leg to be varied in angle to accommodate the wind variations. There were plenty of these throughout the day, but generally this ploy was successful.
The breeze was light, perhaps no more than 7mph, but briefly some races became “drifters” as the wind tried to reverse in direction. Predominately the wind was from between the north east and an easterly directions. Regardless of what the wind was doing the same skippers seemed to show their skills to good effect.
Sailing his Defector consistently near the front of the fleet, Roger Pearce won the event. However equal on points and only separated on count back was Roger Stollery sailing his Marblehead Uproar, with an uprated 10 Rater rig. Colin Harper sailing his Blade IV sailed well for third place but could not find the consistency of the leaders.
Other notable aspects were the appearance of the prototype Frenetic design from the Peter Mitchell yard. Peter was sailing his first designed 10 Rater, Boubloon, and was a close fourth behind Colin. His new design showed great pace off-wind, but with sails that looked more like a pillow case, was unable to perform upwind.
The results and prize giving took place in the club house whilst tea and cakes were consumed. This midweek event was considered to be a success, and it is hoped that Frensham Pond Sailing Club Sailing Club MYG will repeat the event next year.
1st Roger Pearce Woking Defector 21
2nd Roger Stollery Guildford Uproar 10 21
3rd Colin Harper Hampton Court Blade IV 36
4th Peter Mitchell Frensham MYG Boubloon 37
5th Graham Whitehead Frensham MYG Slim 10 41
6th John Sturgeon Frensham MYG Bently 60
7th Keith Parrot Frensham MYG Bently Turbo 66
8th Paul Brooks Frensham MYG Frenetic 107
9th Clive Cooper Frensham MYG Bently 110
Videlo Globe Footy Open - April 12th 2017 report by Keith Parrott
This is the first time this event has been run mid-week, as weekend dates in April were unavailable due to major dinghy events at Frensham Pond Sailing Club. It was therefore very rewarding to have a dozen regular Footy skippers making the journey to Frensham to take part in near-perfect conditions at one of the best Footy venues. The whole day was sunny with a light westerly breeze and everyone had a great deal of fun sailing the 16 races that were completed in the four hours of racing time.
Roger Stollery, as RO ably assisted by Bryan Stitchbury throughout the day set a simple windward leeward course with separate start and finish lines. Roger in his usual meticulous manner realigned the course after Races 1 & 2 to take any bias out of the start line and gate at the leeward end against the mostly south westerly breeze. The breeze started the day lighter than forecast and several of the skippers sported “A” rigs for the first two races, but as the day went on “B” and “C” became the norm with occasional gusts causing most of the boats to broach at times.
Peter Jackson made a good start with a win in the first two races sailing his new IBEX design Footy. He was determined to wrest the trophy away from Peter Shepherd, who has won it for the previous 3 years. Peter Shepherd sailing his trusted balsa FAT BOY SLIM design after a slow start fought back as the event rolled on. Mike Ewart sailing an ICE, Keith Bell sailing an IBEX and David Wilkinson with his ICE sailed very consistently, finishing in that relative order taking most of the 3rd 4th and 5th places between them during the event. Sid Sims, who did not have one of his best days, had an enjoyable private battle with Colin Robertson throughout the day.
Of the local Frensham skippers, John Haine could only sail for the morning, whilst Steve Hill and Frank Wood were sailing boats that were not of one of the usual competitive designs. These skippers along with Colin Robertson showed their lack of experience and practise of sailing at this level of competition. Graham Whitehead pushed Keith Parrott hard, but did not prevent Keith getting his usual 6th pace overall back after the last Footy event. Keith is still trying to break into the top 5 group of Footy skippers.
There was some amazingly close racing not just at the top of the fleet, or even in the middle of the fleet, but at the bottom. The closest finish recorded being a split-second apart with the bottom two fighting it out for last place in Race 5! The standard of rule compliance was absolutely excellent and it may be because Footys are the ‘fastest boats in the world’ at doing penalty turns and therefore the penalty turn is less of a disadvantage and therefore easier to accept.
The results and prize giving took place in the club house whilst tea and cakes were consumed. This midweek event was considered to be a success, so much so that it was suggested that Frensham Pond Sailing Club Sailing Club MYG should consider running two events next year to bring the bias of Footy Open events further south away from the concentration in the midlands.
Thanks go to The Race Team, RO Roger Stollery, Bryan Stitchbury and Roger Carter for a well run event.
1st Peter Shepherd Abington Park FAT BOY SLIM 20
2nd Peter Jackson Abington Park IBEX 25.3
3rd Mike Ewart Abington Park ICE 32
4th Keith Bell Abington Park IBEX 43
5th David Wilkinson Cotswold ICE 56
6th Keith Parrott Frensham Pond ICE 63
7th Graham Whitehead Frensham Pond ICE 74
8th Sid Sims Birmingham ICE 99
9th Colin Robertson Cheddar Steam Club ICE 116
10th Frank Wood Frensham Pond ‘1299’ 124
11th Steve Hill Frensham Pond ‘1299’ 134
12th John Haine Frensham Pond ICE 162
Best novice of the day, Keith Bell.
Chairman’s Update March 2017
Thank to those who came to our Annual Meeting, as you will recall we were left without a Sailing Secretary. However the Steering Group have since responded to popular requests, and seconded Keith Parrot to join us. We spent most of our time at the SG Meeting today planning the coming Open Meetings, and looking briefly at our forthcoming events; see below.
You will also note that some of our buoys have been modified to make them easier to use and more reliable. We should thank Roger Carter for his design and work in this respect, please let him know what you think of the changes he is making.
During the discussions after the Rules talks organised by Rod, it was agreed to try two different systems of racing. Last week we tried a “K” course followed by a rectangular course, to see if this reduced interclass conflicts. The general conclusion was that this combination could work in theory, but was very sensitive to the prevailing conditions, timing, and buoy locations. As this appeared to be difficult to consistently get good results, we decided not to adopt this for the forthcoming Series. Today we started running the races with only one fleet on the water at a time. This was not popular as it seemed to involve too much hanging about waiting the alternative fleet to finish. The experiment was abandoned after only three pairs of races were completed all morning.
Accordingly we will sail our Spring Series using our normal method of starting the “Big Boats”, with the “Little Boats” starting as soon as practical afterwards.
The presentation by Rod of a video of our activities was quite shocking, and showed we must all try harder to avoid contacts, and sail by the rules. Remember, if you have a collision you are ruining the race for all boats involved.
Looking forward we have the trip to Chatham Rope Factory on 5th April, the Videlo Globe Open for Footies (12th April) our first 10R Open (19th April) and our 10 Year Celebration Lunch on 30th May, followed by a trip on Alice on 21st June. The trip organisation is with thanks to Peter Wallis, and yes, we have been very active for ten years now. I hope you all agree we are thriving. Please contact Paul Brooks if you want to help celebrating our MYG success during a lunch at the Farnham Golf Club on the 30th May.
Remember our Spring Series starts next week 21st March, hope to see a good turnout.
From our survey the preferred travel is by a mini coach with Safeguard Coaches leaving Frensham at 09:30hrs cost £36.00 plus the £14 entrance to the dockyard .
IOM gear survey
Interesting survey of boat design and rigs sailed at IOM Nationals at West Kirby at https://gbriom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/gear-guide-2016.pdf.
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th February.
There is a change to one of the club training days in August. There will be no sailing on the 15th August and informal sailing on 1st August.
Sailing Secretary's Report 2016.
At the beginning of the year I stated what I wanted to achieve in my role of sailing secretary. These are my thoughts and impressions of what was achieved.
The Footy sailing has gone very well with the “Videlo Globe” Open being a success in April and 4 club Footy events during the year. Apart from me only Steve Hill ventured beyond our home water to sail in the Footy Open series. For the club events we usually had a turnout of 5 – 6 boats with Graham Whitehead and my ICE Footy’s setting the standard for the club. Information bought back from the open events on the latest mods’ to improve the performance of these little boats has been passed on. However I know new designs are in the pipeline for next year so we must continue to improve if we want our fleet to stay competitive.
Dragon DF65’s have been well represented on The Pond with some good club events led by the class captain Tony Schlaeppi. With the support of the Dragon Ladder team allowing the loan of their two boats we have always managed to put out a fleet of at least 5-6 boats to compete for the excellent Dragon Trophy donated by Tony, currently held by Ian Garner. New DF65’s are in the pipeline for next year when we can look forward to some more one design competitive sailing.
IOM’s continue to be the most prolific class of boat in the club. A lot of effort has gone into making new boats by some members; this is very encouraging as Nationally it is in danger of becoming an expensive one design class. The Mid –Week “Nicks Knots” IOM Event which the club put on for the first time was an unqualified success with more entries and from further afield than we expected. The feedback we have received shows there is a demand for this type of event and it is planned to be repeated in 2017. It’s pleasing to note that our home designed and built boats were seen to competitive against the well-known top designs.
The big boats; Marblehead’s and 10R’s, are well represented in the club with a good regular turn out each week of these larger classes. Along with a fortnightly gathering of a group of MYG skippers on the Hawley Lake water. They are frequently sailed boats, mostly of the older designs. However the future is looking good for the 10R’s with a new prototype design from Peter Mitchell with moulds under construction by Barry White for a “Frensham” boat in this class. It would be good to see a home grown 10R challenge the well-known top designs.
Alternative sailing at the club house end of the pond has been very popular with some members not wishing to compete in the usual days racing, preferring a more relaxed day or taking the opportunity to test and tune boats. Peter Wallis has done well this year to produce and sail a very nice, semi scale Adam Craft Along with sailing his trimaran and of late a refurbished Black Swan complete with bilge pump. Jon Maslin’s “Britannia” a classic vintage design has also made an appearance. Whilst Footy and Dragon Boat testing has gone on most of the year. The number of 8Meter boats in the club has declined, there now only being 5 boats owned by members who competed in the one design event run by Andy Andrews at the beginning of November.
The Club Summer Picnic was a lower key affair than usual this year. It was pleasing to have some of our lady supporters along to see what we get up to, perhaps next year we can get them to try their hand at sailing. For the first time we made use of the club Bar B Q and despite the heavy shower neither our spirits or the food was dampened.
Although the overall standard of sailing in the MYG has improved greatly over the past couple of years I feel this is an area where I should have given more focus. We still have too many conflicts rounding the bouys and reluctance by some to do penalty turns. Perhaps the winter months will allow us to have a few club house sessions on the rules and sailing tactics. Next year a few more non-series racing days have been put in the calendar some of which can be used to hone up our sailing skills.
Now for me. I have been on the Steering Group for 6 out of the 8 years I have been a member of the MYG. This last year as Sailing Secretary has been very enjoyable, challenging and at times frustrating. I have received a lot of support and encouragement from the MYG membership and am pleased that the SG has worked so well with Jon and Roger taking up posts under the guiding hand of Nick. But now I think it is time for me to step aside and let another member bring a fresh mind and new ideas to the role of sailing secretary.
Thank you all for your support in 2016. Wishing you all happy and enjoyable sailing in 2017.
Friday Evening Workshops
Roger Stollery's Friday evening workshops resume on 28th October. Always informative and a chance for practical experience, they are a stimulating evening. They start at 8.00pm and are held at the Victoria Halls, Ash. Dates and topics are:
28th October: Design
9th December: Moulding
27th January: Making sails
24th February: Sail setting and rigging
27th March: Rules & Race strategy
16 members of the Peter Wallis Expeditionary Force met indoors during excellent sailing weather for a visit to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with a guided tour of Boathouse 4.
|Built immediately prior to the 2nd World War, the boathouse has been recently resuscitated with a mezzanine providing a boat display area and a bar and restaurant with magnificent views over Portsmouth harbour and HMS Victory. While it is open to the public to wander about the benefits of a guided tour had the benefit of a lot more information with access to restricted areas where the details of the work being carried out could be seen.|
|The ground floor is where all the activity takes place with the renovation of about 20 boats and the building of new boats based on old designs. All of the boats are wooden and range from launches used on 1st World War ships to commodore's barges or 'green parrots' and private yachts but all in need of some tender loving care. Some of the boats had been built originally in the boathouse, but others came from a variety of yards so we could be shown carvel, clinker and diagonal planking methods. Often this work can take years to complete and can involve replacing planking and decking or even complete rebuilds of rotten sections. It was reassuring for those of us who build our own model yachts to see that the methods are practically identical.|
|Boathouse 4 is the home of International Boatbuilding College and it is the students who do most of the work. They start with learning basic joinery skills and progress using hand tools only to complete boat building. There is a range of courses from day courses for caulking and tool care to 47 week courses leading to a City & Guilds Diploma. Cost? £80 to £15608. The student workshop was full so there shouldn't be a shortage of boat restorers, unless of course they go off and fit out luxury yachts.|
Christmas Lunch Arrangements
This year the Christmas Lunch will be held at the Army Golf Club, Laffan's Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 2HF. The food will be good, and the company better. As usual guests and partners are welcome. Some members will even win prizes.
Frensham IOM Open for Nick's Knots Trophy
Wednesday 14th September saw Frensham Pond MYG's first ever Open for the IOMs. There were however 23 skippers/boats and the two flights had 8 good races in the day - ending just after 3pm. The day was beautifully warm but the wind was spasmodic and generally a little lighter than would have been chosen. In fact it was a Race Officers nightmare, with the basic windward / leeward course providing a beat, run and reach on every leg at some stage, and often during the same race. However, the 23 skippers/boats were very tolerant of the conditions, realising that the only way to race was to accept the variations and race regardless. The fleet was divided into two flights with promotions and demotions after each race. The course was reversed after lunch and the wind was somewhat more consistent. All skippers had the chance of 8 good races in the day; and racing finished just after 3pm.
In spite of the conditions some skippers managed to sail with remarkable consistency, the eventual winner, Dave Allison, discarded a 4th and 5th! In second place, just 3 points behind, was John Shorrock, whose son and grandsons sail at Frensham. The top Frensham MYG sailor was John Sturgeon sailing a borrowed wooden boat who came in third.
After the sailing the fleet enjoyed cream scones, cake and tea, while having a good chin wag. The general feeling was that Frensham had revealed a hidden demand for such mid-week fun events, and it is hoped that several other clubs will stage similar events in the future.
Many thanks go to all the MYG helpers, especially to our Sailing Secretary Keith Parrott, and to Jean Royse and Jacqui Sturgeon who organised the tea and cakes.
Date for the diary
Wednesday 19th October MYG Trip to The Boathouse, Portsmouth – See Peter Wallis for more information
MYG raise £200 for the Phillis Tuckwell Hospice
The 12th of July saw our Annual Picnic being held. The day did not hold much promise, with strongish winds and rain forecast. However, for those who attended, it turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable. The sailing was masterminded by Peter Mitchell and then Rod Evans as Duty Officers, and a splendid job they both did. At lunch we headed for the Awning at the front of the Clubhouse, and as if on key the rain appeared. However this did not stop the BBQ efforts, with Peter Wallis leading the way.
As the 10 Hour Race had been cancelled we agreed to use this event to raise some money in support of the Phillis Tuckwell Hospice.
There were a few tools available in response to a charitable donation, and the “Charity Box” circulated the dinners. Our afternoon tea also raised more funds for the Phillis Tuckwell charity, which was boosted by a magnificent anonymous donation of £50 from one member.
I have just returned from the Phillis Tuckwell Hospice where I was able to the donate £200 raised on the day (a figure achieved with the help of a small rounding off amount from private sources). This was a magnificent effort by our members, very well done.
2nd JULY 10 HOUR CHARITY EVENT - CANCELLED
As usual the MYG is going to take part in this event. This year instead of trying to keep 3 teams running throughout the 10 hours our aim is to have free sailing for most of the time with an impromptu team relay race for a couple of hours to spice up the day.
1. To raise money for the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice to this end all skippers and MYG members will be invited to put a donation in our charity box.
2. To have model yacht(s) sailing on the pond throughout the 10 hours
3. To have an enjoyable day.
This is an opportunity for the MYG to showcase our activities. The classes of boats we sail from Footies up to 10R’s including vintage and specialist yachts. Would all skippers prepared to bring a boat along please let Keith Parrott know over the next couple of weeks.
Summary of Steering Group meeting on 2nd July 2016
The meeting concentrated on the actions decided upon at the last meeting. The following have been achieved:
- Nick Royse has attended meetings at Reading and Eastleigh each of which ran 16 races in a day and which he found to be friendly and low key.
- Roger Carter has made 2 new buoys of a modified design and will be testing them in deep water.
- He has also produced an audit of the bosun’s shed. We decided that all the tools should be kept, but that all the consumables should be disposed of to members of the group.
- The MYG now has a significant presence on the FPSC website. We are all grateful for the work Paul Brooks has done in the past, and will continue to provide him with results as long as he wished.
- John Haine has taken over the recording of results and these are now displayed on the Club website along with other classes.
- Sailing instructions have been produced.
- The duties rota has been implemented successfully.
- The MYA website now has the revised MYG secretary information. The new website will now be entered on the MYA website.
Keith Parrott will firming up dates for Footy, Dragons and 8metre events.
The IoM meeting in the Autumn will be held on Wednesday 21st September in order to allow for normal Tuesday sailing to be maintained. Invitations will be sent to local clubs. Tea/coffee and cakes will be provided.
The Summer picnic will be held on the 12th July when there will be free sailing. This year the Club barbecue is to be made available and the bar is to be open, but members will have to bring their own food. Local clubs will be invited.
The Group will take part in the Sailing Club 10-hr charity event on Saturday 2nd July with 3 teams. Keith will be emailing details.
There were a few administrative items. It is club policy that members have at least £2 million 3rd party insurance. This can be provided through membership of the MYA, but equivalent policies were acceptable. It is also club policy not to provide email addresses, so emails should use blind copies and the members list should be revised.
On Saturday I helped bring a couple of dozen Toppers to the Green in preparation for the RYA Sailing Courses next week. Please do not attend the Club hoping to sail this Tuesday, 31st May. On your behalf Paul Brooks has made arrangements for model sailing at Hawley Lake as an alternative. Please refer to his email for further details.
Please view our Sailing Instructions that will apply henceforth. These will not being about a major change to our racing, but there are a few minor tweaks. Perhaps the main change is to the discards, there will now be two discards after six races, or days of racing in a Series. This recognises that some of our Series only have six days of sailing.
The intention is to post the Series results in a similar manner to those for the main dinghy sailing. This will underline to the rest of the Club just how active we are, and that is down to the many members of our Group who enjoy regular sailing week after week. Thank you, and well done.
A hard fought Spring Series is finally over. Both Big and Little boat series were completely dominated by the winners.
In the Little boat Series Mike Christie won all but one of the days he sailed, only slipping to second overall on one day. His handicap improved by an amazing 22%, but this was from a low (for him) start. Nevertheless his final handicap of 96% is a remarkable achievement. The first three places were close, with only 6 points covering them. Other notable handicap results were the 19% improvement by John Haine, and 12% by John Maslin. Well done both.
The Big boat Series was dominated by Roger who was well clear of the field, as usual. Like Mike he won all but one of the days when he sailed, only slipping to second on one day. His handicap improved by 2% to 92% underlining his domination, which was particularly evident when he upgraded to his new 10R which is a very fast craft.
These Series are not just about the winners, and it is worth noting that the sailing was undertaken with a great spirit, and enjoyed by some 31 sailors who took part. Thank you everyone for joining in.
MYG “ALICE” SPRITSAIL BARGE TRIP WEDNESDAY 11TH May 2016
12 ancient mariners from the Model Yacht Group descended on GUN WARF QUAYS Portsmouth to have a day sailing on this marvellous Spritsail Barge. We drove through heavy rain to arrive at the quay to a damp misty morning with no wind. We were welcomed on board by the skipper and owner Alan, his crew Reg, Paul and Wilson the dog.
The first procedure of the day was to consume well filled bacon croissants washed down with tea and coffee, we could not do much more as the mist had thickened and was rolling in from the sea. We went on deck and enjoyed talking to members of a sail experience yacht as they prepared to spend the day exploring the town.
After a while the visibility opened up to about 100 yards. We got clearance from the harbour master to leave the quay after letting a ferry to go ahead of us. We set off under motor power for the Isle of Wight. We had not gone far when the mist thickened and was rolling in dense banks from the Solent. Using GPS but no radar, the skipper kept us in the middle of the channel, we all had to keep a good lookout as dredgers and incoming yachts appeared out of the mist, with visibility at times down to about 50 yards. We even had a twin hulled fast ferry come up astern of us which had to hove to and wait while we sedately moved to one side of the channel to give him sea room to pass.
As we got further out from the harbour the mist thinned and a course was set initially for Ryde where the skipper knew there was a suitable mooring and we could take turns at the helm. Unfortunately Alan was informed this was not available to us so we steered more to the west. We thought our skipper’s intention was to shift the IoW further out into the channel as he beached the barge on a sandy stretch. It was lunch time!
We feasted on jacket potatoes cold meats and salad, for afters homemade cheese cake all washed down with welcome beverages. Suitably fortified it was time to go to work as the wind had got up sufficient for us to set sail back to the marina. Pulling on sheets and lines as directed the main spritsail, jib and mizzen sails were all set, but the wind was very light and we barely made 4 knots. Excitement came in the form of a fleet of Seaview Mermaid yachts racing to a turning bouy directly ahead of our course. Like Nelson at Trafalgar we sailed directly through the middle of the yachts with much friendly banter between us, it was obviously not a serious race.
Just over half way back to our mooring in the marina it was time to start furling the sails and return to motoring. Furling and lashing the sails was a work of art about which the skipper was very meticulous. As we approached our mooring the skipper did his party piece by turning the barge in its own length and tying up with the bow pointed out to sea.
Our trip finished in MYG style with more tea, coffee and home-made biscuits.
RG 65 Sailing
Only seven of our gang had a go -or several goes-at our time trial on Tuesday 19 April. During the morning, wind was virtually non existent and lap times were around 5-8minutes with the exception of a gust which took John Sturgeon round in under 3 and a half minutes.
After lunch we had some brief blows and times gradually improved.Rod posted a time of 3.14 and improved it to 2.04 by 2 pm. Along came Graham W. and in 5 attempts managed FTD of 1.45secs.
Graham was awarded his prize - an r/c helicopter.
The participants enjoyed the day and would like another similar event (with some wind ! )
MYG Chairman’s Newsletter April 2016
New Steering Group
What happened? I was asked as soon as we had held our first SG meeting. Well not much to change our week to week activities. But most of us subscribe to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy. That is not to say we have been inactive, but any changes will be gradually introduced. The main actions being undertaken are:-
Review the programme and duty rota. The old rota had several large inequalities on the number of duties expected of us all. This has been reviewed and will be published shortly. We have discussed possible activity changes, but are holding fire on any changes.
We decided to consider running an Open Meeting for IOMs. Reading Sailing Club are running one on 16th April, but we are thinking of starting gently with a mid-week (Tuesday) meeting in the Autumn.
A draft set of Sailing Instructions has been prepared to reflect the way we race and score our races. In order to reflect our practices we will increase the number of discards to 1 in 4 races, 2 in 6 races and 3 in 8 races. This will apply after the current (Spring) Series has been completed.
With regret I must record that Peter Mitchel has asked to be relieved of his scoring task. Peter has put much effort into this task for more than three years, and I am sure you will all echo the vote of thanks to him that was recorded in our Steering Group Meeting.
Jon Maslin has also set about updating our contact details with the MYA. Also Jon has already set up a database of members which included email addresses and phone numbers and will be extended to include boat details, MYA membership, and safety boat driver approval. I am sure it will be a useful tool.
In accordance with the General Committee’s wishes, we shall look at making more use of the main club’s website. Initial discussions have already taken place on this.
The practice of renewing our Afternoon tea sessions was discussed. This was viewed as a valued occasion to enable all members to come together and discuss sailing. The club had decided that facilities should be limited to heating water for tea and coffee. Home-made or shop bought cake could not be sold and MYG members would have to supply their beakers. There will be a box for donations to the MYG. These will be used to purchase the tea, coffee, cake etc. and hopefully would enable small purchases for bosun type repairs, prizes etc. Although Rod and Paul kindly offered to kick start this activity, we need others to help them. Please think of being a volunteer to help Rod and Paul undertake this key task.
The above comments reflect the Steering Group meeting on the 5th April. The formal minutes of that meeting will be accessible to members on the FPSC main web site, once they have been approved.
Dates of note.
Please note that RYA Courses will be running at the Pond during the period 31st May to 3rd June and there will be no MYG activity during that week.
Summer Picnic - Tuesday 12th July
The Summer Picnic will be held on July 12th and is a splendid opportunity to enjoy a garden party atmosphere. Wives and partners are invited of course, straw hats might be worn and the weather will be delightful (if it isn’t we will all escape into the club house). Bring your picnic basket – and that boat you so rarely sail. Guests are entirely welcome.
10 Hour Race
July, Saturday 2nd. For those of you who haven’t sailed in the Ten Hour, the object is to raise money for charity by entering a boat (or boats) sailed by a team of skippers and to keep going for ten hours (9am to 7pm). Usually we sail one hour slots, and both expert and novice skippers are encouraged to take part. Since the event raises money for charity each year, all the skippers make a small contribution to cover the entry fee, and we also ‘pass the tin’ amongst skippers who are not taking part. The club has a carnival atmosphere on the day, usually with a hog roast going on at lunchtime, BBQ in the evening, and a lot of thrills and spills to watch as the full sized crews change over. I hope that we will be able to enter at least two teams and there will be a spreadsheet at the club on which we can book in teams who will be there throughout, and invite every other member to come along – with their families – to have a go during the day, even for half an hour. Remember, it’s an opportunity for everyone, experienced or not, and a fun day out for the whole family even if you are not sailing.
Meet and Greet and club number restrictions
Please introduce all new and potential members to officers of the Steering Group as a matter of routine, and then to the appropriate Class Captains. I’m afraid that the MYG membership is now closed to potential new members from outside the FPSC and a waiting list will be established - although of course Members of FPSC may join the MYG group routinely.
Dragon Force Class
Tony Schlaeppi is organising group sailing for the Dragon Force 65 next week he is talking of running time trials.
Andy Andrews is pushing on with the 8 Metre group and the Mk II rudder is being tried and appears successful. The verdict so far seems to be that it gives better control when tacking and much more stability on the run.
Keith Parrott (who sits on the Footy National Committee) is organising a small Footy group and already has five or six owners of these quirky (and very quick) little boats. Keith plans to run 2 more formal events during the year in addition will be organising sailing for the group whenever possible on alternative sailing days and perhaps during the week. There is an established open circuit for the Footy and in the past we have run not only the Videlo Trophy but also the Nationals at Frensham. Watch out for Keith’s Footy newsletter. Free plans for these boats are available along with help and advice in building and setting them up.