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2017 IOM Mid-Winter Regatta

Hosted By: the San Diego Argonauts Model Yacht Club

When: Feb. 11th & 12th (Marblehead “Run What Ya Brung” on Feb. 10th)

Where: the Mission Bay Model Yacht Pond, San Diego, CA

Notice of Race:  You are cordially invited to participate in the 2017 IOM Mid-Winter Regatta

FORMAT: Fleet Racing utilizing HMS 2016 for scoring and fleet management

SCHEDULE:

02/10/17: Friday / Marbleheads
08:30…….Check-in, Event Measurement, Class & AMYA Certification Check (for IOM’s)
10:30…….Skipper’s Meeting
10:50…….Warning Signal
11:00…….Race (Marbleheads only)
17:00…….No race start after or at the PRO’s discretion.
19:30…….Social Event Non-host dinner @ Fiddler’s Green Restaurant, 2760 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego CA 92106 (619) 222-2216

02/11/17: Saturday / IOM
08:30. . . . . .Check-in
09:30. . . . . .Open Practice
10:30. . . . . .Skipper’s Meeting
10:50…….Warning Signal
11:00…….Race
17:00…….No race start after or at the PRO’s discretion.
17:00…….Phil’s BBQ

02/12/17: Sunday
09:30…….Open Practice
09:50…….Warning Signal
10:00…….Race
16:00…….No race start after or at the PRO’s discretion.
16:30…….Awards Ceremony

Lunch starting at 12:30 Depending on progress of racing there may not be a formal lunch break.
Skippers will have time to have lunch in between heats.

RACE STAFF:

Race Chairman: Robert Hirsch USA
Principal Race Officer: Fred Rocha USA
Protest Committee: TBD
Official Measurer
: Mike Eldred USA
Scoring & Timekeeping: Fred Rocha USA
Administration: San Diego Argonauts

RULES: The regatta will be governed by RRS 2017-2020, this Notice of Race (NOR), the Sailing Instructions (SI) the International One Metre Class, HMS 2016 and The Equipment Rules of Sailing. The Sailing instructions shall prevail in case of conflict with this Notice of Race.

ELIGIBILITY: The Competition is open to all IOM class boats. All entrants must be current members of AMYA or their National Authority and have a valid IOM measurement certificate.

REGISTRATION and EVENT MEASUREMENT: Boats with a valid measurement certificate shall be presented for registration on Friday/Saturday, Feb. 10th/11th between 8:30 and 10:00 at the sailing site for event measurement. No boat shall be eligible for racing until it has been registered and measured for the event.

WEIGHT SPOT CHECKS: At the discretion of the Race Director, spot checks of sailing weights of randomly selected boats may be conducted during the event. In addition, the top 5 finishing boats in each of the racing days may be weighed.

SCORING and RACING SYSTEM: Scoring will be carried out in accordance with the HMS 2016. Promotion/Relegation Six-(6). The number of boats promoted and relegated may be adjusted by notice in the SI’s or at the discretion of the Race Director at the skippers meeting.

PRE-REGISTRATION and FEES: Please this is a must, in order to assure no Radio Channel conflict early on, this really help speeds things up on race days. Also allows us to have adequate amount of food and drinks. Entries are to be made using the official entry form below and forwarded to:

Robert Hirsch
10795 Scripps Ranch Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92131
858.663.5702
rhirsch01@gmail.com

Entry fee is USD$50.00per boat and includes lunch and beverages for the 2 days and Phil’s BBQ (Sat. end of day). Fees are payable by check to San Diego Argonauts mailed to the above address or on line (I will provide a PayPal registration link once the AMYA has it set up).

FREQUENCIES: Permitted frequency bands are FCC-approved surface bands. Transmitters on 75 MHz must be narrow band certified. Radio frequencies will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis. NO CONFLICTS will be allowed. Each competitor is required to have a minimum of three (3) additional frequencies available. 2.4 Ghz radios are permitted and are exempt from rule E2.4 in the RRS.
AWARDS: Prizes will be awarded to the first 5 positions in the final results.
LIABILITY: All those entering or taking part in this regatta do so at their own risk and responsibility. ISAF- IRSA, IOM ICA, AMYA, USA NCA, San Diego Argonauts Model Yacht Club and or any other parties involved in the organization of this event disclaim any and all responsibility whatsoever for loss, damage, injury or inconvenience that might occur to persons and goods, both ashore and on the water as a consequence of entering or participating in the event covered by this Notice of Race.

At all times the responsibility for the safety of their boat and themselves including the decision to participate or continue shall rest with the competitors. By entering this event, it is deemed that you accept these conditions. Competitors are advised to ensure that they have adequate insurance that provides coverage for public liability and their possible injury in the Country and County of this event.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Entries must be received no later than Sun. Feb. 5th, 2017. Late entries may be accepted on site only at the discretion of the Race Chairman. Any late entry will be responsible for entering with an unassigned frequency. Late entry shall be paid in cash. There is no refund.

2017 IOM Mid-Winter Regatta ENTRY FORM

LIABILITY: All those entering or taking part in this Regatta do so at their own risk and responsibility. ISAF-IRSA, IOM ICA, AMYA, USA NCA, San Diego Argonauts Model Yacht Club, regatta staff, and or any other parties involved in the organization of this event disclaim any and all responsibility whatsoever for loss, damage, injury or inconvenience that might occur to persons and goods, both ashore and on the water as a consequence of entering or participating in the event covered by this Notice of Race.
At all times the responsibility for the safety of their boat and themselves including the decision to participate or continue shall rest with the competitors. By entering this event, it is deemed that you accept these conditions. Competitors are advised to ensure that they have adequate insurance that provides coverage for public liability and their possible injury in the Country and County of this event.

CONDUCT: Poor competitor behavior can reflect negatively on the sport, and all competitors are advised that their actions will be under scrutiny by race officials. In the event race officials witness any behavior which they deem to be a breach of good manners or sportsmanship, or which may bring the sport into disrepute, the Principal Race Officer assisted by race officials will protest the party (ies) in accordance with RRS 2 or 69.1.
The PRO, all race officials and observers have been directed to record any incidents which will be dealt with to the full extent available to the Protest Committee. Penalties available to the Protest Committee include exclusion from the race in question or subsequent races, exclusion from the regatta, or other action within the Committee’s jurisdiction.

FEE: USD$50. 00 per boat.
Make check payable to: San Diego Argonauts]

For online/PayPal registrationhttps://form.jotform.com/63554183318963

ENTRY DEADLINE: Feb. 5th, 2017

If you are mailing a check, please Send to:

Robert Hirsch
10795 Scripps Ranch Blvd.
San Diego, CA. 92131
858.663.5702
email: rhirsch01@gmail.com

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For online/PayPal registration… look here for the link as soon as the AMYA has it set-up

2016 Model Boat Parade of Lights

Come see the San Diego Argonauts’ lighted remote controlled model boats! We’ll be kicking off the Christmas season with our own Model Boat Parade of Lights around the San Diego Model Boat Pond. Public is welcome. Bring a chair. Enjoy the lights.

If you have a scale model boat, start working on your lights. Be sure to bring a warm sweater, a hot beverage, and a great camera. This is going to be another beautiful event!

Our past Model Boat Parade of Lights were each an incredible success. This year, the San Diego Argonauts will be hosting another mini Parade of Lights at the San Diego Model Boat Pond on

Ideas for easy RC model boat lights.

In case you’re new to the mini Parade of Lights, here’s a video from January 2015:

(Edit December 22, 2016)

On December 14, we had 20+ boats in the water and about 100 spectators!  What an awesome event.  Thanks David Manley for putting together this video filmed from the bow of his RC scale model yacht.

Scale Boating Captain’s Log – November 2016

Scale Boating Captain’s Log – November 2016 – download PDF

by Jeff Sparksworthy

November 5, 2016 –

Ken Taylor ventured on to the wine dark seas and sailed his Francis Barkley, a Canadian Ferry.  She barely made a wake as she slipped through the velvety seas that day.

The pond started the day in quiet splendor, but the waters were soon wake tossed by a torpedo armed cruiser and a variety of civilian craft of every berth and beam.

It was a fine day for a cruise on Jarod Black’s beautiful Carnival’s Festivale. Of course, on every cruise it always helps to have a little muscle that’s “got your 6” steaming with you.

These fine craft thought that they could impetuously rule the high seas with no serious challenge until a ship of a completely different scale appeared on the horizon.

Although she’s in the early stages of a complete refit, Mark Shaw’s massive U.S.S. California could send lots of hurt arcing over to these smaller giants of the waves.

Of course liners and even warships require a little tug now and again so our Mark Weber readies his powerhouse tug boat. However, even if they did indeed need a tow, the docks were taken over by a battle wagon and a heavy cruiser.  The behemoth has new motors and engine controls and a new steering gear.  The ship is probably already 150 pounds lighter than in her vacuum tube remote days.  Even in her current shape, she’s a grand old lady who could still dish it out.  When she’s back in fighting shape we owe Mark a great big re-christening party!

Also on patrol that day was Jeff Sparksworthy’s ever morphing rescue barge on her last cruise before going in for major overhaul. It’s scheduled for new props, improved steering, and festive lighting on its light ship tower.

November 12, 2016 –

Our fleet of amphibians was bolstered considerably this week by the appearance of an entire squadron of ducks.  They kept better formation than most of the captains on the briny deep that day.

Don Johnson’s fireboat was called into action to stave off the flotilla of waterfowl that were suddenly blockading our fair shores. Ron Tindall’s valiant little barge tug was called in to deal with the duck born hazmat situation.  The cleanup fees will be considerable this month (but Ron just spends all his time and money on new boats).

After nearing completion of the nasty hazmat business, the big guns arrived to “keep the sea lanes clear.”

Rob Wood’s Bismarck sailed in with an escort destroyer only to be faced down by a millionaire in his steam yacht and a savvy tug boat captain.

Our precious sovereignty was saved by our plucky old salts, but the gosh darn ducks got away again!

November 26, 2016 –

It was another glorious day on the model boat basin that was graced by sleek (and one not so sleek) warships.  Those two destroyers had a very ungainly fore bearer, the U.S.S. Monitor with its distinctive revolving turret.

These little “tin cans” had a fraction of the Monitor’s 8 inches of iron, but they packed a far larger punch and could steam circles around the Civil War relic.

The exploits of brave little escorts like those of “Taffy 3” gave the U.S. Navy one of its finest hours when these ships repelled a crushingly larger Japanese Task Force intent on disrupting the U.S. liberation of the Philippines in WWII.

YOU’VE SUFFERED ENOUGH – THE ENDd

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Scale Boating Captain’s Log – October 2016

October 2016 Scale Division Captain’s Log – download PDF

by Jeff Sparksworthy

October 1-2, 2016 – The San Diego Maker Faire

Well mates, they said it couldn’t be done, but some intrepid Argonauts forsook their usual watery hole and helped staff a booth at the San Diego Maker Faire in Balboa Park to help promote the Argonauts and the Western Warship Combat Club.

2016-maker-fare-wwcc-argonauts-3Hundreds of amazed adult visitors and their busy handed children showed up to marvel at the diversity and durability of the craft on display and to try their hand at Rob Wood’s gunnery range.  The only near constant lament was the fact that we didn’t have the battle pool this year to allow the bloodthirsty little blighters to send ships to Davey Jones’ Locker.

Ron Tindall & Mark Shaw USS California 1937Among the hands on deck were Mark Weber, Ron Tindall, Jarod Black, Little-Big-Dave, Rob Wood, Jeff Sparksworthy, Mark Shaw, and whoever else I forgot to mention.

One of the main goals of the effort was to engender the next generation of Argonauts without having to get involved in any Shanghai-shenanigans.

October 15, 2016 – Beginner Day at the Pond

img_5014Many a hearty thanks goes out to Rob Wood and some fellow Western Warshipers and Argonauts for putting together a fun-filled, hands-on day at the pond for young would be skippers.  The recruiting efforts made at the prior week’s Maker Faire seemed to have paid off in spades in that the average age at the pond went way down while the average IQ almost certainly went up.

img_5021A baker’s dozen or so of enthusiastic young seamen and seawomen tried their hands on the tillers of some generously provided loaner boats to see what life was like looking out on the pond’s calming waters instead of a smart phone or computer game.  Hopefully the magic of remote control will hijack their young minds and they’ll begin to torment their parents to get them a starter boat.

img_5019In the meantime, perhaps the club should consider making this an advertised and scheduled monthly event to try to keep the momentum going.  After all, there’s nothing to be gained by being a dying breed of old salts and surely we can scare up a few old scows and tugs for the young ones to navigate.  There is perhaps no greater joy than being able to share your skills, interests, knowledge, and afflictions (I mean hobbies) with the next generation of water sprites.

October 22, 2016 – Maiden Voyages

Jack Chidgey 96 scale USS MissouriThis last Saturday we were honored to be at the maiden voyage of Mr. Jack Chidgey’s 96 scale U.S.S. Missouri as it was lugged into the pond for ballasting and trial runs by Jack’s son and some hardy mates. Although the superstructure was left safely at home, the pond was graced by the distinctive lines of this fine old Iowa Class Battlewagon.

Jack – shown at the far right has been working on this kit since the 1990s and is justifiably proud of the old gal.

img_5102She rode well in the waves once several tons of iron was added as ballast until a slight overheating issue on the ESC forced him to go back to the hobby store.

Also on the pond for its “second maiden voyage” (we’ll give Ron the facts of life talk later) was the wonderfully fast PT Boat owned by Ron Tindall.  The boat had a bigger wake than most battleships – reinforcing the suspicion that Ron likes fast women (I mean boats).

Pogo Tug Cogged Belt Drive UpgradeAlso present (on what may be a near maiden voyage) is Mark Weber’s powerful tug Pogo (originally built by Robert Schimmel) that was recently refitted with twin belt drive motors with the help of Mark Shaw who knows a thing or two about having a belt from his days in the Navy.

Mark Shaw also stepped up to the plate to fix a couple of minor issues with the wiring of Jack’s Missouri’s motors.  Next week Mark promises to have his 1/12 scale (just kidding…1/60ish scale) U.S.S. California down at the pond for a flotation, steering, and engine test. Someone needs to bring a little bottle of champagne and we’ll need about 6 of you rusty old tars to get it from the truck to the pond.

Glenda & Tom GardnerAnother example of a cross-over maiden voyage is pictured here with the Gardner’s trying their hands at real (I mean powered) boats, proving that there is life before and after sail.  They seem to be enjoying the fact that you can run a powered boat directly into the wind.  We’ll have to carefully inspect their Santa Barbara next week to see if they have snuck in an auxiliary motor!

“Give me a fast ship and a good crew for I intend to go in harm’s way” – J.P. Jones

This weekend things really heated up at the pond with the appearance of an entire fleet of dreadnaughts and cruisers.  If we had had an aircraft carrier and a submarine, we could have held war games!

Also showing its fearsome visage was Dave Manley’s Yamato – which always scares the rust out of our scuppers!

And last, but not least, here’s a little humor to brighten these waterlogged pages now that you’ve suffered sufficiently.

Das Ende

2016 IOM National Championship

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Another B-fleet start that is well spaced and on time. B-fleet in this case includes three of our top 6 finishers – it is not easy staying in A-fleet. Robert Hirsch photo.

2016 IOM National Championship (October 7-9, 2016)

Mission Bay Model Yacht Pond in San Diego, CA

By Bob Wells

Initially slated for Boise; the venue moved to San Diego where more participation was assured at this bucket list venue that is a more convenient travel destination. And San Diego came through again with 80-degree sunny weather for our 2016 Nationals on the venerable Model Yacht Pond custom built by Parks in the middle of Mission Bay. It could not be more convenient for radio sailors and the pond aligns so well with the dependable onshore breeze. Plus, the host San Diego Argonauts pride themselves on running a first class full service regatta, which this time featured individual custom sandwiches, lots of giveaways, and an excellent catered barbeque Saturday at the venue after racing. This time a club newbie, Bob Hirsch, stepped up as organizer to handle registrations and the many details. The tell of a good organizer is it all works seamlessly with no sign of panic, so good job Bob. PRO Freddie Rocha entertained and cajoled as only he does between races, and his professional race management is a huge contribution to the class. Let’s just say Freddie doesn’t need artificial amplification to be heard. Assisting on the scoring and heat boards was the highly competent Elaine Brown, imported from Oz for race management for this event.

Thursday practice was so much fun visiting and checking out the new kit. I’ve seen the pictures, but this was my first time with Zvonko’s proto Kantun 2 and Tim Brown’s AKA proto, and clearly they are heading in a similar “wider and shallower with mast a little aft” direction. What a treat to talk with the designers about their protos, and both have just started production. George Pedrick has habitually been an early purchaser of Ian Vickers’ designs recently, and on cue he provided my first view of the new V10. His wife Gene now sails his V9, so we got to see them side by side. I can see the subtle differences when George points them out, but it seems more like a V9.3 to me. Safe to say IOM design development is not stagnant in 2016. The overall quality of all the boats and the preparation of them is high too. Well the exception is maybe Toshi’s Micro Brew 5, where the hull is ultra-smooth but too many sanding sessions left the soft paint he prefers thin to non-existent. Not the usual Toshi standard, and his no apology excuse is that his shop time is all directed to his new MB6.

The NoR set aside Friday morning for compliance check, which per usual was headed by Commodore Mike Eldred with IOM Class Secretary Bruce Andersen again assisting him. It is amazing how quickly they could weigh all our batteries, our keels, weigh our boats all-up ready to sail, and float test them. Only 1-rigs were weighed, because you don’t need a 2-rig here. It helps that we mostly all know the drill. All “eventually” passed and we were ready to sail on time, but the wind took a little longer to develop. Unfortunately, some registered skippers did not compete. To name a few: Organizer Bob Hirsch felt pressured to be available for handling the little demands that kept happening, and Bahamian Stan Wallace had Hurricane Mathew to deal with (he’s fine).

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39 competitors from four countries made it to the starting line with three countries represented in this image. Aussie Tim Brown’s AKA 07 proto in lime green livery was a fast one in light air San Diego. Photo is by Larry Kuechlin of Southside Photography.

Racing was great, but you have to accept shifty conditions that, “no matter where you are on the course, somebody has better wind than you” (thanks for that John Ebey). The prevailing onshore wind is straight down the narrow-ish rectangular pond with many NW and SW shifts and holes. The skippers job is simple to define; find the shifts and pressure, and to transition efficiently as the wind varies. Not so simple in execution. Mackey says, “This is one of the most difficult venues to sail well at”. Friday I thought it best to hug the south shore most of the time for big gains from that narrow band of better pressure with upwind lifts and downwind headers. Saturday and Sunday, the wind was more square and you used the whole course, but always you searched for shifts and/or pressure. The experienced guys that know this venue have an early advantage, which diminishes as the regatta moves on. Nobody gets it right all the time, and in every leg positions change until you cross the line. And damn those fickle shifts and lulls just before the finish line and weather mark that so affect your outcome! I very much like the challenge of sailing here.

No surprise it was a strong field augmented by skippers from BRA, CRO, and Oz. Everybody but our winner spent some time in B fleet, and some top skippers found themselves fighting to get out of C. Congratulations to our winner, 2009 World Champion Zvonko Jelacic from CRO, who separated himself from the leaders on the last day. From past performance Zvonko was the easy pick for this one, but after two days he was in 2nd just behind John Ebey, who was sailing exceptionally well. USA guys Gary Boell, Craig Mackey, Mark Golison, and Bobby Flack were also all still in the hunt after day 2. The last day Zvonko maintained his consistency to pull away from the pack for the win. Golison made his move with all firsts and 2nds on the last four races and Mackey nearly matched him on those races. They finished tied with Golison getting 2nd on countback. Ebey and his beautifully prepared Fusion finished a few points out for a close 4th. It was nice for a change to see a young guy, Bobby Flack, in top five.

As it should be, those racing quietly focused on the business at hand and spoke only to make a needed hail, then as soon as the race is over the friendly banter resumes. This is the environment I like to race in, absent the distraction of sea lawyers arguing about rule violations in the control area. Sure we missed some sailing time for a couple of protests, but this was a cleanly sailed regatta. Some of the credit for this goes to the observer system the USA class instituted about five years ago, thanks Freddie. All who participated were winners on this great weekend, and it was smiles all around as we packed to depart.

Gene Harris is shown tuning her V9 with a scale in millimeters, the class standard reference. Before she is done here the mainboom will be on or near centerline. On the last day I caught Zvonko measuring his shroud tension, as he said he had a tune he liked so he recorded it. The ability to repeat fast settings is de rigueur in this class. Robert Hirsch photo.
Gene Harris is shown tuning her V9 with a scale in millimeters, the class standard reference. Before she is done here the mainboom will be on or near centerline. On the last day I caught Zvonko measuring his shroud tension, as he said he had a tune he liked so he recorded it. The ability to repeat fast settings is de rigueur in this class. Robert Hirsch photo.

Of course a big IOM event is also very social. Under the shade of the oak trees the pond is a great place to hang out and meet old friends and make new ones. My old friends now include Zvonko and Tim and Elaine Brown from overseas. One of my new friends is Michel Roure from New Jersey, where he sails every Saturday he can at Central Park MYC. He also hopes to form a new sailing club at my Parsippany Lake, NJ. Born in France, he purchased a Brazilian Britpop and picked it up in Foster City last year after Brazil’s Pedro Stier chartered it for Worlds. A nice way to get a new boat that is properly tuned. Worlds is where the very French Michel was hooked by the friendly atmosphere of our international community. Now Michel has purchased another Britpop from Denis Astbury for his Father’s 86th birthday. Sadly, Pedro passed unexpectedly this year, and Michel carries the name Pedro gave the boat, Alforria, in his honor.

Every time I sail here there is always a contingent of Argonaut club members watching and cheering when their boys do well. Friends and significant others are hanging out too, or seeing the sights and shopping. After three IOM regatta visits to San Diego, I don’t think my wife has seen a single heat yet. She does see a lot of San Diego though so we’re both happy. What a great weekend and what a great class. We left with a strong desire to return soon and stay longer. 2017 Midwinters maybe?

Summary of the 2016 IOM National Championship:

  • Class: IOM
  • Date: October 7-9, 2016 (3 days racing)
  • Location: Mission Bay Model Yacht Pond in San Diego, CA
  • Host Club: San Diego Argonauts Model Yacht Club
  • Entries: 39
  • Winds: light – upper middle of 1-rig
  • Races Completed: 15 (three heats per race).
  • Scoring System: 2014 HMS
  • Regatta Committee & Valuable Assistants: Organizer & Registration – Bob Hirsh; PRO, Buoy Boat & Scorekeeper – Fred Rocha; Race Officer: Elaine Brown (AUS); Measurements – Mike Eldred, Bruce Andersen; Food – Mark Halberg; Volunteers – Bob Williams and Rich Rogers.

Special Awards:

  • Corinthian Sailor Award – David Woodward
  • Best IOM New Sailor – Gabriel Mueller
  • Thank You! Award – Elaine Brown

Photos Links:

2016 IOM National Championship – Results after 15 races with 2 throw-outs:

Position Skipper Sail # City Hull Score
1 Zvonko Jelacic 35 Split, CRO Kantun 2 Proto 34.0
2 Mark Golison 55 California, USA V9 59.0
3 Craig Mackey 29 California, USA britPOP! 59.0
4 John Ebey 93 California, USA FUSION 62.0
5 Bobby Flack 96 Michigan, USA britPOP! 71.0
6 Gary Boell 71 California, USA NITRO 96.0
7 George Pedrick 50 California, USA V10 101.0
8 Kelly Martin 77 Washington, USA V8 111.3
9 Ken Campbell 181 California, USA V8 114.5
10 Jerry Brower 42 Washington, USA V9 116.0
11 Steve Toschi 94 California, USA Micro Brew 5 124.0
12 Gabriel Mueller 58 Rio Grande do Sul, BRA britPOP! 137.0
13 Pedro Loureiro 88 Rio Grande do Sul, BRA britPOP! 142.0
14 Baron Bremer 81 Florida, USA britPOP! 144.0
15 Chris Sullivan 62 California, USA britPOP! 149.0
16 Jon Elmaleh 2 New York, USA New Road 2 172.0
17 Tim Brown 07 Gold Coast, AUS AKA 181.0
18 Bob Wells 7 Washington, USA Kantun S 192.0
19 Stephan Cohen 28 California, USA britPOP! 196.0
20 Denis Rogers 43 California, USA britPOP! 218.0
21 Bruce Andersen 16 Idaho, USA britPOP! 258.0
22 Scott McConnell 21 Washington, USA Kantun S 259.0
23 Michel Roure 18 New Jersey, USA britPOP! 263.0
24 Joe Damico 86 Washington, USA britPOP! 271.0
25 Larry Stiles 64 Washington, USA britPOP! 277.0
26 Barry Donaher 47 Utah, USA FUSION 293.0
27 Terrance Heyns 13 California, USA Pikanto 318.0
28 Gene Harris 57 California, USA V9 321.0
29 David Jensen 68 Washington, USA V9 334.0
30 Mike Eldred 39 California, USA V8 339.0
31 Jim McCaa 36 Washington, USA Kantun S 347.0
32 Glen Murray 59 California, USA MB5 (Woody) 348.0
33 Steve Washburn 155 California, USA V8 354.0
34 Kurt Wells 737 California, USA britPOP! 396.0
35 David Woodward 54 California, USA Goth 397.0
36 Ben Reeve 136 California, USA Tempest 413.0
37 Thomas Respess 90 California, USA Micro Brew 4 427.0
2016 IOM USA Nationals Champion Zvonko Jelacic from CRO and his proto Kantun 2 with its distinctive wide stern. He’s walking with Gary Boell and his Nitro by Jeff Byerley. It’s good to be tall in radio sailing. In my next life I want to come back tall like these Sequoias with the elevated viewing angle. Photo by Larry Kuechlin of Southside Photography.
2016 IOM USA Nationals Champion Zvonko Jelacic from CRO and his proto Kantun 2 with its distinctive wide stern. He’s walking with Gary Boell and his Nitro by Jeff Byerley. It’s good to be tall in radio sailing. In my next life I want to come back tall like these Sequoias with the elevated viewing angle. Photo by Larry Kuechlin of Southside Photography.

The ‘Bob Wells’ Rule: It is never good when they revise the Sis with a rule named after you… On the first day everybody wanted to sail along the south (or far shore) for the big gains, but my tired eyes were making it very difficult even though the distance wasn’t far. In the upwind congestion I was afraid I would hit someone and downwind I struggled with trim and steering – all due to my vision limitations. Maybe it was the afternoon glare and/or the boats were in shade there, but I was sailing embarrassingly poorly with no confidence. 

 Then I see Boells go to the south shore to release his grounded boat, and I recognize that I would see much better from that shore. After confirming that was in the control area, I sailed from the far shore my next races and I could see perfectly! What a joy. I could hear the starting tape (barely) and the few hails that went my way, and for the first time I’m sailing at the front of the fleet in a B and then in an A heat. Take away my other issues on those races with my topping lift snagging on my new carbon spreaders, and I would have had my best finishes of the regatta. Next Jerry Brower joined me for the A heat and he much preferred it too – he was in 2nd until a pile-up at the leeward mark left him DFL. For the record, Jerry said afterwards it was caused by the limited visibility from the skippers on the north shore, and if they shared his closer vantage point it would have been a clean rounding for all.

 Racing ended for the day and the race committee quietly informed me there would be no more sailing from the south shore, and the official announcement came at the next day’s skipper’s meeting. Initially the concern was ‘unfair advantage’, but after I explained anybody could be there it was agreed that

wasn’t a problem. The official reason to restrict access to the south shore is ‘a communication problem’. So be it. 

 The next two days’ fewer boats sail along the south shore and my vision was acceptable upwind. Downwind I still struggled with trim and steering at the often preferred south shore though, and I’d say I lost 3-4 boats per leg simple due to vision limitations. After the regatta Zvonko volunteered he noticed my struggles with vision downwind, where too often my sails weren’t powered up or my steering direction was crap. He also gave me a tip: position myself either in front or behind my boat so I can see more of the sails. That should help…

 The reason I’m spending so much time on this is I would like the San Diego Argonauts to consider putting the south shore back into the control area. Try it, the radio sailing quality will be better in my not so humble opinion. And you’ll get a nice workout from all the walking to the north side to visit and check the heat board. I can work off the nice lunches you provide.

The staging area at the Mission Bay Model Yacht Pond on Vacation Isle in San Diego, and there can’t be a more convenient place for radio sailing. The worst thing you can say is you have to move your boat once in a while to stay in shade. The skippers in the upper right are lining up for the next start. What a great venue. Robert Hirsch photo.

San Diego Argonauts & Western Warship Combat Club at Maker Faire

San Diego Argonauts & Western Warship Combat Club will be exhibiting at San Diego Maker Faire!  This will be a behind the scenes look at last year’s WWCC Battle Pond as well as a chance to check out the local Argonauts RC model boats that will be on display.

Contact us if you want to volunteer. The first 12 volunteers to sign up are eligible for free event tickets.

For more info, go to our Facebook page.

Click here to join the San Diego Argonauts email list.

 

 

2016 IOM USA National Championship Regatta

AMYA NATIONAL RANKING EVENT

Hosted By: the San Diego Argonauts Model Yacht Club

When: October 7, 8 and 9th, 2016

Where: the Mission Bay Model Yacht Pond, San Diego, CA

Notice of Race:

You are cordially invited to participate in the
2016 IOM USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA
National Ranking Event

FORMAT: Fleet Racing utilizing HMS 2016 for scoring and fleet management

SCHEDULE:

10/07/16: Friday
08:30…….Check in, Event Measurement, Class & AMYA Certification Check
10:30…….Skipper’s Meeting
10:50…….Warning Signal
11:00…….Race
17:00…….No race start after or at the PRO’s discretion.
19:30…….Social Event Non-host dinner @ Fiddler’s Green Restaurant
2760 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego CA 92106 (619) 222-2216

10/08/16: Saturday
10:30…….Open Practice
10:50…….Warning Signal
11:00…….Race
17:00…….No race start after or at the PRO’s discretion.
17:00…….Phil’s BBQ

10/09/16: Sunday
09:30…….Open Practice
09:50…….Warning Signal
10:00…….Race
16:00…….No race start after or at the PRO’s discretion.
16:30…….Awards Ceremony

Lunch starting at 12:30 Depending on progress of racing there may not be a formal lunch break. Skippers will have time to have lunch in between heats.

RACE STAFF:

Race Chairman: Robert Hirsch USA
Principal Race Officer: Fred Rocha USA
Protest Committee: TBD
Official Measurer
: Mike Eldred USA
Scoring & Timekeeping: Fred Rocha USA
Administration: San Diego Argonauts

RULES: The regatta will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016 (RRS) as changed by RRS Appendix E, the Championship Regulations of ISAF-IRSA, this Notice of Race (NOR), the Sailing Instructions (SI), the International One Metre Class, HMS 2016 and The Equipment Rules of Sailing. The Sailing instructions shall prevail in case of conflict with this Notice of Race.

ELIGIBILITY: The Competition is open to all IOM class boats. All entrants must be current members of AMYA or their National Authority and have a valid IOM measurement certificate.

REGISTRATION and EVENT MEASUREMENT: Boats with a valid measurement certificate shall be presented for registration on Friday, October 1th between 8:30 and 10:00 at the sailing site for event measurement. No boat shall be eligible for racing until it has been registered and measured for the event.

WEIGHT SPOT CHECKS: At the discretion of the Race Director, spot checks of sailing weights of randomly selected boats may be conducted during the event. In addition, the top 5 finishing boats in each of the racing days may be weighed.

SCORING and RACING SYSTEM: Scoring will be carried out in accordance with the HMS 2016. Promotion/Relegation Six-(6). The number of boats promoted and relegated may be adjusted by notice in the SI’s or at the discretion of the Race Director at the skippers meeting.

PRE-REGISTRATION and FEES: Please this is a must, in order to assure no Radio Channel conflict early on, this really help speeds things up on race days. Also allows us to have adequate amount of food and drinks. Entries are to be made using the official entry form below and forwarded to:

Robert Hirsch
10795 Scripps Ranch Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92131
858.663.5702
rhirsch01@gmail.com

Entry fee is USD$95.00 per boat (includes $10 donation to the NCA) and includes lunch and beverages for the 3 days and Phil’s BBQ. Fees are payable by check to San Diego Argonauts mailed to the above address or on line at iomusa.org

or For online/PayPal registration…  https://form.jotform.com/62105557625960

FREQUENCIES: Permitted frequency bands are FCC-approved surface bands. Transmitters on 75 MHz must be narrow band certified. Radio frequencies will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis. NO CONFLICTS will be allowed. Each competitor is required to have a minimum of three (3) additional frequencies available. 2.4 Ghz radios are permitted and are exempt from rule E2.4 in the RRS.

AWARDS: Prizes will be awarded to the first 5 positions in the final results.
LIABILITY: All those entering or taking part in this regatta do so at their own risk and responsibility. ISAF- IRSA, IOM ICA, AMYA, USA NCA, San Diego Argonauts Model Yacht Club and or any other parties involved in the organization of this event disclaim any and all responsibility whatsoever for loss, damage, injury or inconvenience that might occur to persons and goods, both ashore and on the water as a consequence of entering or participating in the event covered by this Notice of Race.

At all times the responsibility for the safety of their boat and themselves including the decision to participate or continue shall rest with the competitors. By entering this event, it is deemed that you accept these conditions. Competitors are advised to ensure that they have adequate insurance that provides coverage for public liability and their possible injury in the Country and County of this event.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Entries must be received no later than October 1st, 2016. Late entries may be accepted on site only at the discretion of the Race Chairman. Any late entry will be responsible for entering with an unassigned frequency. Late entry shall be paid in cash. There is no refund.

2016 IOM USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA ENTRY FORM

LIABILITY: All those entering or taking part in this Regatta do so at their own risk and responsibility. ISAF-IRSA, IOM ICA, AMYA, USA NCA, San Diego Argonauts Model Yacht Club, regatta staff, and or any other parties involved in the organization of this event disclaim any and all responsibility whatsoever for loss, damage, injury or inconvenience that might occur to persons and goods, both ashore and on the water as a consequence of entering or participating in the event covered by this Notice of Race.
At all times the responsibility for the safety of their boat and themselves including the decision to participate or continue shall rest with the competitors. By entering this event, it is deemed that you accept these conditions. Competitors are advised to ensure that they have adequate insurance that provides coverage for public liability and their possible injury in the Country and County of this event.
CONDUCT: Poor competitor behavior can reflect negatively on the sport, and all competitors are advised that their actions will be under scrutiny by race officials. In the event race officials witness any behavior which they deem to be a breach of good manners or sportsmanship, or which may bring the sport into disrepute, the Principal Race Officer assisted by race officials will protest the party (ies) in accordance with RRS 2 or 69.1.
The PRO, all race officials and observers have been directed to record any incidents which will be dealt with to the full extent available to the Protest Committee. Penalties available to the Protest Committee include exclusion from the race in question or subsequent races, exclusion from the regatta, or other action within the Committee’s jurisdiction.

FEE: USD$95. 00 per boat (includes $10 donation to the NCA).
Make check payable to: San Diego Argonauts or GO on line at iomusa.org

For online/PayPal registration…  https://form.jotform.com/62105557625960

ENTRY DEADLINE: October 1st 2016

Send to:

Robert Hirsch
10795 Scripps Ranch Blvd.
San Diego, CA. 92131
858.663.5702
email: rhirsch01@gmail.com

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Name:
AMYA #:
Address:
City:
State:
Zip:
Phone:
Email Address:
Sail #:
Country:
Hull #:
Hull Design:
Hull Color:
Channel: Primary Secondary Alternate
Emergency phone #:
Emergency contact name:

By signing this entry form I agree to all the terms and conditions set forth in the Notice of Race above.

Signature:

Date:

Mail or EMAIL this form with AMYA Card, Boat Certificate (copies) and Fees

For online/PayPal registration…  https://form.jotform.com/62105557625960