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October Roundup

In some neighborhoods green leaves are turning to amber and pumpkins baked into pies. With the shorter days ahead we look forward to trick and treaters at our doorstep.

I am certain, most will agree we are “lucky puppies” to live in San Diego where we can play outdoors year round. In October offshore breezes are frequent callers to our pond and teeshirts will soon be replaced with sweatshirts. A little light rain we will weather. But snow and ice are only imagined here.. So we sail on with a smile!

Thank You to Ken Campbell for informative rules clinics, diligent monthly scoring and accumulated 2021 scores. Thank You Ben Reeve for many RD duties that make racing on our pond fun. Helpful hands are always appreciated!

YEARLY STANDINGS FOR ALL FLEETS

OCTOBER POINTS

Drone footage (A series of 15 videos of Races 1, 2, Cancelled 3, 3, 5
EXTRA IOM

Thank You Kerim Baran for excellent drone footage and racing rules clinic video.

Sailing Rules Clinic Video 1
Sailing Rules Clinic Video 2

SMOOTH SAILING

PIFA 2021

DUE TO COVID19 THERE HAS BEEN CONSIDERABLE CONFUSION ABOUT THE PIFA EVENT AND POND AVAILABILITY. PACIFIC ISLAND FESTIVAL 2021 HAS BEEN CANCELED AND REPLACED WITH VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES.

PLEASE NOTE.. THE POND IS OPEN AND AVAILABLE FOR USE ON SEPTEMBER 25-26. REMEMBER TO BE CONSIDERATE TO ALL USERS AND SHARE THIS VALUABLE RESOURCE WITH RESPECT.

Safe and Fun Boating

2021 SDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA PHOTO ESSAY

SANTA BARBARA CLASS

Congratulations AMYA Santa Barbara OD National Champion – Jess Atkinson

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ODOM CLASS

George Ribeiro-ODOM #1 & Founder of Class
Congratulations to George Pedrick, the 2021 ODOM National Champion

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IOM CLASS

Congratulations Mark Gollison- OUR NEW IOM USA NATIONAL CHAMPION!

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DF 95 CLASS

CONGRATULATIONS! Mark Golison, Our New DF95 AMYA National Champion

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SOLING 50 CLASS

Steve Sidell Photography
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Thank You Fred!!
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2021 SOLING 50 NATIONAL CHAMPION- Mr. Larry Grant

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The San Diego Argonauts thank all participants and guests for their enthusiasm and support during this National Championship Regatta. We hope to see you all again in three years!

Smooth Sailing

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Snapshot Of September Sailing Calendar

September 4th:

11:00 Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar 11:45 Skippers Meeting

12:00 – 16:00 Sail Points S/B OD – SOLING 50 – ODOM

September 18th:
SAN DIEGO BAY FAIR – WORLD SERIES OP POWERBOAT RACING


September 25th: PIFA – PACIFIC ISLANDER FESTIVAL

2021 AMYA Soling 50 National Championship Regatta

San Diego Argonauts culminate Race Week featuring the classic Soling 50 sailboat. This model has deep roots in our RC sailing community, with many extraordinary local sailors competing successfully at a national level. We salute all who continue to support this class.

An early morning rouge tropical front passed through the coastal region, again, but did not disrupt the the consistent onshore flow we have been experiencing throughout the week. The clock started at 11AM sharp and we were off to the races!

Soling 50’s Off the Line – Steve Sidell Photography
Steve Sidell Photography
Steve Sidell Photography
Steve Sidell Photography
NICE RACING!!
Special thanks to Dan Shier and Derek Landeau today for the drone footage of Soling 50 Races 9, 13, and 14.

SOLING 50 USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-SCORES

AWARDS

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2021 SOLING 50 NATIONAL CHAMPION- Mr. Larry Grant
SECOND PLACE- CONGRATULATIONS!! Kerim Baran
THIRD PLACE- Ken Campbell
FOURTH PLACE- Gary Boell
FIFTH PLACE- George Pedrick
SOLING 50 CORINTIAN AWARD- Bob Williams
Special Presentation by Bob Williams- Recognizes Fred Rocha for his tireless passion and leadership. Thank You Fred!

San Diego Argonauts Thank our Event Sponsors for their Generous Support of Race-Week Events and Activities.

Hats off to San Diego Argonauts Ben Reeve, Bill Bridge, Greg Williams and Mark Hallberg. This event would not have been possible without your support..

Snapshot Of September Calendar: SEE YOU AT THE POND

September 4th

11:00 Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar 11:45 Skippers Meeting

12:00 – 16:00 Sail Points S/B OD – SOLING 50 – ODOM

September 18th
BAY FAIR-THUNDER BOAT RACES ON MISSION BAY


September 25th
PIFA – PACIFIC ISLANDER FESTIVAL

2021 AMYA DF95 National Championship Regatta

San Diego Argonauts Race Week continues with a three day regatta featuring the DragonFlite DF95 Class. These production RC boats are very well designed for One Design Competition and Exciting Pond Sailing.

Our wind and weather forecast looks favorable for the next few days, so get down to the pond and experience the sailing action.

Thursday, AUG 12 DF95 National Championship Regatta-Scores & Photos

Drone Footage of AUG. 12 Races-Courtesy Kerim Baran

Friday, AUG 13 DF95 National Championship Regatta-RACING CONTINUES

I looks like another perfect day of sailing on Mission Bay Model Yacht Pond. Clear weather and fair winds are the forecast.. Enjoy the day!

Friday, AUG 13 DF95 National Championship Regatta-RACING SCORES

Drone Footage of AUG. 13 Races-Courtesy Kerim Baran

Saturday, AUG 14 DF95 National Championship Regatta-SCORES & PHOTOs

The score sheets from the past two days of the DF95 National Championship Regatta reveal an extremely high level of sailing competition. There are many close score throughout the fleet! Best of luck to all sailors!

CONGRATULATIONS! Mark Golison, Our New DF95 AMYA National Champion
Steve Landeau-SECOND PLACE..
Peter Feldman-THIRD PLACE..
Gary Boell-FOURTH PLACE
Brig North-FIFTH PLACE
Thank You Again… Kerim Baran

THE ONE DAY SOLING 50 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTA -SUNDAY AUG. 15

San Diego Argonauts Thank our Event Sponsors for their Generous Support of Race-Week Events and Activities.

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GOOD LUCK and SMOOTH SAILING TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!!

2021 IOM USA National Championship Regatta

Sailors tune their rigs… Four Days of Regatta Action
DAY ONE SCORES

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2021 IOM USA National Championship Regatta-DAY TWO

Synopsis for the far southern California coast…  At 2 AM, a 1014 mb high was near the Orange County coast, and a  1003 mb low was near Needles. Weak onshore flow will prevail this  week.

WIND FORECAST

Todays forecast proved to be fairly accurate as IOM Sailors experienced light to medium pressure from a more westerly direction. Great competition today!!

IOM’s OFF THE LINE

IOM-DAY TWO SCORES

After a full day of sailing friends gather for a celebration!

CONGRATULATIONS MR. & MRS. STEVE LANDEAU

Participants enjoyed a beautiful pond side evening at Mission Bay Park

2021 Aug 9 – RACE WEEK – IOM Races (12A 13C 13B 13A 14C) – Video #1

Special thanks to Kerim Baran for drone footage of todays races.

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2021 IOM USA National Championship Regatta-DAY THREE

Towering cumulus clouds over our local mountains and a warm monsoonal push are the backdrop today at Mission Bay Model Yacht Pond. Sailors enjoyed tropical like weather and consistent sea breezes from the WNW direction. Championship class sailing continues!

General Recall

2021 IOM USA National Championship Regatta-DAY THREE SCORE SHEET

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2021 IOM USA National Championship Regatta-DAY FOUR

Wednesday morning San Diego was greeted by a fast moving monsoonal surge and balmy tropical weather. Thunder storms rolled through and gave way to full sun, providing early sea breezes. Sailors were challenge by shifty pond conditions through out this final day of IOM competition.

Fred Rocha – Master Event Coordinator & Score Meister
OFFSET WINDWARD & REACH TO THE CORNER

2021 IOM USA National Championship Regatta-FINAL SCORES

Congratulations Mark Gollison- OUR NEW IOM USA NATIONAL CHAMPION!
George Pedrick – SECOND PLACE
Brig North – THIRD PLACE
Gary Boell- FOURTH PLACE
Peter Feldman – FIFTH PLACE
IOM USA National Championship Fleet

San Diego Argonauts Thank our Event Sponsors for their Generous Support of Race-Week Events and Activities.

RACE WEEK CONTINUES… DF95 CLASS

July 3 Sail POINTS

Happy Fourth of July fellow Argonauts.

On this holiday I feel it is an ideal time to express my appreciation to ALL members that make our hobby and recreation possible at “Our Pond”. This includes every member.. You all count.  A huge THANK YOU for you participation!

For those who are still in dry dock, now is the time to dust off the rigs and start becoming active again. Our Santa Barbara fleet is looking for more boats and invite all inactive sailors back. ODOM’s and Soling 50’s are also always looking for more competitive fleets. It’s time to join in on the fun!

It is said that “It Takes a Village”.  Now is a good time to get involved. Just for the love of our hobby and camaraderie. It’s not just about winning a race. It’s about success as a group. It’s time to pull together and make Race-Week a huge success!  For those whose have not registered for their perspective fleet, time is running short.

VOLUNTEERS ARE APPRECIATED

REGISTER & ONLINE PAYMENT AT AMYA website:  https://www.theamya.org/regatta/thisYear/race_st.php#CA

July 3-Races Highlights

Soling 50 eight boat fleet

Thank You Ken Campbell for another informative Racing Rules Clinic. These seminars can provide useful information and help us all become better sailors. One of the topics of discussions was calling for room with port/starboard boat situations and obstructions. I think he has a crystal ball..

Fred Rocha once again set a fun course with predominant southwest to west winds averaging 8-9mph. Fred also served as RD extraordinaire!! Our hats are off for VC of Sail!

Soling 50’s sailed a 6 race series with just a small handful of on the water fouls. Two discrepancies were heard by protest committee Rogers 3 & Rogers 2+1. I think it is always easier and kinder to the scoresheet to clear infractions on the water.

SOLING 50

2 S/B’s and ODOM’s with a delayed start, shared the course for a six race series. Nice Sailing.

ODOM RESULTS

Thank You Kim Robbins and Jeff Fletcher for assisting Fred Rocha with equipment cleanup and storage.. The lock was checked twice!

JULY SCHEDULE (cont)

July 10th
10:00 SDA Race Week Meeting
11:00 Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar
11:45 Skippers Meeting
12:00 – 16:00 Sail Points IOM – DF95


July 17th
SCALE DIVISION FULL DAY – Scale Age of Steam


July 24th
11:30 Skippers Meeting
12:00 SOLING 50 SUMMER REGATTA

IOM & DF95-JUNE SAIL POINTS

JUNE 26 RACE RESULTS

IT LOOKED LIKE A FUN DAY OF SAILING COMPETITION AT SAN DIEGO MODEL YACHT POND IN MISSION BAY. If you are an RC enthusiast, big boat sailor or just pond side spectator the San Diego Argonauts welcome your interest into our FUN and challenging hobby of RC Sailing!

IOM RESULTS
DF95

DF95 & IOM AERIAL DOCUMENTATION. Thank You Kerim Baran.

DF95 Races 4 – 6

DF95 1
DF95 2
DF95 3
DF95 4
DF 95 5
DF95 6
DF 95 7

IOM RACES 1 & 2

IOM 1
IOM 2
IOM 3
IOM 4
IOM 5
IOM 6

HERE IS THE REMAINDER OF OUR JULY SAIL CALENDAR:

July 3rd
11:00 Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar
11:45 Skippers Meeting
12:00 – 16:00 Sail Points SOLING 50 – ODOM – S/B OD


July 10th
10:00 SDA Race Week Meeting
11:00 Racing Rules of Sailing Seminar
11:45 Skippers Meeting
12:00 – 16:00 Sail Points IOM – DF95


July 17th
SCALE DIVISION FULL DAY – Scale Age of Steam
July 24th
11:30 Skippers Meeting
12:00 SOLING 50 SUMMER REGATTAJuly 31st11:00 Sail Clinic

July 31st

11:00 Sail Clinic

12:00 – 16:00 Open Water

GET READY FOR AUGUST RACE WEEK 2021

2021 SDA ODOM SUMMER REGATTA

What a fantastic way to kick off the 2021 Summer Sailing Season! Conditions could not have been any more challenging for a full afternoon of non stop competition. The pond wind gods (or demons) delivered an entire banquet of conditions during the 12 race series. The first 4 races the wind seemed hopeful but down right puffy and shifty. Middle heats sailors were served telltale teasers that just barely satisfied a craving to move. By late afternoon the big wind finally filled in and everyone was on their rails. Fun conditions and a very competitive fleet. Our protest station was vacant as any rule infractions were settled with sorries and turns. Nice racing!

Fred Rocha and Greg Williams deserve a standing ovation for promoting, organizing and executing a perfect regatta. RD Fred set the marks and called the days courses with NCR precision. Sailors had lots of water to navigate with a comfortable starting line near the east end of the pond. Offset windward marks on the far west shores. A leeward gate all the way to the east shore and a mid basin offset that also served as a finish line. Great Course!

Tough Competition

We had a great turnout of ODOM skippers with varied skill levels. They all seemed to get along on the water with few fouls. Thank you all for your Corinthian Spirt! Check out the scores.. One point separating first place Ken Campbell and second place John Castelli who “claims” this was his first race in 2 years! Our less experience sailors learned a lot today and had a chance to sail with the best. Congratulations and thank you for your participation!

Lets build the ODOM fleet back up- because It IS a FUN boat to sail!

A special thank you to Kerim Baran for spectacular drone footage from the last 20 minutes of race 11 and race 12. A very cool perspective!

May 15 Race Results

It was a cloudy kind of cool May gray day the wind ranged between 0-9mph from the wsw x w x sw x nw x w x s x straight down.  The turnout was decent 5 IOM’s and 13 95’s. For the most part the sailing was fair, only a few people missed taking a turn when they should, have hopefully they will fix that in the future.  I want to send a huge vote of thanks out to Gil, Pat, and Ken for their help.  Without people that step up we’re sunk!  Kim 5/15 RD

Thank You RD Kim Robbins.

Thank You Scorekeeper Ken Campbell.

SPECIAL THANKS TO KERIM BARAN FOR GREAT DRONE FOOTAGE OF MAY 15 RACING.

And here are some videos from the IOM races:
Race #4 (videos 1,2,3)Race #5 (videos 4,5,6)

RACE 4
RACE 4
RACE 4
RACE 5
RACE 5
RACE 5