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RD -Ben Reeves

“I had the pleasure of being the RD today for the first day back to points racing in some time.  It was good to be back in racing spirit today.
First on today’s agenda was spending some time training some new volunteers to do some RD work in the future.  Pat Nevitt and Steve Delvin were my assistants today, and both did a fantastic job in helping to sort out the marks, set them, call the start line, call the contacts to weather, and of course score the races.”  

“As for today it was mostly sunny with occasional clouds cooling the temp down every now and then, but with a high of 61 and the sun shining spring is definitely here.  The winds were typical San Diego winds coming from the South, North, West and Mars.  Blowing mostly 6-9 with some in frequent gusts probably close to 12.  The racing was for the One Designs – the Santa Barbara, Soling 50 and Odoms were there and started in those orders.  Only 2 Santa Barbaras showed up so we improvised and allowed them to sail, even though three are required for a points race to be official, and we modified the clock for 1 min to start the S/B followed immediately of a 1 min start for the solings. All were scored.  In the soling class 5 skippers made the water and by the end the 1st and 2nd places were being discussed, as the first two skippers had the same score.  6 Races were allotted for the group since essentially both classes were on the water at the same time.  This worked out OK and is a good way to give skippers a chance to sail with a light fleet number.”

The ODOMs were next, and they two had 6 races and the clock was moved back to 2 mins.  Again there was some good racing here, unfortunately Kim had to drop out before wetting the hull due to a break.  A couple of races were close, but if an odom got out in the lead at the weather it was usually in the top two for sure.  

A lot of port starts or immediate tack to port after starting was the theme of the day.  The wind was heavily port favoring and I believe we had one boat, having been called over and last to start, played the port favoring perfectly to round the Windward marks clear ahead of the fleet.  The usual holes of wind flustered a few skippers, and hence the wind from Mars comment, as it seems the water was moving but the boat wasn’t. :o) 

In all it was a good day back. And good corinthian sailing was done by all.  And it was good to get some volunteers into the rotation soon.  Oh, you are probably wondering about scores.  Well that’s a secret.  Nah, Mr Points Campbell is working on them and will announce the results soon.



SAIL DIVISION-good things are shaking in the wind..

Normal club operations are expected to resume this summer, depending on all pandemic restrictions being lifted by the county and city.

As sailors begin more frequent use of the pond we must to be aware and show respect to other users of our valuable resource. Saturday morning is reserved for Scale Division. Stay off the water until noon! Use common sense when speedy Power Craft are sharing the water. Practice the Corinthian Spirit.

Sail members will soon be given several choices for a new Burgee. Make sure you voice an opinion. These new colors could show up on your hat, shirt or bumper sticker!

We have a busy summer ahead with lots of fun Club Points Racing, Regattas and Race Week in August. (check the current calendar) We are going to need volunteers! Don’t be shy because this is going to be a lot of fun!

We all share a truly amazing hobby and we are most fortunate to have a Model Yacht Pond in beautiful Mission Bay Park.

Smooth Sailing, Gil

IOM Starting Line Action

IOM Region 6 Championship, August 21-23, 2020



August 21-23, 2020

Mission Bay Model Pond
1400 Vacation Road, San Diego, CA 92109


The event will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (RRS) as changed by RRS Appendix E, this Notice of Race (NOR), the Sailing Instructions (SI), the International One Meter Class Rules, the current applicable Heat Management System (HMS) and the Equipment Rules of Sailing (2017-2020). The Sailing Instructions shall prevail in case of conflict with this Notice of Race.


Our primary concern is the health and safety of our competitors, race officials, volunteers, guests, and all involved coming together for a national level event. As such our Covid Concerns and Regatta safety practices include:

1.2.1 While the Organizers will be implementing reasonable safety protocols, each individual attendee must decide if these guidelines meet their personal minimums and make their own choices. If these practices below do not meet what you believe to be safe guidelines for you or if you feel believe these practices “go too far” and you do not intend to follow them then youSHALL NOT attend this event.

1.2.2 Given the Covid-19 global pandemic the Race Committee will employ several non- negotiable health practices at this regatta. Skippers who attend must follow these practices or they will be required to leave the event and will not be allowed to continue racing (with no refunds).

a) All involved are mandated to perform health screenings upon arrival at San Diego Model Pond water site.

b) Health screening must be completed at the beginning of each day prior to or at check in (gathering).

c) Screening shall occur upon parking your car prior to admittance to the racing area.

d) A second health screening will be required for all if the racing day should extend beyond ten (10) hours.


e) Health screenings are conducted by asking specific questions to check for signs or symptoms of respiratory infection and assessing body temperature.

• Have you experienced any of the following in the last 24-48 hours?One of the following:
Cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing


Or more than two of the following:

Fever, diarrhea, fatigue, repeated shaking with chills, body muscle aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or new loss of taste or smell


• Body temperature screening of greater than 100.4° F or 37.7°C is considered a “positive”screening

If a positive answer is given to any of the health screening questions or body temperature of 100.4°F or 37.7°C is identified, such individuals SHALL NOT be allowed to race.

f) Social distancing: Skippers will be asked to maintain social distancing (6 feet of separation or 2 IOM boat lengths) during the regatta if physically possible. When not possible, they are required to wear a mask.

g) In the racing control area, as defined by the PRO and race committee, masks shall be worn at all times.


1.3.1 All boats shall be checked by technical committee prior to racing in this event.
• Boats together with their measurement certificates shall be presented for registration and

equipment inspection on Friday August 21st from 08.00 to 11.00.
1.3.2 All Equipment shall be inspected by technical committee before racing this event.

1.3.3 The Race Committee may extend the time for registration and inspection if there is a valid reason to do so.

1.3.4 No boat shall be eligible to race until it has been registered and has passed equipment inspection.

1.3.5 At the discretion of the PRO, checks of randomly selected boats to ensure that they comply with class rules may be conducted during the event.

1.4.1 No frequency conflicts will be allowed.

1.4.2 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”

1.4.3 2.4 GHZ radios are permitted and are exempt from rule E2.4 in the RRS.2. RISK STATEMENT:

2.1 RRS 4 of the Racing RRSs of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision
to participate in a heat or to continue racing is hers alone.” Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in any of the events covered by this NOR, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:

a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;

b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;

c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;

d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;

e) The provision of a race management team, patrol boats, umpires and other officials and volunteers by the organizer does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;

f) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances; and

g) All involved in this event shall test negative heath screening procedures and expected to accept any government changes regarding this global pandemic (COVID-19).


3.1 The regatta is open to all boats of the IOM class. Each boat shall either send in advance or produce at Registration a valid Certification Measurement Form and proof of current AMYA or their National Authority membership.


4.1 The fee for the event per boat is $65 dollars (pay by 08/14/20).

4.2 Entry form and fees must be submitted by August 14th, 2020. After August 14th, the registration period is closed. This is a requirement of having a proper skipper count related to managing Covid Health and Safety Protocols. There is no exception.

4.3 Payment can made by PayPal transfer to organizer. PayPal info please us the jot form URL below:

4.4 The fee includes lunches from 21st to 23rd, drink, skipper welcome bag and prize giving to Top 5 and Corinthian’s Trophy.


5.1 Mission Bay Pond San Diego CA 92109

August 21st 08:00 Health Screening, Registration & Equipment Inspection
11:00 Skippers’ Meeting Warning & Racing to follow
17:30 After which time no heat shall start
10:00/announced Health Screening, Skippers’ Meeting /Warning Signal as announced
17:30 After which time no heat shall start
19:30 Social Activity to be announced (no host dinner)
10:00/announced Health Screening, Skippers’ Meeting /Warning Signal as announced
15:00 No race shall start, trophies to follow


7.1 The Sailing Instructions will be available prior to the skippers meeting.


8.1 The Championship shall be raced and scored under the current Heat Management System (HMS).

a) Five races are required to be completed to constitute the championship.

8.2 Boats finishing in an incorrect heat will not be allowed to sail in their assigned heat for that race and will be scored DNS for their correct heat.


Principal Race Officer: Fred Rocha

Race Director: TBD

Technical Chairman: Ben Reeve

Protest Chairman: TBD

Scoring: Fred Rocha

Registration: SDA/ IOM Fleet


10.1 Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury, or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

10.2 All those entering or taking part in this regatta do so at their own risk and responsibility. WORLD SAILING, IRSA, IOM ICA, AMYA, USA IOM NCA, the hosting Model Yacht Club, Regatta Staff and 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.

10.3 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.


11.1 Personal Sail Numbers will take precedence if numbering conflicts arise until 10 days prior to the skipper’s meeting.

12. FOOD:

12.1 Individual lunch boxes and beverage will be served all 3 days.


13.1 Top 5 finishers

13.2 Corinthian’s Trophy

14.1 There are many Hotels close by, please consult the local listings for the Hotel that will best serve you. If you need assistance, please contact Fred Rocha at


15.1 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 (or parties) in accordance with RRS 2 or 69.1.

15.2 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 juridiction.


16.1 Competitors, owners of the boats and their guests are giving all rights for using pictures and videos of persons and boats during the regatta in medias, including commercials, press materials and all other promoting activities and press releases, unless it is notified by writing before submitting entry.


17.1 All involved arriving in the county from international locations identified on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Warning Level 2 or 3 Travel Advisory (available at: shall be subject to 14-day home or other suitable location quarantine and self-monitoring before racing.


The following words and phrases have these definitions in this interpretation.

Shall or may: In this document, the word “shall” specify a mandatory action or procedure, while the word “may” be permissive.

Will: In this document, the word “will” specify an intention.
All involved: In this document, the expression “all involved” represents, race officials,competitors, volunteers and or any individual involved at this specific event.



Email Address: Emergency contact name: Emergency phone #:

Sail #:

Channel: 2 . 4 Primary


AMYA #: Phone #:

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


EMAIL this form to: and

Hull Design:



FS: Rare Woody US One Meter built by Bob DeBow

This is a woody US One Meter made by Bob DeBow. It has been cleaned up and has a new skinned top deck. The next unique thing about it is that is has BRAND NEW just hung recently Chuck Black sails.  That’s right two legends in one boat.  I am trying to get my fleet to a manageable size really down to just three boats.  I need room in the garage. I am going to be asking a modest $400 for this boat.  Contact: rcsailfun @ gmail. com (remove spaces)

Pete Law: A Master Model Boat Craftsman

Kerry Law donating dad’s boats

I want to offer a shout out to Kerry Law, who reached out to our fearless leader with a generous offer to donate some beautiful RC boats made by her extremely talented dad. All of the boats appear to be meticulously crafted and engineered, needing only some minor maintenance and radio gear to get them ready for the pond. This was a fabulous gift, and it will boost our recruitment efforts when they are brought to the pond and run. Shown are the two scale models I received today. To my right is a Coast Guard utility boat, and to my left is a German Wasserschutzpolizei boat. These boats patrol the waterways, lakes and harbors of Germany around the clock. –Rob Wood

Rob Wood: To my right is a Coast Guard utility boat, and to my left is a German Wasserschutzpolizei boat.

Kerry, a huge thanks to your family. Your dad was clearly a master craftsman. I spent much of the weekend with a smile on my face as I updated two with modern running gear, cleaned, greased, and tested them.

Berkeley Chris Craft Cobra (Built by Pete Law 1994) 1:8 Scale (1 1/2″ = 1′) Length: 31″ Beam: 10 3/8″

Sterling Chris Craft 63′ Motor Yacht (Built by Pete Law 1984) Sterling kit B-11M 1:19 Scale Length: 40″ Beam: 10 1/4″

A huge thanks from Mark Weber! (Check out Mark’s video if their first test run.)

Originally, club member Ken Wilson planned on picking up the Sterling 63′ Motor Yacht. However, that quickly turned into a trade for Mark Weber’s dusty Emma C Berry RC sailboat (Built by Ed Sayres). In other words, the donated boats indirectly got other models into the right hands to make sure they see the sun and Pond again.

Ken Wilson with Emma C Berry RC sailboat (Built by Ed Sayres)

Other overjoyed recipients!

Thanks Kerry! We have the upmost respect to your dad Pete Law, a master craftsman.

SDA 2020 Mid-Winter IOM Regatta report

With the recent changes in the USA IOM calendar and leadership we were thrilled to be able to continue our annual Mid-Winters Regatta here in San Diego.  This year was well attended with 24 Skippers signing up with 23 on the line during the first day of racing.  But, let’s back up a little.

Due to scheduling the Mid-Winters event was hosted for only 2 days with an added practice day on, yep, Valentines Day, February 14th.  This included –  bring your M and your IOM for racing and practice as you desired.  The boat house was open to pre-tech in your IOM for the event.  On the 14th – 7 boats were registered in and there were about 10-15 skippers on the water practicing.  A basic course was laid out in advance of the competition to facilitate this practice day.  My thanks go out to Bill Bridge for assisting me this day. 

First day of racing was started late morning, as of course the remaining 16 boats had to be weighed and checked.  For the morning time – Bob Hirsch was on hand with a drill to help get the weigh in started, and David Woodward assisted with the tables and chairs and setup (as well as breaking down the day) which helped get everything ready for an 11:30am start. And we also said a very Happy Birthday to Larry Grant this day!

Winds were best described as out of the west / north west and mostly gusty between 6 to 10kts.  With some higher gusts from time to time.  Seeding racing went quickly and the two fleets started in earnest shortly thereafter.  Skippers were mostly Californian in origin with some other skippers from Seattle region also gracing our shores.  Also in attendance were a few guys out of Arizona, Canada and Virginia.  Early racing saw some exchanges of first place between Mark Gollison and Denis Rogers with just one point between them at days end of 9 full races. Close on their heels were Craig Mackey, Gary Boell, and Michel Roure. 

Day 2 was much the same weather fo about 67 degrees and sunny with much of the same winds. Skippers were able to get started a little sooner this day and racing started with 10B.  Only two protests went to committee during the event with most squabbles handled quickly on the water.  Racing continued until 3pm as planned with a total of 16 races completed in total.  We want to thank everyone who came out and attended our event and who helped to make it successful.  It was nice to see a couple of brand new skippers giving it a go and a big thank you to all who traveled for the event.  And without further ado, here are the final standings:

Corinthian Award: Doug McLellan

Fifth Place: Craig Mackey – 67pts

Fourth Place: Michel Roure – 66pts

Third Place: Gary Boell – 48pts

Second Place: Mark Gollison – 41pts

First Place: Denis Rogers – 32pts 

Thank You Bill Edwards

The San Diego Argonauts would like to thank Bill Edwards and his family for remembering the club after he passed.

Family donated quite a number of beautifully crafted hulls, supplies and tools. Bill’s talent for wood working is clear from these hulls. Each quickly found new homes with club members who will carry on Bill’s passion for RC model boating.

Thank you Argonauts member Bill Edwards, daughter Joauna, and grandson Anthony.

A service for Bill Edwards will be held at Miramar cemetery February 12 at 11:30AM.

PS…anyone who got one of Bill’s hulls on 1/25/2020 and is looking for the plans, we’ve found those those. Contact for more info.

NOR: 2019 Santa Barbara One-Day Summer Fun Regatta, Saturday August 24th

 Notice of Race 

Present by The San Diego Argonauts – AMYA #8 


Santa Barbara Summer Fun Regatta 

When: Saturday August 24, 2019 

Where: Mission Bay Model Yacht Pond, San Diego CA 


8/24/2019: Saturday 

09:00 —– Late Registration and Check-in, 

10:00 —– Skipper’s Meeting 

10:30 —– Warning Signal 

11:00 —– Race 

13:00 —– Lunch, or as determined by the PRO 

16:00 —– PRO’S discretion to continue (wind conditions factor) 

Race Chairman: Tom Gardner, Commodore, San Diego Argonauts 

PRO: Tom Gardner, or 760 390 0105 

Protest Committee: TBA 

Scoring & Timekeeping: Glenda Gardner, or as determined 

Administration: The San Diego Argonauts 

Rules: This regatta is governed by the RRS 2017-2020, HMS 2016, Santa Barbara class rules, San Diego Argonauts Season 2019 Sailing Instructions. ( 

Eligibility: This regatta is open to all Santa Barbara class boats. 

Registration and Check In. Late registration is available on-site registration the day of the event. Check-in with the Scorekeeper includes checking the skipper’s name, sail numbers, and a request for email if not already available. Please note your frequency if other than 2.4GHz. 

Measurements and Weight check: none 

Scoring & Racing System: Low Point scoring will apply in a single fleet format. Scoring in accordance to RRS Appendix A. The number of races will be no less than 12 with 2 throw-outs. 

Breaks between races will be determined by the PRO. 

Entry fee is $15 per boat. This includes your morning coffee and lunch and beverages for the day and awards. Entry fees are payable by PayPal or by check made out to San Diego Argonauts. 

Entry Deadline: Friday August 23, 2019. Late entries will be accepted on the day of the event. Late entries will be Charged $20; cash or check. 

Pre-Registration & Fees: Pre-registration will help the Race Committee and organizers to plan the event effectively and eliminate any potential conflicts. A lunch meal (great sandwiches) is planned and you may order yours as part of the Registration. Registration is available on the Argonauts Website: or Facebook page, or on the AMYA Race Schedule page for August 2019. All sites allow for registration and payment with PayPal on the JotForm provided. Please register early for this event. 

Registration by mail. Entry fees can be by US mail, please send the registration form (below) along with a check for $15.00 made out to San Diego Argonauts and send to: 

Tom Gardner, 2821 Ocean Village Way, Oceanside Ca. 92054 

Awards: Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 positions. 

Liability: All those entering or taking part in this regatta do so at their own risk and responsibility. The San Diego Argonauts & any other parties involved in the organization of this event, disclaim any and all responsibility whatsoever for the loss, damage, injury or inconvenience that may occur to persons and or goods, both ashore and on the water, as a consequence of entering or participating in the event covered by this NOR. 

Conduct: Unsportsmanlike behavior can reflect negatively on the sport. The San Diego Argonauts, in partnership with AMYA seek to provide a sailing environment that is respectful to all competitors and free of hostility, and improper language. Therefore, Race Officials will, if need be, protest the party or parties for unsportsmanlike conduct in accordance with RRS 2 or 69.1. Penalties available to the Protest Committee include exclusion from the race in question subsequent races or exclusion from the regatta. 

Entry Form 

To the Participants: 

At all times, the responsibility for the safety of their boat & 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 State of California. 




Phone: _______________________________ 




Hull design: Santa Barbara 

As skipper of the Santa Barbara, sail # _________, I hereby declare that the vessel complies with all the rules of the Santa Barbara Class measurement requirements that are current as of this date. 

By signing this entry form, I agree to all the terms & conditions set forth in the NOR. 



Mail this entry form along with check to: 

PayPal registration link