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February Update

In anticipation for an exciting 2022 sailing season our Argonaut maintenance team got the jump on some much needed skiff repairs and refinishing projects. Bob Williams and Steve Ross spearheaded the operation. Bob arranged the welding repairs of our launching dolly. It needed major chassis and axle work to keep it in service. Steve was are go-to materials and supply man. Gil provided additional elbow grease and light humor during the daily routine of sanding and painting. Ben Reeve wrote some pretty nice checks! The end result will add years more service to our launching equipment.. I hope everyone likes black!

Lets get back to the important stuff.. SAILING!

Saturday, February 5, was another San Diego “chamber of commerce” day! Full sunshine with light sea breezes greeted our Mission Bay pond. Prior to our start, Barbie paraded the shoreline on a scale air boat.. I guess she has moved on from pontoon boats and Corona’s!

Shortly after noon, under the race direction of Ben Reeve, ODOM skippers launched into a 6 race series. Winds were in the 6 to 8 mile per hour range with the usual holes and shifts. The following are the results:

Soling 50 skippers were up next with a similar wind range but seemingly more extreme shifts as the later afternoon winds favored a more northerly direction. I would describe it as a mixing bowl of swirling breeze.

We appreciate every participant and volunteer. You make this club possible!

FEBRUARY 18, 19 & 20

Register for the event! Or stop by to watch the action!

IOM MIDFWINTERS, Feb. 18, 19 & 20

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 Boats, Scale Boats or Power Boats!

SAIL POINTS, Jan. 8, 2022

Commodore, Mark Hallberg – Have Fun!

Commodore, Mark Hallberg was on hand to kick off the 2022 Sailing Season with an introduction to, Steve Delva, our newly elected and much needed Argonaut Secretary. Thank you Steve!

Mark also expressed an optimistic outlook to this years club social activities as we look forward to award banquets and more pond side barbecues. The fun light is on!

VC Bob Williams.. If you want to get scored in 2022 Points Races.. JOIN the ARGONAUTS! We welcome all sailors!

2022 Membership Form

Ben Reeve was our trusted RD for the day and assembled  an eager staff of volunteers that helped run a smooth day of racing. Tom Warren jumped in with mark setting and mark moving. Ben, Kim, Greg and Gil with boat clean up and storage. Ken Campbell for confirming and posting results. It takes a village. Thank You!

SOLING 50″s all clear!

Weather conditions for the first races of the season were cool and calm with just enough sea breeze to keep our hulls moving and complete 6 races for each class. Seven Soling 50’s started the series at noon in a medium overcast sky with south west winds in the 6 mph range. As the day progressed and the ODOM fleet had their turn on the pond, wind shifted to the right and became progressively lighter and variable. Short courses up and down were called in order to salvage 6 races. A day of challenging conditions and great competition!

SOLING 50’s on the weather off-set mark..
Run to find the wind
Beat to the finish line
Mad flyer to make something happen!

ODOM FLEET NEXT…

Special thanks to our photographer Sandra, warm hands, Jansky for snapping some action shots in between warming sessions next to the heater. We all appreciate your sailing images!

Ken and two Barbies sipping Corona tall ones.. Typical Navy guys getting an eye full!

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!

Smooth Sailing, Gil

2022 San Diego Argonauts & IOM Midwinters Regatta

I trust all skippers are having a wonderful Holiday! This is a perfect time to reflect on last seasons highlights and plan for a fresh 2022 sailing season. Get those boat repairs and rig tuning issues knocked out early and don’t forget to update your Argonauts membership and AMYA enrollments.

Lets get started on our pond with a fun 3 day IOM MIDWINTERS REGATTA, Feb 18, 19 & 20! The days are starting to get longer and winds typically reliable. Registration is now open.

Register for the 2022 San Diego Argonauts IOM Midwinters Regatta

The more IOM’s on the starting line the more fun! Lets make this list grow!

San Diego Argonauts 2022 Calendar

NOVEMBER SAIL DIVISION

I trust all Argonauts had a wonderful Thanksgiving.. We certainly have been experiencing exceptional fall weather!

This report comes as a lump sum-up of all activities for November, so lets dive right in. WE have elected new club officers, initiated annual registration with updated forms, called out to ALL Santa Barbara skippers for participation in 2022 sailing schedule and lots of sailing scores.

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2022 Officers:

  • Mark Hallberg – Commodore
  • Ben Reeve – Purser
  • Bob Hirsh – Secretary
  • VC of Power – Bill Bridge
  • VC of Sail – Bob Williams
  • VC of Scale – Rob Wood

This looks like a great team for the Argonauts, for 2022, as we anticipate another fun year of pond activities. Our officers are important for our clubs direction and intentions but also need constructive support and input from all club members. Don’t be shy if you have a good idea that builds a stronger organization.

This is also the time of year for recruiting and sustaining membership. If you have friends interested in RC hobbies, related to our unique pond, please reach out to them. If you are already a member now is the time to refresh your dues. Ben Reeve, our new Purser, will be happy to take care of this matter. The updated membership and dues must be mailed or directly provided to Ben pond-side.  If you would like to pay via PayPal please send Ben an email purser@sandiegoargonauts.com

This past year we experienced a dramatic reduction in the Santa Barbara fleet. As the the 2022 calendar and sailing schedule needs to be finalized. We greatly need input from Santa Barbara skippers with a genuine commitment from at least 3 skippers or we risk the loss of this elegant sailor on our racing schedule. Please contact Bob Williams, VC Sail with your input.

DF95 Thanksgiving Regatta

Thanks to Bob Williams and Ben Reeve this was a fun event. Ben Reeve was the RD and documented the event with this brief:

Today was exceptionally fun day.  Fifteen skippers showed up to race in unforgiving light winds from 3-6mph.  Consistency was the name of game as it is most days.  We attempted to get 12 races in, but after the 7th race we took a break to hope the wind would come back up.  We were able to get another race in and then the skippers voted to call it a day. Which was a good idea as within minutes of that decision the pond went to a glassy smooth finish.  Before I get to the finish order a big shout out to Bob Williams for doing a lot of work today to assist me, and another shout out to Kerim Baran for assisting us with the boat clean up and put away.

Master RD – Ben Reeve
Congratulations Jon Rogers – 1st Place
Congratulations Ken Campbell – 2nd Place
Congratulations Scott Harris- 3rd Place

20 NOVEMBER – DF95 & IOM POINTS

13 NOVEMBER – SOLING 50 & ODOM POINTS

Smooth Sailing.. See you all at the pond!

2021 HALLOWEEN REGATTA-Results

As premonitions of ghosting conditions for the Argonauts ODOM Halloween Regatta haunted anxious pond skippers, the sorcerers of wind cast a gloomy spell and weird circumstances of breathless conditions.. None the less, seven courageous skippers challenged the odds with radio, craft and wireless determination in an effort to outwit the demons of the pond!

WOW.. where did that come from?

Indeed, we were all challenged with extraordinary sailing conditions.

Thanks to Ken Campbell, who shared critical ODOM measurements and tuning advice, our skippers gathered greater insight to our boat rigging and tuning. Our support team: Ben Reeve, Pat Nevitt and Steve Ross. These guys made it happen! Open the shed, launch our trusty committee boat, set the marks, RC the racing, score the races, present trophies, pull the marks, clean the boat and hardware, lock her up!  A huge round of appreciation for their efforts and service! 

Our optimistic team had hoped for a twelve race regatta. Wind started out in the hopeful category and we actually managed to complete two long races in 6-8mph. Wind deteriorated as the day progressed and the medium course became the norm. By early afternoon we were sailing short and modified short (shorter weather leg) courses in wind speeds of 0-5mph. A drifter!

Despite the difficult sailing our top notch skippers managed to thrive and drive in the light winds. Congratulations to First Place winner Gerry Wold. Second Place Kerim Baran and Third Place Kim Robbins.

Congratulations! Kerim, Gerry and Kim

Ben Reeve has a clean green ODOM ready for racing action. He made the first start, but unfortunately due to electronic failure had to drop out. Our fleet looks forward to his future participation. Thank Ben for contributing the photos on the post.

SPECIAL NOTE:

Fellow Argonauts, THIS COMING SATURDAY, We have a conflict with our Nov. 6 Sail Points and the Kaiser Permanente Marathon…   Stay tuned for possible rescheduling.

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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Steve Sidell Photography
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!!