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September 4, Points-Soling 50 & ODOM

SAIL DIVISION SEPTEMBER CALENDAR UPDATE:

Per our Vice Chancellor of sail Fred Rocha..

SATURDAY SEPT. 11- DF95 and IOM POINTS Racing Rules Clinic will begin at 11 am Skippers’ Meeting at 11:45am  Sailing to begin at 12 noon.

I think most skippers would agree that this was one of the windiest Saturday points races we have experienced in a long time and a heck of a lot of fun. We were all hopeful Santa Barbara skippers would join in on the excellent winds. Unfortunately, our solo S/B skipper, Dunham Reilly, was unable to race. We need 3 boats San Diego!! Soling 50 and ODOM sailors benefited and got an additional few races under their belts with 6 races per class.

Fred Rocha had the row boat out early and set the marks for the right shifted winds. Ben Reeve was RD for the day with some assistance scoring from Bob Hirsch. Ken Campbell conducted an informative Racing Rules Seminar. Much gratitude to our support team!

Soling 50’s Off to a clean start

Our fleet of six Soling 50’s started their races at noon with consistent building NW winds that increased as the day progressed. Good sailing action with no breakdowns or water below the decks! Yet..

ODOM skippers experienced more pressure on the water from additional wind and equipment challenges. The downwind run & sometimes broad reach became a submarine ride in the right gust. Those little grommet holes for sheets and adjustments all of a sudden welcomed sea water into the hold. Exciting sailing!

After a full day of fun on the pond Ben Reeve was there to man the row boat and extract marks. Gary Martin and Gil washed er all down and locked er away till next time. Scoring cards Ken Campbell.. Thanks all for participating.

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!

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
Steve Sidell Photography
Steve Sidell Photography
Steve Sidell Photography
Steve Sidell Photography
Steve Sidell Photography
Steve Sidell Photography
Steve Sidell Photography
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!!

2021 AMYA ODOM National Championship Regatta-Aug. 5 & 6

The ODOM is our second featured class during San Diego Race Week. This craft has been a highly successful pond sailor due to it agile performance on the water, ease of handling and fleet popularity. This year our event attracted eighteen highly competitive sailors to our National Championship Regatta. All on the starting line at the same time!

ODOM SKIPPERS – (photo courtesy Gary Boell, less sound effects)

On both race days mother nature sent us a wind package from southeast and south. So sailors experienced some of the most challenging and variable winds our pond can offer, testing skill patience and determination.

ODOM fleet gliding in the glassy pond

ODOM National Championship Regatta-Aug. 5- SCORES

ODOM National Championship Regatta-Aug. 6 -FINAL SCORES

PERPETUAL TROPHY TO ODOM CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to George Pedrick, the 2021 ODOM National Champion.
Jess Atkinson – SECOND PLACE
Larry Grant – THIRD PLACE
Gary Boell – FOUTH PLACE
Gerry Wold – FIFTH PLACE

Honorable Mention Awards and Gift Certificates Thank You Midwest Model Yachting

George Ribeiro John Castelli
Gary Martin (not pictured)

Gil Jansky – Corinthian Award

I scribbled this image in my airplane seat, just a week ago, while traveling back to my home town on Lake Michigan. My father was a passionate sailor and we were active in a very small Lighting fleet of 5 boats. I recalled the names of the skippers and the color of their boats. I remembered how everyone helped each other rig their boats to go fast and prepare for a fun day of sailing on the lake. There was a lot joking and playful poking. But everyone pulled together to make our little club better. Once on the race course it was all business. It was about getting around the course as fast as possible in a seaman like manner. In many ways the sailing was about pushing yourself to be better and having fun as a group. That was over 50 years ago. It is a special honor to be recognized with the Corinthian Award at the 2021 ODOM National Championship Regatta.. Keep Sailing-Gil

A special thanks to Ben Reeve, Bill Bridge and Greg Williams for their stelar assistance!

And thanks to our top gun pilot Pat Nevitt (and his instructor Ben Reeve for looking over his shoulder as Pat did his first flight) we captured ODOM Race #19 on drone footage, in a series of 4 videos. 

RACE WEEK CONTINUES…

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

GOOD LUCK and SMOOTH SAILING TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!!

AUG 4&5 Santa Barbara FINAL SCORES

Congratulations Santa Barbara OD National Champions
Congratulations AMYA Santa Barbara OD National Champion – Jess Atkinson
Second Place – Gary Boell
Third Place – Larry Grant
Fourth Place – Larry Frauenzimmer
Fifth Place – Rob Weaver
Honorable Mention- Bill Bridge
CORINTHIAN – Dunham Reilly

SANTA BARBARA RACE ACTION

RACING SCHEDULE

AUG 6 & 7- ODOM NCR

AUG 8-11 IOM NCR

AUG 12-14 DF95 NCR

AUG 15 SOLING 50 NCR

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

GOOD LUCK and SMOOTH SAILING TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!!

SOLING 50 SUMMER REGATTA

We had a nice day of wind and good attendance for the SOLING 50 SUMMER REGATTA.  The class had a 9 boat fleet all eager to earn a shot at the elusive annual chevron award. Competitive RC Sailing at its best!  Our top 3 sailors at the podium today all earned that award! CONGRATULATIONS, 1st-Ken Campbell, 2nd-Gerry Wold and 3rd-Kerim Baran. Special recognition to Kerim for achieving his first Chevron.  FANTASTIC..


Ken Campbell 1st———–Gerry Wold 2nd————Kerim Baran 3rd
SOLING 50 SUMMER REGATTA RESULTS

Ok guys – If our friend Bob Williams can go twelve races on two bad knees and a pair of roller-skates – we just don’t have any excuses, do we! Thank you Bob for being our inspiration! 

SOLING 50 FLEET- WE HAVE ROOM FOR MORE!

As always- a standing ovation to Fred Rocha for his leadership, support and enthusiasm.. Also a big hand for todays volunteers. Kim Robbins, Greg Williams, Ty Beach (Soling 50 Class Secretary) and Ben Reeves (drone pilot).

Thank you, Ben, for filming
 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!

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

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.