02 Mar 2015

Metro Marine Modellers 2014 Season-Ender…

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From CRYA newsletter Fall 2014 Metro Marine Modellers wrapped up their 2014 sailing season on November 2 with awards presentations to its top sailors and a swap meet that featured of wide variety of new and “previously enjoyed” model boats, kits and equipment, including an entire model building workshop.Free coffee, cookies and a 50/50 draw rounded out the event. As well, several members of the Confederation Marine Modellers from Hamilton joined in the fun. The event kicked off with a discussion about planning for the 2015 sailing season, including the integration of a fleet of the new DragonForce RG65 boats into the club’s regatta schedule for Soling One Meters and Victorias. Several members purchased DragonForces this year and found them a fun and challenging boat to sail. The club sees the DragonForce as an ideal membership-building boat thanks to its attractive price ($199 with radio included) and easy assembly.MMM is undertaking a membership drive in 2015 to boost the ranks of its sail, scale and static model divisions. Awards for the MMM’s past season of Soling and Victoria regattas and races were shared among the club’s “usual suspects” in the winners’ circle – John McKinney, Glen Barrett, Michael Steele and Bob Allan. The club held 10 Soling and 10 Victoria regattas this year along with a Tuesday night series of races for Victorias and Dragon Forces.. MMM has over 40 members who participate in its sailing program. Sail Captain Rick Levick also presented a “Volunteer of the Year” award to Steve Penney for his great effort organizing this year’s Canadian National Soling One Meter Regatta. Newcomer Brent Adams took the “Rookie of the Year” award while Bob Gibbs was recognized as the club’s “Most Improved” sailor. The club’s “Sportsman of the Year” was John McKinney. [caption id="attachment_4359" align="alignnone" width="600"]Penney award photo Steve Penney was awarded the Volunteer of the year from MMM for his work organizing the 2014 Canadian Soling 1m Championship.[/caption] The wheeling and dealing began in earnest after the awards presentation. Master builder Bill Shorney offered an impressive collection of sailboats and scale models and sold quite a few. Other offerings included two competitively-rigged Victorias, a Micro Magic, several fast electric boats and some impressive scale models. Leading Edge Hobbies of Kingston had display featuring DragonForce kits and a wide assortment of sailboat fittings and parts. Few of those who attended the event went home empty-handed. Many thanks to Michael Steele for organizing and hosting the event at his company, Sydney Stone in Mississauga. Swap meet    
02 Mar 2015

Regatta Report— RG 65 Class Dragon Force Thanksgiving Monday Blowout

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From CRYA newsletter Fall 2014 Dragon Force 15The diminutive little Dragon Force RG 65 picked up steam rapidly in 2014 with over 18 Metro Marine Modellers buying and registering their boats with the CRYA. This boat is hard to hate as it has been designed from the word go as a proper RC racing yacht with nice balance and a strict set of one design rules that allow for little to no modification from the kit offering. The Dragon Force also represents a double win – first for the sailor, who gets a well sorted boat out of the box that can be on the start line in hours rather than weeks or months. Second for the local sailing clubs, who are in constant need of new victims to joins in the ranks of organized racing. For many current new comers, racing and tuning are the favoured activities and long build times can often compete unsuccessfully with home and work life. Racing for the Monday was scheduled from 11 to 3 PM to allow those celebrating with family to get home for some turkey time. A drop of the sailors worst score was allowed every 6 races with a goal to complete 12 races for the day. Weather was cold and grey but the wind filled in nicely and 10 sailors began the fun of not only figuring out the course but also how to tune these boats. It was a pleasant discovery that boats sporting aftermarket white sails may have provided a nicer appearance over the stock units, but not a performance advantage. The course was very long with a gate at the windward end followed by a very prominent and frustrating feature - a swirl of uncertain wind just before the finish line. More races seemed to be won and lost at this stage of the game. Those who smugly rounded in first place with a smile, headed for the finish line only to wind up in a tacking dual with themselves while other competitors only a few feet away simply sailed on by in their own personal wind shift ! The finish seemed to be equal parts challenge and frustration. The Dragon Force is a fun boat is easy and fun to tune with a unique mast step that allows for easy adjustment of mast rake for and aft. All sail adjustments use silicon tubing and are easy to tweak pond side without the use of any tools. For many Metro Marine Modellers who race Victoria’s or Solings, this was a different kettle of fish that required not nearly as much twist in the sail settings to balance the boat. Early races showed that some of the newer sailors seemed to adopt to this boat quicker than those experienced sailors who may have been working with some pre-conceived notions with rig tuning. With racing underway, Bob Allan wasted no time in putting a stamp on this regatta never finishing lower than 4th which was taken as a drop. Fighting over the remaining podium positions were Michael Steele, Glen Barrett, and rookie sensation Brent Adams who has been enjoying an excellent 2014. Dragon Force Score
02 Mar 2015

One Vic Sailor’s Story

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From CRYA newsletter Fall 2014 [caption id="attachment_4348" align="alignright" width="229"]Harry Feaver Harry with his Victoria[/caption] Radio sailboat racing is not something that comes as an immediate skill. There are great sailors and folks who are good at operating anything controlled by a radio, but racing these boats to win requires a unique set of skills. From building a solid and tunable boat, understanding tactics, and getting on the water for some good ole fashioned stick time, there are many things to master. It is little wonder that when a sailor "gets it", they not only find themselves at the sharp end of the fleet, but also the recipient of much respect from the other sailors. For this event, Harry Feaver clearly "got it". I had the chance to sit down with Harry and ask him how he got his start in R/C Sailing. Harry: “I first went to Spencer Smith Pond in Burlington in 2011 after my aunt told me about the model boats that the guys run in the pool. Well, watching the boats speed around, there was one sailboat , using every inch of the pond. In June of 2012, I looked on Kijiji and found an old Victoria sailboat and Traxxas Villian ($95.00 for the pair ). Knowing nothing about boats, and thinking a sailboat would make a good winter project, I bought them. I got the Victoria on the Tuesday and met Paul Charles (of the Confederation Marine Modellers) on the Thursday of the same week. Paul invited me to join the Fifty Point Sailing Group for insight on building my Victoria and to join in the racing. I ended up rebuilding the Vic over the next two weeks and I was hooked. I was told about the Okanagan group’s website and rebuilt my Vic to their specifications. For the first year and half all I had was the stock rig, but over time and swap meets I picked up a carbon rig, some other bits and Shaun Berrington helped me out with some better quality sails. I have been enjoying the challenge of racing ever since. For this event, my goal is to do better than last year when I finished in sixth place.” (Harry placed fifth this year).  
02 Mar 2015

Regatta Report— 2014 Victoria Class Ontario Regionals

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By Michael Steele From CRYA newsletter Fall 2014 Victoria class racing in Ontario has become quite a competitive affair in recent years. With a full compliment of sailors racing on a regular basis, winning a local Victoria club regatta is hard enough, but winning the Ontario Victoria Regionals puts you firmly at the head of this class. Proof of this growing competitiveness is that a different skipper has won this event in each of the past four years. Those who have won before - Bill Shorney, Charlie Mann, Shaun Berrington and Michael Steele -have all tried and failed to secure a second regional victory. This year would be no different. This year's Ontario Victoria Regional Championship was held at a new venue this year –the Douglas Kennedy Park in Mississauga, Ontario. This marina basin allowed for a much larger course to be set, with excellent exposure to both clear winds and a constant stream of spectators who got to enjoy some very close racing action. Victoria National Class Secretary John McKinney acted as Race Director along with his wife, Joyce. They ran a tight schedule that guaranteed on-time starts and limited downtime between races. The first race took place at 10 am in light and shifty conditions with plenty more of that to come. From the start, Bob Allan managed to be the most successful at navigating the wind shiftson his way up the long course. Bullets for Bob in the first three races gave him not only the lead, but the confidence to try out different start tactics to beat the swirling winds. For the rest of the sailors, it took a few races to get settled, but by mid-morning a few patterns were developing. Harry Feaver from Burlington put his Vicky with the leaders early with a third in race No.2 and second in race No.3. By the lunch break it was clear that Bob Allan had built a nice lead. At 3 pm, 12 races had been completed with the final four sorting themselves out with Bob Allan in first place, Michael Steele taking second, Charlie Mann at third and Glenn Barrett claiming fourth.Special thanks to all those who helped with the event and to Leading Edge Hobbies for providing prizes. [caption id="attachment_4342" align="alignnone" width="571"]Ontario Vic winners 2014 Victoria Regional Championship Winners from L-R Glen Barrett 4th, Bob Allan 1st, Michael Steele 2nd, Charlie Mann 3rd.[/caption] Ontario Reg results    
02 Mar 2015

John McKinney – CRYA Skipper Profile

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John McKinneryBy Michael Steele From CRYA Newsletter Winter 2014 This month we profile the new Victoria Class Secretary, John Mckinney from Woodstock, Ontario. John has been extremely active in the model yachting community over the last four years, racing in 5 different classes on both sides of the border. He has recently become the Victoria Class Secretary. CRYA takes some time to find out more about John and the future of the Victoria Class in 2014. CRYA - Tell us about your interest in Sailing. JOHN: I learned to sail at 12 while at a summer camp and I introduced my father to sailing upon my return (I was sent to camp as my little Brother was expected. My Brother was born on my birthday while I was at camp). I raced Albacores with my father through my teen years. I stopped sailing when attending University, but in my early 30’s, I returned to recreational sailing with the Oxford Sailing Club, in Woodstock Ontario. I was the club Commodore 3 times and enjoyed the community amongst the sailing crowd. CRYA : What was your introduction to R/C Sailing? I first built two Victor Soling’s over twenty years ago to sail with my father when MS prevented him from sailing "big" boats. After a couple of years, my father passed and the boats sat in the garage unused. Two years before retirement, I recalled how much I enjoyed the competitiveness of sailboat racing and thought that RC sailboat racing would be something I could enjoy and afford after retirement. This started my involvement in competing in regatta’s with Metro Marine Modellers and the Woodstock Model Sailing Club. CRYA: What do you enjoy most about R/C Sailing? JOHN: I enjoy the strategy and tactics necessary to be competitive. The people that are involved in the RC sailing community are friendly and mutually supportive. Traveling to different venues is great fun. Surprisingly, I have found the boat building process just as enjoyable, especially during a winter like this one. CRYA : What motivated you to take on the Victoria Class Secretary Position? JOHN: Out of the five classes I sail, the Victorias have been the most fun. When the previous Class Secretary wanted to spend more time on other CRYA areas, I agreed to be the Class Secretary. In the last two years, a real synergy has developed around the Victoria class with some excellent sailing happening both on weeknights and weekend regattas. CRYA: Tell us about the future of the Victoria class. JOHN: The Victoria class, in Canada, needs to have more organization and structure. More events and promotion are needed to build the class here in Canada. I would like to see a more complete data base of owners with details of their location and if, possible the club they sail with. It is difficult to have more events and promotional activity when all I have is a list of names and sail numbers. Everyone who has a Victoria is asked to send me a personal email with information about their Victoria and club activities and contact information. In Ontario, we have held a regular Regional Championship. The next one is scheduled for August 24th, 2014. Details are included in this publication. For the other regions, please let me know when you will be holding Championship Regattas we are looking forward once again to having a National Championship.
26 Oct 2013

R/C Group Maps

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John Newcombe (Kawartha Marine Modelers) sent this one along to us. He found this web site, for what its worth,  showing where hobby shops and sites for r/c planes, boats etc. are located. It may be handy. It's like the google maps in Hobby mode  ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD ...check this out click RC Group Maps below...

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12 Aug 2013

An old video from the Hobby Show

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While doing some work on "YouTube" I located an old video that Rawle Liverpool (Pat) shot at one of the Hobby Shows. This is a great video showing a lot of the boats well the ones that can be run in a indoor pool.  The Show was narrated by the late Ray Davidson Check it out.....