Wyre Community Lottery

Wyre Council has started a community lottery. It takes place every Saturday and tickets cost £1. Of that, 50p goes to the community group selected when the ticket was purchased. There has been one lottery so far, prizes were nothing particularly exciting but the lottery is advertised with the slogan ‘your chance to win £25000’. It doesn’t say when or how frequently.

More information on the lottery can be found here https://www.wyrelottery.co.uk/home/howitworks

Fleetwood MYPBC has been accepted as a community group and if every member was to buy 1 ticket per week then the club would amass approximately £2500!! Any such monies received by the club will be ring fenced and used to improve the facilities of the club.

If you or your friends and family wish to partake in this lottery and raise extra funds for the club then buy your tickets using this link. https://www.wyrelottery.co.uk/support/fleetwood-model-yacht-club

To remain in this scheme we have to achieve 50 tickets in the first four weeks so forget the National Lottery, give this a try.

Coronavirus Update

We have been notified that the MYA has cancelled all its scheduled events for twelve weeks and it recommends that all its affiliated clubs should consider similar action. Similar advice is also coming from the government.

It has been decided, therefore, after consultations between committee members, that all events in the FMYPBC calendar and year book are cancelled with immediate effect until further notice.

DF65 2019/20 Winter series 5

14th March 2020

For the last event of our Winter Series, nine skippers turned out, on what was a mild fine day with a moderate wind, enabling us to adorn the A rig. What a change from recent weeks when we have been battling the storms.

A triangular shape course was set, with a long beat to the windward mark then a reach to a mid-point, then a run down to the leeward mark and beat to a finish, in very fluky conditions it must be said. Ten races were had in the time with four skippers taking bullets, Garry 4, Bob 4, Steve 1 and Chris 1. So it was Garry and Bob first and second, pushed hard by John who was a late starter and missed the first two races which he discarded, but with his six second places, he only finished up one point behind Bob and took third spot.

Many thanks to Ian Hawtin for being race officer for the day, allowing me to concentrate solely on my racing. It really is a big help

Garry’s win on the day confirmed his position at the top of the table for the series, by winning three events out of the five he couldn`t be caught. Johns third place pushed him up to runner up overall, with Steve in third respectively. Congratulations to them. 

We now look forward to the start of our Saturday Series which begins on the 4th April, 1pm start.

Bob Jolly

DF65 Capt.

IOM Winter Series No. 4

Sunday, 8th March 2020

First and foremost, we are grateful to Bob Jolly for taking on the Race Officer duties, not to mention him gaining some good results when taking the helm in a couple of races.

On a personal level (and I am sure that amongst others) I am also grateful to Mike Parkington for his Britpop set-up expertise and to Derek for assisting us all with his input in getting various boats ship-shape and race worthy!

It seems that this winter is less than kind with the weather and although the sixteen races were not in rain and a storm, the direction and the gusts proved to be more than a challenge and the day ended with us all on a B rig.

As you will see from the results there were five different skippers taking a bullet and close racing throughout the fleet.

The final event of this series is this coming Sunday the 15th March – and don’t miss the IOM Mayoral Cup which is an Open event the following Sunday – both 10am starts.

Garry Benson

Yachting Section Secretary

Here are some piccies, on YouTube, supplied by (Flying) Tony Wilson

RC Bluenose for sale

The two boats pictured below are for sale. One is a 6ft long, radio controlled model of ‘Bluenose’.

The hull is plank on frame construction: the frames are marine ply and the planks are oak, cut from floorboards from an old school.

The rigging is spring-loaded and clips onto the right tension.  Two thirds of the masts are made from old snooker cues.

The main wheelhouse can be lifted off to expose the servo for the rudder.

The deck is watertight.

The floorboards from the old school ensure that the oak is seasoned.    The floorboards, in 6ft lengths and 5” wide, were cut on a small band saw to ensure it will flex but be strong.

It’s sailing abilities can be seen on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0GeZoeH1jc).  This is obviously the lake at Fleetwood model boat club.

The boats are located in Reddish, Stockport and can be seen by arrangement with the seller, Mrs Jean Gilburt, tel 0161 429 6751, or 07771 860823.

Sensible offers please