VANE M MYA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 NOTICE OF RACE

The 2017 Championship is scheduled to be held at Fleetwood Model Yacht Lake, Laidleys Walk, Fleetwood, FY7 7JL, in conjunction with the “Commodore’s Cup” Vane “M” weekend,on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017. This is in line with a request made by certain skippers last year, to return the event to the last weekend of October, to be once again consistent with half term holidays for schools.

Entries will be accepted up to 8-00 pm Saturday 14th October 2017. The race entry fee will be £15-00 per yacht. The Race Officer’s Briefing will be at 09-45 am on the Saturday followed by commencement of racing at 10-00 am. Skippers’ MYA status will be checked on the MYA Web Site, but they will be required to show their yacht Measurement Certificates and, if applicable, their Personal Sail Number Certificates.

Racing will be governed by rules as defined in:

  • MYA Regulations for the organisation of National Championships
  • MYA Regulations for race entry and competitors’ conduct at National Championships
  • MYA Free Sailing Yacht Racing Rules
  • MYA Free Sailing Class Rules Supplement
  • (These can be downloaded from the MYA Knowledge Base)

In addition to the “Marine Models International M Class National Championship Trophy” for the overall winner, the”Model Maker Trophy” will be awarded to the highest placed skipper who has not previously won a vane National Championship. Teams of Two Yachts (TOTs) will be drawn at random before the start of the competition and there will be a prize for both skippers in the top team. Fleetwood Club trophies will also be awarded. The Northern District Championship Cup will be awarded to the highest scoring skipper on the Saturday and the Clapham Cup to the highest scorer on the Sunday.

The Commodore’s Cup will also be awarded to the overall winner for the two days of racing. This year there will be an additional trophy awarded to the highest placed “Classic or Vintage” Vane Marblehead; i.e. a yacht designed prior to 1980. This has been introduced by request of some members of the “Vintage Model Yacht Group”. It is hoped the extra trophy will encourage more entries into the overall fleet, as in the last few years we have struggled to achieve the minimum requirement of 7 entries from at least 3 different clubs.

There is no charge for car parking at the lakeside car park or on the promenade, but please note that overnight stays in the car park are banned by the Wyre Council. All on-road parking in Fleetwood is free, but there are time restrictions in parts of the town centre. Competitors’ yachts and equipment can be stored in the Clubhouse overnight, at owners’ risk. Tea and coffee will be available in the Clubhouse before and during racing. There is a café close to the West end of the lake and a kiosk selling snacks situated close to the Clubhouse.

There is a toilet cubicle in the Clubhouse and public pay toilets (20p charge) are located at the cemetery on Beach Road, close to the West end of the lake.

There are plenty of restaurants in Fleetwood and some of the hotels and pubs serve food at lunchtime and evenings. It is hoped that competitors and their guests will wish to socialise after Saturday’s racing, at one of these establishments. A list of accommodation and places of interest in the close vicinity is attached.

If you wish to enter please print off a copy of the attached entry form and return to myself with the entry fee, by the above closing date. Please make cheques payable to Fleetwood Model Yacht & Power Boat Club. Anyone wishing to sail as a “mate” or join the team of race officials, for all or just part of the event, will be most welcome. A recent reinterpretation of MYA ruling has now decreed that only skippers need to be affiliated members of the MYA and mates affiliation is optional.

Entry Form

Last year we had to cancel the event due to weed growth in the lake. This year, however, we have been weed-free in the lake so far, probably due to the environmentally safe dye supplied by Wyre Council added to the lake after water top-ups.

If you care about keeping this competition in the MYA’s annual Sailing Programme, please give it your support; as in the last few years it has become an “endangered species”.

Yours sincerely,

Peter L. Whiteside

FMY&PBC

Dragon Warmup Weekender – results

Saturday – Dragonforce 65 Open

11 skippers turned out for the DF65’s to be greeted by a dubious wind coming over the sand dunes.

Despite the efforts of club members (notably Eddie Greenwood and Bob Jolly and their incredible jellyfish trawl net) we did suffer from a bad case of the jellies. I suppose it the same for everyone but annoying none the less.


Well done to John Plant for winning the day (with v2 boat and original sails)

Sunday – Dragonflite 95 Open

Firstly, a special mention to those who made the smooth completion of sixteen highly competitive races possible: Tim Lanigan for his excellent course setting in a shifting A rig breeze which varied from NNW right through to WNW. Peter Jackson for calculating the hand written results which enabled various competitors, (especially Brian Holland from Abersoch), getting on the road home in good time.

The breeze and the sunshine provided ‘Champagne Sailing’ the problem being that Champagne is normally accompanied with oysters and not the Genus Aurelia ie the Moon Jellyfish! This, of course, had its influence on more than one occasion, although the final positions still proved that the cream rises to the top.

Congratulations to John Sharman on a well deserved victory and it was really good to see Eric and Russell back amongst us after their recent sabbaticals.

I hope to see you on the water on the 14/15th of October at the Dragon TT Weekend at Weecher’s Reservoir, Keighley and Saturday the 21st at Fleetwood for the first of our Autumn Series.

Garry Benson / DF95 Club Captain

Fleetwood Dragon Warmup Weekender

You are cordially invited to the Fleetwood Dragon WW which is not a TT event.

Here’s the craic:

Saturday 16th of September – DF65

  • 09:45 Briefing
  • 10:00 Warning Signal for first race
  • No race to start later than 16:00
  • Decant for a debrief in the Mount on Saturday evening

Sunday 17th of September – DF95

  • 09:45 Briefing
  • 10:00 Warning Signal for first race
  • No race to start later than 15:30

How to enter & further information:

  • Entry costs £4 a day or £6 for both, pay on the day
  • We need your name & which days & sail number please:
  • Use the contact form to enter

Entry List:

Saturday DF65’s

  • Tim Lanigan 502 Fleetwood
  • Chris Chatfield 183 Fleetwood
  • Snackers McSnacker Shorts 99 from that Abersoch
  • Brian Holland 795 Abersoch
  • Bob Jolly 314 Fleetwood
  • Garry Benson 688 Fleetwood

Sunday DF95’s

  • Chris Chatfield 183 Fleetwood
  • Tim Lanigan 420 Fleetwood
  • Peter Iles 98 Fleetwood
  • Brian Holland 795 Abersoch
  • Bob Jolly 214 Fleetwood
  • Garry Benson 20 Fleetwood

The Jellyfish Question:

As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

When it comes to the Jellyfish in the lake at the moment… Yes, they have developed a taste for keels but the situation is improving. The population of strangely coloured water blobs is on the decline… fingers crossed eh 🙂

 

DF Squadron Club Racing Series 3 No.5

DF95

A decent turn out of DF95 skippers were greeted with a little less wind than was forecast, but did their best to produce some competitive racing, although again proved to be a lottery as to whether one could get round the course without the addition of a passenger or two (the dreaded jelly fish).  Derek took the honours for the night, with Chris a close second.

Roll on Saturday, when we shall endeavour to lessen the threat of these pesky blighters.

 

DF65  Wednesday 23rd August

Looking at the results it seems John P was in great form winning four of the eight races and beating Derek into second place. Note Bob J slowly creeping up the placings.

  

Ken Crabtree Crocked DF65 Fleet Captain

 

Vane results

Bit of vane classes housekeeping, here are some Vane Racing Results…

Saturday 3rd June Leech Cup 36R Class (Club Race)

1st     Robert Wheeler & Derek Priestley        18 points

2nd=  John Plant                                               14
2nd=  Tony Wilson                                            14

4th    Peter Jackson                                           6

Race Officer    Eric Watkinson

Saturday 15th July Jack Roberts Trophy “A” Class (Open Event)

1st    “Blue Note”        Peter Whiteside & Peter Jackson        Fleetwood        18 points

2nd    “Pegasus”        David Bell                                              Llandudno        8

3rd    “Dark Horse”    Eddie Greenwood & John Plant            Fleetwood        4

Race Officer    Eric Watkinson

Sunday 16th July  Northern District Championship “A” Class (Open Event)

1st    “Pegasus”        David Bell                                                Llandudno        18 points

2nd    “Blue Note”    Peter Whiteside & Damian Ackroyd        Fleetwood        7

3rd    “Dark Horse”    Eddie Greenwood & John Plant            Fleetwood          5

Race Officer        Eric Watkinson