The 2018 Vane Marblehead National Championship will take place at Fleetwood MY&PBC over the weekend 27th & 28th October 2018.

The NoR can be found here: Vane M Nationals 2018 Notice of Race

The race entry fee will be £15-00 per yacht and will be accepted at registration, or cheques in favour of Fleetwood Model Yacht & Power Boat Club (NB must be written in full) can be posted with entry forms.

Entry is now open. To enter download the entry form MYA Vane M Championship Entry Form

Fleetwood Model Yacht & Power Boat Club’s Sailors Have National Championship Success

Five Fleetwood yachts entered the Model Yachting AssociationNational Vane “A” Class Championship held at Gosport in Hampshire.The yacht “Loki”, sailed by Fleetwood members, David and Alan Bell, finished in second place overall and received the Wing & WingCup for winning the most downwind legs. In third place wereFleetwood members, Graham Butler and Keith Wiseman, sailing theyacht “Dignity” and received the Little Portugal Cup for being thehighest placed contestants who had not previously won this Championship event.

The Fleetwood “A” Team consisting of David, Alan, Robert andMargaret Bell, Peter Whiteside and Eddie Greenwood won the teamevent and received the Neptune Trophy. Peter Whiteside won theVeteran Skipper’s Trophy. The Fleetwood “A” Team yachts were alldesigned by Fleetwood member, John Simpson, who also designed theyacht “Yell O Pearl”, the National Championship winner, sailed by Martin Roberts and Bernie McNulty of the Birkenhead Club. The yachts in this competition were around 7 to 8 feet longand about 9 feet tall, not controlled by radio, and representedeight UK and one Dutch Clubs.

Peter Whiteside, Vane-steered Fleet Captain

DF65 Saturday Series Event 5

For those that didnt make it Saturday morning, you missed a treat as we had A rig conditions verging on B, with a wind almost straight up the lake.

A beat to the windward mark, then a reach and a run down to a central mark, rounding and a beat to the finish, made for some exciting close races. In all we had sixteen at a leisurely pace, calling it a day around 3.30pm.

Sadly only six skippers turned out with Tim only doing the morning session, and Walter just the afternoon. John as always was in dominant form and easily took the honours, with the rest of us fighting it out for the minor places.

Darren with a battery problem was the only one with any issues, and we waited for him as he quickly sorted that out, and he was soon back on the water. Bob had to miss one race due to dealing with a new membership enquiry, so was given a last place in that race, rather than a DNS.

Thanks to Peter once again for RO duties.

Our next event in the Saturday Series is on the 15th September at 10 am.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF65 Series 3 Event 2

A forever shifting light breeze, greeted the nine skippers who turned out for this the second event in the series. A sausage shaped course was set, and eight races were completed in the time.

Chris and Paul were both in dominant form, and it was always going to be between those two who took the honours. Chris with his four bullets to Pauls three just swung it for Chris by one point.

For the rest of us, with many having a decent finish here a there, it was consistency and being able to read the wind shifts we need to work on.

No breakdowns of note this week, except for Ian who only missed one race due to a malfunction with his winch.

Thanks to Peter for RO duties.

So we move on now to our next event in the series, which is on Thurs 9th Aug at 6.30pm.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.

DF95 Squadron SERIES 3 EVENT 2

Despite several of the regulars being absent for a variety of reasons, 10 boats made it to the start line. Earlier in the afternoon it would definitely have been B rig conditions, but the wind moderated a bit and everyone started with A rigs.
The conditions were excellent, though the direction was a bit ‘shifty’ on occasions, with a good beat up the length of the lake to the other end and a run back down, followed by a beat to the finish line halfway up the lake.
The wind gradually increased as the evening progressed and Gordon and David had rig breakages and chose to drop down to B rigs for the last 2 races, rather than waste time fixing A rigs. The decision paid off for Gordon who finished the evening with a 2nd and a win, whilst David was somewhat less successful as his B rig sheeting fell apart! Shaun had a rudder servo failure and missed the last two races.
Shaun and John battled it out most of the evening, with Shaun eventually taking it by one point.
The third event of Series 3 is Tuesday, the 7th August at 6.30pm
Many thanks to David Foster for the results and the report.

DF 65 Series 3 Event 1

With several notable absentees on the night it was still a well-attended event for this our first in the Series. Twelve skippers were challenged by an ever changing wind which tested patience and skill. No surprise then that the first three on the night were the most experienced skippers.

A figure eight type course was set in A Rig conditions, and eight races were completed in the time.

We welcomed new recruit Eric Austwick to the Squadron for his first outing, who acquitted himself well finishing in sixth place respectively. A couple of breakdowns late on for Darren (leak) and Tim (batteries) and for Susan who said she had lost the will to live, but I bet she will be back next week for some more torture, what a character, brightens our evenings no end.

Thanks to Peter for RO duties.

Our next DF65 outing is on Thurs 2nd Aug at 6.30pm.

Bob Jolly

DF 65 Capt.