Canadian Radio Yachting Summer 2001
The Publication of the Canadian Radio Yachting Association
In This Issue
The Right Winch
US 1 Metre Championships
Racing with the Rules
Rainbird—a change of pace
1 Canadian Radio Yachting
CRYA: Canada’s Radio Control Sailing Authority CRYA Business Calendar
The CRYA is a National Organi- For membership information JANUARY 1st. Membership fees are
zation dedicated exclusively to R/C please contact the Treasurer/Registrar. due, mail cheques to Treasurer-Registrar.
Sailing in Canada. The CRYA is a The annual registration fee is $15 and
class Association within the Canadian there is a fee of $5 per new or trans- JANUARY 15th. Last date the Editor
Yachting Association (CYA) and a ferred boat - $2 for transfer with return will accept material for the Winter issue
member of the International Sailing to registrar of original card of registra- of Canadian Radio Yachting including all
Federation, Radio Sailing Division tion. On registering one’s boat, a articles, notices of regattas and changes
(IYRU-RSD). CRYA has a number of unique sail number is issued which to regatta schedules, and advertisements.
model yacht racing classes and main- enables the yacht to compete in official FEBRUARY 15th. Expected date to re-
tains the standards for these classes racing events in Canada and in other ceive the winter issue of Canadian Ra-
enabling our members to race in Cana- countries. dio Yachting.
dian and International Regattas.
MARCH 15th. Deadline to receive mate-
Canadian Radio Yachting Newsletter rial for the Spring issue.
Published by the CRYA quarterly Our preference is that all material JUNE 4th. Expected date for members to
for the benefit of their members. The is submitted in electronic format receive the Spring issue.
newsletter includes notices of coming (email, floppy disks) using Microsoft JUNE 30th. Deadline to receive material
events, club reports, model yacht con- Word but we can accept text from for the Summer issue.
struction tips, racing tips and newswor- many other software packages.
thy articles. We love pictures and can deal with AUGUST 15th. Expected date for mem-
The newsletter also publishes most electronic formats (JPEG is the bers to receive the Summer issue.
changes to model yacht standards and preference) as well as actual photo-
OCTOBER 15th. Deadline to receive
racing rules as they occur. graphs and art (no negatives please).
material for the Autumn issue.
OCTOBER 30th. (in even numbered
Publications Available to CRYA Members years) Last day for receipt by Exec. Sec-
retary of nominations (with seconder and
ISAF-RSD Constitution and Regulations candidate’s letter of consent) for posts
ISAF-RSD Committees, Division Members of President, Exec. Secretary and
Regatta Management Guide, Questionnaire for Host Treasurer/Registrar. Also last date for
Objectives and Directives for Championships receipt by Exec. Secretary of motions
Radio Yachting Racing System 1997 (with seconders) affecting the constitu-
Rules for Adoption and Control of International Classes tion or by-laws.
International Class Administrative Rules, Sail Identification Marks and Measure- NOVEMBER 30th. Expected date to re-
ment Form Resolution, Error and Accuracy of Measurement ceive Autumn issue. In even numbered
Policy for Classes and Intent of Class Rules –1M ,M, 10R , A Class years this issue will include ballots for
International A Class Rules, Certificate and Measurement Forms the election of officers.
International 10R Class Rules, Certificate and Measurement Forms
International M Class Rules, Certificate and Measurement Forms DECEMBER 31st. In even years. Ballots
ISAF-RSD 1M Class Rules, Certificate and Measurement Forms due to be received by the Exec. Secre-
CRYA Membership List tary.
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A quiet moment while a group of Solings above).
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2 Canadian Radio Yachting
Who’s Who In The CRYA
Address Phone / Fax Email
President Ron Watts 185 Ontario Street Apt. 105 613-546-2464 email@example.com
Kingston, ON K7I 2Y7 613-533-6868 (fax)
Past President Allan Gardner 664 Albion Way 604-599-8719 firstname.lastname@example.org
Delta, BC V4E 1J2
Executive Bob Sterne 3785 Edinburgh St. 604-299-0767 email@example.com
Secretary Burnaby, BC V5C 1R4 604-299-2547 (fax)
Treasurer / Norm Patt 32 Woodhaven Cr 905-430-8265 firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar Whitby, ON L1R 1R6 905-723-6319 (fax)
Editors Ray Davidson 253 Kingslake Road 416-497-4463 email@example.com
Toronto, ON M2J 3H1
Norm Patt 32 Woodhaven Cr 905-430-8265 firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitby, ON L1R 1R6 905-723-6319 (fax)
Mike Gibbon 1340 Monks Passage 905-827-6026v email@example.com
Oakville, ON L6M 1J5
Regional Directors British Columbia 1600 Davies Road 250-474-5912 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Woodward Victoria, BC V9E 1E6
Prairies 149 Somerset Park SW 403-254-6395 email@example.com
Gordon Stout Calgary, AB T2Y 3H5
Ontario 253 Kingslake Road 416-497-4463 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Davidson Toronto, ON M2J 3H1
Quebec 566 Essex Road 514-630-3777 email@example.com
Dennis Edge Beaconsfield, PQ H9W 3V9
Class Secretaries EC12M 1600 Davies Road 250-474-5912 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Woodward Victoria, BC V9E 1E6
Marblehead 20 Sundance Crt. 905-264-9148
Brian Chadwick Woodbridge, ON L4H 1J6 905-264-9149 (fax)
ISAF 1M 172 Main St, Apt 306 613-476-1317 email@example.com
Terry Doble Picton, ON K0K 2T0
IS 1 M 40 Sisman Ave 905-713-2521 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Bowes Aurora, ON L4G 6R9
Star 4114 Cedar Hill Rd 250-477-5830
Ken Lockley Victoria, BC V8N 3C4
Soling 649 Glen Moor Cr 905-639-4755
Keith Rodgers Burlington, ON L7N 2Z8
CRYA Measurers BC
Doug Gilbert Victoria, BC 250-474-4442
Blair Van Koughnet Vancouver, BC 604-325-5576
Don Burton Toronto, ON 905-274-6703 email@example.com
Peter Van Rossem Kingston, ON 613-546-9777
3 Canadian Radio Yachting
The President’s Message
By Ron Watts
By the time this newsletter ap- world championships, priority has been By-Law amendment. For the other five
pears, most of the major summer regattas given according to placing in the preced- or so Canadian entrants, the CRYA
will have occurred and these are reported ing Canadian Championship. In practice Board will need to approve a procedure
elsewhere, in this issue. The Soling (in that has not been very significant because well in advance.
Windsor), Marblehead (in Toronto) and in recent years Canada has had more To help the Board in its delib-
US One Meter (in Toronto) Canadian places available in world championships erations, I would ask any CRYA mem-
Championships have all been held, and at than CRYA members applying to partici- bers with views on this subject to write
least in Eastern Canada this has been an pate. In the IOM World Championship either to me, as President of CRYA, or to
excellent summer in terms of the weather in Malta in 1999 and in Croatia in 2001 the editors of Canadian Radio Yachting
for radio sailing. The one remaining Ca- we were represented by Peter Van by October 15, for publication in the fall
nadian Championship yet to be held is Rossem (the Canadian Champion) and issue.
the International One Metre Canadian Dick Stanfield, both from Kingston, and In the last issue I made refer-
Championship being hosted by the Royal in 2001 John Kine from Vancouver, was ence in the President’s Message to a sug-
Vancouver Yacht Club on October a third Canadian entrant. gestion of Bill Glover of Metro Marine
19-21. Since Vancouver will be the site With the 2003 IOM World Modellers that the CRYA consider stan-
of the IOM World Championship in June Championship being held in Vancouver, dardizing the dates and locations for Ca-
2003, this will be an opportunity for IOM however, the picture changes, for we are nadian Championships. So far we have
sailors from all across Canada to become likely to have many more applicants than received little response. Since we shall
acquainted with the Vancouver sailing places. The number of places available have to work this autumn on the dates
conditions before then. is determined by the ISAF-RSD in rela- and locations for 2002, I again invite
Mention of the IOM World tion to participation in previous World members to send their views on this sub-
Championship in Vancouver raises an Championships, and allowing for Canada ject to the editors of the CRYA newslet-
issue on which we seek the views of the being the host country, we shall probably ter by October 15 for publication in the
CRYA members. The CRYA By-Laws be entitled to about six places out of the fall issue. The pros and cons were out-
state that the reigning Canadian cham- total 80. It will be important, therefore, lined in the President’s Message in the
pion in a class shall automatically have a to have in place at least a year ahead (i.e. Spring 2001 issue.
place at the subsequent world champion- by June 2002) an agreed process for There remains ahead of us yet a
ship in that class. Although not stated in ranking Canadian applicants. With re- full autumn of radio sailing, and I wish
the CRYA By-Laws, that principle has gard to the inclusion of the reigning Ca- all our members fair wind.
by convention been extended so that in nadian Champion that should probably
recent years for Canadian applicants for continue, and any change would require a
Delayed Publication of Summer 2001 Newsletter
By Mike Gibbon
I have to apologize to every- at my place of work. But finally that unpleasant task
body for the newsletter being received a We were “downsizing” and that is over and I can get back to the newslet-
month later than originally planned. very difficult process I found just ter— but in the meantime the issue was
The delay was all due to my be- swamped my mental ability to contribute delayed, and for that I apologize sin-
ing totally wrapped up in a difficult task and even to edit the fine efforts of others. cerely.
There is some good news . . .
We are getting GREAT photos !
But . . .
Please, put a caption with them and let us know who the people are, a little cover story perhaps—then Ray and I can stop
scratching our heads and asking “who is the old guy with gray hair, and is that his boat with sail number 156?”
4 Canadian Radio Yachting
By Norm Patt
My thanks to our Canadian Within just a short time the pa- older we are more vulnerable to dehydra-
Health Care system, and especially the tient “feels” recovery occurring. And tion, especially if there is an accompany-
Home Care support ! after one day at home with intravenous ing / predisposing condition (in my case
Imagine, it is now possible to therapy, the said patient is then able to it was the iliostomy).
call for help when after a session at the drive to work with the intravenous needle
pond one becomes seriously dehydrated. still in the arm, the “pump” and bag of To end on a familiar topic ...
Instead of a turn in the Emergency Ward fluid and electrolytes is in a fanny pack LOST BY A POND SOMEWHERE
at the local hospital, a telephone call around the waist. The “patient” is again a (means member HAS moved and Post
from home initiates a sequence of events: productive member of society, working, Office has returned the Newsletter):
earning and paying taxes instead of being
∗ Supplies are sent from the depot, 50 a hospitalized drain on the purse of soci- Steven Earle
km away, to the home. ety – all the while still receiving therapy. If any reader knows of his new address
∗ The nurse arrives ( at 9:30 p.m. ) to The message is to be careful and then please advise me and for everybody
start the intravenous, and the I.V. to maintain hydration especially when contemplating a move then - please let
therapy begins. outdoors enjoying our hobby. Be aware us know before you move. We will
that when one perceives thirst, that one is keep it a secret … worry not that oth-
already 5 – 10% dehydrated. As we get ers will find out through us.
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5 Canadian Radio Yachting
By Ray Davidson
Sailboat racing is a great sport, know less about the causes of their vic- fewest mistakes, wins.” Another variable
but sometimes its enjoyment and our suc- tory than the losers. Most of the time the is who else showed up.
cess at the pond is hindered by the myths ability to take and keep the lead is a lot In actuality, few competitors
in which we allow ourselves to believe. more related to psychological factors notice the performance of others because
Perhaps we should spend a little time in than to intellectual ones. they are too busy worrying about their
looking at the common myths and decide There are those in our hobby own. Some skippers feel depressed when
that myths are what they are—reality is who are so capable of getting the most they lose, convinced it is their fault en-
something else. out of a boat and its rig that they can tirely and that everyone else has wit-
hardly tell a fast boat from a slow one. nessed their defectiveness. Actually the
What they have is a desire and determi- presence or absence of mistakes of their
Myth - The purpose of the game is to nation to win and it hardly ever occurs to competitors greatly influences the out-
win. them that they can be beaten. come and few, if any of them, recall any-
Most of us rarely admit being A lot of us seem to have little thing about anyone else’s performance.
interested in anything other than win- insight into why we won a race, but can
ning, yet few of us do win. In most usually pinpoint a few pertinent reasons
cases, our finishing order is determined why we lost. Most of us believe that Myth - Losing is depressing . . . only
by where we believe we deserve to be. next time when we correct the mistakes winning is fun.
We choose our classes and events to en- of last time we will win, but in the end If this is true, why then do most
sure a desired outcome and although a we only manage to make new mistakes. of us lose regularly? The object of the
few expect to win, most of us have an game is to win, but the object of playing
outcome in mind that is either satisfying the game is to participate and to some-
or dissatisfying. We consider the time, Myth - Sailing is fair. how affect the outcome of any event. If
effort, expense, etc., that we apply to the The Rules - Racing Rules of they posted the results of the regatta be-
event and make a judgement as to the Sailing - Class Rules and the Sailing in- fore it was sailed and showed that you
position which we should finish. If we structions intend our game to be fair. Yet had won, would you show up to com-
find ourselves ahead of our expected po- we all seem to do our best to get an un- pete? What I think attracts and keeps us
sition, we often unconsciously manoeu- fair advantage. We buy boats, sails and trying is our wish to be challenged, to try
vre to get back where we belong. equipment that will perhaps give us an to do better.
edge, and try to ensure that our boat is An eminent sailor once said,
better prepared than the competition. “Sailing isn’t fun, winning is!”. But
Myth - Boat speed is a determinant of None of us would want to win what if we won every time we went sail-
the game. by sailing a boat that was say out of rat- ing, wouldn’t we soon get bored and
Boat speed certainly makes ing, that is, being 3 or 4 inches longer on switch to another class in which the
most any skipper look good, but few win the waterline or had 50 sq ins more sail. course and outcome would be in
regattas on boat speed alone. Our true But we will happily buy a new suit of doubt . . . so that it could be more fun?
competitors, the ones we wish to beat, sails that may be better than our competi- Most of us are satisfied when
have equal speed. tors and be pleased with our better per- we perform well regardless of our actual
I for one cannot remember a formance. We improve our sail controls standing. Sailboat racing is a game and a
race that I did not lose because of my and winches, sand and polish our hull game is fun because it is unpredictable.
mistakes. We have all seen a skipper and practice not so that we will be equal When we play we accept variations in
who is rarely in the first ten places ac- to our competitors, but so that we will ability, equipment and conditions and
quire the latest yacht or the one that has have an advantage. understand that their varied effects on the
just won the regatta, then wonder why it course and outcome are part of the game.
will not go “as fast” for him when in the
hands of the previous skipper, it was un- Myth - Winning is evidence of superior
beatable. sailing skills. The winner demonstrates
he deserves to win, and the loser that the Success or failure on the course
deserves to lose. correlates to our state of mind. The good
Myth - Winners know more than the If this is so, why is it then that sailors who constantly win do so because
losers. any satisfaction on the part of the winner their state of mind is positive and confi-
How often have we said “if only is so short-lived and likewise the dissatis- dent. They look for reasons to win, not
I knew as much as so and so I’d win faction on the part of the loser. In reality, excuses to lose. Maybe they have dis-
every race”. Yet the winners, usually the skipper’s skill is but one variable pelled these myths. Perhaps then it’s
sailing by the seat of their pants, often among many others. “He who makes the time for you to do the same.
6 Canadian Radio Yachting
Which Winch Is The Right Winch?
By Ray Davidson
One of the questions asked or the least expensive by any means, but winch gets closer to its desired position,
more often than any other is “which is for technical ability it practically knows the reduction in power may mean that it
the best winch for my boat?”. Actually, when to winch in the sails on its own. will not have enough power to get to its
as with most questions, there is not just The technical data states that it is suit- new position under load. This is what’s
one single answer but rather it is a mat- able for all recognized classes but to happening when the servo / winch is not
ter of evaluating what exactly you want me, the SW380 by its size, almost 5-1/2 moving but buzzing. This can cause
the winch to do. That is to say, the ozs or 152 gms and power, is a big boat batteries to discharge quickly or even
smaller the boat or the less competitive winch even when powered by 4.8v. It damage the electronics in heavy condi-
you wish to be, then most likely the less has power enough for an AC boat. The tions because the motor is trying with-
powerful or the less hi-tech winch you SW280 has a smaller motor and saves out success to drive the winch to the
will require. about an ounce, 4.2 ozs. but still can desired position. However if the SW
The decision of course is deter- handle boats such as an International 10 detects that it is not traveling as fast as
mined by your own requirements. The Rater or an East Coast 12m class. it should, it will increase its power until
factors which need to be considered are The specs - Compare the two it has enough to overcome the load and
of course, size and dimensions, will it winches to the Whirlwind Olympic and find its desired position.
physically fit the boat, and how much Atlas, considered to be the benchmark The SW also has ‘Stall Protec-
power will it take and consume. Should of world RC competition. The SW380 tion’. It knows when it is stalled and
it be an arm or drum winch? Also is the is twice as fast and can produce double will protect itself and your batteries by
length of the arm or size of the drum the pulling power of the Olympic. That shutting off power until reset. There are
adequate? Travel range, i.e., how much means 4 times the power for the same many other features including Battery
line will it accommodate? All of these combined weight, and the SW280 Testing, Static Breaking, Voltage Pro-
questions of course need to be answered which is somewhat less powerful still, tection and Overrun Protection, mean-
for the specific boat for which the has 3 times the power of the Olympic. ing that the winch is programmed to
winch is destined. This though is not The higher power of either SW means ignore signals that are above maximum
rocket science as the chart on the next that as the wind increases, they have the or below minimum pulse width of the
page, which we put together a while ability to maintain their superior speed. transmitter. So should interference
ago, answers most of the immediate The SW has Dynamic Pulse cause the receiver to send signals out-
questions about the more popular Width Modulation. (PWM). Servo sys- side the normal range of the transmitter,
winches. tems use PWM to reduce power and the winch will ignore those signals. It
Within the last year a new speed as the desired position is ap- will not travel closer than close hauled
winch has surfaced from Australia. The proached. This gives finer and or beyond full out running position.
RMG ‘Smart Winch’ SW380 and smoother control when small move-
SW280. In reading the specs it would ments are required. It also reduces the
appear that this winch answers all of the problem of hunting, especially in fast
most avid competitors wants and needs. servo systems. But the problem with
It is not the most compact, the lightest standard PWM is that as the servo or
Specification SW380 SW280 Unit
Comparing the Maximum output power 13.5 7.2 mhp
Specifications No load speed 3.1 3.3 rev/sec
of the No load sheet speed 12.3 10.4 inch/sec
Stall torque 294 194 oz/ins
SW380 & SW280 Travel range 1 to 22.8 0.8 to 18.5 ins
Weight 5.4 4.2 oz
Max / min voltage 8.5 3.5 8.5 3.5 volts
7 Canadian Radio Yachting
8 Canadian Radio Yachting
Canadian Marblehead Championship...or
Water, water, everywhere, etc.
By Ray Davidson
It is a well known fact that in from the parking lot). All this would tremely close.
Ontario alone there are more than allow for a fairly decent course to be set The winds, as usual in Ontario
30,000 lakes and if you look at the map, in some 14 ft. of water, which was es- during, June and July, were quite fickle,
Toronto, in a manner of speaking, is sentially weed free, perhaps almost especially on Saturday. T hey varied
practically surrounded by water. So it is weed free is better. The location was from almost zero to about 5-6 mph.
ironic that the only really practical sail- also quite suitable for most wind And swinging constantly 90 –180 de-
ing site that is used in this area for all changes. grees in the process. This called for fre-
classes is actually going the way of the Things seemed to be shaping quent course changes, tuning, and the
dodo bird due to weeds and algae. up, but on the Saturday morning our usual nervous adjustments.
What was once described as the per- race director, Mike Gibbon, was unable On Sunday the wind was
fect place for RC sailing by one of the to make it due to the flu and bronchitis somewhat more constant, although three
San Diego club members, is now a which he had been fighting all week. course changes were made in the morn-
place where “it will probably be OK by This would mean that the BBQ slated ing, but finally the wind settled in from
tomorrow if the wind blows in the right for the Saturday evening would be can- the west at about 5 – 8 mph and sailing
direction and the pond clears up”. Not a celled. Don Burton stepped in to run off the point in the lake proper gave am-
happy prospect by any measure, espe- things, but he could only stay for part of ple room for a good windward / leeward
cially for Marbleheads with deeper the day. However, “up stepped brave course. The only objection came from a
keels than most other boats. Horatio”, actually Terry Doble from the nesting Tern or Sandpiper, who gave up
Nonetheless, this was the situa- Kingston Club. He had offered to help after realizing we were not interested in
tion facing the race committee for the some time back but was now, along disturbing the nest.
Canadian Marblehead Championship with Ben Colenbrander, the team that There were few mishaps over
June 23 & 24. A lesser race committee kept everything on track for the next the two days, except on Sunday after-
may very well have decided to cancel two days. noon one of the US boats literally sailed
the event but as there were skippers reg- Don though, returned on Sun- off into the blue and headed for the
istered from as far away as New Jersey day, which helped considerably. By shore about a mile away according to
and Long Island N, Plan “B” surged some previous standards it was a very the people with binoculars. A truck was
ahead. small turn out, but size is not all impor- dispatched to try and retrieve it on the
The voices of doom were ever tant. The quality and intensity of the far shore but it was finally headed off
present, but persistence paid off and a sailing was top notch and for the most by the chase boat , which incidentally
set of commercial docks was acquired part, protest free. A good thing too as broke a set of oars in the process ( that
by Pat Quinn ( without which we would there was no formal protest committee. made two sets over the weekend). Had
have been in dire straits indeed ). The The course was a long wind- it not been for a slight wind change, the
Parks Department would allow us to ward / leeward with the start and finish yacht may still be on its way across
secure them in one of the bays on Lake marks in the middle of the windward Lake Ontario.
Ontario proper. They also cleared some leg. Two windward marks 30 ft. apart In the end it all worked out—
of the under brush for better access and acted as a separator, and this worked weather pretty good, no weeds, no
loaned us the key to the barrier so we quite well as all the boats were very shortage of water for the deepest of
could transport boats and regatta equip- evenly matched, with starts and posi- keels. Thank you again Pat Quinn for
ment. (the site being quite some way tions at the windward leg being ex- making it all possible with your launch-
Skipper Points Hull Sails
1 Ray Davidson 41.50 Paradox Sails Etc
2 Peter Van Rossem 60.75 Paradox Sterne
3 David Coode 98.75 Piranha Bantock
4 Lech Arcisweski 105.25 Piranha Bantock
5 Ron Watts 117.75 Rok Sails etc
6 Keith Rodgers 143.50 Viper Sterne Next Project
7 Dick Stanford 146.75 Logic Sterne Train Swans ...
8 Ashley Marshall 204.00 Paradox Sails Etc
9 Michael Gianturco 210.00 Piranha Sterne Fetch Sailboat
10 Brian Chadwick ————— Withdrawn ————–———
9 Canadian Radio Yachting
The Launch Dock in action
Ray Davidson with his trusty Paradox #64 playing catch-up for a change. Note the use of a fast shutter setting on the camera
to completely “freeze” the motion of the boats—seems also to have completely eliminated any sign of wake or bow wave.
10 Canadian Radio Yachting
Van Rossem Rules !
By Dennis Hendel
They dragged him into the bul- rection, too. ers (and the race committee).
rushes, they knocked his mast down, but Saturday evening’s activities At one point the R/C called for
in the end the competition couldn’t stop were held at a local eating and drinking a “water break” and handed out bottles
Peter Van Rossem from winning the establishment. I for one can attest to the of cool water. Everyone took a break to
2001 Soling One Meter Canadian fact that there was quite a bit of each drink, except Ashley who was spotted
Championship Regatta and capturing going on. There was also some serious splashing around in the pond.
his third title in three years. discussion as to how the racers could rig Racing ended at 3 pm and eve-
Peter racked up 16 firsts, 6 sec- Peter’s boat so it would sink during a ryone gathered under a large tree and a
onds, 2 thirds and a couple of fine re- race on Sunday without him suspecting gazebo to cool off and wait for the final
dressed race positions out of thirty-one anyone. Finally they realized he is too tally of race scores. Soon, with the
races sailed on Blue Heron Pond in smart for the M-80 firecracker treat- counting done, the awards were handed
Windsor, Ontario over the weekend of ment . . . and too nice a guy, so they out by yours truly. As presumed, Peter
July 7 and 8. Of the thirteen racers who dropped the idea. Van Rossem received a large cheer
showed up to compete in this event, Saturday night, as we all slept from the crowd and stepped up to claim
eight were from the Windsor Model (except for Ashley who reportedly par- his prizes - the Soling half-model per-
Yacht Club and five drove down from tied all night long) a front rolled petual trophy that he was already famil-
the Toronto area and beyond. through. As a result, Sunday’s weather iar with, one of the beautiful plaques
Saturday’s races were sailed was a complete change from Saturday. custom made for this event by a fellow
under cloudy skies and the threat of The wind, what little there was, had Soling skipper, Dick Reder of the
thunderstorms. The 12 to 18 knots of shifted 180 degrees. It was a HOT, hu- WMYC, plus something new, a medal-
breeze out of the SSW was just about mid and cloudless day. Most of the 14 lion from the CYA.
perfect for these boats. They charged races were sailed in winds of 2 to 4 Second place went to Ashley
around the Olympic Triangle course knots. Tactics switched from how to Marshall who also received a medal
without much fuss at all, except for the get to the marks first to how to get to (silver) and one of the plaques. Finish-
occasional equipment failure. What a the marks at all. Peter Van Rossem ing third and receiving a bronze medal
pleasure to watch! In all, 17 races were demonstrated his light air sailing finesse and plaque was Soling class secretary,
completed that day but even before half and won seven races. The wind rarely Keith Rodgers. Incidentally, the CYA
of them were over, it was fairly obvious got above 5 or 6 knots and eventually medals will be awarded at all future
that Van Rossem’s red, white and blue the heat, sun and lack of a cooling CRYA sanctioned championship regat-
boat was fast and going in the right di- breeze started to take its toll on the rac- tas.
Finish Skipper Sail # Points
...1 Peter Van Rossem CAN 33 40.7
2 Ashley Marshall CAN 172 86
3 Keith Rodgers CAN 53 90
4 Len Strahl CAN 605 90
5 Charlie Mann CAN 152 123
6 Ken Miller CAN 598 147
7 Lana Butler CAN 511 173
8 Norm Highton CAN 125 190
9 Bruce Lancaster CAN 443 237
10 Dick Reder CAN 527 248
11 Don Cooper CAN 607 256
12 Doug Diet CAN 288 297
13 Brian Lawson CAN 666 342
The Winner, Peter Van Rossem, caught in a reflective mood at the Championships. Lana Butler looks on having finished well
up in the fleet.. See the cover and the following page for more photographs from this popular event.
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A gaggle of Solings in drifting conditions at the Soling Championships—Peter Van Rossem nearest camera.
A gaggle of Soling Skippers also at the Soling Championships—some appear more attentive to their boats than others.
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U.S. One Meter Canadian Championship
By Ray Davidson
Saturday and Sunday the 28th changing crystals, plugs, switches, ser- skippers both here and in the US, and it
and 29th of July 2001 — what a great vos, even Tx and Rx. Nothing solved was good to see one at this regatta.
weekend for a regatta. Perfect weather, the problem. The final thought was Mandy Strahl who, even though she is
almost perfect wind, and all but ideal that , just maybe, the crystals used were new to the sport, showed some mo-
conditions which is somewhat rare for too far away from the original fre- ments of brilliance, finishing ahead of
our sailing site. I can say that because I quency to which the radio was origi- some veteran sailors. Keep it going
was assigned as race director, plus I also nally tuned. We hope you both get it Mandy.
get to write the report. sorted out for the future. When you sail Racing continued until 3 pm.
However to be somewhat more with a large fleet equipment failure can, and after the scores and drop outs were
rational, there was some concern that in one form or another, quite often rear tallied, trophies and those super CRYA
our site would not be weed and algae its ugly head. medals were handed out to the winners.
free for the event, as only a couple of Racing, for the Saturday, was Gordon Grimes, the event co-
weeks earlier it was impossible to sail both exciting and challenging, the 720 ordinator, did a sterling job organizing
anything. But the Parks Department penalty turn for on the course infrac- the paper work, frequency assignments
came through and we were able to pro- tions kept everyone reasonably honest. and information packages, plus making
ceed normally. After a 30-minute lunch break, the af- sure everyone had lunch both days
Humber Bay Park is fine as ternoon saw more good races with the along with liquid refreshment. The de-
long as the wind blows from a few wind picking up to about 8-10 mph. by manding task of keeping the scores ac-
choice locations, well, marvel of mar- day’s end. Even so, there were still curate was handled by Don Burton with
vels, it blew steadily out of the east to enough “holes” to sail into so that posi- Ben Colenbrander and Ray Jordon the 2
southeast for both days, coming in from tions could and did change frequently. judges at the finish marking positions,
the lake with generally only slight vari- 16 Races were sailed by 3:30 which eliminates any mix up in close
ance in wind speed. Saturday, the wind pm which gave ample time for repairs, races. Calling the start line were Erich
was 5-6 mph. During the morning and showers and getting over to Don Bur- Bruckmann and Ron Martin who also
towards the end of the day it was gust- ton’s home for the evening. Thanks to did double duty at the leeward mark.
ing up to about 8-10, which seemed to Don and Joyce for a super BBQ. All infractions were worked out on the
be just about ample for one meters. Chicken and/or steak, plus all the trim- water so the protest committee had
A windward leeward course mings. Dave Bowes, who had built up nothing to do but enjoy. My thanks to
was set , with the start line at the lee- quite a lead during the day, was kept all the regatta crew for their weekend
ward end of the course. Two marks busy talking, by Ashley, ’til the wee work.
were placed to windward acting as a hours, so I understand to try to tire him Yours truly hopefully kept eve-
separator and finish line, with a leeward out for Sunday…...but to no avail. rything running smoothly ( I think ). In
mark some fifty feet to leeward of the Racing on Sunday was sailed all 32 races were run over the two days,
start. Depending on the wind strength, on the same course with very little wind and the final standings are:-
two or three legs to windward were variance or shift. Dave was still the
sailed. This gave ample time to recover skipper to beat though. But Len Strahl The Winner, going
from any penalties as 720s were the or- and Dennis Hendel, who had both had well downwind.
der to keep the fleet honest. some bad luck on Saturday, showed that
After the skippers meeting at they were not going to be out done and
9.30 am, racing was to start at 10 am. sailed to their true form, giving Dave a
sharp with all 15 boats ( no conflicts ), real run for the marbles.
but was held up for a few minutes due Interestingly enough on Sun-
to some skippers having serious radio day Len, who had 98 points on Satur-
interference. Most problems were re- day, had 29 1/2 on Sunday to actually
solved by 10:15 and racing got under- win the day and Dennis, who had 79 1/2
way in earnest. on Saturday, came in with 45 3/4 on
It is worth mentioning that Sunday to be 2nd. David actually had
David Balsdon had to withdraw. His 38 3/4 on Saturday and 47 3/4 on Sun-
radio, an old wide band model, was be- day, but was able to hang on to the lead
ing swamped by most all of the radios he had built on Saturday. As I see it
in the fleet. Also Craig Robertson, with both Len and Dennis just simply ran out
the same interference problems but with of time and races, finishing 2nd and 3rd
a narrow banded radio, tried in vain all respectively. I also recall that some
weekend to alleviate the problem by years back there were quite a few lady
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Finish Skipper Points Sail # Design Radio Winch Sails
1 Dave Bowes 58 1/2 49 Dave’s 5th. Futaba Futaba 5801 Bowes
2 Len Strahl 60 1/2 2 Venom Futaba Not known Sterne
3 Dennis Hendel 77 1/2 41 Cobra Futaba Futaba 5801 Kiwi
4 Paul Hickey 136 3/4 71 Dave’s 5th. Hitec Whirlwind Stout
5 Brian Chadwick 144 66 D Bowes Futaba Andrews Bantock
6 Doug Hemingway 162 30 Venom Hitec Andrews Moring
7 Ashley Marshall 189 3/4 72 D Bowes Futaba Whirlwind Sterne
8 Dick Hein 203 8 D Hein Airtronics Hitec arm Mason
9 Mandy Strahl 216 1 Dave’s 4th. Futaba Futaba Sterne
10 Clive Herbert 256 27 Wick Smith Futaba Whirlwind Moring
11 Allan Gordon 265 76 Wick Smith Futaba Whirlwind W Smith
12 Eddie Waddel 306 89 Dave’s 5th. Futaba Whirlwind Stout
13 Craig Robertson 393 10 Wick Smith Futaba System 2000TS72 Sterne
Charlie Mann Withdrawn 82
David Balsdon Withdrawn 39
Above..the happy skippers group at the US 1 Metre
Canadian Championships held in Toronto.
On the left—Len Strahl’s Venom a worthy second place
after a great showing in the Sunday’s races.
On the right—Keith Rodger’s Soling. Was Keith com-
peting with the US 1 metres? No he was not. I just put it
here because I liked it and …
It shows well the wave pattern that a “displacement boat”
produces when moving at hull speed—the characteristic
bow and stern wave with a hole in between. Contrast the
much lighter US 1 boats shown on the next page that pro-
duce a much shallower wave pattern when moving at a
similar speed to the Soling. The US 1’s are not
“planning” - just ploughing a shallower furrow.
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At the start. Len Stral appears to be the only guy on starboard and if so well positioned ..or did this photograph get flipped in
scanning or somewhere else along the electronic highway?
Below Left ..
At the windward mark. I think that is Ashley (X marks the spot) in the middle of the bunch—looks like Dave Bowes is second
around but going for the lead. Note flat wakes even though these boats are moving at some speed.
Below Right ..
Dennis Hendel, third. Dave Bowes, first. Len Strahl, second.
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Final shot from the US 1 Metre Canadian Championships.
The fleet spread over the pond in light airs as the leaders round the windward mark. Weather perfect, pond looks great.
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By Ben Rusi
I found her lines in the book the local Windsor Plywood store I boat ride later we were on his own boat
of old time boat designs. Just a small, found a bundle of 3/4” by 1/16” by 60” yard. What a place! Boat lovers para-
four by eight size profile of lines. She long mahogany strips. I found my dise.
was designed by no other than William planking material. Using Titebond II Drawings and half models and
Garden for his own personal use. As a wood glue I set to work. First layer at a you name it scattered all over. Cup of
matter of fact, she was going to be his 45° degree angle, second layer 45° op- coffee and some interesting talk, later
“honeymoon” boat. She touched the posed direction, and final third layer we were back in Sidney dock with a full
waters of Lake Union, WA in 1948. A horizontal as a real planking. Her fan- set of deck and rigging plans. I was
black, sleek schooner of 48 feet. In tail reversed stern was a challenge. I walking on thin air.
1992, Victoria B.C. I took this book to must have done that part at least half a For the deck beams and all of
an engineering company and had them dozen times over. Just didn’t look right the cabin frames, etc., I used yellow ce-
enlarge the lines to a full 46”. I was and it still doesn’t, I don’t think! dar as well as deck planking. The
ready. Unfastened the foam core sta- planks were grooved as real and
Using foam core as stations I tions, turned her over and ripped all of caulked, stained and sanded. The cabin
laid a keel, stem and stern post, all solid the foam core out. Nice strong and light top is real canvas and most of the rig-
oak fastened together by bamboo skew- hull. But now I needed more informa- ging hardware is handmade - shackles,
ers exactly as the original boat was tion regarding a deck layout., cockpit, boom ends, etc. I made a trip to Friday
built. I made a plug for the lead keel cabin and everything that I did not have. Harbour, San Juan Island, WA and lo-
and had it cast by local foundry. 1/4” Phone call to William Garden who just cated the current owner of the
“Rainbird”. He was kind enough to
come down to the marina and show me
around the boat. I took two rolls of pic-
tures of the hardware and fittings and
The electric motor was in-
stalled and I purchased an arm winch
from somewhere. A big one! Trying to
get all three sails (jib, gaff and marconi
main) working from one winch was a
bit of a task. With few innovative
sheeves, etc., I made it work. I made
the sails and they can be raised by us-
ing small scale blocks. The masts are
aluminum tubing, and the booms are fir.
I purchased a small lathe (Dremel) from
England and used that to turn all of the
spindles for the steering wheel. Some
job that was! But it looks pretty good!
Two years later with varnished top
sides, white waterline and black bottom
she looks great. And guess what, she
sails as good as she looks. The boat
was displayed in the Peninsula Galleries
in Sidney and I was told that Mr. Gar-
den visited the gallery and was very
Right now “Rainbird” is rest-
fir stringers every two inches notched in happened to live on his island outside ing in my living room on a pedestal that
to the frames and she was ready for Sidney, BC 30 minutes away. What a is built as a boatyard tide grid.
planking. I didn’t have any planking nice man. He picked up me and a Ben Rusi
material and had no idea what to use friend, Ken Lockley, with his vintage 1350 View Cr. #104
until…! Browsing in the back room of launch from the marina dock and a short Tsawwassen, BC V4L 2K3
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Let’s Race With The Rules
By Art Gorov
Sometimes it is good to look at the for protest committees to decide some leeward boat under the provisions of
questions and responses so that you will issues. As usual in most of the questions RRS 12. Under those conditions, how-
all know that the protest committees have I receive, there is a great deal of informa- ever, the leeward boat is not subject to
to sort out the facts before they can come tion that you didn't give me so that I proper course limitations and can sail
up with a decision. And although you would be able to give you a simple an- whatever course she desires, subject, of
are sure of the rules involved, you may swer. I will, however, endeavour to pro- course, to other change of course limita-
find that the ones which you believe ap- vide you with the answers to the prob- tions in the rules.
ply are not really the ones involved. I lems you presented. Further, under the facts that you
will quote the question exactly so that First of all it is important to ascertain gave me and the diagram that you sub-
you can see what I mean. how the overlap was established. Under mitted, it would seem that the finish of
My question involves 2 different RRS 17.1 A boat clear astern that be- the boats is clearly subject to RRS 18.2
rules. First is that a windward yacht shall comes overlapped to leeward and within (a) - when boats are overlapped before
keep clear of a leeward yacht. No prob- two of her hull lengths of a windward one of them reaches the four-length zone
lem, I understand this rule (although) I boat shall not sail above her proper (see RRS E3), if the outside boat has
don’t always like it :-) . The second is course while the boats remain overlapped right of way she shall give the inside boat
"Sailing a proper course". This rule says and less than that distance apart. room to pass the mark.
one shall sail the fastest course. I have Therefore, if the leeward boat estab- Here the leeward boat clearly has the
included a drawing to try and explain lished the overlap from clear astern, she right of way as against the windward
my question. There are 2 boats sailing would be obligated to maintain her boat. However, as the outside boat the
on the final leg of course towards the proper course as against the windward leeward boat is obligated to give room to
start-finish line. The leeward boat is sail- boat, although the windward boat contin- the windward boat so that the windward
ing above a "Direct" line to get to the
ues in her obligation to keep clear of the boat can pass and clear the finish mark.
finish line forcing the windward boat to
leeward boat under RRS 12. Remember, Remember, if the overlap existed as one
stay clear. I know that the windward
it is the proper course of the leeward boat boat entered the four boat zone, the obli-
boat must stay clear, but my feeling is
that the leeward boat is not sailing a with which we are concerned. However, gation to give room continues even if the
"proper course" by sailing above the line that only raises more questions than it overlap is later broken.
towards the finish. With the wind direc- answers. Proper course is always a sub-
tion as indicated, the faster course would jective matter. It is not necessarily a Keep the questions coming to
be directly toward the left hand start- straight line to the finish line, but rather a email@example.com
finish buoy. Is the leeward boat in viola- course a boat would sail to finish as soon
tion of a rule at this point? Or can she as possible in the absence of other
push the windward boat above the boats .... (See Definitions).
"proper course"? What constitutes a proper course Now hear this . . .
A secondary question is, let’s say the would depend on what the skipper feels
leeward boat is sailing just to the inside is the fastest way to the finish line for his New rule books are available from
of the left- hand start-finish buoy, thus in boat under the wind, wave, or current Registrar Norm Patt. Cost is $17.50
my book sailing a proper course. Does conditions, etc. If the overlap was not (includes tax).
she have to make room for the windward established by the leeward boat from
boat at the start-finish line buoy? clear astern, then the windward boat also Order yours today.
Now you can see how difficult it is would be obligated to keep clear of the
2001 Schedule for Canadian Radio Sailing Championships
Class Host Location Dates
I.O.M. Kingston Model Yacht Club Kingston Sept 15-16
I.O.M. Royal Vancouver Yacht Club Vancouver Oct 19-21
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By Doug Diet
In a recent issue Norm Patt announced estimated that 2 dozen wooden boats 66" high with the antenna.
the award for the “largest fleet of mod- were built between 1972 and 1984, from I got sailing them, built a few of
els” to Doug Diet. On hearing of his Marbleheads to A class yachts, Schoo- my own but had no one to sail with or
award, Doug was moved to reply as fol- ners and Full Rigged Ships and these race against so I headed to Detroit and
lows: were sold or given away. I have another Toronto under the burgee of the Windsor
four; a Marblehead, a Ketch, a Bark and Model Yacht Club, membership = 1.
a Full Rigged Ship. All RC of course. Today, I looked at the member-
Dear Norm, As it been stated in the many ship list in the WMYC boathouse, and I
articles written in the Windsor Star, am beaming with pride to see member-
I was surprised to see my name about my grandfather, "It was a family ship = 63 of which 2 are my son and
in the CRYA newsletter. As I am sure to affair". He would build the boats and my daughter with their Victorias, a fourth
get a bit of ribbing from those who are grandmother would sew the sails, cotton generation of model sailors. My grand-
not from our area, I must elaborate on back then, not the Mylar we use now. mother donated a trophy, after my grand-
how and why I have so many boats. My Dad got in the act, and he has his father’s passing, named the Maurice Diet
First, I must explain a little his- small fleet, too. So learning the trade Cup, that has been raced for here annu-
tory. My family, my grandfather Mau- and the craft from my grandfather was ally.
rice and my father Fred, are from Bel- just a right of passing. I too got in the So not all the fleet here in this
gium where, like England, there is a pond hobby at a young age going to the pond house, at the hobby shop, at my Dad’s
on every corner of the countryside and if in Petrolia at the conservation area for a house, at the University of Windsor, at
you did not live in the countryside, you weekend getaway or walking about 200m the Yacht Club or the many places where
live on the coast of the North Sea. to Lake St. Clair near their old house was they are laid up, are my own, but my
To make a long story short, the norm. family’s.
when they moved to Canada after WWII, When my grandfather passed
they did not bring anything but the sails away from cancer. His remaining boats Thanks,
off an old sand yacht. My late grandfa- were handed down to me. The picture Doug Diet
ther was quite the craftsman, and it was attached is my grandfather with his full
not long after they came to Canada that rigged ship, appropriately named " Leg-
he began building model yachts. It is acy". Built in 1972, it is 68" long and
My Grandfather and his ship “Legacy” My grandmother presenting the cup to Frank Ring in 1996 from
Scott Mohring ( winner 1995) at the Yacht Club
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Canadian Radio Yachting Association
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION 2001
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TOTAL $____________ Make cheque or M/O payable to CRYA .
LIST NEW OR TRANSFERRED BOATS
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Fee $5.00 for each new or transferred yacht $________
TELL US ABOUT YOUR “FLEET”
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____________________ ___________ ____________________ __________
____________________ ___________ ____________________ __________
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“Honourable Mention” will be awarded to the skippers with the largest fleet, and “Condolences” for the partners of
these same folks.
Make cheque or money order payable to CRYA and mail to :
Dr. Norm Patt, 32 Woodhaven Cres., Whitby, Ontario L1R 1R6 Canada.
Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope so that we can reply to you more quickly.
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