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Richard Rowan receives the 2014 MYA Syan Award

At the 2014 MYA AGM, Richard Rowan received the Syan Award from the MYA President Derek Priestley. This prestigious award, in memory of Peter Maskell, was created to
recognise an individual (or group) who has made an outstanding contribution to model yachting.

For many years, Richard tirelessly worked behind the scenes on MYA Council as the MYA IT Officer. Most, if not all of the IT databases that underlie the administration of the MYA and support the website, Members Area and Knowledge Base were designed, developed and maintained by Richard.

An excellent example of innovative facilities introduced by Richard for MYA members is the convenience of the on-line registration for competitors to enter race events. The stability of these systems lies testament to Richard’s attention to detail, diligence and the hours of his own time that this required. In addition, Richard has provided sterling service to members of the MYA Scottish District by designing and maintaining the Scottish District website. Initially he ran the website himself but latterly he provides a service to the Scottish District Committee and Clubs by promptly loading the material with which he is provided. A rough estimate would be ~150 updates a year (reports, pictures, scoresheets, etc.)

In 2014 Richard stood down from his role of IT Officer on MYA Council but continues to be involved through his recent nomination as Scottish District Councillor. Richard is a regular competitor on the Scottish Radio Sailing scene. It should not be forgotten that he has a high level radio sailing career having represented Ireland at World Championship level. Thus, it is not surprising that he has a reputation as a tough skipper to beat on the water. However, he has never lost sight of his roots and recently ran a fleet of Micro-Magic boats to demonstrate the allure of the sport and encourage others into our sport with a hands-on experience.

In conclusion, Richard Rowan is a fitting recipient of the 2014 MYA Syan Award.

The Scottish District welcomes 4 new clubs

The Scottish District welcomes 4 new clubs to the District. These comprise a new Scottish club – Kinghorn Radio Sailing Club located in Fife and the 3 Northern Ireland clubs who were previously affiliated through the Northern District – Belfast Waterworks MBC, Carrickfergus MBC and East Down Yacht Club. These clubs have been added to our website. They can also be found on the MYA Clubs list.

Scottish District AGM 2014

The MYA Scottish District AGM was held on Saturday 25th October, 2014 at The Royal Tay Yacht Club in Dundee. There are a number of changes to the committee as set out below. For all committee contact details open the District Committee page click here
• Racing Secretary Alastair Law
• Senior Measurer Steve Taylor
• District Councillor Richard Rowan

New Club – Tayside Radio Sailing Club

A new club is formed in the District from Ian Dundas (Scottish DC)

The Scottish District Committee is pleased to welcome Tayside Radio Sailing Club into the District. The aim of the new club is to create a first class venue at Forfar Loch to allow participation in the sport of radio sailing. A number of radio sailors have already joined the club and sailing at Forfar is planned for Saturdays and Wednesday afternoons.

We wish the new club well with setting up and look forward to seeing TRSC taking part in District events in 2014.

Ali Law received the 2012 MYA Syan Award

2012 MYA SYAN AWARD – Presented to Ali Law of Buchanness Club

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to model yachting Ali Law of the Buchanness Club was awarded the 2012 MYA Syan Award.
Ali has for well over 20 years been a stalwart not just within his home club of Buchanness but also the Scottish District and the UK Model Yachting Association. His enthusiasm and generosity is unbounded towards all aspects of the sport and anyone that wants to start model yachting. He devotes an enormous amount of his free time, travels widely to promote model yachting, encouraging newcomers, supporting existing clubs, building boats, measuring boats, repairing boats, publicising events in the media, organising events, acting as PRO at club and major MYA events as well as setting up Racing Rules Seminars.

For several years Ali has maintained the MYA Personal Sail Numbers Database, dealing with several enquiries every week. This voluntary service not only satisfies the demand for members to have their own sail numbers but also provides annual revenue to the MYA.

In his role over the past few years as Scottish District Racing Secretary Ali liaised between all the Scottish District clubs and the UK MYA Racing Secretary to ensure that
all planned events were incorporated into a coordinated Annual District Sailing Calendar. Another important activity for Ali is his passion to keep alive the tradition of the free sailing Fifie boats which have been active in Peterhead for nearly a century. He has built and raced many of this class of boat and was instrumental in setting up a Fifie building evening class at the local leisure centre aimed at getting youngsters and elderly alike involved in the traditional skills of model yacht building. He has also written several articles that chronicle the heritage of this vintage class.

In radio sailing Ali is a very active IOM competitor regularly winning at Club and District events. He won the 2012 District Wooden IOM event with a double-ender Graham
Bantock design he built himself. He has represented GBR at several European IOM Championships establishing friendships with many overseas competitors.

Ali is one of the longest serving Measurers in the District and has built several Measuring Tanks and trained up new Measurers. He also volunteered to be Race Officer at major events held in Scotland such as the 2006 R6M, 2007 IOM and 2008 RA UK National Championships. These were not just very successful but Ali looked to the future. He invested his time with these events to train up local skippers in Race Management duties and to work with the management of the Castle Semple Centre in Lochwinnoch to ensure that the best facilities were provided. This effort has left the legacy of a very good venue and quality racing that is now recognised as one of the most popular within UK.

He has established good links with the RYA and followed their courses to first become a qualified Regional Judge and then to become a qualified National Judge, one of only a few within MYA.

In summary, Ali Law has made a sustained and outstanding contribution to model yachting through his enthusiasm and commitment over many years. He is always ready to give of his time and effort, often at considerable personal cost to help anyone or do anything that will promote the sport of radio sailing.

IOM Scottish District Championships 2009 Castle Semple – 11th & 12th July 2009

Report by Ali Law      Score sheet

Castle Semple Watersports Centre, situated a few miles southwest of Paisley, is now the recognized venue for major Scottish District events and was first choice to host this year’s 2 day IOM district championship. The Centre hosts a wonderful cafe, toilets and shower room as well as alarmed over night yacht storage. Coupled to this the Centre also provides very helpful park rangers who go out of their way to assist with the running of the event.

The race team arrived well in advance of the skippers, and had the course set up ahead of registration. During registration, the district senior measurer carried out check weighing of all the yachts randomly checking either keel weight or all up weight.

RO Ali Law and his race team for Saturday – David Smith (scorer) and John Matheson (finish line judge) held the skippers briefing on time with the first seeding starting promptly at five minutes past ten.

Nineteen skippers had entered but sixteen actually came to the start line over the two days. To control the event it was decided to use the two heat option as this would help to provide race observers and the smaller fleets would make it easier for the less experienced skippers. Throughout 2009 the Scottish District has been trialing starting advantages and a twenty second advantage was given to seven qualifying skippers in the B heat only.

RO Ali Law set a windward – leeward course with a spreader mark at the windward mark and a gate at the leeward end but never used the gate. The wind strength on Saturday was fairly steady but was very changeable in direction, swinging from SE to west over the day and never settled making course setting near impossible and difficult to sail. The weather however was excellent with brilliant sunshine all day.

The preliminary seeding races were won by I Dundas sailing a Widget and R Brown sailing a Pikanto. All the racing on Saturday was sailed in tricky wind conditions but after ten races (twenty heats) a lunch break and no protests Ian Dundas held a small lead from Robert Rooney with Robert Brown breathing down their necks in third.

Under wet conditions racing started on Sunday at 09h45 (decided by the skippers the previous day).The Race team was reinforced by Nick Cowern and John Mason allowing John Matheson to sail. The wind was a little kinder coming out of the s/w and although it threatened to blow to near 2 rig it never actually did. The wind whilst better was still fickle and often skippers were caught on the wrong side of the course.

Robert Brown gave himself a mountain to climb having landed in B heat in the last race on Saturday and remained there for a few races only coming good in the last three races. Ian Dundas had the opportunity to win the event but he also had a series of poor races on Sunday not to mention a metre of weed around his keel, and finished the day in second place overall. Richard Costigan improved in the slightly stronger conditions and sailed his Lintel into third position overall, closely followed by Richard Ennos – sailing his own designed and build yacht, Kelpie into fourth place. The man of the weekend however was a quiet man from Paisley sailing a Topiko, Robert Rooney, who had mastered the conditions on both days. He stamped his authority over the course of the event, illustrated in the last A heat when he was called over the line early, went back and proceeded to sail through the fleet and passed his nearest rival for first place. Robert sailed a faultless race, won it and so the regatta.

Robert Hughes Jnr started with a starting advantage but lost it by race seven and continued to raise his game by sailing his Widget into fifth place overall – a very commendable effort.

The race team though small managed to keep the racing running at a brisk pace and all did their respective tasks very well. The wind was not kind on both days and this made the sailing very difficult, more so for the less experienced skippers yet all did their best and have gained valuable experience in large fleet racing.

The Saturday night social event was well attended at the Bowfield and was a resounding success with many new friendships formed over a bar supper and the relaxing atmosphere.

At the prize giving David O’Neill the Castle Semple Centre Manager presented Robert Rooney with the IOM Scottish District Cup and mentioned how much Castle Semple looked forward to hosting future Scottish district regattas. District Chairman Richard Ennos echoed this sentiment and pointed out how gratifying was to go to a water sports centre that welcomes radio sailors and wants help to make the event successful.

Top placings were:

PossSkipperClubHull designPoints
1.R RooneyPaisleyPikanto37
2.I DundasAberdeenWidget 241
3.R CostiganLevenhallLintel63
4.R EnnosLevenhallKelpie66
5.R Hughes JnrGreenockWidget67
6.R BrownLevenhallPikanto74

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