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  2. Two very well run events by the Birkenhead team under the organisation of Graham Elliott. Our race team worked very hard to give us the fairest possible race in steady winds on the Saturday and shifting winds on the Sunday. A couple of reaching starts were tried and rightly blown up for not being a fair contest showing us that what might be fashion in full size boats doesn’t always translate to our side of the sport. One point that continues to be of contention is the speed in which the black flag is put in use, sadly another big boat fashion that we have to put up with more and more, with rule 30.1(round the ends) forgotten. Thankfully I believe we only had 2 black flag starts over the weekend due to well set start lines but in my mind that’s two too many without using 30.1 first. Could I suggest that our guidelines for good racing going forward on starting procedure be looked at as the penalty on a skipper, far worse the larger the fleet and significant travel and cost to attend, needs to be understood. My reasons are these: - we are not sat on our boats and able to judge more closely our distance to above or below. To see this we have to stand more forward of the line. - in HMS, a BFD (black flag) is an outrageously heavy penalty of maximum fleet points, not just the heat you are in +1. To add to this you are also relegated. All of this just because at often a not so insignificant distance away you were adjudged to have broken the start??? - does the penalty fit the crime? It does not. Let’s say for instance we have a start with all boats lined up and a cowboy decides to run the line from above, dropping down and affecting a number of boats through collision. The cowboy is allowed to blissfully sail on, take a couple of turns and complete the course or if he or she caused damage, retire and take a heat +1 score with relegation. More grief caused, yet a lighter punishment. - what do we want from our racing? Open ended at different levels but in general it’s the opportunity to race a fair race with all competing. Whether we get one or two full less races in over a weekend is of far less importance than making sure the races we have are consistent and fair to all skippers that pay to enter. It is the competitors race! You only need to look back at the last 2 IOM international events to see which races Black flag starts were used in as those in contention had their worst races and the chancers with little to lose rolled the dice. Races unduly shaped by trigger happy PRO forgetting the race wasn’t about them... Going forward I think if we remember the above and give skippers every chance by allowing the difficulties they face in getting off the line clearly we get good racing. By all means go to a black flag but not before at least 2 general recalls and a couple of goes with 30.1. After all if we have eagle enough eyes to pick out one BFD boat, then why don’t we have the same clarity to name 2 or 3 over in starts that are more fair without scare? Again, we only had 2 BFDs over four days of racing so the above could be energy could be better directed elsewhere but They are points worth understanding from any race team I believe. End PThe full team of helpers did an excellent job in some pretty foul weather at times from the guys in the boat to the ladies that kept our heats up to date and scoring spot on. The WK club were welcoming hosts as always and couldn’t do enough for us. A few boats struggled with a lack of preparation and sometimes avoidable, sometimes not, collisions putting a few out of races but if we look back a few years I think the number that continued to race in the heavy conditions compared to years past we see a large improvement through better maintenance awareness and better built products across the board. As for signal loss, this generally happened on days where boats were heeled away from skippers at distance and signals were weak through carbon. Situations we rarely get at other venues but something that those in the radio game need to look at as it seemed more noticeable on newer radio versions. Thank you Birkenhead and West Kirby Cheers Brad
  3. Darin and All, I agree that the race team and Birkenhead Club did a fantastic job in running both regattas (10R & M's). I found West Kirby Sailing Club also to be friendly and accommodating when it came to the debriefs and the social event in the evenings. That aside, over the course of the 4 days many skippers suffered from radio control issues. I am not sure why this was happening, a theory presented to me was because for most of the time we were not in an elevated position, to allow an easy path for the radio signal to travel to your boat. People can take that theory the way they wish. However, should I be lucky enough to qualify for next years Worlds, the radio control issue will be a concern for me and I am open to listen to other peoples thoughts on this. Did I enjoy myself, of course but my boat , my legs and feet may tell you differently.........lol!! JT
  4. Yesterday
  5. Don't forget Keith Bell with his two seat Smartcar. He used to get his 6 metre into that !
  6. NigelC

    MX16

    --Posting on behalf of Ron Lee MYA#976-- MX16 in yellow MYA Measured A,B & C sails in excellent order, top rig is Dark Art and has only been raced 4 times from new. Comes complete ready to race with Futaba TX/RX, 2 x lipo RX, lipo charger, boat stand plus sail bag. £800 Located near Bridgewater, Somerset Please contact Ron Lee; 07790 761594 or lee.ronald7@googlemail.com
  7. I have been asked to restore (tittivate) an elderly A class vane boat prior to its reloction to France, it is basicaly dirty with a few damaged or missing fittings. Vane gear, spars and sails seem to be in fair condition, I am asking for some pointers as how to clean her up without doing any lasting damage. I would also like to know a little of her history, she has a name plate inscibed Esther and the sail number is K627. I am quite happy messing with radio Marbleheads, 10 raters etc but this a little different, any advice would be appreciated.
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  9. Lightweight Carbon/Kevlar hull in good condition. High quality deck fittings by David Potter. Long and Medium fins each with own lead. Radio gear in removable "chunk". Titan Typhoon winch, Hitec digital rudder servo. No rx or tx. A swing rig. B, C1 and C2 conventional rigs. Sails by Housemartin Sails in excellent condition, C rigs unused. . £1200. Please contact grenthornhill@virginmedia for full details and photos.
  10. Complete package with everything in lovely condition. Unmarked hull, Hitec waterproof servo arm winch, Hitec digital micro rudder servo Hitec lightweight rx. Two fins with 730gm and 630gm leads. No 1 swing rig . No 2&3 conventional rigs with pocket luff sails. Sail box and stand. All by David Potter. £750. Hitec Flash7 tx available by separate negotiation. Please reply to grenthornhill@virginmedia.com for full details incl. photos.
  11. Boat complete up to deck level. No radio gear. In excellent condition. £700. Number one rig with sails by David Potter also available £200. For full details incl. photos please contact grenthornhill@virginmedia.com
  12. Well, after a long wait the 2019 Nationals is over, two great days with conditions that required almost all of the rigs; it never got to B2 conditions, but that was Ok as I dont have a B2 rig! I thought the race management was excellent, despite the best efforts of the wind and weather and I thank all of the race team , Birkenhead Club for their efforts and West Kirby SC for making us feel so welcome. Its going to be a great venue for the 2020 Worlds, keep your eyes peeled for more on that.... From my point of view it was great to see the variety of competitors and boats who were there and see that the age of the boat was not a major factor in the fun factor or competitiveness. If you want to know more about how to get into the class take a look on the Marblehead Class website, there's information and tips on how to find out the next events and the great "pimp my marblehead" series whihc helps you get the most outer of an older design. Anyone else enjoy themselves?
  13. stevevw

    DF65 for sale

    I am in North Herts but sail at Milton Keynes and Northampton. The white hull is as this Link. https://www.radiosailing.co.uk/df65-v6---replacement-hull--colour--white-1077-p.asp
  14. It looked like it was mainly skippers using Futaba gear. I used to have issues when sailing near the swimming baths with my IOM many years ago when I using Futaba. No issues this weekend except for the idiot on the sticks turning left instead of right.
  15. Some radios are classed as "Park flyer", in my experience they often have trouble at distance and with carbon in particular. Remember it is only the last 31mm of rx aerial that matters, and that should be straight Make sure you haven't got other sailors standing between your and your boat if you are having trouble. In fact anything in the way of line of sight reduces range. Stand as high as possible or hold the tx up high if you are having trouble Make sure your tx aerial is parallel to the rx aerial, this is best for the signal Try to get the rx aerial vertical in the boat to allow best reception. If aerial under the deck then just under deck patching is better than in pot with battery, or under hard decking Try to get the rx aerial above the deck, ideally several inches and with 2 at right angles Try to use rx with 2 aerials and have them at right angles to each other Add a "satellite" rx to give more aerials Use longer aerials on your rx so you can position well, many rxs have aerial lead with a connector so can be (carefully) replaced with a longer one.
  16. At the recent 10R and M nationals there were a number of radio issues. The reasons for this appear to be varied but from what I could see it related mainly to the low walkway- salt water-large waves and carbon fibre hulls. The only solution for some was to pull the antenna outside of the hull and leave the bare end pointing up, but this didnt work for all. Does anyone have any thoughts to a better solution?
  17. Last week
  18. George21

    VISION IOM

    Hi Stephen, will you kindly advise if boat is still for sale. Regard s George Dines
  19. A strange request, maybe, but I'm rescuing an old Marblehead, and having to shorten the keel. Consequently, I need a keel bulb (any shape will do), about 4.5kgs or more. Anything considered, Thanks in advance. Brian.
  20. woodpecker

    DF65 for sale

    Hi what does the white hull consist of in the way of fixtures eg fin and bulb,servo etc or just a shell What is your location. Thanks Woodpecker
  21. Skyman41

    IOM Wanted

    Hi George, Still looking for an Isis IOM-would be really interest if you have one for sale. Have you got any photos and details of the set up? Also what price and where are you based. regards, Steve
  22. georgeevans

    IOM Wanted

    georgeevans75@gmail.com Hi, I have an ISIS IOM for sale. Let me know you're still looking and I can send over more information. Kind Regards, George
  23. Stephen Hobbs

    VISION IOM

    VISION IOM for sale Anchusa Blue. Moulded and fitted out by Phil Playle. Best fittings used throughout. Vision 1, 2, and 3 rig kits. Graphite sails IOM 1, 2, and 3. 2 and three never used. This boat is ready to sail and has hardly been used. Selection of batteries and charger. Sail box. De-luxe One metre boat bag with rudder cover, fin bag, boat stand, radio and glove. A VISION has been in the top six at the last two Nationals. Winner of Veterans Championships. £1800. Please contact Steve Hobbs 07887790108, e-mail shobbs@stevehh .co.uk. Best to contact via email. Poor health forces sale, and I could deliver if necessary. I live on the Cornwall/ Devon border.
  24. BenH

    AB 2

    Where abouts are you Jack?
  25. Skyman41

    IOM Wanted

    Many thanks Gavin-will give them both a try. Regards Steve Deane
  26. gavin watson

    IOM Wanted

    Well worth contacting Dartmoor to see what is available. http://dartmoormbc.org There is an Isis For Sale on the Sedgemoor for sale section https://sedgemoormbc.org.uk/for-sale/
  27. Jack37

    AB 2

    For sale black IOM AB 2 built by Tony Brailsford. GBR 3520 registered 2013 with certificate. A and B suits, Spektrum transmitter and receiver, Photos available £ 425 Contact Jack 07885524026
  28. Skyman41

    IOM Wanted

    Looking for a full IOM set up if possible-Isis (skiff style yacht) or similar Live in the Plymouth/Devon region but can travel. Have been sailing Fairwinds/Windstars/Lasers etc so have basic radio gear, but looking to upgrade to a decent IOM.
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