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Mike Cooke

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  1. Try Delftship - theres a free version and the pro isn't that expensive.
  2. We had an excellent Slalom cup for foiling Mini40's at Gosport - at times we had half a dozen boats foiling apparent wind and trading gybes at some great speeds.
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  4. Be interested to know what advice you've been given to cause such a U turn. The most limiting factor with multihulls is the choice of sailing water and having access to a Lee shore in case the worst happens. If you can find one, Hobbyking did a 1M tri called the Skate - other than being too bendy it was alright for the money.
  5. First up, check out the Mini40 Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Mini40Multihull/ The fastest boat in the UK is the Shinobi which there's a bit about here : http://www.aardvarkracing.co.uk/radio-boats/rc-foiler-tri/ Disclaimer: I make the Shinobi! Theres a 2 day championships at Gosport in about 5 weeks time, along with the 2 day Flevocup in the Netherlands in May which are the 2 main events in the Mini40 calendar...
  6. Depends how precious you are about weight - a good paintjob can weigh quite a bit, so getting rid of all the old stuff will go a long way.
  7. I actually question whether they're good at all at model scale - I'm going with them because thats what everyone does and while evaluating my hull designs it would be silly to mess around with non-standard rigs.
  8. From what I can gather, most of the fast folk use pocket luff for everything except A rig...
  9. Is Email notification of a Private Message enabled by default? I can totally imagine people not thinking to come back and check for messages on here.
  10. RMG best winch, but I've got a PJ (larger of the two) winch in my RM which has been doing pretty well so far. Bit cheaper, quite a bit lighter too.
  11. Just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone involved, especially the Judges/race committee who had to make a couple of difficult calls. Had a great weekend and enjoyed some really good racing.
  12. Thoroughly enjoyed it - good work all round everyone involved.
  13. Theres been a bit of a revival of radio Multihull racing over the past few years led by Mike Dann down at Gosport. As such we're having a 2 day open this year and trying to encourage as many visitors as possible, even have a few European boats signed up. If you've got one lying around gathering dust or even if you just fancy having a gander at these rapid racers then get down to Gosport MYBC on the 1st and 2nd of April. More info can be found on https://modelmultis.wordpress.com/ ' alt=''>
  14. I was planning on bringing a new boat to the Nationals - I understand that the registrar will be away between now and then so I would like to know whether I can bring a new, measured boat, but without the 'official' paperwork from the registrar?
  15. Except the product in question is radio sailing - you are looking for customers even if you're not selling a boat. Probably/definitely going off topic, but as someone who's been pushing class associations at the show for 20 years you should be trying to hook them, figuring out where they're based, then pushing them onto their local club to them and whatever fleet they may sail there - thats where the perceived value in a class actually gets useful rather than the actual cost.
  16. Having just got a bit excited about your comment Mike I went and had a look through all of the club sites that have RM events for sale sections and turned up nothing, let alone something with the potential to be competitive with. Would have assumed that these being hubs of activity might reveal something I'd previously missed. You can't realistically expect a newcomer who's been hooked on the notion of radio yachts at the show to trawl through every club site going on the off chance of finding an 'affordable' option before their interest wanes and they go elsewhere? Doesn't the main RTR class in question fall into the RG65 rules? sounds like the ultimate feeder class to me and should be encouraged.
  17. Well, in fairness there are not really any secondhand boats, leaving you with the only option of buying new. Everything is relative and you can't get around the fact that it's the most expensive boat with the highest tech and the most rigs. I don't know how the dinghy show works from the MYA point of view, but there were only Marbleheads on the stand and I overhead a couple of pitches that went along the lines of 'costs the same as a small dinghy'. The feedback was probably in relation to the pitch that was given. Whoever is manning the stand should be presenting and selling radio sailing in a bums on seats fashion and not just pushing the niche that they are involved in. Imagine what would happen if you left me on the stand with a Trimaran all weekend telling everyone that this was all there was to radio sailing and no, you can't afford it.
  18. Probably needs a new topic, but there's a good argument for a 1M umbrella class that everything fits into in the same way that the Dragonforce fits into the RG65 class. Increasing participation and a subset of 'class' trophies for the hard-liners would be a great way of getting more people involved - especially when it's so hard to get hold of the main classes in the first place. If the newcomers could 'run what they brung', when the bug bites they would be better placed to pick up competitive class boat rather than sitting on the fringes contemplating the price of a new IOM. RG100 anyone?
  19. Round 2 this weekend down in Poole. James Edwards is in the top spot - can anyone stop him?! https://southwesterndistrictmya.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/sw-district-winter-series-rd3-poole/
  20. Round 2 at Woodspring is coming up this Sunday. Sounds like Tony Edwards is on holiday so all to play for! Event details here: http://southwesterndistrictmya.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/south-west-district-iom-winter-series-round-2-woodspring/
  21. Boat swapping usually goes a long way - getting a more experienced helm to have a go with your boat and give you some pointers is usually pretty productive. If I want to sail for fun I usually get my multihull out!
  22. There are plenty around that can do it. The 3dr Iris and Solo are the one's that spring to mind. They link to smartphones and assuming a good gps signal will track the phone. The Solo in particular has some excellent software for managing this and getting good flybys. As with above, if you are using near other people (250M I think) in public you need a drone license to do all this.
  23. I think it's fairly straightforward. If they want to film you in close proximity they need to be licensed. Then they'll have their own insurance and all the nonsense that goes with it. As most model yacht sailing seems to take part in public spaces you'd actually have a hard time stopping a drone pilot from filming you if they wanted to.
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