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  1. With less than a month to the event the MPRSC race team are now making full preparations for the event and looking forward to welcoming skippers old and new with their Marbleheads to the club. Those who have been before will know that the venue is great for a mid summer weekend with space for camping and socialising alongside the competitive racing, the grounds are looking good and the addition of the floating jetty makes launching and retrieval even esier. If you have any questions about the weekend please feel free to ask them, or alternatively just get your entry in and enjoy the 1st National Championship of 2021..... Watch this video of the last time the M's were at Manor Park. (thanks Henning)
  2. Hi Bill, The IRSA sets the regulations for World/Continental Championships and these have a section on the allocation of places at a World/Continental Championships. Each country that is affiliated to the IRSA is allocated a number of places for an upcoming event. This is based not only on their size but also on results of the last event. How each country chooses its representatives is down to the individual country but in the UK the MYA has a long established ranking system for its members and skippers. The MYA ranking system is intended to allow all members to have the opportunity to qualify and also create a series that gives the best UK skippers the chance to compete against each other for practice and to gain experience of competitive events. The basic MYA Ranking system is a series of 6 events plus the last National Championship for the international classes, with the best 4 scores from the last 6 counting events (plus the last Nationals) used by a competitor. The intention is that these events are planned annually such that those wishing to attend can get to at least 4 without excessive travelling, although this doesnt always happen. There are currently 3 ranking lists for the international classes who have active International events. It is actually a lot easier to understand than explain!! Note: It is only classes that come under the authority of the IRSA that are included in this system. Hope this helps. Darin
  3. Hi John, This covered in Appendix E, E 3.5 and is a requirement of the race team.
  4. Hi, one of the hardest things to appreciate when 1st sailing Radio boats is the point that Brad touched on, which is the lightness of adjustments- no need for an arm full of extra tension, or massive changes in rake. Once you have found a sweet spot, mark the positions and come back to these during an event. The strength of the IOM class is in the skill of rig setting and it takes time and practice to get this right on a regular basis. This is another reason for looking at how you build the rigs and rigging, in particular pay attention to the direction of pull on bowsies, you want to be able to adjust these by 2-3mm easily whilst holding the boat or dealing with noisy flapping sails not having to have two people hold the boat whilst you adjust in 10mm chunks! Finally amongst his many skills if you look at Brad’s boats on the water it doesn’t matter if he has changed rigs 3 times in 3 races his settings are always good and repeatable, although I usually only see them from behind
  5. Pre bend in an IOM mast is to counteract the limited strength of the material allowed in the class rules. By putting in pre bend you can achieve a reasonable amount of rig tension and match the luff curve of the sail.
  6. Over time every boat will lose performance from a number of areas, weight gain, loose fittings, dings and nicks on the fin and bulb and I would suggest that regular checks and maybe updates make sense and also add to the enjoyment of ownership. This also runs in to the question of buying an IOM and it is my view that a well maintained older boat is still a good buy for all but the very best skippers and replacing items like John is doing can make them a good buy.
  7. On the Marblehead Class website there has been a question asked by the IRSA technical officer. This has prompted a request for the skippers globally on the desire, or not to consider a change to this rule. Please visit the Marblehead Class website and post any comments here. The post on the class website can be found at: https://marbleheadsailing.wordpress.com/
  8. Hi Barry, I think that I heard them say that the Judge's race management software has just such a thing and is why they were able to make a quick decision on Saturday.
  9. The quality is excellent and by watching on You Tube you can view it at anytime and avoid delays, I also like Ken Read as a commentator, Nathan Outteridge is also good but Shirley Robertson is the star. After the boats of course
  10. Hi Michael, If I were looking for an M upgrade I would go for a known design that others in your area will be able to assist you with and you can gauge your and the boats performance against; whatever response you get will only be an opinion and your lake will no doubt have a variety of factors that will influence you. Read the pimp my marblehead series on the M class website as this will give you a guide on what is current thinking and the items to look out for. https://marbleheadsailing.wordpress.com/how-to-tips/ My opinion (for what its worth) is that there are a lot of Sailsetc boats that have been sold, and there must be a few that are sitting in garages that would be a good bet along with the more modern designs like the Astrix,Starkers etc. Personal experience is that the MX boats are not quite the right option in the UK.
  11. Hi Michael, The MYA is trying to address this issue of measurers and training, however,it is the measurers responsibility to stay current but it was brought to the councils attention by the registrars who were being presented with information that was incorrect or poorly presented that this is not happening in all classes, it was agreed that this was for a number of reasons and that the existing system had no formal provision within its processes to either gauge a measurers level of on going competency, or to offer retraining. The TO is trying to address this but with Covid restrictions the work has been delayed. Within the Members area you can find the list of measurers for each class, and if you have any concerns it may be worth contacting the registrar to find out who they would recommend. BTW I am not a measurer, but I would expect that if I was to undertake a task that I hadn't done for a while I would prepare with a "run through" prior to the task. if a measurer is not sure of all the details he can contact the MYA TO for assistance, but they must be given chance to consider the questions. Darin
  12. No Problem, there will be a further update on the Scottish district today/tomorrow.
  13. https://mya-uk.org.uk/mya-coronavirus-news-and-guidance/
  14. Guys, The MYA spoke to the RYA on Friday, and the announcement about team sports had come as a surprise to them and they were evaluating the situation as are the council. Once the council has done this the RYA are our route to approval from the government for the resumption of competitive radio sailing in larger groups. At this stage it is Still up to each club to assess its own risks and compliance with their national government’s guidance and the subsequent format and numbers involved. Darin
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