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  1. Mike, try contacting David Creed as I believe in the earlier days of the Robot IOM he was the original equipment supplier for both the fin and rudder. These items were also fitted to earlier Robot Yachts Britpop's . David does not have a Web Site, his phone number can be found be googling his name.
  2. Don't only look at the classes sailed at your proposed club but also what class is best supported by the local District. I suspect the answer to the District support will come down in favour of the IOM. If this is the case I would definitely choose the IOM as it would give you greater opportunities to race. Also a good quality IOM bought secondhand will retain it's resale value if maintained well. This enables you to upgrade with minimal financial loss. As you have by now guessed the IOM would be my choice. Eric
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    What is It

    Paul The idea of the tube is to maximise the length of the line that is the number 1 suit swivel. Barry has used this trick on previous designs like the Psycho that I sail. This swivel tube is also used on a large number of Sailsetc hull designs. It should not leak if not sealed, all of the yachts I have seen using this have had the hole taped while racing. My own boat was Barry's boat and when purchased was taped so if the designer sealed the hole who are we to disagree. Eric
  4. Dave Regards midlands district web site the weebly one is the district site unless things have changed recently. There is the new IOM midland web site which was announced at the district agm. The district site supposedly will direct you to the new IOM site which has been setup for the Midland District IOM events. (Dates, entry, results etc) Therefore if you want Midland District Champion Skipper & Club Series info try:- https://iommdcs.wordpress.com/ Eric
  5. Garry At least you know about these Motions for discussion at the AGM. I know I have not seen our club secretary for sometime so no doubt will catch up on this soon. However we have both a web site and this forum for communication in the absence of a magazine (which we all paid for this year) so surely these proposals should have been communicated to the great unwashed, the membership electronically. Rant over about lack of communication from the top. Call me an old cynic but the changes proposed on Personal Sail numbers, Boat registration new and ownership change would appear to be ways of separating members from their hard earned cash, just surprised at the proposal to not charge for a PSN. If this is a serious proposal it would be a very good reason to go with class associations rather than MYA over seeing/running yacht classes. As the Class registrars are volunteers and request stamped addressed envelops what costs are incurred by the MYA in registering new boats or changes of ownership? As a personal sail number is not necessary to race but registration is the cost of PSN is an optional extra not a requirement. The main cost I would presume is that incurred by the measurers of the various classes, and I think in a lot of cases costs are incurred by the clubs for measuring tanks for IOM's. Is it the intention to recompense the clubs from the monies collected if these proposals are approved? Also don't we need to encourage owners of boats to maintain registration as I believe the number of registered owners can affect the number of votes on matters at international level. If a charge is made to re-register a boat how many Skippers who only race at their own club will be tempted not to register a boat in their own name? Garry like yourself I would welcome details on any proposals for the AGM not only these to be published in detail. Also like yourself I cannot understand a vote after discussion when how a representative votes is predetermined by the club membership before the AGM. Eric
  6. Dave Check out the racing calendar on the main Web site and you will see this event is now on Saturday 17th Sept at Manor Park as all events at Watermead are cancelled because of the building work. (Don't think it is open to enter as yet) Eric
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    Buying a yacht

    Hi JAD57 I think you need to know first off to what level you want this boat to take you, local, regional or national. This will dictate a likely expenditure. If it is for local use only the water conditions you sail in could change the designs you look at. If cost is not a limiting factor you cannot go wrong with a Britpop, V9, Vision or Mojo (others are available). The issue is that to buy any of these designs new there are waiting lists, so you would need to check with the builders. If you order a new boat don't forget to order preferred sails as there is also waiting lists for these. If you are looking for a second hand boat this forum is good or you need to keep your ears open locally as to who is buying a new boat as their current boat will normally be up for grabs. Eric
  8. Following on from my previous posting in the events section, confirming that the above listed event is not being run under the MYA umbrella. This makes me ask the question of why the MYA web page space has been apparently been given to advertise what appears to be a commercially run event? This event would seem to be promoting the sale of not only the recognised DF65 but also of the new product of the sponsors. This is a design that does not comply with any recognised MYA class rules. I am not convinced that this space would have been afforded to any of the IOM production companies if they tried to run an event only for their own designs. Can anyone clarify this for me?
  9. Can someone tell me if this event is running under the MYA umbrella? (Organizing Authority Dragonforce UK Class Association, managed by West Lancs Yacht Club, Sponsored by Joysway) You look at the Dragonfest Web site and the MYA is mentioned in various areas, however the entry requirements don't mention MYA membership required. The reason I ask is that on entry the Skipper has to confirm that he has two million pounds of third party insurance cover. If this event is MYA sanctioned all Skippers will need to be MYA members (or affiliated to a national body if an overseas Skipper) to be eligible, therefore covered by the MYA insurance policy I presume. If non members are allowed to enter surely this insurance will be void.
  10. Quick Twist tool delivered in 4 days from ordering from Wheelspin Models by Royal Mail.
  11. Recently ordered one from Wheelspin Models will let you know when delivered. Down side is there is postage of over £3 on this so looking at a total of just short of £19 all in.
  12. Hi Keith There is the obvious Fox and Hounds, select a Skipper to be the fox (usually first race one of your novice's, subsequently Skipper who finishes last in the previous race) No boat allowed to cross line before the Fox (if they do so it's round the end for them) once the Fox has started race the course as usual. This takes away the pressure of starting from usually the least experienced and if they can force any faster boats over the line a good distance on the beat for them to catch up. If enough skipper's the other thing to do is as suggested team racing, this encourages the top skipper in the team to assist his less experienced partners in going faster either by yacht setup or improved tactics. The top Skipper can also influence the result by tactical sailing using the rules to slow other teams thus it also can be instructional and cause some discussion on the bank. (Allow the Skipper's to give outside assistance during the race within teams). Not tried it but it could be interesting to allow the swapping of yachts within teams, could end up with fastest Skipper sailing slowest boat, if this happens I expect the faster Skipper will firstly improve yacht setup but also come up with a plan to improve the boats performance long term. Eric
  13. Hi Like Garry I suspect most of us thought that the vote was to make the existing plate gooseneck's compliant and not to basically rule them out.Because the emergency ruling was made to allow the use of them at the last World's and the change that was voted for seemed just to want to ratify that situation for the future. It is most disappointing that we now seem to be in a bigger mess than before, I cannot believe the original intention of the rule clarification (LOL) was to overnight make so many rigs non-compliant. I can understand the rule makers wanting to ensure this design was not developed/enlarged but what happened to common sense!! Oh I forgot we are talking about a technical committee and not a ruling body who may give a fig about it's skippers interests (who have both money and time invested in their equipment). Before anyone asks my own rigs do not use a plate type gooseneck so in theory I have most to lose in lack of performance!! I'm not too bothered about the how should the rules been interpreted before the ruling, but as these goosenecks seemed to have been deemed legal at some point in the past either by measurer's or the rule maker's why the sudden knee jerk reaction as I seem to remember them being on the market when I started sailing a few years back at least three World's since. In other words who decided they were not compliant and if that is the case either just come out and ban them or declare them compliant with restrictions if needed to stop further development. We can argue / discuss till the cows come home it will make no difference unless we can petition the governing body to rethink it's decision/intentions and by then a lot of the rigs will be modified.
  14. Hi has it been thought that to post a for sale advert now you need to register for the Forum. Could that be a reason for no new posts in the one metre pages and if I'm correct only one new advert on whole site which was not transferred. I know postings tend to slow around the Christmas holiday time but cannot recall it being so slow. Fortunately not looking for a new boat at the moment but always like to keep an eye on the market, and I have in the past bought a yacht which came on the market which I liked just because it was available and the price seemed right. Any comments on the need to be registered site user? Is this putting seller's off? Eric
  15. Thanks for the results Vinnie. As you say Graham results much as expected. Now perhaps something more important than the results is how should we proceed in future votes, as a 3.3% return is worryingly low. (I suspect a number of skippers did not vote as they never expect to sail in world or continent events. But there has got to be a large number of boats equipped with plate type goose neck fittings who's skippers had a vested interest in the result who have not voted which is a bit of a surprise.) The bigger concern is that if an issue arises which adversely effects IOM sailing within the UK how do we ensure the UK skippers do vote? I think there needs to be a better way of communicating the issues to the UK owners and the importance of them having their say by voting. I do think this is something that needs greater publicity than the forum provides as you only have to look at the number of registered users to realise the limited number of skippers this reaches. (I expect the majority of those skippers who did vote read the forum) So ideas as to how to reach the larger community now required. Does anyone have a data base of contact details(email addresses) of the IOM registered owners in the UK? (there may be data protection issues?) Any comments? Eric
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