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  1. Richard, if you are in the Poole area a call to Peter Wiles at PJ Sails may help you. Peters number is in his supplier banner on this site.
  2. John. No reason not to. You need to ask yourself the question would the gain you make to windward by pointing higher out way the reduced off wind performance. As the majority of a radio course is off wind then the swing A rig will come out best over the course. That’s why the fleet uses swing rigs for A suit. When wind gets stiffer the conventional rigs work better across the range. You may have seen that swing rigs are set more forward in the hull that increases the tendency to push the bow down and fir the boat to trip up and the wind speed increases. The conventional rig is far easier to handle in higher wind speeds In the vane M era shroudless A rig was used as it allowed the top of the rig to bend off in a gust and good windward performance is at a premium. We used a prodder rig where the jib boom is attached to a yard clipped to the mast and the hull. It was effective but as it made it more difficult to catch the boat and pick it out so the fleet went back to conventional arrangements I hope that helps if you need anything further give me a ring. My contact details are on the SmartWinch supplier banner Bill
  3. Richard, to add to Mikes last posting, both my current 6’s, which both date back to the ‘80’s and all previous other 6’s of mine have had a fin box and removable fin/ballast. Both of my 6’s are currently competitive, if I can get to start a race without breaking anything that is. That’s a separate tale. The main area where performance gain can be made is in changes and alterations to the appendages. You can’t make those changes easily if the fin is fixed. Obviuously the choice is yours. I understand that yours may be an old boat but when we get back to sailing again there is no reason why you can’t compete. We introduced a classic class to the RA fleet and there is no reason why a similar approach with 6’s. could not be taken. There are an awful lot of Dolphins out there gathering dust and they should be out there doing what hey were designed for which is competing. Model racing yachts are what they say on the tin.
  4. Richard. That’s a very difficult question to answer there are many variables For instance one design maybe 15kg of displacement with 1500sq ins of sail area. And another may be 12 Kg with 1300. Both would be equally competitive. The rule is very good providing an equal competitive basis for all backed up with measurement. If you want to see what the full rig is like I suggest that you down load the class rule from the MYA website and take a look at the drawings. That should give you a clue and if you need an explanation you can always give me a ring. My contact details are on the SmartWinch supplier banner Cheers Bill Green
  5. Martin. Please have another look at the manual provided the every new RMG winch and you will see that setup is a two stage process. The first stage is to calibrate the winch to transmitter by knowing what is the full extent of the stick movement. This is a process applicable to the set up of all electronic speed controllers. The second stage of set up is to set the travel distance from the sheeted in position. Once set it remains unless you want to reset up the winch. You can use the transmitter settings as you suggest but that requires knowledge of the transmitter settings that vary from each maker. It inevitably takes longer to use the transmitter settings. The winch setup can be further used for additional features such as SLT that is similar but not the same as Expotential. It goes without saying that a lot of care and effort went into creating the setup process and into simplifying it’s use before releasing it I hope that helps and if you need further please feel free to contact me. My details are on the SmartWinch UK supplier banner. Cheers. Bill
  6. You have my phone number on the SmartWinch banner on this site . Give me a ring and I’ll talk you through it. It’s easy, in set up you are doing two things, first you are calibrating your winch to the transmitter so the winch knows what the full extent of the stick movement is and secondly you are setting the travel distance you want. You can also do this through transmitter settings but it’s quicker, easier and repeatable by doing it through the winch. Bill
  7. In view of the rapidly evolving and fluid situation concerning Covid19 Bournville RS&MBC has decided to postpone the event until later in the year. At the moment the club is considering the weekends of the Autumn half term. We will keep you posted..
  8. Please be advised that PRACC1 at Hampton Court on March 22 has been postponed until later in the year. Watch this space for further news
  9. I may have a vested interest being a supplier of RMG products but I’d be a bit wary of using a servo based winch in an A Class. PJ have an adapted servo based winch that can be used and have been well tried and tested Maybe ok with an IOM and similar but worth second thoughts for anything that has a decent amount of sail. As ever you can always ring me if you want to have an unbiased talk about winch things. My advert regularly pops up on these pages (Smartwinch)
  10. You could try the Component Shop who are very helpful and will fit XT connectors fir you
  11. Bill Green

    A Class 2020

    This was posted on the main MYA site and on Facebook on the MYA Downwind page. The response so far has been very positive so for those that haven’t seen it, here it is: Yep 2020 is here, another year and the beginning of another decade. So apart from being 2020 whats the vision, if you’ll pardon the pun, to what's new, what’s happening and, Heavens to Betsy, what’s changing.Let's take it from the top, the A class has not one but two Class Captains, Mike Ewart and Bill Green. If you haven’t already met either one you soon will. Mike is the one with the beard and hair the other has minimal amounts of either. Fairly easy to distinguish. Both have been around radio sailing for more years than you can shake a stick at and both have the A and 6m Classes to heart. Why two? I hear you ask, that’s very easy to answer Mike and Bill have worked together to make something of the 6m class and propose doing similar things for the A. That is not to take anything away from Bob Conners, he did a cracking job for far longer than he was supposed to, the Class is richer for his work and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Thanks Bob. The PRACC series dates for 2020 are all set and they are shown on the 2020 MYA racing calendar. ti help you we have also shown the National and District Championships and there is an event coming to a lake near you.Well that deals with what’s happening and parts of what’s new, so what’s the other bit?. One of the things about the PRACC series was that it didn’t consider what happens to the older boats. Most of them gather dust, are not sailed and look a bit past there sell by dates. Glories of a yester year. Not anymore, no more excuses, a Classic Class is introduced into all the A class events to get those boats out of the loft, the shed or the dark and out where they belong, out on the water competing. You no longer need the latest thing in carbon to compete, there are some beautiful A boats out there built in natures Hi Tech material that need a bit of TLC and a touch of bringing up to date. Now's the time to do it. Whats a Classic? that’s simple its design that is no longer competitive with the current premier fleet, it can be an Argo, a Sweet 6, a Priviteer, a John Lewis design etc. If you are not certain ask either Mike or Bill. Its not all about speed is about the history, the tradition, the grace of the class and we will talk more of the tradition later.OK the bit that’s left to mention is what’s changing. The class is seeking formal recognition as a Class Owners Group (COG) under the auspices of the MYA. When we know what is required we will be in touch with as many of the A Class skippers we know about to seek your input before confirming it. Its not a big leap at all, it's another step in the proposed changes to the MYA where the running of the classes is being devolved to the classes. In todays age that is the right thing to do. You may have seen the changes to the MYA Constitution and the COG’s are a fundamental part of that. Here is not the place to discuss that except to say that we believe is the right way to go for the class. A similar move has been made on behalf of the 6m Class.There was mention of history and tradition, so there is little something for you to think about. In 2023 the A Class is 100 years old, yes that’s right, 100 years. That is something to celebrate and we have started to think seriously about it. Nothing is concrete yet and we need your thoughts about about what, where and how, so don’t be shy let us know because we certainly will be asking the question through out this year. Several suggestions have already been made and the feelers are out and about. Talk to us.We would like to update the list of A Class skippers so we can contact you directly to let you know what’s up and coming. We will be in touch with the Club Secs to help us out or you can contact me direct through the MYA site using the A Class Registrar link. Hopefully we will see see you at the PRACC events and here’s to an interesting and challenging 2020 and see you on the water.Mike Ewart and Bill Green A Class Captains
  12. Dave, the answer to your question is simple, there ain’t any. It’s a piece of kit that has got to do a job and there are many and various types. They come in all shapes and sizes dependent on what you are using it in. Little ones for 36’s, big ones for A’s and anything in between. Roger Stollery published his design and you can ask him for a copy. The Clem Edwards ones are very accurate and easy to use but are like rocking horse p*** to find. Ken Jones made an effective one out of wire and again examples are hard to find. The there are the Fred Shepherd ones, moving carriages, and the Corby’s and there are of course the one offs and variations on a theme. A Vane gear is a piece of kit that you get used to, foibles and all, you will learn what it can and can’t do. The one thing for certain is that when you find one you can get on with you hang onto it and you enter into a deep meaningful relationship with it. You don't lend it out, you look after it and tend to it’s every need. Sorry I can’t point you in any other direction but if you are a good boy I’ll show you mine next time you’re down at Bournville. Now theres an offer that’s difficult to refuse.
  13. Just a quick note to say the RMG switch is IP65 rated, that means it will work in a wet environment but not designed to operate fully submerged. When returned to us it was working but it could not be guaranteed for how long hence replacement was the safe option.
  14. Mark At this moment in time there is no radio match racing for any class. Match racing is used by the free sailing folk as it is the only viable format for that form of racing. In the past the Race of Champions had a mix of Fleet and Match Racing but the event has not been held for a couple of years. At one time Match Racing under radio was feature of the embryonic 6m class as a means of expanding the class but there is no longer any need for it and as such is not in play. I have long advocated the inclusion of Match Racing into the racing calendar but there does not seem to be a will from either the classes or the majority of the competitors to want to include or participate in match racing. Bill
  15. An error has been pointed out to me in the Q&A section. The answer to Question 8 says that certificates will be lodged with the Race organiser, this in fact should read "may" not "will"
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