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  1. I think we will give it a go as a club, the savings we make on lake fees can go towards VR subscription. Probably best to try it out on an individual basis before attempting club/regional/national competition. If someone with an MYA address can successfully request access then maybe something can be trialled. As two-thumb sailors we might turn out to be quite good at this.
  2. Does anyone know if the offer of free VIP passes to enable club competition for RYA affiliated clubs was extended to the MYA? It seems Virtual Regatta may provide some means of keeping clubs interested and engaged while we are away from the water. As a fee paying branch of World Sailing seems we should be on an equivalent level to RYA clubs. https://www.rya.org.uk/Pages/virtual-regatta.aspx
  3. Rob, sorry for the initial basic reply I'm sure you know all of this but I thought I should cover all the bases for all readers searching for info on this. Attached is a manual for this winch downloaded from the Spanish RC shop iomdw.com. The manual shows connection and rating but makes no mention of any programmable features. At the end I list a translation of programming which may or may not help. The connections are the same as the RMG Smartwinch; power on the larger red & black which should be made using a decent battery connection such as a Deans , JST (JST RCY 2 pin) or an XT30, XT60 plug etc. A servo type plug is not really up to the job of supplying power especially when slightly corroded. The larger contact area of proper battery connectors really helps. The servo plug goes to the sail channel on the receiver where it also supplies regulated power from the winch for both the Rx & rudder servo, this is stated at 5V. The final wire with sleeving is used for programming. The only issue with this arrangement is you receiver will always report 5V no matter what condition the battery is in until it suddenly decides it's run out or you have taken it below it's recommended minimum. The RMG makes a faint beeping warning which may be the case here. I use a high voltage rudder servo and a receiver also capable of direct battery power so that my display always shows true battery voltage rather than the fixed regulated one, additionally if the winch has problems then at least the receiver and rudder should still operate. To do this you need to extract the +ve power pin from the servo plug and secure it safely out of the way in a dry place, you can then adapt your battery supply connection to also feed the Rx/rudder. Letting the battery +ve come into contact with the regulated 5V from the winch could kill it. Hope that helps, I use an RMG but have given this winch some consideration, Toby. - - CAUTION: Before you put the drum on the winch, to provide an initial setting, to recognize the point "zero" of the radio to the winch. INSTRUCTION TO SETUP THE WINCH: 1) place Tx stick at full in position 2) put on the radio 3) put on the boat 4) you hear a sound signal and the winch go to the minimum 5) connect setup cable to ground pin of Rx 6) you hear a 1st sound signal 7) move the stick to full out 8 ) you hear a 2nd sound signal 9) move the stick at full in 10) you hear a 3rd sound signal 11) using the stick, drive the winch out at the desired full out position 12) remove setup cable; you heard a long sound signal 13) put off the boat 14) put on the boat 15) the regulation are made. Control the correct working 7 NB Please note that if you need to reverse the rotation of the pulley, then you need to do the opposite sequence to = point <1> sails full out, point <7> sails full in, point <9> sails full out, point <11> run full in desired. Factory setting: The factory setting expected to, during full out, the pulley rotates "Clockwise" and during full in rotates "Counterclockwise" - The drum rotates for about 3 laps corresponding to about 30 cm with the drum included - provides the electronics to lower the maximum power at 5 volts to the receiver - if the battery is scheduled to open in mid-sails and rudder operation - in case of overload for 10 sec. enter into the winch protection. To unlock it to act up / down with the stick sails RESET PARAMETERS: - Follow the steps in setting from <1> to <12> - Replace the cable programming in the Rx - Remove the single cable programming. You will hear a "beep" confirms - Replace the cable programming in the Rx - Remove the single cable programming. You will hear a "beep" confirms - The winch delete your programming and reloads the factory settings. - Turn off power to the winch. Our winch can be programmed with a run from a minimum of about 5 cm to a maximum of about 60 cm. it is also possible to use the movement with lever instead of the drum. 8th SmartWinch.pdf
  4. It is with regret that the decision to postpone EDCS1 The Belton Trophy scheduled for Sunday 16th February has been made. The safety of competitors and their equipment is paramount so the BSC lake at Heybridge will be closed at the weekend. All entrants will be notified directly when a new date for this event has been arranged, the notice of race will be listed on the MYA event news four weeks before and competitors should submit a new entry once this becomes available. There have been those in favour of racing and those against; whilst racing should reward those who are well prepared and with well maintained boats there are factors against proceeding and we compete in accordance with the RYA racing charter. We thrive on participation and to this end will be encouraging our club members to travel to the other series events, just as we welcome visitors to our own. The conditions and responses indicate that there was likely to be a limited entry, the EDCS points format does not benefit competitors in small fleets: a result of 2nd from 3 entrants scores broadly the same as 10th from a fleet of 20. We look forward to hosting EDCS 1 later in the year and hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend. Toby, Treasurer at Chelmsford RYC Eastern District IOM Championship Series calendar update: EDCS 3 at Coalhouse Fort date has changed and is now five weeks later. EDCS 1 (The Belton Trophy) Chelmsford RYC 16th February Postponed EDCS 2 (Yare Cup) Norwich MYC 8th March EDCS 3 (Coventry Trophy) Coalhouse Fort 5th April 10th May EDCS 4 (Lifeboat Pennant) Lee Valley MYC 14th June IOM Ranking 3 & 4 Coalhouse Fort 11th & 12th July EDCS 5 (Norfolk Trophy) Broads RYC 13th September EDCS 6 (Thames Cup) Coalhouse Fort 8th November
  5. We have voices in favour and against postponement with one abstention. I'd tidied up the pavilion...
  6. We are consulting with entrants about postponing this event due to the severe weather warning issued by the Met Office. There are two factors to consider; the predicted wind and gust strength make this a test of survival rather than one of tactics and race craft, and the likely control area is in a poor condition due to the saturated ground and further rainfall resulting in a heightened risk of falls on the banked area. The CRYC race team are keen to hear all opinions before we send confirmation to entrants by 5pm on Friday 14th on whether to proceed or postpone. This information will be sent by email and/or text message to the contacts submitted on the entry forms. Comments and advice are welcome here or you can get in touch directly: treasurer.cryc@gmail.com 07462762410 Toby on behalf of the Chelmsford RYC race team.
  7. The Eastern District IOM championship series starts again on 16th February 2020 at Chelmsford RYC lake in Heybridge, Essex. CM9 4SD Online entry is available via the MYA events form to all members with a certified IOM boat or you are welcome to get in touch directly. Entries are accepted on the day but it's easier to send the form so that emergency contact details are available as encouraged, and less rush on the morning. Non racers are also welcome to observe, get some tips or just find out more about us. https://mya-uk.org.uk/event/ed-belton-trophy-edcs-1/ The entry fee is £6 and prizes will be awarded. Parking is adjacent to the lake so rig changes can be made from the back of the car. The 2019 series champion Colin Goodman scored a perfect 400, closely followed by Eastern District Chairman Mark Dennis on 368, with Jim La Roche of Coalhouse Fort who was the leading competitor to score points in all six rounds in third overall. Members from across the district filled out the top ten although with four events to count many missed the opportunity to place higher with 38 different competitors in all. For anyone considering entering an IOM ED series event for the first time they may reflect that although there's often a match race between Mark and Colin there is also healthy competition throughout the fleet with a good respect for rules and fairness. All Eastern District events have been very well run by their host clubs in recent years with good local participation but a slight reluctance to travel. Chelmsford RYC will be encouraging it's members to participate in more series events this year, and we hope to welcome more first time visitors to race one of the IOM EDCS. We have a great lake with good access, predominantly weed free with clear winds thanks to our coastal venue. Hope to see you there on 16th February. Toby Goodhead, Treasurer CRYC A calendar reminder is posted below, but subscribe to news updates to get confirmed event notices as they are posted. EDCS 1 (The Belton Trophy) Chelmsford RYC 16th February EDCS 2 (Yare Cup) Norwich MYC 8th March EDCS 3 (Coventry Trophy) Coalhouse Fort 5th April EDCS 4 (Lifeboat Pennant) Lee Valley MYC 14th June IOM Ranking 3 & 4 Coalhouse Fort 11th & 12th July EDCS 5 (Norfolk Trophy) Broads RYC 13th September EDCS 6 (Thames Cup) Coalhouse Fort 8th November MYA_NOR_Belton_Trophy_EDCS1_2020.pdf
  8. Good luck to all entrants so far, but there is still time to enter and if you are prompt you can enter on the day. Be prepared to supply emergency contact details if you have not provided them using the online entry. Many thanks to our travellers from Eastbourne, Cambridge and Harwich. https://mya-uk.org.uk/event/ed-oliver-lee-trophy/ So far there have been no sail number clashes so our stock of vinyl 1s looks safe but numbers are allocated on a first come first served basis. The weather should start bright and crisp with a little low cloud, temperatures are about average, conditions are dry. Wind direction looks good and stable with a predominately south-westerly breeze which might edge a bit more southerly over the day, a sea breeze seems unlikely as the thermal gradient, and tidal coefficient are both extremely low. Wind speed should be 7, 8, 9, or 10 knots which should benefit the sharp eyed and keep us in No. 1 rig the whole day. Ground conditions remain a bit soft in places so good footwear is recommended. There's been a few comments made, so the entry fee has been reduced to £6. Everyone is welcome to come along to race, observe or just catch up with old friends, this is always a good natured day with plenty of help available to all. Looking forward to seeing you there, Toby, Chelmsford RYC racing and events team.
  9. Online entry is now open for The Oliver Lee Trophy for IOMs hosted by Chelmsford RYC. Click Here Chelmsford RYC is pleased to celebrate the life and career of renowned designer Oliver Lee with their annual open event for International One Metres. This is a full day event on the first Sunday in January falling on the 5th in 2020. The last few years have seen quite a keen fleet from across the district and further afield with the rock stars and veterans locking out the medal positions but with close scoring throughout the mid-fleet. After a 9:45 briefing racing starts at 10am and will continue until mid afternoon when either daylight or wind fail us. Once again we are grateful that George Beacroft has kindly agreed to act as PRO as he has many successful events under his belt. Good luck to Colin but does anyone think they can end his winning streak? Will a Kantun, AKA or Sedici triumph? For anyone new to the club, we have parking next to the lake so rig changes can be done from the back of the car, but also a decent pavilion and picnic area on the bank for tuning and tweaking. This year the lake side is quite soft so good footwear is advised, but the lake is brim full so boats can be launched and retrieved easily. One final bonus, we can probably help anyone looking to collect Sails-etc parts such as masts to save postage, get in touch so we can coordinate this. Looking forward to seeing you there, and welcoming our old friends from Harwich, Coalhouse Fort, Cambridge, Southend and Eastbourne but keen to see some new faces as well. Toby, Treasurer at CRYC Chelmsford RYC at Blackwater Sailing Club practice lake, CM9 4SD MYA_NOR_Oliver_Lee_Trophy_2020.pdf
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