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  1. I'm up for a weekend in the Midlands with the RA. Ideal practise for the 8 Days of A Class @ Fleetwood Vane Week followed by the RA Nationals.
  2. Hi Brian Looks like a Starkers from Dave Creed. Enjoy sailing her.
  3. Many thanks to the host club and the many helpers - you had very trying wind conditions but made the tough right decisions to suspend sailing when you did. On a personal level I thoroughly enjoyed myself - need to make a new gooseneck and main boom to suit the boat for the last couple of events this year. My first ever win in A fleet at the RA Nationals - tried a few times!!! As Derek says above, come get your RA's over to Fleetwood. Many thanks Damian
  4. Many thanks Fleetwood for hosting and keeping us skippers who have to work up to date with each days proceedings. It was good so see the varying designs and the fact that several new boats were on show for the first time. Damian
  5. Last sentence from Peter I'll add my agreement to Peter's statement and Mike's original statement that Peter was answering. When Council originally wanted to make the Acquaint available to all members, it put a resolution to the Members at the relevant AGM (quite a few years ago) to increase the subscription from £5 to £11 (think I've got the right figures if my memory serves my right) to cover the added production costs and postage of three issues per year to all members. So in my opinion if Council sees it can not fulfil the above then the percentage of the Acquaint should be removed from the affiliation fee. If Council wishes to use large volumes of cash in other ways of publicity/promotion of our sport/hobby, then again these ways should be put to the current membership. A certain proportion of the current membership may feel that they will not benefit from a certain approach and wish not to vote for Council to follow this approach - all very hypothetical, but democratic. Council desperately requires an editor of words to ensure the correct tone of voice is portrayed across all it channels. I suggested Council pays for these services if we had no volunteer - regardless if we were to produce a paper or digital communication. So if you know someone in or outside of model yachting who you think could help the Association, please contact our Chairman. Damian Ackroyd Northern District Councillor
  6. A whole weekends sailing has many advantages over a single day event. For me it means I can justify the cost of travel and accommodation. As we have seen over the last 10 years, the social aspect of model yachting has increase, especially for families. Even better when most of the competitors are based within one central place. A healthy sport needs this. 3 weekends around the country for the IOM and now the M class has given us plenty of options, with other classes starting to look as similar options. Over the years I have stated that I would like to see the District Championship of each class have Ranking Points allocated to the event. These events are an important stepping stone from club to national events and as such it would be good to see the district top skippers mixing it with the middle and lower district skippers at least once a year. But there has to be an incentive to come to these races for the top skipper, so I would like to see 50 ranking points allocated to the winner. This would be in keeping with the current regulations for points allocation in 2016. No extra events would have to be created within the calendar, as these events already exist. Damian
  7. In relation to the reduced rig height. See Brad's and Roger's points perfectly even though they are different. What I would have liked to have seen is the re lettering of the rigs. A, B, C, D & E. One rig allowed per rig letter. I enjoy sailing my RM and Vane M they are exciting things to sail, but I can't afford the rigs to go sailing at the very top of the class, I understand my limitations and as such placed the majority of my monies in me B and C1 rigs that are used the most on both my radio and vane hulls. What annoys me to hell is the appearance of all these super light weight A rigs that are wonders of lightness and engineering but pushing the cost far beyond me. As such in very light or heavy A suit breezes I'm crippled through my own unwillingness to put any more monies into yet another A rig that I can't use on both radio and vane. OK so the argument would go that skippers would still use their lightweight A rigs as they would just re letter the rigs for a specific event, hoping that the wind doesn't pick up and they don't need their E rig after all. If the class was the F1 of model yachting there wouldn't be many boats on the water and the class would not have seen the upturn that it is currently enjoying. Damian Skipper, measurer and hull builder.
  8. Totally agree with Roger regarding the luff lengths. I have in my possession several A class boats covering the the extremes of displacement and limiting the rig could start to affect how we design boats in the future. In 20 years of A boat sailing I have not put my boat on the water on two occasions due to the conditions in my bumble option were too dangerous not to either me or the boat but more importantly to someone else if I needed help in launching or retrieving. A minimum luff would not have made a difference in either situation. A heavy boat of 16Kg will be able to keep a larger sail (therefore quite possibly a longer luff) than a 12Kg boat in the same wind. Therefore me with a 12Kg boat will not be able to sail when the wind picks up, or everyone has to stop sailing just because one boat can't sail. If the others were allowed to keep sailing and I wasn't that would be gross unfair and therefore would start to limit the design of A class boats - why sail a lightweight design if there is a danger you will be stopped from sailing. Even though the lightweight boat with its small rig would be safer to handle in and out of the water than the heavier boats. Sail area marked on each sail. Pointless, we have the measurement bands on the mast, booms and deck. If the sails are inside these, then at first glance everything should be OK. If you want to get finer then you have to measure the 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 widths, having a total area does nothing. What might be useful is to have the 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 measurements printed on the sail at the approx position, but you've still got to get your tape measure out to check them. You still need the certificate with you when check measuring the boat an an event. We may use different combinations of sails to make our rig for specific conditions, such as sailing No1 Jib with No2 Main. Both have to be within the rig measurement marks and the quarter widths have to be within the largest sail. Multiple certificates could be useful for a boat that can be dual rated as a Vane and Radio boat. The radio may have a lead ballast of 11Kg and a waterline of 1250mm, but then swapping to a heavier ballast of 13Kg and a waterline of 1280mm does make it possible to go sailing in two events without the added expense of two hulls. Having just been involved in the designing of an A class boat. this principle was one we were considering. Although due to the wish to optimise both hulls, we have gone down the more expensive route of producing two complete boats. I agree a boat should not hold two certificates as a radio boat or 2 as a vane boat this would be crazy for the race officials. Damian A boat skipper and measurer.
  9. I'd agree with Garry as I only saw that the vote was taking place via the message on the front of the MYA website. Could we not in future utilise the website forms in much the same way as the "MYA Questionnaire" and "Vane Sailing Questionnaire" both did.
  10. Alan asks a very good question regarding "Where are all the 6M builders?" I still have the mould and am willing to build John Taylor's "Drisky" finished to deck level for potential new 6M skippers who can't get hold of a boat. We actively pushed the design several years ago and had quite a few interested skippers but only a handful of boats were ever been built, two of them have ultimately gone abroad and are not within the UK fleet. When we first produced the design the class was up against a resurgence in the RA fleet. I have an unfinished hull that I built for myself and still aim to produce this for the 2014 Nationals. I notice that several builders have removed their 6M option from their product ranges over the last few years. I believe, but might be wrong that Mike Clifton's moulds went to a club for club building - best to contact Mike who will be able to point you in the right direction. Regards Damian Ackroyd
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