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DUCK RACE 11 NOV 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on November 15, 2018 at 7:50 AM Comments comments ()

Oh dear, my duck was a total failure. As soon as the big fan started, the duck rounded up and barged into the transom of the swamp boat where it stayed for the duration of the race. Planning/development for next year's duck has begun.

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We had a fair club turnout to tackle the VERY trying conditions on the river. The main wind was swinginging through 180 degrees with mini shifts happening several times per minute. A definite trial. I think that the boat that handled it best of all was Brian Pennifold's Micro Magic.

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Only one of our boats had to be rescued. Graham Alcock hijacked the Rotary tinny and played gondoliers to retrieve his Focus.

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We all have that moment when racing on the dam when we try to sail someone else's boat. This is understandable when there is a crowd of similar boats, of similar colours on the far side of the dam. It is a bit harder to explain away when there are only two boats on the water. The boats can only get about 20 meters away from you. One boat is pale blue while the other is very dark blue - almost black. It takes a real good line to explain when all  of these conditions are met AND.................ONE BOAT IS A MICRO MAGIC AND THE OTHER IS AN A CLASS. Should have gone to Spec Savers, Graham.

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MOST EXPENSIVE PART OF R/C YACHTS

Posted by Terry Smith on November 14, 2018 at 8:05 PM Comments comments ()

I was ordering parts for the A Class when I suddenly realised how much one particular part cost. I wonder if anyone can work out what it is?

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It is a part that is common to the majority of RC yachts.

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It cannot be bought as a single item, only as part of a kit. Every other part of the kit can be bought separately.

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The excessive cost is not so noticeable per item, but if you bought it in bulk. Think of it as buying gold. A tiny bit won't cost you much but if you buy it in bigger amounts it will cost heaps. It is only because the part is relatively small that you don't realise how much it is costing you.

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Send me your guesses as to what you think that it might be.

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A prize for the winner. I'll find something in the shed - I'm off there now to continue cleaning up.

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RACING 10 NOV 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on November 14, 2018 at 6:45 PM Comments comments ()

2018 032 photo mhead line_zpsj8fbismt.jpgWe had a good day for the Marblehead/10 Raters. The breeze started out firm and tailed off towards the end of the day.

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Bob Watson wanted to trial his new 10 Rater against Bob Tuohy's. They raced a separate course from the Marbleheads and even started one of their races separately. Hence the null result in Race 6 on Corrected Time. Things were pretty close until Bob Watson did some 'fiddling with his rig' and ran well into the end of the day. And not once did he retire to the dam wall to spectate!!

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Congratulations to Bob Watson for the first place and Bob Tuohy for pushing him along the way.

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Bob Tuohy got his revenge on Corrected Time. So close!

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The Marbleheads presented a real spectacle with three beginners mixing it with two gun sailors.

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Despite a long break from sailing and scrambling ANOTHER Tx/Rx set-up, Grant Murray, Muzza, forced John Lykke to a tie.

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Congratulations to John Lykke for taking the gold on count-back.

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Great work grant Murray for taking the silver on your return. Race 8 may have made all the difference if you hadn't parked on the Starthalbyn buoy.

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Meanwhile, the tyros weren't letting the guns have it all their own way. Third place on the podium went to Bob Dare who managed to pip John Lykke in one race.

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Not far behind Bob Dare, Geoff Smith and David Hyde had their own battle going on. David hung in there and managed to snatch the wooden spoon from Geoff.

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In all, the three tyros (The Three Amigos?) put up a good performance in their step-up from Focus sailing. Good work guys and keep it up.

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The three tyros ran Correction Factors that were derived from the results of their first three races. As such they tend to be a bit erratic for the first day of sailing but settle down as more days of racing are completed.

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Grant Murray sailed well, even in Race 8 up until he became intimate with the buoy, to take the gong on Corrected Time.

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Geoff Smith managed to squeeze in between Grant and John Lykke on the podium. Well done Geoff.

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Having decided that he had sufficient wooden spoons in his collection, David Hyde kept Bob Dare dangling until the count-back and Bob started his wooden spoon collection.

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David Draper's performance in the Focus and Brian Pennifold's in the A Class were so overwhelming that it would be embarrassing to show the results. Suffice to say that they were the cream of their respective tops. Well done guys.

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The new Correction Factors. There's a Stern Chase this weekend. Check out who you will be starting off with in the first race.

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REMEMBRANCE DAY - STRATH DUCKS

Posted by Terry Smith on November 4, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments ()

11 o'clock, 11 November 2018 is the one hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War 1. I ask everyone please to spend a quiet minute in remembrance of all members of the Australian Armed Forces.

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11 November 2018 is also the day of the Strathalbyn Rotary Duck Races. I urge anyone that is able to come along to please do so. Bring a chair. There will be most of the regulars there and a few fresh faces would be welcome. The sailing area is suitable for most classes in our Club. Longer keeled boats such as Marbleheads and 10 Raters are more than welcome but they will be restricted to display only. Unless you want to get muddy feet.

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It would to be great to have more than one Focus there to have a bit of a race for the public to watch.

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Come along and you may even score a free sausage from Stan on the Rotary food stall. Don't say that I sent you.

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FOCUS CHAMPIONSHIP

Posted by Terry Smith on November 4, 2018 at 12:30 AM Comments comments ()

Due to brain fade on my part, the Focus Championship did not happen. I apologise to all Focus owners.

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Competition for the Focus Chanmpionship will now be held on Wednesday 21 November and Saturday 24 November.

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If any competitor wins both days, he will automatically become the winner.

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If there are different winners on the two days, and either one of them only competed on one of the two days, there will be a sail-off on a day to be mutually agreed by those two winners.

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If there are different winners on the two days, and both sailed on both days, the winner will be decided on count-back. If this does not give a clear winner, there will be a sail-off on a day to be mutually agreed by those two winners.

RACING 03 NOV 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on November 3, 2018 at 11:55 PM Comments comments ()

After the cancellation of the State A Class Title due to dangerous wind conditions, our alternate day came out nicely. The breeze varied from ideal to patchy. The ideal was generally between races, or during lunch time. The patchy was generally during races. Someone at the Bureau of Meteorology has a sick sense of humour.

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Thanks to all who made the day possible - Stan Schofield (Patron), David Martin (Secretary and Measurer), Steve Arthur (PRO), Graham Alcock (Assistant PRO and Score Keeper), David Draper (Assistant Score keeper), Graham Parr (Chef and Site Repatriation Officer), Bob Tuohy (Cripple Transporter), the Club Committee and Members, Competitors and spectators..

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We had some special guests for the day. Peter and Pearl Scapens had a day out. Grant Murray also came in for a squiz. Francesca Arthur came along for the drive and to keep Steve in line. Good to see all of you.

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Tim Allard took out the day, again. Excellent sailing Tim and well done. He's obviously not sick of dusting that trophy yet.

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Tony White took second place on the podium, a mere five points behind Tony. You made Tim work for it.

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David Martin took a respectable third place on the podium.

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Steve Rosenberg missed the podium by three points and started a bun-fight for the next few placings. Between Steve Rosenberg, Bob Whitehead,Peter White and Ross Eldridge there was a mere separation of 10 points. If you throw David Martin into the mix, there were only 13 points between third and seventh place. Great work guys.

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Terry Smith got in the tuning day that he had planned for the previous day, but it was blown out. I still say that this was the practice day for the real competition. I just have to wait 12 months.

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Brian Pennifold continues to carry the flag for the A Class fleet. He is a fixture in these boats.

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Jeff Watson decided to retire in order to get races re-started more quickly. He felt that he was holding things up by being late finishing. You should have stayed Jeff. With the variation in breezes you had to get suitable ones for your boat at some stage.

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Not seen on the result sheet, due to not starting was the other Watson, Bob. His steering tiller arm broke during the warm ups. After walking around to retrieve his boat, Bob and Bob Tuohy formed a spectator crowd on the dam wall. Bad luck, Bob.

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In all, a great day and I thank all of you.

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WHO WON THE A CLASS CLUB CHAMP 2018?

Posted by Terry Smith on October 10, 2018 at 7:45 AM Comments comments ()

I've calculated the A Class Club Champions on Line Honours and Corrected Time for 2018.

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The Members who qualified by competing in at least two of the three competition days, in alphabetical order, are :-

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BOB WATSON,

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BRIAN PENNIFOLD,

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DAVID MARTIN,

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PETER WHITE,

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STEVE ROSENBERG,

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TERRY SMITH, and

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TONY WHITE

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Who wants the results posted, and who wants them to be revealed at the end of the year function at Philip Scapens house?

 

RACING 06 OCT 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on October 10, 2018 at 5:40 AM Comments comments ()

Round three of the A Class Club Championship, at last.

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The breeze didn't look too promising at first but it came up OK for a lateish start. Nothing special there. Just about all of our starts are lateish.

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The sausages were cooked to perfection by Chef Bob. Not Tuohy. Not Watson. Bob Dare. Don't tell his missus because she thinks he can't cook.

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Competition was very close at the top end. Congratulations to Tony White with a golden gong by virtue of count-back. Well done Tony.

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Well done too to David Martin who was relegated to the silver gong by that same count-back.

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Peter White took the bronze gong by trailing the two guns by a mere three points. Peter was hampered by a heart attack, but a quick servo swap got him back in business. Peter was assisted by Tony in the open-heart surgery to get his boat back in business.

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Top sailing on the podium.

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Steve Rosenberg sailed well but was handicapped by the electronic umbilical...........otherwise known as a 'smart' phone. If it was that smart it wouldn't ring when something as important as sailing was in progress.

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Bob Watson went astray around about Race 4 when he called his day off due to an insurmountable problem. He then complained that we didn't wait the start for him while he was repairing it. I honestly thought that he had packed it in for the day. Sorry Bob, had I known of your change of intentions I would have waited for you.

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I was jinxed. I missed one day of the series when my jib track pulled away from the deck. I missed another day when the hook for the aforesaid track pulled itself out straight. This time Mr Gob-Off Peter White put the mozz on me by asking how long I would last before the jib came adrift again. If there had been a sweep running on it, the prize would have gone to whoever predicted Race 7 as my last race. On inspection later, it was the jib swivel that had broken. I expect the fittings up on the mast will start going next.

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What with doing the scoring and starts as well as racing, I forgot to start the clock on race 2. Hence I had no times to correct and that race was left out of the Corrected Time.

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Despite the 'smart' phone, Steve Rosenberg came out on top. Well done Steve. With the lead that he had, he must have been sailing reasonably well above his Correction Factor with respect to Tony White. Steve had to bolt off right at the end of the last race. He had to go home and let Cosmo and Gracie (the indoor zebra) out for a nature run.

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Peter White must have been above his norm as well with the gap that he had over Tony White who currently has the top Correction Factor. Well done Peter.

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Tony White barely escaped being tangled up in a three way wrangle for the next place. He was still on the podium though. Well done Tony.

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David Martin and Bob Watson had a hard fought battle not to be the one with the next worse score to me. David Martin scraped ahead on count-back. Bad luck Bob

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Me got the daily double on the wooden spoons. I'm saving them up for a full dining setting.

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Racing finished just at the right time. The last race was a real drifter. Had we started another race I reckon we'd still be trying to get over the start line.

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DUCK RACES 11 NOV 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on September 25, 2018 at 12:30 AM Comments comments ()

Dear Terry,

The Rotary Club of Strathalbyn is once again holding the annual “Great Duck Race” on Sunday 11th Nov 2018.

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As you are aware this event is one of our most significant community service fundraisers, which has become iconic in Strathalbyn.

I am the Duck Race Event Coordinator this year, and can be contacted on 0406500783.

Rotary is seeking the support of your members to provide a demonstration of your model yachts on the Angus River.

We also invite your club to enter our “Best Dressed Duck” competition, where - for $50, your club can support the projects of Rotary and could win from a range of great prizes. I will attach an information sheet to this email with details on the Corporate Ducks and you may decide to enter your own duck and get creative. I can be contacted at any time on 0406500783.

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Regards,

Jane Littlejohns

Watervilla House

RACING 22 SEP 2018

Posted by Terry Smith on September 24, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments ()

We finally got a decent day for sailing. The schedule was for a Sternchaser but you would have thought that it was a Marblehead day. They all came out of the woodwork. I think someone must have been doing spring cleaning in their shed. I just wish I could get my shed clean enough to start spring cleaning.

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Bob Dare started out slowly but came booming home to take the day. Well, not exactly booming. He only just beat Peter White on count-back.

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John Lykke made third place by beating Bob Tuohy on count-back.

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Geoff Smith was running a C? rig. He was besieged with advice from all quarters and managed to win the last race. He also got another first, and a second earlier in the day but couldn't quite find the sweet spot again until it was too late.

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David Martin and Geof Rice suffered the same fate. Snarled up winch lines.

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It was a great day, very entertaining. At times it got a bit intense - the silence was deafening. I believe that this may have been due to Bob Watson sailing at the State Titles. If the wind had been a bit more Northerly, rather than our Westerly, we may still have heard him from Hart's Mill. I hope you had a good day Bob.

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