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Everything posted by ianrmcdonald

  1. On the same basis the drivers who enjoy successfully racing production cars would give up if Lewis Hamilton brought his F1 car down for a test run. Good radio yacht racing is about boats of similar speed allowing the best sailors to use their skills to win. And that is what the Df95 and 65 do. Without having to plan to aquire next years super design or agonising about having the wrong boat
  2. About the same level as wanting a refund on your new sunglasses because of a cloudy day. The MYA will have extra work advising and supporting members and clubs during this difficult time. And I assume seeing a significant reduction in income . It's very important that all of us support them - especially in paying our subs
  3. I think the most useful suggestion to come from this thread is to maybe start with free sailing and not racing. With a few sessions concentrating on procedures ,use of facilities etc without the pressure of racing, I think we would have more chance of staying safe. And then reintroducing racing once we had got used to the new regimes and procedures. And when we are back there will be a lot to chat about.
  4. With a large % of racers being in two of the higher risk groups- male and older- we are going to have to be extra careful. I think that with signing on , rescuing any out of control boats and the simple loss of concentration on social distancing whilst racing it's going to be very difficult to keep safe. I think that racing is going to be very restricted and limited until a vaccine is widely available. This could be next year.
  5. The difference in size between RC and other dinghies and yachts requires the few specific differences in the rules. But largely it's the same game and the rules work well in most situations. It's hard enough to persuade people to run racing now. Add in recording points per incident instead of a simple check if a turn has been completed properly and it gets a lot harder. The current rules work well. And when they dont, thats poor following of those same rules not an issue with them.
  6. I would look at the results from the last race and approach one of the finishers in the top six and ask them if they would be your mentor and advisor. My experience of the top guys is that they are extra helpful to beginners and that would be pleased to help. Perhaps my unfair impression but most of the shouting tends to be mid fleet! At Birmingham myc we are running some single class events with three starts 30 seconds apart. Beginners off first and the faster guys last. The starts are therefore quieter and easier to get away from. After the first 3 races, the fast fleet guys then stop sailing and concentrate on helping a sailor from fleet one. It works very well
  7. Go to https://dfracinguk.com/ Lots of info and you can register for free. The register is done by volunteers so sometimes a short wait is needed. The support for DF s is great. Good to join the DF Facebook group. Loads of very fast support, advice etc etc and really nice grounded people
  8. Yes! I have had some great sails in 25 knots plus and you can actually sail and not just get round. Not sure about the D rig, when that is needed, standing up at the water is a problem
  9. For Blithfield I bought a Haptime waterproof speaker on Ebay for £15. Hanging strap or it has threaded insert to put it on a stick. Works on bluetooth and I can start it with my cheapie phone and with an sd card with a soundfile loaded I got from a discussion on this forum, a very nice australian lady calls us down. Volume is ok for around 10 racers.
  10. Both boats are required to avoid a collision. The fact is that its highly unlikely that with such light boats there will be serious damage,. The helm is 20 yds away on the bank so avoids injury,so a boat that does not try to avoid a collision cant be protested. The nomal process is to colide to avoid the standard RC "its too far away to see" excuse. Practically you will need to collide to win a protest although my understanding is that contact is not required tp protest. That is why I sold my IOM and will just sail Df65,95. No pa8nt or gel to knock off and a new hull is £70.
  11. I think the rate of collision is far higher than " full size" for two main reasons. The potential damage is far lower because of the lighter weight of rc boats and this creates a scenario where putting your boat into a situation such as heading into the windward mark on the port layline is an option. After 50 years of dinghy and yacht sailing, I find a collision unpleasant but many dont seem to share this aversion.The second is the fairly low " cost" of incurring a turn penalty because of the fast response and small time loss of many rc craft taking a penalty. How about a penalty turn of three tacks and gybes to make the cost of a collision higher and encourage more caution?
  12. Sadly Erick is not around to respond to this thread. But I am sure he is watching and enjoying the discussion!
  13. No worries. I simply thought that the effort that you and other moderators put in, should result in some return for the Mya.
  14. And shouldnt those using the advantages of the MYA forum to sell items also contribute to the cost by being a member?
  15. Thank you Austin. And thanks to you ( and others) in keeping MYA visible and well presented on the internet.
  16. Nice product sold by a nice guy
  17. Buy the 95! Truly one design, no agonising about which model is fastest. The best " driver" wins and a beginner moves up the fleet as they learn and improve.
  18. That was mainly the reason for my post. The forum used to give the option of checking the "real " name or at least the name used to register but this does not seem to be there now. Highly unlikely , but surely especially discussing the sale of items without a real name is less than perfect online?
  19. My limited experience of RC sailors is that generally they are a friendly and open bunch. Why are a significant number of people posting on the forum not using their given name?
  20. I would suggest speaking with Mike one of the " founding fathers" for the Df65 at www.radiosailing.co.uk. He is just across the river from you and will also be able to direct you to the best option fir sailing in Essex. A new Df65 with perhaps three rigs is very good value, but will leave that to Mike
  21. Holding subs at current rates ? possibly but we can all afford a small increase if spent on promotion and training etc. Returning money would cost more than the amount returned if the time of our hard working finance team was factored in.
  22. I had heard a rumour that Dave Alston plays the drums. Perhaps you could start a band Erick?
  23. I come from dinghy sailing as well Peter. My impression is that there is a reduced effort to avoid collision in RC compared to " full size" sailing. My concern would be that an RC sailor with insurance is even more likely to be firing into the windward mark on tbe port layline!
  24. The market for iom survives on the idea that the latest design is faster. Any of the top ten rated skippers would win with my boat, or indeed a plank with an iom rig bolted on. If you are losing by 5 boat lengths, a change of hull might get you on the podium- any more and its a change on the TX that is needed!
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