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John Taylor

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  1. Prioritising the latest IOM design and justifying your choice can be problematic. Usually, choices are made from the existence of a good deal, which might be local to the skipper or alternatively, positive advice being passed to the individual allowing them to be on the water quickly. Outside of the above process, depends entirely on the skippers ambition. Therefore… 1. What do you want to achieve within the IOM Class? a. Ambition to be a World or National Champion? However, a true measurement of your own personal ability should be considered. b. To Improve your National Ranking and qualify for International regattas c. To have fun racing locally at club or district level only? 2. If money is not an obstacle, but waiting times of 18 - 24 months might be? Is the individual happy to wait or have they the confidence to begin their own project? 3. Create a shortlist of desirable IOM designs. How would you measure success for these designs. a. The achievements by the top skippers using their IOMs? b. The improvement of results by skippers of the same ability as yourself using IOM designs from your short list. c. Other ? 4. Once the IOM arrives, for skippers with the aspiration to compete in International events. The individual should campaign their IOM design of choice for a minimum of 3 years. Taking into account the boats arrival time, ranking race system and the international regatta itself, a number of months later. 5. Importantly, be happy with your final decision and go sailing to enjoy. Regards JT
  2. John I always try and find the appropriate images to support the question. A picture saves many words but I did struggle this time. Anyway thanks for your expertise because this will serve as an education piece for our club members. Regards JT
  3. Graham and John Thanks for your comments, this will serve as education to our members when club sailing. Regards JT
  4. I’m looking for clarification for my own education. Unfortunately, I cannot find all the supporting images. Therefore, I will do my best to describe. As per the picture, blue boat is overlapping yellow inside 4 boat lengths to the mark. They round the mark together, but yellow boat finishes by being to windward of blue boat, who is clear ahead of yellow at the start of the beat. (Understand the image is not accurate, but the boat positioning is relevant). Whilst still inside the 4 boat length zone from the leeward mark, the blue boat tacks onto port. The tack is complete with blue boat underway, but a collision with yellow happens still inside the 4 boat zone to the leeward mark. Who is in the wrong and what rule supports this scenario. Regards JT
  5. I thought I would share some new images of 2 of my new designs that have recently been launched. Gillette (IOM) & Smarty (RG65). ‘Gillette’ (IOM) built and sailed by Ian Davidson, Greenock overcame the wet Scottish weather to continue this IOM’s introduction to the class. I hope to see this yacht make its competitive debut in June. ‘Smarty’ (RG65) sailed by Chris Wheeler, from the West Wilts Sailing Association, is the skipper who has the first hull out of the mould and which has made a good impression so far locally. A second hull is under construction and we hope it will be ready for the RG65 Championship at Eastbourne in September. My thanks goes to Mr Rick Godley for the photos of 'Smarty' (RG65). Regards JT Website Link: www.taylormadeyachts.com
  6. Hi Mark I am sorry you have had a bad experience. It is a long shot, but can you make contact with the previous owner, describe your dissatisfaction with the condition of the yacht. They may compromise if shown the errors of there ways? In general terms, the price advertised can indicate the condition of the yacht being purchased. The cheaper the price the more work is required. That said, on occasions people will pickup some great deals. It’s all about being present at the time. Regards JT
  7. Eric, I did find someone who can make moulded decks. However, the builder produces in his spare time and he is not really set up to be a commercial supplier. Basically, you can order but then you wait, don’t be in a rush. On the plus side, it’s good to know there is someone. Regards JT
  8. Dennis Since my last post on here, I have been made aware that I was wrong in my assessment. I have been advised that actually the IOM is a ‘Krcar’ from Peter Wiles. The date is approximately between 2003-2006. My advice is to contact Peter Wiles of PJ Sails. Regards JT
  9. Hi, The pictures are not the best. I am leading towards an IOM design called ‘Lynx’ or ‘Cobra’, these designs were rare and I’m not to sure who produced them. I think Simon Clarke may have sailed these IOMs between 2010-2013? If this is wrong then it could be a home build from an existing design, but using a different deck shape. Good luck with your search. Regards JT
  10. John During the 2023 (DF95) Globals, each boat was inspected prior to the start of the championship. In numerous cases, sails had to be trimmed to meet the requirements of the rules. Some skippers couldn’t use their own boats because they were deemed, not in the condition as supplied by the manufacturer. Regards JT
  11. Hi Andy There is a wealth of tuning information for these yachts. My advice is to use what works for you. As a start, I have provided you with some information at the link below. You will find setting up your boat at home will create a difference when you actually get to the lakeside. Best to review later. On a personal note, I’m one of those skippers who doesn’t use measurements. I set up my rig with some rake in the mast, plenty of backstay tension and plenty of twist in the sails. In addition, my rule of thumb is always keep to the same rig as the top skippers when others might be changing. Scroll down to the charts. link: https://dragonforce65.us/tip-and-hints/ https://www.arcsc.co.uk/build--sailing-tips.html Good luck JT
  12. Thank you for your reply, I will keep you in mind. I’ve received an alternative I wish to explore first. However, the attached drawing shows the cross width measurements of the hull, this will help to make a comparison to see if the deck will fit the hull. Regards JT
  13. I am trying to source a supplier or builder who produces a universal deck moulding with associated parts. David Creed no longer produces these items. Any information would be helpful. Regards JT
  14. DM Switch the TX on first with the left joystick in the down position, all other switches on the set in the upward position. The RX should have a small opening on the top cover, this provides access to a micro switch next to the light. When power is supplied to the RX, using a small screw driver press and hold down the small micro switch until the light appears solid green. The radio should work on completion. In addition, I’m happy to purchase the TX/RX from you because I use the same equipment, and looking for a spare set of Futaba T6J, should you want to change. Regards JT
  15. Announcement. The Joint Services Regatta has been an annual event since 2003. During its 20 year existence the format of the regatta has change from military serving and ex-service personnel, to combining Military and Emergency Services. Despite the changes the regatta has always been in my opinion, the friendliest championship within the radio sailing calendar, because in 20 years there has never been a protest by competing skippers, any issues were always resolved on the water. Unfortunately, over time entries numbers have decreased to the point where it is unlikely this event can continue in the future. I wish to thank everyone past and present who have supported this event. In addition, I want to thank Gosport Club and it's members who have continually allowed us the use of the lake and club facilities. Please find below the final race report. Regards JT 2023 Joint Services (IOM) Regatta Report Introduction. The Joint Services Regatta (JSR) took place over the weekend of 4 – 5 November at Gosport Model Yacht and Boat Club (GMYBC). A total of 6 IOM skippers participated; one represented the British Army, one the RAF, one the RNLI and 3 the NHS. A guest skipper from GMYBC joined the fleet on Sunday 5th November. Prior to the Event, several entrants were forced to cancel; this was mainly due to ill health. Courses were based on the use of the whole Lake. Paul Edwards acted as RO and Bosun. Saturday 4th November. Racing started at 1045. A brisk wind from the west prevailed. Strong gusts caused several skippers to experiment with No2 rigs during the morning, but ultimately everyone settled down with No1 rig. The weather improved during the afternoon; the rain showers were lighter than earlier. By the middle of the afternoon a total of 12 heats had taken place and racing was then suspended, because the leading skipper, Dorian Crease, had an electrical fault in his yacht. As a consequence, he was unable to race in heats 9 – 12. All agreed that, to be fair to him, time should be allowed for repairs. All of the participants were getting on well with each other; the Gosport Class Captain, Tom Roberts, helped to identify a faulty deck switch and then advised on a way of by-passing it. Three of the guest skippers were accommodated closer to Fareham and so a social event took place in The Sailmaker Pub. Sunday 5th November. Racing started at 1000 with westerly winds, which were initially a bit lighter and easily permitted the use of No1 rigs. Sunshine now prevailed and the skippers were in good spirits. The guest skipper, Chris Powles was unfortunate in that he was trying out new equipment. Sheeting kept coming off a self-tensioning drum and he missed the final two heats owing to a broken shroud. From the middle of the day, the gusts became increasingly strong, which caused yachts to go out of control. Collisions became more frequent, but luckily no one suffered any real damage. To prevent damage and allow the guests to travel, racing stopped at 1445, by which time 15 heats had taken place. Dorian Crease was the overall winner of the Event; Richard Aucott took second place and Bob Conner third. They each received an engraved whisky glass as well as bottles of beer. Other competitors received bottles of beer. The Team Trophy was awarded to the Emergency Services Team, including a former Lifeboat Crewman, Tom Roberts. Conclusion. The weather conditions for this event were virtually ideal, allowing exhilarating racing with a No1 rig for a total of 27 heats. All skippers thoroughly enjoyed the event and valued the experience gained. They had sailed mainly in good humour and displayed good sportsmanship. F J Kindell Event Organiser 6th November 2023
  16. Gordon Thank you for your comment. May I refer you to my initial scenario at the top of this thread. I describe myself behind the boat i infringed until the final beat to the finishing line. Therefore, I was not in a better position. Regards JT
  17. I’ve been looking back at my post archives. My search for this 6m is still ongoing. I’d appreciate any information on the location of this yacht. Thanks for reading. JT
  18. Morning Stephen, Unfortunately, your circumstances does not meet the criteria set by the 'Joint Services' members. I have provided the detail below which we have followed for a number of years. Alternatively, please read my PM sent to you in addition. Regards, JT Entry is open to regular serving personnel and Reservists in the Armed Forces and Armed Forces Veterans. Personnel who are serving or have served in the Emergency Services (Police, NHS and Fire Service) are also eligible to enter the Regatta.
  19. Only 4 weeks left to the Joint Services (IOM) Regatta taking place at Gosport MYC. Despite one withdrawal we have 7 entries so far and we are looking for more. If you fit the criteria then why not join in for a full weekend of (IOM) racing.
  20. Good luck to Damian Ackroyd who has hurriedly put together a 3D printed prototype Marblehead. JT
  21. Regatta Update. I am pleased to have received 5 confirmed entries already, in the first couple of weeks for the Joint Services Regatta. In addition, a couple of people have promised to enter but still I await their notification. Therefore, I am looking for the support of those people who meet the criteria within the NOR, please enter online and enjoy this 2 day (IOM) event. JT
  22. Full reports can be viewed on my or MYA Downwind Facebook pages. JT
  23. John Thank you for your clarification. As soon as the leeward boat (Green) crosses the transom line of the windward boat (Red), this is where the keeping clear rules start. That answers my question. However, it does appear as the scenario develops the ROW rules will change depending on the actions and positioning of the 2 boats. Thanks again, its worth remembering. JT
  24. I am looking for some clarification to this scenario. Prior to the start, Red boat is clear ahead and to windward of Green boat. As Red and Green boats approach the start line, at what position must Red keep clear as Green approaches to leeward. Pictures 1-3 demonstrates. Additionally, whilst maneuvering and if Green collides to leeward of the Red boat and in the vicinity of Reds transom area, who would be at fault? Regards JT Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
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