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  1. Wayne. I’d love to help you with information from the register but it got chucked in the skip in the ‘90’s. So I only have information from then. I will have a word with Vic to see if he can add anything in. It is in lovely condition
  2. Gareth. The QBL has significant impact on sail area so you can’t ignore it. If you can get the boat “in racing trim” ie:- on the right waterline as the design then you shouldn’t have a problem with sail area. However, I need to say it’s not just the right waterline length it’s sitting on the design waterline. That should bring all the dimensions into the right ball park. On Serica, by the sound of it, the displacement calcs were either screwed up or more likely the builders either pushed or pulled the beam to alter the displacement, or both. This will significantly alter the displacement and result in what you saw, but a 2” discrepancy is a lot. Also the shape of the hull may not be to the design and again this will have an affect. Bill
  3. If we are being strict about this, if the boat has had a certificate issued in the dim distant past then the hull can be remeasured to the rule applicable at the time of certificate issue. The certificate records will indicate whether one was issued or not. That’s called Grandfather Rights, however the rig has to comply with the current rule. If it has not been certified then it has to be measured to the current rule. There is absolutely no reason why the boat cannot be measured to the new rule however the boat does need to be in compliance with it. In your case it will need a compliant bumper, there is no depth requirement for the bumper only for it to project the required amount. Official stance over, let’s deal with the practicalities You are not going to sail Phaedra in a National Championship are you? so there is no need to get it measured . If you are going to sailing it in a “fun” event, then if the organisers are happy with you not having a bumper or as suggested a nominal bumper then as Derek says ”crack on”. If you are aiming to sail it in a MYA sanctioned event then it will require a certificate I hope that clears things up for you All the best Bill Green A Class Registrar
  4. Bill Green

    PRACC 2021

    To All UK A Class Skippers PRACC 2021 You don’t need me to tell you what a difficult year 2020 has been not only in our personal lives but the changes it has brought to society in general, as that famous saying has it “it aint over yet”. Sailing RA class yachts is not exempt from that either. The MYA has been looking in depth at what would have been 2020’s national racing calendar and has come to the same conclusion as most of us. In that there were too many events in a fixed period if time. Also, now with all that’s going on the emphasis has got to be in building up club sailing. Along with other classes that have long established series we have been asked to see if the series can be slimmed down. In the view of Peter, Mike and myself we needed to discuss this with our members and the clubs that have supported us before we make any changes. However, given the current circumstances that has just not been possible. As a class we have seen diminishing numbers sailing in the PRACC series to the point where its hardly viable to hold an event. That indicates action needs to be taken to halt that trend and turn things around, the request from the MYA has just brought that change evermore to the fore. The PRACC Series has been going a long time and in a radio sailing world now dominated by other classes PRACC is the only real place that we can enjoy sailing these boats in a competitive environment. There are not many clubs that hold club events for A Class either so that opportunity to sail is further challenged and that can’t be good for the class. So that’s picture, what are we suggesting? Let’s look the PRACC series. There are a couple of options to consider but the only way it can be slimmed down is for the number of events to be reduced, so if we are to retain the PRACC Series what we are suggesting is that instead of single day events as now, we have a 2 day weekend event with two races and that there are 4 events in the year, Southern, South Western, Midlands and North, plus the National. Because our skippers are spread about England, we are suggesting that there is an event in the South West, in the South, Midlands and North. The National in 2021 is at Manor Park in October. That gives 8 PRACC races and the National. We have to weave into this as well, the Vets Nat, MD, SW and ND Champs but these can be coupled into suitable weekend events. As they are on a full weekend it makes turning up more worthwhile but also allows some skippers to pitch in for a day if it suits them. The model is very similar to IOM and M Ranking events. The dates for your diaries are:- Hampton Court on 17/18 April, Bournville on 26/27 June, inc MD Champ Askern on 4/5 September inc Vets Championship National at Manor Park on 9/10 October Poole on 23/24 October Now that leaves a few clubs that have been staunch supporters of the PRACC series like Gosport, Eastbourne, Fleetwood and Woodspring without an event and our intent is to rotate the venues around in subsequent year’s so everyone has a fair crack of the whip. So, what can be done in the meantime, well we suggest that those clubs that have regular RA racing that they treat one of those events as an Open or a District Championship. That gives an opportunity to those outside of your club to sample the delights of your hospitality and to keep RA sailing alive in the clubs. Both of which are very important to the health of the class. I know it sounds like we are imposing a significant change, but something has to move if we want the class to build and succeed. Please, do let us know if you have any better suggestions because we genuinely do want to hear from you. Its your enjoyment and your boats so please talk to us. As we have said in previous notes to you, don’t forget the Classic Class is now part of the equation as well. I know that there are several on the go, so let’s see them on the water. In the next piece we will set down what we consider is defined as a Classic. Please keep safe and hopefully see you soon Bill Green RA Class Captain
  5. Richard, if you are in the Poole area a call to Peter Wiles at PJ Sails may help you. Peters number is in his supplier banner on this site.
  6. John. No reason not to. You need to ask yourself the question would the gain you make to windward by pointing higher out way the reduced off wind performance. As the majority of a radio course is off wind then the swing A rig will come out best over the course. That’s why the fleet uses swing rigs for A suit. When wind gets stiffer the conventional rigs work better across the range. You may have seen that swing rigs are set more forward in the hull that increases the tendency to push the bow down and fir the boat to trip up and the wind speed increases. The conventional rig is far easier to handle in higher wind speeds In the vane M era shroudless A rig was used as it allowed the top of the rig to bend off in a gust and good windward performance is at a premium. We used a prodder rig where the jib boom is attached to a yard clipped to the mast and the hull. It was effective but as it made it more difficult to catch the boat and pick it out so the fleet went back to conventional arrangements I hope that helps if you need anything further give me a ring. My contact details are on the SmartWinch supplier banner Bill
  7. Richard, to add to Mikes last posting, both my current 6’s, which both date back to the ‘80’s and all previous other 6’s of mine have had a fin box and removable fin/ballast. Both of my 6’s are currently competitive, if I can get to start a race without breaking anything that is. That’s a separate tale. The main area where performance gain can be made is in changes and alterations to the appendages. You can’t make those changes easily if the fin is fixed. Obviuously the choice is yours. I understand that yours may be an old boat but when we get back to sailing again there is no reason why you can’t compete. We introduced a classic class to the RA fleet and there is no reason why a similar approach with 6’s. could not be taken. There are an awful lot of Dolphins out there gathering dust and they should be out there doing what hey were designed for which is competing. Model racing yachts are what they say on the tin.
  8. Richard. That’s a very difficult question to answer there are many variables For instance one design maybe 15kg of displacement with 1500sq ins of sail area. And another may be 12 Kg with 1300. Both would be equally competitive. The rule is very good providing an equal competitive basis for all backed up with measurement. If you want to see what the full rig is like I suggest that you down load the class rule from the MYA website and take a look at the drawings. That should give you a clue and if you need an explanation you can always give me a ring. My contact details are on the SmartWinch supplier banner Cheers Bill Green
  9. Martin. Please have another look at the manual provided the every new RMG winch and you will see that setup is a two stage process. The first stage is to calibrate the winch to transmitter by knowing what is the full extent of the stick movement. This is a process applicable to the set up of all electronic speed controllers. The second stage of set up is to set the travel distance from the sheeted in position. Once set it remains unless you want to reset up the winch. You can use the transmitter settings as you suggest but that requires knowledge of the transmitter settings that vary from each maker. It inevitably takes longer to use the transmitter settings. The winch setup can be further used for additional features such as SLT that is similar but not the same as Expotential. It goes without saying that a lot of care and effort went into creating the setup process and into simplifying it’s use before releasing it I hope that helps and if you need further please feel free to contact me. My details are on the SmartWinch UK supplier banner. Cheers. Bill
  10. You have my phone number on the SmartWinch banner on this site . Give me a ring and I’ll talk you through it. It’s easy, in set up you are doing two things, first you are calibrating your winch to the transmitter so the winch knows what the full extent of the stick movement is and secondly you are setting the travel distance you want. You can also do this through transmitter settings but it’s quicker, easier and repeatable by doing it through the winch. Bill
  11. I may have a vested interest being a supplier of RMG products but I’d be a bit wary of using a servo based winch in an A Class. PJ have an adapted servo based winch that can be used and have been well tried and tested Maybe ok with an IOM and similar but worth second thoughts for anything that has a decent amount of sail. As ever you can always ring me if you want to have an unbiased talk about winch things. My advert regularly pops up on these pages (Smartwinch)
  12. You could try the Component Shop who are very helpful and will fit XT connectors fir you
  13. Dave, the answer to your question is simple, there ain’t any. It’s a piece of kit that has got to do a job and there are many and various types. They come in all shapes and sizes dependent on what you are using it in. Little ones for 36’s, big ones for A’s and anything in between. Roger Stollery published his design and you can ask him for a copy. The Clem Edwards ones are very accurate and easy to use but are like rocking horse p*** to find. Ken Jones made an effective one out of wire and again examples are hard to find. The there are the Fred Shepherd ones, moving carriages, and the Corby’s and there are of course the one offs and variations on a theme. A Vane gear is a piece of kit that you get used to, foibles and all, you will learn what it can and can’t do. The one thing for certain is that when you find one you can get on with you hang onto it and you enter into a deep meaningful relationship with it. You don't lend it out, you look after it and tend to it’s every need. Sorry I can’t point you in any other direction but if you are a good boy I’ll show you mine next time you’re down at Bournville. Now theres an offer that’s difficult to refuse.
  14. Just a quick note to say the RMG switch is IP65 rated, that means it will work in a wet environment but not designed to operate fully submerged. When returned to us it was working but it could not be guaranteed for how long hence replacement was the safe option.
  15. Mark At this moment in time there is no radio match racing for any class. Match racing is used by the free sailing folk as it is the only viable format for that form of racing. In the past the Race of Champions had a mix of Fleet and Match Racing but the event has not been held for a couple of years. At one time Match Racing under radio was feature of the embryonic 6m class as a means of expanding the class but there is no longer any need for it and as such is not in play. I have long advocated the inclusion of Match Racing into the racing calendar but there does not seem to be a will from either the classes or the majority of the competitors to want to include or participate in match racing. Bill
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