Remembering Ted Van Syckel

Yesterday I received the sad news that Ted Van Syckel passed away, peacefully and painlessly, last weekend. Many of you knew Ted. You may or may not know that the Rose City Model Sailing Club would not exist without Ted. I first met Ted in 2009 at the Tualatin Crawdad Festival. Ted was at the pond with the Oregon Model Yacht Club promoting RC sailing. Ted had a Footy – a class of boat not formally supported by OMYC – and I took an interest in this little boat as a first step to get into RC sailing. Ted and I started a lifelong friendship that day. He supported and guided me in the building of my own Footy. In the following months I would join Ted at OMYC events And we would sail our Footys off to the side. When OMYC didn’t embrace the new class, Ted had the idea of forming a new club. Ted and I and fellow Footy skipper Greg Lamb applied to AMYC to form RCMSC. The club drew the interest of other Footy skippers and began to grow. Ted built a Micro Magic and brought it to one of our sails – this class quickly caught on with several members and new members building and sailing MM’s, and the class was supported by RCMSC. Next Ted build a Dragon Force 65 – that class ballooned in popularity and was supported by the club as well. When we were approached by T37 skipper Gary Pietka about the possibility of adding that class, Ted supported this wholeheartedly. Needless to say, today’s RCMSC owes its very existence to Ted. 

Our friendship continued after our participation in RCMSC waned – even after my move to Canada – and we remained in touch as best friends until the end of his life. Next time you put a boat in the water, please think fondly of Ted Van Syckel.

Stanley Townsend – Past RCMSC Commodore

T37 NCR results

T37 North American Championship results. Held at Seattle Yacht Club. Congratulations to Peter Conze and all who sailed. It was a battle to a tiebreaker: 1st and 4th were separated by just two points!

RCMSC race day reminder 10/9 – Westmoreland

Greetings sailors,
Summer weather hangs on for Series Race #6 SUNDAY, Oct. 9 at Westmoreland. (Water depth is 18.5 at the south end.) Skippers meet at noon, racing starts soon after. Forecast: sunny, high 70’s, wind NW 6-9 mph. Off-course fun sailing is welcome.

Olympia Harbor Days

From:Dan Shier <>

I just thought I would ping you again just in case any of the rose city crew can make it up.

Olympia Harbor days : Fri 5-8pm. 3 hours, Sat. 10-7pm. 9 hours, Sun 10-6pm. 8 hours. Sept. 2, 3, 4

Hi Everyone,

Last week before Harbor Days. I am hoping this will be a great weekend to promote radio sailing. I have a booth to display some boats, talk to people and hand out information. We have an area to sail and let people try our boats. Bring yourself and your boat if you can.

We have quite a few hours to cover over the 3 days. Please feel free to stop by and hang out in the booth, sail your boat for as long as you can. I plan on being there the whole time. If you can let me know if you can be there that would be great. But even if you decide at the last minute just stop by. The more the merrier. I will have buoys and a timer. I am sure some racing will break out.

Check out the website for a full schedule or activities fun for family and friends. Boat tours, tugboat races, food and more.

Thanks, Dan

2022 T37 North American Championship

The 2022 T37 North American Championship Regatta is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 at Seattle Yacht Club.

The Notice of Race has been posted at or go directly here:

Entry form with regatta entry fee required – Early: $40.00, after Oct 1: $45.00 Regatta entry fee for PNMYC members: $30. 7.1 The deadline for receipt of all entry documents and fees is 9:00 AM on regatta day. The competitors meeting will be at 9:45 AM

Lets get som Rose City Sailor up-there this year, it is a good venue.