Schedule update – sailing on June 13!

Greetings sailors,

It’s good news/bad news: The fun sail scheduled for Sunday, May 31 has been

The good news is that Washington County, will reopen to Phase 1 on June 1, allowing us to
sail on June 13 at Tualatin, provided we follow recommended safe practices.
We don’t know when Westmoreland will open. Stay tuned.

-Stan McKay

May 23 Event Cancelation

Greetings sailors,

The Portland Model Power Boat Association has canceled the remainder of their events.
Our situation hasn’t changed, so the. May 23 joint float/fun sail is canceled.

Event Schedule Update:

The May 3 RCMSC sailing event has been canceled. The annual meeting, originally scheduled for April, has been postponed for the time being.
If you have alkaline batteries stored inside your boat or radio, now is a good time to remove them.

DF65/95 Sailing Tips

Chris Dingle posted these on Facebook, I thought I would repeat here -“A few bits of advice learned the hard way;”

The provided stand is NOT for outside use.

Unless your boat is in the water always leave your sails out.

Keep a spare mast stub.

Keep a spare steering servo.

Rudder shaft is aluminum and fragile.

Rudder center is the most important adjustment and the hardest to find.

Lube all threads, bearings and electrical fittings monthly.

1/2” or 12mm black tells are a must.

Glue NO mast fittings. Only the metal rings.

Epoxy in the front screw eye and polish the ring inside.

Keep your hatch open to air between sailing and keep a light sponge in the bilge behind the keel.

Tape you antenna up under the deck.

Use hull matching tape on the drain hole.

Good Scotch electrical tape comes in all the hull colors. Matches perfectly, seals perfectly, can be reused and doesn’t leave a mess.

Put a nylon washer under the keel bolt head on top. Then only snug!

The metal holding the bolt on the bulb is paper thin and fragile. Snug only with a nylon washer.

Ceramic rings are available and cheap. Use them on your bridle, topping lift and backstay to reduce wear and ease adjustment. Use the metal ring for the jib head.

If your beach stand is unstable put your boat on the ground.

Always call out the port tack boats’ NUMBER when hollering STARBOARD. Better yet, just keep quiet.

Protest properly with lack of verbiage. Stand near your closest competitor and calmly communicate.


Have a great lawn chair!

These are toys. This is a game.

Enjoy the battles with your friends.

Something to read while staying at home

Dear Friend of WoodenBoat,

In response to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, and to help ease your time while practicing social distancing, we have decided to make the digital edition of WoodenBoat No. 274 (May/June 2020) free for all to read and enjoy. Please share this digital edition with all friends and family you think might enjoy, or need, a fun distraction.


With sincere best wishes from all of us,

Andrew Breece, Publisher
WoodenBoat Publications


The AMYA Board met in a Special Meeting Thursday April 3, about and solely about the Corona Virus COVID-19 pandemic. Participating in that meeting was a medical doctor with a background in epidemiology, and who has been advising the AMYA Officers for the last month or so regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Radio sailing is a social event. AMYA Members and participants are generally 60 years of age or older. If infected, older people are more likely to become seriously ill or die. There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 infection once one gets the disease. So every effort must be made to prevent being infected, thus the USA and State, as well as local authorities’ rationale for Strict Social Separation.

Model sailing as a group is simply not worth the risk to our Members, in the mind of your Officers and Board of Directors.

The AMYA Board unanimously decided to take the following actions:

1) All AMYA-sanctioned events are to be cancelled or postponed until at least July 1, 2020. This includes all Regional and National Championship regattas.

2) All forms of “advertising” by the AMYA, for ALL sailing activity of every type have been removed, and will not appear for the months of April, May, and June 2020. The forms of advertising that the AMYA provides are the AMYA website’s Regatta Calendar, the AMYA Model Yachting magazine, and the e-mailed AMYA Bulletin.

3) The AMYA cannot ORDER local clubs to take any action. That is the role of local Club leaders. We recommend that all local Clubs consult with and follow the recommendations of their local Boards of Health, County, Municipal, and State recommendations concerning Club activities. Please do not try to find ways around social separation- consider the safety of your Members.

As we go forward, the above actions and recommendations will be reviewed by the Board, with the idea of providing any changes in time for regatta hosts, managers, and Classes to make changes and/or further postpone if that becomes necessary.

Mike Wyatt
AMYA President

RCMSC fun sail cancelations

Our officers have decided to cancel
remaining Frostbite events:
Mar 29 fun sail and Apr 5 fun sail
This is a good time to check your boat
for wear and tear to be ready for
the summer season. In the meantime,