Rose City Model Sailing Club News
- Bearospace Sloop Emma
Not related to club racing three of us (Gary, Roger & Peter) are building Bearospace Sloop Emma’s – A semi-scale portrayal of a sprit-rigged cruising sloop from the mid 20th century, designed for RC sailing. Here are some photo of work in progress:
- Frostbite #1
I was kinda dreading sailing in the cold and rain today but the rain never appeared in anything more than a mist. But we really had our share of wind. Not everyone can make every event but today is the type of day that goes to show it is better to come and take a chance than to skip it do to the forecast. The strong winds really tested our boats I had water in my boat despite my brand new hatch, Ed lost his hatch tried to race anyway and almost lost his boat. The spare boat I loaned him developed a rigging problem purely related to the additional strain of the strong winds. Peter had a weakness in his rigging revealed that was just bedeviling him and Rick had a sail winch pretty much give up the ghost. racing was keen no one skipper dominated, all had good and bad races. All in all a great day playing at the pond. Also two or three new people showed a lot of interest in the activities and we will be seeing some of them at our next fun sail. In closing I have attached the Frost bite schedule I believe it will print. We had 14 today lets shoot for everyone on march 6th noon at Tualatin. stay well Gary
- Rules We Sail By: Port/Starboard rule
Here’s the basic port/starboard rule from the 2021 Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS):
When boats are on opposite tacks, a port-tack boat shall keep clear of a starboard-tack boat.
Two definitions in the RRS tell you how to know which tack you are on.
Tack, Starboard or Port A boat is on the tack, starboard or port, corresponding to her windward side.
That’s easy, but how about when you are running downwind?
Leeward and Windward A boat’s leeward side is the side that is or, when she is head to wind, was away from the wind. However, when sailing by the lee or directly downwind, her leeward side is the side on which her mainsail lies. The other side is her windward side….
All of the boats drawn below are on starboard tack. The arrow indicates the wind.
Before the next race while you are sailing your boat near the starting line, think about which tack you are on both coming toward you and sailing away. I’ll show typical port-starboard situations in a couple of weeks.
Richard adds: A definition of port/starboard that I’ve seen is port is when the mainsail is on the starboard side and starboard is when the mainsail is on the port side. This covers both up and downwind (wing and wing).
- Why Ships Use Port and Starboard Instead of Left and Right?
During earlier days, before ships had rudders on their centerlines, boats were controlled using a steering oar. As it is very common that most of the people are right handed in the world, most of the sailors were also right handed, so the steering oar used to control the ship was placed over or through the right side near the stern. Thus most of the sailors used to call the right side as the “Steering Side”, which soon became “Starboard”. The word “Starboard” is formed by combining two old English words: stéor (meaning “steer”) and bord (meaning “the side of a boat”)
As the size of ships grew, so did the steering oar, making it much easier to make fast a ship to a dock on the side opposite the steering oar, i.e, the boats/ships used to dock with the left side of the ship facing the shore/dock.
The original name of the left side of the ship was not “port” but rather the old English “baecbord.” This was probably referencing the fact that on larger boats the helmsman would often have to hold the steering oar with both hands so that his back would be to the left side of the ship/boat. After “baecbord” came “ladderbord” meaning “laden” (meaning to load) and bord meaning “ship’s side,” this gave rise to the starboard rhyming word “larboard.” As the time passed, it became evident that “larboard” is very easily confused with “starboard” during communications. Hence it was replaced with the word “port” as this was the side that faced the port or the dock, allowing cargo to be loaded or discharged.
So, that is how the terms “Port” and “Starboard” came in existence.
Since “Port” and “Starboard” never change, they are unambiguous references that are independent of a mariner’s orientation, thus removing the chances of any ambiguity and hence sailors prefer to use these nautical terms instead of left and right to avoid confusion.
- Just for fun
- Not a good day for American Magic
AM capsized while leading race.
- Dues, annual meeting, and frostbite schedule
Greetings RCMSC members,
It’s time to send in your 2021 dues. Mail your $20.00 check payable to RCMSC to me at 12307 NE 13th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98685. Please let me know about any changes to your contact info, boats you own, and if you have joined AMYA.
Commodore Gary has scheduled our annual meeting on Jan 30 at 11:00 am at Tualatin Community Park about 3 blocks north of the Commons. The park address is 8515 SW Tualatin Rd. Use the parking lot just north of the trestle. We’ll use an open air shelter called “the rustic shelter” next to the parking lot. Following the meeting, take a lunch break on your own, then enjoy your first 2021 fun sail at the Commons. Washington County currently allows recreational gatherings of up to 50 people. Wear a mask and observe required spacing.
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the Frostbite Series:
– Feb 21 Frostbite Series race #1
– Mar 6 Fun sail
– Mar 21 Frostbite Series race #2
– Apr 10 Fun sail
– Apr 25 Frostbite Series race #3
On race days skippers meet at noon, and the first race starts shortly after.
I’ll send a reminder notice on Jan 28.
Meanwhile, stay safe!
- Some Winter Reading on Sails by Rod Carr
From Model Yachting issues #130 and #146.
- The passing of Ron Knight
Dear Sailors, The following letter was written by Will Lesh. It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that we have lost a close friend and the Commodore of the Pacific Northwest Model Yacht Club. Ron Knight passed away last week at his home after an adverse reaction to medication he was taking to manage atrial fibrillation. Ron was also diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma this past summer, and had recently begun chemotherapy. A little over a month ago Ron appeared to be in fine shape. When he received the diagnosis for the lymphoma, he was clear about his intention to beat it. Ron’s wife Pat and his three daughters and five grandchildren were with him in his final days. I spoke to Ron in the hospital, and he was weak, but very clear about what was taking place. He told me very succinctly that his condition was terminal and that he hoped to get home for a few days before the end. I am not sure that I could ever be so brave in such a situation. Ron had a distinguished career as one of the top open heart surgeons in the Pacific Northwest. Once when we were working together on model boats, Ron began describing what it was like holding a living heart in one hand and operating on it with the other hand. It always seemed quite remarkable having a heart surgeon helping out with finishing off T37s to ship. Ron came up a number of times, sometimes for a couple of days, and pitched in at Tippecanoe. He was always great company and a very welcome guest. Ron’s skill and competence as a craftsperson developed beautifully with each boat that he built, and his last masterpiece was truly impressive. He built a very special T37 for the Center for Wooden Boats and presented it in a recent ceremony to commemorate Colleen Wagner, one of the founding members of the Center along with her husband Dick Wagner. The boat, a T37 named “Colleen”, is on permanent display at the Center for Wooden Boats. Ron was always so devoted to his entire family. He took such pleasure in building model boats, T37s and the T24 Tug, with his grandchildren and for his grandchildren. As Commodore of the PNMYC, he took on the responsibilities with maybe some reluctance initially, but over the last few years he put heart and soul into the club. He was a wonderful leader for the group and did a huge amount to promote rc sailing in the Pacific Northwest. He became one of the top racing skippers in the group through constant focus and dedication to developing his racing skills. Best of all Ron was a great friend to many of us, and all who knew him even casually always spoke highly of him and felt his warmth and generosity instinctively. I just got off the phone with a T37 owner who was full of praise for the job Ron was doing with the PNMYC when very sadly I had to let him know that we needed to be talking in the past tense about our Commodore. Over the last ten years, I have spent many hours together with Ron. His expert knowledge about aviation, his background of years of skippering his own racing yacht on the Sound, his general interest and often surprising depth of knowledge in many fields always made Ron a charming companion. I feel privileged for all the times I have spent with Ron and for all that I have learned from him. We were lucky to have Ron as our Commodore. Ron always felt that following Allan VanNess as Commodore would be a hard thing to do well enough, but I don’t think anybody has any doubt that Ron pulled it off brilliantly and with total success. Thank you Ron for everything.Will Lesh Tippecanoe Boats
4305 Nordum Road
Everson, Washington 98247
I’ll add my own note: Ron was a great guy, a tremendous help to me learning to sail a T37 in Seattle, he will be missed. – Peter
- Winter Project – T37 Build (Club resources available)
Here are two new boats for the RCMSC Fleet hulls #s 1613 and 3125. These boats are built to the latest RC SAILBOAT: T37 RACING SLOOP instructions from TIPPECANOE BOATS . This includes a change of servo to the D645MW Programable High Torque, Metal Gear Servo for the Sail. Reprogramed to 120 degrees of movement. as well as the latest sheet control layout, including a sliding boom. I’ve also added a servo tray of my own design to keep everything organized.
I enjoy the building of one of these boats as much as sailing then, it is not a complex build. I want to encourage each of you to build a boat. There ARE club resources available to help. Advice is cheap and plentiful. I have the latest instruction manual from Will. Gary is a master woodworker and can build you a Boom Vang, in common use by the club. We have a Mast and Keel Jig to help with construction . I have a Hightec servo programmer if needed. I can cut you a servo tray and a template for sail markings. There are build videos and other resources on the club’s T37 page.
Build A T37 this winter, we are here to help!
- Fun Sail 10/9/2020
Yesterday was our last official function for this year. We had really good winds for a couple hours then the rain started and the winds began failing. We had a decent turnout at 11 people with a couple visitors, Cindy from the power boat group and Dicks Son joined us for some fun races and tuning work. Peter brought a new build and was having a shake down cruise. It may be the new club boat or one he was doing for himself (1613 is my build- peter) he wasn’t even quite sure. still working on a suitable location for the meeting. If you guys have any issues you want to be discussed at the meeting please respond to all and I will start compiling a list for the agenda. More to come on this process. Remember it’s your club I am just the nut driving the handle. – Gary
- Interactive Sailing Rules Quiz
Follow this link to an on-line Sailing Rules Quiz courtesy of Uli and Wolfi Finckh. You can play the game in a number of different ways: by rule number, at different positions around a course, or play it at random but set the difficulty level to suit your needs.
This an excellent site, well worth a visit to learn more about the rules and to test your knowledge. Suitable for both the novice and expert – http://game.finckh.net/indexe.htm
- Race Day 10/25/20
Today was a beautiful day for sail boat racing albeit cold. Sadly only half of the members of the club were in attendance. However in the half that made it we had an even split with 7 t37’s and 7 Dragons which is a bit unusual but very gratifying to see. The t37 class has been building slowly but in a very strong manner that I think has durability. Those who made it today know I had a great day, my best ever. The wins in the dragons were much more evenly distributed with great racing. The wind varied from ferocious to almost dead calm, many boats did some some bow dancing especially on the downwind legs. Today’s weather was a bit more frost bity than mid fall and some sailors were caught off guard temperature wise, the wind had a definite bite. So today wrapped up our summer series for what we could do around the covid problem. We have one more scheduled event on Sat nov 7th noon at tualatin commons for a season finale funsail I hope to see everyone there for some casual sailing and racing. We are on the look out for a meeting place for mid January (no date picked yet) that can handle 20 members with proper six foot distancing, space needs 4walls lighting and a restroom, food is not mandatory but maybe preferred. I am open to all suggestions, I have one maybe in NE pdx Stan will be checking on Elmers Delta Park other than that it is an open plate. So start your repairs and improvements and we’ll put together another great frostbite series for next year. Thanks Gary
- Fun Sail October 10 Report
Today was the perfect example of why we went to a rain or shine format. We had very light sprinkles early then nice weather with the best wind since February. Approximately 20 sailors missed out on the best wind and weather we have in a long time. 8 of us showed up and did a lot of practice races that were two laps each. Dave Anderson brought a recently completed CJ that is beautiful and sailed very well, and we had more T37’s on the water than any other class, maybe a new trend is starting. The wind was very nearly consistent out of the SW at up to 10 mph great sailing. The last scheduled race event for the season is coming up in two weeks on Sunday the 25th of oct. 12 noon just like we have been doing since we got back to it this summer. Sorry Patrick I don’t think anyone got any club pictures but Nathan’s friend took a camera full maybe we can work those around to you for face book. Till the 25th Gary
- Race Day
We had a beautiful day with better than average winds. We had 8 Dragons and 6 T37’s in attendance as well as Steve from Longview he had his Eclipse up and sailing beautifully. Thank you Patrick E. for handling the scoring and calling the line again it is a huge help but we’ll get you racing again soon. Thanks Larry for helping the new guys get their Dragons up and running, Larry is also sending Peter a rules/ tuning guide for the dragons and when it gets to Peter it will land on the website (note it is on the DF65 page). Also for anyone that did not know Larry is the new Dragon Fleet Captain. Peter also did a fantastic job of putting a new flyer together so we can hopefully attract some new blood I have one up and active in Tammies Hobbies in Beaverton and Dave Anderson is going to try to post one in a hobby shop in Oregon City. Thanks to those who helped set up and pull buoys it is really appreciated. The next event is a fun sail Saturday the 10th of oct watch for the usual announcement. thanks for coming out – Gary
- Make up fun sail 9/20
While we won’t normally have fun sail makeups it was a beautiful day with very good attendance. Most of the regulars were in attendance as well as two new prospects from Longview Steve and his friend have a couple Eclipse Rages sadly mechanical issues prevented us from seeing them on the water. Rodger is the new owner of T37 #624 and he has posted # 625 on the web for sale, it has all the new upgrades for the sheeting system and sails pretty well. DF #46 has a new owner as well Nathan came and brought a friend he did very well for someone starting out. all in all a very nice day on the pond. This coming Sunday the 27th of September is our next race day. I hope everyone got all their adjustments done yesterday because it will be all business next Sunday. I will send out the usual announcement on Thurs am. Till then stay safe. Gary
- Makeup Fun Sail Sept 20 Noon
RCMSC will have a make-up sail at Tualatin Commons noon Sunday Sept 20 at noon. Come one come all, with whatever boat you like, or even without a boat! We will be sailing regardless of the conditions.
- August 8 Fun Sail Was Fun!
Saturday turned out to be a very nice day for being outside enjoying the weather. The winds were generally good with some great freshets and the usual lulls in the most critical moments. A couple of buy standers were given an opportunity to try out the t37s for the first time and showed some real interest in what was going on and both either have or have had real boats in their lives. they seemed to really have fun with the RC versions. Next event is on sunday August 23rd it will be our second points race of the season and boy do I need a lot of practice. Tune your boats up we’ll see you then. P.S. Dan Benny could use some help getting his dragon rebound and up for the race if anyone has some time or is willing to help drop me a note and I will get you in touch. Gary
- Race Series #2 8/2
We had a beautiful race day today at Tualatin commons with an awesome turnout. Finally had one more Dragon than t37 but still a really strong showing from both classes. Competition was keen as was evident by the high number of restarts due to half the fleet over early and both fleets were equally guilty. Patrick Estenes sacrificed a day of racing and called the line and recorded the results giving everyone else the chance to sail w/o encumbrances. Dan finally got his Dragon in the water and identified some more issues to be corrected. Curt sailed a loaner t37 as his boats power initiator failed at the very beginning. Curt is abdicating his position as Dragon fleet Capt. so we need someone else to step up and take on that position. It is mostly someone who is familiar with the class and willing to assist new members with technical issues and maybe help keep us abreast of issues related with the class. A new face appeared today, Mike brought a dragon and got initiated today we hope to see him at the next fun sail Saturday sept the 12th at Tualatin. Good times see you all in a couple weeks on the 12th Gary
- July 26 – First Series Race
Series #1 Races for DF65s and T37s. A steady and some times gusty northerly wind provided for 2 lap races and some submarining by the boats!!! Race finishes were close and competitive. We finished up just as it was getting hot!! Even had a Footy on the water!!Next event is a Fun Sail on August 8th at noon at Tualatin Commons.
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