Rose City Model Sailing Club News

  • 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.

  • June 13 fun sail

    So we had 14 sailors show up for some very pleasant sailing with erratic wind. A couple races were nearly completed with full wind start to finish but it was rare. One of the power boat squadron showed up and sailed my loaner t37 and she won the race for the t37 class. Dave Anderson’s boat suffered a rudder failure after a collision so the tug was deployed a gentleman was sailing a soling from the other side of the pond and did quite well until he also had a rudder issue and the tug was again deployed. I lost the hatch off my Racing Sparrow so back into the shop it goes.  Next event is July26th Sunday and will be a points race for what is left of our summer series.  Stan will be handling the marks and whatnot so if someone can show a little early and help with the set up that will be much appreciated.  Racing starts at NOON.  Stewart and friends came down from White Salmon again to sail with us. All in all a nice day at the pond.. gary

  • New RCMSC Classified Pages

    New Classified Page List your boats and equipment you have available (Club pertinent items Only) send a email to me (Peter) with details and pictures and I will post.

  • We are sailing again!

    We had 15-16 people show up for today’s sailing and had much more pleasant weather than expected. Stuart  brought some friends from White Salmon with him who brought some beautiful power boats. We managed 12 boats on the water for a lot of casual sailing in very unstable and unpredictable wind conditions. Much better than the drowning we had a couple weeks ago. Our next scheduled event is Saturday July the 11th for another fun sail then 2 weeks later Sunday July the 26th will be our first scoring racing day in the abbreviated covid sailing schedule. So get in as much practice as possible and tune the heck out of your equipment and we’ll try to make the best of the rest of the season.  Gary

  • 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.

  • DF65 Stay at home project

    Stuck at home, so made a stand mod for my DF65. Have fun making one too.

    Click for PDF
  • 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

  • Anyone up for some Virtual Sailing?

    Inshore and Offshore versions available at
    runs on you apple or android device.

    If you register with you SailorID ( competitive sailing governing body, even a R/C section) you can do a club race

    Good Virtual Winds Everybody, stay safe

  • Just out AMYA issue 199 Spring 2020 – T37
  • 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,
    STAY HEALTHY! – Stan McKay

  • 2020 Racing Schedule Published

    Schedule can be found at here

    Subject to change so check here for updates.

  • Frostbite sailing schedule HAS CHANGED

    Greetings RCMSC members,

    The Frostbite sailing schedule HAS CHANGED:
    Frostbite Series #4 moved up to March 15 (this Sunday)!!
    Frostbite fun sail added on March 29
    Frostbite makeup or fun remains on April 5
    All are sailed at Tualatin.
    Series #4 skippers meet at 1:00, fun sails begin any time.
    Perfect frostbite weather for Sunday: sunny, chilly, windy!
    OFFICIAL NOTICE: Our annual meeting will be held on April 19,
    the time and location will be announced later.

    Let’s go sailing!

  • Frostbite #3 report

    Greetings RCMSC members,

    Here are results of a beautiful day on the water. The turnout was very good for frostbite sailing. The wind was light, stop and go at times. We tried starting the DF and T-37 fleets separately a few minutes apart with mixed results. Recording scores was still an issue at times. Gary managed to dodge the holes and keep his boat pointed the right way for consistent finishes at the top of the fleet.

    Frostbite #4 is scheduled on March 22 with a final fun sail on April 5.


  • Frostbite #2 report

    We had 13 sailors show for the second frostbite today and we had good wind and very decent weather with no rain.So to start with I am apologizing in advance for the accuracy or inaccuracy of the results as some of the recording was subject to speculation. In the future anytime we exceed 3 boats in each class we will revert to the established practice of separate class heats. That said I believe that what I have figured is correct subject to Stans more experienced handling of the scores.T37’s Gary First  Peter 2nd  Curt 3rd and Allan 4th. Sadly Art is still struggling with his rig and ended with a broken mast and Mike didn’t get past the warm up as his transmitter is messing up. Hopefully the transmitter he bought from Rick will fix his issues.
    In the Dragon’s with way more boats in the water, Rick bested Tom boyd with a tie breaking win in the last race. So Rick 1st, Tom 2ndDave 3rd,  Dick 4th, Brad Knight 5th, Rod Cooper finishing the field with sixth.  Curts friend Terry didn’t sail nor did Rodger. Hopefully Brad can figure out how his boat got so much water in it and get that under control.  Thanks all for coming.  Gary

  • Time to renew your membership

    Greetings RCMSC members,
    The time has come to renew your membership.
    Family $25.00
    Adult $20.00
    Junior $7.50

    Mail your check to:
    Stanley McKay
    12307 NE 13th Ave
    Vancouver, WA 98685

    Please let me know if you have changed your address, email, phone number, or boats and sail numbers.
    Also, note your AMYA number, if you are a member.

    Fair winds,
    Stan McKay
    RCMSC Secretary/Treasurer

  • Frostbite #1 Report

    So we had a pretty good day, started a little soggy but then cleared out and we had four two lap races in the best wind we’ve had in a while. There were plenty of issues for the first day, radio interference, dead batteries, broken sheet and that was just my boats. Lucky I had two boats or it would have been a total bust for me. Dick also had power issues but stayed around and called the line and place recording for us, Thanks Dick. So in the t37’s  Peter got 1st Gary pulled a 2nd Allen got third and Art nailed 4th.Peter and I were tied but he bested me in the last race to pull ahead. Dragon’s lined up as followed. Dave with 1st, Stan 2nd, Rick 3rd, Rod 4th and Bill K rounded up the fleet in fifth.We nearly had an even split between 37’s and Dragons but some 37s fell out due to mech issues. Next frostbite is Jan 26th please mark your calendars. Mike call me about your radio issues and we’ll try to sort you out by the next event. also Ed  does 2514 have a digital radio or is it still am/fm. There is some radio interference at the pond that didn’t used to exist and that was my radio issue.  Thanks all for coming Gary 503 936 3320  P.S. start thinking about any issues you want to address at the meeting in april remember it’s your club.

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