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  • Race #1 (5/23/2021)

    I was concerned about the weather report for yesterday but boy did we luck out. Just a little bit of drizzle for a while with very adequate winds. The winds allowed almost all two lap races.  And holy cow what a turnout 15 dragon 65’s!

    8 T37’s and two DF95’s. In the T37 class I did not see any one person dominate  but Peter Curt and Tom made a good showing. David M did very well for only being his second event with us, I expect to watching out for him very soon. I regret I can’t pay attention to the 95’s as I am still racing while they are finishing up. I’ll get the hang of it as time proceeds.  Next event Sat June 5th at west Moreland for a fun sail, fun sails are a great way to keep your skills sharp while not buggering up a series race.  see you there  –  Gary

  • 5/8/2021 Funsail – Westmoreland

    We had a great turnout for yesterday’s fun sail and it didn’t even rain. Weather was better than expected and we even had decent breezes off and on. Great way to kick off the summer season. Holy cow I counted 21 boats on the water and there were always 4 or five in reserve on the shore. The fun sails are a great time to shake out the winter bugs and make those final adjustments so they don’t hang you up during a race. We even had a maiden sail of a new scratch built Starlet, very nicely done buy the way. Larry Short , Knute Forsman, and David Michaels made their official appearances at an event. Welcome all. Next event Sunday may 23rd at Tualatin for our first summer series race day. Put the date on your calendars it is gooing to be a great season. – Gary

  • Frostbite #3 4-25-21

    Wow I did not think that it could get much better than the last couple events. But it did. We had 11 Dragons on the water 7 T37s plus one T37 being tried out, and 3 DF95s.  Man that is a pond full of boats. Racing was good with no one person dominating, wind was shifty as always but more of it as we were able to do all two lap races. We got to do more sailing than usual. And it didn’t rain. We also have picked up two new members if they follow through and I believe they will Knute who bought a df65 and Larry who wants to buy one. I am trying to get one of Teds older dragons in sailing condition we’ll see how that goes.  The summer schedule is being crafted and should be ready in a week looking forward to a summer full good sailing.  – Gary

  • Rule of the Month: Windward-Leeward

    Greetings sailors! During our April 10 practice racing we’ll concentrate on the basic windward-leeward rule: When boats are on the same tack and overlapped, a windward boat shall keep clear of a leeward boat.

    Here’s a diagram that explains the terms:

    When a boat is sailing by the lee, the leeward side is the side the mainsail is on. (B is sailing by the lee by heading more than 180 degrees from the wind.)

    To define overlap, the RRS start with clear astern and clear ahead:

    Two boats are overlapped when neither is clear astern:

    Also, they are overlapped when a boat between them overlaps both. In this case both A and B must keep clear of C.

    Here’s a test. Are these boats overlapped? If so, which boat has to keep clear?

    They are on the same tack and overlapped, because neither is clear astern. A is on B’s windward side, so A has to keep clear.

    But wait, there’s still more to learn about establishing or breaking an overlap, and limitations on the leeward boat’s actions. Stay tuned!

    Please respond to me with comments, questions, or suggestions. -Stan McKay

  • Funny
  • Frostbite #2 (3-21-21)

    More wows we had approx. 18 boats in attendance 9 DF65’s, 7 T37’s and 2 DF95’s. Also despite early weather reports the rain held off till after we were done, with decent wind. Lynn Moore had to retire early w/sail winch problems. We had several new members and several future members. Jim Hansen brought his beautiful brand new T37 for it’s first outing and did a couple races with us and indicated his intention to join, he also brought a grandson and his father who Peter set up with his laser for some off course fun. Need to get the little ones started early. Other new people Sherrell Steinhauer with his Df65, Nelson and Chris with their DF95’s sailed just ahead of the T37’s on a 30seconds and away format which worked most of the time so next time we’ll do a full one minute gap. Also The Super bee T37 has a new owner Paul Wallace who did pretty well with a boat new to him. No one Skipper dominated any class  so the wins were pretty well distributed across the field. Tom Box also made an appearance nice to have him back always a strong competitor and sailed both DF65 and T37, makes a busy day. Peter also brought the club T37 which helped Art out because his transmitter didn’t make it to the pond with his boat.

    POOPOO occurs.   Hope to see everyone at the next event on April 10th for a fun sail lets get all the bugs out so we have smooth sailing later.  Race results posted.  Gary

  • Funsail 3/8/2021

    WOW wow wow we had a great turnout yesterday and no more than a light sprinkle.  I counted 17 boats on the water at one time which I believe is a new record. We had all kinds of boats from Micro Magic’s to a 10 Rater and Marblehead 50 and everything in between. Two DF 95’s lots of Dragons a few t37s Victorias. I am sure I am missing something no malice intended. Also we had mostly decent winds but incredibly shifty. Everyone wore their masks and social distancing was practiced.  Not everyone can make every event but days like yesterday make me feel bad for those that didn’t attend, Next event is a frost bite series race on Sunday March 21st at noon at Tualatin Commons mark that on your calendars and do your best to attend. See you on the 21st – Gary

  • The Gougeon Brothers on Boat Construction (free download PDF)

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  • Saturday RC fun sail (March 6 2021)

    Greetings sailors!
    RCMSC will hold a fun sail at Tualatin Commons on Saturday, Mar 6, beginning at noon. The forecast: cloudy with scattered showers, low 40’s, and wind 7 mph with gusts. Bring all of your boats for casual sailing. Masks and safe distancing are still advised.

    During practice racing we’ll concentrate on the port and starboard tack rule. Remember, a boat is on the tack corresponding to her windward side. When boats are on opposite tacks, a port-tack boat shall keep clear of a starboard-tack boat. Below are situations showing boats on opposite tacks. In each situation, decide which boat must take action to keep clear and avoid contact.

    Answers: 1)A, 2)A, 3)B, 4)A, 5)A and B, 6)B

    Situation 6 might be confused with a boat clear astern having to keep clear of a boat clear ahead, but that applies to boats on the same tack. Diagram 6 shows boats on opposite tacks, so B must keep clear. – Stan

  • ALLEN RULES POSTER 2021 – 2024

    Lots of info in one place. . Performance sailboat hardware manufacturer, Allen, is pleased to release the 2021 – 2024 racing rules of sailing poster. (Free download)

    The marketing team at Allen has been working closely with Henk Plaatje for many years to develop the racing rules of sailing poster. Once each edition is ready, Allen kindly makes it available to the public to hang in sailing clubs around the World. This year is no different, the poster can easily be downloaded via the Allen website or a hardcopy can be ordered directly to your sailing club.

    Numbers refer to the Racing Rules for Sailing (2021-2024) Which cover rule that applies

    Poster/Download available HERE
  • 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?

    Ever wondered why the terms “Port” and “Starboard” is used to denote Left and Right side on ships? (YouTube Video)

    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!

    Stan

  • 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
    800-206-0006/360-966-7245
    www.sailingisme.com

    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!


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