IOM Alice Trophy - the meeting held on Easter Sunday 16th April score sheet, report plus photos have been added < see Yachts (IOM) page.
10 skippers took part in pretty much perfect weather conditions. The racing started 1 hour earlier then usual at 9am which allowed for an earlier finish at 1.30pm. 18 races were run and the cleear winner was Bob Conner, he won 10 races and scored just 12 points. Richard Aucott was 2nd (20) with Nigel Clarke 3rd (28).
Well done to Bob Conner on winning the 2017 Alice Trophy
IOM Weds night series - round 1 (19th April) scores have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) page
There were 11 entries for the opening round of the 2017 series. The fading light limited the race course to just one large triangle lap which allowed 7 races to be run. The poor light made rounding the far marker especially in the last race a bit tricky!
Bob Conner won the round scoring 6 points, ahead of Richard Aucott (10) who was closely followed by Ron Lee and Nigel Clarke both tied (with the exact same set of scores) in 3rd place on 11pts.
Fast Electric Weds night series - round 1 (12th April) of the series scores and report have been added. < see Fast Electric page.
Chris Locke finished in 2nd place in all 3 races which was enough for him to win the opening round of the series scoring 54 points. Malcolm Franks took 2nd spot (52) while Bob Bryant had a mixed night but pickeed up 3rd place (50).
Welcome Aboard - to Bart Bristow who has just joined our club. He has an interest with Fast Electric boats.
Welcome to our club Bart
Scale Challenge - round 1 (5th April) scores have been added.
< see Scale page
It was getting dark early for the opening round of the Scale Challenge so there is only time for one event and Predicted Log was suitable for the occasion. There were some very good results but no one could match Daron Maynard’s identical times which puts him in the lead after round 1.
Welcome Aboard - to husband and wife Mark & Sue Coombes who have joined our club this week. Both have an interest with Fast Electric boats.
Welcome to our club
Bring & Buy and Workshop - the event was a huge success with the Bring & Buy raising £85 for the Lymphoma Association in memory of Colin Bielby from the sale of his models. Another £111.00 was raised from the sale of the late Alan Chilcott's tools. This money is being donated Crohn's & Colitis UK.
There were a number of workshops all going at the same time, among them we had sail winch refitting, speedo set ups, RX installs, practical sailing instructions to name but a few!
IOM yacht Spring Series - round 2 (2nd April) scores have been added.
< see Yachts (IOM) page.
It was a really lovely morning with bright sunshine a nice gentle westerly breeze which increased slightly as the races progressed. 10 skippers took part and got through 10 races trouble free this time with no breakdowns or retirements.
Nigel Clarke was in top form winning 5 races he easily won the round scoring just 7 points. Ron Lee just nicked 2nd place (12) from Richard Aucott (13) who was racing his new Britpop boat.
Bring & Buy and Workshop - A reminder this Sunday 2nd April (following the morning IOM yacht racing) from 1pm we are running a Bring & Buy plus Workshop session at Apex.
For Sale - a part built Mount Fleet Models River Queen kit.
< see For Sale page for more info plus photos
Newsletter out now! - the March/April Newsletter is now available
< see Newsletter page to download a copy
For Sale - IOM "Psycho" Yacht complete with radio and ready to race.
< see For Sale page for more info and photos
St Georges Day event - I'm sorry to report this event planned for 22nd April has been cancelled.
Dragonforce V5 for sale - Mike Cooke has 2 brand new Dragonforce V5 yachts for sale. < see For Sale page for details
IOM yacht Spring Series - round 1 (19th March) scores have been added.
< see Yachts (IOM) page.
Once again we had pretty strong SW winds which increased throughout the morning. From the 10 boats that started only 6 were still going by the 12th and final race. Andy Harding got on very well sailing his new bright orange "Carver" boat against Alan Barnstable and Scott Smart they were all in close company at the front most of the time. Alan had to retire from race 8 with a broken line on his jib.
In the end Scott won it scoring 9 points, Andy was 2nd (12) with Daron Maynard in 3rd (26) place.
Welcome aboard - Jan Lewis who recenlty took up the hobby and joined our club. Jan took part sailing a borrowed boat for the last small yacht meeting and will soon have one of his own.
Thanks for visiting - this website has recently passed the 200,000 visiting mark. Thanks for looking in, come back soon!
Sold - the IOM Panther yacht has been sold
Small Yacht series - round 2 (12th March) scores and report have been added < see Small Yachts page.
There was a very good entry with 13 skippers taking part in fairly light winds.
A two lap triangle course was shortened to one lap after the coffee break so 11 races could be completed. As usual for these boats the racing was very close, the eventual winners were Alan Barnstable (RTR) and Rod Butler (MC/Kit).
IOM Yachts Winter Series - round 8 (5th Mar) scores have been added.
< see Yacht (IOM) page.
Strong SW winds greeted the 12 skippers for the final round of the Winter series. The majority raced on their No2 suits, but only half made it to mornings final few races. Clive Cheesley and Andy Harding kindly took over as RO's so those left going were able to complete 12 races.
Nigel Clarke was the clear winner on 12 points with Scott Smart in 2nd place (20) and Russ Chilcott 3rd (34).
Nigel's win secured him his first eever Winter Series win on 122 points. John Stone finished in 2nd on 120 and Bob Conner 3rd on 113.
Congratulation to Nigel on the series win. He now holds the Spring, Summer and Winter Series titles.
Fast Electric Racing Winter Series - round 5 (5th Mar) scores have been added < Fast Electric page.
5 entered the Club Class and 3 the Mini Hydro. All struggled to control their boats in the very choppy conditions. After 2 races mostly run at half speed Russ Chilcott came out as the winner of the Club Class on 39 points ahead of Malcolm Franks (36) with Chris Locke 3rd on (33).
Malcolm's 36 points turned out to be just enough for him to win the overall series scoring 131 points just a single point ahead of Chris Locke on 130. Dave Lowther was not far behind them both in 3rd place on 125.
None of the Mini Hydro's finished their race as all three were flipped over by the strong winds before the full race time had been run. Chris and Malcolm tied in 1st place while racing for the lead as both flipped over at the same time just a few metre apart!
The 21 points for Chris meant he had also won the overall series on 81pts, Malcolm had to settle for 2nd on 73 with Bob Bryant 3rd on 70.
Congratulations to Malcolm for winning the Club Class Winter Series and Chris the Mini Hydro.
Litter pick at Apex - 9 Club Members joined the Friends of Apex Park Group to help with litter picking at the Apex Park as part of the Great British Spring Clean on Tues 7th March. 23 bags of rubbish were collected including a car tyre, golf club and piece of carpet!
SOLD - Richard's IOM Robot yacht has been sold.
There are a few other yachts still listed on the For Sale page, why not take a look?
Litter Picking in the Park - please come along and join members of our club on Tuesday 7th March when we will be Litter Picking at the Apex Park 10am to 2pm. This is being run by the Friends of Apex Park Group as part of the Great British Spring Clean. The Council will be providing us with litter pickers, high vis jackets and bags.
If you can help out please contact Russ Chilcott via email; firstname.lastname@example.org so I can register your name. We will mainly be tasked with collecting litter from around “our” boating lake area in the park.
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 7 (19th Feb) scores have been added.
< see Yacht (IOM) page.
A minute silence was held in memory of former Club Member Alan Chilcott who passed away last week.
It was quite a calm start but the wind did pick up as the morning went on. 13 Skippers completed 10 races. John Stone had a super morning winning 5 races he scored 7 points and easily won this round. Nigel Clarke was in a clear 2nd place on 11 points ahead of Alan Barnstable 3rd with 19.
John's win moves him up top of the overall points table by just 1 point ahead of Nigel, with the 2016 winner Bob Conner in 3rd place.
There is now just 1 round to go in the series on Sunday 5th March.
Sad news - this is the most difficult notice I’ve ever had to write on here. My Dad, Alan Chilcott passed away peacefully on 13th Feb.
He was a very active club member many years ago when you could arrive at Apex, drive down the ramp to the water’s edge, open the boot and stick your boat in the water – the good old days! He really enjoyed his times boating at the lake and the many friends he made.
Dad’s funeral service will be held at Weston Crematorium on Wednesday 1st March at 12.45pm. Family flowers only; colourful clothing preferred.
Donations, if desired, to Crohn's & Colitis UK via The Elms Funeral Directors Limited, 50 Baker Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3AQ. Tel: 01934 616006.
The family would be happy to see any of his old friends there.
Russ (Web Ed)
Small Yacht series - round 1 (12th Feb) scores and report have been added.
< see Small Yachts page
8 skippers braved a very cold morning to race in the opening round of the 2017 series. The wind played a few "tricks" as normal at Apex, but the racing was great fun with places changing right up to the finish line.
After 16 races we run we all agreed it was time to go home and warm up!
Russ Chilcott won the RTR class and Kevin Roberts thee Kit/MC class.
Fast Electric Winter Series - round 4 (5th Feb) scores have been added.
< see Fast Electric page
5 entered this round on a very cold afternoon. David Lowther had his best results to date winning both the Club Class races and moving himself up the overall points table. Chris Locke and Malcolm Franks shared 2nd and 3rd places. The Mini Hydro race was a tie for 1st place between Chris Locke and Bob Bryant both clocking 16 laps, Daron Maynard was 3rd on 14 laps.
There is now just one round to go in the series and David, Chris or Malcolm could win the Club Class series. In Mini Hydro it is a two horse race between Chris and Bob. The 5th and final round is on 5th March
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 6 (5th Feb) scores have been added.
< see Yacht (IOM) page.
There were 12 skippers for this one and just for a change there was a half decent breeze coming directly from the north/ramp end of the lake. Nigel Clarke was OOD and set a long course with a gate at one end.
10 races were completed after which there were 4 pairs tied with the exact same score! But the clear winner was Bob Conner scoring 9 points, Alan Barnstable took 2nd place on count-back from Richard Aucott both scoring 15.
The overall series has closed up a bit. Weather permitting there are still 2 rounds to go and anyone from a half a dozen skippers could still win it!
Stolen IOM yacht at Portishead Lake - last Sunday (29th Jan) Andy Harding’s IOM No 17 yacht was stolen soon after the mornings racing had finished at Portishead Lake. He had already taken off the boats keel plus bulb and put it with his TX in his car, but then went over to help to put away the rescue boat and buoys and it seems that someone then nicked his boat.
For more info see < stolen boat page
Bimonthly club meeting - A reminder our next bimonthly meeting is next Monday 6th February at the Ritz Social Club, Burnham-on-Sea at 7.30pm.
22nd January IOM meeting at Apex has been CANCELLED.
Currently large areas of the lake are frozen and it is only expected to get much worse overnight.
Small Yacht 1 Endurance Race - scores, report and photos for this annual event held yesterday (15th Jan) have been added. < see Small Yacht page
12 skippers entered the hour long none-stop race and all made it to the finish. Alan Barnstable won the RTR Class and Rod Butler the MC/Kit Class, they were also the only two to complete 14 laps.
IOM yacht for sale - Richard Aucott is selling his yellow No 78 Robot IOM yacht. It is complete with radio and ready to race.
< see For Sale page for details
Welcome Aboard - to Arley Bushill who has recently moved back to this area and re-joined our club after 13 years away! Arley has acquired a Dragonforce yacht and sailed it for the first time in todays 1 hour endurance race.
Welcome back Arley
Fast Electric Winter Series - round 3 (8th Jan) scores and report has been added < see Fast Electric page.
It was a very cold afternoon so our mobile kitchen was out providing everyone with nice hot soups! There were 6 boats racing in the Club class and 5 racing Mini Hydro boats. The water was almost flat calm so perfect racing conditions.
There were two races for Club Class, Malcolm Franks won it with a combined score of 39 points, Chris Locke was 2nd on 37 with Dave Lowther 3rd on 33.
Malcolm also won the Mini Hydro class (only one race) scoring 21, Bob Bryant was 2nd on 18 with Daron Maynard 3rd scoring 16 for the overall series.
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 4 (8th Jan) scores have been added.
< see Yacht (IOM) page.
Unfortunately there were pretty light winds once again but just enough to keep the boats moving and for the 12 skippers to complete 8 races.
John Stone won this round scoring 8 points, very close behind him was Scott Smart on 9 and in 3rd place Nigel Clarke on 11.
Boating calendar 2017 - the full calendar has now been published.
< see 2017 Calendar
We have another busy year with plenty of events and competitions for all and every type of model boats. There are a few new meetings planned for this year including a lakeside Bring & Buy sale, workshop session and a small yacht "Pursuit Race". More on these nearer the time.
Membership Renewal - Club Membership renewal is due on 1st Feb. The 2017 form can be downloaded on the < Contacts page
Newsletter out now - the January 2017 Club Newsletter (5 pages) is out now and be downloaded from the < Newsletter page
Christmas Cracker - photos of our annual gathering at Apex during the xmas holidays have been added. < see Photos page.
Colin’s Funeral will be held on Monday 16th January at 1pm at the Chapel at Hedley Price Funeral Directors, Mart Road, Minehead TA24 5BJ
Sad loss to our club - I’m sorry to have to inform you that our good friend Colin Bielby passed away on Christmas Eve. He was true gentlemen in every sense of the word and a greatly valued member of our club who was well liked by everyone who was lucky enough to have known him.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family at this very sad time.
Holiday get together at Apex - a reminder it’s our annual “Christmas Cracker” get together at Apex next Tuesday 27th December (which is a Bank Holiday) from 1pm to 3pm. This will be a good chance to get out have a chin wag and take in some nice fresh air – and maybe give your boat one last a run on the lake in 2016. There will be a lakeside kitchen providing teas, coffees and soups - I'm sure if you have any Christmas treats left over they will be most welcome!
Best Wishes to all Club members and your families for very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
FOR SALE - Panther IOM yacht complete and "ready to race".
< See For Sale page for more details and photos.
Fast Electric racing Winter Series - round 2 (11th Dec) scores and report have been added. < see Fast Electric page.
8 boats entered for the Club Class and 6 for Mini Hydro class meant we had a busy afternoon with some action packed and very close races!
Mark Sutton did the double winning a Club and Mini Hydro class race, while Malcolm Franks won the second Club Class race.
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 3 (11th Dec) scores have been added.
< see Yacht (IOM) page.
Almost no wind meant that 11 skippers drifted around for most of the morning, thankfully a very light breeze did finally arrive which allowed 7 races to be completed.
The "Master of light winds" Nigel Clarke won this round scoring 8 points, John Stone finished 2nd on 11 with Daron Maynard 3rd on 16.
There is now a little break in the series over the Christmas holidays returning for round 4 on 8th January.
SOLD - the Orion 22 yacht metnioned below has been sold.
By-monthly meeting this Monday - a reminder this coming Monday 5th December is our by-monthly meeting at the Ritz Social Club, Burnham-on-Sea. Meeting starts at 7.30pm.
SOLD - IOM MX14, Dragonforce and Affinity yachts listed below have all been sold and the IOM Olympic withdrawn, only the Orion 22 is now left for sale.
FOR SALE - Steve Coles has for sale all his RC yachts; IOM MX14, IOM Olympic, Dragonforce 65, HK Affinity and Orion 22.
< See For Sale page for details including photos
IOM Yachts Winter Series round 2 - the scores for this mornings (27th Nov) meeting have been added. < see Yachts (IOM).
We had a pretty cool north easterly breeze all morning. Recent rains meant the water level was pretty high and covered our launch platform but everyone had their wellies so racing carried on as normal. 14 skippers took part and completed 11 races around the usual triangle and sausage course.
With 2 race wins and 9 second places Bob Conner won this round scoring 12 points. John Stone was close behind in 2nd on 14, Nigel Clarke and Nick Noble tied on 17 but it’s Nigel that takes the 3rd spot on count-back.
Warning high water level - following the recent wet weather the water level is pretty high and over all our launch area. Please be careful if launching any boats as the edge can be hard to see.
Hints & tips for small yachts - Alan Barnstable has written a very informative article for small yacht tuning, sailing and the basic racing rules. It covers pretty much everything you need to know and is especially useful to any beginners whatever yacht you are sailing. Click here to short-cut to the page.
SOLD - John Betty has sold his Dragonforce yacht today (14th Nov) but still has his Aquacraft Mini Mono FE boat for sale < see For Sale page for details
IOM Yacht Dickie Bird "Starboard" trophy - the event held on Sunday 13th November scores and a report have been added < see Yachts (IOM) page.
It was a lovely late autumn day for the annual "Starboard" trophy event held in memory of the late Dickie Bird. 8 skippers took part and 16 races were complete by mid-afternoon.
The usual suspects lead most of the races, in the end Richard Aucott won the trophy with a score of 17 points, ahead of Nigel Clarke on 21 and Bob Conner on 25.
Small Yacht Elimination Race - (7th Nov) the results for this event a report and a few photos have been added < see Small Yachts "Elimination Race" page.
This was our very first Elimination Race, the object for each skipper was not to be last at each group of gates and thus avoid being "eliminated" from the rest of the race. 10 boats were entered into the two classes which was enough to provided some close racing, a few tense moments and lots of good laughs!
Congratulations to Alan Barnstable who won the RTR class and Kevin Roberts the MC/Kit class.
Well done "Team Sedgemoor" members Nigel Clarke, Richard Aucott and Mike Cooke for finishing the club in 4th place in the Model Yacht Association SW district club series.
IOM yacht Winter Series - round 1 (30th Oct) scores have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) page.
13 skippers entered the opening round of the series on a suprising warm morning. The racing started in a light SW breeze but the course had to be moved during the coffee break when it swung around a full 90 degrees and was coming from the east!
9 races were completed with mixed fortunes for most, but once again the "Apex holes" were mastered by Nigel Clarke who won with a score of 13 points. Martin Mickleburgh finished 2nd on 19 with Russ Chilcott just nicking 3rd place (21) on count-back.
Fast Electric racing Winter Series - round 1 (30th Oct) scores and report have been added < see Fast Electric page.
Leaves on the lake made things a bit tricky finding a clear place to set the course but we managed to get in one race for both the Club Class and Mini Hydro boats. By mid-afternoon the wind changed and covered most of the course in leaves - so we had to cancel any more races for this round.
Chris Locke did the double winning both the Club and Mini Hydro races. Dave Lowther was 2nd in Club and 3rd in Mini H, while Bob Bryant finished 3rd in Club and 2nd in Mini H.
Overall the leaves on the lake won this round, but they should all be gone by the time we have round 2 on 11th Dec.
Small Yacht series - round 8 (23rd Oct) scores and report have been added and as this was the final round in the series the FINAL overall points table.
< see Small Yachts page
10 skippers enjoyed sailing in almost perfect conditions on a lovely sunny day. The wind was light to start with so we raced a single lap course but places were still changing all the way around and right up to the finish line. The wind increased a little which allowed us to somehow complete 17 races!
Alan Barnstable won the RTR class and Chris Lewis took 2nd place in the MC/Kit class, which, as it turned out this was just enough for them both to secure the overall series wins in their respective classes also.
It has been a great first ever running of the small yacht series. Well done to the class winners and especially Kevin Roberts who setup the series and has been working hard running the brand new section throughout the year.
For sale - just added two yachts (two Sellers);
Thunder Tiger Odyssey II RTR Yacht, never sail £50 ono
IOM "Rocket", very high spec boat and proven race winner at Apex £1200
< see For Sale page for more details including photos
IOM Match Racing - the second Match Racing event was held this morning (16th Oct) < see Yacht IOM page for the score sheet.
8 skippers entered the event with everyone racing each other that meant a total of 28 races had to be run! But with 2 or 3 pairs out racing at a time things moved along nicely in a decent SW breeze and bright sunshine - is it really mid-Oct?
As it turned out the result was not decided until the very last race when Nigel Clarke and Alan Barnstable were the only two left to face each other with both tied at the top having not been beaten. The race itself was very close until the last leg when Nigel pulled away (a bit of weed on Alan's rudder didn't help him!) to win the race and win the event.
Well done to Nigel - he seems to like racing at Apex this year!
Winter calendar - the clubs winter meetings for October right through to March 2017 has been confirmed see < Winter calendar page.
There will be 8 rounds (mornings) for IOM class yachts, 5 rounds (afternoons) for Fast Electric Club Class and Mini Hydro boats. For those with Small Yachts an Elimination Race plus the opening 2 rounds of the next years series. Also once a month (afternoon) free sailing for any boats, plus our annual "Christmas Cracker" gathering on bank Holiday TUES 27th December.
The full 2017 calendar will be published January 2017.
AGM news in brief - the AGM was held last Monday (3rd Oct).
Nigel Clarke has taken over the post as the Clubs Treasurer and Daron Maynard is also now on the Committee in a Club Reps post, otherwise all existing Committee members remain the same as before. See the "Contacts" page for the full Committee list.
The club accounts looked pretty healthy so the membership fees remain the same for next year.
IOM Summer Series - round 6 (2nd Oct) results have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for the score sheet, including the final overall points table.
We arrived to almost zero wind at the lake, so set a fairly short course and raced just a single triangle lap. There was just enough of a breeze to keep the boats moving (most of the time!) for the 10 skippers to complete 10 races.
Nigel Clarke always seems to go well in light airs and he did so once again winning this round with a score of 11 points. John Stone was 2nd on 16 with Richard Aucott in 3rd place on 19.
This was the final round in the Summer Series and his win at this one also secured Nigel the series win overall with a total score of 98 points. Richard takes 2nd place on 95, Ron Lee and John Stone tied in 3rd on 89 but Ron takes the place spot on count-back.
Congratulations to Nigel for winning the IOM Summer Series 2016
Small yacht skippers - the south west small yacht series (SYFRC) are holding their final round just up the road at Portishead Lake this coming Sunday 9th October. It is open to any yacht with a hull under 1M long. A few of the Sedgemoor members are going so why not join us?
See the SYFRC website for more info; http://sportyacht65.wixsite.com/syfrc
October Newsletter is out now - see < Newsletters page to download the copy
For Sale - just added a Dragonforce Yacht & Mini Mono FE boat both RTR
< see For Sale page for more details and photos
Wet n Dry Race & free sail open event - a report plus photos of the event held on 4th Sept has been added < see Wet n Dry Race 2016 page.
There was a good display with a large variety of models on and off the water with many out free sailing during the afternoon.
For the Wet n Dry Race itself there were only 4 entries but it was still a good race enjoyed by a large crowd. Russ Chilcott's monkey driven air boat won the race, with Malcolm Franks green air boat in 2nd and Chris Locke monster truck finishing in 3rd place.
Small Yacht series - round 7 (25th Sept) scores, report plus overall points table has been added. < see Small Yachts page
Ten skippers entered the penultimate round of the series. For the first time in a long while we had wind at the lake which made the first two legs fairly straight forward but rounding mark 3 proved to be very tricky in the "light airs".
The fleet were spread around the course in most races by the second lap with the usual skippers leading the way. Russ Chilcott won the RTR class and Chris Lewis the MC/Kit class.
The last round in this series and the decider of final positions is on Sun 23rd Oct.
IOM Summer Series - round 5 (18th Sept) results have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for the score sheet.
Ten skippers arrived for a sunny morning but with very little wind to get things moving. After the first two long and slow races a well needed break for coffee gave the wind chance to fill in just enough to keep things moving and allow a further five races to be completed. Kevin Roberts had a good run of second places to claim 2nd spot overall just 2 points behind first placed Nigel Clarke.
IOM Summer Series correction - there was a one point error with two scores for the overall points table, these have now been corrected an the updated sheet is on the scores page.
Welcome Aboard - to Dave Fursland (No 61) who has recently joined our club. Dave was member many years ago when we used to race I/C powered boats and has comeback to model boating again but this time to race small yachts.
Welcome back Dave!
IOM Summer Series - round 4 (4th Sept) results have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for the score sheet.
It was very overcast but just about stayed dry for our mornings races in a pretty strong SW wind. There were nine entries and we managed to complete 10 races before the 12.45pm cut-off time.
Scott Smart and John Stone tied for the win on 13 points each so they had to be separated by count-back, both also had three race wins and two 2nd places, but Scott nicks it as he had three 3rd places to John's two!
Wet n Dry Race & open free sail afternoon this Sunday - a quick reminder that this Sunday 4th September (following the mornings IOM racing) from 1pm we are running our annual open free sail meeting plus the Wet n Dry Race for amphibious models. The race itself doesn't take long so the majority of the afternoon will be open for free sailing of any model boats. The Air, Water, Land Model Group (AWL) will be along to demonstrate their Hovercrafts and some of the guys attending the Brean Model & Hobby festival are also expected to attend.
It would be nice to have a good turnout from our club – so why not pop along and “float you boat” – any boat!
Small Yacht Summer Series - round 6 (28th August) meeting scores and report has been added. < see Small Yachts page.
We had 12 skippers and a very tricky breeze from the start and many dropping out with various mechanical problems.
Robert McHutchion used his handicap well and won two races with his new boat, but will now race along with the fleet from the next round.
Russ Chilcott won the RTR class despite not racing in the last two races and Kevin Roberst won the MC/Kit.
Welcome Aboard - to Mike Lewis (No 60) who has recently re-joined our club after a long break away slot car racing. Mike was a member many moons ago but has got the boating bug again after he borrowed a boat and took part in the Small Yacht racing.
Welcome back Mike!
IOM Weds night series - round 7 (24th Aug) scores have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for a full score sheet & final overall points table.
There was very little wind for the final round of the 2016 series so a single lap was raced with a gate at one end. 11 skippers took part and the conditions meant that no places were safe until you had crossed the finish line. Steve Coles started his night very well by winning the first race which was also his very first win at a club IOM meeting. Well done Steve.
Comming into this round Bob Conner and Richard Aucott were tied in first place for overall series, so it was "winnner takes all" for the series overall. Richard had (by his standards) a poor night finishing in 7th place, while Bob took the maximum 25 points as he and Nigel Clarke tied in first place. They both had the same score and exact same count-back, so both are placed in equal 1st.
The result on the night secured Bob the overall series win on 122 points (after discards). Richard finished in 2nd place on 120, with Nigel close behind in 3rd on 119.
Congratulations to Bob Conner on winning the 2016 IOM Weds night series
IOM Summer Series - round 3 (21st Aug) scores have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for the score sheet.
Nine boats arrived for a wet start but the rain had cleared by the first race and the sun was shining strongly by mid morning. There was a good breeze all the time to keep things moving and allow 11 races. Richard Aucott and Nigel Clarke spent most of the morning in close battle with Alan Barnstable normally in the mix and picking up a few good wins. Nigel eventually managed to finish in front of Richard just enough times to win the event.
Fast Electric racing - round 7 (17th August) meeting scores and report have been added < see Fast Electric page. 8 drivers took part in the final round of the 2016 series on another perfect night for racing.
Russ Chilcott went into this round with a 4 point lead over Chris Locke in the overall points standing. Chris won 2 races on the night and collected 58 points to Russ's 57 but it was not quite enough for him to win the series. Russ won the series scoring 319, Chris was 2nd on 316. Malcolm Franks "nicked" 3rd place from Mark Sutton overall as they finished on 287 to 278 points
Congratulations to Russ Chilcott on winning the 2016 FE Club Class series
Scale Challenge series - round 6 (10th Aug) meeting scores and report have been added, plus the final overall points standings < see Scale page
The final meeting was two pretty "tricky" steering competitons and these would be the decider between the top 4 who were seperated by just 8 points for the overall series.
The first course was won by Bob Bryant scoring just 8 points, with Russ Chilcott and Chris Locke tied on 9pts. The second was won by Russ with 3pts, Malcolm Franks took 2nd place on 6 with Chris and Daron Maynard tied for 3rd on 12.
As it turned out Chris collected just enough points on the night to win the overall Scale Challenge series by the narrowest of margins he beat Bob 124 points to 123! Not too far behind them both was Russ in 3rd place on 121 with Daron 4th on 116.
Congratulations to Chris Locke on winning the 2016 Scale Challenge
IOM Summer Series - round 2 (7th Aug) scores have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for the score sheet.
A decent breeze coming in from the sea/west side and bouncing off and around the large trees produced more than the usual weird wind eddies! The fleet was pretty large with 15 entering and 13 racing on the water at a time.
The yellow boats of Richard Aucott and Bob Conner were out in front most of the time and they end this round both tied for 1st place on 12 points. But it was Richard who took the top spot on count-back as he had 3 wins to Bob's 1. Nigel Clarke took 3rd place on 16pts.
IOM Weds night series - round 6 (3rd Aug) scores have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for a full score sheet.
There was a very strong south west wind coming right up through the gap to the far lake, this made it tricky at times, but at least it was not flat calm as often happens on the Weds night series. 10 skippers raced quickly through 10 races before the light once again beat us all!
Mike Cooke has sailed many times on the wide open waters at the Axbridge Res and he coped best with the choppy conditions and won scoring 10 points. Bob Conner and Nigel Clarke tied for 2nd on 13pts, but Bob nicked the place on count-back.
There is now just one round left in the series on Weds 24th Aug. Bob C and Richard Aucott cannot be caught by anyone else and are tied top of the overall points table. Which ever one of them finishes above the other at the final round will win the series overall.
For Sale - a Police Boat and Discovery yacht. Both still in their boxes and RTR. < see For Sale page for info and photos
Photos added - the Photos page has been updated with a section showing various models on the water this summer. < see Photos page
Fast Electric racing - round 6 (27th July) meeting scores and report have been added < see Fast Electric page. Once again we had 9 boats and again some action packed racing on slightly choppy waters.
Chris Locke kept clear of trouble and kept a tight racing line and won all 3 races and collected the maximum 63 points. Malcolm Franks was the best of the rest in 2nd with 50 pts, with Russ Chilcott and Mark Sutton tied for 3rd on 44.
Chris has now closed the gap in the overall points standings, and with just one round to go (on 17th Aug) in the series it is between him and Russ to decide who takes this year series win.
I have some very sad news I’m afraid – former club member and editor of the Marine Modelling Magazine Chris Jackson died suddenly (yesterday 24th July) following a short illness.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family at this very sad time.
I will let you know the details of the funeral when I have them
Scale Challenge series - round 5 (20th July) Payload Race scores, report plus photos have been added < see Scale pages.
There were 10 entries for the second Payload Race of the series. Chris Locke won by quite a margin clocking up 47 laps in the 1 hour race. Daron Maynard finished in 2nd on 40.5 laps, with Russ Chilcott 3rd on 40 laps.
The overall points table has now closed up for the top four places and will be decided at the final meeting on Weds 10th August.
IOM Summer Series - round 1 (24th July) scores have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for the score sheet.
The wind was coming in from an unusal angle from the SW side which left a few shadows on both sides of the lake so a long but narrow "Z" shape course was laid. This provided some good races only spoilt by a few heavy showers, you wouldn't believe that this was the opening round of the summer series!
Ron Lee sailed the course very well winning this round with 10 points, Rod Butler was very close behind taking 2nd place on 11pts, with Kevin Roberts 3rd on 17.
Welcome aboard - to Steve Cornish (No58) who has joined our club this week. Steve has a been busy building several models recently including modifying an Action Man DUKW (amphibious) vehicle to be a fully working RC model.
Welcome aboard Steve
Small Yachts South West Series - Congratulations to the four Sedgemoor MBC members on taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th places in the SYFRC round held at Portishead on 17th July.
A reminder we are hosting their next round on Sunday 31st July. Registration is at 9:30 for a 10:00am start. SYFRC charge £2.00 per boat to sail. If you haven't sailed against other skippers from different clubs before then this is your chance!
IOM Weds night series - round 5 (13th July) scores have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for a full score sheet.
It was pretty windy for this round with the odd gust causing the boats to be over-powering at times. 11 skippers took part and completed 10 races before the light faded.
Bob Conner handled the conditions the best and won with a score of 9 points. John Stone took 2nd spot on 14 with Richard Aucott 3rd on 19.
July Newsletter - this months newsletter is out now.
< see Newsletter page to download a copy
Les Watts Shield - the meeting scores have been added < see yachting (IOM) page for full score sheet.
The rain held off for eight skippers to race for the Les Watts Shield on a warm day with a decent breeze. Quite a long course was set, which with the first mark at quite a distance and starboard rounding’s gave everyone’s eyesight a good test! 16 races were sailed with 5 of the 8 skippers winning at least one race. Richard Aucott took the lead after the first few races, but a run of first places in later races let Nigel Clarke through to win the event with Bob Connor in third.
Fast Electric racing - round 5 (6th July) meeting scores and report have been added < see Fast Electric page. There were 9 boats for this round and some really close races on a flat calm lake. In the last race of the night the top 3 boats were seperated by just 20 seconds!
Mark Sutton and Chris Locke tied for 1st place on 55 points with Malcolm Franks 3rd on 52.
Scale Challenge - round 4 (29th June) meeting scores have been added and overall points table update < see Scale page.
The weather was unsettled so we decided to have a Range Test and a Predicted Log instead of the planned Scale Steering. It turned out to be the right decision because it rained as soon as we had finished.
The scores were very close in the range test and Chris Locke took the honors with only one penalty point. Rod Butler was second with two points and Malcolm Franks and Russ Chilcott shared third place on three points.
The scores were just as close in the Predicted Log and Daron Maynard was first with a time difference of only two seconds. Mark Sutton, Chris Locke and Bob Bryant shared second place with three seconds.
The competition was well supported with nine members taking part.
Small Yacht Series - round 5 (26th June) meeting scores and report added, < see Small Yachts page. There were 8 skippers for this round and some strange wind conditions.
Alan Barnstable (RTR) and Rod Butler (MC) showed how to race well under these conditions easily winning their class.
Scale round for Weds 29th is ON - the weather forecast has improved slightly so the scale round for tonight 29th June is going ahead. Hopefully they are right and it does stop raining by then!
IOM Weds night series - round 4 (22nd June) scores have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for a full score sheet.
It was close to the longest day, and with almost no wind it felf like it drifting very slowly around the lake! Thankfully the odd breeze kept the boats moving at least in short bursts and we were able to complete 5 long races. With an hour still to go before sunset everyone agreed they'd had enough and called it quits.
Richard Aucott always sails well in these conditions and he did again this time winning 3 of his 4 races he won this round with a score of just 3 points. Scott Smart was 2nd on 5pts with Nigel Clarke 3rd on 6.
IOM Yacht Spring Series - the 6th and final round (19th June) meeting scores have been added along with the overall points table. < see Yachts (IOM) page.
There was a light SW breeze and rain off/on for most of the morning, so it was not exactly summer weather but we still had a good turnout with 14 entering.
Nigel Clarke won this round scoring 11 points, ahead of Richard Aucott (13) and Rod Butler (15). This round win was enough for Nigel to secure the overall series with a score of 99pts. Scott Smart took 2nd place on 93, with Rod collecting 3rd place on 91.
Congratulations to Nigel winner of the IOM Yacht Spring Series 2016
Fast Electric racing - round 4 (15th June) meeting scores, report plus a few photos have been added < see Fast Electric page.
We had 10 drivers entering this round, the highest number so far for this new RTR class. Despite a little drizzle there were some great races and some very close finishes.
Russ Chilcott won with a score of 60 points, Mark Sutton finished 2nd on 55 with Chris Locke 3rd on 50.
Shepton Mallet MBC Open Day - the club will be attending the Shepton Mallet MBC Open day during the Collet Park Festival event this Saturday 11th June.
IOM Yacht Match Racing - (5th June) meeting score sheet and a few photos have been added. < see yacht (IOM) page.
Unfortunately there were only 5 entries for the Match Racing event and very little wind. Due to the low numbers we decided each skipper would race each other twice so a total of 20 races were run.
Richard Aucott was the events clear winner only being beaten once he won easily on a score of 9 points. Scott Smart and Russ Chilcott tied for 2nd place on 12 points each but Scott takes 2nd place on countback as he had beaten Russ both times in their head-to-head races.
IOM Weds night series - round 3 (1st June) scores have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for a full score sheet.
There was just enough of a north breeze to keep the boats moving on an overcast evening. We were able to complete a large triangle and sausage course 7 times before the light faded. Thanks to Rod Butler who missed the racing due to work but acted as the RO so we were able to have all 11 boats racing together for the last two races.
Mike Cooke, Bob Conner and Richard Aucott lead the fleet most of the time, in the end Mike and Bob tied on 11 points but Mike nicks first place on countback (he had 3 wins to Bob's 1). Richard was very close behind the pair on 12 points and had to settle for 3rd place.
SOLD - the Bantock IOM sails have been sold.
For Sale - just added a "Blue Arrow" IOM racing yacht complete and ready to race. For more details plus photos see < FOR SALE page
IOM Yacht Spring Series - round 5 (29th May) meeting scores have been added and the overall points table updated. < see Yachts (IOM) page.
For this round we had bright sunshine and clear skies, could this really be a Bank Holiday weekend? There was a north breeze coming through the big trees by the car park which made rounding the windward mark "interesting" at times!
11 races were completed by the 13 skippers. John Stone was racing his brand new Stealth MkII for the first time and won with a score of 13 points. Nigel Clarke took 2nd spot on 22pts, with Ron Lee just a single point behind on 23.
Fast Electric racing - round 3 (25th May) meeting scores, report plus photos (thanks to Alan Spencer) have been added < see Fast Electric page.
There was a record 9 entries on the night with Nigel Clarke (yes, Nigel the "Yachtie"!) and Denis Smith entering a FE race for the very first time. We had perfect conditions with a flat calm lake which helped to produce some super races - plus a few super crashes!
Mark Sutton had a brand new Human Torch boat which looked the part and went very well. He won 2 of the 3 races topping the nights score sheet on 55 points. Super Mono X boats of Chris Locke finished in 2nd on 51pts and Russ Chilcott 3rd on 48pts.
Welcome Aboard - to John Berry (No 56) who has joined our club this week. John has just purchased a Dragonflite 95 yacht which is the larger cousin of the Dragonforce yacht. He hopes to be sailing it on the lake very soon.
Welcome aboard John
Small Yacht Series - round 4 (22nd May) meeting scores, report, photos (thanks to Chris Lewis) and overall points table has been added
< see Small Yachts.
This round saw the return of the gentle and changing breeze once again!
11 skippers competed in 10 races during the morning with the course sailed in reverse after coffee in an attempt to find what wind there was.
Newcomer Denis Smith (99) and Richard Harris (14) both used their handicaps to full affect in winning races.
Alan Barnstable (09) won the RTR and Rod Butler (463) won the MC class.
Scale Challenge - round 3 (18th May) Payload Race results, report plus photos have been added. < see Scale page
It was fairly windy on the night but at least dry for the long 1 hour endurance race. There were 9 entries, 5 Air Sea Rescue Launches, 3 home built wooden hulls and a glass fibre Perkasa. The ASRL’s were noticeably faster than most of the other boats taking 3 of the first 4 places.
Russ Chilcott was the race winner scoring 40 laps, Mark Sutton and Malcolm Franks both completed 38 laps, but Mark nicked 2nd place as he was slightly further ahead when the 1 hour time was up.
FOR SALE - Aquacraft Vela 1 metre ready to run yacht and a Mad Max IOM racing yacht, for more info on both < see For Sale page
IOM Yacht Spring Series - round 4 (15th May) meeting scores have been added and the overall points table updated. < see Yachts (IOM) page.
We had almost perfect sailing conditions for this meeting with a SW breeze.
A few regular skippers were away racing at a district event so numbers were a little down with only 8 entries. Just for a change we set a sausage shaped course with a "gate" that allows skippers a choice of markers to round at one end.
Nigel Clarke and Martin Mickleburgh were out front most of the time, in the end Nigekl nick it by just 1 point, he finished on 10 to Martin's 11pts. Rod Butler was the best of rest taking 3rd spot on 24.
Welcome Aboard - to David Walker (No 55) who has joined our club today. David is completely new to RC model yachts and sailed his brand new Monsoon semi-scale yacht for the very first time at Apex this afternoon.
Welcome aboard David
IOM Weds night series - round 2 (11th May) scores have been added
< see Yachts (IOM) for a full score sheet.
Luckily the day’s rain was long gone by the time of the 7pm start, but also long gone was a decent breeze which slowly dropped away through the evening. 10 skippers entered this one and we just managed to get through 6 long single lap races before the lake disappeared into the mist and darkness.
Nigel Clarke always seems to go well in these conditions and he did it once again winning this round comfortably scoring 5 points. Richard Aucott was 2nd on 9, just ahead of Bob Conner in 3rd place on 10 pts.
Fast Electric racing - round 2 (4th May) meeting scores and report have been added < see Fast Electric page.
There were 8 entries on the night racing 4 Super Mono X boats and 4 FT-012 boats. The Mono X boats proved to be the one to have has they handled the choppy water much better and took the top places 4 places overall.
After 6 heat races Russ Chilcott was the nights winner scoring 60 points, Malcolm Franks was 2nd on 55pts, with Chris Locke 3rd on 50.
May Newsletter out now - see Newsletter page to download the latest issue.
St Georges Day event - a BIG THANK YOU to all the club members who attended this event on Sat 23rd April. The club had a superb display of 40 models on and off the water. The children enjoyed the clubs display plus the many activities which were originised by Friends of Apex Park group.
Photos of the day have been added < see Photos page.
Scale Challenge Series - round 2 (27th April) meeting scores, report and photos have been added < see Scale page.
Once the rain stopped we managed to get in 2 rounds of a Straight Run competition. There was a good entry of 9 taking part, Rob Arlett was the winner on the night scoring 35 points with Daron Maynard and Bob Bryant tied for second place both close behind on 34.
IOM Yacht Spring Series - round 3 (1st May) meeting scores have been added and the overall points table updated. < see Yachts (IOM) page.
Thankfully the heavy rain which had been forecast for late morning didn't appear and we were able to race in a pretty decent SW breeze. 15 skippers entered this round and 10 races were completed.
Scott Smart and Bob Conner tied on 10 points, but Scott nicks the 1st place on countback - he had 3 wins to Bob's 2. Nigel Clarke was just 1 point behind them scoring 11pts, he had to settle for 3rd spot.
For Sale - Mike Cooke has a complete set of brand new Bantock sails,
< see For Sale page.
Sold - Mike's RG65 has now been sold.
SYFRC 8th May CANCELLED – the Small Yacht Friendly Racing Club (SYFRC) round which was due to held at Apex on Sunday 8th May has had to be cancelled. This is because of a clash with a regional BMX meeting also being held at the park on the same day so the car park will be packed full.
Alice Trophy - the annual IOM Yachts Alice Trophy event (24th April) meeting scores, a report plus photos have been added. < see Yachts (IOM) page.
9 skippers took part and completed 18 races during a lovely spring day. It was a good day with 6 different race winners and some very close finishes at times.
In the end it was not decided until the very last race which was won by Richard Aucott. His last race win was enough for him to win the event overall by just 1 point ahead of Nigel Clarke. Richard took home the trophy having scored 22 points, Nigel had to settle for runners-up spot on 23pts, with Russ Chilcott taking 3rd place on 33.
For Sale - a Robbe Valdivia sailing schooner. See < For Sale page for details plus photos.
IOM Weds night series - the opening round of the series was held on Weds night (20th April). < see Yachts (IOM) for score sheet.
12 skippers took part and enjoyed a pleasent nights sailing, it was just a shame the light faded after just 6 races.
The fleet were lead most of the time by the two yellow boats of Richard Aucott and Bob Conner. Richard just nicked it scoring 5 points, Bob had to settle for 2nd place on 7 with Nigel Clarke 3rd on 12.
Small Yacht series - round 3 (17th April) scores, report plus a few photos have been added < see Small Yachts page. There was a good entry of 12 skippers entering this round on a lovely sunny day but there was only very light winds. The new Race Officer system was run for the first time and work very well keeping things moving along nicely.
Chris Lewis won the Modified/Kit class and Russ Chilcott won the RTR class.
Welcome aboard - to Denis Smith who has just joined the club. Denis is fairly new to model boating and has a few RTR fast electric boats including a Super Mono X which he hopes to be racing in the new Club Class soon.
Fast Electric series - round 1 (13th April) report and scores have been added
< see Fast Electric page. This was the first round of the Weds night series and the first race for the brand new Club Class. There were 8 entries, split into two heats of 4 boats. Two rounds of races were run before it got a bit too dark. Overall the new class went pretty well and produced some good close races.
Russ Chilcott lead the way winning both races with his Super Mono X, another Mono X driven by Chris Locke took 2nd place, with Malcolm Franks in 3rd with his FT012.
Scale Challenge - round 1 (6th April) report, scores and photos have been added < see Scale page.
There was a good entry of 11 taking part for the opening round of the 2016 series on a pretty cold and very windy night at Apex. Due to the weather a simple Predicted Log course was run. Bob Bryant tied for 1st place with Zech Sheptenson who was having a go with a borrowed boat for the very first time!
Club Newsletter is out now - the April issue has just been added see
< Newsletter page to download a copy.
Wednesday night series coming soon! A reminder our Wednesday night series starts this coming Weds 6th April with round 1 of the Scale Challenge series. Then it is fast Electric racing (13th April), IOM yacht racing (20th April) alternating between these three right through until end of August.
Also from 20th April we have free sailing (open to any boats) every 3rd Weds afternoon 3.30pm - 5.30pm. See Calendar page for all dates.
IOM Spring Series - round 2 (3rd April) meeting scores have been added.
< see Yachts (IOM) page. Once again we enjoyed a pretty much perfect conditions with a nice south/southwest breeze which increased and then dropped away again during the morning. A dozen skippers entered this round, once again we raced a "Z" shaped course which provided some really good races and a few really close finishes.
Nigel Clarke was is great form as he won all but his 2nd race which was discarded anyway! His score of just 6 points made him easily this rounds winner. 2nd place went to Russ Chilcott (14) with Alan Barnstable 3rd on 20pts just holding off Scott Smart for 4th on 21pts.
New fast electric class for 2016 - for the Wednesday night series this year we will be racing a brand new "Club Class" (replacing the old Mini ECO class). The new class is for Ready-to-Run boats with a hull length of 500mm or less and at a retail price of no more than £125. This follows along simular lines of the very popular Small Yacht section.
< see the Fast Electric page for more details or better still why not pop along to our first meeting on Weds night 13th April and see if this new class is something for you?
Website rebuild - the IOM yacht pages (plus a few Small Yacht pages) have now been rebuilt after I accidentally deleted the entire file containing all score sheets and photos for the past year!
If you spot any missing links, score sheets or photos please let me know.
IOM Spring Series - round 1 (20th March) meeting scores have been added.
< see Yachts (IOM) page. There was a steady north/east breeze for this round with 14 skippers taking part. The meeting OOD Scott Smart set a "Z" shaped course just for change, which meant there was two windward legs, one short and one long. The new course proved to be popular with all the skippers - something a little different from the usual triangle and sausage layout.
Martin Mickleburgh won a race in his first ever club meeting, but the overall meeting winner was Scott (even though he lost his way once!) who easily won this round scoring just 6 points. Rod Butler was 2nd on 15pts, with Brian Hill 3rd on 18.
Small Yacht free sailing Easter Sunday - there will be an "informal" meeting for any small yachts this coming Sunday 27th March from 10.30am to 12 noon. No racing, just float your boat and have a chat.
Some very sad news - former club member Dave Reed passed away on 4th March. Dave was a very active member for many years and would often be seen at Apex sometimes with one of his beautifully built models or just there for a chat. His wife Pam was also a regular at many club events and was well known for supplying everyone with trifles for the clubs Open days.
Dave's funeral is on this Friday 18th March, at 1pm at St Andrews Church, Burnham-on-Sea, followed by the burial at Westfield Road, Cemetery, Burnham.
Our thoughts go out to his family at this very sad time.
NOTICE TO ALL CLUB MEMBERS - A few changes have had to made to the Clubs Risk Assessment for boating at the Apex Lake. A new copy is now on the Newsletter page, please take a few minutes to read it. If you cannot download or view this Pdf version please contact me and I will post you a copy. Russ
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 9 (6th March) meeting scores have been added and along with final overall points table. < see Yachts (IOM) page.
We had a decent westerly breeze which meant sailing from the ramp end side of the lake for a change. 17 skippers entered, we finished after 8 races slightly earlier than usual as many had to get away - it was Mother's Day!
Bob Conner was in top form scoring 3 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd places he won this round on 7 points. Richard Aucott was 2nd on 10pts with John Stone and Nigel Clarke tied for 3rd place, but John nicked 3rd spot on countback.
This was the final round of the series and Bob's win also secured himself the overall series win.
Congratultions Bob Conner on being the
2015/16 IOM Yacht Winter Series winner
The Winter is coming to an end...that's official!
A reminder that tomorrow Sunday 6th March it is the final rounds of both our IOM yacht and Fast Electric Winter Series.
March Newsletter - the March issue newsletter is out now.
< see Newsletters page to download a copy.
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 8 (21st Feb) meeting scores have been added and the overall points table updated. < see Yachts (IOM) page.
It was another round with a decent breeze, this time coming across from the west and gaining in strength through the morning. A few were away racing at Poole for this one so numbers were down to 13 boats, but 11 races were run before the 12.45pm cut-off time.
After a few weeks of tinkering John Stone has now got his green Stealth boat going really well. In fact really, really, well as he won 7 of his 8 races! He won this round with a score of just 6 points. Nigel Clarke was the only one to give John a race for his money and the only other skipper to win a race! He finished 2nd on 8pts, with Scott Smart the best of the rest in 3rd on 19pts.
I have some very sad news - Valerie Jackson (Chris Jackson's wife) died after a short but severe illness last Saturday.
Our thoughts are with Chris and his family at this time.
The funeral service will be held from 11.30am on Tuesday 1st March at the Memorial Woodlands, Alveston, near Thornbury. If you wish to attend I can let you have more details about the service, but please let me know so I can inform Chris as to the numbers to cater for.
Small Yacht series 2016 - round 1 (14th Feb) scores have been added, see Small Yachts page to view score sheet. The brand new section got off to a great start today with 12 skippers entering the first round of the series. The north east wind made it fairly cold but it was just about the perfect strength for these smaller boats.
Alan Barnstable won the RTR class, ahead of Richard Buckley in 2nd and Russ Chilcott in 3rd. Chris Lewis won the MC/Kit class, with Daron Maynard 2nd and Rod Butler 3rd.
It was a very enjoyable morning with some good close races. There are still 7 rounds to go in the series with the last one not until October!
Small Yacht Series starts this Sunday - a quick reminder that our first round for Small Yacht Series 2016 is on this Sunday starting at around 10:00am.
Fast Electric Winter Series - round 4 (7th Feb) meeting scores and overall points table has been added. < see Fast Electric page.
The water was really choppy in the very windy conditions which made racing the small Mini ECO class boats pretty tricky at times.
Russ Chilcott finished this meeting the winner scoring 42 points, Chris Locke took 2nd spot on 34, just ahead of Bob Bryant on 33.
Welcome aboard - Chris Lewis who joined our club today having sailed as a Day Member a few times recently. Chris is new to the hobby and has a rather nice 3 rigged yacht (see photos page) plus a Dragonforce yacht.
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 7 (7th Feb) meeting scores have been added and the overall points table updated. < see Yachts (IOM) page.
Recent heavy rain had flooded parts of lower pathway plus both our launch areas, but thankfully somehow it didn't rain at all during the mornings 12 races. The wind was strong coming in from the south west and got a little too strong for No1 suits for the last few races. There was an entry of 16, it would have been 17 but one was damaged in the car park before racing started!
Nick Noble finished in 1st place, his first meeting win at a Sedgemoor club event, his score of 15 was just enough to hold off Mike Cooke in 2nd place on 16 points. Nigel Clarke nicked 3rd place on 19, with Bob Conner and Richard Aucott both on 20, but Bob takes the 4th spot on countback.
SOLD - the IOM Lintel recently listed has been sold.
Welcome aboard - to Haydn Callow who recently joined the club. Haydn used the race I/C power boats back in the 70's and has just come back to marine modelling but this time with a Joysway Focus IOM yacht.
For Sale - Lintel IOM yacht ready to race with a very good pedigree, see
< For Sale page for photos and details.
Small Yacht section - just added a page listing all the skippers and their sail numbers. Click here to shortcut to the page.
Welcome aboard - to Alan Barnstable who has just joined our club. Alan has been dingy racing for many years but he has just taken up RC yachting for the first time. He has a Dragonforce yacht and plans to race it in the small yacht series.
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 6 (24th Jan) meeting scores have been added plus the overall points table. < see Yachts (IOM) page.
We had another good entry with 17 skippers and pretty much perfect conditions with a steady SW breeze which stayed until the very end of the 12th and last race. It was very competitive all morning and good to see 6 different skippers winning a race.
Bob Conner was in top form once again as he won 4 races scoring 15 points he finished this round in 1st place. Back on the pace was Andy Harding who took 2nd spot on 18, with Nigel Clarke just 1 point behind on 19pts in 3rd.
Welcome aboard - to Mike Glinister who has just joined our club. Mike is taking up model boating for the first time and plans to race in the small yacht series.
Mini ECO FE racing Winter Series - round 3 (10th Jan) scores plus the overall points table have been added. < see Fast Electric/Winter Series page.
A huge gathering of ducks and swans right across the lake meant the second heat races had to be abandoned. Russ Chilcott won it scoring 33 laps, Dave Lothwer was 2nd on 24 laps with Bob Bryant 3rd on 22.
Welcome aboard - to Nick Noble who has just joined our club. He has been dingy racing for many years and has now taken up the RC version (IOM yacht class), though he says he finds the reals ones much easier to sail!
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 5 (10th Jan) meeting scores have been added plus the overall points table. < see Yachts (IOM) page.
We had a massive entry with 19 skippers turning out for our first IOM meeting of 2016. There were fleets of 15 on the water most of the time, so it was a bit busy, especially at the start! A brisk SW wind stayed fairly constant all morning and thankfully apart from a short light shower it stayed dry despite some huge dark clouds rolling over.
Mike Cooke set the pace from start to finish, he won with a score of just 9 points, new club member Nick Noble took 2nd place on 12, with Bob Conner 3rd on 14.
2016 boating calendar out now - the club's full 2016 boating calendar has been published. < see 2016 Calendar page.
Small Yachts Endurance Race - 11 brave souls came out on a very wet Sunday morning to take part in our first ever 1 hour endurance race for yachts on 3rd Jan. It turned into a sprint/endurance/sprint race as the wind dropped away completely and then returned again right at the end!
Well done to the class winners Rod Butler (MC/Kit) and Russ Chilcott (RTR)
see < Small Yachts page for full report, scores and photos.
Christmas Cracker - a dozen members came along for our annual festive gathering at Apex on 27th Dec. Tea's, coffee's, soups, cakes plus a mince pie or two were enjoyed by all. < see Photos page
Small Yacht Enduro race this Sunday - the new year starts with our first ever Small Yacht 1 Hour Endurance Race at 11am on Sunday 3rd January. The object of the race is to complete as many laps as possible in one hour, the winner being the skipper with the most laps! This is something completely new to our club.
< see Small Yachts page for the full rules.
IOM Yachts Winter Series - round 4 (27th Dec) scores have been added.
< see yachting (IOM) page. There was a good entry of 14 skippers for this festive round. The wind was a little light for the first few races but it increased after an early coffee break enough so that 13 races could be completed.
Bob Conner won this round with an impressive score of 14 points, Nick Noble (Day Member) was 2nd on 21 with John Stone 3rd on 25.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Ed.
The “Christmas Cracker” is back – we have decided to resurrect our annual xmas holiday gathering at Apex. It is for free sailing (any boat) and will follow directly after the mornings yacht racing on Sunday 27th December from 1pm to 3pm.
It will be a good chance to get out and take in some nice fresh air. Teas, coffees, soups plus a few mince pies will be available lakeside.
December Newsletter out now - < go to Newsletter page to download a copy.
Small Yacht Section (SYS) - the SYS rules have been updated and "tweaked" slightly. These can be viewed/downloaded on the Small Yacht page.
Mini ECO Fast Electric Winter Series - round 2 (13th Dec) scores have been added < see Fast Electric page. There were some good close races before the flat water with it's high drag drained the batteries a bit too soon. Bob Bryant was this rounds winner, his 1st and 2nd places scored him 39 points. Russ Chilcott took 2nd place on 37, ahead of Chris Locke on 33.
IOM Yachts Winter Series - round 3 (13th Dec) scores have been added.
< see yachting (IOM) page. 15 skippers turned up for this round but unfortunately the wind didn’t! It was so calm only a single triangle course was raced but even that was too long for many who had to be scored as “their place on the water”. After a long morning with just 5 long drifting races we called it a day.
Scott Smart managed to drift slightly further than most and won with a score of 6 points, Andy Harding took 2nd place on 7, Brian Hill and Russ Chilcott both scored 9 points, but Brian takes the 3rd spot on countback.
SOLD - the MX14 yacht listed on the For Sale page has now been sold.
By-monthly Club meeting - a reminder it is the clubs by-monthly meeting held at the Ritz Social Club, Burnham-on-Sea tomorrow night (7th Dec) at 7.30pm.
For Sale - RG65 yacht complete with radio and ready to race.
< see For Sale page for details and photos.
IOM Yachts Winter Series - round 2 (29th Nov) scores have been added.
< see yachting (IOM) page. It was very, very windy, but thankfully apart from a light spot of rain it stayed dry all morning. 13 skippers all on their No 2 suits (one did later switch his storm suit) completed 11 races in some pretty tricky conditions.
Bob Conner and Mike Cooke tied for first place on 9 points, but Bob nicked it on a very close countback, both had 3 wins, but Bob had 4 x 2nd places to Mike's 3. John White visiting from the Bideford MBC took 3rd spot on 11pts.
SOLD - the Olympic IOM yacht listed on the For Sale page has been sold..
..and it's gone to another club member.
Welcome aboard - John Stone and Richard Buckley who have both joined the club this weekend. John has taken up IOM Yacht racing again after a very long break away from the sport. Richard is new to the hobby and just purchased a Dragonforce yacht. "Welcome aboard" to you both. ED
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 1 (15th Nov) scores have been added. < see Yachting (IOM) page. There was good entry with 16 boats and a pretty strong breeze meant we could complete 12 races.
Well done to Nigel Clarke who won this round scoring 13 points just a single point ahead of Bob Conner on 14. John Stone who has rejoined our club after a very long time away, looks like he's lost none of his IOM racing skills finishing in 3rd spot on 19pts.
Also sailing with us for the first time on a Day Membership was Chris Bishop who picked up 4th place on 20pts.
I’m very sorry to report that after a short illness Mike Hounsell passed away last week.
He was once a regular in our club, a good yachting skipper and a Vice President of the MYA. Though he has not been a member of our club for a while, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. I’m sure you will join me in offering his family our deepest condolences at this sad time.
Mike's funeral will be held at Weymouth Crematorium on Friday 20th November at 1.45pm and afterwards at the Kings Arms in Portesham.
If you would like to attend, you would be most welcome, please contact Mike’s daughter Sarah on 07773 451415
SOLD - the Dragonforce yacht listed on the For Sale has been sold.
Welcome aboard - Steve Coles and Brian Mills. Both have recently joined our club, are new to model boating and have aquired a small class yacht. Steve has a Dragonforce and is also borrowing the clubs "loan" IOM yacht for a few rounds (he is very brave!). Brian has just purchased a Surmount yacht which he is yet to sail. "Welcome aboard " to you both. ED.
Small Yacht mini-series - the third and final round held last Sunday (8th Nov) report, scores and a few photos have been added. < see Small Yachts page.
Just for once we had plenty of wind! 10 skippers, 12 races and a very pleasent mornings was had by all.
Congratulations to the first ever mini-series winners;
Kevin Roberts - Ready to Run class
Daron Maynard - Modified class
A good read for anyone new to RC yachting - a book called MMI Radio Controlled Racing Sailboats which can be purchased through http://gb.trapletshop.com/radio-controlled-racing-sailboats.
This book comes highly recommended as it is very informative on Race Yachts with beginner set up and information, especially useful for any new sailors.
For Sale - ready to sail/race Olympic IOM and Dragonforce yachts.
See < For Sale page for more info and photos
IOM Yacht Dickie Bird Trophy - scores, report and a few photos of the Dickie Bird Trophy held on 2nd November have been added. < see Yachting page. The were fairly light winds all day but the 7 skippers still managed to complete 14 races.
Nigel Clarke won easily scoring just 9 points, with Ron Lee 2nd on 20pts and Scott Smart 3rd on 22.
Congratulations to Nigel Clarke winner of the
2015 Dickie Bird "Starboard" Trophy
For Sale - Bob Conners (No 14) yellow IOM yacht. Just relisted (as I removed it in error, Ed.) Price reduced to £800 < see FOR SALE page for details
October Newsletter out now - see < Newsletters page to download a copy.
Winter Series 2015/16 - boating dates from November through to the end of March are now on the < 2015 Calendar page. New for this winter (3rd Jan) is a 1 hour endurance for small yachts! Also a few small yacht racing rounds, as well as the usual IOM Yacht Winter Series (9 rounds) and the FE Mini ECO racing series (5 rounds). Plus once a month free sailing for any RC models.
IOM Yacht racing Summer Series - round 6 (18th Oct) scores have been added < see Yachting page. No much wind (again!) to start with but it did increase very slightly after the coffee break so the 14 skippers manage to complete 7 races. Nigel Clarke was this rounds winner (again!) scoring just 6 points, with Richard Aucott 2nd on 15 and Ron Lee 3rd on 17 points.
This was the final round in the series and Nigel's win at this round also gave him the perfect score (4 from 6 rounds) of 100 points.
Congratulations to Nigel Clarke for winning the
2015 IOM Yacht Summer Series
Small Yacht series - round 2 (11th Oct) of the mini series was held this morning in very light winds, again! 8 skippers took part and completed 7 races. Daron Maynard made it two in a row winning this round with his Dragonforce, but he had some real competition this time especially from Rod Butler with a newly acquired Jif 65 boat.
The third and final round of the mini-series is on Sunday 8th November.
AGM reminder - held at the Ritz Social Club Burnham-on-Sea tomorrow night 5th October starting at 7.30pm.
IOM Yacht racing Summer Series - round 5 (4th Oct) scores have been added < see Yachting page. 13 skippers entered but once again we had only very light breeze so just 7 races were run. Nigel Clarke was this rounds winner scoring 5 points, Andy Harding finished in 2nd place on 8 with Alan Chidgey close behind in 3rd on 9.
Congratulations to Colin Bileby who finally broke his duck and won a race which he did by quite a margin well ahead of the rest of the fleet!
SOLD! - all the boats mentioned below were sold within hours of being listed!
For Sale - just added 3 yachts and 3 scale models all for sale by the same Seller. All are complete and almost ready to sail, most require only TX, RX and battery and all are built to a high standard
< see For Sale page for details and photos
Small Yacht series - round 1 of the new SYS mini series was held on Sun 27th Sept, a report has been added. See Yachts (small)/SYS mini series page.
IOM Yacht racing Summer Series - round 4 (20th Sept) scores have been added < see Yachting page. 13 skippers but with only a very light breeze 7 races could be run. Scott Smart was this rounds winner on a score of 7 points, Nigel Clarke was 2nd on 9 with Alan Chidgey 3rd on 18.
Wet n Dry Race - it was a very successful event on a perfect late summers day, plus we were joined by many visitors from the Unity Farm Modellers festival.
Photos of the race are on < Wet n Dry Race 2015 page, photos of the other free sailing boats are on < Photos 2015 page.
There were 6 entries for this years race, our Club Chairman Malcolm Franks won the race ahead of John Bayliss (Shepton Mallet MBC) with our Club Vice Chairman Chris Locke coming in 3rd after he missed the start due to a smoking speedo!
Well done to Malcolm Franks on winning the Wet n Dry Race 2015
Small Yachts - the last "tinker and informal regatta" for the new small yacht section was held on Friday night 11th Sept. Report and photos have been added < see Yachts (small) page.
The "point scoring" SYS Sprint Series is coming soon, held over 3 Sunday mornings 10am to 1pm on; 27th September, 11th October and 8th November
IOM Yacht racing Summer Series - round 3 (6th Sept) scores have been added < see Yachting page. 14 skippers enjoyed perfect sailing conditions. It was very close between the top 3 but Nigel Clarke just nicked it scoring 15 points, Russ Chilcott was 2nd on 16pts and Andy Harding 3rd on 17.
IOM Yacht racing Weds night series - round 7 (26th Aug) scores have been added and the overall points table updated. 12 skippers completed 8 races before the sunset on an almost perfect night for the final round in the series. Bob Conner was the nights winner scoring just 8 points, ahead of Mike Cooper on 10 and Nigel Clarke on 16.
Bob's win at this round was also enough for him to secure first place in the overall series with a total of 123 points. Nigel Clarke finished 2nd on 119 with
Scott Smart 3rd on 116.
Congratulations to Bob Conner for winning the IOM Yacht racing
Weds night series 2015
New launch area at Apex - thanks to the work of the Sedgemoor District Council Parks & Open Spaces services we now have a nice new launch area in the left hand corner of the lake. This was used for the first time at the IOM Weds night meeting on 26th Aug and made launching the yacht much easier with no one getting their feet wet!
August Newsletter out now - see < Newsletters page to download a copy. Make sure you have plenty of paper in the printer as it is 7 pages!
FE Weds night series - round 7 (19th Aug) scores and report has been added.
< see Fast Electric pages.
For Sale - IOM Yachts, Rupert Preston is selling his No 47 pink yacht and Bob Conner his yellow No 14 yacht. < see For Sale page for details and photos
Club Fleeces & polo-shirts - we are taking orders for fleeces and polo-shirts with the clubs logo embroidered on them. Click here for more info and prices
Scale Challenge series - round 6 (12th Aug) scores and report has been added and the final overall points table updated. < see Scale page
Striaght Run and Predicted Log competitions were run onthe night. The Straight Run had a 3 way tie with Bob Bryant, Russ Chilcott and Mark Sutton all scoring 10 points.
The Predicted Log was also a tie, this time between Bob B and Darren Maynard who both ran the exact same time difference of 0 seconds!
The two wins on the night was enough for Bob to win the overall series on a score of 138 points. 2nd place went to Russ on 133, with Rob Arlett 3rd on 108 ahead of Malcolm Franks 4th on 105.
Congratulations to Bob Bryant the 2015 Scale Challenge Series winner
Welcome Aboard - to Tony Jay who has just joined the club. He has many RC interests including a few very quick FE boats, he has also just ordered a Dragonforce yacht. Welcome aboard Tony.
IOM Yacht Summer Series - round 2 (2nd Aug) scores have been added.
< see Yachting pages. There was another good entry with 16 skippers enjoying a nice sunny morning and a pretty decent breeze coming up from the south. 9 races were completed by our cut-off time of 12.45pm. Nigel Clark won with a score of 10, Andy Harding was 2nd on 14 and Richard Aucott 3rd on 16.
Fast Electric Weds night series - round 5 (29th July) scores and report have been added. < see Fast Electric page
It was yet another very windy night with choppy waters. Russ Chilcott's boat liked the conditions and he won this round with Bob Bryant 2nd and Malcolm Franks taking 3rd spot.
SOLD - Kevin Roberts IOM yacht has been sold.
Scale Challenge - round 5 the Payload Race (22nd July) meeting scores, report and photos have been added. < see Scale/2015 scores page.
There was a good entry of 8 boats for 1 hour endurance race. Malcolm Franks was the winner scoring 45 laps, just ahead of Bob Bryant on 44, Russ Chilcott 43 and Mark Sutton on 42 laps.
Wet, wet, wet - the second meeting for the Small Yacht section was held on a very damp Friday evening on 24th July. 4 skippers braved the conditions, report and photos have been added < see Yachts (small) / 2015 meeetings page
Photos added - a selection of new models seen on the water at Apex recently
< see Photos 2015 page
Small yacht meeting Friday 24th July - if you have a distance to travel, or you are unsure about coming due to the very wet weather forecast please phone me on my mobile number at around 6:00pm, I can them report what the weather is doing Kevin; 07880 923479
For Sale IOM Yacht - just added Kevin Robert's old No15 IOM Yacht.
< see For Sale page for info and photos
IOM Les Watts Shield - the days scores, report and photos have been added (click here to shortcut). 7 skippers competed for the Shield over 17 long races from 10am until 3.30pm. Richard Aucott was pushed all the way by Nigel Clark over the last 7 races but it was Richard who won it with a score of 17 points. Nigel had to settle for 2nd place on 19. Scott Smart 3rd (28) just 1 point back was Rupert Preston in 4th (29).
IOM Summer Series - round 1 (19th July) scores have been added. There were 15 entries for the opening round of the Summer Series. A sudden 90 degree wind shift made for an "interesting" first few races!
Scott Smart was back to his best, he won this round on 13 points, just 1 point back was Nigel Clark on 14, Russ Chilcott nicked 3rd place on countback from Richard Aucott both on 18pts.
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July Newsletter out now - see Newsletters page to download a copy.
Welcome aboard - to Richard Harris who has recently joined our club. He has a 40” long Mobile Marine Models tug which he’s been building on and off over the last 10 years.
Titanic sails again! - a 6ft long model of the Titanic was on its maiden voyage sailing on our lake today (15th July) Its builder Gerry Churchill was trying it out on open water for the very first time and it sailed beautifully right along its waterline. < see Photos/Photos 2015 page.
IOM Yacht Weds night series - round 5 (15th July) scores have been added plus the overall points standings. < see Yachting pages.
A very light SW breeze slightly increased so a total of 8 races could be run before it then dropped away towards dusk. 10 skippers took part with 6 different race winners on the night. Russ Chilcott won overall with a score of 10pts just ahead of Ron Lee on 11 and Nigel Clarke on 12.
For the overall series Nigel has now moved up to tie with Bob Conner in first place both on 96pts (after a round discard). Close behind them is Rupert Preston on 93 and Scott Smart on 92. There are 2 rounds to go so any of these four could win the series.
SOLD - the IOM yacht listed on the For Sale page has now been sold.
Scale Challenge series - round 4 (1st July) scores and report have been added < see Scale pages. A steering course with 11 obstacles was set out for the 10 entries. Russ Chilcott won on the night scoring 39 points, Rob Arlett was 2nd on 36 and Bob Bryant 3rd on 34.
For the series overall Russ and Bob are now tied in 1st place on 117 points. There is now just 2 rounds left in the series.
Small Yacht Section - the first meeting for the Small Yacht section was held last Sunday 5th July...and wow, what a great start! There were 10 entries on the day plus quite a few more to follow. A full report and photos can be found on the new Small Yacht Section pages < see Yachts (small) on menu bar.
There are 3 more meetings all at Apex on;
Friday 24th July 7pm to dusk
Sunday 16th August 10am to 1pm
Friday 11th September 7pm to dusk
IOM yacht for sale - just put a IOM yacht on the For Sale page.
Fishing event, keep clear! - please do not sail on the Apex Lake on Tuesday 14th July as there is a fishing event on that day. They have permission to use the first lake (boating lake) for this "one-off" event.
IOM Yacht Spring Series - 6th & final round (28th June) scores have been added and also the final overall points standing. < see Yachts page.
It was a bit of a damp start but it dried up and the wind increased to make for some good close races with 6 different winners from the 10 races completed.
Rupert Preston was this rounds winner on 13pts, Scott Smart finished 2nd on 15 just ahead of Andy Anderson on 16.
Ruperts also wins the Spring Series overall scoring 78pts. Andy Anderson and Alan Chidgey tied for runners up spot both on 123 but Andy nicks 2nd place on countback.
Congratulations to Rupert winner of the IOM Yacht Spring Series 2015
Fast Electric Weds night series - round 4 (17th June) scores and report have been added. < see Fast Electric page
A reminder the 6th and final round of the IOM Yacht Spring Series is on this Sunday 28th June.
IOM Yacht Weds night series - round 4 (24th June) scores have been added plus the overall points standings. < see Yachting pages.
There were 8 enteries and a decent breeze which was enough to complete 9 races before the sunset. Nigel Clarke won scoring 12pts just ahead of Rupert Preston on 13 with Bob Conner a little way back in 3rd place on 21.
Invite to sail small yachts at Woodspring next Sunday - we have been invited to take part in SYFRC event at Woodsprings on the 28th June. A couple of members are taking part, if you have a small yacht why not pop along and join them? SYFRC have 2 Victoria yachts which you can hire for the day (at £2 each) so if you feel like giving it a go then contact Kevin Roberts and he will book a Victoria for you if they are still available.
Kevin's email; email@example.com
Small Yacht Section is born!
Kevin Roberts has had a very good response to his idea to set up a Small Yacht section in our club, it has been so good the new section is now going ahead!
See Small Yacht page (on Yachting page) for more details and the rules, but don’t panic, they are really very simple and mainly there to make it clear what we (SMBC) define as a Small Yacht and is suitable for this section. The sailing rules are also short and simple and there as a guide only, the sailing/racing will be all very relaxed, if you like competitive yacht racing then please look to our clubs IOM Yacht series – this section is not for you!
IOM Yacht Spring series - round 5 (14th June) scores have been added and also the current overall table. <see Yachting page.
We had very light NW winds which slowly increased by late morning. Nigel Clark won scoring 7 points, with Richard Aucott nicking 2nd place (9) ahead of Mike Cooper (10). A few photos have been added < see Photos 2015 page.
For the overall points table Rupert Preston holds onto the series lead on 65pts,
Nigel is 2nd on 81 and Richard close behind in 3rd place on 83. There is now just one round left in this series on 28th June and one of these three WILL be the 2015 series winner.
Tug Towing night - scores and photos have been added < see Scale pages.
We had a perfect evening (10th June) for the Tug Towing event. Names were drawn from a hat to decide the running order and who was paired with who. Malcolm Franks and Daron Mayard went frist and scored 15 penalty points, this turnout to be a winning score! Chris Locke and Rod Butler were 2nd scoring 18, a single missed buoy cost them a chance to win. 3rd place went to Mark Sutton and Keith Petrie on 23 points.
June Newsletter - is out now, see Newsletters page to download your copy
IOM Yacht Weds night series - round 3 (3d June) scores have been added.
< see Yachting pages. 12 skippers enjoyed pretty good conditions for yacht racing, 9 races were completed before it got a little too dark. Nigel Clarke won with a decent score of 11pts ahead of Scott Smart in 2nd (13). Bob Conner missed 2 races while fixing a rudder problem but still managed to nicked 3rd place (21pts).
Match Racing - the scores for the IOM Yacht Match Racing event held on Sunday 31st May has been added. < see yachting page. The format on the day work very well with all the skippers getting through their races by 1pm. Richard Aucott won with 12pts, with Scott Smart, Nigel Clarke and Ron Lee all tied in 2nd place on 13pts.
The next Match Racing event is on Sunday 23rd August.
Welcome Aboard - Bob Thorne who has recently joined our club, he is taking up IOM yacht racing for the very first time and has just acquired a yacht.
Fast Electric Weds night series - round 3 (27th May) scores and report has been added. See fast Electric page. There was a hat trick of wins on the night for Russ Chilcott. Chris Locke took 2nd spot ahead of Bob Bryant.
Scale Challenge - round 3 the Payload race (20th May) scores and report has been added. < see Scale page. Bob Bryant won the 1 hour long race in the very last few seconds of the race beating Malcolm Franks by just a few metres! Keith Petrie finished in 3rd place just half a lap back as his battery died just 45 seconds from the end!
IOM yacht Spring Series - round 4 (17th May) scores have been added. See Yachting page. The light wind meant the 13 skippers could complete just 8 races. The top three were exactly the same as the previous round! Richard Aucott in 1st place (8pts), Nigel Clarke 2nd (9) and Rupert Preston 3rd (11).
New model shop in Plymouth - a new model shop "RC Everything" has just opened at 90 Wilton Street, Plymouth. PL1 5LT.
The owner is Ray Lee (former SWAMBC FE Secretary) Tel; 01752 249612 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rceverythingplymouth
Wednesday night series updates - Round 2 scores for Scale Challenge (29th April), Mini ECO FE racing (6th May) and IOM yacht racing (13th May) have all been added.
SYFRC yacht racing this Sunday - a reminder this Sunday 10th May we are hosting the 3rd round for Small Yacht Friendly Racing Club (SYFRC) series at Apex. This for any type of RC Yacht under 1 metre in length such as Victoria’s (stock & unrestricted) Fiesta’s, Micro Magic’s, Dragon Force 65 etc. For more details see their website; http://sportyacht65.wix.com/syfrc
IOM yacht Spring Series - round 3 (26th April) scores have been added. See Yachting page. there was a good entry with 15 yachts and 12 races. Richard Aucott finished in 1st place (12pts) with Nigel Clarke nicking 2nd place ahead of Rupert Preston (both on 15) on countback.
IOM Yacht Weds night series - round 1 (22nd April) scores has been added. See Yachting page
Fast Electric Weds night series - round 1 (15th April) scores and report has been added. See fast Electric page
South West Model & Hobby Show 2015 - a reminder this fantastic show held at the bath & west Showground is now just a few weeks away on Sat & Sun 2nd & 3rd May. See their website for more details; http://www.swmee.co.uk
IOM Yacht Spring Series - round 2 (12th April) scores have been added. 13 skippers took part in a pretty breezy mornings racing. The strong winds meant we managed to get through 12 races. Andy Anderson was the winner on 17pts, just 1 ahead of Scott Smart (18) with Rupert Preston 3rd on 20.
In race 10 Daron Maynard finally broke his duck and won a race beating Scott back to the finish line on the final leg.
Scale Challenge - round 1 (8th April) was a Predicted Log event, scores, report and photos have been added, see Scale page. Bob Bryant was the nights winner with a difference of just 2 seconds, tied for 2nd places on 4 seconds were Daron Maynard and Rob Arlett.
Ritz Social Club Meeting moves - A reminder our next by-monthly Club night meeting at the Ritz Social Club is on Monday 13th April as the first Monday in the month clashes with Easter Bank Holiday this time. The meeting will start at 7.30pm. We will be discussing a proposed change to our club IOM Yacht overall scoring system.
Wednesday meetings are go! - Believe-it-or-not our Wednesday “Summer” meetings start next week! The first one on 8th April includes our first free sail in the afternoon 3.30pm to 5.30pm for any models, just come along “plonk it in the water and wiggle the sticks”!
In the evening from 7pm it is round 1 of the Scale Challenge Series, I would image we will be keeping it simple with a Predicted Log or Straight Run event as we won’t have much daylight to play with.
Free sail for Yachts on Sunday 29th March has been cancelled - a reminder this Sunday's free sail meeting has been cancelled as the Burnham BMX club has a south west district meeting on the same date...and the car park will be packed!
Ian Gibson - a reminder there will be a celebration of Ian’s life on Friday 24th April 1.00pm to 4.00pm at the Winscombe Cricket Club, The Lynch, Winscombe, BS25 1AP. If you would like to attend could you let me know by this Tuesday 24th March so I can let Sandra know the numbers coming from our club.
IOM Yacht Alice Trophy 2015 - the scores, a report plus a few photos have been added < see Yachting / Alice Trophy page.
6 skippers stayed on yesterday (15th March) to race for the trophy, most of the others having to leave lunchtime as it was Mothers Day! In total we completed a massive 21 races, Richard Aucott won most of the morning races while Nigel Clarke won most of the afternoon ones. In the end Nigel just nicked it scoing 25 points, with Richard 2nd (22) and Rupert Preston 3rd on 29.
IOM Yacht Spring Series - round 1 (15th March) scores have been added.
< see Yachting pages. It was pretty darn cold but we had a decent North East breeze and a good entry of 15 skippers. We got through 10 races, Richard Aucott was in unstoppable form winning many of them he was the mornings winner scoring just 8 points. Rupert Preston and Nigel Clarke tied on 12 pts, but Rupert takes 2nd spot on countback.
Newsletter out now - March Newsletter has just been added (all 6 pages!)
< see Newsletter page to download/view.
IOM Yacht Winter Series - the final overall points standings for the IOM Yacht Winter Series 2014/15 has been added
< see Yachting page for full results.
It was good to see Chris Grave winning the overall series especially as it was to be one of his last racing as a Sedgemoor member. The 2013/14 winner Bob Conner had closed the gap to Chris over the last few rounds but had to settle for the runners-up spot this time, while Nigel Clarke took 3rd place.
Celebration of Ian's Life - Ian's funeral was for family members only, but there will be a celebration of Ian’s life on Friday 24th April 1.00pm to 4.00pm at Winscombe Cricket Club, The Lynch, Winscombe BS25 1AP.
Please could you let me know by 24th March if you would like to attend so they have an idea of the numbers coming from our club.
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 9 (1st Mar) meeting scores have been added, < see Yachting pages. We had 17 skippers out racing for the 9th and final round of the Winter Series. Once again we were really lucky with the weather as it stayed dry all morning, but with a strong south west breeze.
Bob Conner was in top form winning 5 of the races, he easily won this round with a score of just 7 points. Chris Graves took 2nd spot (11pts) ahead of Nigel Clarke 3rd (14).
The final points standing for the overall series will be added soon - once Alan C has done all the maths!
GONE - the two yachts listed below have both gone to a new home.
A class & 10 Rater yachts GOING FREE to a good home - the club has been donated two large "vintage" yachts, which are going free to a good home. They are currently not RC but could be converted with some work.
See < For Sale page for full details and photos.
MYA IOM Winter Series - our club hosted the 3rd and final round of the series on 22nd Feb, the days scores, a report and some photos have been added.
Click here to shortcut to the page.
It was very, very wet and fairly windy, only 6 of the 14 that started made it to the final race! Simon Clarke won with a score of 23 points, Mark Pressdee nicked 2nd place on countback from Bob Conner both on 32.
I have some very sad news I’m afraid – our friend and former Club Secretary Ian Gibson died peacefully this morning (21st Feb).
As many of you know Ian was diagnosed with terminal cancer only last summer, though over recent months he had bravely come to terms with his situation, it is still very sad news.
Our thoughts are with Sandra his wife and his family.
Details of the funeral will be posted here soom.
MYA IOM Yacht Winter Series - a reminder our club is hosting the 3rd and final round of this series this Sunday 22nd Feb. For this one only you do not
have to be an MYA member or have a current measurement certificate. This
is an “all day” event 10am – 3pm (approx.) and there will be a small entry fee
to pay for prizes. We will be supplying hot teas, coffees and soups on the
day. If you would like to enter or can help out on the day please contact Scott ASAP; Tel; 01934 842081 or Email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Fast Electric Winter Series - round 5 (15th Feb) meeting scores have been added, see Fast Electric pages. This was the final round of the Winter Series and it came right down to the very last race to decide the series winner - which I won! Russ ED.
IOM yacht Winter Series - round 8 (15th Feb) meeting scores have been added, plus a few photos see Yachting pages. We set a new club record this time with 20 skippers entering a boat. Even with 5 off the water each race we still had a massive fleet of 15 left racing! Unfortunately there was very little wind, but we did just manage to complete 7 "drifting" races.
Richard Aucott and Nigel Clarke tied for first place both scoring 9pts with Bob Conner 3rd on 12.
There is now one round left in this series which is on Sunday 1st March.
February Newsletter is out now - see Newsletter page to download a copy.
Welcome Aboard - Ron Frewin, Caroline Hart and Phi Cherry who have all recently joined our club.
Membership renewal - 35 members have already renewed their club membership for this year, thanks very much to one and all. To the rest, a gentle reminder to please renew your membership ASAP as you are currently NOT covered by our Club’s Public Liability Insurance and you cannot enter any club run competitions. A Membership Renewal form can be downloaded from the Contacts page.
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 7 (1st Feb) scores have been added
< see Yachting pages. It was a very cold morning with a strong breeze which by the time of our mid-morning coffee break had forced everyone to switch down to their 2nd suit. The windy conditions caused quite a few retirements so by the last race the field of 15 had reduced to just 9! One skipper Richard Aucott was a little unlucky in his 7th race when a swan flew into his yacht! The swan carried on unhurt but Richard's rigging was damaged and he had to miss the remaining races.
Of those still going Chris Graves and Bob Conner tied for 1st place both on 15 points, with Nigel Clarke in 3rd on 24.
Tuning & Tutorial session this Sunday 1st Feb - a reminder there will be a IOM Yacht "Tuning & Tutorial" session after the morning racing from 1.30 to 3pm. This is a great chance to get some practical help with tuning your boat and/or with the sailing rules.
IOM Yacht Winter Series - a record entry of 19 yachts entering round 6 on 18th January. A few photos have been added (see Photos 2015 page).
Nigel Clarke won this round with a score of 12, in joint 2nd places on 19 pts were Bob Conner and Richard Aucott, see Yachting page for the full score sheet.
Mini ECO Fast Electric Winter Series - round 4 (18th Jan) scores have been added. Chris Locke won this round, Russ Chilcott was 2nd and David Lowther was 3rd.
2015 Club Boating dates - the 2015 boating dates have just been added.
< see 2015 Calendar page for details or to download a copy.
Club Membership renewal due - a reminder the Club Membership is due for renewal on 31st January. A 2015 Membership renewal form can be download -
IOM Yacht Winter Series - WHAT NO WIND! round 5 (4th Jan) scores have been added. 18 skippers turned out for the first meeting of 2015, but the wind did not appear! Despite only racing a shorter triangle course only 5 races could be completed. It was very slow and painful at times, but Mike Cooper drifted along to win with a score of 6 points, 2nd placed was shared between Bob Conner and Richard Aucott both on 16pts.
Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Mini ECO Fast Electric Winter Series - round 3 (21st Dec) scores and report have been added. 6 drivers enjoyed almost pefect conditions for FE racing though the low winter sun reflecting off the water did make it difficuilt at times.
Malcolm Franks had a poor start but came back to win the 2nd race and this round overall scoring 35 points. Chris Locke, Bob Bryant and Russ Chilcott all tied for 2nd place on 34pts each!
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 4 (21st Dec) scores have been added see Yachting page. It was a perfect day for the final meeting of 2014 with a decent SW breeze. There was another good turnout with 17 entering and this time all of them were still going by the end!
Bob Conner was the winner of this round scoring 11 points, closely followed in 2nd place by Chris Graves on 13 and Mike Cooper 3rd on 14.
Final meeting of 2014 - a reminder that tomorrow Sunday 21st Dec is our final meeting at Apex for this year. We have IOM yacht racing (Rd4) in the morning and then FE racing (Rd3) plus free sail for any boats in the afternoon.
oops, forgot to add these scores last week...
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 3 (7th Dec) scores have been added. See Yachting page. This time we had a little too much wind (typical), before we started race 1 the 18 yachts became 17! As the morning went on more dropped out mostly with problems due directly to the strong gusting winds. We finished with the last few races with just 11 still going!
Despite the tough conditions it was very close at the top with Nigel Clarke winning on 16 points, Bob Conner 2nd on 17 and Richard Aucott 3rd on 19.
Dog attack at Apex - this from Burnham-on-Sea.com website. "Police have said this week that a dog that attacked a teenager (29th Nov) at Apex Park, leaving her with nasty injuries is to be destroyed." For more on this see BoS website;
New launch area - Sedgemoor District Council have been busy at Apex recently. The old very slippery wooden platform has gone and has been replaced with a solid hard-core base which is covered in a few inches of wood clippings. The water’s edge is supported by a line of concrete filled sand bags. The whole area has been extended and is now much wider and almost level with the pathway which should make it much easier and safer when carrying the boats back and forth.
A big thank you to the Council who have done pretty much everything we could have asked of them, apart from building us a lakeside clubhouse with a bar – they didn’t go for that idea!
December Newsletter is out now - see Newsletter page to download a copy.
Dog attack at Apex - please keep a look-out when at lake. Burnham-on-Sea.com have reported a 17 year old girl and her dog were injured after being attacked by a dog at the Apex Park on Saturday 29th November. The dog is white and thought to be a Bull Mastiff, its owner did not have the dog on a led and was quick to disappear after the incident! Both the girl and her dog sustained nasty injuries. Park users have been asked to report any further incidents to Sedgemoor District Council Dog Warden on 01278 435210 or the Police on 101.
Monday night meeting - a reminder our next Monday night meeting at the Ritz Social Club Burnham-on-Sea is on this coming Monday 1st December at 7.30pm.
Mini ECO FE Winter Series - round 2 (23rd Nov) scores have been added. See Fast Electric page. Chris Locke won both races, scoring the maximum 42 points he now leads the overall series.
Welcome Aboard - to Ron and Caroline who have just joined our club. Ron was sailing a IOM yacht for the very first time yesterday and this was in one of the biggest fleets ever seen on Apex – despite this, I think he enjoyed the experience!
IOM Yacht Winter Series - round 2 (23rd Nov) scores have been added. See Yachting page. Not quite enough wind, but plenty of skippers - a record 18 entered this round!
It was very busy especially on the start line, the light winds and big fleet meant we only managed to complete 6 races. Chris Graves was the mornings winner scoring 8pts, Rupert Preston was 2nd (10) just ahead of Bob Conner in 3rd (11).
Racing finished slightly early than usual so most got home in time to watch "our man" Lewis win the F1 title!
Please do not use the wooden launch platform on the right hand side at the lake. It is unsafe and sinking into the water. Sedgemoor District Council are working hard to see how it can be replaired but for the meantime it is not safe to use.
Bring your wellies! The water level is fairly high again, so we recommend you bring your wellies especially if you have a yacht or larger boat.
Alice Trophy - scores, report plus a few photos have been added.
< see Yachting page/Alice Trophy 2014. Congratulations to Nigel Clarke who won the Trophy despite the attentions of a seagull! See report.
Alice Trophy this Sunday - a reminder this Sunday 9th November is an all day IOM yacht race meeting for the Alice Trophy. Racing starts 10am, last race will be run by 2.45pm.
IOM Yacht racing Winter Series - round 1 (26th Oct) scores have been added. See < Yachting page. Plus, thanks to Anna Preston a few photos. See < Photos page.
There was a good turnout for round 1 with 16 skippers enjoying a decent breeze throughout the mornings 10 races. Chris Graves was again the one beat, he won this round scoring just 7 points, but close behind him was Scott Smart (8). Mike Cooper was 3rd (16) a good result as he had to go early and missed the last 3 races!
Les Watts button added - Opps, I forgot to put a link button to the Les Watts Shield page. Done it now, see Yachting page. Thanks to Nigel C for spotting. Ed.
Mini ECO Fast Electirc Winter Series - round 1 (26th Oct) scores and report have been added. See Fast Electric pages. There was perfect conditions for FE racing Russ Chilcott had a good start to the series winning both races (42pts), Bob Bryant was 2nd (34) with Chris Locke 3rd on 32. There is a long way to go with 4 more rounds 2 running into next year!
Winter Series dates - the full Winter Series dates for IOM yachts, Mini ECO Fast Electric racing and free sail meetings has been added.
See < Winter meetings page for details
October Newsletter out now - the newsletter is out now. See Newsletter page to download a copy.
IOM Les Watts Shield - scores and report of this one day IOM Yacht racing event held on 19th Oct have been added. See Yachting page. Chris Graves was in unstoppable form winning most of the day's races. He finished on just 10 points easily taking the Les Watts Shield. The 2014 winner Richard Aucott finished in 2nd place (24) and Russ Chilcott was 3rd (27).
IOM yacht racing Summer Series - round 5 (21st Sept) meeting scores have been added. This was the 5th and final round of the series and there was a huge turnout with 17 skippers entering! Bob Conner won with a score of 12 ahead of Nigel Clarke (17) and Scott Smart (18).
Richard Aucott has won the overall series scoring 73 points, with Bob Conner 2nd (122) and Russ Chilcott just nicking 3rd place (141) by a single point ahead of Ron Lee (142).
Congratulations to Richard who retains the Summer Series Trophy
IOM yacht Match Racing – unfortunately today’s Match Racing event had to be cancelled due to the lack of wind. With 10 entries we would have had to run 90 races and it would have run into Monday morning! Instead we ran normal fleet races, Nigel Clarke was 1st on 10 points, Bob Conner 2nd on 13 and Richard Aucott was 3rd on 20.
Wet n Dry Race 2014 - a few photos of the day (31st Aug) have been added.
IOM Yacht Weds night series - round 7 (3rd Sept) scores plus the final overall points standings have been added. 8 skippers turned up but unfortunately the wind didn’t and we managed just 3 races! Nigel Clarke “drifted” his way to 2 race wins stretching his led in the overall series, ahead of Scott Smart and Russ Chilcott
Nigel has been by far the most constant at all rounds this year and wins 2014 Weds series – congratulations to him on his first series win.
IOM Yacht racing Summer Series - round 4 (31st Aug) scores have just been added. It was a perfect summers morning with a decent breeze and a fairly good entry of 13 boats. Thankfully it was nice and warm as Rupert Preston lost his footing and fell into the lake! Rupert plus his transmitter have since dried out and both are ok.
Back to the racing - Richard Aucott was once again on top form winnng 4 races and easily won this round with a score of 8 points, Scott Smart was 2nd on 12 ahead of Chris Grave’s on 16.
The 5th and final round of the series is on 21st Sept.
WET N DRY RACE this Sunday - a reminder it is our Wet n Dry race this Sunday 31st August starting at 2pm.
< see Wet n Dry race 2014 (blue button) for details
IOM yacht Weds series - round 6 (27th Aug) meeting scores have been added and the overall points standings updated. We just managed to sqeeze in 8 races for the 9 skippers before the thick clouds made it dark earlier than it should have been! Nigel Clarke was the nights winner on 6 points, just ahead of Rupert Preston (8) and Russ Chilcott (11).
A reminder there is another extra round next Weds night 3rd Sept to replace the one cancelled earlier in the series.
Scale Challenge - round 6 (13th Aug) scores and the final overall points table has been added. See Scale pages for the meeting scores and a full report.
This was the 6th and final round of the 2014 series. Due to the strong winds on the night it was decided to run a Predicted Log and Range Test. Rob Arlett won the Range Test with an impressive penalty score of just 1 point. Bob Bryant won the Predicted Log with a time difference of just 0.08 seconds.
It turned out this was enough for Bob to snatch the overall series win from Russ Chilcott by a single point!
Congratulations to Bob Bryant the 2014 Scale Challenge winner.
Fast Electric series - round 7 (20th Aug) scores, report and overall points table has been added.
Playday 2014 - it was a huge success with estimates of 4500 children entering the park on the day. The club's first attempt at running "have-a-go-boats" worked really well and we reckon about 350 children "had-a-go" with the three wet bikes during the 6 hours we had them going! A BIG THANK YOU to all members who helped out on the day.
< see Playday 2014 page for a full report and photos.
IOM Weds night series - round 5 (6th Aug) scores have been added. 7 skippers got through 9 races, once again we had a fairly decent breeze which stayed with us until dusk. The places could not have been closer between 1st and 2nd and also 3rd and 4th. Rupert Preston and Bob Conner were the ones to catch all evening, in the end they tied both on 11 points but Rupert is awarded first place as he had 3 wins to Bob’s 2. Scott Smart and Ron Lee tied for 3rd place both on 17, but Scott takes the place on count-back.
Fast Electric series - round 6 (30th July) Weds night series scores and report have been added, plus the overall points table. Russ Chilcott had 3 wins on the night which was enough to secure the overall series. Chris Locke finished in 2nd on the night and should now have 2nd place in the series, likewise for Bob Bryant who finished in 3rd place and also now has 3rd place overall. There is just one round to go on 20th Aug.
Scale Challenge Series - round 5 was a Payload Race (23rd July) the results and a report have been add plus the current overall points table. Three boats managed to finish the full hour race, Bob Bryant won just half a lap ahead of Russ Chilcott. Kieth Petire nicked 3rd place passing Malcolm Franks as he stopped in the final few seconds!
IOM Summer Series - round 2 (20th July) scores have been added. It was another lovely summer morning with a pretty decent breeze but we still had the odd "Apex holes" which a few managed to find! Scott Smart had forgot his IOM keel (DOUCH!) so could not sail but he stayed on to assist as Race Officer. His help meant the 13 skippers got through 13 races - thanks Scott.
It was close between Chris Graves, Richard Aucott and Bob Conner, Bob is fast getting to grips with his new boat, but Chris came out on top with a score of 17, with Richard on 21 and Bob on 26.
But as they say - "your only as good as your last race" - and I won that one!