Archived Club Communication
16 Sept 2020
I want to remind everyone about the 3rd Saturday Racing this weekend. Again racing starts at 10 for the Vics, 12:30 for the One Meters and 3 for the DF 65. There are only 3 months left in the season and points are more critical now. Be sure to turn out and enjoy a great day of racing. I understand we may have some new/missing people show up this month, so I am eagerly looking forward to this exciting day.
There is a very important event taking place next week. Dave Ramos of CPM is holding CPM Race Week in Queenstown over on the Eastern Shore. This event is being held all week long for several different types of model boats. This unique event will contest J boats in a Regional Championship, while CR 914s Star 45s and EC 12s will battle for their National Championships. It will truely be a whos who of model boat racing.
I am proud to say that MMYC will be well represented by Walter House, Marc Smith, Jim Latoff and Danny Thomas.
Also proud past MMYC members Scott Todd, Jarle Wathne, and Doug Watring will be competing there as well.
Please wish these guys Good Luck for next week. Of course We also wish our Region 2 Director Dave Branning the best too. Dave is a great guy and has done a lot for this sport/hobby. Dave has sailed with our club several times and helped out at a couple of of MMYCs events.
Since this is a local event, you all should make an effort to drop in and cheer on these guys. It actually is a.great opportunity to watch and learn! I know I am going. You can go to the web site for the event to see the schedule of races and who is participating each day. The link is:
Finally, I want to mention some things to keep in mind for this coming Saturday. There should be several new people there this week, so if you don't know someone, take the initiative and introduce yourself. Remember, you all were new to this once yourself.
The club needs to finish compiling an accurate membership list. To do that, we need filled out membership forms. If you havent filled out yours yet, please do so before racing. If you are a returning member and havent raced yet this year, MMYC has a special going on. Sign up now and MMYC will wave membership dues for all of 2020! A 20 dollar savings! Heck if you cant be there this weekend, download the form and mail it to Walter. You will save 20$!!!!!
Because of increased turnout, there also might be more traffic on the race course. To help with this condition, we will set long courses and a long starting line. However, it is up to every skipper to operate his/her boat safely and avoid hitting other boats. Practice exercising the rules of the road, use common sense about crowding rounding marks. Trust me, you actually will be faster in the long run. Remember, this is a fun hobby, "playing with toy boats"!
The last point I want to stress is that this is a club, and there are no paid positions. We all have to contribute to make the club fun and successful. To that end, please if you can, either help set up in the morning, or assist with the clean up at the end of the day. It makes it so much easier and quicker when more people lend a hand.
If anyone has any other concerns please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and I look forward to seeing all of you (yes, especially you) Saturday!
14th of Sept 2020
It was a fun evening at the Melford practice pond. With a designated start time of 4:30 it was very encouraging to see Tom Walsh and Jim Latoff already there with their boats set up before 4 pm! Tom prepared his new throwable marks, and then the three of us proceeded to use them to set a decent windward-leeward course. After we finished, and before we could get all our boats in the water. Alan Krusinger, Jervis Dorton, and Walter House pulled up. After talking to them, then Danny Thomas pulled up. I knew then it was going to be a good time!
From when we first set the course, the wind lightened a little and presented challenging conditions to keep the boats moving. Danny Thomas in his DF 95 proceeded to show everyone how well he has learned to keep his boat speed up and in keeping his boat moving. Several races were spent again chasing him around the race course. After a few races, Steve Howard dropped in to join the schooling Danny was giving us. Both Walter House in a Vic, and Jervis Dorton in his newly energized home built one meter, also were fairly successful in working though the light air conditions. The balance of us chased them around the course. It was a very educational time as tuning and settings were played with to improve performance. If there are light air conditions this weekend, I assure you , there are several sailors who are prepared for it.
A couple of positive club notes: Past Club member Steve Andre has just purchased the MMYC Odom. He was a longtime MMYC member and a consummate sailor. He intends to have it back in race condition so as to compete with it by October. He drove all the way from Baltimore to pick it up this evening. He also joined us for a couple races.. It was great to see him again.
Speaking of members we haven’t seen in awhile, missing member Tom Phillips dropped in to watch the activities. I guess I shamed him into to coming by with all my emails. It was great to catch up with him too. He also says he might be back out soon. I would be great to see him back on the pond with the rest of us. I have missed him!
Another New member should be showing up this coming Saturday with her new boat. Emily Howard has purchased ODOM 414 and should join the fun. You might remember Emily from a couple months ago, as she was the scorekeeper. When you see her at the pond, please welcome her.
Bart Drummond continues to regularly improve and enhance our web site. There are tuning guides, weather information and a lots of other great stuff to see. Give it a look see.
Finally, The 2020 Capital Cup is approaching. If you sail a DF 65 give thought to participating and defending MMYC’s honor. You can find information at our Web site.
Sept 8th 2020
Message from the Commodore:
Well everyone, there have been some big happenings going on. First off, Google is modifying how they will handle web sites and is forcing a new format on the world. New Web Caretaker Bart Drummond has converted our site to the newest Google generation and has made some improvements along the way. This is still very much a work in progress but click on the website and check it out. We are working on bringing an enhanced format, new pictures and other updates that will give it a fresh look with excitement. As I reported before, we now have a fleet of used boats for sale and they are listed on the Website as well. So, if you know of anyone looking to get into our fun hobby please direct them there. If anyone has any suggestions that they would like to see incorporated in the site, please feel free to share your ideas. This Site's sole purpose is to serve MMYC members and promote the club. Email me any ideas you have.
However, the most exciting thing is, after so many years, MMYC is finally putting on a Regatta! New DragonForce 65 skipper Bart Drummond approached me earlier in the year with an idea to have a fun regatta for the Dragonforce 65 class. His concept was to have an interclub competition. I told him if he wanted to organize it, we would give it a try. Well it is happening! This November MMYC will hold an interclub Dragonforce 65 Regatta, competing for the coveted "Capital Cup"! As it turns out, the DF 65 is even more popular than we thought, as there are 6 clubs (or more) that have expressed interest. For all the information, go to our Website and click on "Capital Cup". The Regatta is free to entrants. So if you don't own a DF 65 this might be enough reason to pick one up and join the group to help defend the honor of MMYC. Check it out! And even if you don't race, you all should plan seriously to come out and cheer on your MMYC fellow members. It promises to be a fun time, so definitely put it on your "To DO" list. DF 65 skippers that want to compete please contact Bart Drummond to sign up.
Thanks, John Ebell
Sept 8th, 2020
Hey everyone! We are holding another practice race/fun sail session at the Melford Pond this coming Monday, 9/14/20, starting at 4:30, or whenever you want to get there. As I have said before, we will be there several hours so feel free to drop in whenever you can. We decided on Monday to make it easier for you Heritage Harbor racers to make it. So come on out!
Fibonacci Fountain at Melford. Address: 16800 Science Dr. Bowie, MD .
Tom Walsh (following Marc Smith's method) has made himself some new throwable race marks. We are very eager to try them out. This is the perfect opportunity to freshen up before our 3rd Saturday race day in September. Or, if you havent sailed yet this year, its a perfect opportunity to brush aside the cob webs, check out your boat, and get everything ready to go. That way you will be fully ready, so you can come to the next race day. Several experienced skippers will also be there, and there is no better way to improve than ask questions and learn from proven winners.
I look forward to seeing you all there. Who knows, a picture of your boat might happen to make its way onto the Web site!
See ya at the practice pond Monday Night!
17 Sept 2020
Hey Everyone! The weather for Saturday is calling for Sunny conditions with temps in the 60s and wind from the N NE 8 to 11 mph. Sounds like perfect model yachting weather. Don't miss this excellent sailing day! Come out and have some fun. Don't forget to try and get there early or stay late to help set up or take down! And most importantly don't forget a mask!
Look forward to seeing everyone Saturday!
22 Sept 2020
This month I wanted to make some improvements to the club to enhance our members experience. Over the past few weeks we have been working on improving Club operations such as the Web Site, increasing club communication, increasing number of club members, creating a club regatta, establishing boats for sale and other club resources. We also worked on improving the club dock, race marks and scoring system clipboard. So this month I was very excited to get to the pond and put these improvements into the works. Well I said I was looking forward to our Sept 19 Race because I knew it was going to be exciting. And Boy was I right.
I was very excited to try out the dock, as I had reinforced it with steel plating, an end support and installed rope handles and launch/retrieval lines. I arrived very early to deal with the six boats I had to bring for people, and then started setting up. To my surprise and delight, at 8 am Tom Walsh arrived to help set up. We proceeded to set the Dock up. It assembled easily, was easier to position, and I am happy to report, now it has no more wobble. Hopefully next time when the pond is at a normal level, we can get a better bottom to rest on.
We then worked on modifying and making several race marks. I am also happy to report we now have 8 race marks to allow us to set the multi start/finish longer courses. All our Race marks now have the Walter House bottom extension and adjustable chain set up to prevent entanglements. It was gratifying to see it work flawlessly, as not one boat hung up on a race mark! Walter really hit a home run with that set up! I do want to acknowledge as we were almost finished, several people did arrive early to help, but we had just about finished. Thank you for coming early, and I hope you can do so next month as well, as I don’t plan to be there as early next month! Finally, I don't know if everyone was aware of it , but we now have a new storage clipboard that holds scoresheets, membership forms and most importantly, extra pens! Hopefully we are now more organized.
Now that we had the course set up and the dock set, all that was left to do was race. Sounds easy right? Well the one thing we can’t set up or improve upon is the Wind. Boy it needed some help! The wind coming out of the North, was puffy and fickle. This led to some of the most difficult racing conditions I have ever experienced at this pond. It placed a premium on boat handling and being in the right place. But I guess anything it is better than a drifter. As I said, due to the wind, racing was quite difficult. Position on the race course and keeping ones boat moving were paramount. While racing finishes varied, Top skippers in the Vic Class, Walter House, Craig Huzway and Tom Walsh faired the best with the conditions. Danny Thomas, Steve Howard, and John Ebell rose to the top of the One meter Class. And Craig Huzway, Danny Thomas and Alan Krusinger persevered in the New Dragon force 65 class. All in all, it was a great day of racing and I think everyone left knowing they had sailed a full day!
A lot of Club activity took place besides racing Saturday.. This month we had a couple new people race with us, several new members join, several old members renew, and even old members drop by. It was amazing! To add to that, incredibly In the Victoria Class we had 15 competitors! I can’t remember ever having that many at a MMYC Race day. There were 12 One Meters and 9 in the DF 65 Class! It was great to see! Visitors Kirt and Victor Zimmerman dropped by from Delmar to race their Vics. It was great to have them join us. I immediately also noticed Covid Prisoner, Craig Huzway showed up for the first time this year. He has been hiding out at Cape Cod! It was also good to see first time returning Vic skippers, Marc Smith, Bob Stuart and Aleso Pesce make it out today. Hope you can attend October and November. In the One Meter Class, newcomer/new ODOM skippe,r Emily Howard put her new #414 on the course today. Emily also was a volunteer score keeper for the Vics and took a lot of pictures for us today. Thank you Emily for your extra help. If anyone knows who the gentleman was who volunteered and kept score for us during the One Meter racing, please let me know. I want to send him a big Thank You too. Also in the One Meter Class, long missing Old Member, Steve Andre rejoined the club and returned with his just purchased ODOM #88. It was great to see Steve back out after such a long break. But the break didn’t slow him down any. Steve went out and won the first One Meter race of the day! Finally, Andy Barron joined the club today and purchased an RG 65 from the club. He also fearlessly competed in his first ever sailboat race with us today in the DF 65 Class. Way to go Andy and Welcome! Finally, word must be getting out about our sailing. During the day, old member and EC 12 skipper Larry Johnson stopped by to say Hi and recount old racing at Lake Kittimagunde. He was quite interested in the DF65. Who knows we might get him to join the fun! As the Day was closing down a gentleman and his daughter walked up and said hi. It took a second and then I recognized his voice. It was Will Wagner! Will was an EC 12 and ODOM skipper when we sailed at Lake Kittimagunde, and had not been by for years. During his absence he and his wife started a family and had two children. It was good meeting his daughter and talking to him . And, it looks like he and his dad might be back soon. We look forward to it!
A few people I was hoping to see didn’t make it. Missing Old Member Tom Phillips, new member Tom Price, and new ODOM skipper Mari Spina missed the fun. Hopefully they can make our next practice or race day.
Finally, I want to thank all those that stayed to clean up. Danny Thomas took on the difficult task of retrieving all 8 marks and everyone else pitched in on putting all the equipment away. It went very fast with so many hands, and all your help was very much appreciated.
Scores are up and there are a few pictures added to the Gallery Section! There are even more pictures and possibly video of this weekend coming, so keep an eye out. Also, people have asked for another practice/fun race day so I will be sending a notice out about that soon as well.
Don't Forget about the Big Regatta over on the Easter Shore this week!
Stay Safe Everyone!
Commodore Message: 12 Oct 2020
Well everyone, there has been a lot of activity since my last message to the Club. There was a week long Regatta on the Eastern Shore for several classes of boats. Congrats to Walter House for taking 3rd Place in the Star 45 National Championship and Danny Thomas for taking 3rd Place.in the EC12 National Championship. Marc Smith also received accolades for the nicest wooden boat in the Star Championship too.
Another RC Sailing series just completed at Heritage Harbor. Their Summer Series concluded for Vics, Seawinds and DF 65. Several MMYC members fared well there too. Alan Krusinger took 2nd in both the DF 65 and Vics, Dick White took 3rd in the DF 65, and Tom Walsh took 3rd in the Seawind Class.
Steve Howard and Tom Walsh put on a Fun Sail at their residences on the Chesapeake bay. While the weather/wind was less than desirable, Alan Kursinget, Walter House and Jervis Dorton showed up. In addition, guest Ara Sahakian stopped by to find out about us and RC sailing. ARA has a Dragon Force and we hope he brings it the 3rd Saturday in October and joins the Dragonforce 65 fleet on the water. Hope to see you then Ara.
There has also been a lot of boat activity during the past month, Dick White has purchased a fast Vic from Marc Smith and, Steve Howard just purchased a hot Vic from Craig Huzway. Looks like the Vic fleet is going to get a lot more competitive. In addition, Bart Drummond purchased an ODOM to replace his One Meter Boat. This way he can compete fairly in the class. Some old timers might remember Maryanne Arnett and her pink boat. Well it was sold several years ago, and through some detective work, we tracked it down to Florida. Just so happens Bart has a residence in Florida and was able to close the deal. He will be debuting the boat with its new "unbelievable" paint job this coming Saturday. I know I am eager to see it.
There are a several more regattas coming up soon. CVMYC is putting on a EC12 regional regatta this coming weekend. NVMYC will be having their annual Pumpkin Regatta for Vics on October 25th. In addition, don't forget about Our Own Capital Cup coming November 7. This is for DF 65 and there is a whole section dedicated to it on a Web Site. Check it out and sign up for it.
We have been working on the Web site and a new mail distribution system. There was a premature unannounced issuance of this system, so if you have signed up for it, you might not get anything through there for another month. I will be sending out information about it when we are ready to start using it. The Web site has lots of new things such as some videos of our races, new pictures, a rules game and rules videos. Bart has been doing a great job, go check out his efforts!
Our next 3rd Saturday Race Day is happening this coming Saturday. The points for the Season Championship are more important then ever. You have to be there to get points! if you haven't been out this year, this is the time of year to sail, the wind is always good and it isn't hot. Make some time and come enjoy this hobby again!
Finally, people have asked for one more practice day before our race day. With that in mind, we will be holding a practice fun race day this coming Wednesday October 14th starting at 4:00 PM. We will be there several hours so drop by whenever you can. Hope to see you there and at the races on Saturday.
12 Oct 2020
Everyone, when I mentioned the coming practice day in my message, I omitted the practice location. It will.be held at the Melford pond. Again the practice is this coming Wednesday starting at 4 pm at the Melford Pond.
Also I would.like to address the club this Saturday. I have a couple things to cover. I was thinking we can gather at the pond this Satuday immediately after the Victorias and before the One Meter class. So if Vic skippers can hang around for a few minutes after racing and One Meter Skippers arrive a few minute earlier, that would be great. See ya all Saturday.
15 Oct 2020
What an incredible time sailing. Mix one beautiful cool comfortable sunny day with a delightful breeze and you have RC sailing nirvanas. That pretty much describes tonight's practice sailing. Tom Walsh, Walter House, Alan Krusinger, Jervis Dorton, Jim Latoff, and myself enjoyed the wonderful sailing at Melford. The wind did tease us a little and come stronger from the far shore, but that put a premium on sailing smart. Like anything too good the breeze was fleeting as the wind wound down as the sun kept gettting lower in the sky. Right after we concluded racing the wind Gods shut off and the pond at Melford turned into a mirror. Beautiful but a real pain in the ass if your boat was in the middle of the pond. (Don't ask)
This Saturday is race day. Be sure to come out and enjoy the fun.
19 Oct 2020
Our October Race day was as challenging as ever. While the wind was up when I first got to the pond, by the time we started racing, the rising temperatures and resulting thermals played havoc with both the direction and strength. We set a long windward-leeward race course and made the best of it. Most of the races for the Victoria class were long one lap races, but we did manage to get in a few long two lap races. Like last month, the longer courses were successful in spreading out the fleet. Staying in the favored wind and protecting a favored side was often the deciding factor in many races. Despite the wind, it was good to see the days racing results were fairly very spread out, with Walter House, Tom Walsh, Jervis Dorton and John Ebell taking bullets(1st place) in the Victoria Class. The wind built a little for the One Meter Class, but it still had it's fickle points and strength. A couple races the direction even changed 180 degrees! Mostly two lap races were run for the One Meters. The results were even more spread out in the ODOM class where Steve Andre, Tom Walsh, Allan Krusinger, John Ebell and Steve Howard took Bullets. It also was heartening to see old #450 Bubbles back. Bart Drummond put an incredible paint job on his new 777 boat. (pic above) I am sure by next month all the kinks in the sail system will be worked out and the boat will be as fast as the paint job. In the Dragon Force 65 class racing, the wind was dropping almost as fast as the setting sun. The class started in a dying wind and it turned on and off many times during the racing. The term "On Golden Pond" or "mirror" kept coming to mind. Never the less, 4 boats competed through all 7 races. I am happy to say that Bullets were taken by Craig Huzway, Allan Kursinger, John Ebell and even rookie Bart Drummond! Congrats to Bart!
It was good to see Ara Sahakian bring his hand made one meter and race with us. Sorry the wind was so strong and damaged your boat. I am sure you can fix it. In addition, Ara raced his Dragon Force 65 with us and did particularly well for his first day of racing. Also, Andy Barron joined us again for his second time racing his 65. He must have been practicing this past month, because he had the boat moving very well. It also was great seeing Emily Howard getting used to her new ODOM 414. I am sure after a few more times out, she will be knocking on the door fighting for Bullets.
While the racing was painfully slow at the end of the day all had a great time. Thanks to the crew that helped me put the equipment away (Bart, Ara and Allan). I think we set a new worlds record of 20 some minutes putting everything away. Its amazing how fast it goes with more hands!
Finally, we also held an unofficial meeting before the One Meter Class. I discussed the upcoming year and that we will need a new Commodore for year 2021, as well as a club secretary and the revived positions of Victoria, One Meter and DF65 Class Coordinators. If you can help out and serve, start thinking about it now, and let me know if you can help with the 2021 year. Oh and don't forget about the Capital Cup coming up November 7th between MMYC and all the other Yacht Clubs. If you don't have a DF 65, you can still come out and help or support the MMYC members sailing. We need all the help we can get from our great members. Information about it is on the web site. Finally, put the 3rd Saturday in November on your schedule. That's the final day and year end positions are on the line! Don't miss it!!
28 Oct 2020
MMYC members this is the time of year similar to Baseball playoffs. The next month's scoring will determine our 2020 champions. So, November's racing day is "Crucial" as Danny Thomas says. Be sure to tune your boats and give it your best. Most importantly attend!!
Speaking of scoring... Octobers results and standings are now posted, so check them out. Since its crunch time and I know there will be questions, I also asked our beloved Scorer Craig Huzway to give us an explanation of the scoring system. His write up is down below.
Finally, I want to remind everyone about the upcoming Capital Cup regatta on November 7. This is a pretty big deal and the reputation of the club is on the line. We could use a hand or two and volunteers are needed. If you can help, come out and support your fellow club members, as we defend MMYCs honor. Bart Drummond is working very hard on this project. He can be reached at email@example.com We already have 22 sailors signed up and a dedicated photographer (Andy B.). Please help us make this a great event!
Oh and one more thing for everyone. Please, please don't let your guard down. Keep practicing social distancing and wear a mask. It is still a requirement at our pond. We want to keep everyone healthy and safe on and off the pond.
From our score keeper Craig;
Well, we are nearing the end of an interesting season. A good many of our regulars decided to stay home because of COVID 19, but another group of new people showed up. I have a feeling that is due to our hard working Commodore John Ebell. Because of that, I wanted to share how our daily scoring and season scoring work for the new people. We schedule 7 races for each class, each race day. Monthly races are posted under the LOW POINT system 1st get 1 point 2nd gets 2 and so on for how many boats sail that day. If you win every race, your total would be 7 points. If 10 boats sailed and you were last every race, your total would be 70 points.
The season total is done under the HIGH POINT system. When you look at the scores for the season everything is reversed, so win all 7 races and you get a score of 70 if 10 boats sailed. Last place in a 10 boat fleet gets 7 points. Our schedule for the year is one day each month, April to November for a total of 9 days. So 9 days, with 7 races comes to a total of 63 races for each class for the year. So, we all know it is very hard to be able to sail that much for "most" people if your not retired. To help even this out, we have throw outs (21 of them) that equals 3 race days that you can miss and still come out closer to that guy who sailed EVERY week because he is throwing out points and you are throwing out zeros for days you missed. This being said, the season only counts your best 42 races. Throw outs are only added at the final tally after the last race. I use a program called Sailwave that does all this automatically for me.
Because the DF65's started so late (Day 5 I believe), you guys and gals wont have the benefit of throwing any races out this year.
So, to review the throw out situation as it stands as of today, The Victoria's are the only class that someone might have a chance to throw out any scores if someone sailed every available race day, 7 out of 9 (if they sail in Nov)
The One meter class already missed 3 days, 2 were cancelled due to COVID and 1 due to weather. That takes care of the 3 day/21 drops.
DF class missed the first 4 days. So you'd better sail fast, as it all counts for you!
The biggest problems for managing the scoring are when people don't sign in on race day, use a different boat/sail number, or I simply cant read the writing on the score sheet.
Questions and comments are always welcome. Please just ask me or John.
November 19th, 2020
Well, there has definitely been a change in the weather. Unlike most of the sailing season here, yesterday we had PLENTY of wind here in Maryland. They say "real sailors look forward to a blow", well Tom Walsh, Ken Szek and I went out at Heritage Harbor to try our DF 65s in the blow. It was fun to tune to the conditions and learn how the little boat handles the conditions. I am happy to report the boat can handle the wind and while we were out of control a few times, we all were using the A rig. A "B" rig would definitely settle things down. However, I don't think we would continue to sail club racing in conditions like those, so unless you are considering doing regattas with the DF 65 I think the A rig is really all most skippers will ever need.
Speaking of DF 65, there is lots of news going on. First, I am happy to report Tom Walsh is now the latest MMYC member to purchase a DF 65 and that brings us to a total of 11 , 65 class owners in our Club. Great progress by a great boat.
Finally, in Big DF65 news, congrats go to our own Bart Drummond, who has been asked and has accepted the position of DF 65 Region 2 Director. Bart has some ideas for the Class for this upcoming year, and one part may be a Region 2 DF Championship to be held by MMYC. Since this size and type of a regatta would require the cooperation and assistance of many members of MMYC, I want to ask the Club for their opinion as far as "yay or nay" . So please respond to my email at JEbell2694@msn.com with your input. I also will take a hand count this month pond side. It would be a great opportunity to hold a high level event at our home pond.
The club over the years has obtained many assets. There has never been a formal record of them and one thing I have been working on is an inventory of our things. After much research, I think I have a complete list. However, there is one thing I can not account for. The club had a trolling motor and Battery. While the Battery I am sure where ever it is, would be junk, I do not know where the clubs trolling motor is. Does anyone know the location of our motor? If anyone knows please let me know by email at JEbell2694@msn.com
This Saturday, November 21 is the last Club Race Day for the Year. Please come finish out an amazing year. It will be a very special day. The individual class champions haven't been settled and this day everything is on the Table. I want to also let everyone know past member Norman Watkins is working on a book about model yacht clubs in Maryland. As part of his research and development, he is taking pictures of all the members of all the Yacht clubs in Maryland. He will be at the pond on Saturday to take a club picture. If you want to be included in the picture, please make sure you are present at 12 noon sharp. The extended forecast is looking like sunny, 64 degrees and winds of 4-5 mph. Should be great sailing weather!
To close out this Commodore's message, I again want to ask for volunteers for next year's Club Commodore position. I can not serve again next year. We need someone new to step forward and take the helm. We already have all other positions staffed for next year, except for he Commodore position and possibly a new position of Membership Director. So the task isn't as daunting as it might appear as you have a great support staff already in place. Please give both positions consideration and get back to me. This club has established itself as one of the best in the four state area because we have great members and volunteers. If we are going to continue this, we all need to do our part. Please volunteer. More great things are awaiting us in 2021!
Look forward to seeing you at the pond Saturday!
November 25th, 2020
Wow, here we are at the end of the sailing season! November 21 was the final race day of the year, it surely went fast! Earlier last week, I spoke to Danny Thomas and we discussed the wind forecast. We both agreed it was going to be brutally light. Unfortunately, we were not wrong! The wind was extremely light for the Victorias, light and building to be manageable for the One Meters, and light and dying for the 65 Class. I couldn’t believe it took almost 30 minutes to complete a one lap race in the Victoria class. Steve Howard can tell you exactly how long it took, but I prefer not to relive it.
Only 5 Victorias came out this month (our smallest attendance this year I believe). I think everyone else heard the weather forecast. As usual, Walter House for the most part showed everyone the way around the race course. The wind was so light at one point, even Walter couldn’t make his boat go! Walter got 4 bullets with Steve Howard, Tim Rulon and John Ebell each notching one.
In the One Meter Class I was lucky enough (I guessed the wind correctly) and got 5 official bullets, with Danny Thomas and Tom Walsh also each notching an official bullet. I use the term official bullet as Walter House who actually took 6 guns, raced his IOM, which is not scored. There were 10 competitors in the One Meter class this month. We also were graced by the attendance of Original Member Norman Watkins and his ODOM #24. It was good to see you out Norm. Please come back again.
We had 5 skippers test their mettle in the 65 Class this month. When we started, there was workable wind, and we went with a long once around course. As the wind died, the courses kept getting shortened, so as to allow us to finish in time. We actually did get in the 7 races (Much to the delight of Bart Drummond. Explanation coming). Danny Thomas, using the MMYC club DF 65, took 3 bullets, I took 3 bullets, and Rookie Bart Drummond solidly took one himself.
Saturday’s complete results for all classes are posted on the website. Be sure to check it out!
While I highlighted the great performances Saturday on the race course, there were several great performances going on off the course. For those of us there, I am sure you saw Walter House and Danny Thomas. Did you see what they were doing when they weren’t racing? They were coaching, helping people set up their boats, helping set up & take down, keeping score and helping call items on the race course. We are really lucky as a club, to have both of them as mentors/resources/etc. I want to thank them for their support this past year. I am sure all of you have been helped by these guys too, so next time you see them, be sure to thank them again!
With November’s race day, we have completed another successful race day and race year, and this is even despite COVID. I am very happy to report that in spite of the virus, club membership is actually up this year. We already have a slate of officers for next year, so I know once COVID is worked around and we start returning to normal, our club will really take off.
Finally, I am also so happy, proud, and excited to report MMYC continues to be a trend setter. We will soon be fortunate to have Koni Drummond assume the rank of MMYC Commodore. I believe this is a first that I am aware of, a Female Club Commodore. Koni is a recent new member of our club and the wife of new member and Web Master Bart Drummond. She presently races a DF 65 and is still learning the aspects of our sport. However, she brings excellent organizational skills and experience, coupled with tons of enthusiasm. More than enough qualities to be an excellent Commodore. Like any new officer, she will need our support and backing, and I ask that everyone of us give her all the help we can. We all should thank her for stepping up and answering the call to volunteer. This club is the best because we all pull together as a team. Between now and the end of December I am going to be asking for a couple more volunteers to round out a how the club needs to be staffed. If you haven’t volunteered yet, now is the time to, as we are all going to be very active this next year. We are lucky to have been given the opportunity to host the DF65 Regionals next year and of course will be traveling over to Hagerstown for the 2021 Capital Cup. The DF65 class is getting exciting!
Next week, I will highlight what the club still needs, and will release the hot off the press 2020 MMYC Year end results and will announce the Class Champions. So, stay tuned!
December 8th, 2020
Commodore Message: 28 Jan 2021
Why the DF 65 should be a part of your fleet.
25 March 2021
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18 June 2021
Sunday Fun Day (13 June 2021)
Normally on the Second Sunday of the Month, Tom Walsh and Steve Howard travel to the Northern Virginia Model Yacht Club to participate in their monthly racing series. Unfortunately, Tom recently had back surgery, and a long road trip and a full day of racing wasn't what the Doctor ordered. Tom however was itching to Sail, so Steve and Tom decided to coordinate a last minute short practice day/fun race, closer to home, so Tom could still sail that day. Hence, the June 13th Practice day was unceremoniously created. Well, what was hastily pulled together, turned into an extremely fun and club productive afternoon. 6 racers spent time honing and refining their skills in Vics, One Meters and the DF 65. The pond provided reliable wind as always. and we sailed from the board walk promenade. It was kind of nice to have a railing to lean on, and a secure level walkway to enjoy while sailing. While all those who came definitely honed their skills, MMYC as a club also benefited from this get together. We were joined during this practice by new sailor, Chris Carpenter from Laurel. He has become interested in our hobby and had researched us through the great web site that Bart has diligently and patiently built. On the Web site he easily discovered when and where he could find us next, and then sought us out. At the pond, after a few minutes of conversation, the person who this get together was about (Tom Walsh) hands Chris his controller and makes the day about new members and our club! Good Job Tom! Needless to say, Chris seems hooked now, and is buying a boat, and also expected to join our club! Just goes to show how important it is to have Web exposure that is first in cue on Google, a good Web Site that interests prospective members and conveys all the information they seek, and finally, as much public exposure (the club sailing) as possible. So, when you think about practice, its not all about sailing, it does have a cumulative effect for the potential benefit of the club! Chris was also taking pictures of the days racing and was kind enough to contribute the photos of this day posted here. If he is as good of a sailor as he is photographer, we all better watch out!
3 July 2021
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