The number of Joysway Dragon Flite DF95 owners within our club has now risen to six, and in our opinion it is probably the most cost effective and certainly the best thought out design for an almost RTR boat getting you into radio sailing.
The Dragon Flite comes complete in the box with everything you need to get started, a quick search on the internet will show the cost of the model is around £270.00 excluding the radio gear which will set you back about £50.00.
Abington Park MYC are traditionally a builders club (hence our very sucessful Wee Nip model) however we do see this as a pathway yacht for those of you who maybe radio sailing curious and want to have a go at very little outlay without the need to build. The club will be putting on some class specific racing for these yachts starting in the spring of 2017 and in the meantime they are eligible for the Six Metre+ Snowflake Winter Series, indeed a number of the Six Metre skippers have them available to loan if anyone wants to try before you buy!
Peter Shepherd took no prisoners and showed why he is the Footy Champion in this first Frostbite Series event, admittedly he had to knick a couple of races he had no right to win and then in race eight he got his just desserts when the wind picked up as he approached the line and his Justin rig was overpowered sending him off into the hinterland!
Mike Ewart kept the Fat Boy honest, Peter Jackson had a turn around in recent form and could only manage third.
Geoff Raygada is still trying to work out if he enjoys Footy sailing, I am begining to suspect it is his "guilty pleasure".
Keith Bell can't wait to get his hands on his own boat, for something new is on the horizon at the workshop at the centre of the universe!
This event showed once again just how much fun you can have with just 12 inches of model yacht to play with.
Derek Lane & Tim Leese struggled manfully on!
The first round of this series was run as an open event for Six Metre Yachts only, however the weather and the prospect of little wind meant not too many visitors came to sail, that having been said the interest the resurgence of this class has created meant that we had almost as many skippers come to check out what was happening as were sailing! Hopefully we managed to convert a few.
Mike Ewart sailed Christina his Ravenna to a victory despite a rudder issue keeping him out of a couple of heats, John Burgoine visiting from Birmingham MYC borrowed Monica, Peter Shepherd's Romanza which has undergone quite a few changes with our ongoing quest to get the sails right, (by jove I think we have it!).
Geoff Raygada sailing his Rococco "Mr Ga Ga" stayed as long as his pass allowed, with Keith Bell "Minikins" Tias and Peter Jackson "Gabriel" Romanza consolidating their positions on the water.
Many thanks to Tim Leese for his assistance in running nthe event and the Hot Soup from the Hollowell Club house kitchen was much appreciated at the end of the day.
The first round of the Winter Series for Wee Nips saw six club members battle it out for the honours, Keith Bell sailed consistantly never out of the top three, Peter Shepherd just managed to hold off the late challenge from this years Wee Nip Medal Champion Peter Jackson courtesy of that big discard (well if you are going to have one have a bigun!). Mike Ewart danced his way into third place and both Derek lane and Tim Leese showed at the front in some races promising much for the future.