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Palm Beach Gardens Model Yacht Squadron
March 2, 2018
This is my first try using the system that Brent Headberg has set up for us to communicate with each other. You are getting this as a paid member of PBGMYS.
The new website that Brent has set up is a work in progress although mostly complete: https://www.pbgmys94.com/
Please use it not only to see your weekly scores but to find other info.
Speaking of scores, our scorekeeper Don Burwell has continuing back issues which limits his time able to sit or stand to do tasks. In speaking with him last week I asked if he would like to retire from the job and he said that that would help him. Now I am asking for someone to take over the scorekeeper job. It is not difficult and all the system stuff is set up I believe. Please let Don and I know if you can do this.
So far no response from anyone wanting to go to the ALL FLORIDA one day regatta. See my info about it in my email of last week.
As planned I attended the one day regatta in Pembroke Pines Sunday for the Dragon Flite 95 class boats. A very well run event, good winds and good group of skippers. The DF95 is incredible, the most fun model yacht that I have ever sailed.. Not the most elegant, that goes to the EC-12 with her traditional good looks. Not the most versatile, that goes to the Soling 1 meter with her simple single rig and long established following. Not the most portable, that of course is the Micro Magic. I managed to come in 4th in the small regatta of 10 boats but that is only a small part of my thinking as what an enjoyable, competitive boat the DF95 is.
George Balaschak, Commodore PBGMYS
February 13, 2018
Our club held a superb regatta this past weekend. The Valentine’s Regatta weekend started Friday night with a party at Chester and Libby’s. Guitar picking and singing by Rich Mojica joined by Jon playing his mandolin was a treat. Lots of snacks, food and drink and good conversation.
Saturday morning the wind was SE and a two and a half lap course was set. Nineteen EC-12 skippers divided into two fleets sailing in the Progression-Relegation fleet management system made for 11 or 12 of the big boats on the starting line. At the end of Saturday’s races Earnan was in first place. However on Sunday the perennial front runner Alan Perkins prevailed. You can check out the results at: http://ec12.org/disc/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2089
A big THANK YOU to Race Director Chester, Chief Scorekeeper John Biles, Jon the Chief No Bull Chili maker, Ann Gelina for the banana bread and caramel chocolate gooey goodies, and all who helped make the Valentines Regatta such a fun event, especially the ladies who made sure we did not go hungry. The heart shaped bamboo cutting board trophies made by Jon were a big hit.
The South Florida Model Sailing Club is hosting a regatta for the Dragons; dragon force 65 on Sat and Dragon Flite 95 on Sunday Feb 18, next Sunday. I am planning to sail in the DF95 event on Sunday to see what it is all about with this fast growing class. In less than two years the class has grown to be third largest in the AMYA. The largest class, Soling 1M have720 boats registered to AMYA members, EC-12 has 352, and Dragon Flite has 344. If you are interested in going with me to race or watch let me know.
The ALL FLORIDA one day regatta for soling 1M is to be held in Sebring on March 24,2018. Member clubs send two skippers to compete for the best Club and individual trophies. PBGMYS pays the $70 entry fee for our two skippers. The NOR is attached. I have been a couple times and it is a fun day sailing from an island in the pond with skippers from around the state. If you would like to represent PBGMYS at this event let me know.
George Balaschak, Commodore PBGMYS