MANUKAU MODEL POWER BOAT CLUB Inc
Newsletter for MARCH 2001
(SOME PHOTOS MISSING)
Venue: Wattle Farm Rd Pond Manurewa, 2nd Sunday of each month
Secretary: Glen Sayers 9 Reyland Close Manurewa
Editor: Chris Breen 86 Chivalry Rd Glenfield PH 4445 482
Following our AGM on Friday 9th March your Club has a new set of officers (well actually the same old set just a little re-arranged) including a new Editor-in-Chief for the Newsletter. Wayne Lester has shed the yoke to concentrate on modelling proper. Thanks Wayne for your sterling efforts. See elsewhere for a summary of the AGM outcomes.
The content of a newsletter relies on member contributions so I am pleased to advise that assignments will be allocated to members by the Editor-in-Chief, with immutable deadlines. Returned scripts will be marked, and then published. Woe betides miscreants, slackers and defaulters for you will be named, shamed and appropriately chastised in subsequent Newsletters. – You have been warned.
Our intent is to post a hardcopy newsletter to only those members not possessing an E-mail address
Lost Soul Returned
Recently returned to us after several years in the land of OZ is Merv Sowden. Merv is one of our founding members and he has already re- ignited the spirit of the club. Welcome back Merv. For those that don't know Merv is a Life Member of our club in appreciation of the support he provides.
Racing on again
Club members can look forward to more regular race days from now on. As previously intended the second Sunday of the month will be nominal race day. Last Sunday was the first of these and proved an excellent day. See below for a summary and results.
The fourth Sunday will generally also be a play race day (I am sorry, but I happen to like racing, so there). No, really, you don't HAVE to race if you don't want to, we will only race by mutual agreement and you will have plenty of time to test and tune and play so don't stay away. But lets face it, if we really are honest with ourselves, we built the type of boats we do to race the next guy. True, we may be a bit nervous about a mishap, and the boats may represent a lot of toil and sweat and money, but believe me, if you let it, the adrenalin buzz will hook you and you will wonder why you never did it before.
Speed Trial Days
A couple of years ago we ran a formal speed trial day with great success (and a few chastened faces I might add !!). We will run a number of similar events this year. The first is planned for the fourth Sunday in April. The arrangement is simple. We create a back straight and a front straight of equal and measured length (say 100 m each). The boat does a circuit concentrating on maximum speed on the straights only. This means you can give yourself a long run-up in both directions. Two stop watches record the time of entry and the time of exit at each end of the straights. Some clever number crunching then provides a calculated average speed over the 200 m. The club record currently stands at 74km/hr (boat and engine now deceased). The challenge is laid down! Who will take it up.
We will hold a Club Champs Regatta latter in the year, probably now in June or July to allow several new craft to reach completion and to give participants time to build up some race experience. Members from other clubs are most welcome to participate. Entry fees will be nominal to cover expenses . See below for our club racing class classifications.
House Keeping Matters
Annual subscriptions ($30) are now payable to the Secretary (Glen Sayers, 9 Reyland Close Manurewa)
Our rules establish a daily course fee of $3 to cover fuel for the rescue boat, trailer WOF, and similar expenses that have often come out of individual's pockets. It is bad etiquette to run your boat before paying this fee.
A peg board should be at each meeting. Please uplift your frequency peg before switching on to avoid unfortunate accidents.
We should erect the bunting fence each meeting to control errant kids from becoming a nuisance. Our boats are dangerous (and expensive) and we need all members to ask unaccompanied visitors to keep behind the bunting. The public spectator crowd has also been quite significant recently. It is in our interest to present an impression of organisation and put on an interesting show for them.
Noise is a constant threat to our activity. The noise meter will be operating and any boat that exceeds our club limit (87dB) will be refused access to the water. Note that partial throttle or a coke can taped over the outlet may allow you to at least have a few runs.
Welcome to Tony Belle. Tony was a member of the Hamilton group a few years ago and owns a blue and white sprint cat running an OS 81.
I must confess, Sunday's DOTD award goes to your Editor on two counts. The first involved almost launching his hydro without a propeller and propeller shaft, (but the gods do smile upon him, for the missing shaft assembly was found patiently waiting on the pond bank not 100 mm from the water's edge.) The second count also involves a hydro, the subject of much laughing and guffawing on account of its tiny dimensions. Your editor, upon attempting to retrieve this featherweight vessel, right side up and engine still running, from the bank somehow managed to completely turn it upside down and fill it with water.
The AGM resolved to simplify our club racing by establishing a reduced range of boat classes. This reflects the nature of the boats being run and race style that seems to be favoured. The classes are as follows:
Offshore Class 1 – Monos and Cats with engine capacity greater than 0.46 ci (ie effectively 61s and up plus petrols) Offshore Class 2 – Monos and cats 0.46 ci and down.
Scale Hydro Class 1 – 1/8 scale 3 point hydro only
Scale Hydro Class 2 – 45 scale 3 point hydros only
Open by mutual agreement only or if enough of another type or types (such as riggers) are present . Boats will be eligible only if a) the driver has driven in at least one race prior to the day and b) If the boat noise reads at under 87 dB. An oval course will be run for hydro's and an extended M course with an extra buoy for the non-hydro classes. (Editor's note. These decisions were made on the night of the AGM. If you disagree with these decisions but where absent from the meeting, sorry, but everyone had oportunity to attend.) In the interests of better and closer starts for the hydro type races, we will also try a pre-start mill around one end of the course rather than the standard full-course mill.
My name is Steve and I have a new MHZ marine 4.5hp engine with electric start option and a jet unit to match. I purchased these units from Germany and they are now surplus to my needs. If you know of anyone that is interested please email to the return address or fax on +61 7 55687828. I paid approx 2000 dm but would consider any offer.
Glen Sayers, Merv Sowden, Ralph McCleery, Jason Lester, Wayne Lester, Chris Breen, Phill Duthy, Terry Wilson, Graham Doggett, Malcolm Miller.
(Presented by Wayne Lester ) 2000 was generally a good year, there was the loss of some older members interest for a short time but they have all returned. Generally the speed benchmark has moved form the old red "Dealer", which used to be the boat to beat, up to a far higher level. Also a lot of the "expensive" and "serious" racers have taken a step back towards the cheaper, but equally entertaining boats.The signs and flags put out at each meeting are generally working very well, with large numbers of visitors watching each day. . Wayne has donated the cost of stamps for the last year. Also donated to the club was a Trailer by Bill Bell and an outboard motor by Terry Wilson. Combine that with the storing of the trailer by Malcolm Miller and the club has a great deal to be thankful for. There is a need for more points racing on club days and the buoys are in need of repair. All in all a good year.
The year ended with $484.68 but there are two bills, Insurance and trailer repairs totalling $452.50 to be paid out of this leaving a balance of $32.18. The club currently holds assets (Motor, Boat, Trailer) to the value of $410.
Election of offices
President – Jason Lester nominated by Glen Sayers and seconded by Graham Doggett. Carried
Secretary Treasurer – Glen Sayers nominated by Wayne Lester and seconded by Ralph McCleery. Carried
Bulleting Editor – Chris Breen nominated by Wayne Lester and seconded by Ralph McCleery. Carried Club Captains – Merve Sowden and Malcolm Miller nominated by Glen Sayers and seconded by Jason Lester. Marketing – Ralph McCleery nominated by Ralph McCleery and seconded by Ralph McCleery – carried (by Ralph McLeery) Club Fees for 2002 to be the same as current fees. $30/single, $40.family and $15/student.
Ralph is to source some bulk foam and Ralph and Glen will make a set of temporary buoys. Subsequently Terry Wilson and Merv Sowden will design and build some more robust and permanent buoys. To which end there is a COMPETITION on for all club members whereby you have six weeks to come up with a working prototype of a buoy suitable for the club. All designs are to be brought to the pond on the designated day and Ralph McCleery has offered a prize for the best design. (Thanks Ralph)
Merv has suggested a set of club champs. This will be run sometime in June, July (date to be announced) See elsewhere for categories & race rules. The Club would once again like to Thank Steve's Model Shop and Steve and Val personaly for their continued support of the club. This is very much appretiated. For those unaware Steve's model shop have supplied a very quick sport 45 Stick Hydro and an amazingly reliable Deep Vee complete with radio and 45 engine. There is also a part built smaller boat on the way but we are waiting for the arrival of the motor. Notes. It is imperative that all boats comply with the 87dB noize level restriciton. As has been said on several occasions, if we loose this pond due to members breaking the rule and upsetting the local houses, (and there are lots of them there now), there is no known alternative pond. So WATCH IT!!!!!!!!!!!! Drivers briefing on race days will be at ten o'clock. Anyone arriving after the meeting will not be allowed to run.
(Editors Note … YEAH RIGHT !!!)
Boats are required to be presented in a finish in keeping with the class it is built for. I.e. please don't put together some skanky looking boat that you don't care about and expect to race it against someone's well presented pride and joy. Brand new boats will be given three club days to test prior to aesthetic completion. Speaking of which the presentation of ALL the boats run on the Sunday following the AGM was absolutely amazing. See the photos
Merve Sowden is going to supply tapes showing different aspects of real hydroplane racing for sale and Ralph is going to get some reprints of the current club tapes. Tapes will be sold at approx $10 - $12 dollars each as part of the clubs fund raising scheme run by Ralph. A special Thanks to Ralph for allowing us to hold the meeting at his home. A totally excellent meal. The meeting ended at 12.05am.
Race Day Report (Thanks to Terry)
This was the first organised club race day in quite a while.
If you were not there you were square. The weather was perfect and so was the racing. Driver skills have clearly matured.There was even a new face or two and a few old ones. Welcome Tony Belle and Merv Sowden.
The day's racing was formally limited to Class 1 offshore as only one or two hydros and Class 2 offshores were present. The one hydro competion was informal between your Editor's Sport 45 Hyrdo and Pete Wright's 45 sprint cat. Surprisingly close in speed. Chris' Sport 45 has a new Chinese side exhaust motor that looks to be an excellent purchase from Steves Model Shop. (around $370 complete with everything but the glow-plug.)
The Class 1 offshore results are listed below. Heats were limited to 10 minutes duration with a 20 minute final counting double points.
Other Highlights (or darknesses)
Adrian's acrobatic capable mono (see photo page 1)
Chris' Flying Horse Take-Away Special Fried Rice Sport 45 now almost run in and complete with tuned pipe.
Malcolm totalling the Picco in Skullduggery (Bugger!)
Glen being pleasantly surprised about his newly engined Sport 45, after FINALLY borrowing a real prop. "I gota get me one of them"
Graham… well yeah Graham…(Where does he get those toys?) Just take a look at the photo of OHIO STEEL. Mr consistency.
|Graham Doggett||Ohio Steel||68|
|Adrian Milanesi||Orange thingi||39|
|Glen Sayers||Blue thingi||31|
|Jason Lester||Coca Cola||23|
|Tony Belle||Blue & White sprint||25|
Well that is all for this newsletter people – Go fast , turn right, keep the wet side down.
C Breen – Editor
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