April 13, 14 2019 Micro Magic Class National Championship

Regatta Report - 2019 Micro Magic National Championship.

This significant national Micro Magic regatta was held in the Phoenix, AZ and sponsored by the West Valley RC Mariners Club. I will post a run down  of the regatta when I can get it. There is an array of photos for your pleasure.

Our PMYC participants finished 8th and 11, a very good performance considering the competition. Hopefully we will soon be seeing the regatta write-up done by the West Valley RC Maniners.

PMYC website can now be updated using emails

Over the past two months I have developed the capability of adding new postings to our website — information about what is going on at the Pond, via an email. Bob will send an email to the website describing the day’s sailing. After it is processed into the site, an email is automatically generated and sent to you announcing the change and showing its contents.. The purpose of this improvement to the website, is that, for the first time, we are developing a PMYC history of our activities. This same capability will shortly be applied to the entire website.
Please let me know if you see anything that does not appear correct; other than, perhaps, your own race results. That topic has to go to Bob.

Contact me anytime: Jerry Walker, website admin jerry3stix@gmail.com.

Victoria Class Arizona State Championship Regatta, March 23, 2019

The Weather and the Skippers

Under beautiful, blue, Arizona skies with just a smattering of wispy clouds, the first race started at 10:05. The typical variable and shifty winds kept all 10 skippers on their toes through all 12 races. Sometime guessing and often muttering,

The Winners

1st - Bob Spraker - Tucson
2nd - Ray Dagenais, - Mesa
3rd - Jerry Robertson, Tucon

 this amiable group shared some spirited competition. Skippers representing a latitudinal span from Alberta, Canada all the way to Green Valley, Arizona; and included a visitor from the Denver Colorado area. Two competitors and an observer made the short drive from Tucson, and an additional five skippers were present from the hosting club of Mesa. Racing until around 2:30, there were 4 different racers who nailed bullets, and 7 who had at least 1 top 3 finishes.

Kudos to the ‘middle of the pack’ skippers for the day (Kirk Welker, Al Wendler, Ken Hegy, and Dan Lucas). There were many times when several vessels were clustered tightly.  The inevitable calls for right away, and penalties for infractions were handled properly with a sound execution of many 360’s across the day. A special call-out for Skipper Robert Prievo, his persistence was admirable. While bringing up the rear throughout the day, he finished each and every race (he made certain there was “no boat left behind”). The entire group of contestants made this day of acting as Race Director a pleasure.

Who got the Hardware?

  1. Ron Roper, from Alberta, with 53 points edged out Kirk Welker by just 1 point to earn 5th place
  2. In 4th place, all alone, was local Rob Show with 32 points (his bullet was on the final race!)
  3. The battle for 2nd was tight with local Ray Dagenais scoring 24 to squeak by Jerry Roberson’s 26
  4. The day turned out to be a runaway for Bob Spraker, with a blistering score of 14!  He has an eye for catching the wind’s shifty variations, and keeps the boat moving.

Final Standings (Place – Skipper – Sail # – Points)

1Bob Spraker26 – 14

2 – Ray Dagenais4224

3Jerry Robertson026

4Rob Shaw – 7932

5Ron Roper4553

6Kirk Welker – 2054

7Ken Hegy30560

8Don Lucas8272

9 Al Wendler 50 82

10 – Robert Prievo1396

Respectfully Submitted,
Mark Kane
Race Director

Live from the Field

Thursday’s regatta was quite breezy, with winds at the start in the 6-10mph range. Winds varied throughout the afternoon, but did not pick up as forecasted, and for the most part, settled down in the later stages of racing.
12 races were sailed, all 1 lap. There were 2 throw-outs per skipper.

This is going to sound like a broker record, but as usual, Jerry Robertson started with a bang, winning the first 2 races. Bob got it together and tied it up after 6 races and then pulled out ahead, winning 4 of the final 6 races to hold on for the win.

Dave McVey was 3rd, with 3 second place and 5 third place finishes, beating Jerry twice and Bob once. John Malmberg was 4th, sitting out 2 of the races, with a second and 3 thirds. Bill Brown, also missing 2 of the races was a close 5th. New member Ken Gibson was 6th and Jim Malmberg was 7th.

Skipper Points
Bob Spraker 13
Jerry Robertson 15
Dave McVey 29
John Malmberg 40
Bill Brown 43
Ken Gibson 51
Jim Malmberg 57

Skipper of the day was Dave McVey. Dave had a number of great starts, was challenging the 2 leaders in just about every race and pretty much dominated the rest (except Bob & Jerry) of the fleet. Great job Dave!!

Live from the Field

Monday’s regatta was quite breezy, with winds at the start in the 8-14mph range. Winds varied throughout the afternoon, but did not pick up as forecasted, and for the most part, settled down in the later stages of racing. 12 races were sailed in all, the first 3 races were 2 laps and the final 9 were 1 lap. There were 2 throw-outs per skipper.
As usual, Jerry Robertson started with a bang, winning the first 2 races. Bob got it together and tied it up after 6 races and pulled out ahead, winning 4 of the final 6 races. Marc Koenig, Cory Nyman and Leland battled for 3rd place in the beginning races, though Marc prevailed. George Anzalone sailed well, though had water short out his servo and had to retire. Greg was out with #127, but also retired.
Skipper Sail # Points Bob Spraker 26 13 Jerry Robertson 0 15 Marc Koenig 37 31 Leland Dorrenbos 55 36 Cory Nyman 17 42 George Anzalone 18 64
Skipper of the day was Marc Koenig. He was usually in the hunt and frequently challenging Bob & Jerry for the lead. He had 2 second place finishes, beat Bob once and Jerry once; no small feat. Marc also held off challenges from Leland and Cory, finishing 2nd or 3rd in the final five races. Thanks to new comer Ken Gibson for keeping score.

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Talk to Jerry Walker about his iMax charger. He is very pleased with it.

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