Building a MM – Email exchange between Jerry Robertson & Mike Eades of Litchfield Park

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Mike is a well known model yacht racer of multiple classes, including the Micro Magic. This post contains the content of Jerry’s email exchanges with Mike over the past six months. Jerry R. approved of me adding this exchange to our website.

Jerry wrote to Mike:

1.  Sail rigs.  How many do you use and which ones?
2.  The maker of the sails you are using?
3.  Does each rig have its own mast and booms?
4.  Does each rig mean both jib and main?

Mike responded:

A great weekend of MM sailing in Colorado! If you ever get a chance to sail at an event with the Azura MYC in Paonia, CO do not miss it!

Sorry about the missing attachment I do that a lot. Here it is! (Jerry W. – I’m not sure we have the attachment here. If not i will add it later.)

Either the Graupner.DE site or the RCZeilen.NL site is a viable supplier. I ordered a RTR MM from the Graupner site and it came with no problems. I have ordered some parts from the Dutch site, easy order process but they have not yet arrived. I expect them some time this week.

As to your questions below:

  1. I have 5 sail rigs A-E. A rig is used most of the time but I have used A, B, C & once a D rig in US events and once or twice D & E rigs on our home pond in a good blow. I got the full set for competing in Europe where winds are typically much stronger. I sailed there once with a borrowed boat starting out in D rig and going to E rig. The boat behaves fantastically planing downwind in E rig! Up to you how many to get but you will get most use out of the A rig.
  2. For my latest and best boat I got a set of 5 “Graphite” rig kits from John Tushingham, UK who loaned me the boat I mentioned and I sailed with him  and Mike Weston, the builder of my boat, in Europe twice. He builds very nice rigs with some excellent innovative components but he is not a good supplier in general. Several skippers got frustrated with his unresponsiveness to emails etc. I have attached copies of his rigging plans for your information which are helpful guides to see how to build your own rigs. You can duplicate most all of his components from other suppliers with a bit of time and expense. I recently got a new suit of A rig sails from Catsails, UK, http://www.catsails.co.uk/micromagic.html. Nigel and Sue brown are excellent attentive suppliers. I especially like the fact that they will build an A rig suit out of Icarex which is polycarbonate-coated rip stop polyester in very lightweight cloth that does not crease easily and is soft enough to reform the shape with very light wind shifts whereas Trispi or Mylar used by other sail makers is too stiff for an A rig in my opinion.
  3. All my rigs are complete with spar, gooseneck and booms for quick rig changes.
  4. Each rig consist of jib and main.

Hope this is helpful?

Jerry wrote:

Mike
The need to have and change so many rigs has really cooled my interest in MM.  Because of that I am going to pass on the MM project.  Such a shame because It is a beautiful little boat and I was really looking forward to sailing with you and the other fast guys out your way.  Thanks so much for your effort to bring me up to speed with all the info you have sent.  If the rules ever change to allow only one or maybe two rigs I could go with that.  An unlikely change I am sure.
Thanks again,
Jerry

 

Mike responded:

That’s too bad, most skippers have only the A rig but a set of 3 rigs would cover over 90% of the likely sailing opportunities.

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