PMYC Meeting – Agenda – April 13, 2017

Note: The format of this post is a bit clumsy. Bill Brown’s notes did not convert as accurately as either of us would have preferred. But, they are readable – after a fashion. Jerry Walker (April 10, 2017)

Directions to Bill Brown’s house

Our April Meeting is at Bill Brown’s home in Civano this coming Thursday 4/13/ 2017 at 12:01 PM.  The easy driving instructions are as follows:

Do NOT come in the main entrance to Civano

Go south to the Valero gas station and turn left.

Go straight through the first circle and left at the second circle.   –    So. NIGHTBLOOM WAY

Drive about 10 blocks or so to:    5272 So. NIGHTBLOOM WAY  –   Green house on the left with metal wall art,  yellow hand rail, five steps going up to the front door, and an American Flag waiving in the wind.

Park in front of the house, left side, on the dirt,  wherever is convenient.

Munchies and liquids will be provided.  Bring your own ideas and opinions.

Meeting Agenda:

Acting Commodore’s Statement:

Minutes of previous meeting:   Acceptance / changes

Treasurers’s Report:  Jim Haines

  • Discussion

Old Business:

Summer Sailing Schedule effective May 1   –  Day, Time, Location

Summer Membership Meeting Schedule effective May 1  –   Day, Time, Location

Refund of Dues to resigning members. (Clarification)

Publicity initiative

  • Bill Brown re: Pond side signage
  • Jim Haines  Re: Opportunities to have presence at other community and club meetings.

Clubs position on casual sailing and fun racing.

New Business:

Formalizing PMYC Policy and Procedure Document

Mission Statement

(Relating to:  having fun, social opportunities, education, model boat building and sailing.)

Definition of Club Officers

Responsibilities of Club Officers

Election of officers

Definition of Membership

Qualification for membership

Responsibilities of Membership

Communication with and between club members

  • Within the Membership
  • With other clubs / AMYA

Membership Education

Nautical Traditions, Nautical terms, Names of sail boat components, Basic rules of seamanship

Definition of the sailing season

  • Winter  –  Location and frequency of sailings and meetings
  • Summer  – Location and frequency of sailings and meetings

Marketing the club’s EC12 hull on Craig’s List  –  for $100 or so

Presentations:        Jerry Robertson and Bill Brown will present and discuss the current state of construction of their Micro Magic.  Problems encountered, and resolution of kit “issues” will be presented and discussed.

PMYC Meeting Report – March 21

Location: Bill Woodward’s Residence, Tucson, AZ
Time: 12:00 PM

Next Club meeting: April 13, 2017


Jerry Walker, Acting Commodore, Jim Haines, Acting
Treasurer, Jerry Robertson, Jerry King, Jon Malmberg, Bill Brown, James
Malmberg, and Club friend and Guest: Fred Secker.

Opening Statement

The meeting opened with Jerry Walker providing an overview of changes and updates made in the PMYC web-site. Emphasis was placed on accessing and using the site Blog. Regarding the current PMYC club membership, it was noted that seven  members have formally requested refunds of their 2016-17 dues. This issue needs both discussion and resolution. Sailing has continued weekly at the Reid Park small pond and has been regularly attended by six to eight PMYC Members. Due to the non-availability of Micro Magic kits, sailing participants have come to the pond with a variety of boats. One MM, however, has always been available for participants to experience the joy of sailing the new club boat.

Previous PMYC Meeting Minutes

None. Since the reorganization of PMYC, formal meetings and directional club resolutions have not formally taken place. It was determined by attendees that this meeting that this and future meetings will be formally recorded by an assigned PMYC Secretary


The agenda for this meeting was introduced by Jerry Walker.

Financial Report

The Club bank ccounts are held at Vantage West Credit Union

  • Treasurers Report:
  • Checking Account: $549.31
  • Savings Account: $5.00
  • Total Balance: 553.31

Jerry Walker is going to obtain PMYC business cards using the same format as the prior ones. PMYC gave out almost 200 cards over a several year period.


ISSUE: Jim Haines, Acting Treasurer PMYC noted that a new and
separate model yacht club has been formed – Tucson Model Yacht Club, Commodore: Kip North. Formation of the new club was announced at pond side in January when PMYC sailing members arrived at Reid Park for the regular Monday PMYC sailing. Sailors were advised that competing that afternoon at that location would require joining Tucson Model Yacht Club (TMYC). Dues were collected.

PMYC currently has 23 active members and seven individuals have elected to resign and join TMYC. The seven resigned members have requested and were granted a full reimbursement of their PMYC dues.
DISCUSSION: Jim recommended that PMYC assets be frozen and not be
compromised in any way. Members electing to join TMYC did so
independently and unconditionally. Those PMYC members present agreed
RESOLVED: When joining, PMYC membership dues are not prorated,
but, not refunded at a future date.

A Thanks to Jim Haines

A very sincere note of appreciation was extended to Jim Hanes,
Acting Treasurer, for his numerous contributions to PMYC – contributions
that have helped organize the development of PMYC. Obvious club
contributions would include Jim and Jerry Walker’s efforts in developing our club web site, managing club financial needs, building club boats (Tribute), and regularly contributing to monthly meetings and weekly sailings. On the pond, however, in the heat of nautical combat, it is Jim’s quiet demeanor that soothed the rage that flowed through the veins of us mere mortal sailors. We never saw Jim walk on water to retrieve a distressed vessel, but, we knew he could. Thanks Jim !!

Micro Magic Status

Currently there is one MM sailing on the pond. Two club MM’s are under
construction by Jerry Robertson and Bill Brown. Four PMYC members are
awaiting kit availability in the U.S.

Building the Micro Magic: Jerry Robertson presented his partially
completed MM kit boat. He discussed several problematic components of
construction and several of the kit’s short comings. Mast straightness,
keel / rudder alignment, and union of the deck and hull issues were
discussed. Bill Brown noted he has conducted trial test of seven different
ABS friendly adhesives These and other construction considerations will be addressed on the PMYC web site. Jerry and Bill will be contributing to the site as they progress in their construction.

Community Awareness of PMYC

Ideas for promoting community awareness of PMYC were discussed. Suggestions included: increased visibility at the pond and use of the media and presentations at community club meetings.

  • It was noted that our early -on “Show and Tell” presentations at  the Voyager community was successful five years ago.
  • Bill Brown would like to see better quality club signage / club recognition at pond side.
  • Jim Hanes volunteered to put together a list of potential
    community and city wide clubs, their meeting dates, and contact
  • Bill will pursue the pond side signage issue and present at the
    next meeting.
  • Jerry Walker renewed the Club’s event on the Tucson Happenings website.
  • Jerry Walker has approached the Star and Tucson Happenings to do an article on the Club.
  • Jerry Walker has communicated with the Tucson Sailing Club and has a tentative agreement to present at their next meeting – April.
  • A once monthly sail on the weekend might help to attract younger folk to our activity.

Purchase of Micro Magic Kits

ACTION: It was suggested that the club purchase two (2) MM kits (when they become available in the U.S.) To avoid availability issues, The kits would be sold at cost to new club members.
ACTION: When available, PMYC will purchase two MM kits.

Club Sailing Schedule

At the next meeting a decision will be made regarding the move of our sailing day to Wednesdays and to finalize our discussion about a once monthly weekend sail.

Future Club Meetings

ACTION: Monthly PMYC Membership
meetings will be held at 12 noon the second Tuesday of every month.
Location and directions will e-mailed to the membership and be posted on
the PMYC web site. Meeting Adjourned: 2:15 PM Next Meeting at: Bill Brown’s home

PMYC Website Status

The PMYC website was converted to a blog in January. Think of a blog as being a diary. It’s primary benefit is that it now gives us a means of recording Club events and actions and information and making it available to all members without the need to send emails. The problem with the email is that future members do not see them. Virtually all member communication should be done via a blog posting. Send anything you want published to Jerry Walker, our website master. Also, you can Comment on any post. You will find the Comment link at the end of each post.

The ability to have the website automatically send an email to our distribution list containing all new posts each day is in development. In the mean time members are encouraged to visit the site at least weekly and look at the posts made since their last visit. An email will be sent to our distribution list drawing attention to our Club meeting agendas and reports.

PMYC Meeting Agenda – March 21

Our next meeting is this coming Tuesday, March 21 at noon at Bill Woodward’s house.

Bring your lunch. Bill will provide water and soda.


  • Status of Micro Magic fleet size
    • On the pond – #58 (my boat)
    • Two under construction – Jerry R and Bill Brown.
    • Interest in purchasing
      • Jerry W
      • Jim Hansen
      • John Malmberg
      • Jim Malmbert
      • Others?
    • Boat building
      • We need each builder to document what they are doing; what internet info they are referencing, what changes they make and why. Everything will go on the PMYC website. (I will do the work)
    • How to promote the Club
      • Tucson Sailing Club
      • “old folk homes” – I can’t think of the right words – places were we can have an access to retired people who may want to sail
      • Sail on a weekend day once a month – perhaps it will encourage working age people to come out to the pond.
      • Article on Tucson Happenings website.
      • Same article in  newspaper
    • Micro Magic Class Rules modification for PMYC
      • One sail set
      • Kit mast
      • Kit sails – until we can evaluate the Chinese sails – reputedly not good. (JR comment!)
    • Club purchase boats for resale
      • Club funds could purchase 2 or 3 boats at a discount from GraupnerUSA
      • Resell them for the full price or perhaps more as an easy way to improve Club funding
    • Regular Club meetings?
      • How often?
      • Where?
      • Summer?
    • Look at our website Blog weekly. Our past practice of emailing information to members will not be used in the interest of making todays activities and decisions available to tomorrows new members. I will demonstrate our website on Tuesday.
    • Other items!

Put a little Magic in your life!

PMYC Meeting Report – Jan. 18, 2017

This was the first PMYC meeting of 2017. It’s purpose was to review its status as we had lost most of our regular skippers. The content of this post was taken in total from an email I wrote to members on January 18. it is a bit strange looking in some places because I just pasted the email into here. So, the email begins after the equal signs below. Note; you can talk to members who have been around long enough to remember why this status review was necessary. It will not appear on our website.


Thanks to the determined few who attended the meeting to discuss the future of PMYC. I am pleased to announce that, as of this time, it appears that PMYC will continue in existence. A lot will depend upon the responses to this email of those who did not attend the meeting.


This message gives the conclusions reached by the attendees.

Note: Remember five years ago, at a Club meeting, the members decided that those who attended each meeting were the decision makers for the Club on all matters needing member decisions. That meant there we were not requiring a quorum of members. Our decision was a good one as we have never had a quorum at a meeting. Thus, we were able to make decisions and keep our progress.



  • Jim Haines
  • Bill Woodward
  • John Malmberg
  • Jerry Robertson
  • Jerry Walker


Leland Doorenbos, John Albertson, Jerry King, Jim Malmberg, Bill Brown and William Bokken wanted to attend but could not. Bill Brown will return to Tucson in a couple of weeks. I reviewed the results of the meeting with Bill Brown and John Albertson. They are both totally supportive of the outcome of our meeting.


Although six could not attend, I am counting them in a measure of interest in the future affairs of PMYC.


The meeting attendees and those not able to attend represent about 60% of the 2017 paid membership. After the pathetic events of the recent past I am pleased and encouraged.



  • Total cash – approx. $628
  • Physical Assets (no values applied at this time)
    • Tribute and its battery chargers (has a market value)
    • Marks
    • Timer (has a market value)
    • Catamaran boat retriever (it’s location  is currently unknown to me) (has a market value)
    • White board


Topics and Decisions:

  • The Club is inactive, meaning that there will not be any organized racing in the immediate future. Jim Haines is going to notify the AMYA.
  • The checking account will remain open. As long as we maintain a balance of $500 we will not incur bank charges.
  • Tribute will be sold by Jerry
  • The physical assets will be retained. They are currently at Jerry Walker’s house.
  • The next Club meeting will be held in a few weeks to discuss last night’s decisions and address the future.
  • The website will remain active. Jerry W. is going to remove all Victoria-related information. The Contact Us page will remain as will all of the racing-related pages. He is also going to modify the Home page to contain info about out inactive status. People who contact me via the website will be told of the existence of TMYC and of the current PMYC status and our currently thinking about the future.
  • The Facebook page will remain with some words added to reflect the Club’s inactive status.
  • The Micro Magic will be the Club boat. Our preference is for it to be sailed as is out of the box. The implications of this notion need investigation. It appears that there is a version of the MM identified as V2 that is a racing version.
  • John Albertson’ has agreed to let us have his Micro Magic at the next meeting.
  • Jim Haines is also going to contact Mike Eades of Wickenburg, AZ a very active model yacht guy and highly knowledgeable of the Micro Magic to learn more about the class.
  • It was agreed that we will sail by the rules. Jerry W. suggested that we use the “Orange booklet” and his computerized version of it. He suggests that it is a very easy way to learn on-the-pond behavior without having to make a specific commitment to “learning the rules”.
  • Very importantly, Jerry W. committed to a “no yelling participation” in our future racing and to be a patient educator on pond behaviors.


The next meeting will be in about three weeks (we may want to slip that by a week so that Bill Brown can attend).


I will send another email announcing the date. It will be held at Jim Haines house at the Voyager Resort on Kolb Rd., south of Rt 10.


If you have any interest going forward in PMYC or the notion of having fun sailing and racing a Micro Magic please plan to attend the next meeting.


Please send me an email or send a text message to 520-461-6473 letting me know if you are interested in what I said in this message or just want to contribute your thoughts.


Micro Magic Specs:

Length: 530 mm (21”)
Width: 180 mm (7”)
Mast height: 980 mm (38+”)
Sail area: 1550 cm² (240 sq. in.)
Weight: 860 grams (less than 2#)

Graupner GR-12L receiver installed

Appears to require owner to purchase two servos.


Related web links:

MM Class Rules:

Assembly manual: