News From Jim Bankson in the PNW

Sunset from PVR
Sunset from PVR


Jim Bankson of the Pacific Northwest, a now moved away PMYC member reported in today, May 11, 2017.

In the lightest of light notes, he sent a pic from Puerto Vellarto. The in-crowd knows this town as PVR after its International Air Transport Code.




Jim Bankson's new yacht
Jim Bankson’s new yacht


On a more serious note, Jim also included his home-made mold for his new US 1 Meter model yacht.





This is what it looks like in the water when done. This image will be exchanged for one of Jim’s boat when he finishes it.

Model Yachts Retrieve a Box from the Pond

Conditions were a little breezy at the pond on Friday. During the frivolities, Bill Brown’s Micro Magic kit box top was blown onto the water. Two Victorias and a Micro Magic made repeated attempts to push the box back to shore, an upwind challenge. Finally, after about five minutes, it was decided among the box top’s world-be rescuers to push it to the other side of the pond – a decision made easy because the wind was blowing in that direction anyway. The story ended well. The mighty little Micro Magic, skippered by Fred Secker, succeeded in getting it to

Two PMYC model yachts maneuver to return the box top to its owner.
Two Victoria and Micro Magic doing there best to get a box top back to shore

the shore where Jerry Robertson was patiently waiting.






Pima Micro Yacht Club Micro Magic out-sails the Victorias
The PMYC Micro Magic is carrying the day having maneuvered the box top near the far shore.
Jerry Robertson, a PMYC member completes the adventure of Bill Brown's box top.
Finally Jerry Robertson retrieves the box top from the water. This day will end well.

Every Model Sailing Club Needs a Fishing Trawler

In February, 2017, I obtained, on long term loan from John Albertson, a 36″ fishing trawler model offered by Dumas in 1988.

Some six weeks later, my drama with the boat has more or less come to an end. During this time i have had two instances of incendiary flashes which filled the house with smoke. Once was when i replaced the two 6-volt lead-acid batteries and turned on the system for the first time. The source was, apparently, a short circuit in the back-in-the-day speed controller (see that pic below). The second time was when i wired an electron speed controller backwards — immediate flash and smoke. Now, after spending about $80. just to have a little fun with a new toy, it runs properly — after a fashion. The speed controller is not quite properly matched to the batteries, but it comes close. Getting it into reverse can be a bit of a challenge but it will eventually go there. One would not want this challenge with a “real’ boat maneuvering in close quarters. But, that’s not my situation.

The closest it has yet come to water is in my spa. The next step is to get it to the pond on Friday for a race against the Micro Magic and the Vics. Only I know how that’s going to turn out.

Come to the pond on Friday to give it a spin.

Very old fashioned speed controller for an electric motor in a boat - PMYC

Very old fashioned speed controller for an electric motor in a boat.







Peg Price, a Tucson artist Creates a Unique Perspective on our Model Yachts

 The photos below were composed in 2013 by Tucson artist Peg Price. The first one is a composite of multiple photos of Jerry Walker and Jerry Robertson with one of their Soling One Meter model yachts.

One can only guess as to how Peg created the second photo.

 Additional photos by Peg may be viewed at

Peg at Lake Side 2012

An Artistic View of our Models

Here we have an artistic demonstration of the beauty of sailing. These photos and their processing was done by Jim Haines, a PMYC member. Thanks Jim for the creative contribution.


Victoria model yacht preparing to start

“And They’re Off” Version 1, Simulated water color based on photo by Jim Haines at Reid Park 4/14/14

Victoria model yacht in full steam
Jerry Walker’s “Wahala” under full steam. Simulated oil based on photo by Jim Haines, 4/28/14
Victgoria model yacht on the start line
“And They’re Off” Version 2 simulated oil based on photo by Jim Haines, 4/28/14