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Training for Worlds: Results Spanish NCA Cup on Lake Europeans 2016

Training for Worlds: Results Spanish NCA Cup on Lake Europeans 2016

By: Miguel Salvador

The ESP NCA Cup was held in the Ullibarri-Gamboa lake (Vitoria) the days 7th and 8th of March. This is the place for the 2016 IOM European Championship.
This regatta scores for the ESP annual Ranking.

The weather forecast was good weather, sky clear and very light winds due to a high pressure in all the country. And this is what we had, a mirror lake in the morning and some wind in the afternoon.

The 32 participants were divided in two fleets and 16 races were run. Some of our French neighbours came to take part and know the venue. Big names as Guillermo Beltrí and Alexis Carre and brother Cedric Carre were in the participants list. Juan Marcos Egea was missing due to his new job.

The first day after the skippers briefing the races started with a light SSW wind. A lot of shifts made difficult to align the course. Some abandoned races, postponement signals and long waitings until the afternoon, when the normal North wind came and the races were run non-stop until 7pm. The same situation happened on Sunday.

Cedric Carre showed a very good performance with his new Ian Vickers V9 design. Jose Valverde (ESP NCA Chairman) is training a lot lately and the results are obvious. Guillermo Beltri used for the first time a Cheinz and went from lowest to highest. Alexis Carre had some good and bad races.

Saturday night there was a participant dinner in a well known restaurant in Vitoria town centre, Spanish Rioja Wine and tapas.

IRSA - New Logo and website

IRSA - New Logo and website

Henning Faas
Publicity Officer

International Radio Sailing Association


IRSA is the worldwide radio sailing organization as an Affiliated Member of ISAF, the International Sailing Federation. IRSA is dedicated to the enhance­ment of both current and emerging world radio sailing classes through the promotion and development of consistent class rules, measurement methods, radio yachting racing rules, and advice in running major racing events.

Contemporary design, simple structure, and user-friendly navigation – these are the features of the International Radio Sailing Associations new look website –

Content has been updated. For example, a focal point of the homepage is a sliding image to click on, giving more information on “What is radio sailing”. New pages give information about the IRSA International Classes and upcoming worldwide events. Along with new pages with detailed member information there is a comprehensive section with the detailed history of championships in all International classes. Why not give it a try? Just three clicks of the mouse – and you can access any of the pages.

By the end of 2014, IRSA founded new Technical and Racing Committees which have started their work on revising class rules and racing rules. With the new website they will inform you about the ongoing processes and the background discussion. Read the Chairmen’s blogs on the new website about their work and see the IRSA business list on the plans for the future.

About the International Radio Sailing Association

IRSA is the worldwide radio sailing organization as an Affiliated Member of ISAF. IRSA is dedicated to the enhancement of both current and emerging world radio sailing classes through the promotion and development of consistent class rules, measurement methods, radio yachting racing rules, and advice in running major racing events.

Training for Worlds: National Open Race - Lake Miseno, Italy

Training for Worlds: National Open Race - Lake Miseno, Italy


By Alex Cory



Report IOM Race for Italian Ranking (Lake Miseno “Naples”- 21 - 22 February 2015)

The first IOM Race for the 2015 Italian Ranking with a good presence, 23 skipper registered.  Including myself as an international entry there were 19 competitors for the weekend racing.
The race started as usual from the introduction of Carlo Indulgenza (Executive Officer of the Lega Navale of Torre del Greco Organizing Club), with help of Lega Navale of Pozzuoli, followed by the of the FIV (Ialian Sailing Federation) Umpire who proceeded to illustrate the race course, and finally by the Secretary of the Class IOM, Maurizio Morbidelli, and representing the Council Modelvela, Marco Di Giuseppe and Riccardo Bonechi who brought greetings from the Italian Model Yachting Federation (Modelvela Italia) President Idalgo Pierini and Vice President Virginio Boglietti.
The racing started on time at 11.30 after registration and weighing with two fleets considered the number of skippers; gusty wind from the south lead to spectacular races on a course made difficult by the waves and shifty winds.
The first day ran well, with 6 races and very close racing.  With the V9 of Ivan showing the fleet how its done. The Race Committee pushed hard to get as mainy races in as possible with just a short stop for lunch. Which in Italian style was amazing.  At 16.30 they closed the racing for the day.  In the evening a delicious dinner was orgainised by the race committee at a local restaurant.
With bad weather forecast for the Sunday, the race committee, with the approval of all skippers, decided to change venue to a near by lake, which offered undercover facitlities for rigging area and a dry control area.  What we could only dream about on a wet Sunday back in the UK. We were the guests of the new formed Black Dolphin sailing Club.
Heavy rain and lack of wind meant that the racing could not be started till 13:45, a few boats had dropped out which meant that they only one fleet was needed. We managed 6 races back to back. The racing was very technical with light winds and many windshifts. 
The event closed at 15.45 with an awards ceremony which saw the first place Ronconi Ivan of Centro Modellistico Romagnolo with V9 design, second place for Marco Di Giuseppe of Club Nautico Capodimonte with BritPop, in third place Remigio Factori of LNI Sorrento, in fourth the GBR skipper Alex Cory and to fifth place Riccardo Bonechi of LNI Siena, 
As the only International Skipper attending the weekend sailing and having very limited Italian I was made very welcome and the hospitality showed to myself and my wife was outstanding.  I’d like to thank the LNI Sorrento, the LNI Pozzuoli, the Black Dolphin Club, the FIV Umpire and all the participants that made a cold, wet event so much fun.
Kindest regards,

Alex Cory GBR34

Training for Worlds: Feb 21-22 is a big weekend for events

By Bob Wells


In the continuing prep for worlds we are tracking five regattas this weekend in the UK, Sweden, and Italy. Yesterday we had our News announcement for the storied Birkenhead venue, but we are tracking UK regattas in Sedgemoor and Chelmsford also – look for results on all three soon.

Stockholm’s Wintercup 6 is also this weekend. Remember the compelling images we reported earlier this month for Wintercup 5, well nobody should have to scrape snow off their sails this weekend. No, but they’ll likely have to shake rain off them instead. We’ll be following World’s competitors Thomas Enwall, Claus Lindstrom, Hans Funke, and Tom Olson in this regatta.


Italy has a national open 2-day regatta this weekend in Miseno organized by L.N.I. Torre del Greco. The location is southern Italy on the west side in the Province of Naples.


A Brief Interview with Craig Mackey, USA

A Brief Interview with Craig Mackey, USA

By Bob Wells




USA’s Craig Mackey at the 2011 Worlds in West Kirby, where he finished 14th. Everything about this image is classic Craig Mackey, except that he is sailing a Lintel here. The white color of the hull with the red “Tabasco” lettering is spot on though. Photo J. Warren Brower.



US skipper Craig Mackey is no stranger to IOM World Championships, having attended the last six. He has by far the best overall World Championship results of any US skipper, where he is a very respectable 16th overall out of 400 in Harry Drenth’s ranking system on our Worlds website. Other than sailing I know little of Craig, but my wife had a nice conversation with him during a break in a past San Diego Nationals where she learned all kinds of personal things. I see Craig as a somewhat grumpy very focused competitor, and she sees him as a pleasant social guy who used to live in our Seattle area before he moved to SoCal. Maybe that says something about my social skills. I did learn that when Craig raced out of Port Angeles (near Seattle) in an Olson 30 named Tabasco – with the same red lettering style as on his radio sailing boats. Let’s get to the interview:


Bob Wells: Craig, in the image above you are sailing a Lintel. I don’t know if I have ever seen you sail a Lintel except at West Kirby. What were you thinking? What happened to that boat?

Craig Mackey: The thinking was my Patriot was not well suited for this windier venue. That was Roy Langbord’s LINTEL that I only sailed a few times before the WC. I used my rigs and after a couple of days had her dialed in to where I was finishing in the top 10 consistently in West Kirby. Then the last few days it lightened up unfortunately for my performance. After the race I gave it to Brad Gibson, who sold it for Roy. I don’t know who ended up with it. Soon after West Kirby I received my Britpop – hull #9 from Robot Yachts.


Bob Wells: Do you ever wear pants when sailing? I’ve sailed with you on some pretty cold days, and there you are still in shorts. Maybe you’ll add a long sleeve shirt and sock hat as a concession to cold, but still the shorts.

Craig Mackey: Actually there was one time when I wore some nylon pants with a second fleece layer. We were in the Dallas Blowout where it was snowing, 25°F, and blowing 20+ knots – some serious wind chill. We went inside the clubhouse to warm up after each race. That was brutal, and I was teased about putting pants on…


Bob Wells: We have sailed together many times, but I only know you as a radio sailor consistently at the top in any US class you sail in. Beyond sailing, what else are you up to?

Craig Mackey: Well I’m retired and enjoy lots of time with Sandy, my significant other, and our dog, Cooper. Until a hip problem I liked to go to the gym and play hoops with the guys. I work on boats, putter on things, and enjoy taking it easy.


Bob Wells: I imagine that you would be a load under a basket going for a rebound. What is your local sailing club and how often do you get to sail locally these days. And what other classes are you sailing?

Craig Mackey: Mostly I sail IOMs now, and I sail the ODOM next most. My other class is the US1M, which I sail when Nationals are on the west coast.


Bob Wells: What have you got against full-keel radio sailing boats, you never seem to race that hull type?

Craig Mackey: I’m vocal about my rule #1: If I can’t pluck it and launch by grabbing the mast then I won’t sail it. That rules out the EC-12 and the like.


Bob Wells: I’ve heard you say that before, hence the question. You have sailed your BRITPOP from Robot Yachts for some time now. Do you have any modifications that you prefer?

Craig Mackey: Yes, my BRITPOP has held up very well, thank you James and Tony Edwards. They build an excellent durable boat. The boat is stock and I sail to Brad’s numbers, except I still prefer the groovey mast. I work with Alec at Blackmagick Sails to get the main luff curve how I like it. Actually for Worlds I’m building a one-piece mast, and will relegate my 2-piece mast to only for breaking down when needed for traveling.


Bob Wells: What are you doing to get ready for IOM Worlds, which is less than three months away?

Craig Mackey: Unfortunately I haven’t been sailing as much as I want, as I get a new hip in a week – I’, counting the days. I went to the recent Midwinters in San Diego, but my hip wouldn’t allow me to walk a single-heat regatta for three days so I served on the protest committee. I expect a quick recovery and after that my next race should be the Blowout in Dallas. If that goes well for me maybe your Cow Cup, as I know that May is a good time for wind in Seattle. Hopefully a race will be arranged in Foster City before Worlds too.


Bob Wells: Tell us about our USA Worlds team, which is a large one.

Craig Mackey: We are all experienced with a good selection of current boats and good equipment. We’ve all competed at Foster City. Most of us live in California and compete against each other regularly, which helps:

John Ebey  is the highest ranked American. He always has his Britpop dialed in and fast. This is John’s 1st Worlds, but with his experience he’ll perform fine.
John was 2nd at Nationals at Foster City last year.
Gary Boell - this will be his 3rd International regatta, so he won’t have the deer-in-headlights look. His Cheinz is dialed in and he is sailing consistently and fast.
Jess Atkinson - has the new V9 after being competitive with his V8. This is his first international event, but Jess is pretty solid and should do fine.
Jess makes his own sails.
Dennis Rogers - is my travel buddy. He has been to the Barbados WC, so that will help. He’s always got his Britpop going well and is a solid skipper.
George Pedrick - just finished first at last weeks light-air Midwinters. Also sailing a new V9 after success with the V8. George is always fast with good gear.
Mark Golison - is a great big-boat skipper relatively new to IOMs. He adapted to IOMs very quickly and is doing well at all our big regattas so who knows?
Stephan Cohen - his third WC, but Stephan has not been able to sail enough this past year to stay as sharp as he has been.
Ted Flack - experienced solid skipper entering his 1st WC. Ted will be at the Blowout, but he needs to sail more. I wish Ted lived in California to sail with us more.
Bruce Andersen - very experienced skipper who also just needs to sail more regularly. Bruce is our other non-Californian on the WC team.
This is Bruce’s second WC after Barbados.


Bob Wells: I looked it up and beginning with the 2003 Vancouver WC you have been to six Worlds in a row, ant Foster City will make it the 7th. Care to reminisce about these events? Any of these really stand out?

Craig Mackey: They have all been great. Actually I’ve been to 6 WC’s and 4 EC’s, and I find that WC’s tend to have better venues. West Kirby stands out for long courses with consistent wind parallel to the shore, and fortunately I had a good boat for the prevailing conditions.


Bob Wells: In the last four Worlds you have finished 14th, 14th, 14th, and 12th. That is amazing to average out so consistently. Is there any explanation?

Craig Mackey: I have no idea.


Bob Wells: Do you think you’ll have an advantage sailing in home waters at this WC?

Craig Mackey: Not with the caliber of skipper attending Worlds. They’ve seen it all, and pick up on things very quickly.


Bob Wells: Do you have any tips for newcomers racing on Central Lake for the first time?

Craig Mackey: Don’t trip on the wooden curb separating the control area from the sidewalk…



Craig Mackey’s BRITPOP “Tabasco”, which like all his boats is painted white with red lettering on his sails. Here Craig is sailing at the 2014 EC on Lake Garda in Italy.
Hanneke Gillissen © photo.


Everybody else in coats and pants yet there is Craig still in his shorts on this cool morning in Idaho.
Jean Lee photo.


Craig often employs his skill to carry a larger rig when most of us need to change down. But it doesn’t always work for him as you can see here in the silty waters
of the 2014 Blowout in Dallas. Craig is #29 nose down on the left.
J. Warren Brower photo.

Last Chance for Glory in the UK Northern District IOM Winter Series @ Birkenhead

Last Chance for Glory in the UK Northern District IOM Winter Series @ Birkenhead

By Darren Ballington

This Sunday (22/2/15) is the final round of the Northern District IOM Winter Series, hosted by Birkenhead it looks like it could be a windy affair! Don’t worry though as there will be one of Joyce Robert Hot Pots for all competitors at lunchtime.

To enter please contact Graham Elliott : elliottyachts @

Weather Forecast: “Nasty” or “Glorious” depending on your point of view: 

Training for Worlds: 21st International Rijeka's RC regatta in Croatia

Training for Worlds: 21st International Rijeka's RC regatta in Croatia

Rijeka, Croatia
14 - 15 March 2015.


It is less than one month before the start of 21st International Rijeka's RC regatta. The entry list already includes 20 competitors from Croatia, Hungary and Italy and more entries are expected.

The race is one of the latest for entire Croatian National Team before the IOM World Championship to be held in May in Foster City, USA. You too can join the race by completing on-line entry form.

Races will take place on 14 – 15 March in the port of Rijeka. Accomodation is offered on botel „Marina“ moored just at the regatta venue. Notice of Race and all logistic information are available on the event's webiste. We are looking forward to see you in Rijeka



Training for Worlds: Brisbane IOM Challenge, Australia

Training for Worlds: Brisbane IOM Challenge, Australia

By: Ian Smith
Secretary / Treasurer BRYC



It takes a while sometimes for things to become installed as a tradition, but the Brisbane IOM Challenge seems to have become such a thing.

There was some discussion on Sunday as to when it was first run, and after checking with Jeff Byerley, who initiated the event, it has been determined it was first run in 1998, so this is the 17th anniversary.

This year there was a two-fold purpose for the Brisbane Challenge. The first was the obvious one, and the second was to provide a venue to make a presentation to David Black, who recently resigned his position as QRYA Secretary after 37 years. David’s wife, Val, was presented with a bunch of flowers for being the tolerant and supportive wife.

 It’s always difficult to get a situation where you are able to assemble enough people for such an occasion, and it was thought the Challenge was the best opportunity, and in this, it was successful. Ian Ashe mentioned that he believed it was the first occasion where most of the executive of the QRYA had all been assembled in one place, so we took a photo to prove it.

22 said they would enter, and 18 showed up on the day.


A quick look at the weather maps will show there was never going to be much breeze anywhere in S.E. Qld, or indeed over much of the State, and so it turned out to be the case.

Saturday was the better of the two days with some breeze which shifted quite dramatically during the day, and temperatures which seemed much higher than the 30 degrees forecast.  Sunday was similar, only with less breeze and seemly a bit warmer.

Ian Ashe, PRO, had his work cut out trying to lay a course and keep everyone happy, and was moderately successful with the former, but less so with the latter. Quite a thankless task.

It seems that motion sensors are being incorporated into the transmitters. The more you lean, the more the boat turns. Geoff Morris (red three quarter shorts) seems to have mastered this technology better than most.

21 heats were run, however by lunch on Sunday the fleet was dwindling due to fatigue, illness,  and gear failure, and was reduced to 13, then 12 yachts, so the last 4 races were all-in affairs.

Good behaviour, and a general willingness to accept penalties, made racing as pleasant as it could be under the circumstances.

Carbrook, as a venue, cops a fair amount of criticism, mainly due to the unpredictable breeze, and the comment is often made that it’s a bit of a lottery. I’m no statistician, but I think a quick look at the results will show that, far from being a lottery, it is down to good sailing, regardless of the conditions. They are what they are, so just deal with them.

Michael was never placed lower than 3rd, Sean was never placed lower than 4th, and Geoffrey was never placed lower than 6th. The variance increases as you go down the list, but this is as you would expect.

Last year Jeff Byerley donated a perpetual trophy, and then promptly disappeared to Tasmania, but the trophy lives on.


Congratulations to Michael, Sean, and Geoffrey,

Thank you to all who competed.

Thank you to those who attended David’s presentation on Sunday.

Thank you to Ian Ashe for performing the PRO duties.

Thank you to David (as usual) and Gordon for keeping the score

Thanks to BRYC members, Clive, Dennis, Graham, Richard, and Dale for assisting in the running of the event.

Thank you to Dale and Cathie for the photos – (there were over 600 in all, so I had a bit of culling to do to avoid crashing Eddie’s web site). I have tried to ensure that there is a close-up of every boat somewhere in the selection.

Ian Smith

Secretary BRYC

Training for Worlds: Farrell Frozen Finger Regatta - USA

Training for Worlds: Farrell Frozen Finger Regatta - USA

Jerry Brower is sailing a PIKANTO #42 beginning this year to good results – 1st Place. Joe Damico is sailing his recently received Astbury BRITPOP.




By Larry Stiles


When you are putting on a regatta you can’t help but worry about the weather, as if there is something that you can do about it. You pick the time, you show up and you play the hand that you’re dealt.


That’s how this years Farrell Frozen Finger Regatta went, except that every hour we were dealt a new hand. Over the two days we had everything from dead flat calm to solid number 2-rig weather with gusts to 25 mph.

The first day started out a bit worrisome for the organizers with Cranberry Lake tabletop smooth from one end to the other. There was no wind ‘nowhere’. But right on cue the breeze started to sneak over the treetops and down onto the course, coming from the NE and then, as the day progressed, picked up strength and backing to the NW.


A standard box course was used that required little adjustment and one lap races that gave us lots of starts, which suited the conditions as the starts were a bit of a challenge. We used a race format that called for a set of three races in quick secession and then a five-minute break before the next set. This gave sailors time to clear weed, which were present but never a significant factor, and make other adjustments. More serious chores could be planned for the five-minute break and if there was an emergency, accommodations could be made. At noon the sandwiches showed up and everything stopped, giving us time to refresh and regroup. We had 24 splendid light air races that carried us all the way to 4:00 PM.


The second day was something completely different. We arrived to find sunshine and our usual wind coming from the SE at 5 to 8 MPH, which resulted in a more conventional starts and a real beat up to the windward mark. As the morning rolled on so did the wind, rolling at us with ever increasing strength. Coming up on lunch the boats were starting to look like ducks, feeding on the bottom of the lake with their tails up in the air. Very undignified. Over the lunch break the wind moderated and a higher degree of decorum was restored. At the end of the day the anemometer showed us an average wind of over 10 with a max gust of 25 MPH. Big fun and great racing with second place not decided until the last go-around.


In the end there were 41 races with few breakdowns, some bumps, some close calls, but no hard collisions. This was a good spread of conditions to test the preparation and tune of the boats and the skill of the sailors. An excellent crew of volunteers supported and guided the entire enterprise. Hats off to the entire team and especially Jean and Julian Lee for organizing and hosting the event. Next year perhaps we’ll get to race in the snow and ice. It is all very Pacific Northwest like in February.


Larry Stiles’ CHEINZ is easy to spot with the colorful deck and orange sail corner patches.

Julian Lee’s V8 close reaching to the weather mark.

Training for Worlds: ND Winter Series at Keighley, Great Britain

Training for Worlds: ND Winter Series at Keighley, Great Britain


By: Chris Spalding





The Keighley leg of the Northern District Winter series drew 18 competitors from the North of England who braved the cold weather conditions to enjoy a days sailing at probably the highest club in the country. The day started off in promising conditions with a steady North Westerly top suit wind. 

John Tushingham grabbed an early lead sailing his Departure winning the first 3 races in freshening wind conditions with Martin Hallums sailing an Arrival and Dave Hollom sailing another Departure following closely behind.  

John Taylor sailing his newly built Rubix for the first time also enjoyed considerable success before having to retire due to equipment failure no doubt due to a complete lack of shakedown time.  

By race 4 all competitors had changed down to second suit which they were only to keep on for a further two races before opting for 3rd suit. 

A tasty lunch of the Yorkshire delicacy of pie and peas was enjoyed in the club house during which the wind stopped increasing but freezing mist appeared blowing across the lake. 

In the stronger wind conditions surprisingly the performance of the britpops and V8s improved with David Burke and Mick Dunn getting better results. However John Tushingham and Martin Hallums continued to finish in the top for places and with this consistency John and blowing Martin came 1st and 2ndwith scores of 16 and 25 after 11 races.  

The race team consisted of; Damian Ackroyd, Tommy Mills, Leo Marygold and Brian Warburton who put on a enjoyable and smoothly run event.