The hotly contested Spring Cup Series saw an overall win for Terry Morden, a well-deserved second place going to Mike Mercer, closely followed by Asbjorn Lonmo in third place. Well done to them and thanks to everyone who competed.
The Copa de España Competition was held at Club de Mar de Almeria over the weekend of April 27th -30th. Strong winds during the competition resulted in some very tricky conditions for the 22 skippers. Unlike our regular sailing water on the Mar Menor, where we enjoy some shelter from the worst of the weather, almost all other nearby Clubs sail on the Mediterranean with no shelter at all. The final result was a win for National Champion, Guillermo Beltri, with our man, Stuart Lockwood, in a very respectable thirteenth place! Stuart is now preparing his “Micro Magic” for the forthcoming Spanish Championship in Madrid.
The Micro Magic (MM) is a one design yacht originally introduced twenty years ago by German hobby company Graupner. Half the length of the International One Metre (IOM) class normally sailed by our members and, at 1Kg, only a quarter of the weight, it can easily be transported fully rigged in a small car. Popular in Spain, with over 400 boats registered and in other European countries too, it can provide an economical first step into R/C yachts. Stuart is the only Group member with an MM, so it will be interesting to hear of his experiences.
Meanwhile Wednesdays at Lo Pagan have been a regular day at the office for most of our members. Competition at the moment is for the Julian Hook Trophy in memory of a member who made a major contribution to the Group in its formative years.
Prior to the first week of competition was a ‘Casual Sailing Day’. Unfortunately, as can be seen in the photo, some skippers took this rather too literally.
For the first day of serious racing we welcomed guest skipper, Peter Tans of the Netherlands. He certainly shook up the competition by winning four of the six races to give him first place overall.
We do share our water with other users and, on occasions, we find ourselves competing with larger sailing craft when the sailing school dinghies are in use. As we R/C Model Yacht skippers are often heard to say “Sailing dinghies is OK, but you can’t beat the real thing!” That’s just our view!
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