Results of the 28th June 2014 Steering Course.
Saturday 28th June marked the first fun steering competition of 2014 and we certainly had fun. Arriving early to set up I was quickly joined by fellow club members getting some early practice in. It was decided to split the competitors into two groups depending on the number of propellers the model has and to ensure that there were larger numbers in each class.
The course was a modified version of the Mayhem layout with a couple of misleading sections to trick or fool the eye. Using the USS Missouri model donated to the club and r/c equipment borrowed from my Club 500 I gave a demonstration run with a largely unproved model. She sailed so good that Mick and Les ran off with it to improve the handling unbeknown to me that Mick decided he wanted to have a go on the course with it!
The multi prop class went first being the smaller class, Brian Inger with IJN Tama cruiser having to retire halfway through due to receiver battery failure. Paul Strong entered his Landing Craft and put in two good times improving upon his first run. However Keith Gubbins sailing with HMS Stevenstone a 1/96 scale Hunt class destroyer gained gold after his second run.
The single prop class had eight models entered and had the closest of timings in all the steering events I have organised, all completing the course in under 4 minutes! In fact one competitor did so well on his second run he knocked 1:20 off his initial time, well done Ieuan! Especially later on when I found out he was steering with his rudder reversed!
The morning had good weather but as promised by the weatherman the rain came in fast after 1pm but didn't put down our spirits as the club lunch supplied by Maureen, Janet and Joan surpassed all expectations. But after 2pm the weather decided it was here to stay so the medals were awarded before it got worse. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Multi Prop Class
1. Keith Gubbins HMS Stevenstone 3:30
2. Paul Strong Landing Craft 6:31
3. Brian Inger IJN Tama DNT
Single Prop Class
1. Les Griggs Coast Guard Boat 1:52
2. Clive Beard Madame Edith 2:00
3. Paul Millers Tarpon 2:22
4. Mick Shambrook USS Missouri 2:42
5. Mick Shambrook Bent 3:03
6. Ieuan Brinkworth Elcano 3:15
7. Clive Beard Marie Morgan 3:18
8. Mick Shambrook Shirley Ann 3:53
The next fun run will be August 2nd hope to see you there!
N.B., Paul spent so much time on the stop watch and enjoying himself that he forgot to take any pictures, the chairman has spoken to him before on this matter, enjoying himself in club time that is, doesn't do any good though!