Model yacht racing at Dell Quay Sailing Club


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17 october

Monday we had a perfect DQ evening . Warm for the time of year with bright sunshine (a bit too bright when trying to spot your boat on the sparkling sunlit water) and gentle SW wind

5 boats sailed a simple triangular course spoiled only by the lump of weed half way up the beat that only revealed its presence when your boat suddenly stopped.
Some people seemed more adept at hitting it than missing it. I blame brain fog caused by a virulent Scottish virus.
Bruce and Rob had good battles in most races with three wins each. Rob only winning on the tie break.
1  Rob
2  Bruce
3  Chris
4  Dave
5  Jean

5 boats turned up for a fine evening's sailing this monday.

Wind conditions were near perfect and a short triangular course was sailed near the pontoon.Tim and his boat excelled and won 4 races Rob and Jean swapped boats for the last 4 races which I think was a positive experiment. After some adjustments no.4 won a couple of races.


1st Tim (no.8) 4pts

2nd Rob (no.4) 9pts

3rd Bruce(no.5) 10pts

4th Dave (no.85) 11pts

5th Jean (no.11) 17pts

Next sailing Tuesday 11th Rob


22nd June The results from the "evening 4" races, the evening with the fantastic barbecue, thanks again to the organisers.
Rob did well winning all 4 races,
1st Rob, 2nd Tim 3rd Chris, then Bruce, Tony, Eric, Jean and Barry.

As promised by the forecaster's the rain storms passed over by 6 and the sun came out leaving a very pleasant evening.The wind dropped to a manageable 3 -4.Although the weed was a problem we held 4 races. The secret was either to avoid the weed or deweed at the pontoon mid race.Rob and Chris won two races each before we were forced to stop racing as Anne had brought down wonderful cream teas and no one wanted to miss out.

Next week we have 8m sailing on Tuesday and Victorias on Wednesday (times on website)
Sat is DQ regatta and we would like to put on a display of both classes.If you can bring your boat(s) down that would be great.As cars will not be allowed on the quay I suggest leaving boats in the sail loft on Fri night without controllers. We hope to sail between 3 and 4 on Sat.

On Wed 22nd we have another evening race and we want to combine this with a "sausage in a roll evening.


Once again, we had a very successful Victoria Day. Our thanks go to all those that brought contributions for our marvellous high tea.Chris made wonderful cakes (or so he said?), Sarah made some wonderful cheesy thingies, Dave made the scones and Liz provided splendid wine to toast Queens past and present (apologies if we forgot anybody) Thanks also to all our helpers.

Having eaten our fill, we set sail, only to be rapidly blown back into the clubhouse. A short break while the wind abated as forecast and we took to the water again.

It was still windy but sailable. Rob won the first two races and then, in a very rare event (really who wrote that) Robs boat broke leaving Chris and Tim to battle for the highly desirable Victoria trophy.

In the final race between Tim and Chris there was a tight race to the first mark where Chris having hit the seaweed watched Tim sail off into the sunset; fortunately Tim came to his senses quickly and returned to the course and won the Race and Trophy. Congratulations Tim

Summer 2

We noticed there was a lot of weed about at the beginning so Chris decided we should have coffee first, we were having a nice drink and chat when then someone noticed the weed had gone!
We rushed out and started racing inside the pontoon, unfortunately the weed came back but we did mange to do 5 races with only one rescue required.
As it was fairly windy and the surface was choppy we didn't venture outside the pontoon.
Simon 1st, Rob 2nd, Eric 3rd and Dave, with the same points as Eric, 4th.

April Spring Series

Hi Everyone Here are the results for the spring series, the weather had been so bad that we only managed to race 4 of the 7 events. Plus due to covid and holidays not many sailors could do all of them. Congratulations to:- Series winner Rob, second, Peter Matthews, third, Jean Sagues.Winter 6

Hi Everybody
Plenty of wind today and in a good direction, we sailed around a square course until a cruiser swung across and blocked the way.We then sailed a triangular course for a bit until it was clear again, I kept doing the square course but let the others sail the triangle to create a bit of handicap racing!
Those who are good at working out ties will spot that number 44 should really have come 2nd overall but as I incorrectly asked Bruce to do a turn I think its fair to leave it as it is!
Tim sailed very well to win the day.
Very close behind were Bruce second and Simon third.

We all missed Rob today and send him our best wishes.Winter 5 Jan

Winter 5

Hello, here are the results from yesterdays difficult racing, we had very light winds and it was bitterly cold.
There were 4 different race winners Linda, Peter M, Dick and Tim. It was good to see Peter Porter racing again.
The podium positions were Linda, Simon and Peter M.

The Xmas and new year series was decided today with 10 skippers racing in damp conditions.The unexpected rain really came in hard on the last race, it was blown right in our faces.Visibility was a problem especially for Rob because in one race he was about to win but sailed the wrong side of the last mark to end up in 3rd,If he hadn't missed it Rob would have won the day,Rob did win the wettest trousers competition!

Dave sailed his new boat today, it goes fast, was reliable and looks great and It was good to see Dick racing with us again.

Today's podium was Simon, Rob and Peter.The series podium is Simon, Linda and Rob.
Well done to them and also to everyone who took part in the series.The winter series carries on, Monday 24th Jan 15:00 start.2021


Dec 9th

Hi Vic sailors
Here are the results from yesterdays racing, 7 skippers braved the cold to race in some good conditions , the light wind slowly increasing as the afternoon went on.There was some close racing again and 3 different race winners. Fun was had on the race finishes as we brought along the squeaky chicken and tried to squeak out the boat numbers as they finished.
Chris's number 7 seemed to be the easiest one for the chicken to pronounce!

Nov 23rd

A beautiful sunny day was enjoyed by 7 skippers, The light Northerly wind proved a headache for the course setters, yes there were 3 of them.
The start-line we used couldn't be sighted and as Sarah refused to row out to it we had to be good at not being over it too much.
Peter started very well with 2 wins and a third but then servo problems put him out of the last 2 races, Linda won the last 3 races to come first overall, Peter 2nd and Simon 3rd. Rob was disappointed as the only race he won was the practice race!

Nov 19th The rain held off and a gentle breeze blew today to give our victoria sailors ideal conditions, especially for late november..The sun was not missed as reflections off the water can cause problems this time of year..Some helms found the windward mark a bit too far away if they had not visited specsavers recently. Everyone is getting better at starts so start lines are getting crowded and the race officer was kept busy deciding who should be doing turns.

1st Rob 2 Peter M 3rd Chris 4th Tim

Nov 8th Start of Winter Series. A very pleasant sail today with a moderate breeze. Everyone is getting better at starts so a very crowded end to the start line. We will have to give more thought to getting an unbiased line that the RO can still still see down without having to swim

1st Rob 2nd PeterM 3rd Bruce 4th Tim 5th Gordon 6th Dave 7th Chris 8th Eric 9th Jean 10th John

Autumn Series

Autumn 1 1st sept rob / peter / chris / gordon / jean / dave

autumn 2 7th sept

autumn 3 17th sept rob / eric / peter / chris / gordon / tim / jean / ron

autumn 4 29th sept simon/bill/rob

autumn 5 7th oct simon/rob/linda

autumn 6 22nd oct tim / chris / dave / jean

22nd Sept ???

1st.peter.5 pts ,2nd bruce.6 pts,3rd.rob.7 pts,4th.chris.11 pts,5th.jean14 pts, 6th Sue.22 pts

Autumn 1

Today we had a pleasant sunny session, the wind was from the SE so was shifty and gusty, not good for dinghy racing but good fun for our little yachts!
We had 4 different race winners and Rob proved that a conventional mast and normal sail setup was actually quick!
Bruce's yacht nearly got run over by an over keen cruiser skipper who sailed right through our course and wanted to ram the jetty, we suggested politely to go to the North Jetty.

Summer series

Position Skipper Sail #         Problem 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 Simon Bell 44         4.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 20.0 20.0
2 Peter Matthews 88         7.0 2.0 3.0 20.0 6.0 3.0 1.0 1.0
3 Rob Nunn 11         10.0 3.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 2.0
4 Gordon Barclay 10         15.0 8.0 20.0 5.0 2.0 5.0 3.0 5.0
5 Tim Applewhite 8         17.0 20.0 20.0 2.0 4.0 20.0 7.0 4.0
6 Chris Sprules 7         19.0 4.0 20.0 6.0 20.0 20.0 6.0 3.0
7 Dave Few 85         23.0 7.0 20.0 4.0 5.0 7.0 20.0 7.0
8 Jean Sagues 4         28.0 20.0 20.0 7.0 7.0 9.0 8.0 6.0
9 Eric Janering 9         37.0 5.0 4.0 20.0 20.0 8.0 20.0 20.0
10 Bruce Dupee 5         37.0 6.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 6.0 5.0 20.0
11 Linda Partridge 56         44.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 2.0 2.0 20.0
12 Ron Foden 14         58.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 8.0 10.0 20.0 20.0
13 Peter Porter 74         68.0 20.0 20.0 8.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0

July Summer Series4

Today's result:- Simon 1st, Gordon 2nd and Rob 3rd. We had a tricky set of races, the easterly gusts and difficult to spot weed created quite a few non finishers.Well done to Gordon Barclay who won the last race and Ron Foden who managed to repair his boat just in time for the last race.I had to adjust Jean's score slightly as the spreadsheet couldn't resolve the tie between him and Peter, It should have looked at the last race to break the tie.

June start of Summer series

Such a lovely day yesterday, sunny with a light breeze almost perfect for us except for the summer weed.This caused a few problems especially in race 1 and race 6, where there were only 3 finishers!We soon abandoned the "outer" course and used a smaller triangle within the pontoon to escape the green stuff.In the results attached you will see that Eric had a brilliant weed free race 4 just pipping Peter on the line.Linda took a couple of photos, I'm not sure the sail-maker would approve of No5's mainsail setting!

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Spring Series now underway ..... results to follow ... On the 3rd June we are holding a taster session at 18.30 ... so if you want to have a go then watch out for news item


July 22nd

We are back! We are planning to start racing on the 22nd. See Robs seperate sheet re sign on and running the event. The club will close shortly before racing in order for a quick clean

22 July - Our first race meeting for months. Club was set up and cleaned before everyone arrived, we stuck to COVID rules, stood on our allocated spots and enjoyed a lovely afternoon in the sun racing .. many of the boats haven't been on the water for ages which resulted in a few boats having problems. In the end the overall winner for the day was Peter M, followed by Rob and then Bruce (with his new blue boat). Great start lets hope it continues

Feb 28th

Hi Victoria sailors
Here are the winter series results, unfortunately we only managed to get 3 race days out of 6 due to extremes of wind strength!
Well done to Linda who won with 2 points, Simon 2nd, Rob 3rd and Tim 4th.
Refurbished boats
Paul Crozier from Selsey has got carried away on ebay and has a total of 6 yachts that he is going to turn into racing versions, with new masts, sails and rigging, so If anyone is interested in one of these then contact me and I will pass on your details.
Paul does a fantastic job with these, he built Linda's yacht and Sue has recently bought a very good one from him.
If you want to build one yourself he also has a Victoria kit that is unbuilt, if anyone wants it let me know.
Lets hope the storms stop coming and we can sail all the spring series races!

Jan 12

Hi Everyone

We did manage to get some racing done today, the wind was occasionally very strong but the rest of the time it was pretty good.
Here's what went on:-
Gordon got wet electrics, Phil's yacht was impossible to sail, I had a go with it and it went nowhere!
Chris was worried about damaging his new boat but did have a go when the wind dropped a bit.
Linda had problems tacking at the first mark, I sailed the minimum amount of races to rest my injured wrists.
Tim was chasing Robs yacht in most races, getting a bit too close sometimes!
I enjoyed the afternoon and hope we manage to get another good day on the 26th for Winter 6 Jan

Here are the results from yesterday's sunny, windy and enjoyable session.
The wind was from the West and very very gusty as we sailed inside the pontoon area.Dick's new Mark was very useful and easy to see in the sunlight.Phil led a race for a while, Rob and Tim each won a race and Linda was on form, winning the rest.Simon was resting his wrists but did some filming of the session.See you for the next event which is on 11 February at 12 O'clock.

Dec 27

Great turn out today but no racing as the wind had disappeared

Nov 2019


Hi Victoria Skippers
Here are the results from yesterdays sailing, the wind was light and shifty, water nice and flat, 12 skippers managed 4 races before the wind completely died.Looking at the results, which are very close, Chris has done very well coming 4th on the day.Beginner Barrie finished 8th out of 12, he just needs to get on and build his own boat now, if he can remember where he put the box!The series results show some non-dinghy racers doing very well in 5th and 6th places, as before I have been generous and given 20 points for the non participants.Final positions are Simon 1st, Linda 2ndand Rob 3rd. At the AGM I forgot to say thanks to Chris and Robert for all the hard work they have done, especially Rob for course laying in all weathers, thanks guys. Get your warm hats out for the next race, Winter 1 on 28th
Oct 2019

30th October

We held our last race in the handicap series on Wednesday and although the conditions were testing 7 boats turned up We were enjoying ourselves so much that we ended up having 8 racesthough the gusty conditions meant only4 were left to finish the last raceRob and Peter started most races from the back and had to fight their way through the fleet.
In the end both finished with 4 firsts and and 3 seconds but operator error meant rob retired in the last race leaving Peter to win the day.
9th October Hi Victoria FansWe had a nice mornings racing in a strong and gusty westerly wind.
Rob's course had us going fairly close to Chris's rib which was swinging around in the gusts, I got stuck behind it for a while but Peter's yacht actually got flattened by the outboard during a swing, luckily it was undamaged, the victoria was O.k. too!
There were ties for 1st and 2nd plus 3rd and 4th, Tims excellent race win gave him 3rd overall, Rob in 4th.
As For Simon and Linda they had exactly the same number of firsts and seconds, it was all down to the last race, Simon's yacht crossed the finish line about a foot in front of Linda's to just claim 1st place!
Next Race 15th October.Simon
Tough conditions yesterday for little boats.Waves and gusts plentiful.Weak spots found by everyone but most managed to finish several races.Simon's new sails looked terrible but went very fast "Appearances can be deceptive"Recent gales have cleared weed so see you all Friday 11th Rob 1st Simon 2nd Rob 3rd Tony


Autumn 1

The light northerly wind meant we would never have an easy sail, Rob did well to set a course with a good beat, but we still had problems with the first mark, it was off the end of the pontoon so difficult to see again, luckily we only went round it once per race! it was warm and sunny and with 11 skippers racing it was an enjoyable morning.Rob put his old sails back on which actually have sail numbers, this was good timing as Phil Scott, racing for the first time (I think) has yet to get a number so we gave him Number 0 for the day. Phil did quite well but then discovered a massive amount of water in his hull and had to stop.After 5 races the wind died so we called it a day, except Rob, probably suffering from too much sun, suggested a race to where there was some wind, to quay buoy and back! well you can guess what happened as the tide had now turned and the wind was with tide too, Bruce eventually rescued the 3 yachts and was shattered when he got back!
As you can see from the results it was very close for the top 3 positions, Simon 1st just ahead of Linda 2nd then Bill 3rd on the same points.


Summer 6

it was very close with 4 different race winners and a tie for the top 3 places.Chris wins the prize for long distance rowing closely followed by Dave !
Bruce was a bit cold so tried on some children's clothes first before finding a more suitable jacket (to borrow) from the lost property box!

Summer 5

8 skippers enjoyed an afternoons racing, the wind was strong so there were waves to contend with.Peter put out a good course which but it was a bit difficult to see, the post at the end of the jetty blocked the start line and the white buoy, to be fair Peter did organise us so the taller ones were at the back.
Jean did an excellent job checking the start line for every race, sometimes forgetting to look at his own boat! Linda did extremely well with 5 race wins, I could have done a bit better but I got caught up on the line for the white buoy 3 times, the tide was strong there plus I couldn't see the dam thing. Dick sailed well and was battling at the front to achieve lots of 2nd places.
Chris got water on his electrics so missed out on the fun.

August 2019 -Final Eve Series

Fine weather and mixed breezes for the last evening series race.Bill just made it (we suspect he sneaked of work early).Interesting results.Bill got 4 firsts.Rob got 4 seconds.Peter got 4 thirds.Bruce got 4 fourths but racing was closer than the results implied. Series results below

July 2019 - Selsey Visit

Well done to Peter Fisher 1st, Bill Dawber 2nd (same points) Simon Bell 3rd and Linda Partridge 4th.Overall scores Selsey 104 points and Dell Quay 169 points.Thanks to all the skippers who raised £43 for the Selsey First Responders which is brilliant.

June 2019 Spring series

Despite the forecasts Chris knew we would be lucky with the weather and he was right we didn't get much rain but not much wind either.We started racing once the current had dropped and managed 4 races of 2 laps.Skill was needed to cross the tide and cope with the lack of wind at the leeward mark, whilst avoiding the weed!Chris was in the zone and won the first race and later got a second place, shame he had problems with the other 2 races.
Linda was disappointed as she was leading a race and then her yacht stopped dead, later we heard from Dave that there was a big jellyfish lurking in the area!
Peter was doing well and lead most of a race only to loose it at the last mark. Peter and Chris had the same points but his win gave Chris 3rd place, Linda 2nd and Simon 1st

Spring Series 2019 Overall postion

June 2019

It was great to see lots of different race winners, well done to Jean who won more races than anyone else, the whole pontoon was rocking as he jumped up and down for joy, he was then going to jump in but I just managed to stop him!We had a small triangular course inside the pontoon for reduced waves plus we were able to get the boats in easier if weed was picked up.The wind dropped slightly to make the conditions perfect for racing.We were all affected by weed at some time or other and the course had to be moved to avoid a nasty build-up by the balcony.
1st LindaPartridge
2nd PeterMatthews
3rd Jean Sagues
4th Simon Bell
5th Chris Sprules
6th Goron Barclay
May 2019

Queen Victoria Model Yacht annual race series MONDAY @ 12.30 On Monday (20thMay) theVictoriamodel yachts will be holding their annual race series to celebrateQueen Victoria’s Birth date.If you would like to come and watch the races will start at12.30and will be followed by Tea and Cakes at2.00pm(approx). You are very welcome to join us!

March 2019

The 8th March meeting was our training and development meeting. We had some fabulous presentations from Rob, Dick Simon and Linda which reminded us of things we had forgotten and new stuff for us to try. The meeting also gave us the opportunity to weigh our boats just to see if we met the minimum weight criteria. Most were over the weight required so we still have some weight to lose from the boats and the skippers in some cases!

We were very pleased to formally welcome some new joiners including Tony, Bill and Ron

We were joined by Ron, Pam and Hillary who have very kindly donated a trophy in memory of their dad Bob Strong who wasa member of DQSC for over 30 years. This trophy will be presented to our overall Victoria winner which for 2018 was Simon – congratulations.


February 2019

With 12 twelve keen sailors on the water this week and almost weekly sailing throughout the year we are arguably the most active section of the club.In order to maintain our progress on the 8th of March we have a fun / training day.Our experts (Dick and the Bells) will be available to inspect boats and give rigging and sailing advice from 11:00 At 12:00 (weather permitting) we will take to the water for a series of fun races to improve boat handling skills.At 13:00 Adjourn to the club house for Chris's best coffee and biscuits.Bring your own lunch.If you know of any non Vicky sailors who may have an interest. Invite them down to have a go and see how much fun we have.

January 2019

11/1/2019 Meeting.Good turn out today with 11 boats on the water. Overall winner for the day was Bill D closely followed by Dick, Rob and Simon.

Good meeting today light winds although a bit cold. In future if it's to cold we may need to adopt this idea

December 2018 - night racing

December 2018

He's behind you - Oh no he isn't - Oh yes he is!

Well actually today’s racing was delayed by 20 minutes by the appearance of an inquisitive seal who found the Victoria's irresistible playmates.He/she was chasing the tail end of the boats and looked at one point as though he was going to have a friendly nibble!

November 2018 - Selsey Visit

The 13th November saw the visit of the Selsey Club.The conditions were ideal with a steady wind, almost no weed which meant that there was some very competitive sailing from the 17 boats on the water. Following the races we had a lovely spread of sandwiches and cake after which the Commodore kindly presented the prizes for 2018. Thanks to all for making it a very enjoyabe event

Following the tea we held our AGM and made plans for the next year
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September 2018

8 victorias turned up for what was a perfect late september day. The sun was warm and a gentle sea breeze eventually set in. The weed seems to have almost gone so most finished the races.

John M nearly won his first race but was overcome with excitement at the last mark and blew it.
There was an intense battle throughout the races between Simon, Linda and Rob
Rob just held on to win the last race and winner on the day while Simon and Linda tied two points behind.
Hopefully this weather will last a little longer

August 2018

Visit to Selsey (Model and Boat Club)

Selsey pond today was full up with Victorias, It was the most I have raced with and all 19 skippers did well to avoid each other. Ian Jackson had a special device on his mast for catching wayward Victorias, he caught at least 2 near the start line! Boat number 4 had 2 skippers Jean and Gordon but despite this it ended up needing rescuing by Linda from the reeds.

The westerly wind made it difficult to set a course so there were a few changes during the morning. One of my courses had us sailing through the series of posts, as I approached them I was thinking that maybe I should warn the dell Quay sailors of this hazard, should I shout out? This distracted me and I ended up hitting one head-on and breaking my jib sheet, I am just too caring!

George had a respectable 7th place despite having to change his number from 20 to 120 no 201 or was it 105?

Race winners were Linda Simon and Paul C, Paul won the day with some consistent results and could have done even better if he hadn't been stopped by a big carp.

The top 7 places were taken by Selsey skippers so I decided not to calculate which club did better.

Top 3 sailors from each club:-

Selsey-Paul Crozier,Simon Bell and Peter Fisher.

Dell Quay-Bill Greening Chris Sprules and Peter Matthews

Bill Greening showed off his lake sailing skills and in one race Peter Matthews parked on the island for a short tea break. Chris Sprules did well and could improve if he stopped ramming Linda and Simon's boats away from the marks, or was this a planned tactic? We all seemed to enjoy the morning and look forward to another joint event. Many thanks to the race recorders Val and Peter who did a good job.


May 2018

Victoria Day


An excellent turn out to celebrate Queen Victoria's birth day and to challenge for the Victoria Cup. Despite one race having absolutely no wind there was an overall winner on the night - Dick Hoare. Prize giving was followed by afternoon tea and cakes(Thxs Sarah & Liz)

3rd May

After a lot of overly windy days eight Victorias sailed in sunshine and moderate breezes on Thursday(3 May).There were 5 races and most were an exercise in dodging the weed and negotiating a rather lumpy sea.Simon, Linda, Peter and Rob all won races but Linda won a second which made her the days winner. This result was good enough to give Linda the series win followed by Simon,Rob and Peter

April 2018

Friday saw near perfect sailing conditions even if it was still a little cold.The water was a little choppy and the wind moved between southwest and south providing competitors with some challenges.The Bells rather monopolised the front of the fleet each finishing with three firsts and a second to tie for first place overall with Peter third.
Next sail monday 11:50 with some different challenges on the first fun series day

March 2018

MARCH 21st
The Spring may be coming but there was still a brisk chilly wind for the second spring series races
Turn out stayed good however with 9 boats starting (tough stuff Vicky sailors are made of except for those that hide in chalkpit museums)
The first three races were held on the windward side of the pontoon and the waves proved a challenge.
At this stage Rob and Linda each had a first and Simon two 2nds
Racing was resumed after a short break while the course was moved to the sheltered side of the pontoon. The waves were less but the wind shifts testing.At this stage corrosion halted Rob's participation (Someone definately mentioned poor maintenance) and Simon and Linda shared 1st places in the remaining races
keeping Peter and Tim behind them.
The final results
1st Linda
2nd Simon
3rd Peter
4th Tim
Next race 29th . We could be looking for a sponsor (given the date Cadburys would be favourite)

MARCH 16th

10 Victoria’s turned out on the 16th in chilly but otherwise very pleasant condtions with a moderate breeze, to try out the first of our handicap /pursuit races.By the end of the last race nearly everybody knew what was going on and all seemed to enjoy it.Any complaints about the results (below) should be sent to the Commodore who very kindly did starts and finishes for us. The success of this experiment is indicated by the fact three boats finished equal 2nd only one point behind the winner.

First four boats covered by 2 points

1st-Rob&Simon-9 points

3rd-Linda&Simon-10 points

5th-Chris-13 points

Any suggestion that the results were fixed will be pursued through the highest courts.

The first races of the spring series took place in near ideal conditions of force 1 slowly increasing to force.3.11 boats turned up to compete in the 6 races that were held and there was a lot of close racing and a few collisions.The result (best 4 of six) will be carried forward as the first result of the Spring series. 1st Rob 5 pts - 2nd Simon 6 pts - 3rd Linda 8 pts - 4th Dick 16 pts - 5th Tim 17 pts

Feb 2018

7 Victorias turned out today to compete in a cold blustery wind coming from all directions

Rob and Peter won two races each but Peter won the ones that counted ( I guess he wasn't trying in the others) and now the two are tied at the front of the series with Tim in third place. Given the conditions it was a really enjoyable sail

Jan 2018

Weather has been against us this month so this is what we do when we can’t sail



Who’s next for the flu jab? CF

It’s so exhausting sailing Victoria’s! BG

Did you hear the one about the Victoria armchair sailors? IS

I’ve been telling her that we sail model yachts I must bring it down one day CS

Isn't it time we thought about getting some boats RN

Dec 2017

We visited the Selsey Victoria group (SMBC) on a windy day and enjoyed a series of races with them around the lake at East Beach Selsey- 19 boats. For once we did not have to worry about waves in the Harbour but instead faced the challenge of wind continually changing direction. It was pleasing to see that Simon and Dick won a few races for Dell Quay (this could possibly be construed as being fake news as they are both members of Selsey as well). During the break from racing we watched them have a couple of races with their model motor boats... really good. Maybe another get together when the weather warms up


Nov 2017

After our recent annual meeting we agreed a couple of changes which we will implement in 2018 - they were:

  • Spring, summer, autumn, winter and evening series will be retained but will be shortened to accommodate handicap,Xmas and fun series
  • There will be three one day series to celebrate Victoria day, Alberts b'day and the Regatta.
  • We will hold more races on each day over a one and half hour period (prob. 4-6 depending on conditions)
  • There will a trophy going to the overall winner from the 4 main series
  • We will adopt the I.S.A.F rules r/c appendix and the class rules which will appear on the website
  • There will be tuning / sailing advice events
  • We will examine the possibility of an away day at Selsey Model Boat Club
  • We will experiment with a handicap series where boats will carry extra weights when they achieve good results

Oct 2017

Autumn Series completed following a break in the windy weather with four races culminating in 1st place going to Rob, 2nd place to Peter M and third place to Bruce- well done to all.

We will be holding our Annual meeting on the 7th November at 14.00 - all are welcome.

Aug 2017

Due to adverse weather conditions the racing this week was cancelled; fortunately we had planned an ad hoc meeting the day before which was enjoyed by all. It was also the first time we had the chance to see the Greening twins in thier new carrying case.

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June 2017

Evening Series

There was a warm but light wind for this week’s race with the added hazard of seaweed which led to a few of the boats making a break for it towards Fishbourne. The two winners on the night were Rob and Chris. We were pleased to see another new boat join us (John and Avril’s) with hopefully another two new racers for future meetings.

We finished the evening with a quiet drink (if you disregard the band practice) watching the sun set. Perhaps we should consider a night series but we will need to fit the boats with Navigation lights!!

Model Yachts Spring series

The Spring series has finished and I am pleased to announce that the overall winner was Simon Bell closely followed by Rob Nunn and Peter Matthews. This was our first race series and turnout for all the races has been good. Looking back over the series, the weather conditions have ranged from lovely to nightmare with large waves and high wind and yet no yachts have floundered. The Victoria MY seems to be a sturdy boat and like Trigger’s broom in Only Fools and Horses we have still got the original boats but with virtually every part having been replaced!


thanks to Peter for picture