Model yacht racing at Dell Quay Sailing Club


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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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Selsey results1

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