Radio Controlled Yachting – Dragon Force 65
Radio controlled yacht sessions have been organised for March 2017 until March 2018.
The racing is on Sundays meeting at 10:00 for a 10:30 start with some exceptions. The dates and times are listed below. Adrian Buswell will be running the racing. All the sessions have been
arranged so that they don’t conflict with the dinghy racing. They will take place on the pond about every two weeks, everybody is welcome to join the fleet.
DF65 2017 regatta NOR – 30th July 2017
Apart from the organised racing the pond can be used at any time.
At the last count 12 enthusiastic members have acquired Dragon Force 65 model yachts, the boat is very suitable for the pond and is not too expensive to buy. You can buy your own boat from
Mike Weston who has run the Junior Week radio yacht racing for the last few years and can be found at www.radiosailing.co.uk/. The boats cost from only £149 almost ready to sail including the radio controller; they come in a box and just need to be rigged. The DF65 has two keels the long which is the standard for the boat and the short which needs to be bought as an extra; the short
keel is mostly used on the pond which is quite shallow.
The Radio Controlled Yachts section organises its own racing including maintaining the level of the pond. This is done by opening the valve on the west pontoon to let in sea water in coordination with the environment officer who has to balance the use of the pond for radio controlled yacht racing and the draining of the marsh, see details of the pond management below.
The format of the series racing is either 10 short races or two hours racing whichever is the shorter with 4 discards depending on the number of races achieved. The final positions for the day are
entered for the series results. At the end of the series there is one discard day for 4 days racing and two days discard days for 6 days racing. Trophies will be awarded at Prize Giving for the Club Regatta and the Summer Series.
Radio controlled yacht programme for March 2017 to March 2018
MRSC Pond Level Management
The Club site lies below the high tide level and is protected from sea flooding by the sea wall. The pond is vital in protecting the site from rainwater flooding and is linked to the sea and the marsh
ditch by underground pipes and valves.
There are three points at which the Club normally controls the levels
- Automatic flap valve and bypass gate at seaward side of wall.
- Weir chamber between pond and south eastern corner of car park.
- Outflow from ditch where water course goes below ground.
The default position is bypass gate shut, free flow through weir chamber, free flow from ditch outflow, with grating in place to prevent marsh debris getting into pipework.
This allows ditch to drain to sea at low tide, and to pond at high tide, until both pond and ditch are able to flow to open sea at next low tide. The only circumstance when this is altered is to refresh the pond to prevent stagnation, or to raise the pond level to facilitate R/C yacht activities.
The sequence for raising pond level is available about 2 hours either side of high water.
- Replace ditch outflow grating with board to reduce sea water back-flow to ditch.
- Open bypass gate
This allows sea water into pond the level of which should not be allowed to rise above the concrete lip of the pond inlet/outlet pipe.
When the flow into pond stops or the level is high enough
- The pond is dammed with the screw-valve “pig” atweir chamber.
- The ditch board is replaced by the grating at ditch outflow.
- The bypass gate is shut.
From the ambient level two tides should achieve the required level. The level must not cause the car park to flood with high rainfall. The pond should be emptied when raised level is not required.
All users are responsible for this.
Flood protection will take priority over activities on the pond.