Monday, April 20, 2009

A Footy Sailing Regatta

The Tanglewood Radio Control Sailing club just completed a Sailing Regatta contest which featured a number of local and state sailors. Franky Thorley, our Regatta commodore, did a great job in organizing and managing the event. Here, Frank is holding the skipper's meeting.

Here, Jim Child is setting out a mark for the course. The wind became quite strong during the day and made for very challenging racing.

The Footy is a small, but very fun boat and, as the name implies, is only a foot long! Still, they sail well and the competition is intense as you can see on this start.

Rick ran into some challenges with his entry. Here, he is rescuing the little boat after the rudder servo failed and steering was lost. Fortunately, it was headed toward shore when the servo quit.

About 30 minutes later and back in action! Rick enjoyed the sailing, even though he missed too many races with the servo failure to be competitive. Still, a great day of racing and I really enjoyed it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

At Tanglewood RV Park in Sebring, FL

Well, I have been a bit slow adding to the blog, but we successfully arrived in Sebring, FL to visit Rick's parents in early April. We are staying at Tanglewood Resort, where we have stayed in years past. This is still a nice resort, but certainly does not begin to compare with Palm Creek in Arizona where we spent the winter. We have enjoyed visiting friends and the evening of live entertainment as shown with Cody, the photo dog, above!

Rick is still sailing his RC sailboats and there is a very active group of sailors here in Sebring. We have a couple of different ponds to sail at and this one located close to Tanglewood, is at the Sun'n Lake community. Rick is holding his "Soling" sailboat which is about 3' long.

We sailed last Thursday, but had very clam conditions. Still, this makes for interesting racing since all the boats end up fairly close together. Rick was happy to end up in the first couple boats on several races.

Here are the "skippers" working hard! This is a great group of folks and it is fun to race with them.