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We've had approximately

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We are still sailing twice a month but not keeping this log up. Go to the RCGroups link here for the latest. Go to the last page there.

Saturday May 12, 2012. It was an excellent day to sail. The wind was a perfect 5-15 SE, mostly cloudy and you couldn't ask for better.

The sailors today were:

Murphy
Crash

And guests

It was just me and Murphy today, and we had a blast. Capt. Joe stopped by just back from China to say hi. Murphy’s boat almost sank after taking on a ton of water from the 8 open screw holes in the toe rails. He moved his shroud attachment blocks aft and didn’t seal the holes. The boats spent a good amount of time healing over in the winds, so he took on a lot of water. Good ole Murphy is still in no danger of losing his beloved nickname.

Photos/videos will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.) All videos are hosted on the Vimeo Website. The link for that is here

Saturday April 28, 2012. It was another nice day to sail. The wind was a little light, but there was no shortage of sailors, boats and fun.

The sailors today were:

Murphy
Scooter
Crash
Foot
Sea Dog & son
D Day

And guests

We had 6 Nirvanas, a couple of Atlantic tugs, a Springer tug, a fishing boat, and a whole fleet of war ships brought by Sea Dog.

We had a lot to look at today as we set up one more time in anticipation of the upcoming regatta next weekend. Sea Dog made a rare appearance with his son who has really grown since the last visit. He brought a half dozen toys and the seas were perfect for the haze grey navy. No drama today...just lots of fun.

Photos/videos will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.) All videos are hosted on the Vimeo Website. The link for that is here

Saturday April 14, 2012. Wow what a glorious day to be outside with friends at the pond. It was just as good as it gets. Sunny, no humidity, 75-80, and a great Easterly 5-15 wind that gave us all we could handle.

The sailors today were:

Absent
Scotty
Crash
Foot
Mike

And some guests to include Scotty's 1st mate

We had 5 Nirvana s, a couple of Atlantic tugs and Foots brand new Springer tug.

Mike dropped in from Mississippi again and Capt. Scotty and his lovely bride surprised us today with a visit. We had several Nirvana break downs today due to the extreme conditions. I was able to set up a nice 4 buoy race course with the help of Foot and his really cool springer tug. It is able to set buoys, rescue boats and bring the buoys back in. It did have a problem with the latter, but the conditions were really tough and his power was down. That boat will be invaluable to the sails in the future. So we got in some good practice for the upcoming National Regatta 3 weeks from now.

Photos/videos will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.) All videos are hosted on the Vimeo Website. The link for that is here

Saturday March 31, 2012. It had just rained and it was a warm day with air so thick you could slice it with a knife.

The sailors today were:

Murphy
Crash
Foot
Mike

And some guests to include Capt. D-Day

We had 4 Nirvanas, a Footy, and a couple tugs today. Capt. Mike also showed with a 1:144 scale war ship.

The wind was light when it was there and mostly not. I showed early and left early and Capt. Mike gave us a demo of his war ship. It shoots BBs at other ships of the kind and you could see all the repaired battle damage it had endured in battles…pretty cool. There was no drama while I was there. It was good to see Mississippi Mike again and his 1st mate.

Photos/videos will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.) All videos are hosted on the Vimeo Website. The link for that is here

Saturday March 10, 2012. This was a perfect day to sail....nice wind, sun, perfect temperature...great company.

The sailors today were:

Murphy
Scooter
Crash
Foot
Doodah

And and lots of guests

We had 4 Nirvanas, 2 Footys, a Victoria along with my rescue tug and the Chris Craft “Eat My Wake”.

The wind was again a swirling challenge and it was quite a day...all kinds of havoc and fun. Unfortunately one of the big bummers was none of the onboard footage was recorded....and it was the best ever...turns out I had alky batts and the GOPro stays never use them...that's what I get for not reading the fine print. I turned it on and I thought it was recording only to find out it turned itself off a couple seconds later....too much voltage I guess.

Oh well I have some new Nimhs charging up now to see if it is the batts or the camera is broke.

Other than that...we had several Nirvanas get marooned on the island (one of the skippers forgot to turn on his boat), the tug was acting stupid and got the tow line wrapped around the prop while trying to snag a buoy, the Chris Craft to the rescue and also wrapped the same line around its prop, the War Eagle to the rescue and also got intangled in the mess, then all 3 decided to take a trip through the tunnel of love under the bridge (a 1st) and finally got dragged out after the good Capt. Absent snagged the mess with a rope attached to none other than a pair of vice grips...lol

The good news is I only smoked the motor in the Chris Craft and I figured out what went wrong with the tug...bad 12 volt power pack. I don't know which cell but one of them is flaky. I dropped in a pair of old 5 packs and every thing works as it should on the bench. I put the new ones back in and it starts glitching on and off again.

Oh yes and before someone else tells the story...I ran Scooters Nirvana onto the shores of Normandy beach on the island too. He said he was loosing it, so I switched boats with him, but couldn't get it to respond...I told him the batteries must be dead...then he said I just ran the boat aground...I looked at him and said Say what?

Then I realized I was looking at the wrong boat...it was one of those days... I did redeem myself and pushed it back into the open water with the tug before it died on me...

Finally we had to resort to Scooter and his kayak to rescue the Nirvana that forgot to power up before launching (see.............no names Murphy) and retrieve the last 2 buoys.

What a great day though...and I did get some footage with the other camera before I ran my boat into the wall again while not paying attention to it.

Photos/videos will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.) All videos are hosted on the Vimeo Website. The link for that is here

Saturday February 25, 2012. This was the 1st sail in a month due to weather. It was a very nice cool day if not a little on the windy side.

The sailors today were:

Murphy
Scooter
Crash
Bill

And special guest Capt. Mike from Mississippi

We had 4 Nirvanas, 2 Footys again today along with my rescue tug and the Miss Bardahl.

We welcomed Mike and his new Nirvana who drove over from Mississippi to play today. Mike (Mmangus) is a regular at the Nirvana thread on RCGroups, and that is how he found us.

The wind was a swirling challenge and we had a great time trying to race around the buoys and keep from colliding with each other. Some of us didn’t do very well at that last part. Mike did extremely well for a rookie driver and we hope to see more of him.

Photos/videos will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.) All videos are hosted on the Vimeo Website. The link for that is here

Thursday February 2, 2012. 2 new classes were officially added to our AMYA cub listing today. The Footy and Open Classes. We currently have 5 Footys and numerous other boats in the club in addition to a Nirvana Fleet. We are still growing and welcome all the new sailors.

Saturday January 28, 2012. The 1st sail of the new year and a great day to sail at that.

The sailors today were :

Murphy
Absent
Crash
Bill

And a few other visitors

The wind was pretty nice and the sunny day with temps in the 60’s made for a pleasant day to be at the pond. We had 4 Nirvanas, 2 Footys and my rescue tug today.

We welcomed Bill to the club with his 2 new scratch built Footys. Bill has visited us many times, and is now a member…welcome Capt. Bill.

Other than some broke parts and electronic problems with some of the Nirvanas, the only other hiccup was when a Footy lost power and had to be snagged and dragged back to port by the rescue tug “Belinda”. If Capt. Bill keeps that up he will earn a nickname in no time at all.

Photos/videos will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.) All videos are hosted on the Vimeo Website. The link for that is here

Saturday November 26, 2011. It was another fine day to sail with a very strong wind.

The sailors today were :

Murphy
Absent
MIA
Scooter
Crash

And a few other visitors

The wind was 10-15, gusting much higher and we took full advantage with our Nirvanas. Capt. Absent and MIA were already at the pond when I arrived. I set up the new buoys with the tug and had no issues this time…everything worked as planned. Also no rescues were needed today.

Everyone except Scooter brought a Nirvana so we had 4 boats in the water. Scooter ran his shovel nose hydro and the kids were squealing about it.

Photos/videos will be posted at the Nirvana thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.) All videos are hosted on the Vimeo Website. The link for that is here

Saturday November 12, 2011. It was another excellent day to sail with a nice breeze…perfect for sail boats.

The sailors today were :

Murphy
Crash

And a visit by Die Hard.

And a few other visitors

The wind was 5-15 and we took full advantage with our 1 meter boats. It was just Murphy and me again today. I don’t know what is up with every one….but they are missing the best sailing of the year. We got there early and stayed until after noon until Murphy’s “Vela” boat pulled the deck up off the hull…a common flaw in these boats.

The “Yamaha” boat sailed great, but things took a turn for the worse when I backed over the tow line while trying to snag the 2nd marker buoy. It wrapped the tow line around the shaft and spun the motor shaft gear. I ended up having to wade knee deep to retrieve the tug after it drifted to the other side of the pond. We had no back up boats or Capt. Scooters kayak available. We had to leave two buoys.

So…as much as we hated to do it, we had to return the following morning to get the 2 buoys. It was a perfect day to sail. We figured we may as well put the 3rd one back out and sail again. This time we had a pair of Nirvanas. Every thing went well until I set “War Eagle” in the water thinking I was turning on the receiver, only it was already on and it took off with no receiver power.

Luckily, she was launched in a parallel to the wall direction and since she was perfectly tuned, she free sailed a straight course. She went all the way down the pond along the edge of the wall, just out of reach at a brisk pace and finally came ashore at the far end of the pond where I could grab her. As it turned out it was a good thing I didn’t need the tug….she spun another gear…or so I thought. I had replaced the gear box with another one with yet a lower gear (3.5:1 vs 3:1) since she was still cavitating at full power. So…this time we had to leave all 3 buoys….I was very lucky to get the tug back and was just happy I didn’t have to go wading again.

Day 3…no Murphy this time and I went back to the pond to retrieve the buoys. As it turned out the gear didn’t spin this last time and it was only the motor coupler set screw had backed out….had I checked that this time…like I did the day before, I could of saved a lot of work and the 3rd trip to the pond. Oh well…I got in about 45 minutes of testing with the tug and she is more powerful than ever before with the new motor/gearbox and is now ready to rumble.

Photos/videos will be posted at the Nirvana thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday October 22, 2011. This was a very very windy day.

The sailors today were :

Murphy
Crash
Scooter
Absent
Ray

The wind was 15-25+ and after a few of us sailed for a while, we called it a day. This was the 1st time I can remember that it was too windy to sail. The wind was so strong it was blowing over chairs.

No pictures this time.

Saturday October 8, 2011. This was a very pleasant mid 70’s day with a lot of wind.

The sailors today were :

Murphy
Crash

And a visit by Die Hard and Goose.

And a few other visitors

The wind was 10-20+ and gave us a rare chance to sail in extreme conditions. It was just Murphy and me today. We got there early and stayed until after noon when my Nirvana could take no more punishment and broke the jib hoist. We then went to the Mexican restaurant and discussed the great day of sailing. It was a fun one for sure.

Photos/videos will be posted at the Nirvana thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday October 1, 2011. The 3rd FDR regatta is done and we had a pretty good time. The attendance was a little disappointing, but that was partly due to another event in Warm Springs having to do with FDR as well. There was a parade going on at the same time as the regatta. The club turn out was not what we hoped for either.

Those attending were:

Scooter and 1st mate Patty
Crash and 1st mate Sunshine
Murphy
Steve Bad as known @ RCGroups

And Burke and 1st mate arrived late but did not sail.

We had 3 boats in the Nirvana race which was very challenging due to the extreme wind. Capt. Murphy took 1st and the trophy.

We had one rescue by Steve’s Mr. Darby after Scooters hydro power loss. My Nirvana suffered road rash after being snagged and dragged across the concrete by a young man or a dog…not quite sure as I didn’t actually see it and am getting conflicting stories. I was able to repair the broken side stay and sail on.

Other than several black scorpions in our cabin….things went very well….but we may not do this event again due to the lack of participation.

Photos/videos will be posted at the FDR Regatta thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday September 24, 2011. One more great, end of the summer, day to sail. It was warm but very nice. We had no wind again to speak of….but we still had a good time.

The sailors today were :

Doodah
Joe
Lu
Murphy
Crash

A visit by Die Hard and Scooter (no boats)

And a few visitors

Lu tested out her newly acquired Bristol Bay, Joe sailed his Coast Guard Boat and Nirvana, Doodah brought his Victoria and footy, Murphy had a Nirvana, and I brought my Yamaha 1 meter and rescue tug.

We got there early and stayed till after noon. No drama today…and we look forward to the next one. Only 1 week until the FDR Regatta…check it out at the MMBC or FDR State Park websites.

Photos/videos will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday September 10, 2011. Another excellent summer day to sail. It was warm but very nice. We had no wind today, so it was power boat heaven….not a sheet boat on the water.

The sailors today were “ The Three Amigos”

Murphy
Scooter
Crash

And a few visitors

Murphy showed with his tug and Scooter brought his shovel nose hydro and I drug out my fishing boat, hydro and tug.

We got there early and left early as it started heating up. No real drama today…and we look forward to the next one. Only 3 weeks until the FDR Regatta…check it out at the MMBC or FDR State Park websites.

Photos/videos will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.) Saturday August 27, 2011. An excellent summer day to sail. It was very warm but we had a nice Northerly thanks to hurricane Irene.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Scooter
Crash
Doodah

And a few visitors to include D Day

Murphy showed with his new Vela replacement hull and Scooter brought his Nirvana and a small new cat from ProBoat. Today, was a brief stay for me after I had hatch failure on my Yamaha sail boat. I did get in about 30 minutes of sailing with it and another 30 minutes on the tug before I decided to pack it in. I was really looking forward to a good long sail and was very disappointed.

As I was leaving, D Day popped in and it was good to see him. He didn’t bring a boat.

Photos/videos will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday August 13, 2011. The day started out very warm, muggy and calm, but we got a light breeze later in the morning and sailing was great with the addition of a little shade to sit in.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Scooter
MIA
Absent
AWOL
Joe
Crash

And a few visitors.

Today, other than Joe briefly checking out his newly acquired Bristol Bay, was sheet boat day. We had 5 Nirvanas, a footy, and a 1 meter on the water. We didn’t have a rescue tug and came close to a real problem when 2 Nirvanas tangled and drifted toward the far side reedy area. Luckily they finally drifted to the accessible stone bank and were saved.

We also had a Nirvana arrive at the pond missing a keel (not the 1st time) and I was bribed with a Mexican dinner to keep (shall we call him Capt. Keelless) the skippers name out of the record.

Photos/videos will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday July 30, 2011. End of July and pretty warm, but we had a good turnout anyway.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Joe
Lu
Scooter
MIA
Crash

And visitors.

We got there early and left early, again due to the heat. Scooter showed up with his Nirvana, and Hydro. Joe had his Nirvana and Coast Guard Boat, Lu had her Paradise, Murphy brought his new “Vela” sporting new sails, I only brought my new 1:20 scale “Yamaha Round the World” open ocean racing yacht today, and Capt. MIA, formerly know as Earl, finally showed up but was empty handed as his boats need repaired. It was really good to see MIA and we hope he won’t continue to be MIA. P> No rescues today…but Murphy did develop a sail day ending leak in his Vela and gets to keep his name for another week or two. He has to return it for another boat, as the leak is terminal.

Photos/videos are or will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday July 9, 2011. Another hot one today, but we had a few die hard sailors willing to broil.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Doodah
Crash

And visitors.

We got there early and left early…or at least I did. I only brought my shovelnose hydro and the rescue tug today. I put in couple of runs, chatted with the guys, took pics and video, and headed for the barn. Scooter showed up for a little while, but wasn’t able to stick around and play. Doodah brought a new “Footy”, and really good looking Nirvana (new eye candy?) and a cool umbrella. Murphy brought his new “Vela” and let Scooter have a turn at the helm. I guess he will have to get one now after seeing the grin on his face.

No rescues today…but Murphy did beach his Vela after a power failure…sorry George…you really didn’t think I wouldn’t mention it did you?

Photos/videos are or will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday June 25, 2011. Summer is here. It was very hot again with very light wind.

The sailors today were Captains:

Ray
Absent
Doodah
Crash

And visitors.

We had a good turn out today considering the heat. I think some guys were Jonesing to get in some stick time and would sail in any conditions. We got to the pond early and left early. We had 3 Nirvanas, a Victoria and rescue tugs. I brought along my UL-1 just to break up the calm.

No rescues today…no drama.

Photos/videos are or will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday June 11, 2011. Today’s sail was a no go due to the extreme heat and lack of wind.

Saturday May 28, 2011. The word for today was hot. It was hot, humid and we had next to no wind…. Summer is here early this year.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Absent
Joe
Lu
Crash
And visiting sailor…Steve Bad

We had a good turn out today. It was pretty much sheet boats and tug boats with the exception of my charter fishing boat “Enterprise”. I was pleasantly surprised to find visiting sailor Steve Bad already at the pond when I arrived. His “Mr. Darby” tug was already cruising the pond. I brought my Atlantic tug “Belinda” a nirvana and my converted sport fisherman. Along came Capt Absent with his nirvana and Atlantic tug, then Joe and his sweetie Lu, showed up with a nirvana and CG boat and a Paradise boat that Lu has taken command of. We welcomed to Lu to the club as a new skipper. Capt. Murphy joined us later bringing a nirvana and a brand new birthday toy, a aquacraft “Vela” 1 meter sheetboat which looked and sailed really nice.

Again no rescues today, but the tugs were on standby just in case.

Photos/videos are or will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday May 14, 2011. It was a good day to sail…nice and cool after a front blew through with light winds.

The sailors today were Captains:

Absent
Joe
Crash

We had a light turn out today, but we had a good time per usual. It was pretty much sheet boats only as Capt. Joe got to put the maiden on his brand new Nirvana while Capt. Absent and I got stick time on our Nirvana’s as well. Joe also ran his Coast Guard Boat for a short shake down cruise.

Again no rescues today, but Absents tug was on standby just in case.

Photos/videos are or will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday May 7, 2011. Today we provided entertainment at the annual Wynton Blount Fine Arts Museum fund raiser “The Flimp Festival”, in Montgomery. This was another outstanding day to sail….mid 80’s very little humidity and 5-10 mph winds occasionally gusty.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Scooter
D Day
Joan
Crash

And hundreds of visitors.

We set up right outside the entrance to the event and had all the traffic we could handle. We seemed to be the main attraction for all the young ones including lots of Cub Scouts. The museum provided MMBC with security/life guard, free food and drink and excellent pond side parking.

Very little drama today other than Scooter getting his awning blown away, a collision with the Proboat Runabout “Freebird” and the sport fishing boat “Enterprise” after Freebird lost temporary control. Thankfully we only had minor cosmetic damage. I spent the rest of the weekend icing my knee after slipping one foot into the pond on the wet grass and twisting the other knee. The boat launching was a bit tricky and if we do this next year, we hope to have a temporary platform to launch from. We couldn’t get our sailboats in due to the shallow water at ponds edge….and it was about a foot down to the water…so we ran all power boats except for a footy.

I did a CBS interview and we got a few seconds of face time on the 5:00 pm news...I failed to get a copy of the news cast this time...rats.

No rescues today, but the tug was on standby just in case.

Photos/videos are or will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday April 30, 2011. This was an outstanding day to sail….mid 80’s very little humidity and 5-10 mph winds.

The sailors today were Captains:

Joe
Absent
Murphy
Scooter
Crash

And visitors.

Capt. Absent (Robert) wasted no time in being awarded a new name after he made the comment that his boat sailed better without him. I swear I had nothing to do with this one. He showed up with a brand new Atlantic Harbor Tug and we wasted no time putting her through her maiden voyage. She worked perfectly.

Scooter ran his hydro and needed rescued after the battery died… and then had to quit sailing his Nirvana when the batteries died in it too. I think he’s trying to give Capt. Die Hard a run for his money…lol. His Chris Craft “Free Bird” also made an appearance today.

Murphy, still in the process of unpacking after his move, borrowed one of my Nirvanas and then had to be rescued after snagging a buoy. I got snagged at 1st and he attempted to break me free with his Nirvana and got tangled too. My boat then broke free, but his didn’t and dragged that buoy all the way across the pond before I could get the rescue boat to him.

Joe and his wife showed up and it was good to see them again…it had been quite awhile. He sailed his Paradise and Coast Guard boat…and is looking for a new Nirvana so he can play with the rest of us.

I got about 5 miles of good runs on my shovel nose hydro, several rescues with the Belinda and some good sail time on my Nirvana.

Photos/videos are or will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday April 9, 2011. The last sail for March was stormed out, but today was a sunny and 88 degree, very warm for early April, day. We did have a nice breeze making it tolerable under the umbrella.

The sailors today were Captains:

Doodah and 1st mate
Robert and 1st mate
Crash

And visitors.

Scooter and Murphy were AWOL…but we still had a really nice sail with great weather. It was good to see Doodah again and he brought along his high school sweetie for support. Doodah brought his Nirvana and Victoria boats. We also welcomed new skipper Robert and his wife Dean to the club. Robert got in a maiden on his pretty new blue Nirvana, the “Mary Dean”. I brought along the usual assortment of boats. We had no drama or rescues today.

Photos/videos are or will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday March 12, 2011. Another sunny, mid 70’s, doesn’t get any nicer for sailing type of day.

The sailors today were Captains:

Scooter
Crash

And guests.

Another awesome day and Scooter and I had the pond to ourselves…for the most part. We actually got 2 shovel nosed hydro’s running at the same time and had no problems or rescues. I did have a young un walk up and kick my Nirvana while it was laying on the ground, but luckily it wasn’t damaged. I don’t know where everyone is…but they are missing out on some of the best sailing of the year. Hopefully we will see them next time.

Photos/videos are or will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday February 26, 2011. Sunny, mid 70’s, and it doesn’t get any nicer for sailing.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Scooter
Crash

And guests.

Scooter had his whole fleet out today...his tug, Nirvana, hydro and Chris Craft. Murphy brought a Nirvana, Footy, and Cracker box. Crash showed up with a Nirvana, tug, and a new sport fisherman. No rescues or drama…just a great day of sailing.

Photos/videos are or will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups and/or the MMBC Message Board as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday February 12, 2011. Sunny, upper 50s, and an excellent day to be outside.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Scooter
Doodah
Crash

And guests.

It was really good to see Jim (Doodah) finally make it back to the pond….he brought his Nirvana and his sweetie. We had 4 guys show today with 4 Nirvanas, 3 shovel noses and of course the duty rescue boat “Belinda” was on standby. No rescues…at least not any that a tug could get to. The only incident was when Murphy decided to practice beach landings with his hydro. No damage done though…pretty amazing considering it was a full speed wreck.

Photos/videos are or will be posted at the MMBC thread at RCGroups and/or the MMBC Message Board as they are made available. (Go to link in links section below or click here.)

Saturday January 29, 2011. 1st sail of the year and I missed this one.

The sailors today were:

Murphy
Scooter
Burke

According to reports it was a beautiful 70 degree day and there were lots of visitors…I absolutely hate I missed this one but stuff happens.

I also heard there were some rescue boats needing rescued…hmmm…

No pics this time.

Saturday January 15, 2011. No Sail today, bad weather.

Friday December 31, 2010. Last sail of the year and a last minute one at that.

The sailors today were the 3 omigos:

Murphy
Scooter
Crash

A few of us got together to take advantage of the break in the weather for a sail on New Years eve. It was really windy, and I had blow over after blow over on Miss Bardahl. The other guys were smart enough to wait until the wind slowed down a little to run their hydros...and I had to go ankle deep wading to fish my inverted boat out of the weeds one time because I just love a challenge...lol

Anyway...Scooter got to join the Fast Electric Club with his 1st hydro. It ran absolutely great. It is a Miss Unlimited kit with UL-1 electrics/hardware. He looked like a pro driving it for the 1st time too....great job Scooter. Murphy and I also sailed our Nirvanas, and I had fun trying to film and drive mine in tough conditions....so the video is not that great. We also had a visit by Capt. Die Hard and the local news paper again. I don't know if we made the Sunday paper yet.

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Saturday December 11, 2010. Partly cloudy, upper 50s, and the pick of the litter as far as sailable days this week. I'm glad to report the pond is back to full pool.

The sailors today were the usual 3 omigos:

Murphy
Scooter
Crash

Scooter brought his Nirvana and almost finished and ready to sail Miss Unlimited “Miss Chaos” to show and tell. All it needs is some sealing and a few other little adjustments and it will be ready to test. He plans to add some decals and replace the scratch dummy motor with a Allison kit. It is looking very good as the pictures show. Wow...we have come a long way the last couple years in our building and tech skills as a club.

Capt. Murphy brought his nirvana, but in typical Murphy style, forgot the keel, so it never got wet. He also ran a cracker too long and it cooked off the motor and shorted the ESC wide open then he had to run the lipo down to get it back to shore. Needless to say the battery puffed too so it was a complete mess when he opened it up to shut it down. On the flip side, Murphys hydro never ran better...he reproped to the X442. It does have a plumbing leak, most likely the Ul-1 motor cooling jacket o-ring...it is known to do that. The boat looked to be running in the 40-45 mph range today...and looked awesome.

I brought my tug, Nirvana, and a cracker too. I also ran her too long and cooked the Trinity Monster motor down. Oh well...we had fun today and will get those boats back up and running over the holidays.

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Saturday November 27, 2010. Sunny, upper 50s, and a very nice day to sail if not for the stiff northerly winds. Even with the winds it was better than the hot summer days...I'll take it anytime. The pond is back to about 6” of being at normal depth.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Crash

Only Capt. Murphy and I decided to sail today. We both ran our shovel nose hydros and cracker box boats. No sheet boats got wet. I ran 3 runs with Miss Bardahl sporting the new driver. She didn't waste any time blowing over in the 10-15, gusting to 25mph at times, crosswinds. She landed inverted the 1st time she blew over and had to be rescued. The new driver is bigger and heavier and messed up my center of gravity. After another blow over and adjustment of battery position, she was able to run nicely. She is a hand full in those conditions at speed, but what fun to drive and watch.

Capt. Murphy got in a very nice run on his Miss Unlimited. She is finally adjusted and the UL-1 electrics are paying off. Snoppy was driving for the 1st time and looked very cool with his ears flopping in the wind as it drove by. Sorry you couldn't make it Scooter....hope you found some treasure on that shopping trip. See ya next time.

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Saturday November 13 & Sunday November 14, 2010. We had our regular sail on Saturday at the Theater Pond due to low water levels in our normal pond. This was another really nice day to sail, but again only a few of us took advantage. There are a whole lot of boats laying up in the yards not getting used.

The sailors were Captains:

Murphy
Crash
Scooter

We had a nice sail no casualties to report and a number of visitors enjoyed the day as well.

The club was invited to visit the Grandview Church/YMCA the following day, so we took advantage of yet one more good day to sail before old man winter gets a hold of Alabama. We had a good number of observers for this event.

A lot of action took place. D-Day showed up with a couple of 1:10 shovel nose boats to include a new one…the 1971 Miss Madison. He stuffed his Miss St. Regis and lost the windshield in the process. He also flipped his very fast spider boat and then wound the flex shaft into a ball inside the boat….too much torque..Scooter to the rescue with his tug. I ran Miss Bardahl with only a minor incident of getting too close to the bank and running through the weeds…I also found I have a couple of battery packs not able to cut the mustard any more ...they will have to be relegated to the slower boats now.

Murphy…gets the award for the day…after crashing his float plane again….but on the bright side of things…no one got hurt and it survived another rough flight and will fly one more time…maybe. He also got in some good run time with his Miss Unlimited. It’s finally running good after swapping to all UL-1 electrics/hardware like in my boat.

I wish someone would of got a pic of my tug pushing the half sunk peddle boat in after it drifted into the fast boat lane....it was pretty cool to see that little tug do that...oh well...all in all it was a great day and we wish to thank our hosts.

The sailors were:

Murphy
Crash
Scooter
D-Day
Joan

And Sunshine made an appearance but didn’t sail anything.

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Saturday October 30, 2010. This was a really nice day to sail, but only a few of us took advantage.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Crash
Scooter

The water is still down at least 2 feet, and I again brought along a 4 foot launch cradle to help get the boats in and out of the pond. Scooter brought his almost completed 1:10 scale hydro to show and tell but couldn’t stay and play. Murphy had his Nirvana, cracker box and Miss Unlimited, and I brought along my Nirvana, Miss Bardahl and tug. We didn’t set up the buoys due to the water being so low.

Murphy got a few laps in with his hydro before he smoked the motor... he will be going to UL-1 power next time. The motor had been harmed due to a wide open run away on the bench and finally gave up this time out. I got in some runs on my hydro spinning her out a couple times and stuffing her in the hairpin once….rescue tug to save the day again after she flipped. I got to use my on board water removal system for the 1st time and it worked great.

This month was the clubs 3 year anniversary and Capt. Scooter has been with the club since the 12-2-2007 sail, six weeks after we were formed. Scooter is one of the very few that has showed at almost every sail month in month out. We had a quorum of founding members present, so based on the above, I made the motion to nominate Terry aka Capt Scooter a founding member. The motion was seconded by founding member George aka Capt Murphy making Scooter a founding member. Capt. Scooter proudly accepted the nomination. Congratulations Terry….you deserve it.

This was the last sail at summertime hours…we will go to winter time hours of 12:00 noon till….as of the next sail. We will also go to 2 sails per month, on the 2nd and last Saturdays of the month, beginning with the next sail on November the 13th.

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Saturday October 2, 2010. This was the 2nd FDR Sail on Pine Mountain Georgia. President Roosevelt was a huge boat lover and this event is the 2nd annual to celebrate his love of boats and introduce others to the enjoyment we find in the hobby. The weather was once again absolutely perfect. We had plenty of sunshine and a gentle breeze, with temps in the mid to upper 70s and low 80s. The “Rangers” and “Friends of the Park” were once again the best hosts you could ask for. They provided and cooked dogs and drinks, a sound system with great sailing music, a rain gutter regatta to go along with the RC regatta, a table to buy/build free sailing boats for the young sailors.

We set up early and had a great showing of club members and boats.

Those present were:

Mr. & Ms. Scooter
Mr. & Ms. D Day
Mr. & Ms. Burke
Sunshine & Crash
Capt. Murphy
Capt. Inferno

And over 100 guests.

The pics are a must see to appreciate the crowd of smiling faces. We got in one Nirvana race and it was another adventure as the swirling wind on this pond is very difficult to sail in due to the deep bowl shape of the lake surrounded by tall trees. Capt. Crash was the 1st skipper across the line of the Olympic Race Course this time, but everyone was a winner, just for finishing. Capt. Burke showed off his RC Laser sheet boat, Capt. Scooter provided demo runs of his Chris Craft runabout, Crash ran his Cracker box and 1:10 shovel nose hydro, Inferno ran a Ul-1, Murphy demonstrated his flying skills with his float plane and 1:10 shovel nose hydro while Capt. D Day showed us his new 1:10 shovel nose and fast rigger called the “Spider” .

Both tugs got in rescues and Capt. Murphy got his 1st buoy kill with his shovel nose. We all had a great time and are already making plans for next year.

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Saturday September 25, 2010. We had one last real hot sail…in fact it was a record high 97 later in the day and plenty humid. The winds very light and no clouds to help out, making for a early arrive and early leave.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Crash
Scooter
Burke

We had the same 4 die hard sailors show at the pond as last time, only it wasn’t just sheet boats this time. The water was down close to 2 feet due to the drought, and I brought along a 4 foot launch cradle to help get the boats in and out of the pond. Scooter brought his Nirvana, Burke brought his RC Laser, Murphy had his Nirvana, cracker box and Miss Unlimited, and I brought along my Nirvana, cracker box, run-a-about and tug. We didn’t set up the buoys due to the water being so low.

Murphy and I had good fun chasing each other around with the crackers. Murphy finally got a few laps in with his hydro…that thing has been a real problem child. He put in the 1st set of lipos which were not fully charged so we never got top speed, in fact it wasn’t very fast at all….maybe due to a loss of power in the bad solder joints on the wiring harness which completely let go after a half dozen laps. The wiring was also too small to handle the load. Murphy brought the boat to my house after the sail and we redid the harness so hopefully it will be good to go this coming weekend at the FDR Regatta.

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Saturday August 28, 2010. It was hopefully the last hot summer sail for the season. It wasn’t that bad though, humid 80s with a nice 5-10 mph breeze. The pond was in the best shape I’ve ever seen it. The grass was well manicured, no mud holes and very few goose mines to step in.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Crash
Scooter
Burke

It was sheet boat day as the only boat with a prop to hit the water was Scooters tug. Murphy brought his shovelnose to test with new electronics, but pulled another Murphy (forgot a T connector) and never got it wet. Scooters tug lost its drive after a set screw failed, so it was a good thing Murphy didn’t get his hydro in the water. We decided to NOT put in Murphys’ cracker box due to no available rescue boat. All I brought to the pond today was a chair and the Nirvana.

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Saturday July 31, 2010. Sail canceled due to extreme heat.

Saturday July 3, 2010. This was a last minute, one day warning, fun sail. It was a a perfect summer day to sail, 5-15 mph wind and low humidity with nothing but sun...we had to take advantage of it.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Crash
Earl

And Die Hard stopped by for awhile with his pooch.

Although there were only 3 of us, we had a great time and didn't want to leave. We all had Nirvanas and cracker box boats and had some good fun racing. If you missed it you missed it.

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Saturday June 26, 2010. It was a very warm summer day and the wind was hard to find, but we had a better than expected turn out of skippers make a showing at the pond.

The sailors today were Captains:

Die Hard
Scooter
Burke
Murphy
Crunch
Crash
Earl

And a few guests.

Today’s sail was the first of the summer and summer has started hotter than normal. We had about 4 Nirvanas in the water and a couple of new boats made their debut. Burke showed but never got his RC Laser boat unpacked. Die Hard stopped by for a few minutes before going to work on a dryer and I almost didn’t recognize him with out the dog eaten straw hat…lol

The surprise of the day was Capt. Crunch and his son showing. We had not seen Crunch for a good while…it was good to see him again. He brought his Nirvana.

Earl had a new unpainted 1:10 cracker box type boat that was 550 powered and will be great fun in the cracker box races. It needs a little dialing in and more battery before it’s ready to be competitive. Scooter showed with his runabout, a Nirvana and a newly finished Liberty tug. It’s the 2nd one he built and a real beauty. It made its 1st rescue today and did real well till the drive shaft coupler failed. Murphy had his usual luck, this time with the Miss Unlimited. The Hobby king pistol grip transmitter is not working out and caused the motor to lock wide open…luckily it was not in the water when that happened.. That transmitter has been nothing but trouble from day one, and is going to get him and/or his boat hurt. He is going to the tactic radio for the next try. I brought my tug, (it never left the mooring) my Nirvana and Miss Bardahl. I took a few pictures.

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Monday May 31, 2010. Memorial Day

Long Leaf R/C Boaters and Commodores Club 3rd Annual RC Regatta at Oakhurst Farms Georgia.

This was the 2010 Memorial Day charity event. Montgomery Model Boat Club was invited and 5 of us did just that. It was my 1st real regatta, and I couldn't take it all in because it was so big and had so much going on. Sunshine and I took over 500 pics and some video before my camera battery died. I managed to whittle it down to a little less than 200 pics. The event was about 100 miles away just over the State line, and was worth every mile. We got to meet a lot of very nice people. I hope y'all enjoy the tour.

Members representing the club were Captains:

Murphy
Crash
Sunshine
D Day
Joan

Here is the link to the pics.

Saturday May 29, 2010. Wow…what a great day to be at pond.

The sailors today were Captains:

Burke
Roger
Murphy
Goose
Jon
Crash
Sunshine
D Day
Earl

And a ton of guests.

Todays sail was part of the 1st Annual Hot Hobbies Rc Event at the park. We had about 4 flyboy clubs, a car club and our club particpate. It was warm and rain was always a possibility, but it held off till later in the afternoon. Our new local hobby shop did an outstanding job with this event. We had a lot of free food, music, entertainment, and everyone had a blast. If you missed it....you missed it. I tried to get pics and video and got some but not enough. No drama today....just good fun.

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Saturday May 1, 2010. It was a warm, overcast and very windy day at the pond with threatening weather coming in later in the weekend.

The sailors today were Captains:

Crash
Scooter

And no guests.

Another 1st for the club…only 2 sailors showed for the sail. This is the first time that has ever happened. Scooter showed about the same time I did with his Nirvana. I tested my Nirvana, run about and Miss Bardahl shovel nose in the windy waters. The rescue tug was on standby, as usual, but never had to get underway as there was no drama today. Scooter and I enjoyed the day visiting and sailed non stop for a couple hours before calling it a day.

We aren’t sure why the turnout is like it is lately. Maybe the novelty has worn off for most. At any rate, it’s been decided to go to once a month meetings until further notice. We will now meet at the pond on the last Saturday of each month as an official club.

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Saturday April 17, 2010. Another very nice day to be at the pond…maybe the last of the cooler ones for awhile.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Crash
Scooter
Die Hard
D Day
Roger and his lovely wife
Inferno

And a short appearance by David and Mike

A surprisingly less than expected turn out of sailors took advantage of the conditions today. We did have about 5 Nirvanas in the water, along with a couple UL-1s, a cracker box, classic runabout, a couple tugs and my Miss Bardahl shovel nose….I think that’s every thing. Everyone except me, well I did flip a couple boats now that I think about it, lived up to their names. Die Hard never even got his boat in the water…it was DOA. Murphy bent the rudder on his sheet boat in transport and cooked the crackerbox after a 1 second burst….no more 3 cell lipos there mister…and the best was saved for last when D Day revisited the island with his UL-1. This time the natives didn’t take a liking to his beach landing and took it out on the boat. I took no pictures this time….but did have to get the UL-1 vs the Goose on video….funny. Capt. Scooter had to go after the UL-1 with his kayak after the tug was unable to free the stranded boat from the island. We did get in a couple of sheet boat races today too.

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Saturday April 3, 2010. Easter weekend and a nice day at the pond.

The sailors today were Captains:

Murphy
Crash
Sunshine
Rudy
D Day

And a short appearance by Die Hard

I don’t know if it was the threatening weather or the Easter weekend or both, but the turn out was very light this time. It looked like rain but we only got a very few drops towards the end of the sail. We had another 1st for the club ….no sheet boats hit the water…it was powerboats rule day at the pond. It was good to see a couple of MMBC “OCCASIONALS” Captains Rudy and D Day again. Rudy brought a new boat to the pond…a little pleasure craft by Pro Boat. It ran really well and looked like a lot of fun. D Day brought a new Nirvana but I think he was scared to put it in the water. He also brought a new Tower Hobbies scratch and dent Atlantic Harbor Tug and his better halves UL-1. Murphy put his maiden voyage on his new vac-u-cracker. It ran really well and will be a good match up with the “Claim Jumper” cracker. Captain Sunshine got some run time with her Bristol Bay boat and yours truly ran his newly finished 1968 Checkerboard Comet, “Miss Bardahl”.

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Saturday March 20, 2010. Wow…another beauty of a day and fun at the park.

The sailors today were Captains:

Scooter
Die Hard
Burke
Murphy
Goose
Crash
Sunshine
Earl
Mike
David
James

And lots of guests

Again there were lots of sheet boats, a couple of tugs, crackers , UL-1's and my unfinished 1:10 scale shovel nose hydro “Miss Bardahl” put to the water for the 1st time. The wind was a factor today. It started out almost calm and was blowing pretty good the rest of the day. The park was full of people flying kites, playing with dogs, RC trucks, planes, volleyball and of course the boats drew a lot of picnickers too. Murphy was doing all sorts of aerobatics with his boats and got the cracker and UL-1 running the way they should. Check out the video and see what I'm talking about.

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Saturday March 6, 2010. Wow…what a beauty of a day and lots of sailors took advantage of it.

The sailors today were Captains:

Scooter
Die Hard
Joe
Burke
Roger
Murphy
Goose
Crash
Sunshine
Ray
Earl
Mike
David
Inferno

And guests

Again there were lots of sheet boats, a couple of tugs, Capt. Murphy's super powered crackerbox boat, Capt. Joe's USCG boat, Infernos repaired UL-1, and my crackerbox boat, “Claim Jumper”. No new boats present today that I can remember. Capt. Scooter revised his new rescue device for his Liberty tug and got to use it. Tug “Belinda” stayed very busy rescuing the CG boat after it came untied from her mooring and went adrift, rescuing Murphy’s cracker a couple of times, my cracker too and snagged and dragged Roger’s Nirvana while doing buoy retrieval after it crossed the tow line. We hooked one or two possible new members after they saw the website and then trying out the Nirvanas. We got in sheet boat race. “War Eagle” walked away as the winner after Murphy missed the #1 buoy on the final lap. Again, no real drama other than a couple of plumbing leaks in the UL-1 and Murphy’s cracker. It was just another great time by all.

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Saturday February 20, 2010. This report is a bit late, but I will do my best to tell it the way it was. We had a real good showing of skippers for a really beautiful day. The weather finally cooperated.

The sailors today were Captains:

Scooter
Die Hard
Joe
Burke
Roger
Murphy
Goose
Crash

And guests

There were all kinds of sheet boats, a couple of tugs, Capt. Murphy's super powered cracker and his brand new UL-1, also his footy, Capt. Joe's USCG boat and my UL-1. Capt. Scooter had a new rescue device for his Liberty tug and got to use it to practice on the USCG Boat then for real on the cracker. Also present were a couple of the new 1:10 shovel nose hydro s still in construction. No drama today, just a great time by all.

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Saturday January 23, 2010. We had a real good showing of skippers today for a ugly winter sail. The forecast was 70ish and very windy, but it was still showing 45 on the thermometer at the bank when I pulled out a little after 1:00pm. If our weatherman would of showed with his dog today, I think I would of slapped him for missing so badly on the forecast-ed temps. It weren't nothing nice. This was our 1st sail of the new year. The winter has not been nice to us so far with cold and wet being the norm.

The sailors today were Captains:

Scooter
Die Hard
Earl
David
Inferno
Murphy
Will
Crash

And no guests were dumb enough to be there except a couple of joggers!

I put my runabout through the waves running down a couple of lipo packs and Capt. Scooter ran his a little, other than that no other boats got wet. I did get to fly my new blimp...I think its somewhere over the State line by now...lol (see the video)

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Saturday December 26, 2009. We had a pretty good showing of skippers and boats today for a mid winter sail. The winds were a little fickle and the pond grass was plenty wet after a week of rain, but we still had a good time.

The sailors today were Captains:

Scooter
Die Hard
Earl
Roger and 1st Mate
Crash

And guests

We had a half dozen Nirvanas and my Chris Craft and Tug at the pond today. A full size pick up truck owner refused to re-park his vehicle, after being asked nicely. It was parked sideways taking up about 4 parking spots at the already too small parking lot. He decided to pack it up after I made a comment about my being in a fighting mood today. I apologize to the club for conduct unbecoming of an officer. A flogging should be in order. Other than that, there was no other drama and no rescues.

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Saturday November 28, 2009. We had a good showing of skippers and boats today although I was unable to make the sail. The following is posted based on 2nd hand accounts.

The sailors today were Captains:

Scooter
Murphy
Die Hard
Scotty
Joe
Burke

And guests

A nice day, but very little wind. We had a handful of sheet boats, to try out the light winds today.

Murphy brought a floatplane and had radio glitching problems (possible interference from the flyboys?) as did Scotty who lost control of a unknown motor boat having it strike the stone bridge at full throttle and sink after a short while, bow up with no survivors. Scooter went home, got his kayak, but was unable to locate the ship wreck. Another one sent to the bottom. That’s three I know of this year. If we keep this up we will have rename the pond per Sea Dog’s suggestion, “Iron Bottom Sound”.

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Saturday November 14, 2009. It was stellar day in Alabama, absolutely perfect. We had a good showing of skippers and boats today.

The sailors today were Captains:

Scooter
Murphy
Crash
Roger
Die Hard
Sunshine
Murphy
Inferno
Scotty
Joe

And guests

We had a handful of sheet boats, and the schooner Prince de Neufchatel to try out the very tough winds today. They were light and variable. The tug Belinda was pretty busy with buoy duty and a rescue of Capt. Michael’s new UL-1 after it flipped and caught fire. Michael wasted no time in earning a new name….Capt. Inferno. His UL-1 was screaming fast for about one hairy lap until it flipped. See the pics and video for details. Capt. Murphy brought out a hand full of boats today to include a cracker box, Nirvana and another water plane. He got in a good flight but says he needs more water rudder. Capt. Joe brought his sheet boat and Coast Guard Boat, but today’s photographer found out what I did with the new camera, be sure you give it time to come completely on before you press record, or you will record nothing. That video was one of the victims…sorry Joe. It was good to see Die Hard and Scotty again. We also had lots of guests and several prospective members inquire about RC boating.

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Crash

Saturday October 31, 2009. It was a nice day but we had a very light showing today.

Those present were:

Murphy
Michael
Sunshine
Crash
Scooter

And a very few guests.

Sunshine was to run the Nirvana “Crimson Tide” but I forgot the sails…gee I had the sail holder though…lol Michael gave his new UL-1 it’s maiden and it ran great right out of the box. He will be a force to recon with in no time as he ran her very well first a first timer. Not much to report this time …it was a short sail with very few boats. We took a few pics and short videos, but I don’t think I will post them this at time, maybe later.

Crash

Saturday October 17, 2009. It was a might nippy for this sail with high North winds and very cool temps. This led to a weak showing and those that braved it didn’t do so for long.

Those present were:

Ray
D Day
Murphy
Sunshine
Crash

And a very few brave guests.

There’s nothing much to report this time, so I will keep it short. Capt. D Day ran his UL-1 and it was getting pretty squirrelly. I ran the Pro Boat runabout “Eat My Wake” and she loved the water conditions. I also ran the Nirvana "War Eagle"...she is used to the conditions and always takes anything I give her. Sunshine was to run the Nirvana “Crimson Tide” but it had rudder servo problems. We took a few pics and short videos, but I don’t think I will post them this time.

Crash

Saturday October 3, 2009. This was the FDR Sail on Pine Mountain Georgia. President Roosevelt was a huge boat lover and this event is the first annual to celebrate his love of boats and introduce others to the enjoyment we find in the hobby. After two years of planning and waiting we got the 1st of what we hope will be many great FDR regattas in the books. The weather was absolutely perfect. We had plenty of sunshine and a gentle breeze, with temps in the mid to upper 70s and low 80s. The threat of rain never showed. The “Rangers” and “Friends of the Park” were the best hosts you could ask for. They provided and cooked dogs and drinks, a sound system with great sailing music, a rain gutter regatta to go along with the RC regatta, a table to buy/build free sailing boats and a really nice nautical knot tying shop/table for the young sailors. They also had cool give away of nautical related items like a 2000 piece puzzle of ships of the line in battle (I scored that after whining for it), a cool book, boat kits, koozies…etc.

We set up early and had a great showing of club members and boats.

Those present were:

Mr. & Ms. Scooter
Mr. & Ms. Ray
Mr. & Ms. D Day (new member)
Murphy and his grandson Michael (new member)
Sunshine
Crash

And about 150 guests.

We expected a Den of Scouts and had an entire Pack show and it was really a sight. The pics are a must see to appreciate the crowd of smiling faces. We got in one Nirvana race and it was the longest race in history as the wind just died and the 3 laps took forever. Capt. Ray was the 1st skipper across the line, but everyone was a winner in this one, just for finishing. Capt. Scooter and I thrilled the crowd with demo runs of the Chris Craft Runabouts while Capt. D Day was the crowd favorite with the UL-1 Hydrofoil. We had no mishaps and no children or wildlife was injured during the event.

The afternoon wound down with a presentation to the club of a nice trophy for helping with the event. We all had a great time and look forward to next year. Several Rangers expressed the desire to get sailboats and enjoy the hobby.

Photos/videos are or will be available to see at the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section below) and/or the MMBC Message Board.

Crash

Saturday September 5, 2009. It was a soggy day in Alabama. After over a week of rain the ground is saturated even though the temps were nice it was really humid. The threat of rain kept most skippers away today. Only a few of the most dedicated Captains showed.

Those present were:

Earl
Scooter
Crash
Mike
David
Joe (made a brief appearance without a boat.)

And few guests.

Nothing much shaking today except Crash killed the ESC in his Chris Craft “Eat My Wake” by over powering it. (Note: The ElectriFly C-55 can NOT handle a 5250mah 2 cell lipo powering a Titan 12 turn brushed motor for long before it cooks.) She now has a new C-55 and Titan Marine 23 turn motor waiting to be tested.

The next sail will be at FDR State Park in Georgia.

Crash

Saturday September 5, 2009. It was another pretty day for summertime in Alabama. We had a good showing of skippers and boats today.

The sailors today were Captains:

Burke
Earl
Scooter
Murphy
Crash
Mike
Sea Dog
Roger
Goose
David
D Day

And guests

We had a handful of assorted sheet boats, and managed to get in a couple of races. The tug Belinda was pretty busy with buoy duty and rescues. We nearly lost a boat that a young sailor brought after it suffered a jammed rudder and capsized during the retrieval. We also had a Fast T hit a USO and get airborne and have its hatch come off and only the bow was sticking up after it filled with pond water. Capt. Earl...your busted...sorry no pics available of either of those events. Capt. Murphy got his float plane into the air for a couple great flights. A gust of wind did flip it upside down after it had landed the last time. Finally Capt. Sea Dogs run of bad luck continued when he smoked the electronics on his SV-27.

Photos/videos are or will be available to see at the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section below) and/or the MMBC Message Board.

Crash

Saturday August 22, 2009. It was a NOT a typical, hot, humid, windless, dog days of summer type of day in Alabama. It was a absolutely beautiful day with mild temps and low humidity and a nice Northerly breeze to top it all off. Not surprisingly, we had a good turn out of sailors and visitors.

The sailors today were Captains:

Scotty
Burke
Earl
Scooter
Murphy
Crash
Mike
Sea Dog
Sailor Man
Ron
Ray
Roger

And guests…and if I left your name off the list it was not on purpose, it’s getting hard to keep track.

Some of us were at the pond by 7:30 am. We again had a handful of assorted sheet boats today, and about everything else you can think of that floats. We welcomed another new member to the crew, Capt. Mike. The Captain has been visiting for a while, but this time he finally decided to give up his signature to one of the club forms. The tugs were plenty busy today with fast boat rescues.

We had a good deal of drama when a Nirvana collided with Sea dogs destroyer and the entire super structure went to visit Davy Jones Locker. Sea Dog posted a great story about recovery attempts at the RCGroups thread…a must read. A mess of photos/videos were shot and they are worth viewing. They are or will be available to see at the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section below) and/or the MMBC Message Board.

We also had Montgomery Advertiser show unexpectedly and did a photo/interview for the Sunday paper. We got a whole page of color press coverage there, and no sooner did we get done with that then a camera crew showed and did an outstanding video of the club. I think it’s the best one done yet. It is available for viewing at the Montgomery advertiser web site.

You can go to this link and view the video)

Crash

Saturday August 8, 2009. It was a typical, hot, humid, windless, dog days of summer, in Alabama kind of day. We still had a fair turn out sailors and visitors.

The die hard sailors today were Captains:

Joe
Burke
Earl
Scooter
Murphy
Crash
David

And guests…

Some of us were at the pond by 7:00 am. We had a handful of assorted sheet boats today, but the wind was nonexistent. The glass smooth water made for perfect motor boating conditions. We welcomed another new member to the crew, Capt. David. The Captain has been visiting for a while, but this time he brought his new Pro Boat Formula Deep-V and man did it fly. What a sweet boat. Capt. Joe showed with a brand new Pro Boat Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat. That thing is highly detailed, right down to the non skid deck, and she ran as great as she looked. The only rescue today was my P-88 NAVY crackerbox boat after flipping over. I ran the UL-88 NAVY hydro and took some interesting on board footage. Mike showed with his UL-1 hydro as most of us were packing to leave. It was getting very warm by then. A lot of photos/videos were shot and they are worth viewing. They are or will be available to see at the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section below) and/or the MMBC Message Board.

Crash

Saturday July 25, 2009. It was a very warm and light wind type of day. Humidity was a little below normal and that made it tolerable. We had another very good showing of sailors and visitors.

Present today were Captains:

Joe
Burke
Roger
Earl
Scotty
Goose
Scooter
Murphy
Crash
Seadog
Diehard
Rudy
Crunch

And guests…

We had in the neighborhood of 8 Nirvana s and a few other assorted sheet boats today. We ran 3 tugs to include Seadog's newly modified Atlantic Harbor Tug “Opelika”. We also saw Seadog's Spruance Class Destroyer DD-985 USS Cushing (Seadog served aboard her) and WWII troop transport USS Pinkney APH-2 (Mrs. Seadogs grandfather served aboard her). Several other power powerboats also got wet. The only rescue today was a snag and drag of Capt. Roger’s Nirvana after it lost rudder control and found itself on Omaha Beach. There is an on-board video of this rescue. Capt. Murphy brought 2 aircraft today and although the float plane had mechanical problems and was unable to fly…his other aircraft did make a few flights and thrilled the crew with aerobatic fun. A special treat was in store for Crash. The club presented him with a very cool plaque for his time spent on the club and he is very appreciative. A lot of photos were shot and they are worth viewing. They are or will be available to see at the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section below) and/or the MMBC Message Board thanks to Captains Earl and Crash.

Crash

Saturday July 11, 2009. It was a warm, but good day to sail today. We had a very good showing of sailors and visitors.

Present today were Captains:

Joe
Burke
Bill
Earl
Ray
Goose and 2 Jr. Captains
Scooter
Murphy
Crash
Roger
Whit
Rudy

And guests…

Wow…it was sheet boat heaven today! We had in the neighborhood of a dozen of these boats on the water….the most seen in a good while. It was good to see Capt. Ray again…and it was he that took the win in the race today...congrats. We welcomed 2 new skippers, Captains Roger and Whit, and watched them christen their Nirvanas. A couple of cracker box boats and a hydro ran today too. No rescues to report…very unusual. A lot of photos and videos were shot and they are worth viewing. They are or will be available to see at the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section below) and/or the MMBC Message Board thanks to Capt. Earl and yours truly.

Crash

Saturday June 27, 2009. The sailing was very good, wind was just about right and we sailed early before the heat set in. We had a good showing considering the heat.

Present today were Captains:

Joe
Burke
Die Hard
Earl
Doodah
Goose
Crunch
Murphy
Crash

And guests…

It was a very unusual day in that the only prop driven boat to show up was the rescue tug “Belinda”. It was sheet boat paradise! We had a variety of them, a Paradise, Victoria, Tippecanoe, RC Laser, and a handful of Nirvanas. Capt. Murphy brought his really cool float plane. It had a very short 2 second flight before ground looping into the drink. Tug to the rescue. No damage other than a smoked ESC and a little ego…thank goodness:)Pictures are up at the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section below) and the MMBC Message Board thanks to Capt. Earl.

Crash

Saturday June 13, 2009. The sailing was good, wind was just about right and it was overcast so the heat was not a problem. The rain set in around 10:00 so it was a short day.

Present today were Captains:

Scooter
SeaDog
Die Hard
Earl

And guests…

I was not able to make this sail, but those that did had a good time. Thanks go to Capts. Earl and Sea Dog for the report and pictures. Pictures are up at the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section below).

Crash

Saturday May 30, 2009. We had another nice day to be at the pond. It was in the mid 80s, low humidity and the winds were 5-15 mph out of the NNW.

Present today were Captains:

Scooter
Trooper
Burke
Crash
SeaDog
Joe
Scotty
James

And guests…

We had a fair turn out, and we were really glad to see Capt. Scotty and James again. There were about 5 Nirvanas and the various other sheet boats out today with a colorful collection of other boats. Only rescues were yours truly when the “War Eagle” left port without being powered up and needed dragged back. Also the “crackerbox “Claim Jumper” needed her usual rescues. It was Crash’s day for the drama. I T-Boned the wall with the “Claim Jumper”, side swiped the wall with the Chris Craft “Eat My Wake” and did Omaha Beach landings with the “War Eagle”. I did win the sheet boat race though. Pictures are up at the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section below).

Crash

Saturday May 16, 2009. Although the weather looked threatening, and we had a 60-80% chance of rain…it held off until afternoon, and we had another nice day to be at the pond. It was in the low to mid 80s. Winds light and variable.

Present today were Captains:

Scooter
Trooper
Burke
Crash
Murphy
Joe

And guests…

We had a light turn out, most likely due to the forecast, but it just goes to show the weathermen were wrong again. We had a hodgepodge of sheet boats today and I brought about everything except one thinking if the rain let loose I didn’t want to have to deal with it too. Only one rescue today when Capt. Burke needed the RC Lazer dragged back to port. Welcome to a new member, Capt. Joe. The captain and his new Paradise sailboat are the first to find the way to our club via the new Hobby Shop. I didn’t get a lot of pictures today, but there were other cameras at the pond and hopefully more photos will show up at the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section below).

Crash

Saturday May 2, 2009. Another nice day to be at the pond, maybe one of the last before the heat sets in. It was mid 80s with tolerable humidity. Winds 5-10 with much higher gusts.

Present today were Captains:

D-Day
Scooter
Sea Dog
Trooper
Goose
Rachel
Crash
Murphy

And guests…

Lot’s of action today. We had several unlimited light hydroplane boats tearing up the water and needing rescued after imitating 747s and trying to fly. Captain Sea Dog had his beautiful scale ships hit the ground after the table they were on got blown over by the wind and it was good to see Captain Murphy again and his new tug. There are lots of really good photos available for viewing over at the usual place…and I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Go to the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section below).

Crash

Saturday April 18, 2009. A real nice day to be at the pond with 5-10 mph wind.

Present today were Captains:

Die Hard
Scooter
Sea Dog
Trooper
Goose
Jon
Crash

And guests…

We had 7 Nirvana s and numerous other boats to show today. Capt. Trooper brought his new footy "Survivor" out for it's maiden. He also got his first rescue with his Atlantic tug "Sharon" after a football rolled into the pond. Capt Scooter had his "Liberty" tug today too. Capt. Sea Dog brought his 1/144 Destroyer and a SV27 along with a sheet boat...everyone had a sheet boat. I brought a mess of boats (5) and didn't have time to take many pics, but there are some up at the MMBC thread RCGroups. I had to rescue the P-88 "Navy" cracker box boat 4 times before I used up a battery pack on it. I could not keep her prop down....too much power. No mishaps today...just a really pleasant sail.

Crash

Oh...I almost forgot...the races...the old salt "War Eagle" and Capt. Crash had the field covered today...

Saturday April 4, 2009. A absolutely gorgeous day to sail. The temps were in the 70’s, no humidity and a light breeze. I was surprised at the light turn out today and assume yard work was the culprit.

Present today were Captains:

Scooter
Burke
Goose
Crash

Capt. Die Hard made a brief appearance and Capt. Goose brought 2 of his flock.

We had 3 Nirvana s and a RC Laser for the commerce raider “Prince de Neufchatel” to prey upon today. I also put 5 miles on the UL-88 “NAVY” hydroplane. A few pics of the sheet boats were taken and they are at the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section).

Crash

Saturday March 21, 2009. It was another perfect day to sail, with a nice 5-10 mph swirling wind and as a result we had a very good turn out.

Present today were Captains:

Die Hard
Scooter
Sea Dog
Trooper
Rudy
Burke
Goose
Jon
Doodah
Crunch
Sunshine
Crash

And lots of guests…

We had 10 Nirvana s and numerous other boats to show today. Rather than trying to list them all here I’ve decided to let you go to the MMBC thread at RCGroups (go to link in links section) and look at all the photos. I would like to mention that we did have our first loss at sea…Capt. Davy Doodah Jones’ brand new Footy “GoSpectre” is on the bottom of the pond. We’re all sorry for your loss Captain…it was bound top happen to someone sooner or later…we hope you will build another.

Saturday March 7, 2009. A perfect day to sail, a little windy at times but, all in all, perfect.

Present today were Captains:

Die Hard
Scooter
William
Grant
Murphy
Burke
D day
Crash

And numerous guests…

Capt. William decided to join the crew (welcome to the club Capt.) and brought out a fleet of new boats to play with to include the maiden voyage of a scratch build Sprucan destroyer the USS Cushing, which he served aboard…sister ship to the USS Elliot which I served aboard, so of course I drool all over this model….every time I see it. It's not finished but getting there. He also maidened a very nicely painted Nirvana “Stars & Stripes”, a PT looking boat and a cabin cruiser that ran very nicely that his lovely wife sailed.

Capt. Grant AKA “Trooper” got the maiden on his Nirvana “Sharonana” and his new Atlantic Harbor Tug “Sharon”…hmmm seems to be a theme here. I’m going to have to meet this Sharon person to see why she already has 2 boats named after her.

Capt. Murphy brought out a newly painted and re-sheeted Nirvana “Wendee” and his really cool Footy “Zane”.

Capt. Burke brought his Laser “Stinger”.

Capt. Scooter had his tug “Liberty”, his Nirvana sheet boat “EZ One” and his new Chris Craft “Freebird” with him.

I added the power factor with the cracker box boat P-49 “Claim Jumper”, the UL-88 “Navy” hydroplane, the refurbished Chris Craft “Eat My Wake” and of course the indispensable working tug “Belinda”. The UL-88 took a hit off a USO “Unidentified Submerged Object” at 40-45mph and caused some minor hull cracks….and took on some water….another turtle bites the dust!

Other than the claim jumper needing rescued twice and the mini-rio, that Capt. D-day broke out, also needing her services…it was an easy day for the rescue tug. Pics are posted at the MMBC Thread @ RCGroups.

Saturday February 21, 2009. A nice day to sail, be it a little windy.

Present today were Captains:

Die Hard
Scooter
Doodah
Rudy
Murphy
Grant
Jim
Crash

And numerous guests…

I had to leave the sail early so if I missed anyone or anything I apologize. We had at least 6 sheet boats in the water today. Capt. Murphy showed up with a newly repainted slick black Nirvana, the repairs and new custom automotive paint job the result of a backing over the boat with the jeep…we might need to rename this boat there Capt…..how about “Speed Bump”. It’s amazing the boat survived at all. Capt. Grant got a maiden voyage of his new Nirvana, the “Sharonana”. Capt. Doodah tested his Crackerbox “No Wind Situation” and may be finding out she is like mine…over powered…but hey that reverse gear is pretty cool there Capt….kept ya out of the wall this time. Capt. Scooter had to get out the good ole kayak again to rescue a visitors “Dicky Fireboat” and Capt. Rudy’s Blackjack 26 which got stranded too after he tried to rescue the Fireboat off Omaha Beach. I'm beginning to think he is enjoying getting the kayak out every week. Me…I got to the pond way early and tested the newly refitted Chris Craft cruiser that I acquired the previous Monday from Capt. Scooters shipyard. She was renamed “Eat My Wake” and ran with excellent results….but could be a little faster….hmmmmmm

Saturday February 7, 2009. The first absolutely perfect day to sail in some time brought out the sailors and spectators.

Present today were Captains:

Crash
Die Hard
Sunshine
Scooter
Doodah
Rudy
Burke
D-Day

Visting Capts:

William
Leslie
Jim

And numerous guests…

We had 8-9 sheet boats in the water today. Visitors came from as far away as Birmingham and Alabaster to sail with us. We got a sailing lesson from visiting Capt. Jim and his slick black Nirvana as he put half a lap on the field in the Nirvana race….nice sailing man. Capt. John showed with his brand new UL-1 Unlimited Light Hydroplane and proceeded to flip it on the first run and beach it on the next. He is awarded smooth move of the day and for his great Normandy Invasion imitation, and affectionately awarded the new name of Capt. D-day. Thanks to Capt. Scooter for the rescue in his kayak. We did mange to get in a display of speed with the hydros and the crowd loved it. For a lot of great pictures go to the “MMBC Thread @ RCGroups” in the links section.

Sunday January 25, 2009. The normally scheduled Saturday sail was once again washed out so we moved the sail back 24 hrs. It was a cool, 40-50ish, damp day with very light winds making it almost impossible for the sail boats…although at times a little breeze would come up. It was perfect conditions for the fast electric power boats though.

Present today were Captains:

Crash
Die Hard
Murphy
Scooter

We had a few folks stop by and try out Capt. Die Hard's fire boat. Capt. Crash had to rescue the UL-88 “NAVY” (unlimited light hydroplane) after it took out a buoy at 40+ mph and flipped a few times. Damages are repairable and she will be back next week. The buoys will be redesigned to remove the broom sticks from inside making them less harmful to the fast boats.

As a side note we had 2 new members to join our club this week, adding another Nirvana and another UL hydroplane.

Welcome Capt. Jim and Capt. John.

Sunday January 11, 2009. The normally scheduled Saturday sail was washed out so we moved the sail back 24 hrs. It was a cold, 40ish, damp day with 10-15 North winds and stronger gusts… but three of us die hard sailors went for it anyway.

Present today were Captains:

Crash
Die Hard
Murphy

We had a few folks stop by and try out Capt. Crash's sailboat and Capt. Die Hard's fire boat. No rescues were needed today. We played hard and after 3 hrs called it time to go to the house and get some coffee and a warm bowl of Chile.

Saturday December 27, 2008. The sail day was windy … but some of us braved it and had a great time. Today we had 10-20 mph winds and the sail boats had more than they could handle at times and it was too rough for the cracker box boats…but the fast boats did just fine.

Present today were Captains:

Crash
Die Hard
Rudy
Burke
(and a few guests)

The Montgomery Advertiser showed and spent a good amount of time with us today…we made page 2 and 7 of the Sunday paper as well as the online paper with lots of photos and the story. The link to that is:

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20081228/NEWS01/812280324

We hope to see you at the next sail.

Saturday December 13, 2008. The last regular sail was a wash out… but some of us met this past Saturday and had a good time. Todays sail day was a good day to play and we had enough boats in the water to keep things interesting.

Present today were Captains:

Crash
Scooter
Die Hard
Rudy
Doodah
(and a few guests)

The rescue tug was very, very busy..again. In fact it was one of those days where about everything that could go wrong with the power boats did. Everything except Capt. Crashes new UL-88 "NAVY" Unlimited Light hydro needed rescued including the tug ”Belinda” after her 6v gel cell decided to die. Capt. Scooter ended up getting his kayak in the water to rescue boats and buoys. I’m glad he was there…thanks Terry! For more details and pictures go to this thread at RCGroups:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=965826&page=2

We had to call it a day by 2:00pm due to no rescue craft availability….but it was still a fun day.

Tuesday November 25, 2008. I found the latest issue #154 of "Model Yachting" magazine in my mailbox today. In this issue are a number of articles and photos about the Nirvana to include quite a few of our club. We didn't get on the front cover but we did make the back cover...Capt. Crunch took that beautiful photo but did not get the deserved credit in the magazine. Great shot...thanks Capt. The issue also includes a story about how our club formed. Good reading...get a copy if ya can.

Saturday November 22, 2008. Last weeks regular sail was literally blown out… so some of us met today…for an informal gathering. It was a little cool but very nice over all. We had a light come and go wind.

Present today were Captains:

Sunshine
Will
Crash
Scooter
Die Hard
Rudy
(and a few guests)

Diehard, Scooter and Will all tried new boats today. The rescue tug was very, very busy. The 3 crackerbox boats needed rescued…some numerous times. Capt. Sunshine finally got to test drive the P-49 “Claim Jumper” and did pretty well except for when she T-boned Capt Wills Crackerbox…lets call it the “Get Squirrelly” for now…cause that’s how she runs when a hot battery is put in it (need some trim tabs there Capt. Will). Lucky no damage done to either boat. “Get Squirrelly was given a brutal initiation today. Not only was she T-boned but got run over by a Black Jack 26. The only thing she didn’t do was join the “Wall banger” club. “Get Squirrelly” gave the P-88 “NAVY” boat a good run today….her first real test. They ran around the course neck and neck when given the same power packs….a whole lot of fun is a coming!

Saturday November 1, 2008. Fall is here and the weather is wonderful…sunny and cool. We had a fairly light wind and turn out today. The usual die hard members showed though.

Present today were Captains:

Murphy
Crash
Scooter
Die Hard
Rudy
(and several visitors trying the boats out)

No new boats to talk about today, but Capt. Rudy did bring out and maiden his new float plane…pretty cool! No wrecks or rescues except for P-49 “Claim Jumper” after she flipped coming out of turn 3 (the hairy wall turn). A pretty quite day for the rescue tug “Belinda”…and a very enjoyable day for all.

Saturday October 18, 2008. Wow…what a great day to sail…sunny, cool and windy…lots of action and fun had by all. No rescues were made today although the Capt. Scooter’s “Freebird” flipped for the first time I can remember and Elvis got his hair all messed up…thankfully he left no oil slick though! Capt. Murphy showed off his new “Footy” boat…it is very cool…and much faster than I thought possible.

Present today were Captains:

Sunshine
Murphy
Crash
Scooter
Die Hard
Burke
Ray
(and numerous guests)

This was the last morning sail for awhile and we look forward to seeing the members come out on Saturday afternoons from now on.

Saturday October 4, 2008. It was a hot and windless day and only a few diehard sailors made it to the pond. The water was glass smooth …ideal for speedboats…but not for sailboats.

Present today were Captains:

Rudy
Crash
Die Hard
Sailorman

While we only had 2 Nirvanas present, we also had the cracker box boat P-88 “NAVY“, the Batfisherman, a tug, Capt. Rudy’s lightning fast Black Jack 26 and another V-hull speed boat he brought. The Batfisherman had ESC thermal issues and had to be rescued twice. The P-88 had to be rescued after it flipped.

We had a whole lot of visitors today….but called it a day by 11:00am as the heat was too much without any breeze to cool us. The next sail will be the last morning sail of the summer. We will go to Saturday afternoons starting in November.

Saturday September 20, 2008. Yours truly decided to do another media day and we had a couple of TV stations show at the pond. Unfortunately we had a light turn out of members…everyone camera shy? Capt. Scooter interviewed with WSFA 12 while Capt. Will and Crash were filming with WAKA 8. WAKA spent the better part of 2 hours filming for “Positively Alabama” that airs on CBS 8 every Thursday night at 6 PM. This Thursday the 25th will be about our club.

I also tried my best to do a photo shoot. Steve Lang, the Class Secretary, wants a photo of the Laser and Nirvana sailing together on the cover of the upcoming issue of “Model Yachting Magazine”. Capt. Burke brought out his newly acquired Laser “Stinger” and we tried to get some worthy photos. The shots are posted at the Nirvana thread on the RCGroups site in the links section below…we shall see what happens.

Present today were Captains:

Will
Rudy
Murphy
Crash
Scooter
Die Hard
Burke
(and numerous guests)

While we only had a half dozen Nirvanas present, we also had Capt. Burkes Laser, Elvis and the Freebird, 2 Cracker box boats, the Batfisherman, 3 tugs, Capt. Rudy’s lightning fast Black Jack 26 and the 18 Gun Schooner Prince de Neufchatel weathering the conditions.

Capt. Murphy joined the “Wall Banger Club” today when he T-boned the wall with his Crackerbox “Yea Baby!” The Crackerbox P-88 “Navy” was skipping along nicely, hopping from one wave to the next and then did a high speed barrel roll, and lost it’s prop when it came back down. Rescued again!

It was very windy today and a challenge for all the boats and Captains. I think all the boats took on some water in the rough conditions. The schooner even had her deck awash as she took water over the top of the bulwarks and had water running out the gun ports….very cool! If you missed today’s sail, you missed a great one. Maybe we will see ya next time….fair winds to ya.

Saturday September 6, 2008. Whew…it was like being at the sauna today….but we still had about half the crew show up and got in some slow motion racing as the winds were not very cooperative.

Present today were Captains:

Murphy
Crash
Sunshine
Scotty
Brian
Scooter
Die Hard
Sailorman
Burle
(and numerous guests)

We had 9 Nirvanas present and most were in the races. Today was Capt. Crash’s day as he put a lap on the entire field to take the first win and won the 2nd race as well…:)

Capt. Scotty tried out a cool new power boat by Megatech…a “Caribbean Cruiser”. It only made one uncontrolled run, but looked really good as it ran across the pond into the reeds…charge the transmitter batteries next time Scotty! Capt. Murphy brought the improved "South Hampton" tug and produced his new “Danvo” Cracker box boat…”Yea! Baby!” It has a very cool paint job and ran pretty well for the first run too. Other boats present were the “Freebird” and Batfisherman. They thrilled the young ones as they chased each other around the pond.

Capt. Sunshine cruised the pond with her "Miss Sunshine" Nirvana, sporting the new decals and sail candy...she looked good and sailed good placing 2nd in the race she ran.

The tug “Belinda” performed her duties as usual but needed rescued after wrapping a plastic bag around her prop….thanks Terry….sorry no pics of that rescue….just as well though.

Saturday August 23, 2008. Todays sail was canceled due to Tropical Storm Fay.

Saturday August 9, 2008. Today was as perfect as it gets weather wise in Alabama in August. After a record low around 59 degrees and very low humidity, we had a nice cool NW breeze to start the day ending in a nice SW direction around noon.

We had a crowd for sure. Some 5 or so new Captains with new Nirvanas from the Dixie Sailing Club showed to try their hand at RC sailing. Several have decided to join the MMBC and will probably start/join a new Dixie RC Sailing Club too. We had a total of 12 Nirvanas in the water at one time…a new record for us. Here is the list of the Captains at the pond today…if I left anyone out I apologize, just let me know and I will update this post.

Doodah
Ray
Murphy
Crash
Crunch
Sunshine
Scotty
Scooter
Die Hard
Burke
Rudy
Bill
“D”
Alan
Ron
Burle
(and numerous guests)

Boats today included:

12 Nirvanas
1 Tippecanoe
1 Batfisherman
1 Chris Craft
2 Crackerbox’s
3 Tugs (including Capt. Scooters new Liberty Tug)

Tug “Belinda” stayed very busy today rescuing several Nirvanas, the Batfisherman after drive shaft problems, the P-88 “NAVY” Crackerbox after it flipped in turn 3… twice and her driver and throttle man after they decided to go swimming.

It was a very enjoyable day and we hope to see all of our new friends back again real soon. For a mess of great pics go to the MMBC RCGroups Thread in the links section on the front page here.

Saturday July 26, 2008. It was a typical hot day at the pond with marginal sailing conditions. We still had a pretty good showing of skippers and boats though, to include Captain Scooter with his Nirvana and Chris Craft, Capt. Doodah with his Nirvana, Victoria and Crackerbox, Capt. Die Hard with his Nirvana, Capt. Murphy with his Nirvana, tug, and Tippecanoe, Capt. Fastenuff (Morris) with his Newport 12m, tug, Admiral cat, and another speedboat (that I think belonged to the Capt), Capt. Dick and the first sail of his new Nirvana and Capt. Crash with his Nirvana, tug, and 2 crackerbox boats. We also had a number of visitors.

The tug “Belinda” performed her assigned buoy duties, but did not have to make any rescues today. No one joined the “Wall Banger” club and things were a bit slow due to the lack of wind but the speed boats were good fun to watch and I’m sure to play with too. Capt. Fastenuff had a video camera attached to his tug and we hope to see some more great footage.

Capt. Burke sailed the Nirvana “War Eagle” for awhile today and officially joined the club. Welcome, we look forward to a long friendship. Capt. Sunshine…who’s been AWOL all summer…decided to buy the bright yellow Nirvana formerly owned by Capt. Blaze and has renamed her Miss Sunshine. I’m sure we will see that boat back in the water soon. That brings the current total of known Nirvanas in the club to back up to 14 and once Capt. Burke finds what he wants…it will be #15.

The only known casualty of the day was the Titan 12 turn motor in Capt. Sunshine’s crackerbox P-49 “Claim jumper” which cooked off after Capt. Crash did a test run. Crash is still searching for the right motor/prop combo for this boat. The good news is the crackerbox boat P-88 NAVY ran pretty well with her new prop and cooling systems. She is finally ready to rumble.

Saturday July 12, 2008. Another hot steamy day at the park but the wind did come up and give some great sailing conditions and help cool things a bit. Showing today were Captains Scooter, Doodah, Die Hard, Will, Scotty and Crash. We had a number of visitors to include, prospective Captains Burke and Bob.

Today’s sail was an open sailing affair as Captain Crash was feeling under the weather and not up to doing the buoy duties. The tug “Belinda” never left the transport vehicle. 5 or 6 Nirvanas were in the water as was a much faster crackerbox boat P-51 “No Wind Situation”. Capt Doodah continues to improve her performance each week and she is very close to race readiness. Crash ran the “Batfisherman” a few times but it is having some motor issues…. it’s not its normal speedy self.

Not much excitement to report today and no pictures either.

The Commodore has received word that Beverly aka Captain Blaze is moving to Virginia soon and will not be able to sail with us any more. We want to wish the Captain bon voyage and fair winds. We will miss you.

Saturday June 28, 2008. It was a hot steamy day with early sprinkles at the park. The wind was swirling around the bowl shaped pond at about 5-10mph. Showing today were Captains Morris, Dick, Murphy, Scooter, Crunch, Doodah, Tom (now known as Die Hard), Will, and Crash. We had visitors to include James, prospective Captains Burke and Bob and their 90 something father/grandfather...wow. We hope to see them back again soon.

The Commodore gathered the club for a brief meeting today. With the inclusion of more and more members and various new boat types, safety was discussed. The club agreed to be more safety conscience and look out for each other and especially visitors. The club also agreed that it wanted to remain a club, but stay an informal club, with no dues, officers ...etc. The members agreed to sign “Hold Harmless Agreements” at the next club sail and the Club Commodore will keep them on file. All members will be required to sign an agreement. The club unanimously voted to drop the “Theater” pond as a alternating meeting place due to various reasons including: extremely poor launch facilities (an accident waiting to happen), dangers of hurting wildlife, too many children, the parking situation and generally poor sailing conditions. The “Vaughn Road” pond is the clubs’ home port for all regular future sails.

Capt. Murphy showed with a new toy, a twin 380 powered 18” Hydro. Unfortunately it also ran like a toy…it needs some serious work to get up on plane and take off! Capt. Morris showed with a new toy; a twin 550 powered 40” "Admiral” cat. It ran ok for a RTR, fairly scale like in speed.

Captain Doodah is making good progress on his Danvo built Crackerbox boat. It was definitely faster today. Capt. Murphy’s South Hampton tug finally got the power plant working the way it should…only problem now is those twin belt driven 380s are power hungry and the 7.2v battery pack gives out too soon. Capt. Scooter got his Chris Craft “Free Bird” overhauled with a new motor and ESC and it runs great now. Other boats showing today; Capt. Morris had his Atlantic Harbor Tug, Capt. Murphy also brought along the yacht “Ragtime”, Capt. Crash brought the P-88 “NAVY” crackerbox boat, the club workhorse tugboat “Belinda” and the Wilga floatplane.

The club also produced 7 Nirvana yachts and today it was Capt. Will who out skippered the rest of us in the races. Congrats to Capt. Will.

(For lots of good pictures/videos be sure to check out the RCGroups link on the Home page in the "links section". It is a lot easier to upload there and we can get a lot bigger pictures too. Be sure to register and join in the discussion there...let's show everyone we are a fun bunch of sailors.)

Saturday June 21, 2008. This was a non-meeting sail day that started as a test session but got a lot more fun. Capt. Doodah showed around 7:30am with his Crackerbox. He is still having problems with the new Danvo "Cracker Jax" boat. It is porpoising and the trim plates on this boat are made of ABS, glued on and not adjustable….not a good design at all. Motor power is also questionable....but the hatch design is better than the vac-u-cracker and things like motor, trim plates and even rudders can be changed...something to think about when choosing one of these boats. Capt. Tom and his lovely wife also showed early and the Capt. got in some more sail time with his new Nirvana. Capt. Crash brought both of his new Crackerbox boats, the tug and his Wilga float plane for her first flight since repairs following her….you know it….CRASH….a few months back. It took forever to find a motor mount for that plane…so he bought 2 just in case he loses one.

Capt. Murphy showed with his Nirvana, Tippecanoe and South Hampton tug. His tug has issues but we finally realized that the counter rotating props are working against each other. One is in forward the other is in reverse. No wonder he had no power, no reverse and could rotate in place. He needs to reverse one of the motor leads. Capt. Crash asked Capt. Murphy to take off, trim out and hand the Wilga controls to back to him, as Capt. Murphy flies several times a week and Capt. Crash flies once in a blue moon. Capt. Crash landed her softly and this worked great the 1st time….but the next time Capt. Murphy decided to do a low flyby before handing Capt. Crash the controls and clipped a bush on the island and spiraled her in. Luckily she fell into the water and not on the island and the damage is minimal and she will fly again very soon. “Belinda” got her first, and more than likely not her last air/sea rescue.

Soon after this we had several of the local flyboys to show. This was as a result of one of our visits to a flyboy meeting. We welcomed Capt. Morris as brought out his huge 12 meter sail boat and an Atlantic Harbor Tug. We also welcomed Capt. Dick who has a new Nirvana but didn’t bring it today. Visiting with them was James.

Capt. Morris took our first club video and I will try to post the link at RCGroups. We had a tug boat push off and Capt. Morris soon found that even the modified direct drive 1:1, 7.2v Astro motor with stock prop was no match for the stock 6v Bristol Motor and the 2.5:1, 55mm four blade prop of “Belinda”. We re-propped Capt. Morris’s Atlantic with a 35mm four blade and we went at it again. This was a very close match up but “Belinda” is still just a little stronger. Capt. Morris broke the coupler…in this battle so the Atlantic needed rescued.

Tug “Belinda” stayed pretty busy today…also rescuing a Nirvana after the batteries got too weak at distance to control her….that was a challenge due to the distance and old eyes. Rescue was done on the Crackerbox “Claim jumper” after she dropped her shaft.

Later Capt. Rudy (the same Rudy that had chased the Batman in the bass boat with his blue offshore V hull months ago) showed with a Black Jack 26 brushless….and a car full of planes. Capt. Crash absolutely was dying to see how the Crackerbox P-88 NAVY would do against someone and here was the 1st opportunity. Although the BJ26 was only in the water 30-60 seconds before it found the “Wall” it was long enough to see that the P-88 NAVY was faster than a scalded dog! No match...even from the stock BJ26…now to work out the over heating problems in her. The wall….Capt. Rudy temporarily lost signal while making the turn toward the wall and the boat went to wide open, rudder locked….not a good thing…as Capt. Crash can tell ya. Capt. Rudy will need to reprogram that boat to go to the off position when signal is lost…not wide open. Luckily again…the damage was pretty minimal to the two sponsons.

We now have a new sub-club within the club….2 members strong…”The Wall Bangers”…not a club you aspire to belong to!

So…today we picked up 3 new members and another Nirvana. Pretty good for a non-sail day!

(For lots of good pictures/videos be sure to check out the RCGroups link on the Home page in the "links section". It is a lot easier to upload there and we can get a lot bigger pictures too. Be sure to register and join in the discussion there...let's show everyone we are a fun bunch of sailors.)

Saturday June 14, 2008. Today was a first...only 2 Captains showed. A combination of heat, humidity, no wind and threatening weather was too much for most. Capt. Crash arrived early to test 2 new boats. He already had several tests on the brand new Cracker box boat P-88 "NAVY" when Captain Scooter arrived with his Nirvana and "Freebird". Capt. Scooter took some pictures of the new boats which are now on the web site.

Capt. Crash also tested another bass boat driven by none other than the "Joker". "Batman" should be on the look out as "Joker" is lookin for a "RUMBLE". Tug "Belinda" never left port today...a good thing. Today was a good day for electric boats but not so good for wind power, although the wind did start to blow a little by around 10:00am, which is when Capts. Crash and Scooter decided to pull out before a rain cloud arrived.

Saturday May 31, 2008. Today’s sail, even though we went to summer meeting times starting at 9:00am, was still HOT and humid…summer is here. We had a good turn out though. Present were: Capts. Scotty, Brian, James, Will, Crunch, DooDah, Tom, Ray, Murphy and Crash along with numerous guests and visitors.

We had 10 Nirvanas and various other boats to include the repaired “Batfisherman” and the repaired Cracker box “Claim jumper” as well as Captain DooDah’s brand new Cracker box “No Wind Situation”.

Rescue tug “Belinda” earned her keep making no fewer than 5 rescues to include both Cracker boxes: “Claim jumper” after she flipped in a turn, “No wind Situation” due to engine and radio problems and a couple of Nirvanas due to a rudder problem and one that snagged a buoy with its keel.

We also were visited by Jamie, President of the Prattville Flyboy Club. He brought one of his electric aircraft doing low flybys of the pond. We look forward to seeing him again.

Today belonged to Capt. Crash as he won the race with “War Eagle”. No Crashed boats to report on this sail so it was indeed a good one.

Saturday May 17, 2008. Today’s sail was another memorable event. The weather was once again perfect and we had a record 10 Nirvanas on the water. Members present were Captains Murphy, Crunch, Will, Scotty, Brian, James, Tom, Scooter, Ray and Crash. We also had other family members and guests to try out the boats.

Capt. Murphy showed off his new power plant in his South Hampton tug and the club had it’s first ever “Tug-O-War” between the “Belinda” and the “South Hampton”. The “Belinda” was too much for Capt. Murphy and the South Hampton… even with her 2 beautiful new belt drive motors.

The club also saw the first of the new Cracker Box race boats hit the water…and the wall…as Capt. Crash lived up to his name again. Only a couple of minutes into her maiden run the “Claim jumper” had a electronic speed controller (ESC) melt down, causing the throttle to stick wide open, then have loss of rudder control and T-bone the wall at full speed….ouch! Capt. Crash says she will repaired and be ready for round 2 at the next club meeting.

Sunday May 4, 2008. We were once again blessed with a perfect day to sail. We had a large turn out of both members and visitors as we sailed at the Vaughn Road Pond. Present today were Captains Blaze, Sunshine, Doodah, Crunch, Murphy, Scooter, Tom, Ray and Crash. The club brought out 8 Nirvanas, 3 other sailboats and various other boats.

Today we had another close encounter with a venomous serpent and a very bizarre encounter with a very large sea creature of an unknown nature that literally created quite a splash as it attacked and apparently tried to sink Capt. Scooters Nirvana. Capt. Tom sailed his new Nirvana “Ragtop” for the first time…and it sailed very well.

The racing was great and today it was Captain Crash and the “War Eagle” that took the honors. The rescue tug was called into duty as Elvis and the “Freebird” required assistance and Capt. Crash lived up to his name again when the stone wall jumped out and bit the Batfisherman on a high speed run causing significant damage.

Saturday April 19, 2008. Today we sailed at the Theater pond. The weather continues to be perfect, sunny, the mid 70’s with a gusty swirling 5-10 mph wind. We got an occasional gust that made sailing interesting. At one point the “War Eagle” was hit with a gust while running with the wind, took a nose dive and had her hull completely vertical with only the main mast, part of the keel and the rudder showing above water. It was quite a site as she popped back up, lay over on her side, and then righted herself. It was real fun sailing today.

Present were Captains Sunshine, Scooter, Murphy, Crash and Will. We had a lot of visitors to include Tom who has decided to join the club. We look forward helping him acquire the boat of his dream and can’t wait to have him join the fleet. The usual boats were present today to include 4 Nirvanas, Capt. Murphy’s Tippecanoe “Ragtime”, the rescue tug “Belinda”, the Batman driving his newly painted “Batfisherman” and Capt. Sunshine’s newly crewed Bristol Bay boat the “Motley Crew”.

Tugboat “Belinda” performed the day’s only rescue when Capt. Crashes straw hat went for a sail. That was a difficult rescue. Next we had a small copperhead, 3’ long and about thumb size in diameter come ashore at the launch site. Capt. Crash held down it with a pole, but didn’t have a means to kill the snake and it finally wiggled its way free to swim off to terrorize again some day.

Capt. Will finally got his new Nirvana into the water for its maiden voyage (a long story) and it turned out to be very fast, even winning its first race. Congrats go to the Capt. and boat with no name.

All in all another great club sail.

Sunday April 6, 2008. A very nice day. Captains Sunshine, Murphy, Scooter, Doodah, Crunch and Crash were all present and racing today, but it was Capt. Crunch’s day today as he lead the way with his beautiful “Black Hawk” Nirvana race yacht.

Capt. Murphy showed off his new Tippecanoe race yacht “Ragtime” and then proceeded to complete his maiden voyage with her. She sailed great…very fast and agile...and will be very competitive in the Open Class.

We had a few interested prospective sailors try out the boats and hope we see them again.

Saturday Mar. 22, 2008. Sunny, mid 70’s, 5-15 mph variable winds, it was a very, very nice day. We sailed at the Vaughn Road pond today after securing written permission from the City Parks and Recreation Dept. The consensus is everyone likes this pond better.

A great turn out today…8 Capt’s were present: Captains Scotty, Brian, Sunshine, Murphy, Scooter, Doodah, Crunch and Crash.

Capt. Crash helped Capt. Scotty assemble trim out and launch his new Nirvana for the first time. She was looking good on her maiden and Scotty said she sailed great.

Other boats (not Nirvana's) present were Capt. Doo-da’s Victoria “Kashmir”, Capt. Scooter’s Chris Craft “Freebird”, Capt. Crash’s bat bass boat…which ran great with a new motor, the Tug “Belinda” and the 18 gun schooner “Prince de Neufchatel” flying the dark flag.

No rescues today but Capt’s Murphy and Crash continue to live up to their names. Capt. Murphy broke a mast fitting again and Capt. Crash ran the schooner full speed, head on into the stone wall after a wind gust caught him by surprise.

The “Prince” did manage to entangle and capture one the Nirvana’s by running her bow sprit through the Nirvana’s back stay rigging and then sent a boarding party to look for booty….ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

We had several visitors and hopefully we will see them again soon.

Sunday Mar. 9, 2008. Sunny, low 60’s, light and variable winds, sounding like a broken record, but it was another very nice day. Present were Captains Sunshine, Murphy, Scooter, Doodah, Will and Crash.

Capt. Doodah launched his new Victoria “Kashmir” for the first time. She was looking good on her maiden, and will sail in the newly formed “Open Class” of sail boats until there are enough Vics to have a class of their own.

“Miss Titanic”, with Batman at the helm, tried a new hot 8.4V battery pack, motor and speed control but got a little too hot, cooking off that new motor after finishing a crowd pleasing run. It seems the motor cooling system is not up to par with the new higher voltage setup. Hey she didn’t Crash today!

The “Freebird” made her usual appearance, and only one rescue attempt was made after a Nirvana ran aground on the other side of the pond and ended up with the rescuer being rescued after the tug wrapped weeds around her prop in the shallow water next to the bank.

We once again had several visitors/possible new members sailing and hopefully we will see them again soon.

Sunday Feb. 24, 2008. Although the winds were at times non-existent, we were blessed with a very nice day today. Present were Captains Sunshine, Murphy, Scooter, Jim and Crash.

Capt. Jim, AKA Capt. Doodah, launched his new Nirvana “Miss Magic” for the first time. It sailed well and was one of the only boats not needing rescued today, which brings us to the tug “Belinda”.

Good ole “Belinda” performed flawlessly, sporting a brand new more powerful motor and another gear reduction unit. She is several times more powerful than ever before and needed every bit of that power today as she made a record 5 rescues…. 3 sailboats, Batman in the “Miss Titanic”, and Elvis in the “Freebird”.

“Miss Titanic”, with Batman at the helm, true to her name, took a wrong high speed turn and ended up on the rock ledge…only minor damage to her hull this time…a little more glue will be required to reseal the new cracks.

We had several visitors/possible new members sailing and hopefully we will see them again soon.

Sunday Feb. 10, 2008. Today’s biweekly club sail was held in 72 degree sunshine and a gentle 5-10 NW breeze. It was yet another stellar day for sailing. Present today were Capt’s Murphy, Sunshine, Scooter, Crunch, Blaze and Crash, all sailing Nirvana Racing Yachts. Our newest member, Capt. Blaze put her yellow Nirvana “Life’s a Breeze” through her shake down maneuvers and showed us all how to put together a proper sail protector. No wonder she was Admiral Chester Nimitz’s secretary! Capt. Crunch presented his newly painted “Black Hawk” Nirvana with black hull, white deck and yellow cabin; looking sharp there Capt.

Tugboat “Belinda” showed with an all new power plant, two man crew and lots of weathering. She looks the part of a working tug now. She went about setting up the race course and when finished, it was discovered that the new crew member/line handler aft, was MIA. The search party was unsuccessful… he was no where to be found; he was lost at sea on his first day out. I guess he should have been wearing a life jacket!

Capt. Murphy presented a cool race countdown CD, and we had some very hotly contested races; but it was to be the “War Eagle” and Capt. Crash’s day.

Upon return to port, it was discovered that the missing crewman was hiding down in the engine room….he was not lost at sea…he was shirking his duties! Captain’s Mast was held and the crewman was awarded 50 lashes, bread and water for 3 days, and loss of pay and liberty call for 2 weeks. He will have straighten his act up if he wants to remain a part of this crew!

We picked up another new member today…welcome Capt. Jim!

It was another great day of fun and camaraderie. The club continues to get bigger and better every day. Thank you everyone for making this a great club to be a part of!

Sunday Jan. 27, 2008. Well….where to start on today’s events? On a hunch that the weather was going to be perfect, which it was…Captain Crash placed an online ad in the “Montgomery Advertiser” about Sunday’s upcoming sail. The ad was almost instantly online and in print. As a result we had an enormous turnout at the park. WSFA TV was also notified and did a very nice interview and piece for the Sunday evening and Monday morning news. The Advertiser sent a photographer who took some nice photos which are now in the photo section here.

Present today were Captains George, Terry, Crunch, Sunshine and of course Crash. Capt. George managed to get in a maiden voyage on his beautiful new South Hampton tug. Tug “Belinda” was busy with her usual duties to include rescuing a ball that a little girl lost in the pond and a rescue of Elvis after his Chris Craft “Freebird” had engine problems.

A lot of folks got to try their hand at sailing and we had at least a half dozen commit to joining the club…the event was a huge success and we will try to do this a couple times a year.

Sunday Jan. 13, 2008. Today’s club sail was great. The weather was incredible. Captains Sunshine, George, Terry, Steve and Crash (formerly known as Slick) all sailed their Nirvanas today. We had a few potential new sailors also try their hands at sailing today. Tugboat “Belinda” was kept very busy with rescues and mark setting/retrieving duties. She even needed rescued herself after wrapping the tow line around her prop. Other boats making appearances today was Captain Terry’s pleasure craft “Freebird” and Captain Crash’s bass boat.

Tuesday Jan. 1, 2008. We had to cancel our rained out normal Sunday sail and move it to New Years Day…so this is the first sail for 2008. Today was another sunny southern day with temps in the upper 40s and winds N 15-25. Captain George was already sailing his yacht “Chubasco” when Capts. Sunshine and Slick arrived. Captain Terry showed with his re-propped Chris Craft “Freebird” and the new driver…favors Elvis a little if ya ask me. She is a beauty. Captain Tom and his grandsons, Captains Brian and James arrived and we put another new Nirvana through sea trials. Captain Crash tested a new prop on the tugboat “Belinda” and managed to do a “Titanic” on his new Pro fisherman Bass boat. It was a good day at the park.

Sunday Dec. 16, 2007. Today’s sail was interesting. The temperature was in the low to mid 40s with a cold gusty 15-25 mph NW wind. Captains Sunshine, Terry, Tom, Brian and James all stopped by for a while, but only Captain George and the Commodore got boats wet today. Tug boat “Belinda” set and retrieved the marks, and tested a new rescue device, while the racing yachts “Chubasco” and “War Eagle” tested their limits. Both Nirvanas’ did remarkably well considering the conditions.

“War Eagle” could have used some bow planes and a periscope after imitating a submarine (only the mast was showing above water) on several occasions when hit with a gust, while running with the wind. The watertight hatch did its job well. All in all it turned out to be a nice afternoon once the sun came out. No photos today…too bad…the submarine shots would have been classics!

Sunday Dec. 2, 2007. Another wonderful day to play. We welcomed Capt. Terry to the club and then brought his brand new Nirvana II to life. Capt. Terry brought a fleet to play with including a beautiful Chris Craft. Capt. George brought his shiny new black Nirvana II "Cubasco" to life today too. We now have a fleet of 4 Nirvana’s and hope to double that by the years end.

We had 5 others to try out the sailboats on this perfect day to sail. A gentleman from Scotland "Tom", visiting the pond with his two grandsons, now expects Santa to bring them some shiny new boats. I was amazed how quickly the youngsters mastered the fundamentals of sailing. Capt. Sunshine took photos and sailed today too.

The temp was in the mid 70’s with a nice southerly 5 – 15 mph breeze. It doesn’t get any better than that for these sailboats. Tugboat "Belinda" performed her duties of mark setting and retrieval without a hitch. No boats needed rescued this time….highly unusual.

Thursday Nov. 29, 2007. We are now an Official Nirvana Fleet. We are listed as Nirvana Fleet #8 in the Fleet Listing section at Model Sailing Center which is in the link section in the column to the left.

Sunday Nov. 25, 2007. Today’s sail was postponed due to bad weather forecasts. We are moving it to Dec 2nd and moving the sail day on Dec 9th back to Dec 16th and adding Dec 30th as the last club sail day of 2007. We have received communiqués from several prospective new members and hope to see you soon.

Sunday Nov. 11, 2007. It was another spectacular day for sailing in Montgomery Alabama. The weather was absolutely gorgeous! We had 5 or 6 visitors try out the sailboats today. They all had fun and said they couldn’t believe how easy it is to sail one of these boats. Tug boat “Belinda” earned her keep as she rescued the fishing trawler “Bristol Bay” after a power failure, the “War Eagle” as she ran aground and the racing yacht “Crimson Tide” after she set sail with out being powered on. The later was the most interesting as the tug had to chase down the fast run away yacht, turn her toward shore where she beached herself out of harms reach and then snag and drag her back to port with the tow line. It was a very enjoyable day and one that will be remembered.

Saturday Nov. 10, 2007. The Hamfest/RC Expo went well with several prospective new members showing interest in the club. It was also fun to visit with old friends from the RAMM Model Airplane Club.

Sunday Oct. 28, 2007. Another picture perfect day for sailing. We had a good turnout and lots of fun for all. Even guard dog Missy Lou had fun.

Sunday Oct. 20, 2007. It's official! We became American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) Club #259 today.

The Founding Members are:
Robert Franklin
Belinda Franklin
George Arauz

Sunday Oct. 14, 2007. We had a nice sail with a couple of Nirvana II race yachts, the schooner "Prince de Neufchatel" and the tugboat "Belinda" on the pond. It was a perfect day to sail.


 
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