From boot fair to impressive model - Chris J's lifeboat
Quite a construction is Ian's Stern Wheeler
Japanese submaine NOT found in Pearl Harbour
Maiden voyage of Jeff's Waverley
Visiting families were amazed to see the Sidney the swan.........
....and Malcolm's duck being well behaved and under (radio) control
With much hilarity and banter the first run of the 2017 challenge took place: 'The Natives' were steered with the transmitter upside down. 'Polar Stealth' caught on the first buoy and circumnavigated it many times before getting free. The boat 'Crowborough' turned one way much better than the other and the breeze conspired to make this worse. It is debatable which of the craft went the furthest to complete the course. 'Action Man' took the relaxed approach to rowing, whereas the Natives were manic! Two other rowing boats were there on the day: one has no radio control as yet, and the other was a terrfying monster that is too large for the competition. There are several other rowing models in the club that were not competing on the day and it is hoped that they, along with general steering improvements, will make for a closer second running of the event later in the year.
Easter eggs were won by Action Man for both Concours and Best Engineered, and Oarsome for fastest time.
|3rd||Mark Waller||Action Man||153|
|5th||John Barnes||Polar Stealth Rower||262|
|Jeff Ayres||Straight Runner||DNS|
The team effort from native Americans
The big elapsed times required a big clock
Tamiya based 'Oarsome' winner of the fastest time
Action Man was out for a relaxed row
Ian's extended boat 'Crowborough' probably went the furthest......
.....as others watched
Mark's Action Man won both concours and best enginered
John B's Polar Stealth Rower spent some time at the first buoy
Er.... what is this?....... Oh, it's one of Mark's inventions!
Ben tried his hand at a steering challenge
Steve has restored this Sea Rover
Ken's river tug
Under new ownership
Nordkap fish not stacked quite right?
People crowded onto the ferry 'Royal Iris'......
.... and set off for the other side .......
.... and a few days later on the Thames
Ken has restored this Aerokits Crash Tender
Some of John S's models
A customs launch restored and under new ownership
A very enjoyable day