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The St. Louis Admirals R/C Model Boat Club
BROADSIDE Commodore Jim Schwinkendorf. . (636) 271-8316 Secretary Bob Keeler (314) 434-8640 HHUUjaschwink@aol.comUUHH CELL. (314) 409-7604 Vice-Commodore Dave St. Clair (636) 671-5353 Treasurer George Kirby (636) 978-6288 Editor Jane Rivers-Chapman (314) 355-8660 NOTICE: The next meeting will be held on August 4, 2014 at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 33 N. Clay Ave, Ferguson, MO 63135
NOW HEAR THIS FROM THE BRIDGE Each month I ponder over a topic for my newsletter article. With our upcoming Regatta toward the end of September, I got to thinking about sailing at the Boat House in Forest Park. Our Regatta and sailing location includes what we
refer to as the Inner Harbor. It is here that our boats get placed in the water and then must proceed out into the big lake, if that is desired. But boating operations in the Inner Harbor can be very interesting in and of themselves. Controlling a boat in a confined area requires some specialized skills. As you well know, boats do NOT turn quickly nor stop fast. This means that the harbor maneuvers must be done with some care. The first rule is to move the boat SLOWLY. Trying to break a speed record inside the harbor is a sure way to hit something or someone elses boat. Many a problem comes about with too much speed! OK. Move about slowly. The next lesson to be learned somewhat depends on whether you boat has a single screw (prop) or has individually controlled twin screws. Running a twin screw boat in close quarters is much easier and a lot of fun. A skipper can really twist his boat about if he has mastered the use of the twin screws. At slow speeds, the rudder doesnt work too well, but having individual screw speed control can be quite an operation to watch. I really enjoy the challenge of warping my big long submarine inside the harbor.
One of the most interesting maneuvers is to turn the boats direction in its own length. Heres the trick. Engage one prop in reverse, turning at a constant slow speed. Engage the other prop going forward, and use this prop to vary any tendency of the boat to begin moving forward or backward by varying the speed. Leave the rudder centered. Then sit back and watch as your boat just sits there but reverses direction. Once you have the boat turned around, put both props into forward and move slowly out of the harbor. You can also warp your boat alongside the dock using this same type of for/aft prop control. It really looks like you know what you are doing when you can bring your boat right alongside you, and right where you want it to be! Now a single screw prop does not give you this ability. You must use the prop and the rudder to coax your boat around or get it into the spot alongside the dock where you want it. It just takes a bit more effort. And, sports fans, thats why we have tug boats! A single screw boat many times needs an assist to control directions. One or more tugs can push or pull to assist in controlling direction. Or you can cheat with such additions as bow thrusters. The real boats have those, too. So boat sailing isnt just hitting the open water and jamming the throttle ahead full. Much can be said for some really neat slow speed harbor operations. Thats a skill that can also be fun to watch. Happy sailing. Commodore Jim
Sailing at St Ferdinand Park, Florissant, MO prior to dinner - 5:00 PM Dinner at Applebees, 2309 N Highway 67, Florissant, MO 63033, and 7:00 PM meeting at St. Stephens Church Tentative 2014 meeting dates are: Third Sunday every month except November March Sailing at St Ferdinand Park, Florissant, MO weather permitting
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Sept 8, 2014 (2nd Monday due to Labor Day)
REGATTA Sep 27-28, 2014 Boat House, Forest Park
Oct 6, 2014 Nov 3, 2014 (Swap Meet) Dec 1, 2014 (Christmas Social) Subject to availability by St. Stephens Church
George Kirby 1146 Alyssa Ct OFallon, MO 63366 PS If you would like to have your e-mail address included for receipt of the Broadside and other publications please include it on a separate sheet of paper, to my attention. If you have moved since your last renewal, please note change of address, etc. Thank you, George Kirby ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Nautical Research Guild PO BOX 7, 20 Water Street, Cuba, NY 14727 Telephone: 585-968-8111 The 2014 Conference will be in St. Louis, MO on October 16, 17 and 18, 2014. List Of Vendors that will be attending the show Syren Ship Model Co. - Ship model Blocks, Rope and fittings Ages of Sail - Ship model kits and supplies Seawatch Books - Ship model books Unique Master models - Ship Model Tools and Supplies Bluejacket - Ship model kits and supplies Byrnes Model Machines - Ship Model Power Tools Nautical Research Guild *************************************************************************************
The St. Louis Admirals R/C Model Boat Club Secretarys Report for July 5. 2014
Weigh Anchor: Commodore Jim Schwinkendorf opened the meeting at 1915 hours at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Ferguson and led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. There were 13 members and guests present. Report from Homeport: A. Status of club members: New member is Tom Karpel from OFallon, Mo. He had a display model of LCS 21, support Navy craft which his brother served on and which his brothers widow sent to Tom. It was damaged in transit and he approached the Veterans War Memorial for someone to repair the damage. They referred him to Jane who had Luther do the repairs. That induced Tom to join the club, a welcome addition. B. The June minutes were published in Broadside newsletter. C. Treasurers Report: George gave a report on the checking account which was accepted by the club members. Fleet Information: A. 2014 Regatta: Kerk reported that the Regatta will be on September 27-28, 2014. Plan is to have registration start at 0900 hours, judging at 1300 hours, and awards at 1500 hours to avoid having to send awards to those who had to leave before Sunday. Sunday is to be free and relaxing sailing. There will be a night sailing on Saturday night provided that your boat has lights. The plaques this year will have a picture of a Navy ship (the one on which Kerk served). We will also have the loan of the control stanchions from Boeing again this year. Regatta Information and Registration Forms will be available on our Club website, and also will be included in the next several newsletters. B. SSMA renewals: Check to see if your SSMA membership is due for renewal in July or before; several members are due in June. We need at least 5 members to maintain our membership in SSMA and have insurance coverage. If you dont already belong, consider joining. Their newsletter has been greatly improved. C. Bob Chapmans Liberty ship Jeremiah OBrian has found a home at the St. Louis Veterans Memorial Museum where it will be displayed for the public. Thanks to TJ for putting in over 100 hours to restore the boat to pristine condition. After it goes on display, the club will visit the museum to see the OBrian. Skippers Tales: A. Commodore Jim expounded on SS 555 which was a one-of-a-kind NAVY submarine capable of diving to 3000 ft when other submarines were limited to 300 ft.
B. Commodore Jim had a quiz with interesting facts about the boats and their crew on the Titanic and its sister ships Olympic and Britannic. C. The following boats and items were displayed: 1. Tom Karpel had his repaired LCS #21 on display. 2. Vice-commodore Dave St Clair Had the Dumas Shelly Foss tugboat which he recently purchased. He is updating the electronics and adding other goodies. 3. Phil Frisch brought a boat he acquired; The Dumas Chris Craft Challenger. 4. Paul Kirby had a recording of the steam calliope and whistle of the Admiral steamboat and pictures of other steamboats plying the Mississippi River. Raffle: Luther Disher and Jane Rivers-Chapman won the gift cards to Mark Twain Hobby. Jane promptly gave her Mark Twain gift card to new member Tom Karpel. Next Meeting: August 4, 2014 The meeting ended at 2024 hours. Respectfully submitted, Bob Keeler =========================================================================== Bob Chapmans Jeremiah OBrien at Soldiers Memorial TJ Mueller working
LCS 21 Luther Disher with repaired model for Thomas Karpels sister ready for display at Soldiers Memorial.
Sunday sail at St Ferdinand Park, in attendance, Tom Karpel, TJ Mueller, Ross Kerkman, Dave St Clair and Editor.
ST. LOUIS ADMIRALS RC MODEL BOAT CLUB - September 27-28, 2014 INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS GENERAL INFORMATION The St. Louis Admirals are proud to announce their 26th Annual Regatta, again this year at the Boat House in Forest Park, St Louis. This event is open to the public and anyone interested in model boating at no charge. The only cost for registered Regatta participants is for the display and/or trophy competition for their boats at the show. As usual, we are inviting electric and sail (sor