Inniscarra Sailing & Kayaking Club
Inniscarra Sailing & Kayaking Club
Inishleena, Inniscarra, County Cork, Ireland

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Inniscarra Sailing
& Kayaking Club,
County Cork

Cumann Seoltóireachta
& Cadhcála Inis Cara,
Inis Loinge,
Inis Cara,
Contae Chorcaí

Copyright © 2011-2013
Inniscarra Sailing
& Kayaking Club
All rights reserved.
Latitude 51º54'19.79"N
Longitude 8º41'58.23"W

"Freezing" from right to left: Johneric Leach, Chris Bruen,
Tony Gay, Barry Leach, Matty Quinn and Jackie Kelleher.
Photo by Les Gosnell

New Year's Day Radio Sailing

The Radio Sailors were out in force on New Year's Day for the season's first sail. In total six boats made it into the water whilst their captain's shivered on shore. Copious cups of hot tea were employed to ward off hypothermia! Wind conditions were moderate on the day with five IOMs and one RC Laser taking part! The weather did break into rain later in the day but at least four hours of sailing was enjoyed before it was time to pack up the boats and head indoors for some warmth.

New Members and New Boats

Two new members joined the Radio Sailing division of Inniscarra Sailing & Kayak Club in January. Matty Quinn sails a TS2 One Meter and Jackie Kelleher a Triple Crown One Meter. Both Matty and Jackie are accomplished R/C flyers but have taken to R/C sailing after several visits to the Dam.

The Triple Crown was beautifully built by Barry Leach from a plan and was successfully launched on Tuesday 29th. This balsa hulled boat has proven her speed against the other GRP hulled boats sailed at the Club. Plans can be downloaded for free from the Internet.

A new Topiko IOM has been purchased by Johneric Leach. The Topiko is a 2004 design by Graham Bantock one of the most respected IOM sailor/designers in the sport. The Topiko is very similar to another Bantock design called the Italiko. The differences are small changes to the section shape, rocker line, longitudinal center of buoyancy and detail cosmetic treatment of the transom and bow. Following some rigging work by Barry Leach her maiden voyage is scheduled for Thursday, 7 February 2013.

New Buoys for the Radio Sailors

The permanent white marker buoys that were used by the Radio Sailors have been disappearing from the Dam. Since the main fun, after the building, comes from sailing around an allotted course a decision was taken in January to purchase three new floatation buoys.

These new buoys are designed with a height-regulating mechanism illustrated in the attached picture. Due to the length of an IOM keel it is important that the anchor line remains vertical by attaching a suitable weight; it ensures the line does not fowl a boat rounding the mark. The buoys also feature two stripes to indicate when a buoy has been hit by a yacht. Offenders are required to perform a penalty turn consisting of one tack and one gybe but racing takes place on a very informal basis!

The ability to lay down markers prior to sailing ensures the course takes account of the wind direction on the day. The markers are laid out in a triangular pattern with the boats sailing on a course that leaves the markers on the port side. This reflects the type of course, consisting of a triangle and sausage, used in formal radio controlled yacht racing; in a competition scenario the markers would be relocated for shifts in the wind direction.

With some additional honing of skills the ISKC Radio Sailors are looking forward to attending sailing events with the other IOM fleets based in Howth, Carrikfergus, Roundwood and East Down later this year.

Radio sailing takes place most weeks on either a Tuesday or Thursday from 11:00-15:30; and every second Sunday from 11:00-15:30. However due to variable weather and other commitments sailing is typically confirmed by a text the evening before – which serves as a good reminder to charge batteries!

Click here for further information on Radio Sailing at the Club

2010 Nationals at Inniscarra

Open 60 evo5 Mirabaud in action on river Elbe

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