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Plaza Park Pond

Near the Airport and Holiday Inn

Visalia CA

 

Saturday, July 31, 1999

 

 

Hey Folks!

 

I'm sending this out to everyone to let you know about our day of sailing.

 

I felt we had a very successful day at the pond today.   I enjoyed meeting everyone, and seeing friends.    I met Bob and Jenny Kizziar for the first time.  Bob lives in Lemoore and has been racing his ODOM in the San Jose area.  Bob has several sailboats that would be fun to see.  George lives here in Visalia.  He has been written up in the local paper for his craftsmanship with R/C boats.  He has electric, steam and sail powered boats.  Some of Georges boats are over five feet long. 

 

Today we had four sailboats on the water.  During the day we must have had maybe 20 folks come up and sail our boats.  I had a great time seeing and playing with the ODOM sailboat.  I have been reading about it and this was my first chance to see one in person and I got to sail it too!  George had a very nice Magnum one design.  The Magnum was graceful on the water, and with all the sail area it was competitive when we raced coming in second.  I won't mention whose boat came in third.  It was like stepping back into the past sailing Georges boat.  I had never seen a servo as big as the one in the Magnum.  The servo must have been 4x6 inches and 2 inches tall.  George said it was very fast and could go from open to close in 4 seconds.  (times have changed).

 

 

A Recap of my recollection of discussion about a club:

 

At the end of the day we (George, Bob and I) stood around for a bit and talked about a club.  As to how often we should meet, we were thinking maybe once a month to start. The topic turned to what boat should we have as a club boat.  George felt that a Magnum or EC 12 design would be good for our pond because of the rake on the fin VS a thin fin and bulb.  A raked hull wouldn't catch on things and hang up on the pond.   Bob favored the ODOM.  The ODOM has fairly strict rules and it keeps you from "racing your wallet."  Bob said, a fully loaded ODOM may cost $550, but could be beat by a $400 boat.   A Fairwind is a modestly priced boat and easily purchased (boat itself $170, $300 in the water with new sails and radio).  We also talked about the Thunder Tiger which is a less expensive boat (boat itself $84).

 

Bob said a couple other guys from the Lemoore area have ODOM's.  I mentioned I knew of one other Fairwind (Jerry's).

 

Of course we could have a race what ya-brung.  Having a club boat would make it more exciting.  Having the rules for the boat modifications keeps the price down and the competition for the skipper important.     

 

George said, "we should get the folks together and have everyone put in their two cents worth and see what folks would like to do". 

 

From sailing the boats on the pond today, I think I enjoyed sailing the ODOM.  I liked the way it handled.  Of course Bob has put a bunch of time into his boat and has it set up very nicely.    

 

Here are some statistics about boats sailed in California that are registered. 

 

 

Number

Boat

Sail

 

Apx.

 

Of Boats

Length

Area

Weight

Cost

Marblehead

115

50

800

12

950

1 Meter

128

39

600

6

 

ODOM

70

39

600

7

500

S/B

43

70

1100

28

800

EC12

34

60

1200

25

 

Soling O/D

20

50

800

17

 

36/600

14

36

600

 5-8

 

 

 

 

 

Folks that showed up:

           

            Bob  Kizziar      BobJen@lightspeed.com (ODOM & Express 27)  

Web page reference for ODOM  http://www.crl.com./~nic/odom/index.html

            Rick Moynahan  Rickm@tcoe.org  (Fairwind 900) 

Web page reference for Fairwind 900   http://marina.fortunecity.com/coconut/282/index.html

George Rush     732-9311  (Magnum One Design) 

 

 

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