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9th Nov 2008 at 11:12:45 hrs
Hi - My name is Mike Weston - I am trying to contact a company that would be interested in this new concept in competitive sailing - to help explain the fundamentals of sailing, rules, sail shapes, tactics etc to the majority of the public that have no idea of what the sport is all about ready for the next Olympics. The History As “Weston Leisure” myself & my wife have been contracted to Swanley Town Council for 25 years to run their local leisure park – “Swanley Park”. (For more information go to This is where I was introduced to radio controlled yachts. I have been actively involved in radio controlled sailing for over 24 years representing the UK at national & international level with Marblehead’s, International One Metres & now “Micro Magic’s”. I was placed 3rd & 5th at the last two Euro MM championships in Holland & Spain. I am also the Exhibitions Officer for the Model Yachting Association (MYA) & Events Officer for the UK Micro Magic Association. I started a new business two years ago – “RC Yachts” ( - to retail the “Micro Magic”, spares, accessories & supply ready to sail yachts in the UK. I have now built over 100 MMs & we now have almost 200 MMs registered in the UK & estimate 4,000 in Europe with over 2,000 in Holland alone. They have now started to be sailed in Australia & North America. We have a great association website with all the latest news, results, forum, rules & photos etc. The last two years I have supplied the Micro Magic’s & run the display at the Dinghy Show in the Alexander Palace in conjunction with the MYA & RYA. For this we have a large pool & three variable speed electric fans & six Micro Magic’s. This year we organised casual racing for the GBR Olympic sailing team which made for great viewing with the public. We are at the Dinghy show again next year. In June this year I supplied ten MMs & helped organise a sponsor’s event at the Haymarket Hotel in London for the GBR Olympic sailing team before they left for China. This was held in their indoor pool with eight electric fans along the pool side. We had a series of ten races & then three finals with the team coaching the sponsors. All yachts were handed out as prizes to the finalists. We have just been invited to organise a stand at the London Boat Show by the British Marine Federation in January 2009. This will be for the full ten days at the deck games stand with an indoor pool & fans. The Micro Magic is a fantastic little yacht & like full size has two controls for rudder & sails. We sail basically to the same rules as full size. It comes with carbon mast & booms, quality fittings gooseneck/kicker & should less rigs. For her size she is very well balanced & easy to sail. Manufactured by Graupner, a large model company, they are ready available. They can sail in almost any conditions with smaller rigs that I can supply. I believe the Micro Magic has the potential to become the largest radio controlled international class. It is affordable & available plus is attractive to full-size & modellers alike. We have a fleet of 15 at Hamble as they are small enough to stow on full size yachts & are raced when they are in harbour. I have just supplied six to Cardiff Council to be used as teaching aids & for demonstrations. The Future The main idea is to help sailing become spectator friendly, to try to explain the rules & the whole concept of sailing which the sport struggles to do at present. As we sail on short courses this makes for a good spectator sport & in competitions we would normally have at least 15 races a day. I believe the biggest attraction could be indoors sailing in a controlled environment with top class skippers sailing on a swimming pools that have already have seating for spectators plus could easily be televised. With sponsorship you could attract the top skippers with prizes. After the success of the last Olympics I believe we could attract a lot of new interest to the art of sailing & racing rules ready for the next Olympics. As you can see I am very enthusiastic about the potential of this new idea & would appreciate any help & advice to take this concept forward. Below are a few links & pictures of the Micro Magic’s in action. Regards – Mike Weston UK Micro Magic Association Video of Dinghy Show – with public & Olympic team Over 200 pictures of the 2nd European championship in Roses Spain
Mike Weston

9th Nov 2008 at 11:12:21 hrs
With regard to your video recording. I have found that holding the camera at half arm length [bent elbow] improves footage when combined with the image stabilisation found in the modern camera. Do not hold camera to eye. I am impressed with your gadget on the stern with its weight, though without dampening I fear it will over-ride... maybe you have that ... I couldn't see. One hand for yourself and one hand for the boat does make shooting difficult though I fear the static camera is rather bland ...I like to create a story with a number of shots so limited storage is no problem to me ... I am used to the two minutes fourty second of a hundred foot of 16mm film at 24fps :-) Best regards John

15th May 2008 at 08:33:01 hrs
Would you kindly correct our link?Claymore (Claymore - Our Claymore Owner's Group is a not-for-profit group currently consisting of owners, and soon-to-be owners of the venerable Claymore Motorsailer, from around the world. The objective of the Claymore Motorsailer Group is to enhance the pleasure of owning and/or sailing a a Claymore. This group provides a forum for owners, and persons interested in motorsailers, to socialize and exchange ideas, maintenance tips, and other information related to the ownership and operation of the Claymore Motor Sailer. The Link is:
Eileen Wicklund

15th May 2008 at 08:20:53 hrs
'The reluctant sailor' stories are such great fun I hope she keeps writing and is not yet done Her talent for spinning a good yarn is all too clear Losing it with the FS is only a matter of time, I fear.
Jacob Benjamin

15th May 2008 at 08:39:38 hrs
I have just opened a sailing school and would like to add some photographs of the west coast to my web site ( I would like to include your excellent photograph 'Lighthouse on Little Cumbrae', which appears on the website: Could I please have your permission to do so?
Tony Whittingham

15th May 2008 at 08:16:14 hrs
Mr. McIntyre! I have found your vessel and she is a fine lass, indeed! To refresh your memory, I sold you the Stressless chair at Tarpon Furniture. I have since placed Nautor Swan in my favorites next to Beneteau. I can take you for English fish and chips and Yorkshire or PG Tips for tea at an authentic British food store off of Route 52 when next you are in USA. I would love to have you tell your stories of racing on the high seas. 40' waves are quite a challenge. I became sick at 8' waves once in the Long Island sound while racing out of the Northport Yacht club, crewing for Ed McGovern. These were the days when I worked for Grumman Corporation in the 80's. At the time, Grumman owned Pearson Yachts. I do not know if they do now. It takes a Scotsman to do what you do on the seas so well! Thank you for your purchase. You will be comfortable now. Best regards, Emery G. Columna
Emery G. Columna

15th May 2008 at 08:11:35 hrs
Apologies if this query is misdirected. I am trying to get to the webcam which the Largs Sailing Club is supposed to have. But I cannot find any links. If you could give me the web address I would be very grateful. Thanks! Laurie Prescott
Laurie Prescott

2nd Jul 2007 at 16:56:40 hrs
I'm trying to put together a charrt plotter based on your info, but using an Evermore gm-r700 gps rx, serial rs232 out, through an adaptor to usb. Laptop can't see any satellites -any experts out there have any suggestions?
Ian Buglass

8th Jun 2007 at 13:48:18 hrs
Committee boat is Dorus Mhor

29th May 2007 at 14:17:17 hrs
Committee boat is the ex-RNLI Clyde Class 70' lifeboat Grace Ritchie
Iain Crosbie

15th Apr 2007 at 21:44:55 hrs
Can you help with the enquiry below about moorings in Rothesay. If so post here!

15th Apr 2007 at 21:43:46 hrs
Hi, I am looking for a mooring in your area for 28 days from the 28th June this year, if you have one available please advise price. Alternatively can you please advise of any other contacts in the area of Rothesay. Boat size 10m weight 5 Te. Thanks Phil Don
Phillip don

28th Feb 2007 at 21:28:03 hrs
This is my boat!
Des Balmforth

26th Feb 2007 at 20:51:12 hrs
Link added!

26th Feb 2007 at 20:48:27 hrs
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Gaspare Marturano

14th Feb 2007 at 13:24:34 hrs
Hi, do you have ims and irc ratings of 2006?is possible to have a copy of them? Thanks, Marco
Marco Messori

17th Dec 2006 at 16:01:15 hrs
Tigh Soluis II - (J109) - owned by Ken Grant

4th Dec 2006 at 11:04:52 hrs
Nice web site.Keep up the good work!

11th Oct 2006 at 18:49:16 hrs
I've spent the last few days researching the boat industry on the web and your site, particularly Helen's articles has made my day, well week. However I then realised that the site is much bigger than that, and so much more attractive and user friendly that 90% of the other sites I've looked at. I'll be back in a month or so for the next installment Sophie Garrett
Sophie Garrett

11th Sep 2006 at 10:30:48 hrs

4th Sep 2006 at 21:07:55 hrs
How many layers under that lot is the thong that you were wearing when sailing in Perth, Western Australia?
Stu & Hel

24th Aug 2006 at 09:44:39 hrs
Your site is realy very interesting.

31st Mar 2006 at 11:31:59 hrs
We thank you for your comment on my poster... “Let the good times roll again!” Robert B. Neiman.... Maybe some corporation will pick it up for a fundraiser with donations to the Katrina relief fund.
R. Neiman

31st Mar 2006 at 11:31:56 hrs
Intresting site .Was the Hurley your father owned called Equity and Sailed from Largs. If so I purchased her and i am currentlylooking into her history.If you have any pictures or inf i would be very intrested . Hope you have a great season. Alasdair Macdonald
A Macdonald

20th Mar 2006 at 14:00:49 hrs
Very nice and informative website.
Payday Loan

20th Mar 2006 at 14:00:40 hrs
Dear Sir We are in the planning stage of a great sail from New Zealand to South Africa, the yacht is a 57’ Schooner and fitted out with a Zodiac SOLAS 8 life raft. It is my job to put together a safety brief, including operation of the life raft. Can you please guide me in the right direction where to obtain a DVD for operation and training of how to use a life raft. Kind Regards Bertil Hansson
Bertil Hansson

11th Feb 2006 at 15:21:08 hrs
This is how I came to love lighthouses and this very special one in particular. When I was about 5 we went to stay overnight in cranfield with an aunt. At this time I was terrified of the dark and when we children, a lot of us were put to bed ,and lights turned out, I was terrified and started crying, another Aunt came to me to see what was wrong and on seeing the state i was in, tucked me in and pointed out the window across the room ,where I saw my lighthouse ,as I have come to call it. She told me to just watch it and I would stop being afraid,this I did and was lulled to sleep by its light and the sound of its foghorn. I am 52 now and I will never forget this experience which brought calm to a frightened child and a love of lighthouses.
maureen maguire

5th Jan 2006 at 23:30:34 hrs
“Let the good times roll again!” Robert B. Neiman, famous artist and illustrator pays a tribute to the rebirth of New Orleans with his painting… “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! The original art maybe seen on the web site and is available for a sponsor seeking a vehicle to raise funds for the KATRINA FUND. 18” x 24” posters are available for a fundraiser plus a limited edition of hand signed and numbered, with donations to the fund. For further information contact: Robert B. Neiman 11098 Malaysia Circle Boynton Beach, Fl 33437 Tel: 561-740-7552 Web Page- Email:
Robert B. Neiman

19th Dec 2005 at 18:51:10 hrs
Thanks for the info Walter - page now updated

19th Dec 2005 at 18:49:52 hrs
Nice pictures but the view is to the North not South from the moorings. Walter
Walter Marshall

31st Oct 2005 at 08:39:15 hrs
Afer just readin the Helens articles i agree Temptation must have been huge ind i for one would have gone to the mooring for a drink with helen and kids for an hour
Your |Brother-in -law

25th Sep 2005 at 21:23:48 hrs
Some sailing and cruising news sources for you. Browser: RSS newsfeeds: Good luck Bob

14th Aug 2005 at 21:48:44 hrs
Doh... it looks like the comments script wasn't hooked up properly. Nothing complicated, just that the formhandler page wasn't there. Fixed now I hope!

14th Aug 2005 at 21:46:38 hrs
This is the classic first post

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