Mark Dicks wins Soling 1 Meter Nationals 2007

July 26, 2007 at 10:50 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

The second ever Soling 1 Meter National Championship took place at Bournville lake on July 14th. Eight boats entered with 5 from the host club and John Meredith from the Burton club, Lisa Reeves from the Birkenhead and Mark Dicks from Clapham. Not a particular good entry, but better than the full size Soling Nationals which only attracted 5 boats on the same day
Wind was better than average at Bournville and racing got under way at 10-45 am. Both Mark Dicks and Dave Nickson had electrical problems at the start. Marks boat was able to be rectified but Dave’s boat needed more attention than was possible at the lakeside.
After various tea and lunch breaks racing concluded at 3.00pm.
12 races were sailed and allowing 3 discards Mark Dicks was the clear winner with 6 firsts and 3 seconds giving a total score of 12 points. Not bad for someone who had never sailed a Soling 1 Meter before. Mark purchased two Solings on the day and is now busily building one for himself and one for his son Joshua. Joshua is the 4th generation of the Dicks family to take up the sport. This must be a record.
The final results were :-
1st Mark Dicks 12 points
2nd John Newey 19 points
3rd Peter Martin 28 points
4th John Meredith 30 points

Bearing in mind these boats were manufactured in California’ it was appropriate to present Californian wine as prizes for the first 4 boats.
A profit of £10.00 was made at the event which was donated to the RNLI .
Finally a vote of thanks was made to Mike Harris who acted as race officer for the day and a bottle of wine was presented to lubricate the vocal chords..

For more information on these superb inexpensive boats contact Graham Reeves on 01789 751800 or e mail Graham on

Racing on the 15th July

July 15, 2007 at 7:16 pm | Posted in Blogroll, News, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Weather was good with a breeze going from non existant to moderate. Only Allan and Derek had turned up by 11am so we amused ourselves sailing the Soling,s rather than struggle with the 6M,s. Then Jim and Ted arrived and we all decided to carry on with the Soling,s to see how they would perform in the very different conditions from when we last sailed when heavy winds were the order of the day.

What a great day!. We were sailing with the knowledge that if we did not do so well it was the skipper and not the boat. There was no feeling, as there is with the 1M,s and 6M,s, that one mans boat was better than another. The wind varied in strength throughout the day and the puffs meant that however far behind the fleet you were, if you caught the wind first it was possible to overhaul and even pass the fleet. Ted won the first race, Derek won the second and then had to retire in the third because of battery failure. When the fleet was back together all the skippers won at least one race each but the main interest was in the closeness of the racing. On several occasions there was a race for the line and a handkerchief could have covered the entire fleet. Ted was heard to say that it was the best days racing he had enjoyed for a long time, and I think that sentiment was shared by all.

It was a great days racing, and I feel the Club has made the right choice with the Soling.

1st July – First Soling Race!

July 1, 2007 at 9:57 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

The first of the month saw the start of a new class race at Clapham Model Yacht Club. With 6 Solings now completed, 5 were on the water on Sunday. The decision was made to race the new Soling fleet instead of the IOM, which we usually race on the first Sunday of the month. The wind was strong and gusty, and would have been just right for the IOM with their second rig, but the Solings surprised us all with their ability to handle the most extreme gust. Although Graham’s yacht did take on the appearance of a submarine at times! For a relatively cheap kit boat they sail very well, and stood up to all the weather could throw at them. With 5 new boats on the water there were the usual teething problem. Continue Reading 1st July – First Soling Race!…

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