January Champs

We have our January Champs coming up this Saturday the 14th. We are looking to kick the year off with a great turn out and try and keep it up for the rest of the year. It will be at Pinetops for the usual 1:30pm arrive and set up for a 2:00pm first start. Demo boat is available at the moment if you know someone that would like to try it. Those of you that have just got new boats for Christmas etc., this will be a good opportunity for you as there will be lots of people there that can help you set up your boat and tune it to be the best it can be. We will also be experimenting with some new ways to film the boats including GoPro’s on the marks etc., so a good turn out will make for some great footage. 

In case you haven’t seen it yet there is a video in the media tab summing up our year. Well worth a watch and please share with any others. There is also a report from the year, that was written by Paul Davis on the posts tab below. There are some photos from the prize giving on the Facebook page as well.

Hopefully see you racing your DF65’s Saturday or in the near future.

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2016 round up

A report of our second year of the LTSC RC Yachting group written by Paul Davis:

2016 was shaping up to be a good year for the Lymington DF65’s with new boats turning up after Christmas and throughout the year, this would prove a tough year to win overall.  Our active fleet which regularly gets turnouts in the teens provided us with some very close tight racing and sometimes to close at times (Ado!).

So over twelve Championships, Simon ‘Cake’ McCarthy came out fighting, winning four out of the five Championships he competed in and counting a 2nd in the other before big boat sailing took over for the season.  This left the door open for ‘Mr Consistent’, Jon Harvey to take over the charge and avenge his 2nd place overall in the 2015 GP series.  Dan McCarthy continued to improve as the year went on and it must be noted that he turned up to all but one Championship!

In the end Jon, had done more than enough to take the overall GP Series this year, being the most consistent DF65 all year, counting 8 top three results out of the 9 to count!  Jon prevailed to take the overall win from Paul YI’ Davis turning the tables from 2015, with Liam Willis in 3rd, Dan McCarthy in 4th, and Toby Collyer rounding out the top 5.  With being the most consistent DF65 this year, Jon also took the overall series title, with Dan McCarthy 2nd closely followed by Ado Jardine 3rd.

2016 was a good year with many highlights, but to name a few, we’ve have had 16 DF65’s out at once and quite regularly to, a summer BBQ, mince pies and mulled wine and a well-attended annual prize giving held by Lymington Town Sailing Club.  Three local venues with Fford Yacht Squadron being our main venue, 66 DF65 owners locally and growing, 12 Championships, 42 race days along with our Inaugural Inter-club Team Racing Championships which was very entertaining and even brought a guest appearance down to Lymington in the form of Mike & Sue Weston of RC Yachts!

In 2017 there will be a few people to watch, Roger Barber being one after winning the last two championships since joining the fleet and showing pace in a range of conditions.  Team Fford Yacht Squadron / CupCake Marine will be strong coming into the season off the back of the Inaugural Inter-club Team Racing Championships win, the team consisting of our host, Rory Paton, Simon ‘Cake’ McCarthy and Alex Hayman.  Then we have the likes of Nigel Wallbank, Nick Ingram and Brian Robinson all showing they can mix it at the front of the fleet and more than capable of causing an upset.  But the big question is, will the Jarpedo, Ado Jardine keep out of trouble to rustle some feathers at the front this year?

Throughout the year visitors have joined us from several local clubs, Wayne Stobbs from Portsmouth Model Yacht Club, Robin Antcliffe from Eastleigh Model Boat Club and Nigel Brown from Gosport Model Boat Club.  Hopefully this year we can have a few more visitors with growing fleets, Porchester have joined the game along with Gosport, Portland, Eastleigh and Megeham Rythe SC.  Maybe even get a little local traveller series going???

So, what’s to look forward to in 2017 you ask?  Well, we will have our monthly championships with the first one kicking off on the 14th of January!  The successful Inter-club Team Racing Champs will be in the calendar to look forward to and hopefully have a few more visiting teams.  Throughout the year we will be treated to some race footage by our very own young Spielberg, Liam Willis, LW Media.  So, watch this space for the videos to keep us entertained.  There will be new members, more boats out on the water, closer racing and more fun, so let’s make it a good one!

But to finish things off, a big thank you must go to Liam Willis who puts everything together for us throughout the year.  Rory Paton and Pinetops must be thanked for letting us use their excellent pond, but the biggest of thank you’s must got to Meriel McCarthy, our own PRO!  Week in week out Meriel turns up come rain or shine to keep us all in check, runs all the races and keeps the scores!  Thank you!

So hopefully see you all on the water. 

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Annual Prize Giving and Dinner

Happy New Year to all,

Our annual prize giving and dinner is coming up this Saturday at LTSC from 6:30 pm. The poster with all the details and food options are below.

Please can you either let us or the LTSC office know that you are coming and what food option you would like. Food will be served from 7:00 pm with prize giving to follow. They need to know numbers so they can cater for food. There will also be some FREE WINE, but we need to know how much. We have some lovely prizes in both series all the way down to 10th place, some fun prizes and some spot prizes which will only be given out to those who are there, so it could be you! I hope to see many of you there.


Also, Portsmouth are holding their Monthly Championship in the morning, here are the details from Wayne:

Hi Everyone, and a Happy New Year to you all

My calendar tells me that we are due our monthly DF65 racing event at Canoe Lake on Saturday.  Hopefully many of you can make it down to the lake for a morning of good racing.

Racing will start at 10am with the first to cross the line taking down the finishing order.  I will tot up the scores later in the day and share them around.

There will be no entry fee and prizes, if any, will be from donations by the participants.  Last race around 12:30

Please share this message around and let’s get as many people down the lake as we can.  Entry is open to anyone and we would encourage those of you that have never raced to dust off your boats and come down for a few hours of fun.  

Any visitors that want to attend and need directions then please drop me a note.

Hopefully see you there on Saturday.


PS:  Afterwards I will be playing RG65’s if any of you want to come down for a tune up session

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Team Racing Champs

Our inter club team racing championships are getting ever closer. I forgot to say in my last post about the demo boat and the potential for borrowing a boat for the event. I can hopefully get a couple of boats for people to use if they have not got their own boats. So if they could let me know if they would like a boat then I will see what I can sort out. Also if people have been unable to get a team together but would like to join in, then they can just turn up and hopefully there will be other people there so that we can put a team together. Entries are still open if you can get a team together, forecast is looking good at the moment and we have a good few teams entered already. I hope to see you there.

Another reminder about the prize giving, details and poster below.

Hope you had a great Christmas and we wish you a happy new year. See you soon.

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Inter Club Team Racing Champs

On the 2nd of January will be our Inter club Team racing Championships. It will be held at Pinetops Nurseries, Milford Road, Efford, Lymington, SO41 0JD (opposite Otter Nurseries). Registration at 10:30, briefing at 10:45 with the aim to start racing at 11:00. It will be in teams of 3 people, using Dragon Force 65’s, and you must all be from the same club. Those who are not members of LTSC, RLYC etc. can also joint to together to make a team from Lymington, and there can be more than one team from each club. It will be £6 per team (£2 each person), to be played on the day. Prize giving will be held at Lymington Town Sailing Club after racing, there is a trophy up for grabs and other prizes as well.

Can you please enter by emailing rc@ltscmail.co.uk with the club you are from, the name of each of the sailors in the team and their sail numbers, the sooner the better. Get your teams together and get your entry’s in. We already have 4 teams entered so it is set to be a great event.

Also don’t forget about our Annual Prize giving and Dinner, all details and poster below.

Hope to see you there.

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Prize Giving Poster


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December Champs

Just a reminder about the December championships and Hot Toddy race coming up this Saturday the 17th of December. All the details are on the website. We have had a few entry but hopefully we will get a few more, please enter by emailing rc@ltscmail.co.uk with your name and sail number. This would help us hugely because we can get an idea of numbers so we know how much mulled wine and mince pies to get. Priority for mulled wine and mince pies will be given to those who enter. If you do not enter we cannot guarantee that you will get any. Not to mention the Cheaper entry fee for entering before 6:00pm on Thursday evening. Thanks for your help.

We have prizes for the winners, for the best Christmassy dressed sailor and some other fun prizes. Let’s make it a great final race of 2016.

We are also going to be holding a rigging/tuning session before racing. Paul, Jon and I will be at Pinetops from just after 12:00, so bring your boats along and we can help to get your boats fine-tuned to give you that extra edge or if you would like to come and get some practise in.

Reminder also about team racing, get your teams together and get your entries in. Please also contact us or the LTSC office if you are able to attend prize giving. All the details on the website.

Hope to see you Saturday or at the events in the new year.

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