Jari put together this piece of youtube art from the Sunday photos.
Markku Siivinen from Helsinki, Finland, has built two of these exquisitely detailed 1:10 Finngulf 39 scale models. Length 140 cm, height ca 180cm, beam 37 cm. They weigh about 9.5 kg of which 4 kg is in the keel.
The fifth MicroMagic ranking race was sailed today in Vuosaari. Due to the location of the sailing water the wind came with variable strength from a variable direction in all races. I was sailing a loaned boat, and will do so in two weeks time at the national event also (20+ entries I hear!). Might think about a microMagic of my own during the spring (no promises...). Results to appear here.
Pictures by Jorma Ojama.
Veikko Rihu from Provoke has produced these two 1:17-scale radio controlled yachts modeled after Volvo Open 70 boats.
The boats are moulded in carbon and feature a 45-degree canting ballast. Length is 1339mm and beam 350mm. The displacement is 6.3kg with about 4.7kg in the keel, fin, and canting-electronics.
The 2008 Helsinki Boatshow started yesterday with a day for press and other VIPs. Four Micro-Magic boats were sponsored by the Finnish Sailing Federation and its parters, and on Friday a few of the Finnish Olympic sailors got together for some racing in the pool. The show is now open until Sunday 17th, and the Finnish Micro-Magic sailors are sailing in the pool 2-3 times per day for 30 minutes at a time. This pool is a bit smaller, 4.5x9.5 m, than the one at Model Expo last year, but we found some better fans for generating wind. They seem to create less turbulence and a smoother wind across the pool.
A fast but unstable way of radio-sailing.
8 boats, possibly the largest gathering of MicroMagic's so far in Finland, showed up for some friendly racing today. I tried it too for two races. The boat is very light and responsive, and you really have to react to the gusts of wind. At low speed on a beat I found the boat drifting to leeward quite heavily.
No rescue boat was used, the marks were just pushed out from the bank/bridge with a long pole.
It looks like we will have a number of these boats for next season, and the action probably starts at Model Expo 2008 (like this year), with hopefully a number of regattas through the summer.
Results will probably appear on the Finnish MicroMagic site.