Sunday was a new day, with no rain and a sunny finish. The Ann Arbor Model Yacht Club entertained onlookers with sailing displays in the fresh breeze. Boats were afloat all day finishing up the competition schedule. At the end of competition, as many boats as the frequency board would allow took to the water for a “grand finale”.
When not watching the boats run, modelers were able to meet the helpful folk from Loyalhanna Dockyard and Seaways and browse their extensive product lines. These major sponsors made the Regatta possible, and it’s hard to thank them enough for their support of the hobby. Don Spielberger of Loyalhanna has been supporting the Regatta since its inception, and Seaways’ sponsorship adds a new dimension of exposure. Excitement was also generated by a “silent auction” of great products donated by other Regatta supporters, including The Scale Shipyard, all highly appreciated!
There’s always a lot going on when this many people show up in one place. Poignant moments for me: Meeting the plastic car modeler who converted to scale r/c model boats and did a great job on his first trawler (sweet!)… the veteran showing me exactly where his station was, on Terry Beeler’s Missouri model… several retirees asking how to get started with model tugs… watching the VERY proud grandfather and five year old grandson work the conning event with their team-built fireboat… watching the entire staff putting out their best efforts to make this a fun weekend for all.
A few of the great models at the show included:
Bob Gesking’s award winner in previous shows, the USCG WMEC-166 “Tamaroa”, and his DUKW in USCG colors, which took 1st in Military.
Newcomer Steve Brown’s New York Central tug and barges. The highly detailed barges reflect Steve’s other hobby, model railroading, where detailed track-side vignettes are so popular. Steve took home the SSMA trophy for his work.
Mike Banks’ super-detailed 38’ Picket Boat, which took high scores in Static and Precision Steering, thus earning him the new Seaways Trophy.
John Fryant’s “Gypsy F.”, a stern wheeled workboat that packed a lot of fine detail in a small space.
Fritz Jackson’s BIG mahogany “Garwood”, which featured exquisitely machined hardware.
Rich Nowicke’s gorgeously finished “Pilat”, a French side wheeler, and “Judith N.” tug.
An enjoyable time was had by all, undampened at all by the weather. Big thanks go out to all the organizers, staffers, and supportive spouses, including: Bruce Ray, Quartermaster; Jim Hunter, Chief Static Judge; Bob Harder, Announcing; Tim Sheets, Scheduling; Jerry Mendenhall, Frequency Control; Dave Heintz, Prizes and a lot more; Bob’s Buoys Inc.; and everyone else that brought trucks and trailers full of tents, tables, row boats, course markers, signs, and coffee. See you next year in Toledo, when the Maumee Valley Model Boat Club is home club for the 2006 Great Lakes Scale Model Boat Show & Regatta!
Thinking of Organizing a Regatta?
Wondering about event formats? Rules? Insurance? How to pull it all together? The SSMA has answers! The Scale Ship Modelers’ Association of North America is a nonprofit organization that offers a number of resources to model boaters and clubs, including a comprehensive handbook, insurance, and a quarterly journal. See www.ssmana.org
|1. Mike Banks||38′ Picket Boat|
|2. John Fryant||“Gypsy F.”|
|3. Pat Matthews||“Sanguine”|
|1. Fritz Jackson||Garwood|
|2. Bob White||CC Constellation|
|3. Bob White||CC Triple Cockpit|
|1. Bob Gesking||USCG DUKW|
|2. Pat Matthews||US Army DUKW|
|3. Bud Church||“USS Onaway”|
|1. Jerry Mendenhall|
|2. Pat Layman|
|3. Mike Banks|
|1. Mike & Mary Banks|
|2. Bob Billingsley & Jerry Mendenhall|
|3. Bob Harder & Ben|
|1. Jerry Mendenhall|
|2. Pat Layman|
|3. Pat Matthews|
|Steve Brown||NYC Tug & Barges|
|Mike Banks||38′ Picket Boat|