2005 Great Lakes Show, Part 2

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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”.

Bud Church's ATF.  Pat Matthews

Bud Church's ATF. Pat Matthews

Ken Guindon is another newcomer to boats, and did a great job detailing and weathering this Thompson trawler. Pat Matthews

Ken Guindon is another newcomer to boats, and did a great job detailing and weathering this Thompson trawler. Pat Matthews

Bob Gesking's "Teddy Bear" barrelback. Pat Matthews

Bob Gesking's "Teddy Bear" barrelback. Pat Matthews

Bob Gesking's DUKW took 1st in Military.  George Gormly

Bob Gesking's DUKW took 1st in Military. George Gormly

Rick Nowicke scratch built the French sidewheeler "Pilat".  Pat Matthews

Rick Nowicke scratch built the French sidewheeler "Pilat". Pat Matthews

Bob Gesking's "Tamaroa" spouts off for the shoreline crowd. Dave Heintz

Bob Gesking's "Tamaroa" spouts off for the shoreline crowd. Dave Heintz

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!

Steve Brown's NYC tug and one of her barges loaded with detail.  George Gormly

Steve Brown's NYC tug and one of her barges loaded with detail. George Gormly

Bud Church's "Schnellboot" underway.  Dave Heintz

Bud Church's "Schnellboot" underway. Dave Heintz

John Fryant's "Gypsy F." at dock on a quiet morning.  Pat Matthews

John Fryant's "Gypsy F." at dock on a quiet morning. Pat Matthews

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.

Terry Beeler's U-47 stalks. George Gormly

Terry Beeler's U-47 stalks. George Gormly

Bob Gesking's "Tam" with a load on the hawser.  Pat Matthews

Bob Gesking's "Tam" with a load on the hawser. Pat Matthews

Steve Brown's tow clears one gate in a drizzle, with a challenging set laying ahead. Pat Matthews

Steve Brown's tow clears one gate in a drizzle, with a challenging set laying ahead. Pat Matthews

The crowds always enjoy "open water". Jay Trombley's interesting articulated tug-barge unit is to the left.  Dave Heintz

The crowds always enjoy "open water". Jay Trombley's interesting articulated tug-barge unit is to the left. Dave Heintz

The Ann Arbor Model Yacht Club joined the Regatta and provided interesting demonstrations. Pat Matthews

The Ann Arbor Model Yacht Club joined the Regatta and provided interesting demonstrations. Pat Matthews

Another crowd pleaser was the Night Run.  George Gormly

Another crowd pleaser was the Night Run. George Gormly

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.

Pat Matthews' "Sanguine" makes smoke during the night run.  Scott Dickson

Pat Matthews' "Sanguine" makes smoke during the night run. Scott Dickson

Mike Banks receives the Seaways Award.  Dave Heintz

Mike Banks receives the Seaways Award. Dave Heintz

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!

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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

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Results

Workboat
1. Mike Banks 38′ Picket Boat
2. John Fryant “Gypsy F.”
3. Pat Matthews “Sanguine”
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Pleasure Craft
1. Fritz Jackson Garwood
2. Bob White CC Constellation
3. Bob White CC Triple Cockpit
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Military
1. Bob Gesking USCG DUKW
2. Pat Matthews US Army DUKW
3. Bud Church “USS Onaway”
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Precision Steering
1. Jerry Mendenhall
2. Pat Layman
3. Mike Banks
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Conning
1. Mike & Mary Banks
2. Bob Billingsley & Jerry Mendenhall
3. Bob Harder & Ben
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Tug Tow
1. Jerry Mendenhall
2. Pat Layman
3. Pat Matthews
SSMA Award
Steve Brown NYC Tug & Barges
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Seaways Trophy
Mike Banks 38′ Picket Boat
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