From CRYA newsletter Fall 2014
Metro Marine Modellers wrapped up their 2014 sailing season on November 2 with awards presentations to its top sailors and a swap meet that featured of wide variety of new and “previously enjoyed” model boats, kits and equipment, including an entire model building workshop.Free coffee, cookies and a 50/50 draw rounded out the event. As well, several members of the Confederation Marine Modellers from Hamilton joined in the fun.
The event kicked off with a discussion about planning for the 2015 sailing season, including the integration of a fleet of the new DragonForce RG65 boats into the club’s regatta schedule for Soling One Meters and Victorias. Several members purchased DragonForces this year and found them a fun and challenging boat to sail. The club sees the DragonForce as an ideal membership-building boat thanks to its attractive price ($199 with radio included) and easy assembly.MMM is undertaking a membership drive in 2015 to boost the ranks of its sail, scale and static model divisions.
Awards for the MMM’s past season of Soling and Victoria regattas and races were shared among the club’s “usual suspects” in the winners’ circle – John McKinney, Glen Barrett, Michael Steele and Bob Allan. The club held 10 Soling and 10 Victoria regattas this year along with a Tuesday night series of races for Victorias and Dragon Forces.. MMM has over 40 members who participate in its sailing program.
Sail Captain Rick Levick also presented a “Volunteer of the Year” award to Steve Penney for his great effort organizing this year’s Canadian National Soling One Meter Regatta. Newcomer Brent Adams took the “Rookie of the Year” award while Bob Gibbs was recognized as the club’s “Most Improved” sailor. The club’s “Sportsman of the Year” was John McKinney.
The wheeling and dealing began in earnest after the awards presentation. Master builder Bill Shorney offered an impressive collection of sailboats and scale models and sold quite a few. Other offerings included two competitively-rigged Victorias, a Micro Magic, several fast electric boats and some impressive scale models. Leading Edge Hobbies of Kingston had display featuring DragonForce kits and a wide assortment of sailboat fittings and parts. Few of those who attended the event went home empty-handed.
Many thanks to Michael Steele for organizing and hosting the event at his company, Sydney Stone in Mississauga.