Club 500 guys sure know how to enjoy themselves! On Saturday 25 March we
had all six of the current fleet battling it out on what is a mix of
tricky, fast and slow technically-difficult track layouts as used in
racing this class worldwide (M-shaped layout).
The Club 500 boats are
electric model speedboats produced in the UK in kit form and use a 40mm
propeller and 550 motor. As a one-design class the focus is on close
racing and the club has standardised the Electronic Speed Controller
(ESC) ratio plus the battery specifications.
On Saturday, we ran a total
of four heats with two boats at a time to give everyone a nice dice
against another driver. We then had a semi-final of four boats, plus a
grand final and everyone did extremely well. The heats are three minutes
long with an average lap time of 28 seconds, and as the clock ticks down
the pressure mounts. The smallest mistake can easily cost you 10 seconds
and you're eliminated. We don't do 360 degree penalties as this causes
chaos with boats going in the wrong direction at the mark. It was agreed
you must just briefly "lift off" to be sporting and continue
the race. There were lots of laughs and happy faces.
The Doctor's boat started
playing up with wet plugs so only five remained at the end of the heats.
Derek surprised us all with his turn of speed - he just needs to work on
left and right rudder skills. Dave was driving Riff Raff as James was
away and we should nickname him "Shakes" as the pressure of
racing got to his normally steady hand.
The name of the game in Club
500s is to have adrenaline fun, avoid colliding and get home first
without being a bad sport. We sure have this spirit!
Looking over the
fun-orientated results it reads like this for overall positions:
Therefore Sameer wins the
day according to rule No.1. (The writer has no idea what rule No.1 is,
but the results stand).
Another three boats are
currently under construction, with a further two kits available from the
club should you wish to get into this discipline of the hobby. Please
contact Andreas to find out more.
The racing is close and we
are getting better with our skills, the youngster showing us all how to
A great day's racing at GMBC