After some intense last minute preparations, SubRon5 logged its fifth successful yearly event this past weekend. We met in Georgetown as planned, but drove to the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station on Saturday morning to run. Due to last minute spillway releases on Lake Georgetown the river site was unusable. Fortunately, we had already been in talks with the aquatics people at A&M to use their facilities. They agreed to host us on extremely short notice and proved to be wonderful hosts. We ran in both the outdoor pool and the indoor instructional pool which we had to ourselves all day.
This year's event was marked by a number of firsts. Tom Kisler made his first sortie in his new Small World Models Kilo class boat seen above. We also welcomed Don Baker into the ranks of Qualified Sub Drivers as he got his first complete boat underway, a ThorDesign Sturgeon purchased off eBay. Don's nephew Kyle also took the helm of an r/c sub for the first time and did a wonderful job.
The next morning we spent several hours reviewing the Revell Gato kit and the various available aftermarket modifications. Gail displayed his D&E kit from Caswell which is very nicely done. We spent some time viewing the construction DVDs as well before hitting the road back to our respective home ports.
Though scheduling conflicts limited attendance to the die hard skippers, it was a very fun event and a satisfying day of running. Pictured are Jeff, Gail, Wayne, Tom, Paul, Kyle, and Don.