May 3 & 4 SUBCOM INSIDE PASSAGE RUNTIME REPORT CULTUS LAKE, BRITISH COLUMBIA as reported by Romain L. Klaasen.
Thanks to (a) the initiative and, (b) the efforts of Lyle Jansma out of Bellingham, WA, a group of British Columbia and Washington State sub modelers has found shelter under the Subcom Inside Passage (S.I.P.) umbrella. We may well be the first international chapter of the SubCommittee, but, unfortunately, that new arrangement did sweet beans all for the weather. Rain, you know. Two hours of dry running time over two days ain’t all that great. And, for the group, it was the third time that the elements turned their back on us: May and September of last year, and again this time. But “we shall return,” said Douglas MacArthur.
In spite of the forecast and threatening sky, the turn out was excellent: Ten modeler-participants. Seven BCers and three Washingtonians, plus our volunteer chef, Ted Blosmains, the odd grandson and a couple of real nice dogs.
The roll call went as follows:
Barry Appel - Cloverdale: One (new)Sturgeon
Ed Bynon - Bellingham: Tesky & Robbe Seawolf
Sanja Cowan - Surrey: Graupner Shark
Irv Crosby - Everett: 1:56 & 1:65 Wahoo & SRV Gail rescue
David Ellis - North Vancouver: 1:96 Sturgeon
Duane Hillier - Langley: 1:48 N21 & 1:56 Alfa
Lyle Jansma - Bellingham: 1:96 Permit
Dan Katchur - Richmond: 1:72 Skipjack, 32” Disney Nautilus & 52” Seaview
Romain Klaasen - Victoria: 1:125 & 1:96 LA (Miami) & 1:11 Molch (“Bratwurst”)
Kaj Mogensen - North Vancouver: 1:96 Alfa, 1:48 Type 7C, rescue craft & Rivertug.
All went totally very well. Saturday’s gourmet burgers and Sunday’s super juicy hot dogs with suitable refreshment and condiments were great antidotes for the wet weather, and most of us learned a few things from most of us. On the downside? Things like this: (a) the weather, (b) Barry Appel’s USS Pogy had to shed a ton of foam before its maiden submergence could be applauded, © Ed Bynon’s Tesky Flying Sub’s starboard waterjet fell apart, (d) Sanja Cowan’s Shark showed little respect for its battery charge, (e) Irv Crosby’s larger Wahoo had its WTC’s reduction gear seize up one at a timer, and the torpedoes were reluctant to exit their tubes, and his SRV was too slow, (f) Romain Klaasen’s two Miami's had stern planes acting up for different reasons, and (g) etcetera.
But, hey, what can you expect with 18 sub models and sundry surface craft all a tad shy of each other?
For a next Subcom Inside Passage meeting, Lyle Jansma has chartered suitable waters in Bellingham, WA, for July 12 (a Saturday) and there a date for a fall event at Cultus. The date is likely to fall in October, so that conflict with the San Francisco (Golden Gate Park-Spreckels Lake) will be avoided.
Romain L. Klaasen
P.S. Did I mention that it rained a lot?
Did I mention that Lyle Jansma shot underwater footage?