2020 GAMES Report 

The MYA calendar was blown away after the beginning of lockdown in March and there were no Marblehead ranking events. Three GAMES events were sailed and this involved 24 competitors and included 4 new competitors to these Marblehead open/interclub events, which is encouraging and must be regarded as a success. Colin Goodman won every event and so was a clear winner from Roger and Peter. 5 club members were in the top 10 making the total competing 8. 

Colin defended the GAMES winner title as well as the Midgley Mug, but he has sold his Marblehead and will not be taking part anymore, which is a great shame. He preferred GAMES events to ranking events, because the entries were smaller and he was able to get more racing, which is what he enjoyed. The Best Improver for 2020 was Peter Crisp, which is fitting as he has been a keen Marblehead campaigner and the junior prize went to Oliver who was the only junior competitor.

Promoting interclub/open racing for ordinary club members is obviously working and I was pleased to find that the new IOM class captain has the same view and wants to do something similar with the IOM events and not overemphasising the value of the big events like ranking and national events in order to give something for ordinary club sailors to look forward to.

For 2021 there are encouraging signs, because Eastleigh who turned down our offer of including one of their races as an interclub and part of GAMES in 2017, now have keener competitors in that club, which may now be persuaded to have one of their races included in the 2021 GAMES schedule. The other club that would like to run GAMES events is Whitefriars Sailing Club in the Cotswolds and are suggesting October.

Roger Stollery 2020-11-10

GAMES

GAMES is intended to encourage the club skipper to get more fun from these fantastic boats by racing at Interclub and District events.

New for 2021                                                                                              

To further promote Marblehead racing, GAMES is being extended to include Marblehead racing over all MYA districts, without long-distance travelling.  On any GAMES date, any club running a Marblehead Interclub event can join in GAMES. The minimum requirement is to send the scoresheet to GMYC as noted below.  An Interclub event shall include one or more entries from outside the host club.

GAMES guidance for participating clubs

GAMES events are YOUR events with Guildford Model Yacht Club merely setting up the series, recording and publishing the results. The GAMES guidance below may help to make your event more successful.  Over the last few years GAMES has helped to introduce many new club skippers to the excitement of racing Marbleheads. With your help this year’s GAMES will be even better!

BEFORE THE EVENT

Publicity                                                                                                                                                                   

Please make sure that a Notice of Race is published on the Marblehead, MYA, District and club websites about a month or so before the event. The NoR needs to state the closing date for entries, to whom the entries are to be sent, racing times and any other information you wish to give about racing at your club etc. Please describe your event as part of the GAMES series and describe the event with the title of your trophy first, if there is one. As well as this indirect publicity on websites, a direct contact by e-mail with local clubs and Marblehead sailors (Roger can help with this) can often help to publicise your event and increase the entries. Also if you can, publicise these events at your lake, in the local press, local radio stations etc.

Entries

When recording the entries please make a note of the competitor’s MYA number and any juniors under the age of 18, as there is special prize for their best series score.

AT THE EVENT    

Recording the event                                                                                                                   

As it is very important to publicise our sport and the Marblehead class in particular, so please make sure that someone in the club takes photographs. Around the starting line is a good place to get as many boats in the frame as possible to catch the excitement of the event.  Give someone this task, as well as some note-taking about the important or amusing incidents at the event.

AFTER THE EVENT

Please send the full results to Roger Stollery at stollery117@gmail.com as soon as possible after the event. Please include the MYA numbers and clubs of all the competitors and a list all those who are running the event on the race team, with their MYA numbers, as they get GAMES points as well.  GMYC will be forwarding this information to MYA Radio League Officer, John Smith to include within ACERSAIL.  For publicity purposes it is always a good idea to make a written report, however short. This should be sent as soon as possible after the event to the Marblehead, District and MYA websites via the Marblehead Class Captain, Rob Vice at vicerob@sky.com together with any good photographs. Ideally photographs and text should go to Yachts and Yachting online editor, Mark Jardine club@yachtsandyachting.com and Model Boats editor Lindsey Amrani editor@modelboats.co.uk. If you have any queries email Roger Stollery on the address above or ring him on 01483 421 801.

GAMES Rules

GAMES is a series of Marblehead interclub or district events on the MYA calendar. GAMES events are open to all MYA members. GAMES events are Interclub, trophy or district events, organised as yourstandard practice.

Event Results                                                                                                                                                         

Juniors (under 18 as defined by MYA junior membership) and all race team members(i.e. those helping to run the event on the day) shall be identified on the event results sheet, which should include competitors’ club and MYA number; this to be sent to Roger Stollery at stollery117@gmail.comand others noted on the GAMES guidance page.

GAMES stands for Guildford Administered Marblehead Events Series and so there is no need for participating clubs to work out the GAMES points.

GAMES Scores                                                                                                                                                                               

 These will be calculated from the event results sheet by GMYC, so you don’t need to know the details, which are included here just for information. The winner will score 100 points and the scoring interval will be 100 divided by the number of entrants, i.e. the number of boats that go on the water to race.  For example, if there were 20 boats entered the intervals would be 100/20 i.e. 5; so 95 for second, 90 for third etc and 5 for last place. If there were 13 boats, the interval would be100/13 i.e. 7.7; so 92.3 for second, 84.6 for third etc and 7.7 for last. The race team members score their average GAMES points in the series when serving on the race team.

GAMES Results                                                                                                                                                        

These will be published after each event on the GMYC website www.guildfordmyc.co.uk and included in the ACERSAIL data, contributing to your MYA Radio League scores. The number of events to count for the series will be half the number of events in the series +1, i.e. 6 events out 10 planned for 2020, subject to all of the events being sailed. If a number of events are not sailed, number of events to count will remain half the number of events sailed +1. Where there is an odd number of events sailed, half the number of events + ½ applies.   Any ties shall be broken using MYA SSI 8.03 applied to the scores.

Prizes

*  The Midgley Memorial Mug trophy for the series winner, (a perpetual trophy to be returned to GMYC for engraving prior to the final event).

Improver’s Prize for the best improved place in the series compared to the previous year’s performance for competitors outside the top 10 in the year or in           previous years.

Junior Prize.  These prizes will be provided by Guildford Model Yacht Club.

© 2021 Guildford Model Yacht Club                                              Effective: 1 January 2021

                                                                            

Recording the event                                                                                                                   

As it is very important to publicise our sport and the Marblehead class in particular, so please make sure that someone in the club takes photographs. Around the starting line is a good place to get as many boats in the frame as possible to catch the excitement of the event.  Give someone this task, as well as some note-taking about the important or amusing incidents at the event.

AFTER THE EVENT

Please send the full results to Roger Stollery at stollery117@gmail.com as soon as possible after the event. Please include the MYA numbers and clubs of all the competitors and a list all those who are running the event on the race team, with their MYA numbers, as they get GAMES points as well.  GMYC will be forwarding this information to MYA Radio League Officer, John Smith to include within ACERSAIL.  For publicity purposes it is always a good idea to make a written report, however short. This should be sent as soon as possible after the event to the Marblehead, District and MYA websites via the Marblehead Class Captain, Rob Vice at vicerob@sky.com together with any good photographs. Ideally photographs and text should go to Yachts and Yachting online editor, Mark Jardine club@yachtsandyachting.com and Model Boats editor Lindsey Amrani editor@modelboats.co.uk. If you have any queries email Roger Stollery on the address above or ring him on 01483 421 801.