1962 U-55 Gale V Racing News

Owner: John Earnest
Driver(s): John Earnest

Pride and Pitfalls in RC Model Racing from the GALE Camp 

Over the past few months there has been lots written and said about our boat club and drivers as to how we do things on race day. This is how the GALE V camp looks upon how things are going.  There are three areas the GALE Camp is concerned about: first is the amount of rules, second, how the rules are carried out, and last, how they pertain to building and running the boats. 

First, we have 25+ pages of rules. Many of the rules are very wordy and restated many times. This is difficult to keep in mind in the heat of the moment of trying to make sense of what happened either as a collision involving the GALE or as a referee. 

Second is trying to apply the rules. I am not a referee by trade. Some of our members work as referees in high school or college games. I am sure most of us will help corner judge, etc. but we have no real training in being referees. We just want to help the race run smoothly and do the best we can. It might be easier if we can take a time out and see the infraction from many angles of replay like in football. Oh, No! We had one and here is what happened to the GALE V. 

This is a true story and puts an entirely different view on how the boats were judged. We were at Marysville for the RNM race. The GALE and Thunderbolt with Steve D. were in the final racing for third. At the finish of the second lap Thunderbolt in lane 2 and GALE in lane 4 were side by side. As we started down the back stretch the boats hit hard. Steve D. pulled to the infield and quit. NO CALL, so GALE finished the 5 laps. As in a final we had most of the modern drivers as referees. Everyone said Thunderbolt moved out into the line of the GALE. Steve tried to argue that the GALE came in on him and I do not remember what I said but I agreed with Steve. 

Here we have a case where the CD and several referees agreed to the call (They all are top racers). I was glad that David Newton had his friend film the race with his flying camera. Wednesday after the race the camera proved Steve was correct and all the judges were totally mistaken. Yes, Thunderbolt came out in lane 2 and moved to lane 3. It also showed the GALE V going way wide and leaving the photo then coming back into view from lane 6,7, or  and running into Thunderbolt. In this case ALL the referees missed the call. This happens as part of any sport. 

Third, how do the rules pertain to building our boats? Many of our boats are NOT built to race inches apart from one another. 

Another true story from the GALE Camp: Rose City had a fun day of testing in Banks, Oregon. I had tested the GALE several times that day and asked Brian Buass if he would like to do a few laps. I was  thrilled to watch him drive the GALE. Brian holds many straight line and 2 lap records in many classes. I was as happy as if Elvis had sung a song I had written (showing my age here). When he brought the boat to the dock he remarked, “Why does this boat turn differently in each corner?” I went from walking on water to looking for milfoil to hide under. THIS IS THE POINT. The GALE did not have a solid rudder. Upon inspection the rudder servo had movement, the linkage holes had worn large, and I would guess the rudder pivot had also worn loose. No wonder the GALE turned differently each time. I have noticed that some racers’ boats fill with water. They will run differently as the water sloshes around in the hull. Brian also helped me tune the transmitter to the way I drive so I would not over correct as I drove. Some drivers have equal rudder movement to the right or left and that makes at least my hull too sensitive. 

My hope in writing this article is to put a different light on how and why we race. It is for the enjoyment of seeing our beautiful boats go round and round. 

Have fun boating and please the fans watching. 


From the GALE Camp, John Earnest