Well, we’re off to the start of another racing season here in District 3. I hear the racing in Brandon for the Nitro specialty race had a great weather and good competition, and the Orlando Winter Nationals is one of the best we’ve had in quite some time. I’ve heard positive feedback from attendees at both races that everyone had a good time with lots of fun.
The next race on the calendar is going to be in Miami on February 25th and 26th hosted by R.A.M.. This is a beautiful lake and this club puts on a great event, we need to come out and support these guys. At this race, we are going to try something new. We’re going to throw in an Open Class. Gas, nitro and electric will be allowed for this. It is going to be open offshore, winner takes all. The prize is going to be a pair of 36 millimeter top-end kits (29cc). Registration for this race will be done the morning of the event. The entry will be $20 cash only. After the expenses of the zenoah top end kits are covered, the remainder of the money is going to be placed into a pool to go to raffles that we are going to start having at the district races. I want to create some opportunities for people that can only go to a couple of races to be able to win some merchandise to take home that may help to upgrade some existing boats or increase interest in new projects. I understand that not everyone has the time or finances to be able to travel and go to every race we have. Hopefully a couple of these open classes and Raffles would generate some enthusiasm for the casual boater.
I want to say thank you to the group of guys that showed up at the Winter Nationals with the electric boats. We ran P mono/cat and Q mono/cat. This was the first time that I had ever witnessed these classes race, and I was impressed to say the least. We had several different manufacturers represented and they were all FAST! I encourage anyone else that has electric boats in your arsenal to bring them out and let’s get these classes making a regular appearance at our races. After speaking with some of them at the Winter Nationals, many of them showed interest in doing other projects in some of the gas classes, especially Gas offshore and Super boat. This is what I want us to develop into, a district that isn’t afraid to try new ideas to generate new interest. It brings new challenges and new faces to the hobby. This is the only way we grow.
We have two new officers that have been chosen to fill some vacant positions. First is Dan Hermes, he is our new District 3 points Director, as Todd zellar has decided to step down. I want to say a big thank you to Todd for everything you’ve done as the points director for many years. Next is Richard Lind he is going to fill the position is District 3 assistant director with the passing of longtime fixture in the RC boating hobby Dr. Marvin Erbesfeld. Both Dan Hermes and Richard Lind share my same vision for this hobby in our district and that is to make this all about fun, clean, racing while maintaining a family-friendly atmosphere.
I also want to extend a huge thank you to a person that has been a tremendous help to me over the past few months. That is Ron Byrd, he has done a great job with scoring at the races and keeping everything updated as fast as possible so that everyone can see scores while at the races and result afterwards until the official results have been posted. He also has taken the responsibilities of our Namba District 3 website. I encourage everyone to go to Namba3.com and check out what he’s been working tirelessly on. Anyone that has pictures or videos, email them to Ron so that he can post them on the web page.
I want to say thank you to each and everyone of you that comes to these races with a positive attitude. It’s contagious, and it’s becoming evident other races that more people are having fun at the races again. That is more encouraging to me than you will ever know. I appreciate the encouraging words from all of you whether they be through an email, phone call, or a face-to-face conversation hopefully I will see you all in Miami. Take care everyone and be safe.
Namba District III Director