Well 2022 flew past and we are now into the new year.
There has been lots of good success with our sails through the DF65, DF 95 and IOM fleets, and the IOM rig packages have become very popular amongest the fleet
We have new product coming online over the next few weeks which include lightweight jib booms, clip on spreaders, ballrace vangs and pre-made sidestays
We are pleased to announce the release of our new No1 IOM jib which was in the development last year and has proven to be very good. It has a bit more into the aero package to reduce drag and allow the boat to climb upwind without the loss of speed giving g a better VMG. We have also made a small change to the main by doing a similar thing up top to also reduce drag and keep the boat driving forward in the breeze
Our workshop in November also proved popular with the next one in April.
This already looking full with only two spots left. If interested in this let us know and we can get you in.
November Workshop 2022
A great few days at our workshop was had by those who attended. The course was run over two days where skippers had good sessions on starting and how to get off the line well along with rig tuning and tactics which proved to be of high interest. We are currently working on our next course which is being run in Taupo from the afternoon of April 17th, through to lunchtime on the 19th. This will allow good travel time for those attending.
Places are filling up fast with only 10 spots, if interested get your name on the list.
We will also be running a course in November with places open for that. Dates to be confirmed
Murray Rountree road trip
What a great trip cruising down from Auckland to Kapiti for the Murray Rountree and delivering John McPherson's new Britpop with his RNB rigs at Taupo on the way.
A great weekend was had and RNB represented the poduim with a 1, 2, 3
A good day at the woodies held by Westhaven, RNB sails were represented well and had a good win
OUR NOVEMBER WORKSHOP IS FULL, WE WILL BE RUNNING ANOTHER WORKSHOP EARLY 2023 .
NOVEMBER WORKSHOP 2022
We are running a workshop in Taupo on the 22nd-23rd November based on requests from several of our IOM customers at Motuoapa Holiday Park.
The workshop covers understanding the setup, maintenance and tuning of RNB rigs and sails and how to get the best out of them for your boat.
We will be doing a session around race tactics, starting techniques both on and off the water and managing yourself and boat in contests to achieve the best result you can, along with a question-and-answer session.
This is a 2-day workshop and costs $230.
We are limiting to 10 sailors and their boats.
We will confirm your place on the workshop first and then you can then book your accommodation at the park.
For information and booking your spot please contact us at email@example.com or 021 130 9113.
Auckland Metre Monthly Report
Congratulations and well done to Rob Nelson and his new Britpop, winning the April Metre Monthly at Wattle Farm from Ian Vickers and Phil Pryde.
The day started very soft, with a swirling 2-3 knot breeze that would go right around the compass during a race, but then settled (thankfully) into a steady 5-6 knot Sou-Westerly down the pond for the afternoon.
With 24 boats turning up we decided to have 2 observers per race (getting Avg Pts), which put the starting fleet at 22 boats…the starts were chaotic, as was the first mark!
We are now able to offer Gray and Green into the range of colour options for sails and well as deck patches.
New Products Coming
After alot of enquiries asking for parts and other products we are in the process of updating the shop.
We are now carrying all sailsetc parts we use to build our rigs and other products we use and recommend for RC sailing.
Well done Graham Roberts using our sails, in his win at the metre monthly against some strong competition.
A great Result in the Florida DF65 Travelers Series with Bruce Farr having his best regatta to date, coming second using his newly built sails built by RNB. Report is that he had good speed and was able to sail out of some tough spots when buried deep in the pack.
Great to have Bruce on the team and his input has been very valuable in our development.
2020 DF65 Nationals
Graham Roberts continues his run at the front of the NZ radio sailing fleet, by winning the DF65 Nationals with our just released 65 sails. Becoming the first NZ National Champion in the class.
Well done Graham and we look forward to seeing you continue to do well.
BEST ISLAND NELSON 2020
Another win for Graham Roberts and RNB sails over the weekend at the Best Island 2020, held in Nelson.
We are pleased to now be able to offer gift vouchers through the website and these come in a range of values to suit your needs
Also after some development we are now making sails for the DF65, which include A+, A, B and C sets.
Another win for RNB at the 2020 Bay Champs
Congratulations to Graham Roberts on his latest win at the Bay Champs, sailed at Tauranga over the weekend.
Also using RNB sails and sailing his Tuatara Woodie was Bob Senior to win first homebuild and first Woodie
We are out of lockdown and able to get couriers doing pickup so can now send out orders.
Over the pass weeks we have been stocking up and now have good supply of sails in all colour options.
You can place all sail orders through the website www.robnelsonboats.nz or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Its been great to see all your projects over the past weeks with Chris from the South Island winning the draw for lockdown projects.
Send your your lockdown projects to email@example.com and go into the draw to win a new set of IOM or DF65 sails
Draw will be the day we come out of lockdown
Well we are in week 3 of lock down.
Some interesting projects going on with Barry in Keri Keri turning his boat into a land yacht . The new woody has been completed with its rig now fitted and ready to go once we are allowed back out,On the sailmaking side we have been building up stock levels for IOM's and are in the middle of doing our soon to be released DF65 sails, which come in two options with or without seams.Well look after yourselves and we will see you in the new world
Another VTNZ run by the team at Tauranga went well with boats from Wellington Radio sailing, Westhaven Radio sailing in attendance, along with a good local fleet. The lake turned on for the day and Graham Roberts (OOD) was able to get a good course laid with a nice long beat to the top mark and good run down the lake. The breeze started off well up the range of the number 1 rig.
After 3 races it increased and number 2 rigs became the order of the day. Some great sailing was had with fast downwind runs making or breaking your chances of a good race. Chasing the gusts was a must.
Mid afternoon the breeze drop out and a quick change back to number 1 rigs to finish the day,
A big thanks must go to VTNZ Tauranga for lots of prizes being shared out to all the sailors and supporters.
2020 Auckland Anniversary Day
Well done to Peter Jacobsen for his win at the recent Auckland Anniversary Day using his RNB sails. This is Pete's first regatta win since starting RC yachting only a couple of years ago. He sailed a very consistent day finishing high up the order in pretty much every race to finish the day 15 points clear after 12 races. It is pleasing to see more skippers using RNB sails having success.
Merry Christmas for 2019
Its been a great year at RNB with our sails performing well, and good reports coming in from you all.
On the development front our latest sail shapes are working very well and no changes are in the pipeline at this point. We are very happy with the performance and results from early in the year but felt we could be stronger at the top end of the No1 rig, so a small change to the main leech exit was needed and this has improved the performance, and now we are strong in this condition without affecting the performance through the rest of the range.
As some of you know i have been out of action over the past six weeks with back surgery and recovering well. The boat is sitting on the shelf and will be back on the water early January to blow off the dust, both skipper and boat.
We are closing for a break form the 24th December through to the 6th January, email us your orders or go through the website and we will get onto them as soon as we are back.
Hope you all have a good break with family and friends and we look forward to catching up with you all in the new year
2019 Murray Rountree
Day One was a light day in Otaki for the Murray Rountree
Very tricky conditions with a off shore breeze and plenty of Holes on the race track. The two RNB sailors Rob and Graham got of to good starts and took a commanding lead by the end of the day.
The wind was in when we arrived at the lake, but due to it swinging around time was taken to try and get a fair course in for all skippers
At midday a rain squall came in and the rush was on to change down to No2 rigs only for another rapid rig change back to No1 as the squall past quickly.
The race committee managed to get through another 10 races which saw tight match racing between Rob and Graham with Rob getting the upper hand to close out the contest
A big thanks to the Volunteers for running the event in trying conditions, in tough conditions
2019 Tauranga Championships
What a great weekend at the Tauranga Championships held over the weekend. It was good to see so many designs and brands represented throughout the fleet. The inclusion of the pre-generation boats proved to be a good idea, it was also very pleasing to see the number of Woody's sailing.
Plenty of home-built boats in the fleet, proving the class is still in a good place and not entirely dominated by the commercial builders. With a home-built boat finishing fourth and others doing well throughout the weekend. RNB sailors Graham Roberts and Rob Nelson had a great battle all weekend with Graham Cross keeping them honest. At the end they were tried on points and a count back required to split the two, giving a well earned win to Graham.
2019 Canterbury Champs
Well done to John McPherson who place 3rd at the recent Canterbury Champs. After working with John on his set up its pleasing to see him getting some good results
2019 Tauranga 5 Hour
A great day at the Tauranga 5 hour race, with breeze at the top end of No1 rigs. The Team from RNB (Garry, Bernd & Rob) took a great win with a lead of 3 laps at the end of the 5 hours. Also Carl and Tessa also running with RNB sails came in for a nice second overall. A big thanks must go out to the club for running a very good day with lunches supplied and a great atmosphere, all competitors really enjoyed the day.
2019 WRS Winter Cup
A light westerly provided good racing in today's Winter Cup. Congratulations to Rob Nelson for winning todays event with a close battle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
2019 Commodores Cup WRS
2019 WRS Commodores Cup was won by Rob Nelson with Grant Nixon second and Steve Champion third. See results table for details.The event was very well run by Chris and his team of helpers and included catered lunches and a dinner at Billfish Cafe. Thanks also to the many sponsors: Billfish Cafe and Bar, New World Marton, Corrosion X, North Sails, Emirates Team New Zealand, RNB, Vision Screenprint.
Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta
Although the conditions were trying a great day of racing at Westhaven Radio Sailing was had by all. A strong fleet of boats tuned up and 11 races were sailed in light to top end of No1 rig. Rob came out on top with a very consistent day to win with 12 points by the end of play. Our sails once again proved themselves to be working very well in the puffy conditions
Wooden IOM Boat Contest
A great event was held at Westhaven Radio Sailing for Wooden IOM's . The forecast was not looking good with heavy rain and 40 knots predicted. Lucky the forecasters were a bit off and we ended up sailing in No2 rigs with a few light showers. Conditions on the course were tricky with a confused sea state left over from the heavy weather the night before. 18 races were complete over the day and Rob Nelson came out on top using RNB sails. Looking forward to next years event
2018 BOP 5 Hour Race
Rob Nelson & Garry Roberts
A good day resulted in a 1st overall at the recent BOP 5 Hour, finishing with 100 laps and a lead of just over a full lap to the next boat .
2018 Murray Rountree Wellington
Well done to Carl Smith at the recent Murray Rountree for a creditable 4th place overall using his RNB sails
Sailing at Westhaven 26 May
RNB has been busy developing new shapes and these have been performing very well with a good win at the Keri Keri Club Championships over the weekend of the 21st & 22nd April. The sails are proving to be very good running downwind, along with holding their shape very well in the top of the rig range.