by: Jerry Walker, Commodore, Pima Micro Yacht Club

Three years ago, the Civano Model Yacht Club was formed over coffee by Bill Brown, Jerry Robertson and myself, Jerry Walker. Two years ago, we changed our name to the Pima Micro Yacht Club to reflect our broad Tucson representation. Since then we have grown to 16 very active weekly model yacht racers at the Reid Park ponds. Our 2014 Winter Season will begin in November and I anticipate 20 or more active racers. You already know some of our members: Bill Brown, Warren Fisher, Keith McAllister, Richard Mosby, Jerry Robertson, Leland Doorenbos and myself. Two years ago Bill Brown served as our Commodore. For this past, 2013-2014, season I have served as Comodore.

If you are intrigued by boats that move only by the forces of the wind, come on out to the pond on Mondays. Until November, we are sailing on the small Reid Park Pond, off  22nd St. across from the McDonald’s restaurant from 10:00 a.m. to noon. My model yacht, number 49, is always available to be skippered by visitors – adults and kids.

In the picture are Jerry Robertson’s boat, No. 11 and mine, No. 49, dueling it out for first place. And just for fun, here is a picture of Fred Seckor, another of our members, and I on a race day.

If you can get free on Mondays and you tend toward the older part of our society, we can assure you of a lot of laughs and good sailing competition. If boat building is not your thing, we get our hands on ready- to-sail models occasionally. If you enjoy the challenge of building, you can be on the pond in about two weeks for less than $200 starting with a kit from the Hobby Barn.

Check out our website at www.pimamicroyachtclub.com and on Facebook at Pima Micro Yacht Club.