The government shutdown continues into the new year, which means that the San Francisco Maritime National Park is closed until further notice. For the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, this means that we will not be meeting aboard the Eureka again until the shutdown is over and the Park reopens.
No decision has yet been made on the possibility of holding the meeting at an alternate location. But, our regular monthly meeting is not until January 19th, and hopefully the shutdown will be over and the Park will reopen before then. Ω
The 2018 Nautical Research Guild Conference is in progress and I’ve been here manning a vendor table for Ages of Sail. I’m not thrilled with being in Las Vegas, just not my thing, but I’ve managed to get by. The event is being held at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino, and located on the second floor.
The event is lightly attended, but the those here seem to be enjoying the talks and workshop round tables. There are only two other vendors here besides Ages of Sail, so the table gets extra attention. Makes time pass more quickly.
Sherline lathe demonstration
Of course, at these events, there are always really nice models on display, and this year is no different.
This was just a sample of the models on display. There were more. The last two photos are, of course, my own Japanese boat models, which I brought since I…
The 2018 Nautical Research Guild Conference is about to take place, running from October 25 through the 28th at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a first for the NRG, which usually holds the conference in a place of nautical attraction of some type. This year, an attempt was made to hold the conference some place where hotel costs can be kept a little cheaper and flights in and out are cheaper and easier to get. Not everyone is fond of the location, so it will be interesting to see how it goes.
The format of the conference will be the same as usual with local sightseeing tours scheduled for Thursday, and roundtables and seminars scheduled for Friday and Saturday. There is also the membership meeting Saturday afternoon and a banquet dinner later that evening.
Sorry, I know this is a very last minute posting, but I was just reminded that the San Francisco Model Yacht Club is holding its annual model boat event tomorrow, Sunday, September 16, 2018, at Spreckles Lake in Golden Gate Park.
The event setup begins at 9:30am. It’s open to the public and should go on most of the day. The club will have its clubhouse open, so you can view various boats on display that aren’t out in the water. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to see all kinds of powered RC models, some small, some VERY BIG, plus RC sailboats. There’s even a group that does free sail racing, where the boats, powered only by the wind, are pre-set to guide themselves across the lake.
Here’s the informational flyer from the SFMYC’s website:
Get set for a fun and interesting day in the park! Ω