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A fine Fall Day
Nice day on the Pond
John Richmond peacefully passed away at his home on October 7, 2020. John was lovingly cared for by his family as his strength weakened over the last months from congestive heart failure.
"Big John" was a pillar of our sailing club for many years. With a smile and a twinkle in his eye, he was quick to help others. He spent plenty of time giving us a hand as we were starting out in the sport of rc sailboats. Who can forget John's garage shop?
John's craftsmanship was legendary and his boats provided an example of what we should aim for. His handmade hardware was polished like jewelry. His electronic boards were neatly finished and always worked (unlike some of ours). His sheeting systems were mechanical marvels that performed flawlessly. His radio system was programmed. His rig was easily adjustable.
Many components that John invented and generously shared with our sailers were made on his lathe -- spiral winding drum spools (before they were available from other manufacturers), hand-cranked scoring rollers to make simulated plank decks, double-mounted side stays that prevented the side stay wires from tangling, light weight boom vangs, and the list could go on and on.
John's painting abilities were incredible. He was constantly inventing new decorative schemes, including designs on the sails. He painted many boats for other sailors, but I think he was happy to sell his boats just so he could make and paint another one! I have included photos of just a few of his many boats.
John was a ham radio operator and developed a pattern of late night hours so he could keep in touch with ham operators around the world. He built hot rods and raced rc powerboats before falling in love with rc sailboats. He had working models of paddle wheel river boats, tug boats, schooners, and many classes of sailboats, but he had a special love of the Santa Barbara.
We will all miss him greatly.
We are going to sail at Volkening Lake, 900 W Schaumburg Rd, hopefully thu October. Boats to be determined. Watch the email each week.
The Forest Preserve of Cook County will meet in Oct to decide on if Axehead will be a RC lake. Will update as needed
Chicago Model Yacht Club has decide to cancel all of are upcoming regattas for the 2020 season.
Two good articles in the AMYA magazine this issue
The Collector : Ken Young
A neat story about Kens love of collecting Beautiful Sail boats
Check it out
Over Early - The Dave S Brawer Tribute
I only new him a short while but his impact on Rc Sailing was profound.
A must read before every sailing event.
John Conley - Commodore Emeritus IS SAILING IN HEAVEN
Conley, Brendan <email@example.com>To:firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.orgSat, Apr 11 at 8:36 PMI am sending this email with sad news for the Chicago RC Model Yacht Club family…..
On Thursday 4/9, my Dad (John) passed away, suddenly. He was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the stomach and liver approximately 1 month ago. He started a very aggressive treatment regimen on 3/25. As expected he fell very ill from side effects on 4/2. On 4/6 his condition deteriorated to a point where he required hospitalization. It was at that point we discovered he had developed an abdominal infection that had gone septic into his blood stream. He spent the next few days in the ICU. The medication required to elevate his blood pressure and allow him to stay alive was exceeding what his heart could handle. That last three days allowed my Dad to spend great time with myself and my older brother (Sean). He was awake and 100% himself. Great sense of humor and full control of his mental faculties. On Wednesday, after realizing that death was inevitable, he chose to control his own destiny and ceased the heart medication. He died peacefully at 230am on 4/9 with family by his side.
I have attached a link to the funeral home and obituary.
The Chicago RC Model Yacht Club was a huge part of his life, as you can see by the parts of this basement dedicated to his boats and awards. My brother and I will keep some of his boats as fond remembrances, but we will likely reach out at a later date to see how best to pass on some of the additional items that might benefit the Yacht Club and some new members. I am not sure how COVID-19 is impacting the club’s events, but let me know if he had anything vital to the running of events, such as signage, etc.
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Ec12 2020 proposal
We sail the last Sunday of each month starting at 1PM tiil 3pm
It would be Soling Sunday till Noon ,eat Lunch. Then at 1PM sail the Ec12.
Skippers with out a Ec12 can still race there Solings but with there own start.
Rich EC12 Fleet Captain (will not be at the next two meetings let me Know your thoughts)
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