A dream week at Pichlingersee Regatta 2017

Finally we arrived safely back home from Pichlingersee Regatta 2017. I hadn’t got time to write in the blog last morning because races started 1 hour earlier than the previous days. In the F5-M Euro Cup stage we had great wind on Saturday morning, almost top A rig conditions, so the organizers were able to make 5 rounds (race for A and B group) in these great conditions. After that the wind stopped, and there was just one more round in breeze. On Sunday we started in slow wind, but it became stronger, so both days were great for racing.

On the first day in stronger wind conditions I know that I had to push as hard as possible because I may had some advantage against swing rig boats. I pay attention well and I won 5 of 6 races and made one second place. For the next day I have to just pay attention to Ivan Ermakov on the second place and Pavel Novotny on the third to manage the gap between us on the less risky way. I got some weed that day too but everything went well and finally I won F5-M. Pavel finished second and Ivan third, but there was some amazing races between them. Congratulations to them, it was great to see their performance!

The performance of the other Hungarian RCsailors:

9th place: Horváth Zsolt

10th place: Csóka László sen.

11th place: Országh Tibor and 11th with the same score Kiss Miklós

Sometimes they struggled with set up problems, and Miklós has lots of technical issues, but I think it was a big step to compete at Pichlingersee for the World Championship preparation for both of us.

If I look back on the whole week, it was great to test all the boat I would like to use at the Worlds, and mentally this good performance makes me confident after some bad moments with set up problems and poor performance of my own Ten Rater. Finally at Pichlingersee it seems most of the problems gone.

The organizers made a great job, a big thank you for them for the Regatta! I hope we will compete there next year too. 😊

Live your dreams!

Csóka László


F5-E ended, Novotny won, I’m 2nd, Országh 3rd

The F5-E is also finished at Pichlingersee Regatta. The wind conditions were really great, we also have to use the A and the B rigs both days. Second day there was a little rain but luckily not so much.

Finally Pavel Novotny won the F5-E competition with an outstanding performance. After the first day both of us were on the lead. Yesterday the beginning of day he won the first race in front of us, so I fall back to second. After two rounds I reached the lead again, but at the 9th race I made a big mistake, and in the last one I collected some weed from the lake. Pavel didn’t make any mistake in these races, so finally he won the whole competition. I think he is one of the favorites for the NAVIGA World Championship.

Jens Amenda and Max Lehman were also really strong, but Amenda hasn’t got a B rig, so he losed so much in bigger wind conditions. Max collected lots of weed, so the luck wasn’t on his side this time. The surprise was Országh Tibor from Hungary who reached the third place. I was really happy about it, that he made so great performance here. He get to the third place just after the last race. So when me and him went to the score board to watch the final standings, he would like to ask the judge why he isn’t in the list. I said him look upper, and upper on the list. 😃

Final standings in F5-E:

Today will be the race of the F5-M Euro Cup and it seems we will have great wind again.

Live your dreams!

Csóka László


F5-10 ended, it’s time for F5-E

Finally the wind arrived for the second day of the F5-10 at Pichlingersee Regatta. We started in breeze but after that it became stronger (we just used A rig, and wasn’t the boarders of it 😃), so the organizers could make 14 races. I think we had a great day.

For me it was awesome, I reached finally the first place of the F5-10. Previously I afraid that if the wind come I will struggle with the sail which is optimised for the new 0.8 waterline NAVIGA rule, but with I right set up everything went well and it was insanely fast. I should say that in bigger gusts it became slower, and the original sail would be better. My father finished finally 7th and Országh Tibor finally 9th in the F5-10.

Today we will have the first day of the F5-E. Much more wind predicted than yesterday, so we will have a lot of fun. Maybe we should use B or C rigs. I’m really excited what will happen. There are 44 competitors on the entry list, so it will be a strong competition with really good RC sailors.

Final results:$tag=Pichlingersee%202017%20-%2010 

Gallery of yesterday:

Live your dreams!

Csóka László

Pichlingersee F5-10 First Day

The first day of the F5-10 wasn’t so windy. 😀 Until lunchbreak we hadn’t got races, but after that some breeze came and it was able for the organizers to make 2 races. In my mind for these conditions the two most important factors were boat speed management and strategy.

First we had to pay attention for the wind shifts to react on them, but really slowly with the rudder. It was better to trim the sail first to follow the shifts (I mean to go on the same direction when the shift comes, just react on it with sheet out or in the sail) if it was possible. This way it was possible to avoid losing much from the speed, which is more critical in the Ten Rater in these conditions than in other classes I compete. Or maybe it is just with the Walicki Ten Rater, but I realized that rudder movements causes so much speed loss, much more than I expected. The strategy was also really important yesterday. The wind shifted all the time and if you weren’t on the right side in the refreshing breeze than it meant the half of the fleet would overtake you.

I like these conditions, so it wasn’t a bad day for me. I forgot to take photo of the intermediate results, but I lead the race. Also my father is around the 2nd and 3rd place. Yesterday Országh Tibor wasn’t so lucky, he suffered from set up problems, but finally he solved the issue, so he could be better today. He is in the middle of the fleet now.

Today more wind predicted, maybe we will have lots of races today. I hope so. 🙂

Live your dreams!

Csóka László

Pichlingersee Regatta 2017

Pichlingersee Regatta is simply awesome. A whole week RC Sailing racing in the northern part of Austria in several classes, one of my favorite competitions. Yesterday was the racing days for Dragon Force 65 and for Mini 40, and also the day for travel to me and my father. We arrived safely after some hail on the highway, I hope we will have better weather in the next 6 days.

From the part of the Hungarians we will compete in F5-10, F5-E, and of course F5-M which is the part of the Euro Cup. Today and tomorrow we will race in F5-10 (Ten Rater), which will be really exciting because I think some of the guys will test those boats what they want to use at the NAVIGA World Championship next month. Of course I would also like to test my Ten Rater, I just have a few competitions with it what wasn’t enough practice for the Worlds, but I’m lucky that I can compete here against really strong RC Sailors.

We will see what happens. I will try to provide fresh information from the regatta on my Facebook page (Csóka Sails) and also here on the blog.

Live your dreams!

Csóka László

Wind, Waves, Currents, Opatija

Our trip to Opatija can’t be more different than that I thought it could. Before the competition I saw some forecast and it seemed we will have great wind on the first day almost B rig conditions, on the second day just a little breeze. Even so we had great wind speed conditions for both days, we could use the A rig, there was no need for B. In these conditions we are used to water without big waves.

This time we had really big waves because of special weather conditions around Opatija. The Hungarian guys have never competed on waves anything like this, so it was so much fun for us. It also meant that we struggled in the first part of the race with the boat set up. Also there was big current on the course so it was tricky for us too.


Photo: Kucsera Balázs

For me it was the same, and on the first day I tried to find the right set up but I didn’t reach my aim. My boat was instable and slower than the top competitors. Second day I pulled to top of the mast a little bit forward and I put more tension on the backstay. Finally I reached quite big stability and also speed. I enjoyed racing so much on the second day. That doesn’t mean that I was great also in racing. 😃 I made lots of mistakes so my performance wasn’t better than the previous day with a slower boat and less mistake. In total I think me and the Hungarian sailors learnt a lot about big wave racing and about the boat set up in these conditions.

Thank you for the organizers from the Opatija Sailing Club, we enjoyed the competition really much despite the weather conditions. We plan to compete here again next year!

The final results:


Live your dreams!

Csóka László

Dirt on the transmitter? No problem!

Grime and dirt on the radio? How to clean it?

As an RC Sailor I use my transmitter so much time, on regatta days actually for the whole day. This means lots of dust can deposit on it and also some water can splash on it. I pay attention to avoid the water, but always some water drops gets on my radio somehow, I think when I get out my boat from the lake or the the sea. Yes, I know the salt water is not good for the transmitter, if I would like to be right, it’s the most bad thing that could happen with it during normal usage.

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On the photos you can see that lots of grime and dirt accumulated on my radio, so it needs a cleaning, a very big one.

This is the way I used to clean my transmitter, I hope it will be helpful for you too:

  1. I use some water on a tissue to clean the bigger parts of the dirt, and also the salty patches from the sea regattas. But I always pay attention not to use it on the switches and on those parts where the water could easily get into my radio. If so much dust lay on it than I use a paintbrush first.

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2.After the water tissue I use a dry one to wipe the water layer from the surface.

3.Here comes the tricky part. I use a screwdriver and a tissue to reach the small slots / holes perfectly. Only need to pay attention that the tissue should always cover the screwdriver, because if accidently it break through the tissue than it will scratch the surface of the transmitter.


4.Extra tip: I use a moistened glasses cloth if there is greasy sports on the transmitter or the dirt can’t be removed by water for some reason. I never use denaturated alcohol or other liquids containing petrol derivatives for cleaning, because one of my friends did previously and he removed some parts of the paint of his radio.


5.When it seems to be clean than I use some silicone spray to make the surface glossy. I spray the silicone directly on the radio than I use the screwdriver method with a tissue again.


6.Voila! The transmitter is almost as clean as a new one. 😊


Live your dreams!

Csóka László

Walicki Boat Upgrade

In the heat of preparing for the NAVIGA World Championships I made the decision to apply some upgrades on my Walicki Ten Rater and Walicki Marblehead too. At this point I see your faces asking the big question why? Laci, why would you like to change anything in these iconic, high performance boats?

I know Janus made these on a really high quality which was coupled also with high performance, but the technology improved in the last few years. My aim is to change the sailwinch and the rudder servo to faster and stronger ones. In the IOM class I changed to RMG winch last year (also I changed to the biggest RMG drum) and also tried a Futaba BLS451 servo as a rudder servo. I didn’t think that it would affect the performance so much. I wasn’t so wrong a long ago. I experienced advantage before the starting signal when everybody wants to stop before the starting line in good positions. With the faster servos it’s easier to stay in the same position and avoid to touch the boats under you or go on an early start. Also easier to sheet in in the perfect moment with a faster sailwinch.


I experienced another advantage in bigger wind conditions. Previously in these conditions when I reached the mark the angle and the timing was critical for the turn, because I have to count with the speed of sailwinch servo. It’s not a real problem if nobody has a faster sailwinch in the fleet, but if anybody has, than he could earn metres against others by approaching the mark closer and make the turn faster. It could be also critical when you would like to take advantage from the turning mistake of the boat in front of you.

You could say now okay-okay than a faster sailwinch servo is better but why a high performance rudder servo needed?

A high performance rudder servo also affects the competitiveness of the boat. You don’t trust in me? 😀

Than maybe you trust in Zvonko Jelacic a great competitor from the IOM World. In an interview for The Seattle IOM Update in 2014 he get the following question from the Seattle Model Yacht Club: „I’m curious on some of equipment choices, which I think you have been consistent on for some time. You specify a really heavy high-performance rudder servo (currently the Futaba BLS155) yet a big name like Brad Gibson is content with the basic slower and much less powerful standard 3003 Futaba servo. What you are getting with this expensive servo? I’ve been wanting to ask this question for some time.”

And he says „Yes, they are heavier, but the weight is close to the hull bottom and centered in our boats so not a big deal to us. Certainly they are more expensive, but they are very strong and very durable. The real reason is how we like to sail with the rudder centered and the boat driving itself for 10 – 15 meters. To do this we need a very accurately centered rudder, and that is what this expensive servo provides us. I prefer a somewhat slow rudder, but I find that with 30 – 40% exponential that I use this Futaba works fine for me. Also we use 50° rudder throw. My guess is that people who like to actively “drive” their boat do not need the precise centering, so the standard sero is fine for them. I do not speak for them though, I am speculating.”

I love technology because it improves all the time. That means at this point there are two Brushless servo options from Futaba what are middle sized, so almost perfectly fits into the Walicki boats, and almost have the same weight as the original Hitec 5245MG.

Now you understand why I strated this project with my Walicki boats. RMG sailwinch and Futaba BLS servos are much faster and precise than the original ones which where a modified Hitec servo for sailwinch, and a Hitec 5245MG (my main problem with it was that at least one was broken per season) for rudder. I know in the never Walicki boats a modified Futaba BLS452 was applied, I also tried that one, but I didn’t experienced so much difference in compare with the Hitec one which was the original in my boat.

At this point the RMG winch arrived for the first test, but the rudder servo needs two more weeks. I will document how I could apply these servos on the Walicki boats and I would like to post them to the blog soon.

Live your dreams!

Csóka László

First stage is complete

Photo: Kálmándy Ferenc

Now the NAVIGA RC sailing world championship will be just in five months. In Hungary we have winter time when the number of regattas are much less than in the other seasons of the year. For me the first stage of the prepapration for the NAVIGA championship is complete. My aim for the last seven months period was to compete as many regattas as many I could and to test all the new developments on my sails and boats I made during the last winter.

I’m really happy now that I reached to race at lots of competitions, I think I didn’t compete so much regattas in the last few years in a small time interval like this. I’m also really happy that I could do this with really good friends, in good mood. Thank you for all these RC sailors, you are the best!

In the case of my boats, I think I was also able to test everything I want, and I could filter what works and what doesn’t works from my ideas. I will compete with my current boat types in these classes. There are some small changes which I would like to apply and test before 2017 May, but nothing which could influence the performance seriously.

For me the next stage for the preparation will to compete on croatian regattas during the winter time. There is a really strong fleet where everybody could learn so much. Other aim is to maintain all my boats, to avoid failure which could be caused by those parts which needs maintenance time by time. Also during this stage I would like to finish the MSc course on the university.

Thinking these months as a preparation could be helpful for anybody who will attend at NAVIGA Worlds, to achieve a great result. Also the maintenance of your boats is important this time to avoid bad moments in the next season.

Live your dreams!

Csóka László

Purchase possibilities in RC sailing

Hello all my RC sailing friends,
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