Sadly, but probably predictably, I have to announce that the Naviga world championships for M and NS classes that was to be help in Kaliningrad in July has been cancelled.
No decision has yet been made in regard to the C and A/B class world championship.
More details can be found on the Naviga website – http://www.naviga.org/?p=1256#more-1256
Navaga have announced the creation of a new class. This is to be an Endurance class that will be formed from both the M class and FSR-V class. Rules are still being formulated.
For more details, click here
From the 18th March, all events and meetings have been cancelled at the Carnaby Lake facility until further notice due to the Corona virus.
You may be aware that the Naviga rules now allow votes to be taken at times other than the bi-annual presidium. These votes are done electronically by the National Section Leaders.
Recently such a vote took place as a result of a Polish proposal to increase the energy limit for the mini classes from 21WHr to 23WHr in order to maintain a level playing field with the newer high capacity weight limited batteries.
The results of the vote were:-
“Five countries voted to raise the limit to 23Wh: Belgium, Thailand, Italy, Romania and Lithuania.
Nine countries voted to leave the limit as it is, so 21Wh: Russia, Slovakia, The UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Hungary.
There was 1 abstention: Czech Republic.”
There will therefore be no change this year to the UK battery limits.
The Naviga M section rules for 2020 have now been published. You can find them here:-
I have had a skim through and the main changes are:-
- Boat colour clarified. A single bright colour which contrasts with the water is allowed. This can’t be white.
- Limiter settings and use outlined.
- Limiters mandatory in non mini classes and are provided by Naviga with specified connectors.
- No turning back if a buoy is missed.
It has been announced that Mr Csaba Danielfy (Hungary) has been elected as the new M Section leader with immediate effect.
Anyone that has met him will know he will make and excellent section leader. We wish him every success in his new role.
It has been announced that next year, the European Championships will be held in Kaliningrad Russia (between Poland and Lithuania so not as far as you might expect – [map] ).
This will be for both M & NS class racing and so it will be an opportunity to see another aspect of model boat racing.
The official invitation form can be seen here.
On 26th Oct 2019, Naviga held there bi-annual General Assembly. In a dramatic move, the complete leadership were replaced.
The new leadership are as follows:-
- Walter Geens (Belgium) – President of the Naviga
- Zdenka Dostalova (Czech Republic) – Vice President of Naviga
- Jaroslaw Leoniec (Poland) – II Vice President of Naviga
- Daniel Ciosu (Romania) – Secretary General of Naviga
- Adrian Stolarek (Poland) – Treasuer of Naviga
In a statement from the new President, it is clear that many changes are likely to take place. Some of the stated intensions so far are:-
- Reduce the costs of the organisation which will result in reduced costs for the member countries.
- All sections to hold a world championship every two years.
- Make the Naviga accounts much more transparent.
- Introduce training programs for juniors.
- Improve the visibility of Naviga on social media.
You can find more details at http://naviga-restoration.eu/?fbclid=IwAR0BjQQvjhV9mMFIQRGYcMh6_k_CGmM67ojSoQkhdssWx3pkhu3-jjso38c
As a result of this news, the position of leader of the M section will become vacant and so if anyone from the UK would like to put their head above the parapet then please contact Walter Geens.
Please see here for details.
The date and venue for the MPBA 2019 SAWs event have been announced.
Details can be found here.