Mission Sitrep No. FBP-1804 February Mission Report
Date of Mission: 18th February 2018
Location of Mission: Jackadder lake Reserve, Woodlands, WA
Weather: The day started extremely overcast but got better and warmer– water conditions clear with very little wind.
Members and Ships in Attendance: Skippers in attendance with their charges were Glen – HMS Hermes, Andrew – HMS Manchester, Nige – HMAS Toowoomba, Rob – Peter the Great, Serge HMS Brilliant, also in attendance were Graeme, Bob who was slightly under the weather (Bug) and Bob H and his wife.
There was also another attendee who was not invited and caused a fair bit of mayhem and he was from the firm of Murphy’s Law.
The day Started when Andrew got Manchester under way and she commenced circling, got her back to shore – her port rudder had turned 90 degrees, got that fixed and Manchester sailed without incident for the rest of the day.
Peter the Great completed a couple of sail pasts – when she went hard astern for no apparent reason and then proceeded to rush stern first into the reed beds – Rob had no control at all, some damage was sustained but easily repairable.
We helped Rob switch her off and Rob’s rescue tug Smit Finland towed Peter the Great back to the anchorage – diagnostic checks the anchorage revealed no answers. As I write this report, Rob has confirmed the Port ESC malfunctioned due to wiring – he had got Peter the Great operational again by the evening – well done.
Next it was the turn of Toowoomba, with rudder jams. Nige managed to sort it out and Toowoomba completed the day.
With Hermes being the star of the day and with the escorts Manchester, Toowoomba and Brilliant managing to sail the day without further incident.
Unfortunately, these events are a part of our hobby and when they occur you wonder if you model will get back to shore and in what condition – it gives one a very sick sensation.
On a positive note, The Coordinator for WASMEX (WA Scale Model Exhibition) Mark visited us to confirm our attendance at the exhibition – 28th to 29th April -Task force 72 will be one of the bigger displays for the 2 days.
Till next time!
Enjoy the photos