8 bells for Jim Linville

8 Bells for Jim Linville of Hull, MA
(From the days of tall ships, 8 Bells signifies the end of a sailor’s watch.  Time for a sailor to rest.)

Jim passed away peacefully on 6/9/2024, following a brief hospitalization.  He leaves behind a myriad of friends and family from the East coast to West coast, and everywhere in between.  Jim had a gregarious personality,and the people he met in his life were quickly drawn into his sphere of friendship and generosity.

Jim was a lifelong sailor who was passionate about his hobby of building and sailing model yachts.  For almost 30 years, Jim maintained aprominent role in the Minuteman Model Yacht Club, teaching and mentoring members, both new and old.  Jim also belonged to theAmerican Model Yachting Association, a national model yachting organization.  With this organization he served as Regional Director, as US1M Class Secretary, and in multiple publication support staff positions for their “Model Yachting” magazine.  

In 2008, in recognition of his many achievements, Jim was voted into the American Model Yachting Associations Hall of Fame.

Jim was also diligent in maintaining relationships he developed in life.  Every year, after the passing of his wife Sue, Jim would pack up several books-on-tape and take driving trips across the country to visit friends and family along the way.  His weeks long adventures would eventually end in San Diego, CA where he had a friend from high school to visit.  He would then turn around and zigzag back across the country to visit people he missed initially.

Jim will be missed as a friend, as a mentor and as a committed family member.

SEE MORE ABOUT JIM – On this website, please visit the Trophy Room – National Champions and AMYA Hall of Fame. Additionally, see the Sue Linville Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Jim Linville.

Ice Breaker 2024

Ice Breaker – 2024

After a couple of weather driven false starts over the previous two weeks, the 2024 sailing season has finally started for the Minuteman Model Yacht Club.  Newly elected Vice-Commodore Greg LaPlante was Race Director for the traditional first race of the season.

It will not surprise anybody familiar with Rosemary Lake if I say the wind was gusty, swirly, unpredictable, and very challenging for the seven skippers that showed up to compete for the coveted Ice Bucket trophy.

Admittedly, I was expecting this first race of the season to be something akin to a blooper’s reel of model yacht sailing and rescues.  I was very pleasantly surprised when everybody handled the winds, the course and the challenges in a yeoman manner.  There was no opportunity to even try out our club’s new, inflatable, pontoon rescue boat.  WOW!!

The sailing was very competitive, and when the scores were added up Paul Mercer was able to just edge out consecutive two-time winner Greg LaPlante, to take home the Ice Bucket trophy.

Good racing guys!

Cliff Martin,


Icebreaker Rescheduled


I want to bring everybody up to speed about a couple of things.

First, MmMYC has a new leadership structure.  The new officers are listed below, and they are also listed on the MmMYC Website.

Commodore:  Cliff Martin

Vice Commodore:  Greg LaPlante

DF95 Feet Captain:  Paul Mercer

Soling Fleet Captain:  Allain Jousse

US1M Fleet Captain:  Rick Gates

During our winter indoor meetings, we elected to give Fleet Captains more autonomy and responsibility over their respectivefleets.  Each Fleet Captain will now make the necessary decisions if their fleet regatta needs to be delayed or cancelled due to weather and will make sure the fleet racing is well run at the pond.  Please give them your help and support in making these decisions and when sailing.

Second, the weather seems like it may be our nemesis again this year, as we have already had to postpone the Ice Breaker.  Something we have rarely done, if ever, in the past.

After discussions, skippers wanted the Ice Breaker to be rescheduled.  It’s an open regatta so you can sail anything, but since the Soling’s will be competing for the trophy, it was decided that it will be held in the morning of the Soling Series Regatta #1, on April 14, 2024.  Hopefully, not too many skippers will have to bring two boats.

Per club rules, the Ice Breaker will begin at 10:00am and end at 12 Noon.  Soling Series race #1 will begin at 12:45pm and no racing will start after 3:15.

Third, Paul and John are working to get our new BuoyBot online and working as needed.  We hope to use it for the Ice Breaker.  In trials, Paul was able to get the buoy motoring around without snagging anything, and Greg was able to get around the far marks with no issues, so for now, the pond seems relatively weed free.  Let’s hope it stays that way.

Cliff Martin,


Weather on 3/24 was far from optimal for the 2024 Icebreaker. Only 3 boats came to Rosemary Lake to race with temperatures in the 30’s and wind chills in the 20’s. Maybe it will be rescheduled. More on that later……