Bateaux en Fête (Boat Festival) is an RC boat event put together by the Massy Modèle Club on their home turf 20km south of Paris.
This year 70+ RC boat enthusiasts came with over 130 boats of all kinds: sailing ships, recrational and leisure boats, offshore powerboats, work boats and even a semi-submersible heavy lift ship !
My springer tug Sequana was fitted with a GoPro camera.
Watch in HD ! Video can also be downloaded (right click / Save as; 1.5GB !) if you want higher quality.
Here are photo albums by other participants:
Christian (xtian29 on Model Boat Mayhem, mengam on Model Tug Forum) had brought his semi-submersible heavy lift ship all the way from Bretagne. Nicknamed "Toy for Tug" by her owner, she was indeed a very nice tow to play with. Over 4 meters long (13 ft) and 75 centimeters wide (30"). Ballasts are 250L and 175L.
Here are a few pics of the Spirit under her own power with Fairplay escorting her.
After sailing under her own power, the prop must have hit some submerged wood or object. Coupling broke off and the Spirit was now dead in the water ... with her owner on board.
My springer Sequana was called to tow her back to port.
Tow line was attached to a horn cleat on the deck very close to the waterline. Which means line was almost horizontal which explains why the stern of my springer is so deep in the water.
Both hatches on my springer are water tight so this was not an issue. With the tow line higher above the water (just like in the video below), things look a little less dramatic.
And I could also remove some of the ballast near the stern. Even when I'm not towin the stern sits well into the water.