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What is this site about?
This site has
undergone a number of transformations since it was originally set up circa 2000.
It has evolved really, rather than changed, as the emphasis has changed to
hopefully help resolve some of the many problems that I personally have
experienced in a desperate attempt to just try to get some joy by being involved in this fantastic hobby/sport of radio model yachting.
An 'A2' Class boat, (left), and (right), an 'A' Class, sailing together with a Victor Products 'Australia II'
But from my
personal experiences, I know other less dedicated potential hobbyists
have well and truly
lost their interest in model radio control yachting as a result of frustrations
felt just trying to get into the sport and as a result, have gone looking to satisfy their interests in other sports, such as R/C
planes, power boats, helicopters. That is not to say those sports cannot also be
enjoyed alongside a yachting interest.
The existing radio yachting State and National
associations cater very well for those folks who know how to sail, who know all
the rules, and who are all extremely competitive. And of course all of these
folks are in the know as to what is happening so not a lot of information is
generally made public.
And herein lay, just a tad of a problem.
If you are new to this
hobby/sport. my own experience indicates that finding out anything about your
new interest could be a long, hard, difficult and frustrating journey.
Typically, your National or State
body may, recommend a club to you that you can contact.
But when you turn up there, the reality is, is that unless you are prepared to buy a boat that suits
their own clubs' requirements, they are not interested, with some some
exceptions, in speaking with you.
It is this attitude that I
personally have found to be disturbing and certainly detrimental to one entering
The objective of this site is to
try provide you, the reader, with the information that you need, to provide you
with the data that will hopefully enable you to make the right choices that will
convince you, that your interest in radio yachts will in fact be a lifetime
interest, without the bias' that have been the hallmark of radio yachting in
Unashamedly, I must
state that having had the good fortune to come across a group of guys, quite by
accident, I must add, that shared a common interest in radio yachting, that I
had again, the good fortune to try sailing and
having been exposed to most of the classes sanctioned by the ARYA and also a
great variety of "other" sailboats.
After having benefited from
trying pretty much everything that was on offer, I finally became addicted to
the 12-metres. I did not start out addicted to
the "12's". That situation just evolved.
Why? Because they are just so versatile to sail, and beautiful in their grace! I
do not know of any other boat that can sail in the shallow waters that the 12
can happily sail in, whilst at the same time time being again, depending on
model, happily, able to sail in winds in excess of 15 knots (roughly 30 kph).
And I need to thank
the small group of folks I sail with for that opportunity. This
group of people sailed, and still do, a wide variety of boats. They had
no prejudices about sailing this boat or that, and newcomers are warmly welcomed. That group by the way unofficially called themselves the "Southern Model Radio Yacht Sailors".
It was here, sailing with this band of merry men,
(and in many cases, they were accompanied by their ever tolerant, and ever
patient, partners who could never understand what their own partners saw in the
attraction of sailing toy boats, but still and nevertheless provided full
support), that I sailed a number of
different boats, including A Class, 10-Rater, EC12, Victor products Australia II
and America3, an IOM, a Magpie90 and various other craft, and finally decided that the 12-metre was the way to go for me.
But that was for me, and I expect
that my interest is not for everybody.
And that is why this site will hopefully cater for most groups of folks
interested in this sport. The absolute beginner, the specialist, and provide
links that will enable the needs of the competitive sailor to be met.
If you have taken the trouble to read this far,
please do not be put off. Despite my passion for the 12's I am in love with all
yachts, and from now on, the emphasis of this site will be to promote radio
yachting, irrespective of type of boat. All in all, I hope
this site will be of benefit to both experienced radio yacht sailors and those just
starting out in this fantastic hobby and sport of Radio-Controlled Model Yachting
If you would like
to actively participate in promoting this hobby, or even if you have only a
vague interest, don't know where to go, how to do it, just click on the
following link which will then take you to the forum pages of this site, where
you can then ask questions and make constructive comments and maybe even on the
odd occasion even get answers to your questions.......
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by or for any
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