America's Cup Boats
This section is open for anything to do with
12-metre and "J" Class radio yachts models.
My Personal Passion
No wonder I am
so smitten! All the ingredients of a suspense thriller are there.
Reality check! Reality check! Reality check!
In fact I do take a genuine interest in all the craft sailed by my fellow radio
In fact I do take a genuine interest in all the craft sailed by my fellow radio sailors.And whilst the emphasis of this web-site focuses on the 12-Metre radio yacht, other yachts will also be referred to as appropriate. There is nothing more dangerous than tunnel vision or fanaticism. Hopefully this site will not be guilty of either.
This site has no ties
or commitments with any particular manufacturer
or supplier of goods in goods, service, or in kind. However, where I have
had good service, I have made comments to this effect throughout the site as
Sadly, and after a
promising start, the group below no longer exists.
Australian 12 Metre Group
An Australian 12-Metre Group has
been formed! (Please note: This group was originally
known as the Australian 12-Metre Owner's Association. This is not a boo-boo. It
is expected that there will be other changes as well, as this group develops and
matures to adapt to the current environment and to look forward to the future).
31 May 2008: - May Newsletter Publication. Click here to read The Australian 12-Metre Group, Newsletter No.3
I must apologise for the Newsletter being late
this month. But it was due to unavoidable events.
So here finally is Issue Number 3 - May 2008 of the Newsletter. Lots of good stuff to read. Just click on the link above to open the PDF file.
In addition to the words in the newsletter, I need to thank Steve also for providing most of the following photo's. Being the publisher of this website has some privileges, and I have exercised that privilege by also adding a couple of photo's of my own Victor Model Products' Australia II keel, to Steve's photo's, showing a practical application of the paint scheme.
Actually that brings up another thought. If any readers have pictures of their boats they would like to see published on this site, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be published as appropriate.
So folks, enjoy the Newsletter,
and enjoy the photo's. And don't forget, if we are to promote this sport, we
need to let the casually interested person know there is one!
20 April 2008: - April Newsletter Publication. Click here to read The Australian 12-Metre Group, Newsletter No.2
Things are still happening:
I need to thank Steve Crewes for compiling and making possible the publishing of this April Newsletter. Steve also needs the credit for the March Newsletter. In addition to the above, Steve has stated, and made a commitment that he will have prepared a newsletter with an objective of having it published and ready for reading ON the 20th of each month, on this website.
This month's Newsletter has lots of stuff in it.
Good stuff. And well worth reading.
I have had exposure to, and/or own, or have owned,
at least one example of each of the classes of sailboats sanctioned by the ARYA,
along with many other sailboats. And I can certainly find logical reasons to
explain why I am smitten with these boats, but there is also something else
this class of boat, the 12-metre. I don't know what it is, but it has me entirely in
Please Note: One thing I might make a comment on are some of the contents of this, previous, or future newsletters. We all have our favourites when it comes to selection of suppliers of things like sails, hardware, radio systems, etc.
I need to advise that recommendations for suppliers in the newsletter are not necessarily endorsed by me, however all these things are subjective, and decisions on choice of suppliers are, and always will be, up to the individual.
25 March 2008: - Newsletter March 2008
Things are happening:
The first Newsletter, (March 2008), for this
group has now been published:
Just click on this link to
read. Happy reading!
13 March 2008: - Formation of Owners
Only one of these types are actually covered in any way by the National Organization in regards to rules and ratings. All these other types of 12 metre boats have similar needs to the one that is named by the National Body.
What is proposed is an Owners Organization to cater for all these 12 metre type exclusively, for it has become apparent that the National organization can’t do this job effectually, for it has all the other classes to run.
How will this organization run? It is envisaged that each of the 12 metre types will have their own class identity within the Owners Association. That we, as a group will have more strength (as a group) to formulate our special 12 metre needs as a combined organization, instead of doing similar things with each type of 12 metre over and over again in regard to rules, rating certificates and all the other type of stuff associate with your type of boat.
That we work together to push the needs for our special 12 metre type boats and, perhaps, combine in our approach to see we get a fair shake in our quest in R/C sailing. Our amalgamation of all 12 metre classes under the one roof and that each class will run its own affairs in conjunction with other like boats and under the united umbrella of the “AUSTRALIAN 12 Metre OWNERS ASSOCIATION”.
If you think you would like to participate in this,
contact your class/ club secretary for more information.
Australian 12 metre Owners Association. (Part 2)
This Part is about putting these thoughts into practice.
How do we get into an Owners Association as a Class? All Classes are made up of individual skippers & owners. These only have to show they are interested in this Association. Pay a nominal fee to join other “like minded” people who sail their12 metre class. This collection of people form one of these Owners Classes.Other people with similar types of 12 metre boats but not the same as the first ones mentioned, get together to form their Owners Classes Etc , Etc.
Now the funding of the Owners Association in this case will be by the people who wish to join but the money collected will be spent on getting the stuff that is denied to you currently. This could be spent on a monthly newsletter, rating rules & measuring certs and stuff like that. As the membership grows, you’re standing as a class grows, till the time where you can run your own Australian 12 metre Owners Association National Championships. The 12 metre National Championships will consist of 4 types of 12 metre classes in separate events.
Going to an Owners Association like this, the work and money is going towards making your hobby better and easier for you. Other countries like America and New Zealand have these Owners Associations and they work fine and don’t go through what the EC12 class in this country is going through. We have seen the fiasco of the last 4 years of the Rules Rewrite that has taken place with the EC12 class. You know there must be a better way and there is and this is an Owners Association controlled by people who know and are interested in your boat. You don’t have to leave your current national body to join the Australian 12 metre Owners Association.
Now I want you to consider a scenario under the current condition of the EC12 rule. What if you as a class want to change one little item in your rule, would it take another 4 years? In an Owners Association it should take about a month. Food for thought.
I ask you to consider joining us to further your class in all
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