model yachting Australia

Promote Radio Yachting! - Never let an interested bystander or member stand alone.


        Some sites/links/people that I have personally found to be very informative and helpful since I took up this hobby/sport some ten or so years ago.

These folks continue to provide the same faultless, excellent, and prompt, service that I had become used to, when I dealt with Shirley and Malcom Kampe!
And their website is excellent! Highly recommended!


New Zealand East Coast 12 Owners' Association

New Zealand site for the East Coast 12 Metre - This site is constantly being updated.
There are some awesome pictures of EC12's in full flight on this site

Fantastic service from Rhonda and Adrian

These folks offer an exceptional range of fittings for all types of boating, and if you are into scale boating, then this is the place to go.
They have also taken up the Micro Magic so support is growing for this little yacht that is available in standard and racing versions.
Ask to be put on the mailing list for their recently launched Model Maritime News newsletter for their latest information.

In my opinion, the Rolls Royce of Sail Winches, and you can actually get to speak to Rob himself. How good is that!

Absolutely top-notch service from Alec. From a cold call enquiry for a custom set of sails to delivery to my front door in just 9 days!

Some great tips on sail tuning as well!
Builders of the A2 Class yacht - Australia II
Sadly, this boat is no longer being manufactured...

Victor Model Products
USA Manufacturer of the 1-metre Australia II and Stars & Stripes 12-metre boats
A credit to the sport in that they welcome absolutely anybody who wants to sail, irrespective of size or style or type of boat. (IC powered boats excluded)


All of the above organisations I have had personal contact with and can highly recommend their services and or products. And should you wish to contact me with any questions regarding the above I will be only too happy to answer any queries you may have. The links above have not been solicited. Funnily enough, if I get exceptional service then I like to let others know. I know it's a radical departure from the accepted practice of just complaining when it's bad but never saying anything if it's good. Hey, but what the heck, let's go wild here!

Other Links

Click to Sail Home
Very useful resource for many different classes of yachts. Very good supporting and construction links. An excellent site
New Zealand - Birthplace of the Canterbury 'J'
UK Suppliers of Canterbury and Nottingham "J" Class Hulls

The USA Home of the Canterbury J
Paderewski Model Yacht Club

Lester Gilbert's Radio Sailing  
Very informative site, mainly One Metre's but extremely useful general information as well. An extremely good reference site. AUSTRALIAN RADIO YACHTING ASSOCIATION (Inc)
Victorian Radio Yachting Association Boats, ltd. 4305 Nordum Rd., Everson, WA 98247 USA phone/fax 1-800-206-0006 1-360-966-SAIL  
Handmade sailboats supplier


A source of plans for all sorts and types of model boats.
I purchased plans for Australia II from these folks. Instructions and photo's were not included, contrary to information advised in the description, but the large plans are excellent, except that all wording is in French! Another omission from the description. The small plan is only a line drawing.

Discussion Forums

Kiwi Radio Yachting Forum


Click on any of the links below to take you to the model yachting Australia forums

My Favourite Non-Boating Specific, Suppliers' Links
Some of the stuff these folks sell, is also suitable for radio yachting!

Metro Hobbies

Hobby Warehouse




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'                  

From my personal experiences, I know many potential model yachting enthusiasts would have left to well and truly look to satisfy their hobby interests in other more accessible and accomodating sports, such as R/C Cars, Planes, power boats, Helicopters. That's not to say a model yachter cannot also enjoy all those other hobbies.

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 this sport.

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 this country..

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 ...

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