GMBC Sail Boat Racing 
 


 

More About RC Sailing at GMBC
Welcome to the sail boat racing group at the Gauteng Model Boat Club. Model yacht racing can get just as competitive as the full-size boats and operates under the same rules and procedures.

The more experienced sailors are always willing to share their experience to help beginners to tune and race their boats competitively.

For more information please come along and join in the fun and games and meet the guys and girls. They will gladly show you how to sail an RC yacht and may even let you take the controls to see what it feels like to make the boat speed across the water in the intended direction using nothing but the wind for power, while avoiding obstacles and other boats, and hopefully placing your boat ahead of the fleet!

GMBC SeaWind Sailing Championship

GMBC SeaWind Yacht Racing Championship
At GMBC we run two championships for RC yachts. Firstly, we standardise on the SeaWind one-meter class so that all the boats are the same and a skipper has to try harder to beat the others who all have equipment of equal performance. The SeaWind is a commercially available 'almost-ready-to-sail' boat that comes complete with radio and electronics and can be assembled in a day. All the boats are virtually identical. Unfortunately championship regattas are only open to paid-up members of GMBC, but visitors and other boats are welcome at any other time. See championship results here.

2019 GMBC SeaWind Sailing Championships - Round 6
The June round of the GMBC Championship for SeaWinds took place at Emmarentia Dam on Sunday 16. Conditions were light and swirly but we did manage to get in nine races. Well done to newcomer Bruce Rademan who took No.9 to four wins and won the regatta outright. Another fun and friendly day's sailing on sunny Highveld day. Get more on the GMBC Sailing Championships here.
See championship results here.

GMBC SeaWind Yacht Racing Championship Regulations for 2019
Download a copy of the Regulations here.

 

GMBC International One Metre Sailing Championship

GMBC International One Metre Yacht Racing Championship
The second championships for RC yachts at GMBC is the IOM class. The IOM is a 'development class' which means that apart from some basic rules, a wider variety of hulls, rigs, sails, etc are permitted to be used. This can lead to 'cheque book' racing, where the most expensive boat is often the fastest, but even budget boats are fast and capable of winning races. Unfortunately GMBC IOM championship regattas are only open to paid-up members of GMBC, but visitors and other boats are welcome at any other time. See championship results here.

GMBC International One Metre Yacht Racing Championship Regulations for 2019
Download a copy of the Regulations here.

Yacht Racing Rules
At GMBC the accent is on having fun and although we love racing our RC sailboats, it's more important to participate than to win. Having said that, there are some basic rules we should apply to avoid collisions and conflicts on the water. The basic rules of yacht racing.

For a more comprehensive discussion of RC yacht racing rules, go here.

Starting Races
In yacht racing, starts are the busiest time of any race because you are concentrating on avoiding many other boats squeezed into a small area. You are trying not to infringe any rules, making sure you don't cross the line early, and trying to get the start time spot on. In big boats it is easier because the committee boat is usually right there on the start line giving start signals, but in RC, where each skipper is watching his boat and those around his from some distance away, there is no opportunity to also be looking away at coloured shapes and start signals on the shore. Instead we use sound signals so that we can listen to the start sequence while watching and sailing our boats.

 

 

See a video here of a SeaWind sailing on Emmarentia Dam.

 

 

 
 

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