sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Auckland Anniversary Regatta: Radio controlled yachts on at two venues
Auckland Anniversary Regatta: Radio controlled yachts on at two venues

'Radio controlled yachts racing at Wattle Farm'   
Radio controlled sailing isn't just for retired yachtsmen: the current generation of America's-Cup pros are also enjoying the challenges of racing miniature boats, and Wattle Farm in Manurewa is one of the best venues in New Zealand for the purpose.

The New Zealand Radio Controlled Yacht Association is a little known centre of excellence in the world of grand prix sailing.

'We are not just playing with little toys, we are playing with yachts that are exactly what America's Cup boats are,' explains Wattle Farm Radio Sailing Club Commodore Bill Bradley, who sailed all his life, saw his son through the traditional youth classes, and then decided he wanted to get back into sailing, but opting for miniatures of the real things.

The Association runs three types of boats: International One Metres, Marble Heads, and Nautic 12s, and past and present members include Olympic Gold Medallists Helmer Pederson and the late Geoff Smale, and several America's Cup sailors, including BMW Oracle's Matthew Mason.

'Within the International One Metre class, we design and build our own boats to very specific rules, just like the America's Cup boats do,' says Bill Bradley. 'This limits the materials you can use, but encourages innovation in design and boat tuning.'

Bill built his own boat after purchasing one that he wasn't quite happy with. He got plans from the Internet, made his own mould, and perfected it slowly over time. He says a good boat is worth $850 in parts, but can be worth up to $3,000 if it is successful in club racing.

Like the America's Cup, racing is very competitive, and requires dedicated adjudicators to make calls on the finer aspects of yacht racing such as mark roundings, overlaps and buoy room.

Wattle Farm is nestled within a wildwife reserve and park, and with flat water and purpose built jetties, is ideal for remote controlled sailing, with a shifty breeze and plenty of passing lanes.

'I am a yachtie and I just love it, I have a passion for it,' says Bill, whose lounge walls are dedicated to the boats.

'Local kids come up and ask what sort of motor the boat has in it – they are fascinated by the fact that it doesn't have a motor at all. There is nothing better than to race and beat up some of your mates.'

Down the mine, without getting your feet wet - in a radio controlled yacht -    
He says that remote control sailing has some great advantages over traditional sailing. 'At the end of the day you rinse your boat off and put the battery on to charge, there is very little maintenance and expense involved.'

Meanwhile, New Zealand yacht designer Des Townson, who passed away several years ago, created many classic and modern classic designs that still endure today, and one of them is the Electron radio controlled yacht. The Electron is a perfect replica of its real sized counterparts, over 1,000 boats have been made to date, and a group of enthusiasts will be racing theirs, at Westhaven Marina on Auckland Anniversary Regatta day.

The beauty of the Electron, says boat owner Ray Nixon, is that it is a one design, easy to rig, and all of the boats are the same. That means that racing is very close, as skippers need to rely on tactics and strategy to do well on the race course.

'We can play with the shape of the mast, to suit the sails, and trim the sails to however we think it will get us the best advantage, but once you send them out to sea you are not onboard, so if you haven't got it right you either sail slowly, or bring the boat back in and change things.'

The boats were designed for performance, but the rig is unstayed, and the boat is easy to rig, and Electrons are usually raced on an America's-Cup style windward-leeward course, with some taking their racing fairly seriously.

Race start times and locations for radio controlled yachting on Monday 28 January:

Electrons - Marine Association Pontoon, Westhaven Marina, 10am
International One Metre, Marblehead and A2 fleets – Wattle Farm, Manurewa, 10am

Those interested in watching should arrive about 30 minutes before the advertised start time, to see boats being rigged up and launched. Full details of the 16 events scheduled, for spectators and competitors can be found at www.regatta.org.nz.

Organisations supporting the event are the Royal New Zealand Navy, Classic Hits 97.4FM, the Spirit of Adventure Trust, The Southern Trust, The Lion Foundation, and Ports of Auckland Ltd.


by Zoe Hawkins

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=105497

9:53 AM Fri 11 Jan 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

07 Jan 2013  2013 Tall Ships and Classics: Video from Ocean Photography
07 Jan 2013  Images from the 2013 Bay of Islands Tall Ships and Classic Regatta
07 Jan 2013  Bay of Islands Tall Ships and Classic Regatta enjoys superb breezes
01 Jan 2013  2013 NZ O'pen BIC Cup happens in Auckland this month. Come along!
30 Dec 2012  Morrison favorite for 50th OK Nationals
24 Dec 2012  Climate 24 Hour Yacht Race - New Plymouth sailors in day-long race
19 Dec 2012  Murrays Bay Sailing Club launches new online presence
18 Dec 2012  Yachting receives funding boost of over $1million for Rio Olympics
17 Dec 2012  New Olympic cycle for Windsurfing begins on Tauranga harbour
13 Dec 2012  Auckland Anniversary Regatta: Ocean Photography support historic event
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,




















America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,


PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense competition on day 3
America's Cup: 'The Doc' appointed as Commercial Commissioner
Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series   
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT