IWe love RC yachts, and there is no cooler class of ’em than the International One-Metre. Here’s a little announcement from our pals in Barbados who are running the 2009 IOM Barbados Worlds:
The Barbados Tourism Authority and the Prime Minister of Barbados Welcomes All The IOM sailors to Barbados for the IOM Barbados Worlds. The Championship will be held on beautiful Carlisle Bay in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean – the first time the IOM Class has staged an event of this stature in this part of the world. Up to 76 skippers from more than 15 countries are expected to compete to find the new World Champ in this exciting class, and with the help of the IOMICA and the Barbados Tourism Authority, we expect the event to shine as brightly as our Caribbean sun. Racing will start of the 21st of June and finish on the 27th, and we hope to complete 25-30 races in the prevailing 12-18 knot winds.
The IOM Class was formulated in the late 1980s to provide a low cost, uncomplicated box rule for radio controlled yachts. The rule was worked out by a group of designers including AC “Big Boat” creator John Spencer (NZ) and RC guru Graham Bantock (UK), who set out to create a class where amateur designer/builders could compete with the professionals. The concept seems to have worked as the IOM has the strongest world-wide representation of any RC yacht class. The biggest fleets are presently in the UK, France the US, and Australia – where registration numbers are approaching number 1200! You can read a great article about the formation of the rule here.
Only 2-function radios are allowed to control the sail winch and rudder servos, and 3 rigs are available to handle 0-10 knots, 10-17 knots, and 17-whatever wind blows the boats off the water. The first day of the 2005 Worlds in Moloolaba Australia was sailed in winds of 35-45 knots!
Details about the class can be found on the IOMICA website, while you can find out everything you need to know about the 2009 IOM Barbados Worlds at the event site. Spectators will be able to watch live webcasts of the racing at the event site, and results will be posted daily. We will also provide daily reports to Sailing Anarchy, as they are our official media partner. It will be an event to remember!