- The UK MYA site has
the events calendar for the UK and the current national ranking
- IRSA is the radio
sailing international authority for scoring systems, class rules,
sailing instructions, regatta management, and so on. (*)
- ISAF is sailing's
international organisation for the racing rules of sailing, the
equipment rules, regulations concerning international class
associations and the recognition of International yacht classes, and
- IOMICA is the official
class association for the IOM. Its Web site gives key information
about the class and its international class association, documents,
and links to national class associations.
- The AMYA publishes 'Model
Yachting' quarterly, a superb publication the envy of the model yachting
- Ken Binks runs K.Bits..,
offering his great wealth of RC experience to go with sales of RC gear
and fittings. His site has useful tips on RC gear.
- I use RMG winches
with SAILSetc sails. The
SAILSetc site has a useful FAQs page for both the newcomer and the
- Model fixings provides
radio control modellers with a source of 'engineering parts' (UK).
- IOMICA runs an IOM Forum as a
discussion group. Why not join it if you are an
IOM owner? Hear official, semi-official, and unofficial news and
opinions, and offer your own.
- Serious technical discussion at the Boat
Design forum oriented towards full-size.
Wallin's Web site is comprehensive and up to date.
- The IOM Compendium
pages are now dated, unfortunately, (aka Duck Soup) but have stuff of interest to all.
- Alan Tong's
site is a huge compendium of hobby, model & RC Web links.
- Bob Wells (wellsonisland at comcast dot net, of Robinson & Wells, Optimising the EC-12 fame)
publishes a club newsletter. Well, calling it a club newsletter is
a little like calling the New York Times a local community news sheet.
So, a must-subscribe if you have any interest in reason and evidence to
accompany your sailing, particularly IOM racing. Past issues
- The Vintage Model Yacht Group has a very nicely presented
Hepperle's site is a must-browse if you are interested in
aerodynamics. And he has the definitive history of the Cox
engines that I loved as a kid.
- The WB Sails site, although
aimed at dinghies and "big boats", has much to interest the
model racing skipper.
- Lots of aerodynamics links at Prof
Selig's page. Follow up on Ken Blackburn's superb site for paper
planes at least!
- UK Sailmakers have some delightful software. Give it your (digital) sail photo and it
reports the vital statistics: camber, position of maximum draft,
relative twist. I show the software in use on my "Measuring
sail photos" page.
- Traplet publishes Marine
Modelling International. Previously edited by Chris Jackson, it
usually devotes 4 pages per issue to RC yachts.
- Instructions for the SAILSetc gauges.
These are links that catch my attention. They'll change from time to
time as I find new sites to feature and old sites to retire.
- Dario Valenza's Web site
has been overhauled. Very nice design, and the boats don't look
- At Cape Town, many years ago, Angelo Lavranos very kindly sketched
me a beautiful Marblehead design. I failed miserably to make a go of
it because of my poor building skills, while Angelo has gone from
strength to strength as a "real" yacht designer. He has a
- US Vintage sailing,
a very fine Web site.
- The Amateur
Yacht Research Society (AYRS).
(*) The International Radio Sailing Association (IRSA) says that it
"represents" the Marblehead, Ten Rater and A Classes. In fact, it
acts as the Class Association for these classes.
Sadly, IRSA also claims that it "awards World, Regional and
International Championships for our International Classes". In
fact, IOMICA as the IOM International Class Association "awards"
Championships under a separate agreement with IRSA.