Classic One Metre Class
Everything Classic IOM
This classic IOM Class was established at the club 2019 to give members a chance to race IOM yachts that were no longer wholly competitive in the main fleet.
As a development class there are always new designs being produced as they strive to go faster across a wider range of wind speeds and water conditions. This leaves a lot of early models lingering in sheds and garages, this fleet gives a chance to put them to good use.
Prices are considerably lower than for the latest models with £250 buying a fully usable boat. The definition of a classic is difficult to put down but was started as nothing more recent in design than and including, a Lintel as it seemed that this was a bit of a turning point in IOM design. Prior to this hull shapes tended to be broader and with less rocker which made them less capable in either light winds or heavy winds with increased waves.
The present fleet contains both commercially produced and home made examples with designs such as TS2, 3dogs, Red Wine, Box Kite and Assagai. They races on a Friday afternoons with turnouts of up to 10 boats but with room for more. Boats do not need a current certificate but will be ‘check’ measured if something seems amiss. The idea is to get people involved with minimal expense, learn how set up and tune these lovely boats before perhaps progressing to the more competitive and up to date fleet.
As many of these boats have been built or restored by their owners the fleet has a great practical knowledge and there is always someone to help out if you encounter problems.
Training sessions, and on the water coaching is available and questions on tuning, rigging eagerly answered.
Racing is to the normal Racing Rules of Sailing in force at the time, those who hit a race mark or another boat (when they do not have a right of way) will be expected to do an appropriate penalty turn but the fleet fosters the idea that it is quicker and more polite to proceed around the course without collisions.
There is nothing to stop these boats being raced with the rest of the IOM fleet although for this they will need a current measurement certificate which is easily obtained thro’ the club measurer.
If you fancy a go, or just a chat, just drop by the lake on a Friday afternoon. Be warned! Radio Sailing is addictive with some of our members sailing different boats on several occasions during the week.
Classic IOM Class Captain
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