The 2017 Long-Distance
Vaal Dam Race
On 9 December 2017 our
club, the Gauteng Model Boat Club, will be organising a race for
1m radio-controlled SeaWind sailboats over a 10 km course on the
Vaal Dam, a very large body of inland water near Johannesburg,
The course will be in
one direction between two yacht clubs on the dam. The fleet of 20
boats will be divided into three groups (fast, medium, slow) which
will be followed by three keel-boats as 'mother-ships' and a
powerboat for rescuing unresponsive boats.
This event may be the
longest RC yacht race ever held!
The Vaal Dam where the
event will be held is already listed by Guinness as hosting the
biggest inland yacht race in the world - 389 boats covering a 25km
course in the annual Round the Island Race.
The wind forecast for
Saturday 09 December at Vaal Dam was for wind in the speed range
11 to 19 knots. While these conditions would be acceptable on the
smaller waters we use in Johannesburg, the long fetch on Vaal Dam
(up to 15km) means that a chop builds up that would make it
impossible for our little boats to maintain headway. The event has
been postponed to a future date in 2018.
Watch this space for