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10 May 2019

GMBC International One Metre Sailing Championship Announced

International One Metre (IOM) ClassOver the past four years we have grown the SeaWind fleet at GMBC from five boats to 30 and we now have arguably the most exciting and well-attended RC club championship in the country.

We have recently seen similar rapid growth in our International One Meter fleet - from just two boats a year ago to the current 11, with more being added all the time, and with our own club members getting involved in the manufacturing process, new boats, rigs and sails can be made to order in our Club. It's quite possible that we already have one of the biggest IOM fleets in the country and it is time to innovate and give our club members what they want - a local, competitive, exciting and well-run IOM club championship.

It's only natural that once you have tamed a SeaWind, you will look for something faster and more responsive and many of our SW sailors have adapted to IOMs very effectively. Up until now we have had no formal racing to offer our IOM skippers, so we are launching a regatta series which will be run on the same basis as the successful SeaWind one.

On the first Sunday of every month we will have an IOM regatta at Rusty Hook restaurant in Honeydew. It's an accessible venue with great facilities and better quality wind than Emmarentia.

Having a different championship every fortnight will mean that those skippers who have both SeaWinds and IOMs can compete in both series and it will allow our members to sharpen up their racing skills ahead of the IOM National Championships.

Beginners will now be able to start off their RC sailing career with a SeaWind and then move up to an IOM without moving to another club. This will also create a market for used boats as people move between the two series, and for those of us who can't get enough RC sailing, we will now be able to race in two regattas a month. The inaugural round of the GMBC IOM Club Championship will be held on Sunday 2 June 2019 at Rusty Hook.

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