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2018 GMBC Sailing Championships - Round 6
The sixth round of the 2018 GMBC Sailing Championship takes place at Emmarentia Dam on Sunday 17 June. Please note that since this is also Fathers' Day, we will be starting early so that skippers can enjoy some family time in the afternoon. There will be tune-up racing from 09h30 and the regatta will start at 10h00. See championship results here. Get more information here.

More About RC Sailing at GMBC
Welcome to the sail boat racing group at the Gauteng Model Boat Club. Model yacht racing can get just as competitive as the full-size boats and operates under the same rules and procedures.

The more experienced sailors are always willing to share their experience to help beginners to tune and race their boats competitively.

For more information please come along and join in the fun and games and meet the guys and girls. They will gladly show you how to sail an RC yacht and may even let you take the controls to see what it feels like to make the boat speed across the water in the intended direction using nothing but the wind for power, while avoiding obstacles and other boats, and hopefully placing your boat ahead of the fleet!

GMBC Yacht Racing Championship
At GMBC we run a championship for RC yachts. We standardise on the SeaWind one-meter yacht so that all the boats are the same and a skipper has to try harder to beat the others who all have equipment of equal performance. However, we welcome other yacht classes too. See championship results here.

GMBC Yacht Racing Championship Regulations
Download a copy of the Regulations here.

Yacht Racing Rules
At GMBC the accent is on having fun and although we love racing our RC sailboats, it's more important to participate than to win. Having said that, there are some basic rules we should apply to avoid collisions and conflicts on the water. The basic rules of yacht racing.

Starting Races
In yacht racing, starts are the busiest time of any race because you are concentrating on avoiding many other boats squeezed into a small area. You are trying not to infringe any rules, making sure you don't cross the line early, and trying to get the start time spot on. In big boats it is easier because the committee boat is usually right there on the start line, but in RC, where each skipper is watching his boat and those around him from some distance away, there is no opportunity to also be looking away at coloured shapes and start signals on the shore. Instead we use sound signals so that we can listen to the start sequence while watching and sailing our boats.

 

 

See a video here of a SeaWind sailing on Emmarentia Dam.

 

 

 
 

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