GMBC Sailing Championships - Round 4
The fourth round of the 2018 GMBC Sailing Championship took place at Emmarentia Dam on Sunday
15 April. 14 boats took to the water in warm, sunny conditions
with wind that varied from lighht to nothing! Later the wind
picked up, the temperature went down and light rain began falling,
which became a heavy downpour, forcing the abandonment of the last
two races of the day. Congratulations to Andre for yet another
overall win, to Brent for making it into the top two for the first
time, and to Kevin B for a top-five finish! 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
For more information
please come along and join in the fun and games and meet the guys
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
of the fleet!
GMBC Yacht Racing
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
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.
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.