GMBC Sailing Championships - Round 11
The eleventh and final round of the GMBC Sailing Championship the
Bruce Tandy Memorial Regatta took place at Emmarentia Dam on
Sunday 26 November. The regatta attracted a record entry of 20
boats. The weather was cool and sunny with light to medium
conditions which became very changeable in the afternoon. Some
unfamiliar faces found themselves on the podium, showing that the
depth of talent in our skippers is increasing all the time. This
event was the final in the 2017 series and Bruce Tandy retained
his third position overall posthumously. 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.