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Welcome to the web site for Coalhouse Fort Radio Yacht Club. Coalhouse Fort RYC is affiliated to the Model Yachting Association which in turn is affiliated to the Royal Yacht Association (RYA) and the International Radio Sailing Association (IRSA).

Anyone who has been to Coalhouse Fort on a Wednesday or Sunday will have seen a small but happy group of people looking out onto the moat; this is the Coalhouse Radio Yacht Club.

The yachts that we sail are not models or scale replicas of large yachts but are highly competitive radio controlled racing sailboats. The classes raced at Coalhouse Fort are the International One Metre (IOM); the Dragon Force 65 and the Dragonflite 95 Yachts the latter being slightly smaller than the IOM and somewhat cheaper, but equally competitive and race with their own Class a Rules.

Radio Control Yacht Racing is very similar in performance to full size yachts or dinghies, providing great fun and fellowship; it is truly a sport for all ages and can be entered into all year round.

Where do I start? If this has “wetted your appetite” you can make a good start by contacting our club by making few visits on race days will show you at first hand how the day is run. Talk to any of our members and they will give you lots of information on the classes of boats sailed and the racing programme.Visiting skippers are always welcome, and new comers can be provided with a boat for a trial sail. Alternatively you can contact the club via our website for more details.

On Wednesdays we sail IOM boats from about 10.30 am through until approximately 2.00 pm

On Sundays we sail Dragon Force 65 boats from about 10.30 am through until 1:30 pm and Dragon Flite 95 from 1:30pm through until dusk, except when there is an Open IOM meeting (please see ‘important dates’ for further information).

Please click on Membership to join Coalhouse Fort RYC. It is a requirement of all members to affiliate to the MYA to provide third party Insurance.

Membership :

Adult – £15.00 plus £10.00 for MYA Affiliation = £25.00

Junior – £7.50 Plus £5.00 for MYA Affiliation Fee = £12.50

 

Coalhouse Fort MBC supports the Essex Air Ambulance Trust

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Welcome to the world of Radio Control Yacht Racing

Radio Control Yacht Racing is very similar in performance to full size yachts or dinghies, providing great fun and fellowship; it is truly a sport for all ages and can be done all year. For beginners, radio control yacht racing enables you to learn the basic rules of sailing which you can then carry over to full size racing at a later stage. Maybe you have reached the age where you are having difficulty managing a full size boat, or you can not sail in the winter – if so, why not keep your hand in with a radio controlled yacht?

 What is Radio Control Yacht Racing?

Radio control yachts are controlled from the shore via a radio transmitter and race around a set course. Radio control yacht racing follows the same basic racing rules as full size boats except for one or two minor alterations necessary because there is no crew on board. The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS 2013 – 2016), have Appendix E to cover these differences.  Racing tactics are very important, but equally necessary is tuning the yacht to achieve its best performance. A stable well-tuned yacht that holds its course without any helm being applied will inevitably be faster.

Anyone who has been to Coalhouse Fort on a Wednesday or Sunday will have seen a small but happy group of people looking out onto the moat; this is the Coalhouse Fort Model Boat Club.

To call us a Model Boat Club is a bit of a misnomer, as the yachts that we sail are not models or scale replicas of large yachts but are highly competitive radio controlled racing sailboats. The particular class that is raced at Coalhouse Fort is the International One Metre (IOM); this class is recognized by the ISAF under its radio sailing division and is sailed around the world. At first glance these boats may look the same but there are only a few dimensions that have to be common to each boat, the main ones being:

Maximum overall length 1000mm

Maximum draft of 420mm

Minimum total weight 4kg (Excluding burgee!)

Three closely controlled sailing rigs

This allows the top sailors and designers to produce a range of designs within the one class. (There is a website on the internet that has a database of designs listing over 215 different designs currently.) The same CAD software that the top keelboat designers’ use is used by IOM designers, in fact some of the top round the world yacht designers have designed IOM yachts.

With three closely controlled sailing rigs, a maximum overall length and weights which are kept to within grams of the minimum weight, the emphasis is on boat set up and control, with even the smallest of changes in mast rake or sail camber being “felt” by the skipper. Once you get over the concept of sailing from the shore rather than in the boat, there isn’t really a lot of difference in the racing, the course that we sail is the Olympic standard “triangle and sausage” we race to the same standard racing rules with a few minor amendments. In fact the only real difference is that we can get up to 16 races in a day.

We also race the Dragon Force 65 Yachts that are slightly smaller than the IOM and somewhat cheaper, but equally competitive and with their own Class a Rules, but sail under the same ISAF a Rules.

If this has “wetted your appetite” please contact us via the contacts page. Visiting skippers are always welcome, and new comers can be provided with a boat for a trial sail.

Where do I start?

If this has “wetted your appetite” you can make a good start by contacting our club by using the form on our ‘Contact Us’ page. A few visits on race days will show you at first hand how the day is run. Talk to any of our members and they will give you lots of information on the classes of boats sailed and the racing programme.

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