The FPSC’s Model Yacht Group hosted the third 2010 UK Footy Class open meeting on Saturday 10th April. Sixteen skippers of both sexes, all ages and from as far away as Gloucester enjoyed 16 races in fantastic sunny weather and a good breeze. Six young people took part and the best placings were those sharing the sailing with a parent or grandparent in 5th and 7th places. In the main event Cotswold member, David Wilkinson with a narrow American design won the early races in 6-8mph winds, but later his balanced una rigged ‘RAZOR 3’ struggled with nose diving and suffered structural and leak problems. A beautiful new trophy, the Videlo Globe, created by Chiddingfold wood turner Fred Shepherd, was presented to the winner by Mona Videlo in memory of her husband Don. FPSC Commodore, Judith Young welcomed this new aspect of the sailing club’s activities, thanked the organisers and gave away the prizes to the winners. The FPSC Model Yacht Group meets every Tuesday afternoon and welcomes new members to sail Footys, International One Metres, and fast, elegant 10 Raters with their massive seven foot rigs.
The plans were reprinted in "Model Boats" magazine in 1975 and was perhaps the influence for the well-known British model yacht designer Roger Stollery to produce his "Choppa" design for his son Peter shortly after. Given the open nature of the Footy rule, the boats themselves come in many flavours ranging from red-clawed racing machines to what are unashamedly character boats. Because of the origins of the class a€“ spread out across the world and largely spread by the Internet a€“ racing in Footys was slow to take off: the boats were simply too far apart.
At the same time, it was discovered that the standard Internet Course with little enhancement was ideal in size and geometry for normal fleet racing of Footys. Footy racing 22nd OctoberThe final race of the "summer" season produced results more or less to form.Graham dominant, with the two Marks in hot pursuit.
An enjoyable if slightly frustrating afternoon's racing due to light and shifting SE-SW winds.Graham on good form again. Victoria's and some other good looking models like Rogers Catalina.  Our water is deep and no weeds! The hull can be made from a fibreglass mould or simply with thin sheets of balsa wood fitted together.
Footy radio sailing boats are very light and only one foot long, but are great fun to race and sail amazingly well.
Big waves built up near the lee shore control area, but the Footys sliced through these impressively going into the wind and surfed down the waves on the run back.
A special junior race was sailed after lunch and the early lead was taken by 10 year old Charlotte Broszek, but 11 year old ‘CJ ‘ Vice clawed his way back on the second beat to win the prize; a box of Heros.
Reducing rig area to prevent this as the wind increased to an average of 8-10 mph with 14mph gusts, did not help as the wind also dropped in between the gusts leaving this boat underpowered.
Lots of the finishes were close and in Race 12 the finish was very close indeed with Paul’s ‘ANT’ just holding off Rob’s chasing ‘ICE’, by a couple of inches!
Apart from being a past commodore of the Frensham Pond Sailing Club, he had played a key role in setting up the Model Yacht Group over the last 3 years. Come and have a go by contacting Pat Cushing on 01420 835 55 or join us for a trial sail any Tuesday afternoon.

The hull can be made from a fiberglass mold or simply with thin sheets of plywood fitted together. In 1981 Brett McCormack of New Zealand saw a picture of "Choppa" in "Model Boats" magazine and was inspired to design a 12-inch yacht for a school technical drawing project. This is a single sail rig in which the mast is allowed to bend sideways at its base to enable to boat to cope with gusts of wind without being overpowered.
Because of their small size they place a high premium on sailing ability as opposed to Star Wars technology and no-one should feel themselves ruled out by lack of funds! However, for those with less time or confidence, there is an increasing range of high-quality kits on the market such as the 507 footy from Australia and the Kittywake from the USA. The first revolution came when Ian Hull-Brown of New Zealand proposed and designed the a€?Internet Coursea€?. The number of clubs that specifically race Footys and offering open regattas is increasing very quickly. Every country where Footys are sailed appoints a Registrar by any means that are found locally appropriate.
A beautiful day greeted us as we assembled at the lake side and it was sunshine all day with the predicted rain nowhere to be seen.Zero wind early on made setting out the course tricky but we managed to guess correctly and when the wind (what there was of it ) came we found that we had a reasonable Port rounding flattened triangle. They are the starter radio sailing class with simple designs able to be made by DIY enthusiasts for just ?50 including the radio control gear. It was very interesting to compare this narrow hard chine Footy that fits diagonally across the measuring box with the more stable Stollery designs that made up most of the fleet.
Much later, in 1996, he actually built the design as a free-sailing model for his 2-year-old son.
A high proportion of older designs are hard-chine boats made from flat panels of balsa or ply but a great many newer ones are round-bottomed made from fibreglass or even carbon fibre.
This allows more sail to be carried in light weather and eases the concentration requirements on the skipper when it blows. For example, the well-known BUG design by Roger Stollery can be built largely from scrap materials for about A?5 + radio gear (2 channel transmitter, receiver and 2 servos can be bought for around A?40 and can be used in other models). This is in essence an easily made standard race course that allows boats anywhere in the world to run time trials against one another.
The rain held off until tea break, (galley work again thanks to John Meredith and Peter Hartley) but returned with a vengeance during the final race. I think that we were a bit optimistic in regard to the size of the course, the race officer declaring one lap races, to be extended if the wind filled in. In the afternoon the wind was very variable in strength with some boats in their lowest rigs whilst those who didn’t bring small rigs were overpowered both up wind and down.
In 2000 Richard Web came up with the idea of the Footy class as a radio controlled yacht to sail on the pool at Weymouth Sailing Week.
Because of the weight of the older AM radio gear commonly used, Footys used to be rather heavy by model yacht standards. In order to provide as much impartiality as possible, matters of rule interpretation are in the hands of a technical team of three model yachtsmen of great experience, none of whom has any regular connection with Footys.

Some competitors cowering under the boat house shelter but Peter Henderson only managed to fend off some of the rain with his fancy umbrella and Sid's help.Thanks to race officials Graham Saunders and Clive Hartland and scorer Harry Butler. Most skippers opted for Swing Rigs just under 400mm high with their low centre of effort, which coped well with both the gusts and lulls.
The class spread around the world with the "Ancient Mariners" in Auckland, New Zealand, building and racing scale type Footys. Among the racing fraternity, one of the great points of discussion currently is between the lighter, narrower Footys advocated mostly by Brett McCormack and Angus Richardson on the one hand and the wide, heavy "All-American Muscle Footy" popular in the United States. Late in 2006, Brett McCormack proposed a format in which owners would submit their best times within a fixed period (say a month) to give a worldwide champion for the month. It should not normally be possible for a National Registrar to be a member of the technical team. He finished 11th.Boat 31 was shared by John Meredith, 10th place, (he retired after race 4 otherwise I am sure he would have finished higher) and Peter Henderson who took over from race 5 and sailed well to 8th place. It is responsive and yet forgiving, can sail in almost any wind with one suit of sails and it will fit into the smallest of cars without de-rigging, what more could anyone ask for. In 2001 Brett McCormack redesigned his 12-inch model and adapted it to radio control a€“ the famous Bobabout design. Over the next four years the class continued to grow with many boats being built from various plans and kits.
Despite some errors of organisation from which the class associate feels it has learned a great deal, this event attracted some 33 entries. Peter Jackson sailed well but things did just not seem to click as they do for this normally very strong front runner. An International team prepared a new "Box" rule to bring together the various versions across the world. He worked it out for the last few races and turned the tables on others and this made it possible to pip PJ by 2 points.Second place 4 points ahead was David Wilkinson.
A very steady performance with 2 race wins and no finishes lower than 5th as to be expected from this regular competitor on the Open Footy circuit.Peter Shepherd was on excellent form scoring 12 wins to card an overall score of 14 points from 16 races. In 2006 the Footy became an officially sanctioned Development Class of the American Model Yachting Association. Serious international racing is scheduled to begin in 2007 and the future of the class seems assured.
I heard him comment that it was due to the toothbrush motor and lipo hidden in the boat, perhaps we should scrutinise his boat a little more closely (only joking).

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