Technical & theoretical aspects of RC yacht racing
Updated December 2018
I'm interested in radio-controlled racing yachts, in particular the International One Metre (IOM) class, where I campaign a Pikanto. I took up vane sailing for a while in the A Class and 36R, so if anyone needs a crew, I'd be happy to oblige. For some years I campaigned an Italiko IOM, and before that an Ikon. Until recently I also campaigned a Sword A Class. When I do put my hands on a R/C Tx, I'm probably sailing Graham Bantock's venerable Puzzle design 10R, "Jigsaw".
My "Bakers Dozen" A Class, built by Graham Bantock in Kevlar to Roger Stollery's design from 1983 and the RA National Champion of that year, has returned to my garage after being cared for and re-painted and faired by Derek Kitchener. She is ready once again to go to a good home, send me an e-mail if you are interested. "lg11" at "soton.ac.uk".
This site is aimed at technical and theoretical aspects of RC yacht racing. In particular, it has a number of spreadsheets to download. Although aimed at the IOM, they should be useful for any non-rotating fractional Bermuda sloop rig.
These pages are intended for educational purposes.
Site news & other interest
December 2018: Have added a page on a Single number DoF estimator -- intended for folks using micro four-thirds cameras and lenses.
With luck, all site images have found their new folders and now show. Please do let me know if you spot anything still missing, thanks!
The material is classified into the three major headings of Design, Build, and Race. Anything not fitting that scheme goes into Other Topics (except for Links and Reports which have a place on the main navigation bar).
Under Design are pages on How a yacht works, How aerofoils work, Where lift comes from, How fins and sails work, Appendage design, Hull design, Sails and rigging design, and The boat as a whole.
Under Build are pages on Hull, Fin & rudder, Bulb, Sails, Rigs & fittings, R/C, and Finishing off.
Under Race are pages on Preparation (Boat speed, Avoiding errors, Strategy), During the regatta (including topics on the racing rules), In the race (Boat speed, Avoiding errors, Tactics), and Performance improvement.
Other Topics include pages on International RC racing, Classes, Sailing venues, Event management, Event scoring, Observing, Ancillary equipment, Bulb calculator, Plans, References & book list, Alphard picnic units, Photography, and Terminology.
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Some site statistics instead: approx 300 pages, 2400 images, 40 spreadsheets......free from those nice folks at NewsNow
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