The Sarasota Model Yacht Club got its start in Sarasota in 1996. Our club sails the American Model Yachting Association-sanctioned one-design Soling One Meter R/C , RCLaser, DF65, DF95 and (during the winter only) IOM model yachts. The club meets six (seven times a week when the IOM sail) times per week for practice and racing at the Nathan Benderson Park at the West Lake on Athletes Drive. The West Lake is off of Honore at Athletes Drive.
The Soling 1-Meter kit-based model is a pleasure to sail. As a one-design, it is an ideal introduction to model yachting, yet it provides a competitive boat for the best of veterans as well and is available from “Boatyard John” (our club builder).
The RCLaser is factory-built ready to sail and available at intensitysails.com
We also sail the Dragon Force (DF) DF65 and the DF95 RC boats.
The DF 65 is one of the fastest growing class of RC sailboats in the U.S. The boat has earned this distinction by being a great one-design sailing boat while being the least expensive ready-to-sail boat on the market. At around $250 for a boat with radio and receiver and about 3 hours of assembly and you're on the water.
The DF95 is the fastest growing class in the USA and is near Ready-to-Sail in a kit form from Radiosailing.net or from “Boatyard John”.
All skill levels are welcome, from neophytes to crusty old salts! You will find that our members can be very helpful in getting you involved with this great hobby. Come on out to watch the hard-fought races or join us for practice and racing.
The Soling One Meter (S1M): This S1M the largest class in the U.S. and Florida.
The RCLaser: This is the largest RC class in the world.
The DF65 and the DF95: These are the newest and fastest-growing restricted one-design class in both Florida and the U.S. SMYC sails a modified version of the DF65.
IOM The IOM Class is considered a Development Class by the AMYA.
The International One Metre class is the fastest-growing class in the world. This class is distinct and different in purpose from the US One Meter class, and complements the International Marblehead Class as a simpler, less expensive boat. The International class has a one-design rig, and has minimum weights on the keel and overall, and restricts the hull material. The net effect of these differences is that the typical cost spiral of lighter weight, and more expensive materials and manufacturing processes, is arrested. This allows amateur designers and builders a chance to design and build with little concern that they are building in a disadvantage due to weight. This is a feature not found in any existing AMYA class, and is one of the reasons that the class is so popular around the world.
We race at Benderson Park Lake (just South of the UTC Mall). If necessary we do have a backup site: The Meadows pond next to their Community Center (2004 Longmeadow). This is nearby Nathan Benderon Park.
We race DF95's and Solings on Saturdays 10-Noon year-round, and Tuesday & Thursdays 1-3 pm (Fall, Winter, and Spring). During the summer we sail at 10:00Am.
We race DF65's Mondays and Saturdays at 1:00PM (Winter schedule). We race Lasers Fridays at 1:00PM (Winter schedule).
We race IOM's every other Sunday at 1:00PM (Winter schedule).
During the summer we change to 10AM to Noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays while Saturday remains the same. Contact the Commodore before coming out to race as the schedules change based on weather.
Sarasota Model Yacht Club (SMYC) will be hosting the 2021 Soling Nationals at Nathan Benderson Park April 9th-11th 2021. NOR TBD.
SMYC to Host 2021 Soling 1 Meter
National Championship Regatta
November 19 – 21, 2021
SMYC will host the Soling 1 Meter National Championship at Green Parrot Lake (West Lake), Athletes Drive, Sarasota, FL (the lake is located at the intersection of Athletes Drive and Honore Ave.).
Nov. 18 1200 - 1500 Registration and Measuring
1500 – 1630 Practice sailing/informal racing
Nov. 19, 20 0730 – 0900 Registration (Friday only), Measuring
0900 – 0930 Skippers’ Meeting
0930 – 1530 Racing – No heat to start after 1530
Nov. 21 0900 – 0930 Skippers’ Meeting
0930 – 1230 Racing. No heat to start after 1230. Lunch, silent
auction winner, and awards to following racing.
Registration and the Notice of Race are available on the AMYA website (see Regatta section).
The NCR shall be raced and scored under the current Heat Management System (HMS) and governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2021 – 2024 (RRS) as changed by Appendix E, this Notice of Race, the Sailing Instructions, the HMS, and the Equipment Rules of Sailing (2021 – 2024). The Sailing Instructions shall prevail in case of conflict with the Notice of Race.
A silent auction will be held for a hull kit of the new 3D Soling 1 Meter donated by 3DRCBOATS.
For further information contact Craig Collemer at email@example.com.
YES. We encourage sailors of all skill levels to join us. A Mentor Program is available for beginners.
Soling 1M: We have a member called “Boat Yard” who has used/refurbished S1Ms’ for sale. You can also buy a new ready-to-sail boat from John. John's email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCLaser: A new RCLaser is available at intensitysails.com at a cost of less than $600 with 3 complete rigs.
DF95: A new DF95 can be purchased from Radiosailing.net in kit form for $345, up to $610, which includes a transmitter and receiver, B rig, B sails, LiPo battery, custom stand and sail numbers for A and B sails. The boat can also be purchased and assembled by club member “Boatyard”. The assembly takes 3-4 hours.
DF65: The Fleet at SMYC is unique in that it caters to those unable to walk long distances while racing due to shorter courses then the other classes. The boat is available at http://radiosailing.net/. The boat can also be purchased and assembled by club member “Boatyard”
Dues are $70/year and a signed liability Waiver for SANCA is required. SMYC is also a member of the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA). The AMYA has many resources for Individual members. Their web site is www.theamya.org.
The club's primary contact is Commodore Will Parry, (321) 446-8144 or email email@example.com
For questions regarding this website, please contact Will Parry.
Here is a recent Video from the Soling Region 7 Regatta:
A link to the Sarasota Magazine Article about SMYC:https://www.sarasotamagazine.com/news-and-profiles/2020/03/sarasota-model-yacht-club
Here is a link to the Soling 1 M Yahoo Group
In the Sky's video link
Soling 1 Meter Region 7 Championship Regatta (produced by SANCA):
ABC Channel 7 Video with Linda Carlson:
Excellent Tuning Link: