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. We sail Solings Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Race Captains rotate throughout the year.
The RCLaser: This is the largest RC class in the world. We sail Lasers on Friday. Jerry Wheeler is the Race Captain.
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. We sail DF95's on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Bill Hendrickson is the Race Captain. The DF65 fleet sails Monday and Wednesday. Rob Wucki is the Race Captain.
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 sail IOM's on Sundays in season. Mike Feldman is the Race Captain.
The club races at Benderson Park on the West Lake. The West Lake is located at the intersection of Honore and Athletes Drive, Sarasota Fl.
Summer Racing Hours (all fleets)
10AM to 12N all days unless otherwise noted.
Fall, Winter and Racing Hours: (all fleets except as noted)
1:00PM to 3:00PM Monday-Friday and Sunday
10:00AM to 12N Saturdays
Friday 10:00AM to 12N - Laser Fleet
Summer racing starts NLT June 1. Check with the RD prior to coming out to race with us.
Please see the table to the left for Summer and Fall/Winter Spring Schedules.
DragonFlite 95 CLASS 2022 Region 7 REGATTA
SPONSORED BY SARASOTA MODEL YACHT CLUB
NOTICE OF RACE
October 7 Practice, Racing October 8/9, 2022 Nathan Benderson Park West Lake Athletes Drive Race Format: HMS Contact: Bill Hendrickson firstname.lastname@example.org
REGISTRATION AND FEES:
The fee for the event per boat is $75 dollars. This includes fee for access to county lake. Guest lunches $15.00 for 2 days. Registration is online only at AMYA web site regattas tab. Theamya.org The fee includes morning coffee & donuts, lunches and drinks on the 8th, 9th and trophies for top 5. VENUE: Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota, FL 34235 https://www.nathanbendersonpark.org West Lake (also called Green Parrot Lake) 5700 Athletes Drive, Sarasota, Florida
Oct 7 1300-1500 Registration and Inspection
Oct 8 1330 – 1630 Practice Sailing/Informal racing Registration
Oct 8 0830 – 0900 Registration, Inspection
Oct 9 0900 – 0930 Skippers Meeting
Oct 9 0930 – 1530 Racing. No heat to start after 1530.
Oct 9 0900 – 0930 Skippers Meeting
Oct 9 0930 – 1530 Racing. No heat to start after 1530.
Awards to follow racing.
Race Chairman: Bill Hendrickson
Race Director: Al Knezevich
Protest Chairman: Curt Kasten
Scoring: Richard Lomax, Will Parry
ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY:
The regatta is open to all boats of the DragonFlite 95 class. All sailors must be a current member of AMYA or their National Authority. Entries are limited to 44. You must register by 9/24//22. SANCA (Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates), managers of Nathan Benderson Park, require a signed waiver in order to participate in the regatta. Waiver forms will be available at registration.
There are two hotels close by:
Homewood Suites by Hilton 305 N Cattlemen Rd. Sarasota, FL 34235 Hampton Inn & Suites 8565 Cooper Creek Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34201 1.
1. RULES AND GOVERNANCE:
The event will be governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 (RRS) as changed by RRS Appendix E, this Notice of Race (NOR), the Sailing Instructions (SI), the current applicable Heat Management System (HMS) and the Equipment Rules of Sailing (2021-2024). The Sailing Instructions shall prevail in case of conflict with this Notice of Race.
CHANGE TO RULE 90.3(e) Replace “24 hours” with “15 minutes”.
All boats shall be checked by technical committee prior to racing in this event. The Race Committee may extend the time for registration and inspection if there is a valid reason to do so. No boat shall be eligible to race until it has been registered and has passed equipment inspection.
No frequency conflicts will be allowed. Permitted frequency bands are FCC-approved surface bands. Transmitters on 75 MHz must be narrow band certified. Radio frequencies will be allocated on a “first come first served” basis. Each competitor not using 2.4 Ghz technology is required to have a minimum of three (3) additional frequencies available. 2.4 GHZ radios are permitted and are exempt from rule E2.4 in the RRS.
2. RISK STATEMENT:
RRS 4 of the Racing RRSs of Sailing states: “The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a heat or to continue racing is hers alone.” Sailing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore involves an element of risk. By taking part in any of the events covered by this NOR, each competitor agrees and acknowledges that:
a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to sail in the event and they are fit to participate;
e) The provision of a race management team, patrol boats, umpires and other officials and volunteers by the organizer does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
f) The provision of patrol boat cover is limited to such assistance, particularly in extreme weather conditions, as can be practically provided in the circumstances;
and g) All involved in this event is expected to accept any government changes regarding this global pandemic (COVID-19).
3. SAILING INSTRUCTIONS:
The Sailing Instructions will be available at check-in. 4. SCORING AND
4. RACING SYSTEM:
The regatta shall be raced and scored under the current Heat Management System (HMS). a) Five races are required to be completed to constitute the championship. 3 Boats finishing in an incorrect heat will not be allowed to sail in their assigned heat for that race and will be scored DNS for their correct heat.
5. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY:
Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury, or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta. All those entering or taking part in this regatta do so at their own risk and responsibility. WORLD SAILING, AMYA, the hosting Model Yacht Club, Regatta Staff and any other parties involved in the organization of this event disclaim any and all responsibility whatsoever for loss, damage, injury or inconvenience that might occur to persons and goods, both ashore and on the water as a consequence of entering or participating in the event covered by this Notice of Race. At all times the responsibility for the safety of their boat and themselves including the decision to participate or continue shall rest with the competitors. By entering this event, it is deemed that you accept these conditions. Competitors are advised to ensure that they have adequate insurance that provides coverage for public liability and their possible injury in the Country and County of this event.
6. SAIL NUMBERS:
Sail numbers will be displayed on mainsail and jib according to class rules. In case of a duplication of sail numbers the boat that is registered first will prevail.
Light breakfast, Lunches and beverages will be served both racing days.
Poor competitor behavior can reflect negatively on the sport, and all competitors are advised that their actions will be under scrutiny by race officials. In the event race officials witness any behavior, which they deem to be a breach of good manners or sportsmanship, or which may bring the sport into disrepute, the Race Director assisted by race officials will protest the party (or parties) in accordance with RRS 2 or 69.1. The RD, all race officials and observers have been directed to record any incidents, which will be dealt with to the full extent available to the Protest Committee. Penalties available to the Protest Committee include exclusion from the race in question or subsequent races, exclusion from the regatta, or other action within the Committee’s jurisdiction.
END OF NOR
For further information contact Bill Hendrickson at email@example.com
SMYC to Host 2021 Soling 1 Meter
National Championship Regatta
November 19 – 21, 2021
Final Results (top 5)
Peter Feldman - 1st
Kurt Martin - 2nd
Chuck Millican - 3rd
Jack Ward - 4th
Mike Feldman - 5th
Please see the picture of the five top winners to the left.
Congratulations to all who raced and Thank You!! to the
SMYC Volunteers who made it possible.
For further information contact Craig Collemer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: