Here's a list of frequently asked questions we get from interested onlookers. If your question is not listed here, please contact us and we'll do our best to answer it.
What days do you sail at the GRCYC and where?
The GRCYC sail most Sundays (with the kind permission of the Gladstone Ports Corporation) to the right-hand side of Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) on the commercial jetty in the Gladstone Marina. Please check our Calendar in the site menu for racing dates. We start arriving to rig up & have a chat at about 12:00 and start racing around 1pm
Do hobby shops stock International One Meter yachts that are sailed at the GRCYC?
Short answer = NO.So often when people start becoming enthusiastic about radio sailing, they head to the local hobby store and see a 'one-meter' sailing yacht on the shelf for a couple of hundred and think that's a cheap way into the scene. WRONG!!!! Those models (and I emphasise 'models') apart from being one meter in length are nothing like the boats that are sailed at the GRCYC... and all over the world. They are cheap, scaled down versions of larger yachts that don't cope with any water chop or general conditions. With heavy cloth sails and plastic fittings, these would not last two minutes in the marina, where we sail, without tipping over and sinking. These are designed to float in a sheltered lake or your bath tub.DON'T GET SUCKED IN!The IOM is not a model of anything. It is a strictly designed, purpose-built yacht in its own right and is not a scaled-down version of a larger yacht. There are professional boat builders all over the world that are attempting to design better IOM's every day within a strict set of class rules. Yes, the cost is considerably more, but you get what you pay for... Talk to a member of the GRCYC. We're here to help give you a better understanding.
Just how much do International One Meters cost?
Look, it's not cheap... but then again it doesn't have to be too costly either. Remember, IOM's are NOT off the shelf, one-meter yachts. They are specifically built by professional boat builders and will handle all weather conditions.Consider that to get a boat on the water you need a good hull, a minimum 2 rigs for different weather conditions including masts, booms, sails and all the fittings, carbon fibre keel, rudder, sail winch, rudder servo, receiver, transmitter, batteries, battery charger and then a sail box to protect the rigs, a boat box to protect the boat and a stand to put the boat on when rigging her, we're talking a fair bit of gear.So let's look at price ranges in general. Please take the following as more of a guide and we're assuming you're getting everything included (see list above). Usually, they won't come with Sail Box, Boat Box or Stand and these are completely essential. Each boat for sale will fall into the "good, the bad and the ugly!"$0 - $999 If it looks like a dog, smells like a dog and barks like a dog - it's a dog. You will buy this - realise it's not competitive, more trouble than it's worth and get disillusioned. Don't do it.$1000 - $1600 would get you an entry-level basic club racer. However, be prepared for replacing gear as soon as you get it. (Remember it never looks as good as it does in the For Sale photo!) If you're lucky the hull doesn't leak and because water and electrics DONT MIX, if it has, your entire electrics system is a ticking time bomb of expense. The sails will be reasonable to bad and your fittings would have seen better days. Look, if you can handle these things - then go for it - just be prepared to spend more than the cost price.$1600 - $2500 would get you a good competitive racer. The gear is in better and the hull will be good but I would still look at the electrics for signs of corrosion and then swapping the wiring out asap. The sails will be good and your fittings will work. It should come with Sail Box but might not come with Boat Box or stand. This, my friends, is what I would suggest as a good entry-level boat that might perform better on handicap more than scratch racing.$2500 - $3500 would get you a serious 2nd hand or BRAND NEW racer. Now I might explain that you don't have to be a serious racer, to get a serious racer. The gear is practically new and usually has been looked after. The hull will be stiff, won't leak and will be one of the latest designs. The electrics will be new.. but even still, looks for signs of corrosion and even consider swapping the wiring out for some peace of mind. The sails will be as good as it gets on a second-hand yacht and your fittings will still be gleaming silver. You'd better get a Sail Box, Boat Box and Stand. You are buying a bloody good boat at this price. You know what….you might just win a few scratch races!!! If you are buying a new boat. Nothing more needs to be said other than "look out National Titles... here we come!"I will add one more thing. PLEASE ...speak to any member of the club BEFORE you buy. If you don't have enough $$$ right now, save a bit more and get a good competitive racer because, honestly, we've seen our fair share of 'dogs for sale' out there and we want to see you in our club for a long time, not a 'frustrated, throw the towel in' short time. The best place to go for boats for sale is the ARYA website and we have links here in our site. Happy hunting & don't hesitate to give us a call.
What are the basic measurements of a IOM?
What are the basic measurments of an International One Meter? (beside being one meter of course!) HULL DIMENSIONS (With the boat floating in fresh water): Draught Min: 370mm Max: 420 mm The depth of hull from waterline: 60 mm Hull length: 1000 mmBOAT WEIGHT Total minimum weight of boat in with keel, rudder, sails and all other racing requirements, in dry condition: 4000 g Keel, excluding fasteners to hull Min: 2200 g Max: 2500 g Rudder, including stock: 75 gMAST DIMENSIONS Lower point to upper point A-Rig or Mast 1: 1600 mm B-Rig or Mast 2: 1180 mm C-Rig or Mast 3: 880 mmThese measurements are taken from the IOM Class Rules and should only be used inconjunction with that document in full.
How can I have a go... to see if I like it?
The GRCYC, with their experience, have purchased an excellent club boat that is available for anyone who is interested in the sport of radio controlled sailing to come down and have a go. The members will expertly assist in setting it up and giving you a quick lesson on the controls. Really - that's it. You'll be sailing in no time. BUT BE WARNED... it's incredibly addictive. For that exact reason, the club boat is for constant 'sale' and has been swapped out with many new members over time purchasing an excellent entry-level club boat.
Do you sail other radio controlled yacht designs in Gladstone?
In short, no. The club decided way back that to sail one singular class design would give the best racing experience and also keep people interested. The International One Meter (IOM) was chosen as it is the most popular class worldwide and is easy to transport.
Are IOM yachts popular in other clubs?
The IOM class is the most popular class of radio controlled yacht in Australia and the world. When compiling this page there were hundreds of IOM's registered with the ARYA. Aussies have stood on top of the World Titles podium in the past and arguably the most successful Aussie RC sailor and World Champion, Brad Gibson has made a life in England around his passion for the sport.
Do you have a Facebook page?
As a matter of fact - yes. Click Here to be taken straight there... We invite all fans to post their pictures here and also look out for newsletters, photos results and other cool RC Yachting stuff.