Sarasota Model Yacht Club Information: Our club sails the American Model Yachting Association-sanctioned one-design Soling One Meter R/C model yacht. The club meets three times per week for practice and racing at the Benderson Park pond at the south end of the University Town Center Mall which is located at Exit 213 on I-75 . This 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. 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 Club (SMYC) got it’s start in Sarasota in 1996.
What Kind of Boats do we Race?
Soling One Meter(S1M). This is the largest class in the US and Fl.
Where do we Race?
Benderson Park Lake (just South of the UTC Mall) in the Fall, Winter and Spring.
In The Meadows next to their Community Center (2004 Longmeadow) in the Summer.
When do we Race?
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 1 – 3 (Fall, Winter and Spring) and 10 – Noon (Summer). Thursday is our “counting day” for our Series Races (Fall, Winter and Summer).
Do we accept Beginners?
We encourage sailors of all skill levels to join us. A Mentor Program is available for beginners.
How can I get a S1M and how much do they cost?
We have a member called “Boat Yard” who has used/refurbished S1Ms’ for sale. You can also purchase a kit from Victor Model Products and build it yourself. You can also buy a new ready-to-sail boat. Your cost can vary from say $250 for a boat needing work to $1,100 for a new, ready-to-sail boat.
Do we have Dues/Fees?
Do we belong to a National Organization?
American Model Yachting Association (AMYA). They also have many resources for Individual members. Their web site is www.theamya.org.
Who is the Club’s contact person?
Curt Kasten, Commodore email@example.com 417-380-2524.
Our web site is www.sarasotamyc.com.
AMYA Club #204 Officers
Commodore: Curt Kasten
Vice Commodore: Will Parry
Racing on Tuesday and Saturday is fun racing and a good time to practice. Thursday is championship racing and all scores count towards the Fall and Winter series.
If there are 8 or less boats racing, there will be one fleet. If there are 9 or more boats racing, there will be 2 or more fleets. Scoring is based on a percentage basis. If the series ends with 60 races, each skipper must count a minimum of half the races sailed, or in this case, 30 races.
About the Soling One Meter:
The Soling One Meter is a low-cost, kit-based one-design class targeted toward getting new skippers and hobbyists involved in model yachting. The Soling One Meter Class philosophy is to provide a low-cost one-design model suitable for introducing newcomers to the hobby, while offering enough performance to keep the interest of long-time model sailors. All aspects related to performance are intended to be restricted to what can be achieved by building the kit straight from the manufacturer’s plans. Other aspects not affecting performance are not as strictly controlled. The Soling One Meter Class was introduced to the AMYA in 1993. Since that time it has become the largest class in the organization.
Solings must be built from a kit available from a single manufacturer, Victor Model Products of DeRidder, LA. This manufacturer and others also offer partially or fully assembled yachts. The hull and deck are vacuum formed styrene plastic, the spars are wood, and the sails are flat and unpaneled. Despite these limitations, the boat sails well, satisfying even veteran skippers with its balance and handling. The Soling One Meter class is managed by the AMYA Soling One Meter Class Secretary and an appointed Class Advisory Committee. The Soling One Meter Class Rules page can be found on this site.
For more information, please contact Curt Kasten at (417) 380-2524 or email: mailto:Curt108kasten@hotmail.com