Model Yacht Regatta
Mystic Seaport is pleased to welcome back the Model Yacht Regatta Thursday – Sunday, August 8-11. The J Class and the East Coast 12 Meter class will again take to the water off the North Dock for what promises to be an exciting event hosted by the Mystic River Radio Sailors (AMYA CLUB #39) and in association with the American Model Yachting Association.
In 2011, Mystic Seaport saw nearly 15 J Class replicas racing for top honors at the National Championships. The breeze and courses were some of the best ever seen in the history of racing these scale models and the competition was nothing less than intense. We expect to see more this year as a number of new boats are under construction and plan to attend.
More about the J Class: The J class models are 1/16 scale hulls of the J class yachts that raced for the America’s Cup from 1930 through 1937. The models are the largest recognized class in the AMYA with the hulls ranging from 7ft to 8 1/2ft in length and weighing between 65 and 90 pounds which makes for some pretty exciting racing. The models carry from about 3,500 to 4,500 square inches of sail on masts ranging from 8 to 10 feet in height. The differences in sizes of the models comes from the fact that the full-size boats were built to a formula and different measurements could be used within the formula to get the same answer. The full-sized boats varied from about 120 to 135 feet in length and had a water line length of between 65 and 87 feet and they carried a crew of about 35.
East Coast 12 Meter Class
Mystic Seaport will once again be the host for the EC12 Meter Class Region 1 Championships. Last year the fleet swelled to 19 boats and as many are expected this year.
More about the EC12 Class: The East Coast 12 Meter is a scale model of one of the earliest 12 Meter Class boats and was originally created from a mold made directly from a tow tank model. These boats are about 60″ long and carry a 6′ mast. The North East is home to a number of these models and the fleet continues to grow. With over 22 scheduled events for this class up and down the East Coast, it is one of the most active classes in the AMYA. It is quite common that skippers offer guests the opportunity to take the controls for a test sail, so don’t miss out!