Model Yacht Regatta
August 10 - August 11
The Model Yacht Regatta will be held at the North End of the Museum. They will race in the Mystic River off of the restaurant bulkhead. 20 boats are expected to participate. Boats will practice on Friday afternoon and race Saturday and Sunday from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The J Class models are 1/16th scale hulls of the J Class yachts that sailed for the America´s Cup from 1930 through 1937 as well as the yachts that were converted to the J Class and competed with the America´s Cup yachts in club regattas. The models are the largest recognized class in the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) with hull lengths ranging from about 7 feet in length to 8 1/2 feet in length and weighing between 65 and 115 pounds. The models carry from about 3,000 to 4,000 square inches of sail on masts that are 8 to 91/2 feet above the deck. The difference in sizes of the models is driven by the different sizes of the full size yachts.
The J Class is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful class of models in the AMYA reflecting the sailing power and grace of the original classic yachts of the 1930s. To learn more, visit www.officialjclass.org.
Model yachting as an organized sport in America dates back to the 1870s. It started as open-water racing using rowing skiffs and was transformed to free-sail racing from shore in the 1930s using natural and man-made ponds. Contemporary radio-controlled (R/C) racing developed in the 1970s with the advent of miniature R/C components, allowing for model racing on closed courses under the auspices of the AMYA. The AMYA has since grown to more than 200 clubs and 25 model classes. For more information, visit www.theamya.org.