International One Meter Class - A brief worlds History

The International One Metre (IOM) is a class of Radio Sailing Boat used for racing under the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing. It is a measurement-controlled box rule originally created by the ISAF-RSD (now the IRSA) in 1988 in an attempt to harmonise the various one metre rules created around the world. The IOM Class Rules specify a standardised sail plan and control of the other major performance dimensions (displacement, length, and draught) while allowing some freedom in hull, fin, and bulb design. The IOM is now the largest and arguably most competitive of all radio sailing classes.

The International One Metre Class Association was formed in 2003 as an owners association to support the class and promote racing. This function was originally carried out by the IRSA (previously known as the ISAF-RSD). The continuing association with IRSA entitles the class to hold World Championships officially recognised by the International Sailing Federation.

For more about the design development of the IOM over the years you might enjoy reading the Graham Bantock’s long running series of articles that include illustrations from Lester Gilbert. A world champion radio sailor, Graham has made significant contributions to model yachting and the IOM class as a designer, sailmaker, and supplier of components to the world from his UK company that are distributed globally. His articles provide a class history of performance at the major international regattas with a decidedly technical comparison analysis. They were published in Seahorse Magazine and Acquaint, a UK Model Yachting publication:


http://www.onemetre.net/OtherTopics/IOMcomparisons/SeahorseArticle.pdf

http://www.mya-uk-members.org.uk/library-files/acquaint/7_IOM_2013-1.pdf

http://www.mya-uk-members.org.uk/library-files/acquaint/14_IOM_2013_2.pdf


Some observations on the list of Worlds podium finishers below:

1.  Look at the different places the Worlds event are held. IOMs are an “International” class in more than just name.
The skipper rosters prove the point even better.

 2. Look at the numbers of skippers attending. This is a big diverse event, and it would be much bigger if entries were not restricted by an allocation system. 
 3. While many have consistent results at or near the podium, only the GBR’s Graham Bantock and AUS’s Craig Smith have repeated as world champions so far. Both happen to be commercial radio sailing sailmakers, as are many of the world champions on this list.
 4. The most dominant recent run is Brad Gibson with a first or second in 2007, 2009, and 2011. Brad did not compete in 2013.
Brad is another commercial sailmaker.
 5. The most recent World Champions Rob Walsh and Peter Stollery, both from GBR, stand out as not being sailmakers or in the radio sailing business. Maybe they are starting a new trend as the other world champions all have business interests in radio sailing. 
 6. Obviously it takes a serious commitment to be an IOM World Champion. It also probably helps your game if you sail in the GBR where more champions reside and the competition is keenest. But you can overcome that if you travel regularly to major international regattas. What a nice solution don’t you think?

 

Event  Country Competitors Gold Silver Bronze
2013
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Israel
Scott Yam
43 Rob Walsh
GBR
BritPOP!
Marko Matic
CRO
Kantun S
Soren Andresen
DEN
Cheinz
2011
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United Kingdom
West Kirby
76 Peter Stollery
GBR
BritPOP!
Brad Gibson
GBR
BritPOP!
Graham Elliott
GBR
BritPOP!
2009
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Barbedos 66 Zvonko Jelaciv
CRO
Pikanto
Brad Gibson
AUS
Widget
Mario Skrlj
C
RO
Topiko
2007
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France
Marseille
76 Brad Gibson
AUS
Widget
Guillermo Beltri
ESP
Italiko
Craig Smith
AUS

Obsession
2005
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Australia
Mooloolaba
84 Craig Smith
AUS
Obsession
Graham Bantock
GBR
Topiko
Paul Jones
AUS
Cockatoo
2003
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Canada
Vancouver
82 Trevor Binks
GBR
Isis
Craig Smith
AUS
TS2
Paul Jones
AUS
Disco
2001
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Croatia
Omisalj
79 Martin Roberts
GBR
Gadget
Graham Bantock
GBR
Ikon
Gary Cameron
AUS
TS2
1999
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Malta 80 Graham Bantock
GBR
Ikon
Craig Smith
AUS
TS2
Martin Roberts
GBR
Widget
1997
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New Zealand
Wellington
60 Craig Smith
AUS
TS2
Geoffrey Smale
NZL
2 Dogs
Trevor Bamford
NZL
TS2
1994
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France
Saint Cyr
55 Graham Bantock
GBR
Red Wine
Chris Dicks
GBR
Metrick Magick
 Mark Dicks
GBR
Crossbow
           

 
 

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Look at the different places the Worlds event are held. IOMs are an “International” class in more than just name. The skipper rosters prove the point even better.