rss

IOM Worlds News

IOM Worlds 2015 New Blog

Training for Worlds: Oliver Lee Trophy 2015

Training for Worlds: Oliver Lee Trophy 2015

Sunday 4th January 2015 must have seen one of the first open meetings for the new 2015 calendar. The venue Blackwater Sailing Club’s practice lake at Heybridge, Essex, wasshrouded in fog, this together with the icy roads, did not put off 22 competitors who gathered for the days racing, including skippers from the Isle of Wight and Eastbourne Race Officer George Beacroft set a triangle and sausage course with a start line just off the bank close to the cabin. Despite the fog there was a very sailable light westerly breeze.

Training for Worlds: Stockholm Wintercup No. 5, Sweden

Training for Worlds: Stockholm Wintercup No. 5, Sweden

Fifteen enthusiastic (?) sailors showed up to race in 0°C, sleet and light winds. We were racing some 15 km from the City Center on the island of Lidingö which means water connected to the Baltic Sea (brackish and therefore still not ice covered). Some of our best sailors were missing as they had opted for skiing rather than sailing this weekend (not a bad choice maybe?). We raced on a very short course but only managed to complete 12 races in 4 hours as we needed to reset the race course several times due to wind shifts including a longer brake while waiting for wind.

Training for Worlds: 2015 Malta IOM Open Invitational

Training for Worlds: 2015 Malta IOM Open Invitational

The Malta Model Boat Club (MMBA) is proud to host the 2015 edition of the Malta IOM Open on the 19th to 22nd of March, and once again we are at the Mellieha Bay Hotel. The hotel is perfect for water sports, as it is located right at the waters edge and is Malta's most prestigious holiday resort. We manage to get room rates with a sea view for about US$25.00 per person per night, which is a fantastic rate.

A Brief Interview with Ian Vickers of Vickers RC Sailing, New Zealand

A Brief Interview with Ian Vickers of Vickers RC Sailing, New Zealand

New Zealand’s Ian Vickers is well known around the world for his radio sailing skill and as a designer and production builder of his IOM designs. I think that Ian was immersed in sailboat racing while growing up in the southern hemisphere in New Zealand, and similar to Brad Gibson growing up in Australia, it serves them both very well in radio sailing as adults. Skill at racing is somehow hard-wired into them. Just like in skiing, tennis, etc., those of us that start later in life don’t quite have their magic.