South Africa Radio Sailing (SARSA)
Radio Sailing in South Africa falls under the jurisdiction of the South African Radio Sailing Authority (SARSA).
SARSA is a discipline of South African Sailing (SAS) and affiliated to the International Sailing Federation Radio Sailing Division (ISAF RSD). Due to be renamed the International Radio Sailing Association (IRSA).
Club, Regional and National competitions are held regularly at various venues around South Africa with international events taking place around the globe.
Affiliated clubs are located in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and along the Garden route.
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RADIO SAILING CLASSES SAILED IN SOUTH AFRICA:
36" SHIPMATE CLASS (36”S)
This is a South African strictly controlled one-design class. The boats are 914mm (36 inches) long and have three suits of sails for varying wind conditions.
These boats are easy to transport and are available in kit form at reasonable cost without the radio gear.
INTERNATIONAL ONE METRE CLASS (IOM)
This is an International class with a host of worldwide competitors. The boats are one metre long and allowed three suits of sails for varying wind conditions. The class rules are strict regarding dimensions, weight and the use of exotic materials.
MARBLEHEAD CLASS (RM)
This is another International class and was at one time the most popular class in the world. Today it has been surpassed by the IOM class.
The boats are 1.270 metres long with a number of different sail plans. There is very little restriction on construction materials with carbon fibre and other exotic materials making the boats rather expensive but hugely exciting to sail.
RADIO CONTROLLED LASERS (RLC)
These boats are a scaled down version of a Laser dinghy and a popular class due to the commercial availability of boats that can be quickly assembled. Competitions are held mainly in Durban and at Pretoria Sailing Club at Rietvlei.
NON-CLASS BOATS (Scale Models)
Non-class boats such as commercially available scale models (Sea Wind, Yamaha, etc.) are encouraged to enjoy the sport of sailing.
RADIO SAILING VENUES
RADIO CONTROLLED LASER OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA
Radio Controlled Lasers
The Radio Controlled Laser is a quarter scale model of a Laser dinghy. It was first brought into SA about 10 years ago from America. The concept of the model is very similar to the dinghy in that it is a “no hassle” fun, strict one design that goes from shelf to water in less than 7 minutes
During the past 10 years there has been rapid growth the class in Durban & Gauteng where the majority of the120 strong fleet is to be found. The class is unique in that the majority of the current owners are sailors of full-scale yachts in various forms, from dinghies through to L26s and cruising yachts.
There are small fleets in Cape Town, Knysa and Witbank all based at the local yacht clubs.
In Durban regular monthly race days are organized at the Model Yacht Pond at the Blue Lagoon The most social sailing being the summer season of Thursday afternoons at the model yacht pond starting at 17h30. Regular fleets of 20 RCLasers are seen at race days and the competition is close and competitive. This form of sailing has recently attracted a great deal of interest from the youth group of dinghy sailors and also the public at large and the number of spectators and perspective buyers is on the increase at each outing of the fleet. A number of National and Provincial Championships have been held at the Model Yacht Pond hosted by the Durban Radio Boat Club.
The RCLasers are the biggest radio controlled fleet in South Africa and the Durban fleet is one of the biggest RCLaser fleets in the world. A national class association has been formed and the class is recognized as an official South African class by South African Sailing the national controlling body for all forms of sailing in South Africa. Regular communication regarding race events and results are sent via e-mail to all interested people.
For more information visit www.rclaser.co.za