2015 Model Yacht Regatta at Mystic Seaport

Model Boats of The Santa Barbara Class: Photo by Mark Baldacchino
Model Boats of The Santa Barbara Class: Photo by Mark Baldacchino

Mystic Seaport will host Model Yacht Racing August 7-9. The J Class and the East Coast 12 Meter class will once 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.

J Class

Mystic Race Week kicks off with the J Class Region 1 Championships on Friday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m. These boats are scale replicas of the full-size J class yachts that competed for the America’s Cup from 1930 through 1937. The models are the largest recognized class in the AMYA with the hulls ranging from 7’ to 9’ in length and weighing between 65 and 90 pounds, which makes for some exciting racing. The models carry from 3,500 to 4,500 square inches of sail on masts ranging from 8’ to 10’ in height. The difference 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’ in length and had a waterline length of between 65’ and 87’. They carried a crew of about 35.

East Coast 12 Meter Class

Mystic Seaport will once again host the EC12 Meter Class Region 1 Championships. Last year the fleet swelled to 19 boats and as many are expected this year. These boats are scale replicas of the 12 Meter Columbia, which was the first 12 Meter in this class built in the USA. She competed and won the Cup in 1958. The scale counterparts are just under 60” long and carry 1,300 square inches of sail area with a rig that towers 6’ off the deck. The Northeast is home to a number of these models and the fleet continues to grow. With more than 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.