14 Countries from all over the world are heading to Quad Park's Lake Kawana to participate in
THE GROVE FRUIT JUICE 2005 IOM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
SEPTEMBER 15TH - 24TH
The Grove Fruit Juice 2005 World Championship for the International One Meter Class (IOM) of radio controlled yachts is to be hosted by the Mooloolaba Radio Yacht Club on Quad Park's Lake Kawana on the Sunshine Coast over the period 15th to 24th September. This is the first time the Championship has been held in Australia and has attracted the maximum field of 84 yachts representing Australia, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain and USA.
The event will be sailed under the same rules as full size craft, with minor amendments to allow for the skipper not being on the boat and controlled by a race committee and six International Judges.
The International One Meter Class (IOM) is the smallest of the International Classes and is the fastest growing class both in Australia and Internationally with 810 boats currently registered in Australia and 110 new boats being registered last year. As its name suggests it is one meter in overall length and has a minimum weight of 4 Kg. The class is rigidly controlled and has three rigs of sails to suit the differing breezes, allowing it to be sailed in any conditions likely to be experienced.
The technical goal of the IOM Class is above all to allow everyone to sail an International Class at low cost, in other words to remain accessible to most of us.
The eighty-four competitors from fourteen countries include most of the best radio sailors in the world including the current world champion Trevor Binks of Great Britain and all previous world champions, Graham Bantock Great Britain 1994,1999, Craig Smith Australia 1997 and Martin Roberts Great Britain 2001.
Australia ranks highly in the IOM Class with Australian skippers all sailing locally designed and built boats being placed second, third, fourth and tenth at the last world championship. The top Australian prospects include Craig Smith, a former world champion with an America's Cup background and builder of the TS2 IOM, Paul Jones the current Australian champion and former 16 ft skiff champion, Brad Gibson, designer of the successful Disco IOM and former dinghy champion and 18ft skiff sailor and Greg Torpy a local Sunshine Coast sailor is an ex Olympian and forward hand on the current world champion Etchells.
Sailing courses will be arranged on Quad Parks specialized water sport Lake Kawana. Quad Park at Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast with excellent spectator viewing of the event. (Sunshine Coast UBD Map 90 Ref 9G.)
The event will be run over the period 15th to 24th September with practice and measuring on the 15th and 16th and racing from 17th to 24th with racing between 0930 and 1700 each day. Each race will be run in five heats (20 boats per heat) with the best four placed boats being promoted to the next heat and the last four relegated.
A web site has been established at http://www.rcyachts.net/iomworlds and this will provide complete detailed information including race reports and results of each day racing posted promptly each evening.
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