East Coast 12 Australia - RC Sailing
Welcome one and all; this is the first in a series of posts highlighting the sailing activities of our East Coast 12 (EC12) RC yachts. The EC12 class, in conjunction with other International classes, is controlled in Australia by our national organisation known as the "Australian Radio Yachting Association" (ARYA), it is through their management that allows the class to grow, prosper and compete from local club level through to State and National championships.
The class originated from an American test tank model of the older full keel America's Cup boats and from there has grown to become one of the largest classes of Model Yacht sailing throughout America. Australia's involvement stems back to the early seventies when a number of interested and likeminded enthusiasts (based in Sydney, NSW) made the decision to take up the challenge and subsequently imported a number of Dumas design EC12's. As a result, new friendships were formed with their American counterparts and it wasn't long before the Aussie's made the journey to America to compete in a major event known as the Morgan Black.
Thanks to the foresight of those Australian EC12 pioneers, the class has grown significantly and is now particularly strong on the Eastern Coast of Australia with smaller numbers being found in almost every State and Territory. Further information may be gain from accessing the following links: http://www.ec12.org/ & http://www.floridaec12.com/about.html & http://www.ec12.co.nz/index.html
Australian EC12 class owners are currently represented by an ARYA National Class Coordinator (NCC), while the role is not an executive position, the incumbent is required to uphold specific responsibilities governed by the By-Laws contained in the ARYA Constitution. For 2012, the NCC is Colin Durran; Colin has an extensive sailing background from Dinghies through to a number of larger classes. Colin also served with the Royal Australian Navy for many years and finally put his roots down in the ACT on completion of Navy Service.
Today Colin runs his own business and dedicates much of his leisure time to sailing his EC12. Colinís has placed emphasis on introducing new ideas for the class with a view to extending the friendship and camaraderie experienced by many class owners.
You are invited to join in discussions, put forward your ideas, ask questions or just drop in and say hello, you will be most welcome.
Colin welcomes all enquiries and invites your contact vide: Colin Durran email@example.com
More to follow,
So, how does one become involved with the EC12 class? The usual starting point is to visit a Radio Sailing club in your respective area; there you will be made welcome by participating skippers who will be only too pleased to talk about their boats, regardless of the class being raced on the day. You will find the majority of Clubs have a vast network of contacts and will be able to steer you in the right direction.
The ARYA operate an extensive website complete with links to each State and Territory website, from these you will be able to locate and contact the local club/s nearest you: http://www.radiosailing.org.au/
For those interested in purchasing a boat, the ARYA website has a “For Sale” section which is always a good starting point; other alternatives include checking with skippers at a local club; contacting our NCC Colin Durran firstname.lastname@example.org ; check for sale sections in trading posts and major news papers and there is always E-Bay.
Production of EC12’s in Australia is controlled by the ARYA through their National Technical Officer who is responsible for class rules, associated amendments, approved Moulds and appointment of authorised builders to name but a few. This process maintains the purity of a One Design class boat.
In addition to Australian suppliers, an increasing number of EC12 enthusiasts import new hulls from NZ http://www.ec12.co.nz/index.html or the USA http://www.ec12.org/ .
More to follow and thanks for your interest,
Last edited by Viking50; May 11, 2012 at 07:10 PM. Reason: Deletion
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