A BRIEF HISTORY OF MODEL YACHT RACING IN SOUTH AFRICA
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE HISTORY OF SA MODEL YACHTING
1975 The first S.A. National Radio control yacht championships were held at "Nema Lake" near Midrand and thereafter rotated annually between the Provinces. Keith Mackey donated a magnificent trophy for an annual interprovincial event The first of which was held in Durban in December of 1975 and has been held annually since.
Roy Reynolds and Bill van Zyl were chosen to represent South Africa at the first International Radio Controlled R10r and Marblehead event held in Gosport, England.
1978 The World R10r and RM and combined S.A. Nationals were hosted by the Durban Model Yacht Club.
1979 The Nation Championships were held in Cape Town for their first time.
A South African team consisting of Keith Gerson, Brian Rich, Mike De Lange and Garth Thompson went to England to compete in the European Radio Control Marblehead and R10r class Championships and "A" class International and British vane championships, for which they were all awarded Springbok Colours.
Brian Rich died in 1982 after a short illness.
1980 World RM R10r championships in Ottawa, Canada.
1981 Radio yachting event held in Durban as part of S.A.Games
1982 The RM and R10r world Championships took place in Dunkirk, France. S.A.
1982 Geoff. Mundy and Peter Marklew represented South Africa at the RM and R10r world Championships in the USA.
1985 Both Bill Reynolds and Keith Mackey, founder members of the Association, passed away. This was a huge loss to Radio Sailing.
1986 RM worlds Held at Fleetwood in the U.K. S.A. was not represented as we were banned from international sailing at that time
1987 R10r world Championships held in Gothenberg, Sweden
The Bill Reynolds R10r Inter provincial trophy race was introduced to be sailed annually rotating between provinces and consisting of two skippers from each province.
1988 RM and R10r world Championships held in Berlin
1990 RM World Championships held at Fleetwood. S.A Banned from all International yachting
1991 The National Championships were held in Bethlehem at Loch Athlone for the first time
1992 RM world Championships held in New York
Peter Simons(27) Goeff Mundy(61) Eric Stone(63) Gerry Norris(64)
1993 The National Championships were held in Port Elizabeth for the first time
1993 R10r World Championships held in Australia. SA represented by John McKerchar
1994 One Metre World Championships held in Australia
RM World Championships held at ZeekoeVlei, Cape Town
1996 RM World Championships held in Melbourne, Australia
1997 One Metre World Championships held in Wellington, New Zealand
1998 RM World Championships held in Paris, France. BarryLoubser was first to receive SAS colours.
1999 R10r World Championships held in Singapore. SA represented again by John Mckerchar
1999 IOM world Championships held in Malta
2000 RM World Championships held in Spain. Des Fairbank and Mickey Schierhout get SAS colours.
2002 IOM European Championships. SA represented by Peter Simons, Norrie Taylor and Sheldon McGlone
2004 RCL UK Open Nationals. Won by Des Fairbank
2005 IOM World Championships in Brisbane. SA Represented by DesFairbank and Simon Clarke
2007 IOM World Championships in France. SA represented by DesFairbank and Simon Clarke
2009 IOM World Championships in Barbados. SA represented by Simon Clarke