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 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