Membership at SMYRC
The Stirling Marblehead Yacht Racing Club
welcomes new members. While experience in sailing is an advantage,
many of our members have no background in sailing full sized yachts.
Others have sailing and racing experience in dinghies, trailerable yachts
and keelboats. Despite this disparity all our members are extremely
keen on sailing radio controlled yachts. The rules of sailing in RC
yachts is basically the same as in full sized ones with a few minor
variations. The 'blue
book' which is the controlling rules publication world wide has a
(Appendix E) outlining these minor differences. Click on the links
to view them.
The Stirling club races Marblehead RC yachts.
These are a class of yachts originally designed in USA in the 1930's.
They have changed a great deal since then and are sailed world wide.
They are defined by a
set of rules which basically specify the length (1275mm-1290mm), a
maximum depth of 700mm, a maximum sail area of 0.5161 sq m and a maximum
sail height of about 2060mm. Hull shape within a few limits is open to
experimentation though the current trend is towards quite narrow hulls.
Yachts can be purchased new,
second hand or the club boat may be borrowed while
a boat is organised. Many of the club members built their own yachts
or at least fit them out. There is a wealth of expertise that can be
shared to help new builders.
To join our club you need to complete a
membership form. This is available in three versions
On submitting the form it will be automatically e-mailed to the
secretary. You will receive a reply confirming the application
within a day or so,
word form document by
downloading it, completing the form and e-mailing it as an attachment to
the secretary -
club flyer which has an
application form as part of the document, print the form, complete it
and bring it to the lake on a Wednesday.
The club fees are currently $40 per annum due in
May each year. Some of this is sent to the state and national
bodies (currently $18) for registration and insurance. This amount remains
the same regardless of the timing of the initial membership application.
The club component of the fee (currently $22) is adjusted for membership
initiated in the second half of the year (currently $11). Members of
another club pay a fee of $22 to sail at our venue as well. This form
of membership is referred to as an associate member. Associate members
have all the rights of a full member. The associate membership fees is
adjusted for membership initiated in the second half of the year.
Any new membership must be agreed to by the
committee before becoming being formally accepted. Memberships are
renewed yearly subject to the same conditions.