Our Club Boats - The Victoria and ODOM

Because each class of boat has different characteristics and performance on the water, and so that all members have a common basis from which to sail and learn, we have chosen two standard One-Design Class club boats: the Victoria, and the ODOM. The club holds a Monthly Victoria Regatta and a Monthly ODOM Regatta, and since everyone racing in a regatta sails the same class of yacht, race outcomes tend to be determined by each skipper's skill and tactics; although, Luck sometimes plays a hand.

The Victoria Class, a scaled-down version of an America's Cup style yacht, was selected because of its durability, affordable price, and exceptional sailing performance. The Victoria's measurements are: Length - 30.7 inches, Mast Height - 42.8 inches, Sail Area - 433 square inches, Beam - 7.7 inches, and, by class rules, must have a minimum Racing Weight of 4.5 pounds. The Victoria is sold as a kit and may be purchased at HobbyTown USA in Longmont or on the Internet.  A two channel R/C Transmitter is required for controlling the sail and rudder poistioning servos (see 'IMPORTANT' note below).  The Victoria class is sanctioned by the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) and has very strong support at the national and international levels. In fact, the Victoria is one of the fastest growing classes within the AMYA.  Additional information for new Victoria boat owners, including tips and detailed recommendations for assembling the kit can be found at the official Victoria Class Website.

The ODOM (One-Design One Meter) Class is the club's higher performance class. The ODOM is somewhat larger than the Victoria. It is, as the name implies, one meter (39.37 inches) in length, has a beam of 8.25 inches, stands about 6 feet tall and has a minimum racing weight of 7 lbs. 6 oz. The ODOM class is also sanctioned by the AMYA. The ODOM can be only be purchased from GRP Model Yachts in Freedom, California.

IMPORTANT: Each boat must operate on a unique radio channel, so before ordering your boat, be sure to check with the HLMYC secretary so you can specify an R/C frequency when ordering that will not be in conflict with other members of the club.