A personal invitation from the Fleetwood club President.
Welcome to our “8 DAYS of A’S AT FLEETWOOD” event. By combining the Vane A Nationals week with the Radio A weekend Nationals, we’ve created an 8 day festival of A class model yacht racing for you all to enjoy. In this blog and on the Fleetwoodmy&pbc website, you’ll find history, picures, short youtube clips, for both the championships, Nor for both events, entry lists, entry forms, club details, accommodation details, in fact everything you need to get involved with this great event. If you’ve never raced an A class but you want to speak to us and if we can we’ll arrange it for you either by finding you a charter boat for the Radio event or by pairing you up with a Vane boat for the free sailing event. So get involved!! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!!!!!!!!!! Derek Priestley President Fleetwood MY & PBC
MYA British Open “A” Class Championship
(Vane A week) 27th July to 2nd August
The Scrutton Cup & the
Yachting Monthly Cup.
This is the 90th edition of this, the longest running International Model Yachting competition in the world, having started at Gosport in 1923 & apart from a break in the war years the event has been held alternately by Fleetwood & Gosport every year since 1933.
this event was the Model Yachting equivalent of the America’s cup (and gave the
Americans as much difficulty trying to win it as the Brits were having trying
to win the Americas Cup!!) and was a challenge in 1922 by British sailor Bill
Daniels, “to any model yachtsman from anywhere in the world to meet him in a
race or series of races” The first event was held at Gosport in 1923 and
attracted only 12 entries including 1 from Denmark.
these first events the British Empire Championship (for subjects of the British
Empire only) for the Scrutton Cup, was raced Sun – Friday followed by the
International challenge for the Yachting Monthly Cup.
the break for the War years the event re started in 1947 & the weeks race
for the Scrutton Cup was renamed the “All Nations Championship” and in 1948 the
event became “The British Open A class Championship” which it remains to this
day OPEN to any model yachtsman from anywhere.
then the event has been run annually alternating between Gosport &
Fleetwood clubs and this year we at Fleetwood are hosting it for the 42nd
the years until the mid to late 1970’s the race was considered to be the “World
Championship” of model yacht racing and entries reached a crescendo of 56 boats
in 1973 with some 8 countries represented. With such a large number of boats it
was impossible to complete the whole tournament, but after 6 days of racing the
winner with 133 points from a possible 135 was Chris Dicks of Clapham MYC with
a revolutionary new boat self built to his own design 7 called appropriately
From L to R. Jonnies Cup for most beats to windward. Wing & Wing cup for most runs downwind. Yachting Monthly Cup (was International trophy) Wednesday knockout event. Scrutton Cup for winner of main weeks regatta. Dennis Lippett cup for juniors.