International One Meter
This latest AMYA open design developmental class is really an old timer on the international scene. The overall length and maximum draft are identical to the AMYA US1M open class, but that is where the similarity ends.
The IOM has a minimum weight of 8.8 lb, a required removable keel at 5.5 lb, and a required bumper included in its 1 meter (39.4 inch) length. Three closely controlled suits of sails are allowed, the largest at over 800 sq. in. area.
This boat can be transported to water fully rigged in vehicles that have fold down rear seats. The close control of weight and sail rigs make this class sail much closer to being one design sailing than open class competition. This boat requires 18 inches of water to sail, and because of its long, deep keel is relatively sensitive to weedy water.
With a selection between three sets of sails and its stable 8.8 lb weight, this boat has a wind performance envelope of 0 to 20+ kts. As in other open design classes, the hull can be scratch built or obtained as molded fiberglass hulls from multiple manufacturers around the world. Investment, with a two (max) channel radio, starts at $400 for scratch built versions with two suits of sails. Most manufactured fiberglass hulls start above $500.
Want to try sailing an IOM?
Sail Old Pale Ale, our club IOM is reserved for visitors! It will show you in a few minutes that sailing these things is a lot of fun. OMYC brings Old Pale Ale to every meet for visitors to sail. Try it! You will soon see what fun radio controlled sailing can be.
Old Pale Ale was build by Herb Hosier and was donated to the club by Ron Blackledge. Other skippers donated sails, rigs, equipments and sweat to restore the boat and make it available to visitors to sail. If you want to try racing, this boat is as competitive as any boat in the fleet. Ron Blackledge, our IOM fleet captain, is the main contact person.
Call Ron at 503 231 7818 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him about trying the club boat at one of our meetings.