“ These PYC model yachts, it seems, were intended just to test the fun factor in sailing.  Can one enjoy the same range of thrills watching and remotely controlling a 40-foot boat as one can on the foredeck or in the cockpit of a real boat?  Testing is ongoing.” Pequot Pilot,
May, 2008


 
 

 The Tide Mill Challenge

 

Pond Yachts

genesis

Some refer to them as 'little boats' and others, as "RC's' or remote controlled.  Either way they are the Independence Fleet at PYC.   It all began in 2007 when a model boat-building class was organized over the winter.  The class met on the second floor of the (chilly) Junior Clubhouse.  Under the watchful eyes of our in house master shipwright, a fleet of ten 43-inch boats (about one-sixteenth the size of a "real" yacht) were constructed. 

Today the fleet numbers 29 and holds two yearly regattas, the Tide Mill Challenge and the Hoyt O. Perry Independence Regatta, and is a sanctioned AMYA class administered by the Independence Yacht Class-Owners Association.


calendar preview

Wednesday, May 24
I-18 May Series
June Wednesday Race #3
 Wednesday Night Supper
Thursday, May 25
Fairfield Prep Sailing Banquet
Friday, May 26
US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course
Block Island Race-Start
Saturday, May 27
US Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course
I-18 Holiday Series B Division
Memorial Day Series