“ 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

Saturday, June 24
Blessing of the Fleet
I-18 Racing Clinic
 Round the Buoys
Sunday, June 25
Junior Program Rigging Day and Swim Test
America's Cup Viewing Plus Commentary by Dave Perry
I-18 Sunday Series
Big Boat Day Race #2
Junior Program Commissioning
Monday, June 26
Junior Program Session 1 starts