Majestic because they react like big boats - they are also one of the biggest RC class out there. They can measure up to 2m and have their mast up 2.5m high. They have a rather short draft and that is not a bad thing - it enables owners to sail their boats in shallow ponds. Typically you can sail an A-Class where ever you can sail an IOM which is only 1m in length. The A-Class boats size may vary as their class rules take into account length, weight, sail area so all A-Class can sail competitively together.
You may think that their small keel is an inherence to their performance as I thought so too but you’d be wrong. I have seen one sailing, they are very graceful and fast for their displacement. Watch the video of Brian’s A-class in the gallery to see by yourself - hardly a ripple on the water yet she moves like by magic.
Since mid 2015 I am the proud owner of a Sweet 9 which is the last evolution of a series inspired from the Smile design from Roger Stollery. This design is doing well in the hands of Peter Wiles and is very competitive against other designs like the Swords, Gunboat, UFO, hardtack, or the latest Sir Percy design.
I have sailed her once so far when I took delivery in the UK but I took it easy as the feeling is quite different from IOM or other RC sailing boats I sailed before. She feels like a full size boat. Try to bare away without sheeting out first and you’ll find out quickly that’s not gonna happen.
Now I have started restoring her. I gutted all the electrics and fitting and sanded her to the primer. Now I am strengthening her deck before I repaint her and fit new fittings and electrics.
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Go back a few years, a few more, and a little more. Almost there ! Before the time of electronics this majestic class was born, and with no electrics these boats or rather their owners of the time took advantage of the wind to steer them. They used a rudder system with a vane on deck to steer the boat. They launched the boat at one end of the pond and collected them at the other end. The vane allowed the boat to stay on track in the puffs and lulls.
Even after the radio system was introduced they continued as a non radio control class. They eventually even fitted these boats with a spinnaker, yes a fully working spinnaker - set ashore.
From it’s establishment in the early 1920’s to now the class has evolved and now you can race them as a vane boat or as a radio controlled class.