We hope the
following answers to FAQís will help those newcomers to radio sailing
who visit our site. If the answer to your question is not on
this page do not hesitate to contact the Association. Be
warned, radio sailing is addictive!
I want to get started in radio sailing, but
I am not certain how.
on this site, find your local club and pay
them a visit. Most of our members are only too happy to discuss
their sport with anyone wishing to take it up but remember if they are
concentrating on their racing, wait until the race has finished.
If you like what you see you may want to go to the next step and get a
What class of yacht is the best to get?
out what class or classes your local club sails. Each of the
classes we sail is described on the
page. There is little point in buying a One Meter for example if
your club only sails Marbleheads or vice
versa. Often the lower cost alternative is recommended for
beginners but if you have a competitive nature you may tire quickly of
following the fleet home, so there is no one answer
to this question, generally you should buy the best you are able to
I have decided on a class, how much will I
need to pay and how will I know if the boat is any good?
some classes an average club boat can
be had for around $600 complete, but donít expect it to be a winner. You
will see boats for which the asking price comes as a shock to the
uninitiated, these will generally be of exotic construction with
a range of rigs for varying conditions and be a proven performer.
Check with your club, they will have a listing of the boats for sale
locally and may be able to offer advice on these. If a boat has
been lying in someoneís garage for a few years it may not have a
certificate. Check that the boat still complies with the class
What other things need I consider?
clubs allocate members a permanent radio frequency,
will need to check with the Secretary to see what frequencies are
available to you. This will be a consideration whether you are
buying a yacht complete with radio equipment or need to buy this
separately. In Australia, frequency bands 27MHz, 29MHz, most of
the 36MHz and some of the 40MHz band are approved for the operation of
Q. There isnít a club close
by, so a group of us would like to start one up.
State Radio Yachting body
who will be happy to provide advice
setting up. There are some requirements for affiliation and these
will be found in the
ARYA is an incorporated body and included in club and member benefits
are National public liability cover and an informative newsletter.