The Footy is...|
... a very small radio-control sailboat whose length is a mere 12 inches (30.5 cm). The hull can be made from a fiberglass mold or simply with thin sheets of plywood fitted together. Two servos are used, one to control the sail and one for the rudder. Some plans are availble for sale, some for free. Links may be found on the Plans page.
To keep competition keen, the Footy designers have proposed a set of rules to keep all the boats similar to a certain degree. Visit the Rules page for details.
There is an active and growing community of Footy sailors in New Zealand, the U.K., Germany and the USA. In the USA it is now an official AMYA class. Read the IFCA Charter here.
We hope that this website will help focus these efforts both in the USA and abroad. Please contact the webmaster (see below) if you have any material you'd like to contribute to the site!
The Footy Registrar for Poland, Pawel Dejnak, is preparing a Footy calendar for 2018. No, it's not a list of Footy events, but 12 handsome pictures of Footys in the more typical wall calendar format. If you're in Europe and wish to enquire about buying a paper copy, contact Pawel at firstname.lastname@example.org". But he has graciously offered electronic versions of January & February for you to download. As Pawel himself says:
I am convinced that making them available (maybe even the return of photos to
the Model Yachting magazine cover...?) would motivate other skippers to be more
active - in promoting this class of models too (maybe in the future would create
other national calendars, gadgets, T-shirts, etc ...?).
Although it is not often seen in regattas, it has already demonstrated very good nautical properties, giving its constructor a place on the national podium. It is worth remembering the author - probably we will see more than once interesting solutions and his photos from model shipyard.
This photo (just like the whole e-calendar) is prepared in A4 (+ 3mm offset), 200 dpi resolution.
You can use them for printing on a home printer in a quite decent quality.
Click any image to download the full-size copy. And if this seems a little late to post a January calendar, blame the editor (me!) not Pawel!
Last updated February 13, 2018