FOOTY Class R/C Sailboat
Official Class Association of IFCA
December 21, 2016
Niels Looff's "Easy III" and an Optimist Dinghy replica
Niels Looff from Hannover/Germany has sent us a note and pictures of his two
"The yellow one is a 2014 plan-built "Easy III" but with removable keelfin. This
is very good for packing and traveling. I took it with me several times on
vacation in my suitcase while flying by plane. The whole sailing gear is just
under 1,5kg. I have always been allowed to sail the hotel pool in quieter hours.
Once I tried the Atlantic Ocean but the saltwater has eaten the contact pins of
the switch, apart from that all worked well and the tiny boat could handle the
waves pretty well."
"The white one is a scaled down Optimist Dinghy from 2015, quite similar to the
one I sailed on my own when I was young. Therefore it's given G-7223, my own
reg-nr from those days. I adapted the original measurements with longer fin and
bigger rudder for scale performance but fitting to Footy-Rules.
I also made a special rig, creating the illusion of a scale Optimist rig/sail
but having more area, approx equal to EasyIII.
This hull does perform just OK, but not as good as the EasyIII, therefor I
prefer the EasyIII from 1-6Bft with several rigs."
See more pictures of Niels' boats in the PHOTOS section of the website.
Why not send me stories about YOUR
May 31, 2015
Photos from Sébastien Gagnon of Québec Canada
Sébastien has sent a lot of nice photos of his building process for a couple of
Footys. He begins with making his own fiberglass hulls along the lines of a
Razor 3. He also casts his own keel weights using a wooden original he turned on
his lathe. I've placed several pictures in the Gallery, but here is a montage of
some of the others he sent. If you'd like to see the whole process, visit his Flickr
November 22, 2013
AMYA magazine features Footy class
The current issue of the AMYA's Model Yachting
magazine #174 is entirely
devoted to the Footy class. Here is the table of contents:
- Introducing the Footy Class, by Bill Hagerup.
- Fascinating Footys, by Scott Spacie.
- A Footy Fanatic - the Wife's View, by Sheila Ryan.
- Building a Cheap, Simple Competitive Rig, by Bill Hagerup.
- Building the Back Bay Footy, by Bill Hagerup.
- Footy Vacation Cartoon, by Ralph Kanko.
- High-tech Hull Plugs using CAD and CAM, by Craig Huzway.
- Building HalfPint Too, by Bill Hagerup.
- SF Footy Program Inspires Young Sailors, by Bob Heacock.
- A Free-sailing Footy for Young Skippers, by Mark Whitehead.
- Creative Thinking Inside the Box, by Niel Goodrich.
- Building a Footy Cassette, by Peter Jackson.
- Building the Puma 305, by Paul Risdale.
- A Soft-sail Swing Rig, by Roger Stollery.
- SliM Footy-Winner of the 2013 Gold Cup, by Phil Tyler.
- Red TYDE, by Nathan Titcomb.
- Footy Kits, Compiled by Peter Shepherd.
- With a Little Help from my Friends, by Bill Hagerup.
June 14, 2013
June 2013 Website update
Since my last update, the Footy 507 has gone on sale in Australia, there's more
on the LINKS page, or visit his gospectre website
We are pleased to welcome several new registrars:
- Canada: Bruce Grainger
- France: Jean-François Bessière
- S. Africa: Gavin Katts
- Slovenia: Eric Jankovic
- UK: Peter Jackson
In the PHOTOS section we have a number of new additions:
- Chris Mancini's free-sailing Footy prototype for a youth program at the
Center for Wooden Boats.
- Jim Knorr sends photos of 3 boats built from free plans.
- "Karo" from Erik Jankovic (more info in his blog
Peter Henderson sends the latest info on his "1299". Find it on the LINKS page
or Click here.
And finally, be sure to visit Erik
Jankovic's Footy blog
July 20, 2012
July 2012 updates
Our Portugal Footy register has moved away and has left a vacancy. Any
volunteers in Portugal to take on the job? For France, Christophe Klein takes
over from Gilbert Pétin for boat registrations. Many thanks to Antonio and
Gilbert for your good work.
The IFCA Executive Committee has sent us a revised IFCA Charter. You'll find a
link at the bottom of the REGISTER page. This charter is mostly concerned with
rules governing the administration of the association, not the rules for boat
Peter Shephard sends us a link to his new Footy Website in the UK. You'll find
it on the LINKS page.
Pawel Dejnak sends along links to a Polish website, with temporary pages for
Czech and Slovenia skippers. Pawel also provided me with a great many photos. I
have put his
group photo of skippers to the Euro GP 2010 on the homepage, and added three
photos from the 2012 Polish Footy championships to the PHOTOS page. I'm saving
the rest of his photos for later.
On the PHOTOS page you will also find Mike Bayard's "3-Footy", Rodney Horsfal's
boat, Jim Knorr's boat, Dieter Schmitz's three Swiss Footys and lastly Thomas
Thomas is measuring his boat's receiver battery with a fancy HiTech iView
January 29, 2012
January 2012 Updates
We now have a French footy website link on the LINKS page.
Wayne Russell's bottle yacht appears in the PHOTOS sections and a link off the
Marcus Wahlin hopes to offer plans for his Breithorn soon, but plans for the
sail rig are available now for five Swiss francs (about $5). Look under "Kit
Sources" on the LINKS page.
Novrizal Herdananto from Indonesia sends photos of his first Footy. Tony Ashdon
sends photos of his WoodenBoat Store plans boat (the design is called Brando).
By coincidence, I have also heard from Brando's designer, Flavio Faloci. He
sends pictures of his Presto design as well as many more pictures from the
Italian fleet. See the LINKS page for a URL or just visit woodenboatstore.com
and search for Footy. They also carry a book Flavio wrote on building Presto as
well as a kit.
Flavio has also created a new Italian Footy website (see the LINKS page).
Bill Hagerup has sent me a rule clarification for Footys, affecting above deck
brackets for routing the sheet. There's a link at the top of the TECHNICAL page.
And lastly Brazil's Frederico Schmidt Filho has created an English language blog
on Footy design. Look under "Blogs" on the LINKS page.
September 20, 2011
Recent updates to this site
In the PLANS section we have information on Bill Hagerup's new Ranger. It
includes links to discussion threads and rough-drawn plans. This boat was
recently featured in the AMYA magazine, MODEL YACHTING (Spring 2011, No. 163).
On the LINKS page you'll find a link to "le blog footy-fr". This was set up by
our French registrar Gilbert Petin. All in French!
Thorsten Hochstadt sent us a photo of his boat with a sardine-like keel weight.
See it in the PHOTOS section.
Peter Henderson has sent us information and links on his vacuum form Footy, the
"1299". You'll find information on the LINKS page, and the ARTICLES page. There
are also photos on the PHOTOS pages. The article has lots of interesting details
about assembling the boat from a sheet of molded styrene. He sells the sheets
for 35 pounds in the UK.
We are delighted to welcome new Registrars: Eduardo Ramos for Argentina, Harald
Klein for Austria, and Maximiliab Eder for Ecuador.
And lastly, Marcus Wahlin sends us news that his "Breithorn" Footy will soon be
available. See the link on the LINKS page.
May 16, 2011
Recent updates to this site
On the LINKS page we've added Andy Stone's blog about his youth
group's boatbuilding project. You'll also find some photos of the
results in the PHOTOS pages.
Also in the PHOTOS pages, Demura sends a photo of his Footy's launching
ceremony from Japan and another of a boat under construction. After the
earthquake he sent a peaceful scene of a boat and cherry blossoms.
You'll also find photos of Thorsten Hochstadt's ESP 1, and a boat from China.
In the RACING section you'll find the complete 2011 UK Calendar.
On the RULES page you'll find a link to Thorsten Hochstadt's Footy box plans,
with Peter Schueller's accompanying diagrams.
Thomas Grimm has volunteered to act as registrar for Belgium. Olivier de Tauzia
is transferring the job of the French registrar to Gilbert Pétin. Many thanks to
Olivier for his past work as registrar!
April 08, 2011
UK's Angus Richardson dies
Barry Philips sends this sad news:
It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that Angus Richardson has
passed away peacefully at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Angus died 04:30hrs on 6 April at Wrexham Maelor Hospital where he was being
treated for a urine infection. In the end it was Acute Kidney failure and Pneumonia.
The funeral is on for Friday next week 11:00am at Bangor crematorium and after a
pub named The Abbeyfield Hotel in Tal-y-Bont. LL57 3UR.
Angus was a major force in the development of both this website and UK Footy
scene. He will be sorely missed.
Read the complete obituary here.
January 11, 2011
In the Photos
section Andy Stone
has sent photos of
his Papaya 3 with a Bermudan rig and cabin. Kevin Gault
sent a photo of his
modified Kittiwake kit. We also have shot of Scott Wallis
' Razor 3 made up
In other updates, Thomas Grimm has contributed a nice article in German
We have two new country registrars: Thorsten Hochstadt for Spain, Fred
for Brazil. Fred also has a blog, the address is on the Links page.
Thanks to all these folks who've contributed to keeping the Footy class active!