FOOTY Class R/C Sailboat
Official Class Association of IFCA
December 17, 2008
Voting results for proposed rule changes
Adopted by the International Committee as having been properly conducted.
(To see the seven page ballot, click here
||set of rigs
||change of sail area
||3 set of rigs
||3 set with limits
||2 rigs no 305 mm limit
November 14, 2008
Ballot for proposed rule changes
Registered Footy skippers should be getting email from their national registrars
concerning proposed changes to rules defining the Footy class. A
seven page PDF
file describes the
various proposals in detail. Skippers should reply to their registrar's email
with a simple text message with the ballot item numbers and a "yes"/"no" vote
beside each. Responses must be received by Dec. 7th, so if you don't hear from
your registrar soon, go ahead and email him with your votes anyway. The email
addresses of the registrars are on the Register
of this website.
October 11, 2008
2008 Chris Dicks Design Competition
The rules for the 2008 Chris Dicks Design Competition have been released.
to see their
announcement as a PDF file. Although primarily a UK event, the results are
always interesting and we usually get some pictures.
August 26, 2008
Position of current rule update requests
The Tech Committee has now been seized of these requests for almost 12 months.
One member of the committee is actually suggesting that we defer any decision
until after the 2009-2012 updates to the ISAF rules have been published. Many
may consider it quite laughable that anyone should believe that changes in the
ERS might have any effect on the measurement of Footys, particularly since the
only bits of ERS that are used are low-level (and therefore presumptively
stable) definitions. One is left with a nasty suspicion that, come 2009, it
might seem a good idea to put consideration of changes back to Preston Guild
This is getting silly. Attempts have been made to nudge the process along, but I
must confess that they have not been very energetic: waiting until after
Birkenhead/Liverpool, which marked a step forward in Footys as a world class,
was over and done with did seem like a good idea – and did provide some valuable
insights. Since there is now quite serious (and justifiable) unrest among active
Footy sailors, I have taken the bull by the horns and written to Bill Hagerup as
chairman of the Tech Committee as follows:
I am instructed by my Committee to write to you as follows.
You have had about 12 months to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed rule
It is not the function of your team to change the rule - that is the job of the
We are therefore instructing you to come up with either a clear recommendation
where you have a degree of unanimity or else a brief reasoned case in favour of
each of the available options.
We expect to have the results of your deliberations by 7 September 2008.
I would remind you that motions of the tech team are by a simple majority of votes.
Footy Class International Committee
Bill has signified that this deadline will be met.
I must confess that I had forgotten that the matter of ‘racing trim’ has
actually been properly dealt with 18 months ago (a long time in Footy terms).
See Clarifications . Nonetheless, I
have requested the Tech Committee to draft a clarification on the position of
the height of the hull in the box. I think this is implicitly defined, but it
could be made clearer. In general terms, I would commend Keven Jackson’s very
lucid explanation. It is not official, and I have not read it with a lawyer’s
eye, but it seems to be a good commonsense guide.
THE SECOND POINT.
I would be the first to agree that the committee (which controls, hires and
fires the tech committee and is therefore ultimately been responsible for its
doings) has been remiss in not prosecuting these matters more diligently. There
are always excuses (some of them quite good ones) but the fact remains that
performance has not been up to scratch. The committee is appointed by members in
each country, so if you want to fire the committee, do it through your own local
class organisation. But remember that the grass is always greener on the other
side of the fence and you will need a replacement who will do the job better.
However, I will do my best to ensure that matters are processed much more
quickly. The last changes to the technical and administrative rules were made in
response to some perfectly fair (if very bluntly put) complaints by John
"Waboats" and were made very quickly. We were accused in some quarters of acting
out of panic – and there may be a grain of truth in this: John is a fearsome
opponent when roused – but there was a sincere desire that the management of the
class be transparent and visibly efficient.
That desire remains. If you have questions or want changes, talk initially to
your national registrar, who is your representative on the International
Committee. Note that in the USA this is John Amoroso, NOT Bill Hagerup. Anything
that is urgent for any reason will be dealt with urgently and be subject to an
official interpretation. Please do not expect ‘it would be nice if’ suggestions
for changes (as opposed to clarifications) to be dealt with at the drop of a
hat. No matter how dear your idea may be to you (and no matter how good it is),
there are other considerations such as rule stability and how often members want
to be balloted that must be borne in mind.
Many if not all of the more heated debates in this forum and in RCSailing have
been driven by outsiders who do not have and probably never intend having a
Footy but who enjoy a little sea-lawyering. I entirely appreciate that the
protagonists in this debate are all active and committed Footy owners. You may
be trying to twist the rule to your advantage (a perfectly legitimate desire),
but it is a genuine debate which I promise you will receive the proper attention
OK. So how do I do as a stand in for Tony Blair or Bill Clinton?? ;-)
July 21, 2008
AMYA magazine features Footys!
Issue No. 152 (Summer 2008) of the official AMYA magazine "Model Yachting" has
been released here in the USA. This issue is devoted exclusively to Footys. From
the list of articles below you can see the rich content of this issue:
- Introducing the Footy Class
- Fascinating Footys
- Footy Design Trends
- A Perfect Footy Stand
- Birth of the American Footy
- Evolution of a Footy
- Building the 507
- The McRig UnaRig, a Footy Original
- The McCormack Rig (McRig)
- Building Cobra Mk2
- Getting the Most from Your V-12
- Can Footys Handle Big Wind?
- That's a Long Way for a Footy
Non AMYA-members can order copies through the AMYA Ship's
Store. Cost is $7 US plus shipping. This is a great resource and all
non-AMYA Footy skippers should get a hold of a copy!
June 10, 2008
Euro GP in Liverpool is ON!
Anug Richardson (back from hospital!) reports: "The Euro GP in Liverpool is
going ahead as planned and last minute entries are pouring in. We have entries
from the USA, Sweden, South Africa and Italy and may end up with as many as 30
Bill Hagerup (US Class secretary) is coming. He and I are taking the Monday off
to look at narrow gauge steam trains." Their Notice of Race
June 09, 2008
Site Seeing: Burton Model Boat Club
The Burton Model Boat Club in the UK has a good looking website. Check it out at
Under the "Footy Racing Reports" tab they've got a nice-looking page on their
various Footy races. They just held their May Footy open, with another scheduled
for June 28th at Branston.
your link if you have a
nice club website!
May 24, 2008
Liverpool Symposium canceled
Due in large part to Angus Richardson's serious illness, the Liverpool Symposium
scheduled for July 5-7 has been canceled. Russell Potts and other volunteers
attempted to carry on, but decided there were just not enough committed
attendees. As of this time Footy Euro GP is still scheduled.
April 27, 2008
Liverpool Symposium and Euro GP Scheduled
The International Footy Symposium
is scheduled for July 5-7th in
registration and accommodation information, see their Event Outline and Order Form
. A Provisional Programme
has been released.
In conjunction with the symposium, the Birkenhead MYC will be holding the "Euro
GP" on July 5-6. Their Notice of Race
contains all the details.
March 31, 2008
"Cobra" plans posted to website!
Bill Hagerup has donated his plans for the "Cobra" hull to the Footy website.
You can download it from the Plans
page. Thanks Bill!