I am happy to give notice that few days ago ( sunday 15 march 2009 ) , for the very first time a footy race has been held in Italy.
Vercelli model yacht club , very kindly agreed to add to their race calendar our small boats , and most probably other clubs in the north of Italy will follow the wake soon.
Even if the race has been almost symbolic ( three footys only ) , “marketing” effect has been very succesful due to the fact that the race has been held within a mixed regatta of other model yacht classes.
Interest to these " slipper boats" from many high level modeller has been very high, and many of them have been really surprised to see under their noses that so small hulls are able to sail fast, and point high.
Among many top modellers, there was also the very famous Claudio Vigada, designer and builder of the 1:10 model americas cup winner, as well currently holder of guinnes record for greatest distance sailed by a rc model : 157 km ( 97 miles ! ).
Sunny weather, light wind, very good lunch ( cake and coffe included ! ) and many good bottles of red wine helped to “lubricate” discussions, questions and proposals.
A smart race officer ( thank you Teddy ! ) after initial starts, very kindly allowed us to race on smaller racing area.
During the morning due to the fact that we have been racing among 1m model, our models were almost out of sight when rounding windward buoy.
One of the partecipants - Livio Rovaretto - showed us his “secret weapon” to overcome the problem : an “eye booster cap” ( see attached picture )
Livio is also the proud designer and builder of “Lory” a fiberglass footy.
Simon Hancock , a professional yacht captain currently living here, showed us a very well built kittywake “Panda 4x4”
All, considered, a very pleasant day, and - I hope - the first of many other future events …