victoria newbies

this will be my first year racing my vic, i was wondering what advice you guys had for me and other people with vic’s as their first boats.
first: mast head or frac rigged?

second: mast material

third: jib club set up (how far back should the attatchment point go)

fourth: servo

fifth: random advice

for starters i used the stock bottom piece and a piece of flexible graphite for the top section of my mast, i find that with the top as flexible as it is, and using three stays it produces unmatched tuning ability, i don’t really have anything past that. i also know about the vic resource center but i thought this might help people too because the resource center is kinda barren on certain topics.

i love tinkering with these boats it takes up time i’m sure my girfreind is going to hate it soon

Best thing I can say is follow these two links
Victoria forum
lots of good info and links

Okanagan Yatch Club
Great site has a step by step construction manual on line

Can use the frac rig best check it out at the amya site. for the Vic rules

Servos I used a Hitec HS715bb for the sails and a hitec hs311
Servos seem to be a big option between sailors, some go heavy duty others go mid range. Best to ask around and see what the guys use in your area.

By the way where in the world are you??


Here is a link to some good Victoria information:
On the right hand side click on Library
Click on “Sailboat Building”
Scroll down to “Building a Victoria”
I have said it before: “You could spend days reading all the information in the library”

Seawind #80

The two new Vic skippers in our club I think are using Futaba S3802 winches. Craig Mackey, the current national champ apparently uses that servo, as well as many of those racing in that event.

I’m using a Hitec 605BB, which is adequate, though not a powerhouse. I would think that the 715BB, while more than powerful enough is a little bit overkill. It’s also considerably heavier and has a bigger profile (case) than the 3802 I believe. Weight is an important consideration when building your Vic, and buying the most powerful lb. for lb. and lightest servo possible is a good idea. I’m still learning about all this, but this is what I gather in my few months of picking many skipper’s brains about this stuff.


Air Capitol Model Sailing Club

I neglected to tell everyone…

The Vic class has a nice Yahoo discussion group that is very helpful. I don’t know if you have to be a class member or not, but it’s moderated by the Victoria Class Secretary. I highly recommend anyone who wants more info on how to build these boats to visit that group.

Good luck and happy sailing!

Air Capitol Model Sailing Club

any one with a vic know the best place to put the pivot of the jib boom? just wondering

i love tinkering with these boats it takes up time i’m sure my girfreind is going to hate it soon

As Greg did tell me: @ 25% from the front mark!
check this post for more infos about rigging


if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!

hitec digital servo, i bought one and tested it out in wind that put the tip of my mast on the water, pulled in every time, no problem:)

i love tinkering with these boats it takes up time i’m sure my girfreind is going to hate it soon

I read that the digital servos are supposed to get hot. Is that true?

I don’t use a Futaba winch. I use a Hitec 645MG for my sail winch.