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    Default 2007 M Class Model Yacht Championship

    Press Release

    2007 VINTAGE M 50-800 MODEL YACHT CHAMPIONSHIP
    “Celebrating 75 Years of the Marblehead 50-800 Class”

    Overview

    The US Vintage Model Yacht Group (US VMYG) and Marblehead Model Yacht Club (MMYC) are collaborating on a unique model yachting event in August. With pre-1972 vintage sailing models, this special regatta will recognize the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Marblehead 50-800 (M) model design as an US national class in 1932. It will include a formal display documenting the history of the M 50-800. Also, the event is being staged at the historic venue of Redd’s Pond in Marblehead, MA, which has hosted organized model yacht racing since 1892.

    The M design had its origins within the MMYC in 1929 through member Roy Clough’s vision for a new miniature yacht of the size and weight ideally suited for pond racing and transport by car. In addition, Roy crafted its design features to emulate the classic racing yachts of that era. As an example, the highly successful “Live Yankee” double-ended, full-size racing yacht designed by then Marblehead native L. Francis Herreshoff, which Clough subsequently scaled, built and raced as his “M-1” 50-800 model in the 1930s. The M was introduced at Redd’s Pond in 1930 and quickly was recognized as “the right boat for the times” from a design and performance perspective. It then became the most popular model yacht design in the world by the mid-1930s.

    It remains a 50-inch long and 800 square inches of sail developmental model, with the oldest design lineage of today’s 25 American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) radio-controlled (R/C) classes. Thus, our special event will focus on the legacy of the M 50-800 design: from its 1929 inception in Marblehead to the present-day. Key activities planned for this August 17-19 regatta:

     August 17, Friday: Old style free-sail and modern R/C Vintage M (VM) 50-800 sailing, with M Class history display
     August 18, Saturday: R/C VM racing, craftsmanship judging, model building and manufacturers exhibits, with M Class history display
     August 19, Sunday: R/C VM racing, awards ceremony, model building and manufacturers exhibits, with M Class history display

    The 2007 US VMYG VM National Championship is an official event on the AMYA racing calendar. It is being widely publicized by AMYA and US VMYG magazines, websites and special announcements. In particular, check-out the US VMYG website at: www.swcp.com/usvmyg for additional regatta and venue details.

    VM 50-800 Regatta Contacts
     John Snow, President US VMYG, at 781-631-4203 and jsnow@drc.com
     Chuck Winder, MMYC Commodore, at 781-631-6727 and chuckw88@msn.com

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    Please post pictures of the event after it happens!
    Last edited by rbgarr; 05-08-2007 at 05:03 AM.

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    I believe these were the pictures Dave posted the links to.



    Allan of the Grove
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    Thank you for helping me with the photos.

    This is my 1932 Cypher M CLass pond yacht.

    It will be one of the featured M Class pond yachts in the 2007 M Class exhibition and championship held at Redd's Pons in Marblehead Mass August 17 thru 19th 2007

    Dave Thibodeau

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