I wrote a short report from the Marseilles IOM-Worlds which appears in the latest issue of Pienoismalli.
The article originally appeared in the 1994 October issue of Model Boats. Published here with permission. (Link ?? www.modelboats.co.uk seems to be broken ?)
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Better late than never - some of my own pictures and comments from the event.
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Royal Vancouver Yacht Club hosted the 2003 IOM World Championships.
A view of the marina. We sailed outside the high breakwater in the background.
Practice sailing on day 1 with downtown Vancouver in the background. Notice how tiny the IOMs look with a small ring when viewed from the breakwater!
The Discos sported an aft deck patch to prevent the 'NZL-effect'
The event sponsor had some nice cars on display parked just outside the yacht club!
Slim-chance, a UK design I had not seen before.
The measurement tank, with vertical bars for checking LOA, and horizontal bars for checking overall depth and hull depth.
During sailing we could store our boats in a tent on a pontoon at the end of the breakwater.
Craig Smith's TS-2.
The courseboard described the course and what heat was currently sailing.
At big events a heat-board like this is mandatory - it allows competitors and organizers to check in which heat a skipper is sailing.
Some judges. Note the 'umpire-red' glove! On the water judging worked really well at this event - partly I think due to the great visibility from the breakwater: both competitors and judges always had a clear view of what was going on. So more elevated control areas for international events please!
Sailors on the breakwater.
A view from inside the boat-storage tent.
All of the A-heat boats heading for the downwind gate...
and here we see the leaders have already rounded.
This was the event where the arm-winch made its breakthrough. Here's a view from one side of the Isis...
and here's the other side. This is Trevor Binks' boat, he won the event.
A local sea-creature.