The IOM (International One Metre)
Radio Controlled Yacht
“The first boat in my life that didn’t require a mooring, dinghy park space, launching trolley, foul weather gear or harbour dues and gives me two days sailing a week. Fantastic!”
Enthusiasm for the sport is addictive, many clubs have ‘guest’ days, some have loan boats, and all will welcome you to their community.
The IOM is a great boat to sail and its rules and measurement are relatively simply allowing the amateur and professional alike to exploit hull shape/fin/mast/ deck configuration - Steve Taylor
About the IOM GBR Class Association
IOM GBR is the class association for owners of IOM RC yachts in the UK. It represents the class to the IOM International Class Association (IOMICA) who manage the class globally on behalf of World Sailing. This includes ensuring that IOM owners are able to propose and vote on proposed changes to class rules, including administration, to IOMICA.
Any MYA member with a registered IOM is automatically a member of the class association, further registration is no longer required.
IOMICA have responsibility for:
The World Championships
The European Championships
The IOMICA Annual General Meeting
More information on IOMICA can be found here
International Secretary: Robert Walsh Tel 01253 824766
History of IOM RC Yachts
Created in 1988 by Jan Dejmo, the IOM class rules were written to enable boats to be built from scratch or kit by non-expert builders and inexpensively by a commercial builder without disadvantage to either group.
Hulls must be constructed of either wood as this beautiful example
or glass re-inforced composite with carbon fibre being allowed in the construction of the fin and rudder.
Spars shall be of alloy or timber and the sails are to 'One Design' sizes, with the number of rigs is limited to three.
This makes the class very popular for amateur builders and many designers have plans for competitive boats. There are a number of Builders here in UK and overseas, who can supply plans for home completion, hulls and rigs or complete boats.
A limit of three different rig sizes allows sailing in most conditions from a lazy summer day to winds gusting over in excess of 30kts!
These boats, which handle beautifully, are fast, responsive and quite addictive. Once you have experienced sailing one, there is no going back.
IOM GBR Management Team
Malcolm Appleton – Captain Jonathan Clark – Operations Manager Gavin Watson - IOMICA Liaison Officer Steve Taylor – Technical Officer Graham Elliott – Events Manager Nick Cowern – Registrar