International Radio Sailing Association
The International Radio Sailing Association formerly the ISAF Radio Sailing Division is an affiliate member of the International Sailing Federation It is authorised to conduct up to three official World Championships each year.
There are four international classes of radio sailing boats recognized as follows from the smallest to largest:
The IOM class rules specify a monohull of maximum length 1000 mm, with maximum draught 420 mm. There is a minimum weight of 4000 g, which makes homebuilding of competitive boats possible. The IOM has three one-design rigs. To keep costs down, hull materials are restricted to either wood or glassfiber, while masts and booms are restricted to either aluminium or wood.
A Marblehead has a maximum length of 1290 mm and a maximum draught of ca 700 mm, but no minimum displacement. Up to six rigs are allowed, the tallest being about
At the I.M.Y.R.U. General Meeting at Dunkerque in 1982, it was resolved to adopt the IYRR and IYRU Measurement Instructions and to follow the IYRU Constitution and Regulations as closely as possible. For the next eight years a lot of very hard work was done by the I.M.Y.R.U., particularly by its then Chairman, Norman Hatfield, to get Model Yachting accepted into membership of the full-size governing body, the International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU). This work culminated on 1st May, 1990 when the I.M.Y.R.U. became the Model Yacht Racing Division of the IYRU (IYRU - MYRD). In its turn, in August, 1996, the IYRU changed its name to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and became the ISAF Radio Sailing Division (RSD). In 2009 the Division changes it name at the International Sailing Federation to International Radio Sailing Association to make it clear that it was an independent body not a part of ISAF. However the two organisation carry on with the close link.