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Modified Sparrow

5 years ago

After MUCH playing about with things I now seem to have hit on a winning design planned from the outset to meet our clubs 31” overall length rules. (i.e. almost a RS770 but not quite.)

John Goodyear's skinny Racing Sparrow RC Yacht

After MUCH playing about with things I now seem to have hit on a winning design planned from the outset to meet our clubs 31” overall length rules. (i.e. almost a RS770 but not quite.)
After three prototypes I’ve arrived at the model shown. Compared to an RS770 she’s slimmer, has more rocker, a much bigger sail plan and modified rigs. She’s pictured with the “A” rig but sails well no matter which one of the available 4 I use. Construction is glass over 3/32 balsa planking with a thin ply deck. Even though I say so myself she sails extremely well and has won almost every race she’s been entered in since completion some four months ago. (We race every week) Named “Loco” mainly because my wife had a new craft die that cut out some pretty locomotive designs she steams along beautifully.

I’d be very interested to sail her head to head against an original RS but I guess I won’t be returning to New Zealand for a while yet so am hoping I can find one in the UK to play around with.
Thanks once more for pointing me in the right direction with your excellent design.
Cheers,
John Goodyear