Why can’t we play in the same Sand Box??

At issue is a long-standing American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) bylaw that states, in essence, that AMYA members, that own a boat in an AMYA sanctioned class, may vote to change a class specification. On the face, this is not particularly offensive if the class exists primarily within the AMYA. But if 99 percent of class boat owners are not AMYA members, and the class specification is approved by a multi-country class organization – then this practice is divisive.

As we all know, there are enough challenges to growing and maintaining an RC sailboat class. So why does AMYA persist in allowing a splinter group (AMYA members) to change the class specification and thus make their boats illegal for competing outside of AMYA sanctioned events. It is confusing to newcomers and unnecessarily thumbs-a-nose to larger class organizations.

RC Lasers racing at Marco Island, FL

RC Laser (17 years) and Nirvana (9 years) have long offered to work with AMYA on a solution that maintains the integrity of their class specifications. In the past, AMYA members who own one of these two large classes have not attempted to change the class specifications within AMYA, even though they could. But now, a splinter group from the Nirvana class is proposing to vote on a class specification that is not in compliance with the international class rule that Nirvana follows – and tomorrow, it could be the RC Laser specification coming under attack.

Nirvana North American Championships 2012

Again, to clarify, AMYA is supporting the option of AMYA members that own a class boat to adopt a class specification that will render their boats illegal for racing in anything other than AMYA regattas. We see no positive outcome of such a practice and think AMYA should exempt class specifications from AMYA voting where a superior class rule is in effect.

We are looking for your input on this seemingly unnecessary and class splitting action by AMYA. We encourage you to post your comments to this article.