Capital Area Model Boat Association

CAMBA is the New York Capital District’s organization for radio control sailing. We are sanctioned club #32 of the American Model Yacht Association. (www.theamya.org). Currently, we sail three classes, the Soling 1 Meter one design, the US 12, and an adaptation of the US One Meter. The Soling One Meter is the primary club boat. There are approximately 18 Solings in the CAMBA Fleet. The US 12 is a recent addition to CAMBA. There are eight US 12s in the CAMBA fleet. The One Meter is a re-introduction of the class from more than 15 years ago.There are six One Meters in the fleet. Most are vintage designs from 15 to 20 years ago.

The Soling 1 Meter

The Soling 1 Meter is relatively inexpensive one-design class. These boats are governed by a strict set of rules which keep the boats very evenly matched. This way the skipper is the most important factor in performance. More specific information about the Soling 1 Meter can be found at the AMYA web site: http://www.theamya.org/boats/s1m/

The US 12

The US12 class is a yacht of the old America’s Cup 12 meter design. She is 46 inches in length with a 16 pound minimum weight, carries a rig of 714 sq. inches. of sail area. The rules and specifications were written to attain a one design class. This way the skipper is the most important factor in performance. More specific information about the US 12 Meter can be found at the AMYA web site: http://www.theamya.org/boats/us12/

Open One Meter

Since we now have two restricted (one design) classes for competition which put the emphasis on the ability of the skipper, we thought it might be fun to have a more open class to allow for variables in boat design. So we are beginning an experiment with a race series for one meter boats as an open class. This event is open to any boat with a maximum length of one meter a maximum sail area of 600 square inches and a maximum keel length of 14 1/4 inches. These are the only restrictions. Many existing boats will fit these specifications but original designs to the specs would be just as welcome; or for example, a hopped up Soling One Meter or a Dragon Flite 95.

Where and When

Currently, we sail on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at The Crossings of Colonie on Albany Shaker Road. 


Tuesday is a Soling One Meter race day. We start sailing at noon and racing begins at 1:00 PM. Thursday is a more informal Open One Meter / US 12 Sailing day. We start sailing at noon and racing begins at 1:00 PM.

Interest and Follow Up

If you have an interest in R/C sailing, we invite you to visit us at the Crossings to watch, and then try your hand at sailing.  Tuesday is a better day to visit if you want to watch all the boats racing.  Thursdays are better if you want to talk to the skippers, and try radio control sailing. Several club members have Soling you can sail. If you are interested, please let us know in advance to insure the boats are available.

Feel free to contact Peter Meixner at: 518-439-5947, or at: soling62 at aol dot com.

CAMBA sailing videos are available: Search "youtube camba sailing"

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