SeaWind Class Owners Association - USA
This web site is intended as a source of news and information about the Kyosho SeaWind RC yacht and the US SeaWind Class Owners Association which is recognized by the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA) as the governing body for the Class.
1. The 2017 Class Ballot has closed. The results are displayed on the SCOA Ballots sub-page of the SCOA Admin page.
The revised Class Rules are available for download from the SCOA Admin page.
2. 2016 SeaWind National Champion, Steve Helander, Greensboro, MYC - Congratulations!
Full Results are posted on the Regatta Results page.
3. The SeaWind COA has introduced a major Regatta Subsidy program to assist clubs hosting a major Regatta. For details see the Upcoming Events page. Dates for 2017 Nationals and Regional Regattas are now posted on the Upcoming Events page.
Secretary, SeaWind COA
SAIL SETS Currently in stock under Readyset parts/Replacement Parts.
The Readyset replacement sails SW 9B which were packaged differently than previous sails and had problems with quite severe creasing is now out of stock and will likely be discontinued.
Latest News! - A new Part Set SW9C is now listed at a higher price. This new listing has no installed battens and sails rolled to avoid creasing. I would appreciate feedback on this new sail set from anyone purchasing a set. ( Mike)
Tippecanoe has also improved their shipment packaging to improve the quality of sails as received.
For Batten Replacement see Technical Tips page.
Check out the latest information and discussion on the SeaWind COA Forum here.
New SeaWind Fleets!
Chattanooga, TN Model Boat Club sails at Camper World with 9 active SeaWinds
Lake Keowee, SC Sailing Club has 8 SeaWinds with 13 more on order!
Queen City MYC, Charlotte, NC is starting a SeaWind Fleet!
Contact Mike Eades, Class Secretary for further information.
The SeaWind One Design model sailboat is a 1-meter replica of a 1980’s America's Cup yacht, distributed by KYOSHO Japan whose US subsidiary Kyosho America is located in California and through hobby stores worldwide. The SeaWind was introduced in kit form in the mid 1990’s with a molded ABS hull, excellent quality fittings, aluminum spars and good quality single panel sails. In 2003 a SeaWind Class Owners Association (COA) was formed and sanctioned by AMYA to administer the SeaWind Class with Class Rules framed around the standard ABS kit version. A few early fiberglass kits SeaWind SE were sold and a number of carbon fiber kits SeaWind CE were introduced in the late 2000’s. These lighter weight boats were allowed to sail in the class with weight compensation as defined in the Rules. Kit production ceased in 2011 and a new ready to run (RTR) version SeaWind Readyset was introduced in 2013.
The SeaWind Readyset comes with pre-painted ABS hull in a blue-white color scheme and rigged ready to assemble with installed electronics and a 2.4 Ghz radio. (Detailed Product Review; Photos) The SeaWind Readyset lists for $499.99 but discounted prices below $400 are available. Kyosho have also announced a limited Carbon Edition Readyset with prices around $550.00. The quality of design and fittings continue to make the SeaWind an excellent fleet boat with enough performance potential to satisfy even the most discriminating skipper. The SeaWind COA has demonstrated a strong organization with active fleets in all AMYA Regions and an active annual program of Regional and National Championship Regattas.
The Class Rules tightly control the boat elements to ensure new skippers are not faced with a costly refit to be competitive while allowing minor modifications to rigging (materials and adjustment methods) to facilitate tuning and to the hatch cover to ensure watertight integrity.
To register a SeaWind and join the SCOA download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it to the Class Secretary together with a check/money order for the one-time fee ($7). The Secretary will issue an official sail number and mail you a Registration Card, Hull Certificate, "S" sail logos, a sail number template and a Summary Tuning Guide.
Although it is not necessary to be a member of the American Model Yachting Association to register a SeaWind we do encourage AMYA membership as the Association represents all aspects of model yachting and publishes an excellent quarterly magazine "Model Yachting" which alone is worth the membership fee.
National Champions Mike Eades #86, Dennis Desprois #06 & Region 5 Champion Dave Nydell #224 battle at Litchfield Park.