How do I join the CR 914 class?
When you register your boat it becomes a member of the CR 914 class until you sell it to someone else. In contrast to organized full-scale sailing, there is really no such thing as personal membership in an RC sailboat class.
How do I order a new CR 914, kit, or parts?
Why doesn't the CR 914 class organization charge annual class dues like most full-scale sailboat classes do?
Under the bylaws of the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA), national class organizations like ours are not permitted to charge class dues. In contrast to full-scale sailing, many RC sailors own and race boats of several RC classes, and thus it seems appropriate to AMYA to have RC sailors pay annual AMYA dues rather than separate class dues to multiple classes.
I have registered my boat. Is that all I have to do to be eligible to enter CR 914 races and regattas?
Almost. You need to display your number on your sails and you need to be sure your boat complies with the class rules, of course. You'll need to check with your local fleet to see if it has any other requirements, such as paying club or fleet membership dues. And in order to enter regional and national championship regattas you must be a paid-up member of AMYA.
Why does the CR 914 class charge for a "communications subscription"?
Individual classes receive none of the annual dues that RC sailors pay to AMYA, since it would be virtually impossible to allocate those funds to each class equitably. Thus the classes' only source of income is the money they receive from small, one-time, registration fees. That is not enough to cover the cost of producing their own class publications. In 1996 the CR 914 class decided to publish a newsletter dedicated solely to the CR 914, rather than depend only upon AMYA's quarterly Model Yachting, which must try to meet the needs of all 25 of the recognized classes and thus cannot provide anywhere near the depth and breadth of CR 914-specific information contained in our class newsletter.
I'm thinking about buying my first RC boat. They sell a cheaper one that is about the same size as the CR 914 at my local hobby shop. Why should I pay more for a CR 914?
One of the reasons that many sailors quit the sport shortly after they buy their first sailboat (both full-scale and RC) is due to the fact that the boat was cheap because it was poorly designed and thus wasn't fun to sail. Buying a boat that will prove to be slow and maneuver sluggishly, or one that will sail OK in 10 knots of wind but will be a dog in light air and unmanageable in winds above 15 knots, almost guarantees that you'll lose interest quickly. Thus it makes no sense whatsoever to pick a cheap boat to see if you enjoy the sport before investing in a boat like the CR 914. That would be a self-fulfilling prophesy.
What you say about "buying" a class when you buy a boat makes great sense, but I don't think that I will want to race the boat I buy. Why, then, should I consider a racing class like the CR 914?
Don't bet the farm on the idea that you won't want to race! Learning to sail well is challenging, and thus fun, for a while. But once you master the skills involved, just sailing around the pond can lose its appeal pretty quickly. When it does you'll want new challenges, and it seems to be almost instinctive for any two sailors to want to see which one or whose boat can sail faster. Keep your options open by buying a boat with a strong class organization behind it.
There is an RC sailing club in my area but it doesn't appear among the clubs listed in the AMYA website Club Directory. Why not?
In order to become an AMYA sanctioned club, it must have at least three members who belong to AMYA. Then all it needs to do is fill out a form on the AMYA website. Becoming listed there is a big help in recruiting new club members from its area.
I like the true one-design philosophy of the CR 914 class, but I also like to tinker and innovate. Can I do so if I sail a CR 914?
As long as your innovations and modifications do not violate the letter or spirit of the class rules–in essence, if they do not carry the potential for improving the performance of your boat–you probably can. Be sure to look over the Interpretations section of the Class Rules to get a feel for the sorts of innovations that have been approved or disapproved, and request a ruling from the class Measurer before doing so, however.
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