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U.S. Mini Yacht Association (USMYA)
The seed of a thought to establish mini yacht racing in the US occurred in 1999. It was Terry Fulbright’s idea to promote the use of mini yachts in a new racing class. These new compact racing craft would be smaller than the current North American Land Sailing Association (NALSA) Class V racing participants.
In response to Terry’s frustration of finding no established Mini Yacht rules to build upon, I suggested that if there are no existing rules then let’s develop our own. With that I became a sharing partner contributing to the effort. To create a stronger base for mini yachts to develop within NALSA, the US Mini Yacht Association (USMYA) was formed in 2000, as a chartered club.
Initially it was thought that three classes following box rule specifications would be the way to go. Each of these classes would include existing manufactured yachts to compliment the purpose built yachts designed to meet the defined rules. The classes and the existing yachts looked as follows:
Early in the development of the USMYA racing classes, and presenting them on the internet, land sailors in Australia showed an interest in Class 2. The interest was strong enough, that the Class 2 rules were adopted and used for local and national racing. The Australian Class 2 racing has grown to be the best attended racing fleet at most local gatherings and regattas in Australia.
As time moved forward, interest was shone in US Mini classes 2 & 3 with purpose built craft in Class 3, and modified Fed5’s in Class 2. Also, the European 5.6 class came along about this time. Because USMYA Class 3 was inclusive of the smallest European manufactured yachts, which apparently influenced the rules for Fisly 5.6, the USMYA Class 3 and Fisly 5.6 turned out to be very much the same. Class 3 and Fisly 5.6 co-existed for a period of time until it became apparent that only one would survive the test of time moving forward. The USMYA Class 3 was shut down, with all participants shifted over to the Fisly 5.6 program. Interest continued in USMYA Class 2, but confusion set in on the use of the box rule and the desire to make it easier to understand. The modified Fed5, which was at the maximum length and width by rule, was measured with a rope that came out as 6.7 meters. This then established the new name of 6.7 for the existing USMYA Class 2. The USMYA 6.7 class has prospered, with fleet starts and scoring in the most recent American Land Sailing Cup (ALC) regattas.
In parallel to the USMYA class development, efforts were being made by sail designer Skip Elliott of Elliott/Pattison sail makers, on carbon fiber sails. These sails have proved to be fast, and become the sail of choice for USMYA racing. Our fleet sail maker, Skip, participates in the USMYA racing fleet. Sail designs of a full range of sizes are cataloged at the loft to meet the customer’s needs, with sizes available starting at 3.0 m2 and run in ½ m2 increments to 5.0 m2