Little sailing boat takes on world
Hillcrest local Ian Vickers, was the only New Zealander to compete in the International One Metre World Championships.
The IOM is a class of radio sailing boat with a standardised sail plan and dimensions, and Vickers placed fourth in the competition held in California last month.
There were 76 sailors from 21 countries racing in the six-day competition and Vickers completed the races with a yacht he designed and built himself.
The boat builder has raced in three of the biennial IOM World Championships since 1997 but this is the highest he has placed. He has won the national championships three times in the same period.
Vickers has raced with the North Shore Radio Yacht Squadron since he began the hobby in 1995. But he admits he goes to catch up with the people in the 60-member club because the water at Quarry Lake, near Lake Pupuke, isn’t suitable for racing.
‘‘The water is so clogged up with weed.’’
Vickers is a boat builder by trade and has always loved model boats but he turned his hobby into a fulltime job four years ago when he started to make the IOM boats in a workshop in Beach Haven.
He makes about 70 boats a year with the help of a colleague and mostly sells them to overseas buyers. Vickers sold his competition boat while at the world championships.
The radio yacht members sail at Quarry Lake (beside Lake Pupuke) on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday mornings.
Ian Vickers in his Beach Haven workshop working on a radio controlled yacht.