The Victoria One Design is a simple, affordable, sailboat manufactured by the Thunder Tiger Model Company, and distributed world wide. The kit's low cost (about $150 for the kit, $300 to perhaps $500 ready to race), ease of assembly, and good sailing characteristics make it a great first yacht, while remaining fun to sail and race for old hands as well. It is easy to transport, fully rigged, in small cars. The emphasis of the Victoria is on SIMPLICITY and FUN.
The boat itself is made of ABS plastic, and is quite durable, capable of surviving virtually any mishap or collision. The kit also includes high quality aluminum spars, sails, and all necessary fittings. All you need to do is add a two-channel radio and you're ready to sail. Construction is generally a weekend project. The ease of assembly also makes the Victoria a great "club" boat, as new skippers can buy a boat and join the racing with a minimum of trouble and expense. Many clubs conduct Silver Fleet racing consisting of boats made using only and all kit parts.
For the more performance oriented, the Class Rules allow for Gold Fleet racing with custom rigs and paneled sails, but within well defined parameters to maintain a solid one-design class. For example, the hull, deck, keel, rudder, rig and sail sizes are tightly controlled. The Class is vigorously supported by its members. Regional and National regattas are held each year. The larger regattas are attended by 20+ skippers.
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