After World War II, model sailing clubs began to develop and flourish in the United States. These clubs focused on building and racing model sailboats, which became increasingly popular as time went on.
In the late 1970s, Cliff Lentz developed a new design for a small remote control sailboat that would eventually become known as the CR914. This design was inspired by larger models used for pond sailing, but Lentz wanted to create something that could be sailed in smaller bodies of water, like a swimming pool.
Lentz’s first prototype was created out of balsa wood and polyester cloth. It had an overall length of about 33 inches and was rigged with three sails – mainsail, jib, and spinnaker. The boat proved to be fast and maneuverable, but its fragile construction made it difficult to handle.
Over the next few years, Lentz continued to refine his design, experimenting with different materials and rigging configurations. By the mid-1980s, he had settled on a hull made from molded fiberglass and a mast built from extruded aluminum.
In 1996, Chuck Black contacted Lentz about producing the CR914 commercially. Together they formed a partnership under Black’s company AMYA WaterCraft Inc., which continue to build the boat today under license.
Since then, the CR914 has become one of the most popular remote control sailboats ever produced, with more than five thousand sold worldwide. The model has been adopted by clubs around the globe due to its maneuverability abilities, and ease-of-use design for beginners, yet it remains competitive enough for experienced racers.
The simplicity of its setup means that almost anyone can take up remote-control regatta sailing thanks to this dinghy’s durability; it can withstand collisions with other boats or obstacles while remaining undamaged or, at most, requires minor touch-ups or repairs.
As far as the racing sequence is concerned – akin to full-scale sailing events – they consist of windward/leeward type courses finishing at some point between two marks laid out on either side of a gate-shaped opening, through which competitors are required to pass before completing subsequent laps.
Like many other radio-controlled regattas worldwide – all classes sail together following handicap system regulations allowing sailors in every boat equipped with different setups being skillful participants who are equally matched against each other.
To conclude: From its humble beginnings as a prototype built from balsa wood and polyester cloth nearly 50 years ago, the CR914 has become one of the most beloved remote control sailboats ever produced – thanks not only to its intuitive simplicity but also resilience in rough waters while having consistent performance during races resembling full-size racing methods described earlier above. Whether you’re looking for an introduction to radio-controlled sailing or seeking an enhanced experience for advanced skills development at competitive events, these easy-to-handle boats are perfect due to their unmatched popularity among experienced sailors worldwide, making it possible never too early nor too late in life!Read More