Fiesta Yacht Class

Measurement and Certification

The following is a personal view of the writer and is not the view of the Hove Lagoon MYC.

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This little boat is akin to it's bigger sister, the International One Metre (IOM), in terms of sailing ability. The cost is very reasonable, it is small enough to be both easily transported and stored which makes it absolutely ideal for the newcomer to the sport. The size also means that large and expensive servo's or winch is not required. Yet a further advantage is it only requires one pair of sails which allows it to cope with all weather conditions, unlike many other yachts. In particular it also meets the MYA requirement for minimum cost to enter the sport which will encourage more people to enter the sport.

As with the Laser Yacht this is a single supply source yacht and only rigging can be altered as our specified below.

David Swain was the designer and launched it onto the model Yacht scene in 1995. In the Year of the millenium the production of kits was transfered to Tony Watson (M & M Developments). All Fiestas up to sail number 250 are known as Classics, after that they are Fiesta M's and although greatly altered to ease production, the one design was not infringed. Many say the classics tend to sail better then the M's.

The Model Yachting Association (MYA) have recognised the Fiesta as a Class they support. However, to provide equal and fair competition it is essential that all competing boats meet and race to the same basic standard.
This document defines that standard and differs slightly from the Fiesta Owners Association Specification. The tightening up of the specification should not detract or interfere with the existing friendly and enjoyable experience that goes with Fiesta racing.

The Class Rules
Hull Only
Only as supplied by the manufacturer.
Minimum Weight
3 lb 6oz (1.5kg)
Alloy 8 mm diameter, 940mm maximum from Deck mark, excluding backstay crane & pennant. Only as supplied by the Manufacturer. As any deck may be fitted, the deck mark is assumed to be 2mm above the gunwalls.
Jib Boom
Alloy 6 mm diameter, 255 mm maximum length including balance weight. The Jib or the balance weight shall not project beyond the bow. Only as supplied by Manufacturer.
Main Boom
Alloy 6 mm diameter, 250 mm maximum length. Only as supplied by Manufacturer.
Only as supplied by the manufacturer. Sails to carry boat number on jib and mainsail, uppermost number to be on starboard side, from 2006 these must be minimum 50 mm in height and black.
The F logo at top of mainsail has pre-determined placement by kit supplied template.
Sail area is 345 sq-inches (2226 sq-cm)
10.125 inches (257mm)
Fin Only
Alloy sheet as supplied by the Manufacturer, 1/16" thick x 2.375" wide. May be reworked to an aerofoil section without adding material to the sides.
Lead Bulb
Shape and size as supplied by the Manufacturer, only minor filling, dressing and painting allowed.
Fin & Lead Bulb.
Maximum weight 27.75 ounces. These must must be removable for check weighing.
Fin Depth
220 mm maximum, measured from lowest point of hull to bottom of lead bulb.
Servos Rudder & Winch
Drum winches not permitted, otherwise any servo can be used.
As supplied in kit or any flat sheeting, cutomised as required.
Standing & Running Rigging
As supplied in kit or own design or preference. The only items that can be deviated from the design are shrouds, backstay crane, kicking strap, deck eyes, bowsies, drain bung, sheeting arrangement and routing.
Sail numbers are only allocated by Manufacturer.
Hull Data
Overall Height
49.25 inches (1250 mm)
Overall Length
25.25 inches (640 mm)
6.375 inches (160 mm)