Our experiences with the Victoria indicate that the most competitive boats in our fleet have received neither a coat of paint nor wax. As well, those hulls that have been painted start showing more than a few paint chips after a few exciting weekend races as the course becomes crowded with a dozen or more Victorias. Accordingly, I can no longer recommend that you paint your Victoria. Instead , just give it a light sanding with 1000 grit wet and dry sandpaper under a hose or tap, and then apply your choice of pin-striping to accentuate the length of the Victoria. This simple approach produces both a great looking and durable racing sailboat.
|G7: Laser printed decals
Many of our builders also like to place the boat name on the bow or perhaps further aft. One way to do so is with the use of decal film paper called "Experts Choice" Clear Decal Film and is sold at most hobby stores. We have found that as long as the decals are printed on a laser printer they are satisfactory, provided the decal gets a couple of coats of clear-coat over the decal after it has dried. Decals printed with an ink-jet printer so far have not been shown to be satisfactory as the ink is not stable enough. The laser printed decals hold up somewhat better.
Here is an example
of a laser-printed decal on "Seabiscuit", a larger
1 meter boat. (An America-3 by Victor)
G7b: Vinyl name and accent
technique to apply a name on your Victoria is with custom vinyl
lettering available from a graphics & sign shop. You can
specify any font style, size and colour and the shop will make
a vinyl decal that is not only easy to apply but is much more
durable than the laser decals shown previously.
G8: Sail Numbers:
Unique international sail numbers are issued by your national r/c sailing organization such as the CRYA in Canada or AMYA in the United States. Go to our our "links" page for their web site addresses.
By far the best method of applying your sail numbers is to carefullly draw them with an indelible ink marker pen.
This link to a
sample MS Word file sailnumbers.doc will make it easy for you. Edit with your
own numbers and nationality and print the file to use as a template
for your sail registration numbers.
After the ink has dried the opposite side of the sail is tackled.
With the sail numbers installed, your boat has now has been suddenly transformed into a formidable racing sailboat with a just a bit of "attitude".
12. IDENTIFICATION ON SAILS
12.1 RRS Rule 77 is deleted and replaced with the rest of this rule.
12.2 The Victoria Class insignia is a single letter capital V, at least 2 inches (52mm) in height, times New Roman font and shall be placed on the top 1/3 of the mainsail. The class insignia may be placed back to back or at different heights on the two sides of the sail. When placed at different non-overlapping heights, the insignia on the starboard side shall be uppermost.
12.3 Sail numbers shall be at least the last two digits of a boats registration number (as assigned by the Class Secretary) and shall be at least 3 inches (76mm) in height and shall be solid Arabic Numbers of an easily readable font.
12.4 Sail numbers shall be placed in the middle 1/3 of the mainsail and on the bottom 1/2 of the jib.
12.5 Sail numbers shall be placed at different non-overlapping heights on the two sides of the sail, those on the starboard side being uppermost. The only exception to this is if the numbers are such that they coincide when placed back to back on both sides of the sail, they may be so placed.
12.6 In the case of duplicate numbers, the Race Committee may require that one or more boats with the same number temporarily add a 1 or other number to a boats sail number.