According to the Great Lakes Advocate out of New South Wales:
“The building and racing of scaled down racing yachts has a long history with records showing such yachts being sailed in England as far back as the early 1800’s. In Australia, racing model yachts occurred as early as 1868 when several early clubs raced on Sydney Harbour and on lakes in Centennial Park.”
With time the materials used to build radio yachts have changed, making the boats sturdier and faster. Now radio yachts are made with glass fiber, carbon fiber, epoxy resins and mylar film. However, the joy people find in this pastime remains. Maybe it is even more fun now, since so many people are used to more sedentary activities: the opportunity to work on something with your hands and compete with others is something many people miss.
The Forster-Tuncurry Radio Yacht Club on New South Wales meets on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays each month and welcomes newcomers to join in the fun. They are happy to supply with boats and to assist as needed.
If you think you want to try your hand at sailing an actual yacht of your own, check out the yacht listings on Boatline.com.