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- Published: Thursday, 27 September 2007 21:49
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ODOM (One Design One Meter) is a one-design class, created by selecting one of the best examples of the U.S. One Meter Class, which is a developmental class, and "freezing" it to make a one-design class. As such, all ODOMs still qualify to race in U.S. One Meter events. The ODOM is an AMYA sanctioned class.
Originally intended to be an entry level boat, The ODOM has grown into one of the fastest growing one design classes in the country. It is being enjoyed by a wide range of skippers- from beginners to world class sailors. It's popularity stems from the fact that it is very moderately priced, very easily transported (it can be fitted into many cars without even being unrigged), and a very good sailer. Where the Santa Barbara may be likened to a GT sedan, or an Infinity 54 to a Ferrari, an ODOM is more like a light and nimble sports car such as a Lotus.
Your finished boat will sail like a dream. She will heel at about 30 degrees in a two to ten knot breeze and point into the wind about 40 degrees, requiring almost no rudder input to stay on track. When you do steer the boat, you will find her to be very responsive to rudder inputs. Down wind running, wing and wing is very fast. She resists nose diving in strong wind puffs extremely well. An ODOM likes to be sailed in strong winds and has enough inertia to sail well through choppy water yet she's not too heavy to retard good acceleration in a puff. Visit www.theamya.org for class specifications, manufacturer's data, and contact information for the class secretary.
Members of the SFMYC own about 22 ODOMS, making it the largest RC class in the club. The club itself owns one ODOM which it makes available on a day use basis for those who would like to use it. SFMYC ODOMs have an eight race season and race on Tuesday afternoons. See the Current Sail Squadron Regatta Schedule for race dates.