The ¼ Scale Zephyr evolved from a discussion between Llewellyn Viljoen and Paul Pearson, both Zephyr sailors. Between them they built the plug and the mould for fibreglass hulls with Llew then building the prototype. Harold Bennett became interested after talking to Paul Pearson that led to Harold completing a third boat using the construction methods of the full size Zephyr.
The concept was to continue with the Des Townson wooden construction principles using light plywood and small timber stringers and keeping with the tradition of varnish work. The idea of taking a scale model of a full size dinghy and making that into a radio controlled keelboat took a considerable amount of Research and Development to arrive at where we are today.
All the current owners are either current or past skippers of the full size Zephyr who not only have a passion for the class but a love of sailing the ¼ Scale without getting wet or crippled.
Class Rules are being prepared to keep these boats as close to one design as possible and should be complete in the near future.
The class are often on the pond and race Wednesdays and Fridays at 1.00pm and most Sundays at 2 pm.