Playing with toy sailboats is not the 8-year-old leisure activity it used to be. If you want to give the gift of sailing, become the captain of your own boat without getting on an actual boat, or visually learn the techniques and skills behind sailing with a radio control then Challenger Model Yachts is for you. Whether it is a gift for a loved one or yourself, Challenger Model Yachts brings the joy of sailing into your hands.

The radio controlled Challenger is a gorgeous fifty-seven inch long carbon fiber racing model sailboat, which packs into an eleven-inch high aluminum carrying case, just slightly larger than a golf bag and comes with a high quality marine radio controller and stand. Although built for ocean sailing conditions, it is also very much at home in a harbor or city pond. The boat can go from the case to the water in about ten minutes and its large size gives it the handling qualities of a true International AmericaÂ’s Cup Class yacht.

The Challenger includes a carbon fiber hull, manufactured in Germany by the makers of Mercedes and BMW race car parts and fittings in titanium, chromed brass and stainless steel, these radio controlled models are far and away the finest ready to sail model yachts in the world. A novice can sail the Challenger right out of the box and will learn the principals of sailing by observing the boat, water and wind at a distance. Expert sailors can enjoy the full scale skills and tactics of racing the Challenger Model, and it is not uncommon that many large boat owners keep a couple aboard.

If you are looking for more of a challenge than some leisure sailing around the ocean or in a harbor there are numerous model sailboat regattas that take place all over the world. Three have been at the world famous Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St Moritz. Other venues have included the Chateau De Dâmpierre just outside Paris, the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and a private ranch in Cody Wyoming. If you are really looking to getting involved in the model sailing community then the “Ski Sail Weekend” held in Gstaad, Switzerland is for you. Each winter many international competitors come to represent their home yacht clubs and to show off their Challenger Yachts skills, of course

When we talk about racing, we are not waiting for boats to lap a pond or simply stay afloat in the ocean. Challenger Yachts are a one design class so it takes pure skill and a little luck to win in any competition. This forces captains to use strategic methods battling through wind, rough water, and other elements to achieve glory.

On the other hand if you are looking for relaxation, just going for a sail is marvelously peaceful. Once the boatÂ’s in the water out on a journey, you are in its world. It is a real sailboat, just a small one. It is also a wonderful activity to do with friends, children or grandchildren, and then of course it is not really about the boats at all.

To learn more about these amazing model yachts, visit www.modelyachts.com