Rugeley Model Boat Club

The Lake and Patio Welcome to the Rugeley Model Boat Club, at our home at Manor Park Sailing Club, near Kings Bromley, Staffordshire. (We used to sail at Rugeley Power Station until it closed in March 2017!)
Arrangements for the Sail Bye event 24th June
Peter Pallett
We celebrate our friend and leader, Peter, who welcomed us to the Rugeley Model Boat Club. Peter passed away in Derby Hospital at 15.00 on Monday 20th May 2024. He would have found it fitting that this was the time that our regular Monday sail at Manor Park had just finished.
When Rugeley Power Station finished generating electricity, their thriving Model Club, with warm water lake and its own cooked meal service, looked around for a new local lake to float their boats.
Peter brought 6 sailors with their radio-controlled Victoria yachts to Manor Park Sailing Club, with the remainder joining Aldridge Model Boat Club. This split has all been resolved amicably, as the two clubs have an annual joint Victoria Regatta (which Aldridge usually win). The Rugeley Model Boat Club have kept their name at Manor Park and meet every Monday at 12.30, except for a short break at Christmas. There are now 36 members, with the addition of a Scale Model section and skippers moving freely between electric motor and sail. It is Peter's relaxed, friendly, approach that has kept the pensioners attending regularly, at an average age of 76 and a bit. New members turn up most months and our oldest is over 90, so there is no reason to worry.
In addition to maintaining the RMBC website, Peter ensured that every member received promptly in the post a personalised birthday card from the club with their own sail number inked on to the model yacht sail in the club picture. He remembered everyone and made sure that any assistance with launching or model yacht rescue was speedily and efficiently provided. When Noel's yacht was helpfully launched by Peter without the battery turned on, Peter took the blame and also rowed the entire length of the lake to retrieve it.
Even more significant was Peter's fund raising over 4 years for the Manor Park Sailing Club. He raised the funds for 5 new dinghies, extra sails, a new clubhouse roof, life jackets, a red rescue boat and a floating jetty. This was achieved by his trademark detailed approach to a multitude of forms, coupled with his ability to befriend his contacts, the officials and charity bodies. I am sure that he would have had some useful comments about my writing here.


We are a small friendly club that sail both radio controlled scale models and yachts on this beautiful lake. In the summer we have a marquee type sun shelter to protect us while saiing. We share the lake facilities with another Model Yacht Association club, the main dinghy sailors, SUPs, cubs, scouts and other affiliated groups who all enjoy the three big lakes, all river water lakes (The River Trent passes through the lakes.)


YachtersWe are an open club and sail many types of yachts around buoys for pleasure. Several members have scale models and these are sailed as well. In fact one of the best days after Lockdown was sailing seven types of yachts around our buoys! That is why we limit class racing heats to four on a day - and schedule the day on the calendar so you know what to prepare. We even have specific "mixed yacht days" Many of us have though settled on sailing the well-balanced DragonFlite 95's (DF95) yachts as they are suited to the winds at our lake. In fact a few members still sail the kit-built yacht class known Victoria's, but they prefer lighter winds, such as those found at our former lake at Rugeley Power Station. We have regular informal heats during the summer, competing for our RMBC annual trophies - great fun. Click on Yachts & Racing on left. See picture on right of some our members with their DF95s.

Patio_View One of the more enjoyable events is our annual meet with our friends from the Aldridge Model Boat Club. We first got to know them, many years ago in our Power Station days, when they were the former "Sandwell & Dudley" club. This friendly competitive day is great fun, and the first meeting of 2023 was on 13th May held at Aldridge in idyllic surroubdings. Eight yachts took part, with no dinghies on the water. The cloud cleared to revceal a hot blue sunny day, with variable winds - quite challenging. We managed six very competitive heats. In contrast the repeat event at Manor Park on 25th September was a blustery day, again with eight yachts, but only four heats were possible in the strong winds - two yachts having to withdraw due to damaged rigging! The heat results are shown at Yachts & Racing. The AMBC/RMBC Challenge winner in May was Sid Sims, and in September was Barry Salt. Roll on next year for the repeat events.

scale boatsIn calm weather we also sail our scale models, often built from scratch with fine details, often including "lights, smoke & horn!" Click on our Member's Models on left side to view some. We also have a couple of medium-fast electric model boats that sail. Rescue boat Our members have great confidence when sailing knowing that their models can always be recovered. Our rescue boat, shared with the other Radio Sailing Club, shown on the right, was bought with a fantastic grant from the Post Code Lottery Local fund - Thank you.


We sail nearly every Monday afternoon, throughout the year, often including Bank Holiday Mondays, and usually meet up with our sandwiches and a flask about 1230, have a sit down and chat in the clubhouse, then go on the water. We finish about 15.30 but we will often stay later in the summer. We have almost unrestricted access to the water on Mondays. As Mondays is restricting for those still in employment, some of our members in 2024 have started to meet on a Sunday morning. They need to be aware of our Operating Rules and that in the summer, the MPRSC have priority in the Training Lake.


Before joining it is best to make contact with the club and visit on a sailing day (Monday afternoons 1pm to 3pm) to see us inaction. Make contact by email enquiries@rugeleymodelclub.org.uk first, to ensure someone is expecting you. On your first visit you may be able to experience sailing the club yacht or one of the members will let you have a go with one of theirs.
Members pay a small subscription to our club, essentially to cover the required model boat insurance, but you need to join the main sailing club as category "radio sailor" first. See link "How to Join" on left of this web page.
A common question is "What's the difference between the two model yacht clubs?" The MPRSC use more sophisticated and much more expensive yachts, enter and host both National and International competitions, and go by the strict MYA rule-book! At RMBC we are much more laid back and just enjoy our sailing - We often quote "We go round buoys; so if you touch boats near a buoy - what's the problem?"
The Clubhouse The Galley
Last updated :
3rd June 2024 : Paul Golder

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