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!)
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Regatta - The club will be holding a scale boat
regatta on Monday 6th June 2022, subject to the weather, including a celebratory "in-line steam past". The early afternoon
event will be preceeded by a pre-ordered fish & chip lunch. Partners will be welcome.
Click on our Calendar on left of this page for our more detailed schedule.
Yacht racing for trophies resume in April, but we are pleased to announce 2021's winners as :-
Eur. Ing. Martin Waller has won the Cyril Horobin Yachting Trophy for DF95,
David Marsh has won the Brian Rogers Challenge Trophy for Victoria.
(See the full results at Yachts & Racing on left of this page.)
WHO ARE WE? We are a small friendly club that sail both radio controlled scale models and yachts on this beautiful lake.
We share the facilities with another Model Yacht Association club, the main dinghy sailors, cubs, scouts and other affiliated groups
enjoying the three big lakes, all river water lakes ( The River Trent passes through the lakes.)
WHAT DO WE SAIL?
We principally sail the well-balanced
DragonFlite 95's (DF95) yachts as they are very suited to the winds at our lake. 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.
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 meet on 9th May 2022 was memorable - breakfast was almost no wind, by the time we started at 1230 it was up to 13mph
(we normally limit Victoria sailing to up to 9mph!) with much stronger gusts. We struggled with two races, gave up for lunch as it
approached gusts of 22mph. It abated, a bit, and we got the last three "hairy" heats complete, but gave up by 1430. It was certainly
a challenging day of sailing, but we had ten yachts competing. At least it wasn't raining. Jackie's bacon rolls and hot potatoes for lunch
were again the high spot. The five heat results are shown at Yachts & Racing. The AMBC/RMBC Challenge Trophy winner was Sid Sims.
The repeat event is booked for Monday 3rd September 2022 at the Aldridge.
In 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 sailed.
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.
WHEN DO WE SAIL?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.
HOW DO I JOIN? Make contact with us first, to arrange entry to the gated road, or try on a Monday, come along
and see for yourself. 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?"