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!)
Radio Sailing resumed on 29th March 2021. Refer to our 2021 updated programme and sailing times - click on Programme on left of this page.
A *pdf copy of our rules can be obtained either by clicking on the icon at right or on
rules. The Officer of the Day currently has an access code to use the clubhouse.
From 24th June the Clubhouse will be open as normal and member's four digit 2021 code
will open the entrance door, green cabin and the wall key safe.
NOTE: RMBC will ONLY meet on Mondays until all track and trace restrictions are lifted ( likely towards end of August.)
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 concentration of sailors at our first of the 2021 "meets" is shown on left.
14th June was again
a lovely hot memorable day, not only for Jackie's bacon rolls for lunch from the new MPSC galley, but for the 10 Victoria yachts competing
in eight heats - The results of the 2021 meet are shown at Yachts & Racing.
Undoubtedly one of the deciding points was the inverted !V! shaped locking of masts 28 & 3 (Paul Gutteridge & Bill Woodward)
in heat two, as they were carried by the wind into the far distance of the lake, ably rescued by Rob Hudson on oars and Dave Buttress as retriever, see right! The trophy winner was Les Prew.
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.
WHEN DO WE SAIL?We sail nearly every Monday afternoon, often including Bank Holiday Mondays, and usually meet up with
our sandwiches and a flask about 1300, have a sit down and chat, then go on the water, although during the Pandemic our club house remains closed,
you are allowed to bring own refreshments. 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?" }