Welcome to the Rugeley Model Boat Club, at our new home at Manor Park Sailing Club, near Kings Bromley, Staffordshire.
(We used to sail at Rugeley Power Station until it closed in March 2017!)
NEWS UPDATE?We are all happy to have re-started our model sailing. June has also seen our scale modellers carry out
"First time on the water " events - Peter Pallett and his aircraft carrier USS Shamrock Bay, and David Buttress
with his Flower Class corvette. Click on Member's Models on the left to view the launch photographs. Awaited events are the two
model Tamar Class lifeboats being built seperately by both Alan Tidman and David Buttress.
Radio Sailing re-started on 1st June following strict social distancing rules. Members were required to comply with the
"Radio Sailor Covid Operating Rules" , since updated for RMBC from 14th September with the Government limit of SIX in each designated
area; a *pdf copy can be obtained either by clicking on the icon at left or on rules.
To faciliate the social distancing the club have established markers on the patio to position our members. Although there remains no
access to the main club house, the disabled toilet, with certain health rules, is opened up when we are sailing.
The DF95 and Victoria racing season has started as per our calendar.
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 sail two types of yachts, traditionally the club has sailed the kit-built yacht class known as
Victoria's, but since end of 2018 we have expanded into sailing the rather superb DragonFlite 95's.
We have regular informal heats during the summer, competing for our RMBC annual trophies - great fun. Click on Yacht Racing on left.
See picture on right of some our members with their Victorias.
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 our first of the two 2019 "meets" 2019 is shown on left, was particularly memorable, not only for
the warm hot day and Jackie's bacon rolls for lunch from the galley, but for the 13 Victoria yachts competing in seven heats -
The results of both 2019 meets are shown under Yacht Racing on left. Several wives and members also came along to support the clubs.
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?" }