July 31st


Club 500 championship 2022 is continuing... and we have the results of round 5

Results can be viewed HERE

July 3rd


Club 500 championship 2022 is continuing... and we have the results of round 4.

Results can be viewed HERE

June 19th


Sunny Sunday morning at the lake, with a few ICs running. A Kraken, GPL Tunnel hull, Sprint Cat, TT Bandit & an Annihilator.


Watch our YouTube video here...

June 5th


Club 500 championship 2022 is continuing... and we have the results of round 3 with new joint leaders!

Results can be viewed HERE

May 15th


Club 500 championship 2022 has started... and we have the results of round 2 with our Chairman still in the lead!

Results can be viewed HERE

May 7th - 8th


Stotfold Steam Fair & Country Show;

The show was very successful, despite a wet start on Saturday morning. On Sunday it was dry and bright and there were large numbers of visitors to the stand. The running of boats in the River Ivel also went well. We were provided with a dedicated viewing area on the bridge. It was quite noticeable that once we started to run it attracted a large group of spectators.

April 24


SMBC Open day - the first of this year. We were joined by Luton & District MBC, and quite a lot of the public who seemed keen to see our boats on and off the water.


Watch the video here...    OPEN DAY

April 23


Richard's Riptide Stealth went for a run in the sea... Offshore at Torquay. Assisted by Andy!



Watch the video here STEALTH

April 17


Club 500 championship 2022 has started... A good start to the year with our Chairman taking the lead!

Results can be viewed HERE, and we have a video of the 2nd heat from round one on YouTube...


Watch it here ROUND 1

February 27


Not been much news to write about... the weather has been a bit variable, but Sunday was sunny if a bit cold and we had some fun with IC boats at the lake... Here's some links to the YouTube videos.


Kraken & Stealth Gas boats




GPL Tunnel Hull

2022!  Jan 16


SMBC AGM time... Election of committee members, agreement on new constitution, and the usual 'bring & buy' sale. About 26 people were there, so a good turnout. The Sid McGoun trophy was presented to Paul W for his enthusiatic efforts in helping lakeside.

2022  Jan 05


Time for the 'Review of the Year 2021'... It was NOT a normal year for SMBC, as it didn't get started till April, and then we were restricted to groups of 6 lakeside booked into 1 of 2 sessions. All due to the Covid 19 pandemic, and government restrictions. Nevertheless, we did manage to sail some boats and make some videos...

watch the review on YouTube





2022!  Jan 02


A few IC boats at the lake today...

Richard's Sprint Cat - on YouTube





Nov 28th


Cold Sunday morning at the lake and some hardy types arrived to get their boats on the water...


Some videos on YouTube...






Manta Ray



Nov 7th


Typical Sunday at the lake with a lot of IC boats, a few scale, and Steve with his camera in documentary mode. 30 min video about the people & boats who make up the club...

on YouTube here


Oct 16-17th


SMBC at Blackpool Model Boat Show

It's nearly 2 weeks now since 6 club members travelled to Blackpool for what was the only major model boat show this year. It had been organised by Iain Lewis, who owns the Component Shop and members of 2 local Model Boat clubs. Five of us stayed on site, in the Norbeck Hotel which was a grand old lady of a hotel. The rooms were all refurbed but varied in size and standard, food was OK and plentyful but meal times were strictish. Late arrivals on Friday had to eat out after delays on the M6. Evening entertainment was bingo, a crooner and a couple of dancers.


Ah!, there was a model boat show on Saturday and Sunday.

The main show was in the exhibition hall with the next door ball room housing a truck layout, a working military display and the large bring and buy. (10% commission made well over £1000 for RNLI )

The show hall was well laid out with no obvious gaps, some big trader stalls and a good size temporary indoor boating pool. The general standard of the club stands was not quite so large or complicated as some at Warwick but it was good to see and talk to people from clubs not seen at 'southern' shows like Warwick , such as the local club much involved in setting-up. Fewer big TVs but all stands with a good many models not seen before. We hadn't travelled the furthest, Dover MBC had made the trip, can't remember seeing them at Warwick.

I think we had the most varied type of boats on show, even before Jeff and John Elt raided the B and B sale. Andy had the only ICs in the show, his metalflake bright green Seaducer lighting up the hall like a beacon and proving a great attraction, especially with the ladies.


Also of note and duly receiving an award were Jeff's 'Britannia' and Barry's 's 'Bob the Builder' for the best fun boat.


A happy atmosphere throughout the show, people glad to be out, lots to talk about especially how clubs had fared over the last couple of years. My feeling was that the clubs that had made a real effort to get people out sailing were OK but the ones with an emphasis on monthly meetings were struggling.

Saturday after the show, at teatime some of us poked our head outside and made it to the prom. and beach. It was fine but a bit fresh.


Sunday was a bit quieter, probably fewer curious hotel guest and exhibitors had spent all their money. After packing up we went for a ride on a tram to a restaurant, only 1 stop and so complicated for the conductor to work out the fares in so short a time that we got a free ride.


After the meal we caught a tram to do the round trip so that we could see the lights. At the Pleasure Beach there were lights of the Golden Mile and the noisy cars of the local lads at play, and lots of chippies ( 4 Ian). We stopped for a while because someone had fallen on the tracks and a short stop for an engineering problem. At the hotel, the northern end of the prom. most got off but a couple of us rode with the conductor only to Fleetwood and back. We didn't see a lot as the windows were wet and it was dark but we did have a nice chat to the conductor who does the basic training of guide and assistance dogs and was hoping that he would soon get his PSV licence back from DVLC after renewal so that he could train as a tram driver after his summer job as a conductor.


We all enjoyed the weekend, travelling was not good for everyone and certainly on a Friday the M6 is best avoided.



Some pics from the event...


Oct 03


SMBC Club 500

Heats for round 6 (the final round) of the Club 500 races were held today...

Congratulations to Pete Rowe, winner of this year's competition with boat 42


Results are HERE


YouTube video of round 6 HERE



Sept 26


SMBC IC Time Trials...

As many laps as possible in 4 minutes, with different classes of boat - watch the results on our YouTube Channel


Sept 19


SMBC Club 500

Heats for round 5 of the Club 500 races held today...

With one round left to  run, here are the results so far...


Sept 05


SMBC Club 500

Heats for round 4 of the Club 500 races held today... We have video of heat 1


YouTube video here


Aug 29


Club Open Day #2

A 2nd opportunity to have an all day session at the lake - IC + fast electric boats in the morning, and scale / sail in the afternoon. One or two new boats on view.


YouTube video here


Aug 08


Club Open Day 2021

A mixture of IC + fast electric boats in the morning, and scale / sail in the afternoon


YouTube video here


July 25


Club 500 race day - with 6 competitors. Check out the results on the results page


July 11


A busy day at the lake with 12 IC boats on the water, including Steve's new GPL tunnel hull. Here's a round-up of what was there on our YouTube channel...  VIDEO


June 13


Almost 'back to normal' We managed to run the first round of Club 500 for 2021. Not as many competitors as in previous years but still competitive!  Video link HERE


May 02


Still operating under the Covid 19 'Rule of Six', we can still have some fun... 1 to throw boats in, 3 to race, 1 to film and 1 to watch... IC boats in action.


April 4th


SMBC members turned up with some IC boats, new & old. Some managed to start... some didn't.


April 1st


SMBC members were back on the water! Two groups, 12.00-1.30 & 2-3.30, with 6 members each time managed to get some sailing in. There were a few yachts too as there was a reasonable breeze.


Short video of the later session... on YouTube


March 11th


It's time to come out of hibernation and get our boats back on the water.  Thursday 1st April is the re-launch using the arrangements we used successfully through most of last year.


Requests for a sailing slot can start next weekend. Please read the



February 23rd 2021


Well we still have no sailing at the moment... but Govt guidelines have just indicated a way out of lockdown, so we may be sailing in restricted numbers at the lake towards the end of March.

If you need an incentive to get some boats out for test / repair / completion, well this is it.

You have about 5 weeks! Assuming it goes ahead, we will probably be using the same booking system as last year, with 6 people allowed in the compound sailing, and 2 sessions.


January 1st 2021


Happy (?) New Year everyone! The whole of the U.K is in some form of restricted social interaction due to the Covid 19 pandemic and SMBC is rigourously following the guidelines. So no official sailing at the lake at the moment. The A.G.M. - normally held in December - has been postponed.


Other news... One of our local model shops - Redfin Models - moved location at the end of last year, from Letchworth to 1 Whitehorse Street, Baldock, SG7 6PY. The new shop has more space and prices are very competitive! They hold a good stock of everything RC and plenty of raw materials for the scratch builder. Online store is...



November 19


As we are in Lockdown 2 currently, no-one is sailing at the lake, but some people have been busy in their workshops building new boats or repairing old ones... patiently waiting for some more sessions on the water. Have a look at the slideshow to see the variety of work going on!



October 15


A small number of socially distanced members had a few boats on the water today. Working within Govt regs, we are still able to sail at the moment.



Sept 13


Last day at the lake for a while due to Govt restrictions limiting numbers. However we had some fun with 3GPL1000 on the lake at the same time... on board GoPros capture the action.



Sept 6 2020


Summer is normally a quiet time for the club with members on holiday, but this year, probably due to the global pandemic, members have had no holidays and come to lake instead, so it's been busier than usual. A booking system has been implemented to keep numbers down to 6 sailers, in set time slots and various measures have been implemented to help keep everyone safe, - hand sanitisers, social distancing, signs etc.


There has been a sudden increase in membership too, with 13 new members joining. As well as bringing along some new boats, they are also bringing some enthusiasm. Welcome all.



02 Aug 2020


A few IC boats on the lake, including an Aquacraft TS3 tunnel hull, powered by an OS21X Outboard engine.

Check out the  video on our YouTube channel...



21June 2020


4 new pusher tugs had their first outing together. These will be used as 'have a go' vessels for youngsters to try their hand at sailing a  boat. Check out the  video on our YouTube channel...



14 June 2020


2nd Sunday back at the lake...  Mainly IC boats present and a couple of big Electric boats. Check out the  video on our YouTube channel...



7 June 2020


After nearly 3 months of 'Lockdown' sailing re-started today in a 'socially distanced' manner... within the current government guidelines of 6 people in a gathering. This meant boat tables were spaced apart, and allocated spaces at the mooring rings on the quayside were used. Mainly IC boats present and the weather  managed to stay reasonably dry  for us all. Members of the public were not allowed into the boat area, but many watched from the edge of the lake. The situation will continue in this manner until guidelines are eased further.


Check out the 're-launch' video on our YouTube channel...



Mar 2020


New boats...  During the week Colin handed over 4 'have a go'' springer tugs that he has built over the winter and very smart they looked too. The club are much indebted to him. We have photos of one on the water, a sparkling performance, and a static of the fleet. When back at the lake take the time to find out how they work and help look after them when they are in use. Every thing about them is robust and simple.



Jan 2020


We sadly have to note the passing of one of our members.


Roland Duffett (1947- 2019)


Roland, who passed away on 29th December 2019 served SMBC as chairman from 2007 until 2013. Roland had been a boat modeller since his teens and had a variety of models. Many were naval ships and all were very detailed. As well as building the models Roland was a keen historian and researched the history of his models and this enabled him to produce articles for the model boat magazines. Roland will be greatly missed by all in the model boat hobby for his knowledge and warm generosity.



Welcome to 2020...


SMBC has been 'open for business' since the start of the year with a few hardy people braving the cold weather... there was even some sunshine early January and good wind for sailing.


see video here



Nov 9 & 10th  - International Model Boat Show, Warwick Exhibibtion Centre


Once again SMBC had a stand at this show, which this year only ran for 2 days instead of 3.

We had about 20 boats on the stand and attracted a lot of interest. 2 TVs were running slide shows and occasional videos of our boats on the lake. There were several retailers at the event, so plenty of items to spend money on!



Oct 13th


See the mighty Canard in action... Click Here


Sept 28th


SMBC was at the St Albans & District  Model Engineering Society open day...



Sept 22nd


Club 500 Round 6...

Results can be found HERE



Sept 16th


A few new videos on our YouTube channel Stevenage Model Boat Club



Sept 1st


Club 500 Round 5 races...

Results can be found HERE



July 14th


New videos on YouTube channel... Club 500 Round 4 races.


Club 500 round 4 - 1              Club 500 round 4 - 2


Results for round 4 are here on the results page


Only 2 more rounds to go... Will Martin keep his lead???



July 7th


SMBC Fun day / Open day. A good event with Luton & District MBC bringing some members & boats. The morning was mainly I.C boats & fast electric, the afternoon being more scale craft.

We  have a 20 min video on our YouTube channel


SMBC Open Day



June 23rd


New videos on YouTube channel... Round 3 races.

Results are here on the results page


Club 500 round 3 - 1


Club 500 round 3 - 2



June 20th


New video on YouTube channel... Andy's Ikarus 2.2 compile from 2 sessions at the lake...



June 19th


New video on YouTube channel... Joysway ARTR Mad Flow Formula 1 boat with on-board GoPro camera tries to get round the lake, although fitting a GoPro to the top of the outboard motor does make it a bit unstable at times...



June 2nd


SMBC together with St Albans RNLI and Luton & District MBC held an all day fundraising event at Fairlands lake.

Lots of boats to see - lifeboats obviously, plus ICs, scale and yachts. RNLI gifts on sale together with various model kits, books, etc.


We have a 10 min video on You Tube of the day's events...


May 25-26  2019


SMBC had a stand at Wicksteed 2019... skilfully running IC boats in a very small space! check out the video at


May 22nd  2019


I downloaded some 'old' footage from one of our members online albums to share with everyone... It's a quick trip round the lake a few times! (includes underwater footage!!!)



May 11-12th  2019


SMBC had a stand, together with WGC SME, at the Stotfold Steam & Country Fayre...


May 4-5th  2019


SMBC had an invite to Beale Park from MTMBC... There were Club 500 races, tug towing, Submarines, and general free sailing.

Here's a video of a random selection of what was there, including some tug towing!


April 14th  2019


Club 500 round 1 took place with 9 competitors, so 2 groups racing.

Results can be seen here - Club 500 Results - Check out the race videos on our YouTube Channel here... Club 500 race 1  race 2


April 12th  2019


NEW video on our YouTube channel of fast electric 'Mini Starship'


April 2nd  2019


NEW video on our YouTube channel of I.C Boat 'Manta Ray' shredding the water on the lake... with on-board cameras!


March 28th  2019


Bring a yacht day went well, although the wind was a bit infrequent. There were around 7 yachts on the lake. Next 'themed' day will be tugs & towing on Thurs April 4th


March 17th  2019


Andy's Thunder 3 was in good form at the lake... we had an onboard camera to capture the boat in action!

You can see the video on our YouTube channel - click here -  Thunder 3


March 2nd  2019


NEW video on Barry's steam tug Asgard now LIVE on our YouTube channel. click here to view


February 20th 2019


NEW video on Hywel's IC raceboat now LIVE on our YouTube channel. click here to view


February 14th 2019


HMY Britannia  model yacht took to the water on a maiden voyage, in lovely sunny February weather at Stevenage Model Boat Club, located at Fairlands Valley park. The yacht sailed very well.. watch the YouTube video of the maiden voyage.


February 5th 2019


SMBC YouTube channel launched. Only a couple of videos there right now, but over the next year we will have some great content for you.

If you have a maiden voyage of a new model, or want to have a video on your favourite boat featured on the channel, get in touch!

Email for further details


January 31st 2019


HMY Britannia recently arrived at the lake, on a freezing cold day.  This was handover day, from builder Barry to the new owner, Jeff.

Unfortunately the lake was frozen so no maiden voyage.


Model details:

Scale 1/96  Length 1.3m  Beam 178mm  Sailing weight 4.3kgs


The model of HMY Britannia is based on a fibreglass hull with bulwarks, portholes, propshaft tube exits and bilge keels moulded into the hull. The kit is available from Deans Marine of Peterborough.


This model runs on 2 motors, powered by 6 volt batteries. The superstructure is of printed plastic and this model has had lighting fitted, although not part of the kit. Vac-forms are provided in the kit for the funnel. Also included as an option are a complete set of the ships motor boat hulls with all detail moulded into the castings. All included fittings are cast in light alloy or plastic.


There’s a comprehensive instruction book to aid assembly with sketches and pictures. Full details are supplied for the fitting of motors and radio equipment. Comes with a full size plan. Watch out for pictures or video of the maiden voyage!


HMY Britannia - Some facts & figures...


Builder: John Brown & Company, on the river Clyde, Scotland


Launched: 16 April 1953

Commissioned: 11 January 1954

Decommissioned: 11 December 1997


General characteristics

Tonnage: 5,769 GT

Length: 412 ft (126 m)

Beam: 55 ft (17 m)


Propulsion: 2 Pametrada steam turbines, 12,000 hp (8,900 kW)

Speed: 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)

Range: 2,400 nautical miles (4,400 km)

Capacity: 250 guests

Troops: 1 platoon of Royal Marines


21 officers

250 Royal Yachtsmen


Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, is the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 until 1997.  During her 43-year career, the yacht travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe. Now retired from royal service, Britannia is permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is a popular visitor attraction with over 300,000 visits each year.


January 17th  2019


A few sailors braved the cold weather to bring their navy boats out for a photo-shoot & sail on the lake on Thursday17th...



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