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!
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.
SMBC members turned up with some IC boats, new & old. Some managed to start... some didn't.
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
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
ARRANGEMENTS FOR SAILING
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...
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!
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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!
See the mighty Canard in action... Click Here
SMBC was at the St Albans & District Model Engineering Society open day...
Club 500 Round 6...
Results can be found HERE
A few new videos on our YouTube channel Stevenage Model Boat Club
Club 500 Round 5 races...
Results can be found HERE
New videos on YouTube channel... Club 500 Round 4 races.
Results for round 4 are here on the results page
Only 2 more rounds to go... Will Martin keep his lead???
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
New videos on YouTube channel... Round 3 races.
Results are here on the results page
New video on YouTube channel... Andy's Ikarus 2.2 compile from 2 sessions at the lake...
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...
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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
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...