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2024 NEWS


January - This is usually the coldest time of the year, with few people sailing on the lake. In fact the lake has been frozen over on a number of days, providing an opportunity for the ducks to practice their skating and the local youf to throw sticks / branches onto the lake.

SMBC Annual General Meeting was held late January, when it was impossible to sail on the lake as it was frozen over. The geese were there as usual, ice skating.

At the AGM, a couple of changes to the club officers Dave Grey, chairman for the last few years decided to step down and Andy Nightingale was elected as chairman. Paul Warner has taken over as Safety Officer. Other members stay as before - Trevor as Deputy Chair, Jeff on Events, Ian as Secretary, Keith as Treasurer, Steve on Media / Website, Simon on Lake watch.

Chris Balmforth was awarded the Club 500 Championship for 2023 with consistent racing through the year.

There was the usual 'bring & buy' sale of boats and bits. And tea!



February - Sunday sessions

Once the ice cleared and the weather improved, the Sunday sessions have been well attended, with plenty for the public to come and watch. The club has acquired a couple of collapsing barriers to section off the pit area for IC boat prep and launch. Our first Youtube video of the year is available on Youtube now...



The Events page for 2024 is partially complete, with the addition of the Club 500 Race dates for the 6 sessions. Unfortunately Wings & Wheels has been cancelled for this year, but there's plenty more going on!

February - New Tech???

Probably not the first time we have seen FPV boats at the lake, but becoming more often - Camera and radio link back to shore where the driver wears an FPV headset and sees things as if he were sat on the boat... more on this in the future I'm sure

YouTube Video Channel...

Don't forget to check out our channel on YouTube to see some of our boats in action... we usually have a new video every couple of weeks.