The 2017 Championship is scheduled to be held at Fleetwood Model Yacht Lake, Laidleys Walk, Fleetwood, FY7 7JL, in conjunction with the “Commodore’s Cup” Vane “M” weekend,on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017. This is in line with a request made by certain skippers last year, to return the event to the last weekend of October, to be once again consistent with half term holidays for schools.

Entries will be accepted up to 8-00 pm Saturday 14th October 2017. The race entry fee will be £15-00 per yacht. The Race Officer’s Briefing will be at 09-45 am on the Saturday followed by commencement of racing at 10-00 am. Skippers’ MYA status will be checked on the MYA Web Site, but they will be required to show their yacht Measurement Certificates and, if applicable, their Personal Sail Number Certificates.

Racing will be governed by rules as defined in:

  • MYA Regulations for the organisation of National Championships
  • MYA Regulations for race entry and competitors’ conduct at National Championships
  • MYA Free Sailing Yacht Racing Rules
  • MYA Free Sailing Class Rules Supplement
  • (These can be downloaded from the MYA Knowledge Base)

In addition to the “Marine Models International M Class National Championship Trophy” for the overall winner, the”Model Maker Trophy” will be awarded to the highest placed skipper who has not previously won a vane National Championship. Teams of Two Yachts (TOTs) will be drawn at random before the start of the competition and there will be a prize for both skippers in the top team. Fleetwood Club trophies will also be awarded. The Northern District Championship Cup will be awarded to the highest scoring skipper on the Saturday and the Clapham Cup to the highest scorer on the Sunday.

The Commodore’s Cup will also be awarded to the overall winner for the two days of racing. This year there will be an additional trophy awarded to the highest placed “Classic or Vintage” Vane Marblehead; i.e. a yacht designed prior to 1980. This has been introduced by request of some members of the “Vintage Model Yacht Group”. It is hoped the extra trophy will encourage more entries into the overall fleet, as in the last few years we have struggled to achieve the minimum requirement of 7 entries from at least 3 different clubs.

There is no charge for car parking at the lakeside car park or on the promenade, but please note that overnight stays in the car park are banned by the Wyre Council. All on-road parking in Fleetwood is free, but there are time restrictions in parts of the town centre. Competitors’ yachts and equipment can be stored in the Clubhouse overnight, at owners’ risk. Tea and coffee will be available in the Clubhouse before and during racing. There is a café close to the West end of the lake and a kiosk selling snacks situated close to the Clubhouse.

There is a toilet cubicle in the Clubhouse and public pay toilets (20p charge) are located at the cemetery on Beach Road, close to the West end of the lake.

There are plenty of restaurants in Fleetwood and some of the hotels and pubs serve food at lunchtime and evenings. It is hoped that competitors and their guests will wish to socialise after Saturday’s racing, at one of these establishments. A list of accommodation and places of interest in the close vicinity is attached.

If you wish to enter please print off a copy of the attached entry form and return to myself with the entry fee, by the above closing date. Please make cheques payable to Fleetwood Model Yacht & Power Boat Club. Anyone wishing to sail as a “mate” or join the team of race officials, for all or just part of the event, will be most welcome. A recent reinterpretation of MYA ruling has now decreed that only skippers need to be affiliated members of the MYA and mates affiliation is optional.

Entry Form

Last year we had to cancel the event due to weed growth in the lake. This year, however, we have been weed-free in the lake so far, probably due to the environmentally safe dye supplied by Wyre Council added to the lake after water top-ups.

If you care about keeping this competition in the MYA’s annual Sailing Programme, please give it your support; as in the last few years it has become an “endangered species”.

Yours sincerely,

Peter L. Whiteside


Fleetwood Dragon Warmup Weekender

You are cordially invited to the Fleetwood Dragon WW which is not a TT event.

Here’s the craic:

Saturday 16th of September – DF65

  • 09:45 Briefing
  • 10:00 Warning Signal for first race
  • No race to start later than 16:00
  • Decant for a debrief in the Mount on Saturday evening

Sunday 17th of September – DF95

  • 09:45 Briefing
  • 10:00 Warning Signal for first race
  • No race to start later than 15:30

How to enter & further information:

  • Entry costs £4 a day or £6 for both, pay on the day
  • We need your name & which days & sail number please:
  • Use the contact form to enter

Entry List:

Saturday DF65’s

  • Tim Lanigan 502 Fleetwood
  • Chris Chatfield 183 Fleetwood
  • Snackers McSnacker Shorts 99 from that Abersoch
  • Brian Holland 795 Abersoch
  • Bob Jolly 314 Fleetwood
  • Garry Benson 688 Fleetwood

Sunday DF95’s

  • Chris Chatfield 183 Fleetwood
  • Tim Lanigan 420 Fleetwood
  • Peter Iles 98 Fleetwood
  • Brian Holland 795 Abersoch
  • Bob Jolly 214 Fleetwood
  • Garry Benson 20 Fleetwood

The Jellyfish Question:

As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

When it comes to the Jellyfish in the lake at the moment… Yes, they have developed a taste for keels but the situation is improving. The population of strangely coloured water blobs is on the decline… fingers crossed eh 🙂


A-Class Championship – Video Highlights

Good evening model yacht racing fans! Tonight we present a video of the recent A-Class Championships. It was very good, by all accounts.

There is no getting around it… This is big file and it might take a while to stream/download/watch but hopefully, its worth it… these were some Classic Fleetwood Vane A Conditions™ … One for the ages. Thanks to Bob Jolly for sending the footage in.

We’ll also be dropping another massive gallery of pictures soon (when your internet has calmed down)


Vane A-Class Championships Final Report

Final report has been posted on Yachts & Yachting by John Taylor, check it out here

And another reminder about Mike Parkington’s epic flickr gallary here:

Updated with this fine report from Peter Whiteside:

Fleetwood Model Yacht & Power Boat Club hosted the MYA National Championships for Vane-steered “A” Class Yachts from Sunday 30th July to Friday 4th August 2017 ( inclusive). These yachts are up to 8 feet long and 9 feet tall and do not have radio control. Competitors came from all over the UK, including Birkenhead, Clapham, Leeds and Bradford, Gosport, four yachts from Fleetwood and also one from Holland. There was plenty of exciting racing in the strong wind conditions.
Championship winners were Fleetwood Club members, David & Robert Bell, sailing “Pegasus”. This was David’s third consecutive win of this event for the “Scrutton Cup”. They also won the “Jonnies Cup” for the highest number of wins sailing to windward.
In second place were Fleetwood Club members Peter Whiteside and Eddie Greenwood, sailing “Blue Note”. They were awarded the “Little Portugal Cup” for being the highest placed competitors who have not previously won the “Scrutton Cup”.
In third place were Martin Roberts and Bernie MacNulty of the Birkenhead Club, sailing “Yellow Peril”. They also won the “Wing & Wing Cup” for the highest number of down-wind races.
The above three yachts were all designed by Fleetwood Club member, John Simpson.
The Fleetwood Club also won the team event for the “Neptune Trophy”, the team of three yachts consisting of “Pegasus”, “Blue Note” and “Dilligaff”, the latter yacht sailed by Robert and Tomas Walsh.
The Denis Lippett Trophy, for the most improved junior competitor, was awarded to Amber Geldard, sailing “Syana” with her father, David, representing the Leeds & Bradford Club.
The mid-week Knock-Out competition for the magnificent 90 year old “Yachting Monthly Cup” was won by the Wyeth family, consisting of grandfather Graham, son Shaun and grandson Louis, sailing “Carbon Copy”.
The Race Officer was Model Yachting Association and Fleetwood Club President, Derek Priestley, himself several times winner of the above trophies and also a World Champion in Radio Controlled “A” Class yachts.
Eric Watkinson was the Scorer, and Line Judges and Starters John Plant, Brian Carruthers, Trevor Bell  and David Rose.
Peter L. Whiteside,
Vane-steered Yachts Fleet Captain

Overall Results:

  • 1st David / Robert Bell, 83pts
  • 2nd Peter Whiteside / Eddie Greenwood, 73pts
  • 3rd Martin Roberts / Bernie McNulty, 68pts
  • 4th Shawn, Lewis, Graham Wyeth, 66pts
  • 5th Arjan Van Der Cidel, 63pts
  • 6th David / Amber Geldard, 58pts
  • 7th Peter Fothergill / Andy Fernie, 50pts
  • 8th Robert / Thomas Walsh, 48pts
  • 9th Damian Ackroyd, 46pts
  • 10th John Taylor, 43pts
  • 11th Anthony Warren / Lester Gilbert, 35pts
  • 12th Rob / CJ Vice, 24pts